My laboratory research to date has focused on the design, cloning, production, and use of lentiviruses in vitro and in vivo to overexpress or knock down gene expression, particularly in alveolar macrophages and stem cell populations, and using lentiviruses to develop a gene therapy for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. I have approached this problem through the manipulation of two target cell populations: hematopoietic stem cells and alveolar macrophages. Both approaches have resulted in long-term expression of human alpha-1 antitrypsin in laboratory animals. In addition to the in-vivo overexpression of alpha-1 antitrypsin, I am interested in manipulating other genes which may play a role in the pathogenesis of COPD, such as NF-kB.
A second area of interest is embryonic stem cell biology. I am working with Darrell Kotton and others in our division to study the progression of definitive endoderm to lung epithelium.
Research interests include:
-Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
-alveolar macrophage biology
-embryonic stem cells
Clinical interests include:
-Critical Care Medicine
- Active Staff Privileges, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, Boston Medical Center
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, MD
- Williams College, BA
- Published on 8/15/2017
Coleman FT, Blahna MT, Kamata H, Yamamoto K, Zabinski MC, Kramnik I, Wilson AA, Kotton DN, Quinton LJ, Jones MR, Pelton SI, Mizgerd JP. Capacity of Pneumococci to Activate Macrophage Nuclear Factor ?B: Influence on Necroptosis and Pneumonia Severity. J Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 15; 216(4):425-435. PMID: 28368460.
- Published on 4/10/2017
Pastore N, Attanasio S, Granese B, Castello R, Teckman J, Wilson AA, Ballabio A, Brunetti-Pierri N. Activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway aggravates proteotoxicity of hepatic mutant Z alpha1-antitrypsin. Hepatology. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1865-1874. PMID: 28073160.
- Published on 1/1/2017
Kaserman JE, Wilson AA. Protocol for Directed Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) to a Hepatic Lineage. Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1639:151-160. PMID: 28752455.
- Published on 6/29/2016
Payne JG, Takahashi A, Higgins MI, Porter EL, Suki B, Balazs A, Wilson AA. Multilineage transduction of resident lung cells in vivo by AAV2/8 for a1-antitrypsin gene therapy. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2016; 3:16042. PMID: 27408904.
- Published on 4/13/2015
Tafaleng EN, Chakraborty S, Han B, Hale P, Wu W, Soto-Gutierrez A, Feghali-Bostwick CA, Wilson AA, Kotton DN, Nagaya M, Strom SC, Roy-Chowdhury J, Stolz DB, Perlmutter DH, Fox IJ. Induced pluripotent stem cells model personalized variations in liver disease resulting from a1-antitrypsin deficiency. Hepatology. 2015 Jul; 62(1):147-57. PMID: 25690322.
- Published on 4/2/2015
Wilson AA, Ying L, Liesa M, Segeritz CP, Mills JA, Shen SS, Jean J, Lonza GC, Liberti DC, Lang AH, Nazaire J, Gower AC, Müeller FJ, Mehta P, Ordóñez A, Lomas DA, Vallier L, Murphy GJ, Mostoslavsky G, Spira A, Shirihai OS, Ramirez MI, Gadue P, Kotton DN. Emergence of a stage-dependent human liver disease signature with directed differentiation of alpha-1 antitrypsin-deficient iPS cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 May 12; 4(5):873-85. PMID: 25843048.
- Published on 2/1/2014
Yamamoto K, Ahyi AN, Pepper-Cunningham ZA, Ferrari JD, Wilson AA, Jones MR, Quinton LJ, Mizgerd JP. Roles of lung epithelium in neutrophil recruitment during pneumococcal pneumonia. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Feb; 50(2):253-62. PMID: 24010952.
- Published on 2/21/2013
Repasy T, Lee J, Marino S, Martinez N, Kirschner DE, Hendricks G, Baker S, Wilson AA, Kotton DN, Kornfeld H. Intracellular bacillary burden reflects a burst size for Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vivo. PLoS Pathog. 2013 Feb; 9(2):e1003190. PMID: 23436998.
- Published on 2/12/2013
Wilson AA, Kwok LW, Porter EL, Payne JG, McElroy GS, Ohle SJ, Greenhill SR, Blahna MT, Yamamoto K, Jean JC, Mizgerd JP, Kotton DN. Lentiviral delivery of RNAi for in vivo lineage-specific modulation of gene expression in mouse lung macrophages. Mol Ther. 2013 Apr; 21(4):825-33. PMID: 23403494.
- Published on 5/22/2012
Kim G, Meriin AB, Gabai VL, Christians E, Benjamin I, Wilson A, Wolozin B, Sherman MY. The heat shock transcription factor Hsf1 is downregulated in DNA damage-associated senescence, contributing to the maintenance of senescence phenotype. Aging Cell. 2012 Aug; 11(4):617-27. PMID: 22510478.
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