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Yan Gong, PhD

Yan Gong PhD
Department:
Ophthalmology Research
Hospital Title:
Research Fellow
Research Focus Area:
AngiogenesisLipid MetabolismCell Signaling
Contact:
617-919-2524

Research Overview

Understand the roles of cytochrome P450 (CYP) epoxygenases 2J2 and its polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) metabolites in retinopathy of premature (ROP) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) using oxygen-induced and streptozotocin-induced retinopathy mouse models. Determine complex mechanisms of action with a quantitative comparative transcriptional profiling technique and to develop new surrogate markers for ROP and DR, which cause blindness characterized by inflammatory components with late neovascularization. Identify novel inhibitors of CYP2C8, which is induced during retinopathy and whose PUFA metabolites regulate neovascularization in oxygen-induced retinopathy. Inhibition of CYP2C8 presents a novel target for retinopathy treatment.

About the Researcher

Dr. Yan Gong is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Lois E. Smith Lab at the department of Ophthalmology in Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research interest is the basic mechanisms of angiogenesis and translational research in ophthalmology. His current work focuses on the molecular pathways that regulate pathological angiogenesis in proliferative retinopathy. He obtained his doctoral training on Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering in the University of Maine. His study focused on the effect of Sprouty proteins on endothelial cell behaviors during angiogenesis with the direction of Dr. Robert E. Friesel at Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

