Matthew D. Layne, PhD

Associate Professor, Biochemistry

Matthew Layne
(617) 638-4361
72 E. Concord St Silvio Conte (K)


The primary goal of our laboratory is to identify novel pathways that control fibroproliferation with the goal of developing therapeutic inhibitors. Fibroproliferative responses are similar to wound healing processes involving accumulation of contractile myofibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) secretion. Because organ fibrosis, cardiovascular, metabolic/obesity, and cancer pathologies are now recognized to be impacted by fibroblast-myofibroblast differentiation and ECM remodeling our research is examining novel pathways and control mechanisms in these diseases. Central to our studies is determining the function of Aortic carboxypeptidase-like Protein (ACLP), a secreted, collagen-binding protein that enhances fibrosis and myofibroblast differentiation through mechanisms that involve stimulating the transforming growth factor ß (TGFß) receptor signaling complex and controlling mechanical signaling and ECM remodeling.

Active projects in the lab include:
1. Defining the pathways that control vascular adventitial remodeling
2. Inhibiting organ fibrosis through targeting ACLP
3. Developing systems to understand the stomal reaction in breast cancer (in collaboration with the Kirsch lab).
4. Uncovering new mechanisms that control adipose tissue fibrosis (collaboration with Farmer lab).

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Member of the Molecular Medicine Program, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Boston University School of Medicine, PhD
  • Boston University, BA


  • Published on 5/8/2015

    Shiwen X, Stratton R, Nikitorowicz-Buniak J, Ahmed-Abdi B, Ponticos M, Denton C, Abraham D, Takahashi A, Suki B, Layne MD, Lafyatis R, Smith BD. A Role of Myocardin Related Transcription Factor-A (MRTF-A) in Scleroderma Related Fibrosis. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0126015. PMID: 25955164.

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  • Published on 1/8/2015

    McDonald ME, Li C, Bian H, Smith BD, Layne MD, Farmer SR. Myocardin-related transcription factor A regulates conversion of progenitors to beige adipocytes. Cell. 2015 Jan 15; 160(1-2):105-18. PMID: 25579684.

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  • Published on 12/20/2014

    Xu YX, Ashline D, Liu L, Tassa C, Shaw SY, Ravid K, Layne MD, Reinhold V, Robbins PW. The glycosylation-dependent interaction of perlecan core protein with LDL: implications for atherosclerosis. J Lipid Res. 2015 Feb; 56(2):266-76. PMID: 25528754.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Chen CH, Ho HH, Wu ML, Layne MD, Yet SF. Modulation of cysteine-rich protein 2 expression in vascular injury and atherosclerosis. Mol Biol Rep. 2014 Nov; 41(11):7033-41. PMID: 25034893.

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  • Published on 3/28/2014

    Wu ML, Chen CH, Lin YT, Jheng YJ, Ho YC, Yang LT, Chen L, Layne MD, Yet SF. Divergent signaling pathways cooperatively regulate TGFß induction of cysteine-rich protein 2 in vascular smooth muscle cells. Cell Commun Signal. 2014; 12:22. PMID: 24674138.

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  • Published on 12/16/2013

    Tumelty KE, Smith BD, Nugent MA, Layne MD. Aortic carboxypeptidase-like protein (ACLP) enhances lung myofibroblast differentiation through transforming growth factor ß receptor-dependent and -independent pathways. J Biol Chem. 2014 Jan 31; 289(5):2526-36. PMID: 24344132.

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  • Published on 8/23/2013

    Chen CH, Ho YC, Ho HH, Chang IC, Kirsch KH, Chuang YJ, Layne MD, Yet SF. Cysteine-rich protein 2 alters p130Cas localization and inhibits vascular smooth muscle cell migration. Cardiovasc Res. 2013 Dec 1; 100(3):461-71. PMID: 23975851.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Tumelty KE, Layne MD. Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes (Rawlings, N. D. and Salvesen, G. S., ed.). Adipocyte Enhancer Binding Protein 1 and Aortic Carboxypeptidase-Like Protein. Academic Press. Oxford. 2013; 1348-1353.

  • Published on 6/20/2012

    Wang D, Prakash J, Nguyen P, Davis-Dusenbery BN, Hill NS, Layne MD, Hata A, Lagna G. Bone morphogenetic protein signaling in vascular disease: anti-inflammatory action through myocardin-related transcription factor A. J Biol Chem. 2012 Aug 10; 287(33):28067-77. PMID: 22718766.

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  • Published on 3/21/2012

    Wu ML, Layne MD, Yet SF. Heme oxygenase-1 in environmental toxin-induced lung disease. Toxicol Mech Methods. 2012 Jun; 22(5):323-9. PMID: 22394342.

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