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Ji Miao, PhD

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Research Overview

The ultimate goals of Ji Miao’s research are to understand the development of human diseases associated with dysregulated bile acid, lipid, and cholesterol metabolism, and thereby discover targets and treatments for these diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The specific aims in Miao’s laboratory studies are to understand the regulation of nuclear receptors and their co-regulators by insulin and how insulin resistance modulates their activity in regulation of bile acid, lipid, and cholesterol metabolism.

About Ji Miao

Ji Miao received her BS and MS from Peking University in China and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2010 Ji Miao started her postdoctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2016.


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  1. Tao L, Zhang J, Meraner P, Tovaglieri A, Wu X, Gerhard R, Zhang X, Stallcup WB, Miao J, He X, Hurdle JG, Breault DT, Brass AL, Dong M. Frizzled proteins are colonic epithelial receptors for C. difficile toxin B. Nature. 2016 Sep 28.
  2. Levenson AE, Haas ME, Miao J, Brown RJ, de Ferranti SD, Muniyappa R, Biddinger SB. Effect of Leptin Replacement on PCSK9 in ob/ob Mice and Female Lipodystrophic Patients. Endocrinology. 2016 Apr; 157(4):1421-9.
  3. Sun X, Haas ME, Miao J, Mehta A, Graham MJ, Crooke RM, Pais de Barros JP, Wang JG, Aikawa M, Masson D, Biddinger SB. Insulin Dissociates the Effects of Liver X Receptor on Lipogenesis, Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, and Inflammation. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jan 15; 291(3):1115-22.
  4. Miao J, Manthena PV, Haas ME, Ling AV, Shin DJ, Graham MJ, Crooke RM, Liu J, Biddinger SB. Role of Insulin in the Regulation of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Jul; 35(7):1589-96.
  5. Miao J, Ling AV, Manthena PV, Gearing ME, Graham MJ, Crooke RM, Croce KJ, Esquejo RM, Clish CB, Vicent D, Biddinger SB. Flavin-containing monooxygenase 3 as a potential player in diabetes-associated atherosclerosis. Nat Commun. 2015; 6:6498.
  6. Kurtz CL, Peck BC, Fannin EE, Beysen C, Miao J, Landstreet SR, Ding S, Turaga V, Lund PK, Turner S, Biddinger SB, Vickers KC, Sethupathy P. MicroRNA-29 fine-tunes the expression of key FOXA2-activated lipid metabolism genes and is dysregulated in animal models of insulin resistance and diabetes. Diabetes. 2014 Sep; 63(9):3141-8.
  7. Miao J, Haas JT, Manthena P, Wang Y, Zhao E, Vaitheesvaran B, Kurland IJ, Biddinger SB. Hepatic insulin receptor deficiency impairs the SREBP-2 response to feeding and statins. J Lipid Res. 2014 Apr; 55(4):659-67.
  8. Haas JT, Miao J, Chanda D, Wang Y, Zhao E, Haas ME, Hirschey M, Vaitheesvaran B, Farese RV, Kurland IJ, Graham M, Crooke R, Foufelle F, Biddinger SB. Hepatic insulin signaling is required for obesity-dependent expression of SREBP-1c mRNA but not for feeding-dependent expression. Cell Metab. 2012 Jun 6; 15(6):873-84.
  9. Miao J, Choi SE, Seok SM, Yang L, Zuercher WJ, Xu Y, Willson TM, Xu HE, Kemper JK. Ligand-dependent regulation of the activity of the orphan nuclear receptor, small heterodimer partner (SHP), in the repression of bile acid biosynthetic CYP7A1 and CYP8B1 genes. Mol Endocrinol. 2011 Jul; 25(7):1159-69.
  10. Ponugoti B, Kim DH, Xiao Z, Smith Z, Miao J, Zang M, Wu SY, Chiang CM, Veenstra TD, Kemper JK. SIRT1 deacetylates and inhibits SREBP-1C activity in regulation of hepatic lipid metabolism. J Biol Chem. 2010 Oct 29; 285(44):33959-70.
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  12. Lee J, Padhye A, Sharma A, Song G, Miao J, Mo YY, Wang L, Kemper JK. A pathway involving farnesoid X receptor and small heterodimer partner positively regulates hepatic sirtuin 1 levels via microRNA-34a inhibition. J Biol Chem. 2010 Apr 23; 285(17):12604-11.
  13. Kemper JK, Xiao Z, Ponugoti B, Miao J, Fang S, Kanamaluru D, Tsang S, Wu SY, Chiang CM, Veenstra TD. FXR acetylation is normally dynamically regulated by p300 and SIRT1 but constitutively elevated in metabolic disease states. Cell Metab. 2009 Nov; 10(5):392-404.
  14. Miao J, Fang S, Lee J, Comstock C, Knudsen KE, Kemper JK. Functional specificities of Brm and Brg-1 Swi/Snf ATPases in the feedback regulation of hepatic bile acid biosynthesis. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Dec; 29(23):6170-81.
  15. Miao J, Xiao Z, Kanamaluru D, Min G, Yau PM, Veenstra TD, Ellis E, Strom S, Suino-Powell K, Xu HE, Kemper JK. Bile acid signaling pathways increase stability of Small Heterodimer Partner (SHP) by inhibiting ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation. Genes Dev. 2009 Apr 15; 23(8):986-96.
  16. Fang S, Miao J, Xiang L, Ponugoti B, Treuter E, Kemper JK. Coordinated recruitment of histone methyltransferase G9a and other chromatin-modifying enzymes in SHP-mediated regulation of hepatic bile acid metabolism. Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Feb; 27(4):1407-24.
  17. Miao J, Fang S, Bae Y, Kemper JK. Functional inhibitory cross-talk between constitutive androstane receptor and hepatic nuclear factor-4 in hepatic lipid/glucose metabolism is mediated by competition for binding to the DR1 motif and to the common coactivators, GRIP-1 and PGC-1alpha. J Biol Chem. 2006 May 26; 281(21):14537-46.
  18. Kemper JK, Kim H, Miao J, Bhalla S, Bae Y. Role of an mSin3A-Swi/Snf chromatin remodeling complex in the feedback repression of bile acid biosynthesis by SHP. Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Sep; 24(17):7707-19.
  19. Goodwin B, Watson MA, Kim H, Miao J, Kemper JK, Kliewer SA. Differential regulation of rat and human CYP7A1 by the nuclear oxysterol receptor liver X receptor-alpha. Mol Endocrinol. 2003 Mar; 17(3):386-94.
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