Wange Lu, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
Phone+1 323 442 1618
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    Wange Lu obtained his PhD from Harvard Medical School in 1998. His PhD research focused on signal transduction in cancer cells. He then moved on to do a postdoctoral fellowship with David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate, at the California Institute of Technology. In the Baltimore lab, he began to study neuroscience. Particularly, he identified a novel non-canonical Wnt signal transduction pathway in neurons, where it plays a very important role in axon guidance and neurite outgrowth. In 2006, he moved to across town to the Keck School of Medicine of USC to set up his own lab. He extended his research to mechanisms of neural stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, iPS cell induction and neurological diseases.

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    Functional Characterization of Glioma GWAS Variants
    NIH/NCI R01CA207972Aug 23, 2016 - Jul 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Biology of colorectal cancer risk enhancers
    NIH/NCI R01CA204279Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Differentiation
    NIH/NINDS R01NS067213Jun 1, 2010 - May 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Prostate Cancer Risk Enhancers
    NIH/NCI R01CA136924Dec 1, 2008 - Jan 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Pattern Formation During Skin Organogenesis
    NIH/NIAMS R01AR047364Jan 1, 2001 - Mar 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Moon BS, Lu W, Park HJ. Valproic acid promotes the neuronal differentiation of spiral ganglion neural stem cells with robust axonal growth. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 09 18; 503(4):2728-2735. PMID: 30119886.
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    2. Chen CY, Lanz RB, Walkey CJ, Chang WH, Lu W, Johnson DL. Maf1 and Repression of RNA Polymerase III-Mediated Transcription Drive Adipocyte Differentiation. Cell Rep. 2018 Aug 14; 24(7):1852-1864. PMID: 30110641.
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    3. Shen Y, Yan L, Shao X, Zhao B, Bai J, Lu W, Wang DJ. Improved sensitivity of cellular MRI using phase-cycled balanced SSFP of ferumoxytol nanocomplex-labeled macrophages at ultrahigh field. Int J Nanomedicine. 2018; 13:3839-3852. PMID: 30013339.
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    4. Moon BS, Bai J, Cai M, Liu C, Shi J, Lu W. Kruppel-like factor 4-dependent Staufen1-mediated mRNA decay regulates cortical neurogenesis. Nat Commun. 2018 01 26; 9(1):401. PMID: 29374155.
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    5. Chang WH, Choi SH, Moon BS, Cai M, Lyu J, Bai J, Gao F, Hajjali I, Zhao Z, Campbell DB, Weiner LP, Lu W. Smek1/2 is a nuclear chaperone and cofactor for cleaved Wnt receptor Ryk, regulating cortical neurogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 12 12; 114(50):E10717-E10725. PMID: 29180410.
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    6. Moon BS, Yun HM, Chang WH, Steele BH, Cai M, Choi SH, Lu W. Smek promotes corticogenesis through regulating Mbd3's stability and Mbd3/NuRD complex recruitment to genes associated with neurogenesis. PLoS Biol. 2017 05; 15(5):e2001220. PMID: 28467410.
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    7. Cai M, Kim S, Wang K, Farnham PJ, Coetzee GA, Lu W. 4C-seq revealed long-range interactions of a functional enhancer at the 8q24 prostate cancer risk locus. Sci Rep. 2016 Mar 03; 6:22462. PMID: 26934861; PMCID: PMC4776156.
    8. Kim K, Punj V, Kim JM, Lee S, Ulmer TS, Lu W, Rice JC, An W. MMP-9 facilitates selective proteolysis of the histone H3 tail at genes necessary for proficient osteoclastogenesis. Genes Dev. 2016 Jan 15; 30(2):208-19. PMID: 26744418; PMCID: PMC4719310.
    9. Kim JM, Kim K, Punj V, Liang G, Ulmer TS, Lu W, An W. Linker histone H1.2 establishes chromatin compaction and gene silencing through recognition of H3K27me3. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 19; 5:16714. PMID: 26581166; PMCID: PMC4652225.
