Lu Lu, M.D.

Lu Lu, M.D.

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 515
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-7557
Fax: (901) 448-1716
Lab: 521 Johnson Building
Email: Lu Lu


  • M.D. Institution: Nantong Medical College, Nantong, China
  • Postdoctoral: Columbia University, New York, NY; University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

Research Interests

I use recombinant inbred (RI) mice and microarrays to study the several brain-related genetic problems. RI mice are an excellent resource for these studies and allow us to examine multiple types of data in a reference population. In addition to using the currently available RI strains, we have recently developed 45 additional BXD RI strains using two advanced intercross lines between C57BL/6 and DBA/2 mice as progenitors. In combination with the previously developed BXD strains this is the largest RI strain set in existence.

Many problems can be efficiently addressed using RI mice. One of these questions is the mechanism of genetic control over brain architecture. In order to study this issue we have collected extensive neuroanatomical and gene expression data in the brains of BXD strains. Because all animals are isogenic, we can collect data of the same and differing types from multiple animals and meaningfully relate each data set. This allows us to determine, for instance, whether steady state expression of a gene is related to an observed phenotype, for instance an aspect of brain architecture or a behavioral difference between strains.

Another fascinating problem that we are able to address with RI lines is the modulation of transcriptional control in response to environmental influences. Using the LXS and BXD RI strains we are examining the modulation of transcriptional control in response to alcohol, stress, and the combination of alcohol and stress treatments. By examining modulatory changes in response to these conditions, we hope to gain insight into the molecular substrates underlying differences in ethanol and stress responses?a question thought to be very important in understanding human alcoholism.

Representative Publications

  • Zhang P, Zhao G, Ji L, Yin J, Lu L, Li W, Zhou G, Chaum E, Yue J. Knockdown of survivin results in inhibition of epithelial to mesenchymal transition in retinal pigment epithelial cells by attenuating the TGFβ pathway. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 Mar 6. pii: S0006-291X(18)30495-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2018.03.021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29522718.
  • Delprato A, Bonheur B, Algéo MP, Murillo A, Dhawan E, Lu L, Williams RW, Crusio WE. A QTL on chromosome 1 modulates inter-male aggression in mice. Genes Brain Behav. 2018 Feb 19. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12469. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29457871.
  • Lu Y, Zhou D, King R, Zhu S, Simpson CL, Jones BC, Zhang W, Geisert EE, Lu L. The genetic dissection of Myo7a gene expression in the retinas of BXD mice. Mol Vis. 2018 Feb 2;24:115-126. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29430167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5802760.
  • Klein AP, Wolpin BM, Risch HA, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Mocci E, Zhang M, Canzian F, Childs EJ, Hoskins JW, Jermusyk A, Zhong J, Chen F, Albanes D, Andreotti G, Arslan AA, Babic A, Bamlet WR, Beane-Freeman L, Berndt SI, Blackford A, Borges M, Borgida A, Bracci PM, Brais L, Brennan P, Brenner H, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Buring J, Campa D, Capurso G, Cavestro GM, Chaffee KG, Chung CC, Cleary S, Cotterchio M, Dijk F, Duell EJ, Foretova L, Fuchs C, Funel N, Gallinger S, M Gaziano JM, Gazouli M, Giles GG, Giovannucci E, Goggins M, Goodman GE, Goodman PJ, Hackert T, Haiman C, Hartge P, Hasan M, Hegyi P, Helzlsouer KJ, Herman J, Holcatova I, Holly EA, Hoover R, Hung RJ, Jacobs EJ, Jamroziak K, Janout V, Kaaks R, Khaw KT, Klein EA, Kogevinas M, Kooperberg C, Kulke MH, Kupcinskas J, Kurtz RJ, Laheru D, Landi S, Lawlor RT, Lee IM, LeMarchand L, Lu L, Malats N, Mambrini A, Mannisto S, Milne RL, Mohelníková-Duchoňová B, Neale RE, Neoptolemos JP, Oberg AL, Olson SH, Orlow I, Pasquali C, Patel AV, Peters U, Pezzilli R, Porta M, Real FX, Rothman N, Scelo G, Sesso HD, Severi G, Shu XO, Silverman D, Smith JP, Soucek P, Sund M, Talar-Wojnarowska R, Tavano F, Thornquist MD, Tobias GS, Van Den Eeden SK, Vashist Y, Visvanathan K, Vodicka P, Wactawski-Wende J, Wang Z, Wentzensen N, White E, Yu H, Yu K, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zheng W, Kraft P, Li D, Chanock S, Obazee O, Petersen GM, Amundadottir LT. Genome-wide meta-analysis identifies five new susceptibility loci for pancreatic cancer. Nat Commun. 2018 Feb 8;9(1):556. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-02942-5. PubMed PMID: 29422604; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5805680.
  • Hook M, Roy S, Williams EG, Bou Sleiman M, Mozhui K, Nelson JF, Lu L, Auwerx J, Williams RW. Genetic cartography of longevity in humans and mice: Current landscape and horizons. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2018 Feb 2. pii: S0925-4439(18)30037-1. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2018.01.026. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 29410319.
  • Eissa HM, Lu L, Baassiri M, Bhakta N, Ehrhardt MJ, Triplett BM, Green DM, Mulrooney DA, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Ness KK. Chronic disease burden and frailty in survivors of childhood HSCT: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Blood Adv. 2017 Nov 7;1(24):2243-2246. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2017010280. eCollection 2017 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 29296872; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5737129.

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