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  • Svetlana Lutsenko Laboratory

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    Principal Investigator:
    Svetlana Lutsenko, Ph.D.
    Medicine
    Physiology

    The research in the Svetlana Lutsenko Laboratory is focused on the molecular mechanisms that re...gulate copper concentration in normal and diseased human cells.

    Copper is essential for human cell homeostasis. It is required for embryonic development and neuronal function, and the disruption of copper transport in human cells results in severe multisystem disorders, such as Menkes disease and Wilson's disease.

    To understand the molecular mechanisms of copper homeostasis in normal and diseased human cells, we utilize a multidisciplinary approach involving biochemical and biophysical studies of molecules involved in copper transport, cell biological studies of copper signaling, and analysis of copper-induced pathologies using Wilson's disease gene knock-out mice.
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    Research Areas: biophysics, biochemistry, menkes disease, Wilson's disease, cell biology, multisystem disorders, Ion transport, physiology, trafficking assembly regulation, copper, molecular biology
  • The Sun Laboratory

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    Principal Investigator:
    Shuying Sun, Ph.D.
    Pathology

    The nervous system has extremely complex RNA processing regulation. Dysfunction of RNA metaboli...sm has emerged to play crucial roles in multiple neurological diseases. Mutations and pathologies of several RNA-binding proteins are found to be associated with neurodegeneration in both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). An alternative RNA-mediated toxicity arises from microsatellite repeat instability in the human genome. The expanded repeat-containing RNAs could potentially induce neuron toxicity by disrupting protein and RNA homeostasis through various mechanisms.

    The Sun Lab is interested in deciphering the RNA processing pathways altered by the ALS-causative mutants to uncover the mechanisms of toxicity and molecular basis of cell type-selective vulnerability. Another major focus of the group is to identify small molecule and genetic inhibitors of neuron toxic factors using various high-throughput screening platforms. Finally, we are also highly interested in developing novel CRISPR technique-based therapeutic strategies. We seek to translate the mechanistic findings at molecular level to therapeutic target development to advance treatment options against neurodegenerative diseases.
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    Research Areas: ALS, neurodegeneration, RNA
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