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Gary D. Wu, M.D.

Gary D. Wu, M.D.

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Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology
Department: Medicine
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
421 Curie Boulevard
9th Floor Biomedical Research Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-0158
A.B. (Chemistry)
Cornell University, 1982.
Northwestern University Medical School, 1986.
M.A. (Honorary)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Program
Molecular regulation of gene expression in the colonic epithelium

Program Summary
Intestinal epithelial cells respond to inflammatory stimulation in several ways. First, intestinal epithelial cells can produce immune modulating substances such as cytokines and immunoreceptors. Second, intestinal inflammation leads to an alteration in the patterns of cell differentiation along the crypt-villus axis. Finally, chronic inflammatory diseases of intestinal tract lead to a markedly increased risk for the neoplastic transformation of the colonic epithelium. Using various intestinal cell culture systems and transgenic animal models, we are exploring the molecular mechanisms by which gene expression is regulated in the colonic epithelium. Target genes which are being studied in this regard include the proinflammatory cytokine, IL-8, the chloride/sulfate anion transporter, DRA, the nuclear hormone receptor, PPARgamma, and a novel gene expressed specifically in colonic crypt cells, RELM-beta.

Lab personnel:
Laetitia Charrier, PhD - Research Associate
Ying-Yu (Eddy) Chen - Research Specialist
Marie Hildebrandt, Graduate Student
Evelyn Hsu, MD - Research Specialist
Sue Keilbaugh, PhD, Technical Director, Molecular Biology Core

Selected Publications

Albenberg L, Esipova TV2, Judge CP1, Bittinger K3, Chen J4, Laughlin A3, Grunberg S3, Baldassano RN1, Lewis JD5, Li H4, Thom SR6, Bushman FD3, Vinogradov SA7, Wu GD8.: Correlation Between Intraluminal Oxygen Gradient and Radial Partitioning of Intestinal Microbiota. Gastroenterology. July 2014.

Dollive S, Chen YY, Grunberg S, Bittinger K, Hoffmann C, Vandivier L, Cuff C, Lewis JD, Wu GD, Bushman FD.: Fungi of the murine gut: episodic variation and proliferation during antibiotic treatment. PLoS One. August 2013.

Minot S, Bryson A, Chehoud C, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD.: Rapid evolution of the human gut virome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. July 2013.

Han D, Walsh MC, Cejas PJ, Dang NN, Kim YF, Kim J, Charrier-Hisamuddin L, Chau L, Zhang Q, Bittinger K, Bushman FD, Turka LA, Shen H, Reizis B, Defranco AL, Wu GD, Choi Y.: Dendritic cell expression of the signaling molecule TRAF6 is critical for gut microbiota-dependent immune tolerance. Immunity. June 2013.

Hoffmann C, Dollive S, Grunberg S, Chen J, Li H, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD.: Archaea and fungi of the human gut microbiome: correlations with diet and bacterial residents. PLoS One. June 2013.

Koeth RA1, Wang Z, Levison BS, Buffa JA, Org E, Sheehy BT, Britt EB, Fu X, Wu Y, Li L, Smith JD, DiDonato JA, Chen J, Li H, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Warrier M, Brown JM, Krauss RM, Tang WH, Bushman FD, Lusis AJ, Hazen SL.: Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis. Nat Med. May 2013.

Toedter G, Li K, Sague S, Ma K, Marano C, Macoritto M, Park J, Deehan R, Matthews A, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Arijs I, Rutgeerts P, Baribaud F.: Genes associated with intestinal permeability in ulcerative colitis: changes in expression following infliximab therapy. Inflamm Bowel Dis. August 2012.

Minot S, Grunberg S, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD.: Hypervariable loci in the human gut virome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. March 2012.

Wu GD, Chen J, Hoffmann C, Bittinger K, Chen YY, Keilbaugh SA, Bewtra M, Knights D, Walters WA, Knight R, Sinha R, Gilroy E, Gupta K, Baldassano R, Nessel L, Li H, Bushman FD, Lewis JD.: Linking long-term dietary patterns with gut microbial enterotypes. Science. October 2011.

Minot S, Sinha R, Chen J, Li H, Keilbaugh SA, Wu GD, Lewis JD, Bushman FD.: The human gut virome: inter-individual variation and dynamic response to diet. Genome Res. October 2011.

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Last updated: 11/13/2014
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