Publications

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  1. Gong Y, Shao Z, Fu Z, Edin ML, Sun Y, Liegl RG, Wang Z, Liu CH, Burnim SB, Meng SS, Lih FB, SanGiovanni JP, Zeldin DC, Hellström A, Smith LE. Fenofibrate Inhibits Cytochrome P450 Epoxygenase 2C Activity to Suppress Pathological Ocular Angiogenesis. EBioMedicine. 2016 Sep 30.
  2. Wang Z, Liu CH, Sun Y, Gong Y, Favazza TL, Morss PC, Saba NJ, Fredrick TW, He X, Akula JD, Chen J. Pharmacologic Activation of Wnt Signaling by Lithium Normalizes Retinal Vasculature in a Murine Model of Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy. Am J Pathol. 2016 Oct; 186(10):2588-600.
  3. Gong Y, Fu Z, Edin ML, Liu CH, Wang Z, Shao Z, Fredrick TW, Saba NJ, Morss PC, Burnim SB, Meng SS, Lih FB, Lee KS, Moran EP, SanGiovanni JP, Hellström A, Hammock BD, Zeldin DC, Smith LE. Cytochrome P450 Oxidase 2C Inhibition Adds to ?-3 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Protection Against Retinal and Choroidal Neovascularization. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016 Sep; 36(9):1919-27.
  4. Liu CH, Sun Y, Li J, Gong Y, Tian KT, Evans LP, Morss PC, Fredrick TW, Saba NJ, Chen J. Endothelial microRNA-150 is an intrinsic suppressor of pathologic ocular neovascularization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 29; 112(39):12163-8.
  5. Gong Y, Li J, Sun Y, Fu Z, Liu CH, Evans L, Tian K, Saba N, Fredrick T, Morss P, Chen J, Smith LE. Optimization of an Image-Guided Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization Model in Mice. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0132643.
  6. Saxena R, Elbers CC, Guo Y, Peter I, Gaunt TR, Mega JL, Lanktree MB, Tare A, Castillo BA, Li YR, Johnson T, Bruinenberg M, Gilbert-Diamond D, Rajagopalan R, Voight BF, Balasubramanyam A, Barnard J, Bauer F, Baumert J, Bhangale T, Böhm BO, Braund PS, Burton PR, Chandrupatla HR, Clarke R, Cooper-DeHoff RM, Crook ED, Davey-Smith G, Day IN, de Boer A, de Groot MC, Drenos F, Ferguson J, Fox CS, Furlong CE, Gibson Q, Gieger C, Gilhuijs-Pederson LA, Glessner JT, Goel A, Gong Y, Grant SF, Grobbee DE, Hastie C, Humphries SE, Kim CE, Kivimaki M, Kleber M, Meisinger C, Kumari M, Langaee TY, Lawlor DA, Li M, Lobmeyer MT, Maitland-van der Zee AH, Meijs MF, Molony CM, Morrow DA, Murugesan G, Musani SK, Nelson CP, Newhouse SJ, O'Connell JR, Padmanabhan S, Palmen J, Patel SR, Pepine CJ, Pettinger M, Price TS, Rafelt S, Ranchalis J, Rasheed A, Rosenthal E, Ruczinski I, Shah S, Shen H, Silbernagel G, Smith EN, Spijkerman AW, Stanton A, Steffes MW, Thorand B, Trip M, van der Harst P, van der A DL, van Iperen EP, van Setten J, van Vliet-Ostaptchouk JV, Verweij N, Wolffenbuttel BH, Young T, Zafarmand MH, Zmuda JM, Boehnke M, Altshuler D, McCarthy M, Kao WH, Pankow JS, Cappola TP, Sever P, Poulter N, Caulfield M, Dominiczak A, Shields DC, Bhatt DL, Bhatt D, Zhang L, Curtis SP, Danesh J, Casas JP, van der Schouw YT, Onland-Moret NC, Doevendans PA, Dorn GW, Farrall M, FitzGerald GA, Hamsten A, Hegele R, Hingorani AD, Hofker MH, Huggins GS, Illig T, Jarvik GP, Johnson JA, Klungel OH, Knowler WC, Koenig W, März W, Meigs JB, Melander O, Munroe PB, Mitchell BD, Bielinski SJ, Rader DJ, Reilly MP, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Saleheen D, Samani NJ, Schadt EE, Shuldiner AR, Silverstein R, Kottke-Marchant K, Talmud PJ, Watkins H, Asselbergs FW, Asselbergs F, de Bakker PI, McCaffery J, Wijmenga C, Sabatine MS, Wilson JG, Reiner A, Bowden DW, Hakonarson H, Siscovick DS, Keating BJ. Large-scale gene-centric meta-analysis across 39 studies identifies type 2 diabetes loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2012 Mar 9; 90(3):410-25.
  7. Shao Z, Fu Z, Stahl A, Joyal JS, Hatton C, Juan A, Hurst C, Evans L, Cui Z, Pei D, Gong Y, Xu D, Tian K, Bogardus H, Edin ML, Lih F, Sapieha P, Chen J, Panigrahy D, Hellstrom A, Zeldin DC, Smith LE. Cytochrome P450 2C8 ?3-long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolites increase mouse retinal pathologic neovascularization--brief report. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Mar; 34(3):581-6.
  8. Li J, Liu CH, Sun Y, Gong Y, Fu Z, Evans LP, Tian KT, Juan AM, Hurst CG, Mammoto A, Chen J. Endothelial TWIST1 promotes pathological ocular angiogenesis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Nov 20; 55(12):8267-77.
  9. El Ouaamari A, Dirice E, Gedeon N, Hu J, Zhou JY, Shirakawa J, Hou L, Goodman J, Karampelias C, Qiang G, Boucher J, Martinez R, Gritsenko MA, De Jesus DF, Kahraman S, Bhatt S, Smith RD, Beer HD, Jungtrakoon P, Gong Y, Goldfine AB, Liew CW, Doria A, Andersson O, Qian WJ, Remold-O'Donnell E, Kulkarni RN. SerpinB1 Promotes Pancreatic ß Cell Proliferation. Cell Metab. 2016 Jan 12; 23(1):194-205.
  10. Fu Z, Gong Y, Löfqvist C, Hellström A, Smith LE. Review: adiponectin in retinopathy. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2016 Aug; 1862(8):1392-400.
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