    10. Ramaswamy K, Yik WY, Wang XM, Oliphant EN, Lu W, Shibata D, Ryder OA, Hacia JG. Derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells from orangutan skin fibroblasts. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Oct 16; 8:577. PMID: 26475477; PMCID: PMC4609060.
    11. Cai M, Gao F, Zhang P, An W, Shi J, Wang K, Lu W. Analysis of a transgenic Oct4 enhancer reveals high fidelity long-range chromosomal interactions. Sci Rep. 2015 Oct 05; 5:14558. PMID: 26435056; PMCID: PMC4592970.
    12. Wang XM, Yik WY, Zhang P, Lu W, Huang N, Kim BR, Shibata D, Zitting M, Chow RH, Moser AB, Steinberg SJ, Hacia JG. Induced pluripotent stem cell models of Zellweger spectrum disorder show impaired peroxisome assembly and cell type-specific lipid abnormalities. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2015 Aug 29; 6:158. PMID: 26319495; PMCID: PMC4553005.
    13. An D, Kim K, Lu W. Defective entry into mitosis 1 (Dim1) negatively regulates osteoclastogenesis by inhibiting the expression of nuclear factor of activated T-cells, cytoplasmic, calcineurin-dependent 1 (NFATc1). J Biol Chem. 2014 Aug 29; 289(35):24366-73. PMID: 25023277; PMCID: PMC4148864.
    14. Zhang P, Chang WH, Fong B, Gao F, Liu C, Al Alam D, Bellusci S, Lu W. Regulation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell induction by Wnt/ß-catenin signaling. J Biol Chem. 2014 Mar 28; 289(13):9221-32. PMID: 24482235; PMCID: PMC3979361.
    15. Hazelett DJ, Rhie SK, Gaddis M, Yan C, Lakeland DL, Coetzee SG, Henderson BE, Noushmehr H, Cozen W, Kote-Jarai Z, Eeles RA, Easton DF, Haiman CA, Lu W, Farnham PJ, Coetzee GA. Comprehensive functional annotation of 77 prostate cancer risk loci. PLoS Genet. 2014 Jan; 10(1):e1004102. PMID: 24497837; PMCID: PMC3907334.
    16. Lyu J, Kim HR, Yamamoto V, Choi SH, Wei Z, Joo CK, Lu W. Protein phosphatase 4 and Smek complex negatively regulate Par3 and promote neuronal differentiation of neural stem/progenitor cells. Cell Rep. 2013 Nov 14; 5(3):593-600. PMID: 24209749; PMCID: PMC3855259.
    17. Huang D, Wei Z, Lu W. Genome organization by Klf4 regulates transcription in pluripotent stem cells. Cell Cycle. 2013 Nov 01; 12(21):3351-2. PMID: 24091533; PMCID: PMC3895421.
    18. Wei Z, Huang D, Gao F, Chang WH, An W, Coetzee GA, Wang K, Lu W. Biological implications and regulatory mechanisms of long-range chromosomal interactions. J Biol Chem. 2013 Aug 02; 288(31):22369-77. PMID: 23779110; PMCID: PMC3829327.
    19. Wei Z, Gao F, Kim S, Yang H, Lyu J, An W, Wang K, Lu W. Klf4 organizes long-range chromosomal interactions with the oct4 locus in reprogramming and pluripotency. Cell Stem Cell. 2013 Jul 03; 13(1):36-47. PMID: 23747203.
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    20. Shi L, Chang X, Zhang P, Coba MP, Lu W, Wang K. The functional genetic link of NLGN4X knockdown and neurodevelopment in neural stem cells. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Sep 15; 22(18):3749-60. PMID: 23710042; PMCID: PMC3749863.
    21. Gao F, Wei Z, Lu W, Wang K. Comparative analysis of 4C-Seq data generated from enzyme-based and sonication-based methods. BMC Genomics. 2013 May 24; 14:345. PMID: 23705979; PMCID: PMC3679908.
