Lu Lu, M.D.

Lu Lu, M.D.

Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 515
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-7557
Fax: (901) 448-1716
Lab: 521 Johnson Building
Email: Lu Lu



Education

  • M.D. Institution: Nantong Medical College, Nantong, China
  • Postdoctoral: Columbia University, New York, NY; University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

Research Interests

I use recombinant inbred (RI) mice and microarrays to study the several brain-related genetic problems. RI mice are an excellent resource for these studies and allow us to examine multiple types of data in a reference population. In addition to using the currently available RI strains, we have recently developed 45 additional BXD RI strains using two advanced intercross lines between C57BL/6 and DBA/2 mice as progenitors. In combination with the previously developed BXD strains this is the largest RI strain set in existence.

Many problems can be efficiently addressed using RI mice. One of these questions is the mechanism of genetic control over brain architecture. In order to study this issue we have collected extensive neuroanatomical and gene expression data in the brains of BXD strains. Because all animals are isogenic, we can collect data of the same and differing types from multiple animals and meaningfully relate each data set. This allows us to determine, for instance, whether steady state expression of a gene is related to an observed phenotype, for instance an aspect of brain architecture or a behavioral difference between strains.

Another fascinating problem that we are able to address with RI lines is the modulation of transcriptional control in response to environmental influences. Using the LXS and BXD RI strains we are examining the modulation of transcriptional control in response to alcohol, stress, and the combination of alcohol and stress treatments. By examining modulatory changes in response to these conditions, we hope to gain insight into the molecular substrates underlying differences in ethanol and stress responses?a question thought to be very important in understanding human alcoholism.

Representative Publications

  • Luo J, Xu P, Cao P, Wan H, Lv X, Xu S, Wang G, Cook MN, Jones BC, Lu L, Wang X. Integrating Genetic and Gene Co-expression Analysis Identifies Gene Networks Involved in Alcohol and Stress Responses. Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 Apr 5;11:102. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2018.00102. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29674951; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5895640.
  • Geng H, Bu HF, Liu F, Wu L, Pfeifer K, Chou PM, Wang X, Sun J, Lu L, Pandey A, Bartolomei MS, De Plaen IG, Wang P, Yu J, Qian J, Tan XD. In Inflamed Intestinal Tissues and Epithelial Cells, Interleukin 22 Signaling Increases Expression of H19 Long Noncoding RNA, Which Promotes Mucosal Regeneration. Gastroenterology. 2018 Apr 2. pii: S0016-5085(18)30367-6. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.03.058. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29621481.
  • Zhang P, Zhao G, Ji L, Yin J, Lu L, Li W, Zhou G, Chaum E, Yue J. Knockdown of survivin results in inhibition of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in retinal pigment epithelial cells by attenuating the TGFβ pathway. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 Apr 6;498(3):573-578. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2018.03.021. Epub 2018 Mar 6. PubMed PMID: 29522718.
  • Delprato A, Bonheur B, Algéo MP, Murillo A, Dhawan E, Lu L, Williams RW, Crusio WE. A QTL on chromosome 1 modulates inter-male aggression in mice. Genes Brain Behav. 2018 Feb 19. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12469. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29457871.
  • Lu Y, Zhou D, King R, Zhu S, Simpson CL, Jones BC, Zhang W, Geisert EE, Lu L. The genetic dissection of Myo7a gene expression in the retinas of BXD mice. Mol Vis. 2018 Feb 2;24:115-126. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29430167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5802760.
  • Klein AP, Wolpin BM, Risch HA, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Mocci E, Zhang M, Canzian F, Childs EJ, Hoskins JW, Jermusyk A, Zhong J, Chen F, Albanes D, Andreotti G, Arslan AA, Babic A, Bamlet WR, Beane-Freeman L, Berndt SI, Blackford A, Borges M, Borgida A, Bracci PM, Brais L, Brennan P, Brenner H, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Buring J, Campa D, Capurso G, Cavestro GM, Chaffee KG, Chung CC, Cleary S, Cotterchio M, Dijk F, Duell EJ, Foretova L, Fuchs C, Funel N, Gallinger S, M Gaziano JM, Gazouli M, Giles GG, Giovannucci E, Goggins M, Goodman GE, Goodman PJ, Hackert T, Haiman C, Hartge P, Hasan M, Hegyi P, Helzlsouer KJ, Herman J, Holcatova I, Holly EA, Hoover R, Hung RJ, Jacobs EJ, Jamroziak K, Janout V, Kaaks R, Khaw KT, Klein EA, Kogevinas M, Kooperberg C, Kulke MH, Kupcinskas J, Kurtz RJ, Laheru D, Landi S, Lawlor RT, Lee IM, LeMarchand L, Lu L, Malats N, Mambrini A, Mannisto S, Milne RL, Mohelníková-Duchoňová B, Neale RE, Neoptolemos JP, Oberg AL, Olson SH, Orlow I, Pasquali C, Patel AV, Peters U, Pezzilli R, Porta M, Real FX, Rothman N, Scelo G, Sesso HD, Severi G, Shu XO, Silverman D, Smith JP, Soucek P, Sund M, Talar-Wojnarowska R, Tavano F, Thornquist MD, Tobias GS, Van Den Eeden SK, Vashist Y, Visvanathan K, Vodicka P, Wactawski-Wende J, Wang Z, Wentzensen N, White E, Yu H, Yu K, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zheng W, Kraft P, Li D, Chanock S, Obazee O, Petersen GM, Amundadottir LT. Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies five new susceptibility loci for pancreatic cancer. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 8;9(1):556. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-02942-5. PubMed PMID: 29422604; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5805680.

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