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Brian Michael Luna, PhD

TitleInstructor of Research Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentMedicine
Address1520 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 865 3737
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    In the United States there has been a rapid increase in the disease burden caused by antibiotic resistant members of the ESKAPE pathogens: Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacter species. More than 2,000,000 illnesses and 23,000 deaths were attributed to antibiotic resistant infections in the US in 2013, with an added $20 billion dollar cost to the healthcare system. Continued research is needed to understand antibiotic tolerance mechanisms for the purpose of developing the next generation of therapeutics that can subvert these mechanisms.

    I am interested in the study of antibiotic tolerance mechanisms by bacterial pathogens; including both antibiotic resistance and antibiotic persister cell formation. Better understanding of antibiotic tolerance mechanisms will guide improved therapeutic strategies for combating these infections. We use multiple research strategies including synthetic biology, microbial genetics, next-generation sequencing, and preclinical mouse models in our work.


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    1. Rifat D, Prideaux B, Savic RM, Urbanowski ME, Parsons TL, Luna B, Marzinke MA, Ordonez AA, DeMarco VP, Jain SK, Dartois V, Bishai WR, Dooley KE. Pharmacokinetics of rifapentine and rifampin in a rabbit model of tuberculosis and correlation with clinical trial data. Sci Transl Med. 2018 Apr 04; 10(435). PMID: 29618565.
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    2. Xu Z, Gao M, Papadakis GZ, Luna B, Jain S, Mollura DJ, Bagci U. Joint solution for PET image segmentation, denoising, and partial volume correction. Med Image Anal. 2018 May; 46:229-243. PMID: 29627687.
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    3. Nielsen TB, Pantapalangkoor P, Yan J, Luna B, Dekitani K, Bruhn K, Tan B, Junus J, Bonomo RA, Schmidt AM, Everson M, Duncanson F, Doherty TM, Lin L, Spellberg B. Diabetes Exacerbates Infection via Hyperinflammation by Signaling through TLR4 and RAGE. MBio. 2017 Aug 22; 8(4). PMID: 28830942.
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    4. Nielsen TB, Pantapalangkoor P, Luna B, Bruhn KW, Yan J, Dekitani K, Hsieh S, Yeshoua B, Pascual B, Vinogradov E, Hujer KM, Domitrovic TN, Bonomo RA, Russo TA, Lesczcyniecka M, Schneider T, Spellberg B. Monoclonal Antibody Protects Against Acinetobacter baumannii Infection by Enhancing Bacterial Clearance and Evading Sepsis. J Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 15; 216(4):489-501. PMID: 28931235.
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    5. Luna B, Ulhaq A, Yan J, Pantapalangkoor P, Nielsen TB, Davies BW, Actis LA, Spellberg B. Selectable Markers for Use in Genetic Manipulation of Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii HUMC1. mSphere. 2017 Mar-Apr; 2(2). PMID: 28497114.
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    6. Cheng BL, Nielsen TB, Pantapalangkoor P, Zhao F, Lee JC, Montgomery CP, Luna B, Spellberg B, Daum RS. Evaluation of serotypes 5 and 8 capsular polysaccharides in protection against Staphylococcus aureus in murine models of infection. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017 07 03; 13(7):1609-1614. PMID: 28422567.
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    7. Wong D, Nielsen TB, Bonomo RA, Pantapalangkoor P, Luna B, Spellberg B. Clinical and Pathophysiological Overview of Acinetobacter Infections: a Century of Challenges. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2017 Jan; 30(1):409-447. PMID: 27974412.
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    8. Kubler A, Larsson C, Luna B, Andrade BB, Amaral EP, Urbanowski M, Orandle M, Bock K, Ammerman NC, Cheung LS, Winglee K, Halushka M, Park JK, Sher A, Friedland JS, Elkington PT, Bishai WR. Cathepsin K Contributes to Cavitation and Collagen Turnover in Pulmonary Tuberculosis. J Infect Dis. 2016 Feb 15; 213(4):618-27. PMID: 26416658; PMCID: PMC4721912 [Available on 02/15/17].
    9. Xu Z, Bagci U, Mansoor A, Kramer-Marek G, Luna B, Kubler A, Dey B, Foster B, Papadakis GZ, Camp JV, Jonsson CB, Bishai WR, Jain S, Udupa JK, Mollura DJ. Computer-aided pulmonary image analysis in small animal models. Med Phys. 2015 Jul; 42(7):3896-910. PMID: 26133591; PMCID: PMC4464065.
    10. K├╝bler A, Luna B, Larsson C, Ammerman NC, Andrade BB, Orandle M, Bock KW, Xu Z, Bagci U, Mollura DJ, Marshall J, Burns J, Winglee K, Ahidjo BA, Cheung LS, Klunk M, Jain SK, Kumar NP, Babu S, Sher A, Friedland JS, Elkington PT, Bishai WR. Mycobacterium tuberculosis dysregulates MMP/TIMP balance to drive rapid cavitation and unrestrained bacterial proliferation. J Pathol. 2015 Feb; 235(3):431-44. PMID: 25186281; PMCID: PMC4293239.
    11. Luna B, Kubler A, Larsson C, Foster B, Bagci U, Mollura DJ, Jain SK, Bishai WR. In vivo prediction of tuberculosis-associated cavity formation in rabbits. J Infect Dis. 2015 Feb 01; 211(3):481-5. PMID: 25117755; PMCID: PMC4296171.
    12. Foster B, Bagci U. Segmentation of PET images for computer-aided functional quantification of tuberculosis in small animal models. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2014 Mar; 61(3):711-24. PMID: 24235292.
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    13. Xu Z, Bagci U, Kubler A, Luna B, Jain S, Bishai WR, Mollura DJ. Computer-aided detection and quantification of cavitary tuberculosis from CT scans. Med Phys. 2013 Nov; 40(11):113701. PMID: 24320475; PMCID: PMC3815073.
    14. Bagci U, Foster B, Miller-Jaster K, Luna B, Dey B, Bishai WR, Jonsson CB, Jain S, Mollura DJ. A computational pipeline for quantification of pulmonary infections in small animal models using serial PET-CT imaging. EJNMMI Res. 2013 Jul 23; 3(1):55. PMID: 23879987; PMCID: PMC3734217.
    15. Larsson C, Luna B, Ammerman NC, Maiga M, Agarwal N, Bishai WR. Gene expression of Mycobacterium tuberculosis putative transcription factors whiB1-7 in redox environments. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e37516. PMID: 22829866; PMCID: PMC3400605.
    16. Luna B, Juhn J, James AA. Injection of dsRNA into female A. aegypti mosquitos. J Vis Exp. 2007; (5):215. PMID: 18979015; PMCID: PMC2557097.
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