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 6/1/2019
Barrios J, Kho AT, Aven L, Mitchel JA, Park JA, Randell SH, Miller LA, Tantisira KG, Ai X. Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Cells Secrete ?-Aminobutyric Acid to Induce Goblet Cell Hyperplasia in Primate Models. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 Jun; 60(6):687-694. PMID: 30571139.
- Published on 4/9/2019
Stump B, Shrestha S, Lamattina AM, Louis PH, Cho W, Perrella MA, Ai X, Rosas IO, Wagner FF, Priolo C, Astin J, El-Chemaly S. Glycogen synthase kinase 3-ß inhibition induces lymphangiogenesis through ß-catenin-dependent and mTOR-independent pathways. PLoS One. 2019; 14(4):e0213831. PMID: 30964887.
- Published on 10/30/2018
Qiu H, Shi S, Yue J, Xin M, Nairn AV, Lin L, Liu X, Li G, Archer-Hartmann SA, Dela Rosa M, Galizzi M, Wang S, Zhang F, Azadi P, van Kuppevelt TH, Cardoso WV, Kimata K, Ai X, Moremen KW, Esko JD, Linhardt RJ, Wang L. A mutant-cell library for systematic analysis of heparan sulfate structure-function relationships. Nat Methods. 2018 11; 15(11):889-899. PMID: 30377379.
- Published on 2/16/2018
Barrios J, Ai X. Neurotrophins in Asthma. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2018 02 16; 18(2):10. PMID: 29453651.
- Published on 1/16/2018
Buttrick TS, Wang W, Yung C, Trieu KG, Patel K, Khoury SJ, Ai X, Elyaman W. Foxo1 Promotes Th9 Cell Differentiation and Airway Allergy. Sci Rep. 2018 01 16; 8(1):818. PMID: 29339772.
- Published on 9/18/2017
Wasserman GA, Szymaniak AD, Hinds AC, Yamamoto K, Kamata H, Smith NM, Hilliard KL, Carrieri C, Labadorf AT, Quinton LJ, Ai X, Varelas X, Chen F, Mizgerd JP, Fine A, O'Carroll D, Jones MR. Expression of Piwi protein MIWI2 defines a distinct population of multiciliated cells. J Clin Invest. 2017 Oct 02; 127(10):3866-3876. PMID: 28920925.
- 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 Oct; 31(10):4335-4346. 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.
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