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Michael J. May, Ph.D.

Graduate Group Affiliations

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Department of Biomedical Sciences (OVH 200E),
The School of Veterinary Medicine,
The University of Pennsylvania
3800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573 0940
Fax: (215) 573 5186
B. Sc. (Department of Immunology)
University of Glasgow, UK, 1988.
M.Sc. (Department of Immunology)
University of Manchester, UK, 1992.
Ph.D. (Vascular Biology Research Centre)
King’s College London, UK. , 1996.
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Description of CVI Expertise

CVI Program Unit(s):
Lipid / Atherosclerosis / CAD / ACS / Prevention

CVI Research Description:
The major interest of our cardiovascular research is to understand how NF-kB signaling regulates the phenotype and function of vascular endothelial cells. The approaches my lab uses to address this include molecular and biochemical dissection of NF-kB signaling in cultured endothelial cells (including HUVEC, HDMEC and HAEC), conditional genetic deletion in endothelial cells of key kinases (IKK1± and IKK2) in the NF-kB pathway, and the development and testing of cell-permeable peptide inhibitors of NF-kB in vitro and in vivo.

We are particularly interested in understanding the role of the recently described non-canonical NF-kB pathway in regulating endothelial cell function in chronic inflammation and have an RO1 grant specifically addressing this question. In addition, my lab is currently examining both the classical and non-canonical NF-kB pathways in the context of atherosclerosis. We are using pharmacological (i.e. the cell-permeable NBD peptide that we developed) and genetic approaches to block NF-kB signaling in vivo in atherosclerosis-prone mice.

Selected Publications

Gray Carolyn M, Remouchamps Caroline, McCorkell Kelly A, Solt Laura A, Dejardin Emmanuel, Orange Jordan S, May Michael J: Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling Is Limited by Classical NF-κB Activity. Science Signaling 7(311): ra13, 2014.

Sehnert B, Burkhardt H, Wessels J T, Schröder Ag, May M J, Vestweber D, Zwerina J, Warnatz K, Nimmerjahn F, Schett G, Dübel S, Voll R E: NF-κB inhibitor targeted to activated endothelium demonstrates a critical role of endothelial NF-κB in immune-mediated diseases. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(41): 16556-61, Oct 2013.

Neely R J, Brose M S, Gray C M, McCorkell K A, Leibowitz J M, Ma C, Rothstein J L & May M J: The RET/PTC3 oncogene activates classical NF-kappaB by stabilizing NIK. Oncogene 6(30): 87-96, 2011.

Madge LA & May MJ: Classical NF-kappaB activation negatively regulates non-canonical NF-kappaB-dependent CXCL12 expression. The Journal of biological chemistry 285 (49): 38069-077, 2010.

Yatherajam G, Banerjee PP, McCorkell KA, Solt LA, Hanson EP, Madge LA, Kang S, Worley PF, Orange JS & May MJ.: Cutting edge: association with I kappa B kinase beta regulates the subcellular localization of Homer3. Journal of immunology 185(5): 2665-9, 2010.

Solt LA, Madge LA & May MJ: NEMO-binding domains of both IKKalpha and IKKbeta regulate IkappaB kinase complex assembly and classical NF-kappaB activation. The Journal of biological chemistry 284(40): 27596-608, 2009.

Wharry CE, Haines KM, Carroll RG & May MJ.: Constitutive non-canonical NFkappaB signaling in pancreatic cancer cells. Cancer biology & therapy 8(16): 1567-76, 2009.

Madge LA, Kluger MS, Orange JS & May MJ.: Lymphotoxin-alpha 1 beta 2 and LIGHT induce classical and noncanonical NF-kappa B-dependent proinflammatory gene expression in vascular endothelial cells. Journal of Immunology 180(5): 3467-77, 2008.

May MJ & Madge LA.: Caspase inhibition sensitizes inhibitor of NF-kappaB kinase beta-deficient fibroblasts to caspase-independent cell death via the generation of reactive oxygen species. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282(22): 16105-16, 2007.

Solt LA, Madge LA, Orange JS & May MJ.: Interleukin-1-induced NF-kappaB activation is NEMO-dependent but does not require IKKbeta. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282(12): 8724-33, 2007.

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