    22. Kelsom C, Lu W. Development and specification of GABAergic cortical interneurons. Cell Biosci. 2013 Apr 23; 3(1):19. PMID: 23618463; PMCID: PMC3668182.
    23. Zeng L, Zhang P, Shi L, Yamamoto V, Lu W, Wang K. Functional impacts of NRXN1 knockdown on neurodevelopment in stem cell models. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e59685. PMID: 23536886; PMCID: PMC3607566.
    24. Gao F, Wei Z, An W, Wang K, Lu W. The interactomes of POU5F1 and SOX2 enhancers in human embryonic stem cells. Sci Rep. 2013; 3:1588. PMID: 23549118; PMCID: PMC4070749.
    25. Kelsom C, Lu W. Uncovering the link between malfunctions in Drosophila neuroblast asymmetric cell division and tumorigenesis. Cell Biosci. 2012 Nov 14; 2(1):38. PMID: 23151376; PMCID: PMC3524031.
    26. Choi J, Kim H, Kim K, Lee B, Lu W, An W. Selective requirement of H2B N-Terminal tail for p14ARF-induced chromatin silencing. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Nov; 39(21):9167-80. PMID: 21846774; PMCID: PMC3241654.
    27. Lyu J, Jho EH, Lu W. Smek promotes histone deacetylation to suppress transcription of Wnt target gene brachyury in pluripotent embryonic stem cells. Cell Res. 2011 Jun; 21(6):911-21. PMID: 21423269; PMCID: PMC3203701.
    28. Zhong J, Kim HT, Lyu J, Yoshikawa K, Nakafuku M, Lu W. The Wnt receptor Ryk controls specification of GABAergic neurons versus oligodendrocytes during telencephalon development. Development. 2011 Feb; 138(3):409-19. PMID: 21205786; PMCID: PMC3014630.
    29. Choi SH, Heo K, Byun HM, An W, Lu W, Yang AS. Identification of preferential target sites for human DNA methyltransferases. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39(1):104-18. PMID: 20841325; PMCID: PMC3017615.
    30. Hasegawa K, Zhang P, Wei Z, Pomeroy JE, Lu W, Pera MF. Comparison of reprogramming efficiency between transduction of reprogramming factors, cell-cell fusion, and cytoplast fusion. Stem Cells. 2010 Aug; 28(8):1338-48. PMID: 20572011.
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    31. Zhang P, Andrianakos R, Yang Y, Liu C, Lu W. Kruppel-like factor 4 (Klf4) prevents embryonic stem (ES) cell differentiation by regulating Nanog gene expression. J Biol Chem. 2010 Mar 19; 285(12):9180-9. PMID: 20071344; PMCID: PMC2838337.
    32. Zhong JF, Weiner L, Jin Y, Lu W, Taylor CR. A real-time pluripotency reporter for human stem cells. Stem Cells Dev. 2010 Jan; 19(1):47-52. PMID: 19473101.
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    33. Wei Z, Yang Y, Zhang P, Andrianakos R, Hasegawa K, Lyu J, Chen X, Bai G, Liu C, Pera M, Lu W. Klf4 interacts directly with Oct4 and Sox2 to promote reprogramming. Stem Cells. 2009 Dec; 27(12):2969-78. PMID: 19816951.
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    34. Lyu J, Wesselschmidt RL, Lu W. Cdc37 regulates Ryk signaling by stabilizing the cleaved Ryk intracellular domain. J Biol Chem. 2009 May 08; 284(19):12940-8. PMID: 19269974; PMCID: PMC2676025.
    35. Lyu J, Yamamoto V, Lu W. Cleavage of the Wnt receptor Ryk regulates neuronal differentiation during cortical neurogenesis. Dev Cell. 2008 Nov; 15(5):773-80. PMID: 19000841.
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