Mark L. Kahn, M.D., B.A.

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Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
11-123 Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Bldg. 421
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5159
Office: (215) 898-9007
Fax: (215) 573-2094
B.A. (Science)
Brown University, 1984.
M.D. (Internal Medicine)
Brown University School of Medicine, 1987.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Interests
Signaling pathways in angiogenesis and hemostasis.

Key words: Angiogenesis, vascular development, platelet, signaling.

Description of Research
My laboratory investigates signaling pathways in cardiovascular development and function. We have two general areas of interest: angiogenesis and platelet signaling. In some cases these areas intersect, e.g. the role of Syk and SLP-76 signaling downstream of platelet receptors that regulate lymphatic vascular development. Major projects in the lab include the following: Regulation of lymphatic vascular development by Syk and SLP-76 signaling. Mice lacking Syk or SLP-76 exhibit lethal vascular phenotypes that we have recently found to be due to a failure to separate emerging lymphatic vessels from pre-existing blood vessels. We have recently identified platelet interaction with lymphatic endothelial cells as the basis for this mechanism of vascular regulation. The long term goals of this project are to understand how platelets control endothelial function and lymphatic vascular development. Platelet immunoreceptor signaling. There are two platelet-specific immune-type receptors, GPVI and CLEC2, that activate Syk and SLP-76 signals. GPVI is a collagen receptor that functions in hemostasis and thrombosis. CLEC2 is a receptor for the lymphatic endothelial protein PDPN and regulates blood-lymphatic vascular interactions. We are presently using mouse genetic models to understand how these two receptors signal and to define their biological roles in vivo. Role of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) signaling pathway in vascular development and disease. CCMs are a common human vascular disease caused by loss of function mutations in 3 CCM proteins. We have recently shown that the Heart of Glass (HEG) receptor and CCM proteins are required in mouse and fish cardiovascular development. We are actively investigating how this recently identified pathway regulates endothelial function in development and causes CCMs.

Rotation Projects
1. Regulation of lymphatic vascular development by platelet signaling. 2. HEG-CCM signaling in fish and mouse models. 3. Novel receptor signaling pathways in mammalian cardiovascular development. 4. Development and application of lymphatic endothelial-specific gene knockouts.

Lab personnel:
Xiangjain Zheng, PhD-postdoctoral fellow; Zhiyng Zou, PhD-postdoctoral fellow; Cara Bertozzi, PhD student; Chiu-Yu Chen, MD-PhD student; Alec Schmaier, PhD student; Chong Xu, PhD-postdoctoral fellow; Jiping Xiao, PhD-postdoctoral fellow; Patricia Mericko, Lab Manager; Mei Chen Research, Specialist.

Selected Publications

Yang Yiqing, Enis David, Zheng Hui, Chia Stephanie, Yang Jisheng, Chen Mei, Dhillon Veerpal, Papayannapoulou Thalia, Kahn Mark L: Cell Adhesion Mediated by VCAM-ITGa9 Interactions Enables Lymphatic Development. Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology Mar 2015.

Kahn Mark L: A critical role of platelet glycoprotein ibα in arterial remodeling. Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology 35(3): 498-9, Mar 2015.

Zhou Zinan, Rawnsley David R, Goddard Lauren M, Pan Wei, Cao Xing-Jun, Jakus Zoltan, Zheng Hui, Yang Jisheng, Arthur J Simon C, Whitehead Kevin J, Li Dean, Zhou Bin, Garcia Benjamin A, Zheng Xiangjian, Kahn Mark L: The cerebral cavernous malformation pathway controls cardiac development via regulation of endocardial MEKK3 signaling and KLF expression. Developmental cell 32(2): 168-80, Jan 2015.

Jakus Zoltán, Gleghorn Jason P, Enis David R, Sen Aslihan, Chia Stephanie, Liu Xi, Rawnsley David R, Yang Yiqing, Hess Paul R, Zou Zhiying, Yang Jisheng, Guttentag Susan H, Nelson Celeste M, Kahn Mark L: Lymphatic function is required prenatally for lung inflation at birth. The Journal of experimental medicine 211(5): 815-26, May 2014.

Zheng Xiangjian, Riant Florence, Bergametti Françoise, Myers Cynthia D, Tang Alan T, Kleaveland Benjamin, Pan Wei, Yang Jisheng, Tournier-Lasserve Elisabeth, Kahn Mark L: Cerebral cavernous malformations arise independent of the heart of glass receptor. Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation 45(5): 1505-9, May 2014.

Boulaftali Yacine, Hess Paul R, Kahn Mark L, Bergmeier Wolfgang: Platelet immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) signaling and vascular integrity. Circulation research 114(7): 1174-84, Mar 2014.

Hess Paul R, Rawnsley David R, Jakus Zoltán, Yang Yiqing, Sweet Daniel T, Fu Jianxin, Herzog Brett, Lu MinMin, Nieswandt Bernhard, Oliver Guillermo, Makinen Taija, Xia Lijun, Kahn Mark L: Platelets mediate lymphovenous hemostasis to maintain blood-lymphatic separation throughout life. The Journal of clinical investigation 124(1): 273-84, Jan 2014.

Liang X, Russell S R, Estelle S, Jones L H, Cho S, Kahn M L, Berndt M C, Bunting S T, Ware J, Li R: Specific inhibition of ectodomain shedding of glycoprotein Ibα by targeting its juxtamembrane shedding cleavage site. Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis : JTH 11(12): 2155-62, Dec 2013.

Herzog BH, Fu J, Wilson SJ, Hess PR, Sen A, McDaniel JM, Pan Y, Sheng M, Yago T, Silasi-Mansat R, McGee S, May F, Nieswandt B, Morris AJ, Lupu F, Coughlin SR, McEver RP, Chen H, Kahn ML, Xia L: Podoplanin maintains high endothelial venule integrity by interacting with platelet CLEC-2. Nature Sept 2013 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Rawnsley DR, Xiao J, Lee J, Liu X, Mericko-Ishizuka P, Kumar V, He J, Basu A, Lu M, Lynn FC, Pack M, Gasa R, Kahn ML: The transcription factor Atonal homolog 8 regulates Gata4 and Friend of Gata-2 during vertebrate development. Journal of Biology and Chemistry Jul 2013 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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