Yandong Lai, PhD

Research Instructor

E1101 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Phone: 412-648-3391
Fax: 412-648-1945


BS (Public Health), Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science, China, 2000
MS (Pathogen Biology), Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2003
PhD (Toxicology), Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2011
Yandong Lai, PhD
The primary cilium is a sensory organelle of non-cycling cells that controls differentiation and cell entry by dynamic accumulation of soluble signaling proteins. Dysfunction in this organelle is associated with a variety of pleiotropic genetic syndromes in humans. Dr. Lai's current research interests focus on exploring the mechanism of how signaling proteins enter and accumulate in the primary cilium. Our data suggest that folliculin (FLCN), a tumor suppressor protein is part of mechanosensory machinery in the primary cilium. Dr. Lai's study is aimed to determine how FLCN-mediated ciliary protein accumulation and the mechanism of FLCN in ciliary protein retention.

Journal Articles

C Long, Y Lai, J Li, J Huang and C Zou. LPS promotes HBO1 stability via USP25 to modulate inflammatory gene transcription in THP-1 cells. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Gene Regulatory Mechanisms 1861:773-782, 2018.
X Li, Y Lai, J Li, M Zou and C Zou. Oxidative stress destabilizes protein arginine methyltransferase 4 via glycogen synthase kinase 3beta to impede lung epithelial cell migration. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 313:C285-C294, 2017.
Y Lai, J Li, X Li and C Zou.  LPS modulates p300 and Sirt1 to promote PRMT1 stability via a SCF-Fbxl17-recognized acetyldegron. J Cell Sci jcs. 206904, 2017.
X Li, A Nan, Y Xiao, Y Chen and Y Lai.  PP2A-B56epsilon complex is involved in dephosphorylation of gamma-H2AX in the repair process of CPT-induced DNA double-strand breaks. Toxicology 331:57-65, 2015.
L Chen, Y Lai, D Li, X Zhu, P Yang, W Li, W Zhu, J Zhao, X Li, Y Xiao, Y Zhang, X Xing, Q Wang, B Zhang, Y Lin, J Zeng, S Zhang, C Liu, Z Li, X Zeng, Z Lin, Z Zhuang, and W Chen.  Alpha4 is highly expressed in carcinogen-transformed human cells and primary human cancers. Oncogene 30:2943-2953, 2011.