Lu Lu, M.D.
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
- M.D. Institution: Nantong Medical College, Nantong, China
- Postdoctoral: Columbia University, New York, NY; University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
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.
- Zuo L, Tan Y, Li CR, Wang Z, Wang K, Zhang X, Lin X, Chen X, Zhong C, Wang X, Wang J, Lu L, Luo X. Associations of rare nicotinic cholinergic receptor gene variants to nicotine and alcohol dependence. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2016 Jul 30. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32476. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27473937.
- Neuner SM, Garfinkel BP, Wilmott LA, Ignatowska-Jankowska BM, Citri A, Orly J, Lu L, Overall RW, Mulligan MK, Kempermann G, Williams RW, O'Connell KM, Kaczorowski CC. Systems genetics identifies Hp1bp3 as a novel modulator of cognitive aging. Neurobiol Aging. 2016 Oct;46:58-67. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2016.06.008. Epub 2016 Jun 17. PubMed PMID: 27460150; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5018442.
- Alam G, Miller DB, O'Callaghan JP, Lu L, Williams RW, Jones BC. MPTP neurotoxicity is highly concordant between the sexes among BXD recombinant inbred mouse strains. Neurotoxicology. 2016 Jul;55:40-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.04.008. Epub 2016 May 12. PubMed PMID: 27182044.
- Lin X, Hu D, Chen G, Shi Y, Zhang H, Wang X, Guo X, Lu L, Black D, Zheng XW, Luo X. Associations of THBS2 and THBS4 polymorphisms to gastric cancer in a Southeast Chinese population. Cancer Genet. 2016 May;209(5):215-22. doi: 10.1016/j.cancergen.2016.04.003. Epub 2016 Apr 13. PubMed PMID: 27160021.
- Wei D, Li NL, Zeng Y, Liu B, Kumthip K, Wang TT, Huo D, Ingels JF, Lu L, Shang J, Li K. The Molecular Chaperone GRP78 Contributes to Toll-like Receptor 3-mediated Innate Immune Response to Hepatitis C Virus in Hepatocytes. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jun 3;291(23):12294-309. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.711598. Epub 2016 Apr 20. PubMed PMID: 27129228; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4933277.
- Shi X, Walter NA, Harkness JH, Neve KA, Williams RW, Lu L, Belknap JK, Eshleman AJ, Phillips TJ, Janowsky A. Genetic Polymorphisms Affect Mouse and Human Trace Amine-Associated Receptor 1 Function. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 31;11(3):e0152581. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152581. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27031617; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4816557.