Expertise and interests include:
REGULATION OF STEM CELL FUNCTION AND AGING BY HEPARAN SULFATE AND SULFS:
Environmental signals play crucial roles in self-renewal of stem cells, tissue regeneration and aging. Ai lab investigates heparan sulfate-dependent mechanisms that regulate extracellular signaling during stem cell maintenance and regeneration of the skeletal muscle. Our study is focused on two heparan sulfate-modifying enzymes called Sulfs.
NEUROGENESIS AND NEUROPLASTICITY IN PULMONARY DISEASES:
The respiratory tract is known to be innervated by two groups of neurons. The intrinsic neurons have cell bodies located within the tissue, while the extrinsic neurons have their cell bodies located in the central and peripheral nervous system and their axons innervating airway smooth muscle and neuroendocrine cells. Ai lab investigates neurotrophic signals that regulate neurogenesis in developing lung and neuroplasticity in pulmonary diseases. Our goal is to understand physiological roles of neural innervation in respiratory function, diseases and regeneration.
AIRWAY SMOOTH MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT AND REMODELING IN ASTHMA:
Airway smooth muscle hyperplasia and hyper-reactivity are key features of asthma. Ai lab, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Fine’s lab, investigates mechanisms underlying the formation and remodeling of airway smooth muscle. We are particularly interested in the sonic hedgehog pathway in control of airway smooth muscle development.
- Case Western Reserve University, PhD
- Fudan University, BS
- Published on 6/15/2017
Patel KR, Bai Y, Trieu KG, Barrios J, Ai X. Targeting acetylcholine receptor M3 prevents the progression of airway hyperreactivity in a mouse model of childhood asthma. FASEB J. 2017 Jun 15. PMID: 28619712.
- Published on 6/1/2017
Jiang Z, Knudsen NH, Wang G, Qiu W, Naing ZZC, Bai Y, Ai X, Lee CH, Zhou X. Genetic Control of Fatty Acid ß-Oxidation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2017 Jun; 56(6):738-748. PMID: 28199134.
- Published on 5/31/2017
Barrios J, Patel KR, Aven L, Achey R, Minns MS, Lee Y, Trinkaus-Randall VE, Ai X. Early life allergen-induced mucus overproduction requires augmented neural stimulation of pulmonary neuroendocrine cell secretion. FASEB J. 2017 Sep; 31(9):4117-4128. PMID: 28566470.
- Published on 5/1/2016
Bai Y, Krishnamoorthy N, Patel KR, Rosas I, Sanderson MJ, Ai X. Cryopreserved Human Precision-Cut Lung Slices as a Bioassay for Live Tissue Banking. A Viability Study of Bronchodilation with Bitter-Taste Receptor Agonists. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 May; 54(5):656-63. PMID: 26550921.
- Published on 2/10/2016
Patel KR, Aven L, Shao F, Krishnamoorthy N, Duvall MG, Levy BD, Ai X. Mast cell-derived neurotrophin 4 mediates allergen-induced airway hyperinnervation in early life. Mucosal Immunol. 2016 Nov; 9(6):1466-1476. PMID: 26860818.
- Published on 8/1/2014
Jiang Z, Cushing L, Ai X, Lü J. miR-326 is downstream of Sonic hedgehog signaling and regulates the expression of Gli2 and smoothened. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Aug; 51(2):273-83. PMID: 24617895.
- Published on 5/1/2014
Rosner SR, Ram-Mohan S, Paez-Cortez JR, Lavoie TL, Dowell ML, Yuan L, Ai X, Fine A, Aird WC, Solway J, Fredberg JJ, Krishnan R. Airway contractility in the precision-cut lung slice after cryopreservation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 May; 50(5):876-81. PMID: 24313705.
- Published on 11/12/2013
Aven L, Paez-Cortez J, Achey R, Krishnan R, Ram-Mohan S, Cruikshank WW, Fine A, Ai X. An NT4/TrkB-dependent increase in innervation links early-life allergen exposure to persistent airway hyperreactivity. FASEB J. 2014 Feb; 28(2):897-907. PMID: 24221086.
- Published on 11/1/2013
Dixit R, Ai X, Fine A. Derivation of lung mesenchymal lineages from the fetal mesothelium requires hedgehog signaling for mesothelial cell entry. Development. 2013 Nov; 140(21):4398-406. PMID: 24130328.
- Published on 9/9/2013
Paez-Cortez J, Krishnan R, Arno A, Aven L, Ram-Mohan S, Patel KR, Lu J, King OD, Ai X, Fine A. A new approach for the study of lung smooth muscle phenotypes and its application in a murine model of allergic airway inflammation. PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e74469. PMID: 24040256.
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