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Ian A. Blair, Ph.D.

Ian A. Blair, Ph.D.

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A.N. Richards Professor of Pharmacology
Department: Pharmacology
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854 Biomedical Research Building II/III
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Center for Cancer Pharmacology
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6160
Office: (215) 573-9880
Fax: (215) 573-9889

Cambridge Grammar School for Boys, United Kingdom , 1960.

Prince of Wales School, Nairobi, Kenya, 1963.
B.Sc. ((Special) Chemistry, ARCS)
Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, United Kingdom, 1968.
Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, United Kingdom, 1971.
MRSC (Organic Chemistry)
Adelaide University, Australia, 1972.
Australian National University, 1977.
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Description of Research Expertise

Oxidative stress, carcinogenesis, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disease
Oxidative stress results in damage to lipids through the formation of lipid hydroperoxides. Our laboratory is involved in determining the factors that control lipid hydroperoxide-mediated damage to DNA, and proteins. We are also characterizing the lesions in these macromolecules using novel mass spectrometry methodology, determining how the lesions affect proliferation and apoptosis using model in vitro systems, and assessing how such processes can be prevented using novel pharmacological agents. We also have a program in biomarker discovery and analysis, which is focused on metabolomic and proteomic biomarkers of smoking, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. This involves the use of quantitative stable isotope dilution liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry methodology. We recently implement the use of stable isotope dilution by essential nutrients in cell culture (SILEC) as a method for analyzing important Krebs cycle coenzyme A-thioesters. This has made it possible to examine the effects of chemicals and disease on mitochondrial dysfunction.

Selected Publications

Wang Q, Mesaros C, Blair IA. : Ultra-high sensitivity analysis of estrogens for special populations in serum and plasma by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry: Assay considerations and suggested practices. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 162: 70-79, September 2016.

Zhao X, Lorent K, Wilkins B, Marchione DM, Gillespie K, Waisbourd-Zinman O, So J, Koo KA, Shin D, Porter JR, Wells RG, Blair I, Pack M: Glutathione antioxidant pathway activity and reserve determine toxicity and specificity of the biliary toxin biliatresone in zebrafish. Hepatology 64(3): 894-907, September 2016.

Mazaleuskaya LL, Lawson JA, Li X, Grant G, Mesaros C, Grosser T, Blair IA, Ricciotti E, FitzGerald GA. : A broad-spectrum lipidomics screen of antiinflammatory drug combinations in human blood. J CIin Inv. 1(12): pii: e87031, August 2016.

Guo L, Worth AJ, Mesaros AC, Snyder NW, Glickson JD, and Blair IA: Diisopropylethylamine/hexafluoroisopropanol-mediated ion-pairing UHPLC-MS for phosphate and carboxylate metabolite analysis: utility for studying cellular metabolism Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom 30(16): 1835-45, August 2016.

Nath K, Guo L, Nancolas B, Nelson DS, Shestov AA, Lee SC, Roman J, Zhou R, Leeper DB, Halestrap AP, Blair IA, Glickson JD: Mechanism of antineoplastic activity of lonidamine. Biochim Biophys Acta 1866(2): 151-162, August 2016.

Saha A, O'Connor RS, Thangavelu G, Lovitch SB, Dandamudi DB, Wilson CB, Vincent BG, Tkachev V, Pawlicki JM, Furlan SN, Kean LS, Aoyama K, Taylor PA, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Foncea R, Ranganathan P, Devine SM, Burrill JS, Guo L, Sacristan C, Snyder NW, Blair IA, Milone MC, Dustin ML, Riley JL, Bernlohr DA, Murphy WJ, Fife BT, Munn DH, Miller JS, Serody JS, Freeman GJ, Sharpe AH, Turka LA, Blazar BR.: Programmed death ligand-1 expression on donor T cells drives graft-versus-host disease lethality. J Clin Invest 126(7): 2642-60, July 2016.

Daurio NA, Tuttle SW, Worth AJ, Song EY, Davis JM, Snyder NW, Blair IA, Koumenis C. : AMPK Activation and Metabolic Reprogramming by Tamoxifen through Estrogen Receptor-Independent Mechanisms Suggests New Uses for This Therapeutic Modality in Cancer Treatment. Cancer Res 76(11): 3295-306, June 2016.

Shestov AA, Lee S-C, Nath K, Guo L, Nelson DS, Roman JC, Leeper DB, Wasik MA, Blair IA and Glickson JD: 13C MRS and LC–MS Flux Analysis of Tumor Intermediary Metabolism. Front Oncol 6: 135, June 2016 Notes: doi: 10.3389/fonc.2016.00135.

Huang M, Mesaros C, Zhang S, Blair IA, Penning TM.: Potential Metabolic Activation of a Representative C2-Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon 6-Ethylchrysene Associated with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Human Hepatoma (HepG2) Cells. Chem Res Toxicol. 29(6): 991-1002, June 2016.

Worth AJ, Marchione DM, Parry RC, Wang Q, Gillespie KP, Saillant NN, Sims C, Mesaros C, Snyder NW, Blair IA. : LC-MS Analysis of Human Platelets as a Platform for Studying Mitochondrial Metabolism. J Vis Exp. 110: e53941, Apr 4 2016.

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Last updated: 09/02/2016
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