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Katalin Susztak

Associate Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division
415 Curie Boulevard
Clinical Research Building 405B
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215 898 2009
Lab: 215 898 2008
Graduate Group Affiliations
Semmelweis University, Medical School, Budapest, Hungary, 1995.
Semmelweis University, Medical School, Budapest, Hungary, 1997.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 2004.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research interest
Work in my laboratory is aimed toward the understanding of molecular pathways that govern chronic kidney disease development.

Chronic Kidney Disease
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Tissue fibrosis
Notch, Wnt/Ctnnb1
Epithelial cell differentiation

Research details

Work in my laboratory is aimed towards the understanding of molecular pathways that govern chronic kidney disease development. We have two general areas of interest: hypothesis generating (high trough-put, translational) and mechanistic studies. Over the past 10 years we banked and analyzed (combined genetic, epigenetic and genomic approaches) a large number of healthy and diseased human kidney tissue samples. We hypothesize that integrative analysis of epigenetic and genetic settings in diseased cells can provide a rational basis for more accurately modeling the critical biological pathways involved in mediating the progressive phenotype in individual patients. We also predict that epigenomic integrative analysis can be used to determine the identity of chromatin and transcription factors that contribute mechanistically to aberrant transcriptional programming in chronic kidney disease, and that this information can be used for designing therapeutic strategies. We are specifically interested in defining cis-regulatory modules (promoters, enhancers and repressors) that govern the normal and altered epithelial phenotype in diseased kidneys.
In addition, we use genetic approaches and mouse as a model organism to test the role of candidate signaling molecules and regulatory pathways directly in vivo. The Cre/loxP and tet inducible transgenic technologies allow us to analyze the function of particular factors by deleting or overexpressing genes that encode them in specific cell types in the kidney. Specifically, we are working on determining the role of the Notch and Wnt/beta-catenin pathway in chronic kidney disease development, renal epithelial cell homeostasis, renal stem or progenitor cell function and differentiation. Our recent results highlight the role of embryonic programs in adult disease development.

Rotation Projects
There are several; please speak with Dr. Susztak.

Lab Personnel:

Jianling Tao MD- Visiting Associate Professor
Kimberley Reidy MD- Adjunct Assistant Professor
Esther Park MD - Postdoctoral fellow
Hyun Mi Kang PhD- Postdoctoral fellow
Mariya Sweetwyne PhD- Postdoctoral fellow
Laura Malaga MD, PhD-Fellow
Yi-an Ko- Graduate Student
Frank Chinga- Research Specialist
Nora Ledo- Research Specialist

Selected Publications:

Niranjan T, Bielesz B, Gruenwald A, Ponda MP, Kopp JB, Thomas DB, Susztak K.
The Notch pathway in podocytes plays a role in the development of glomerular disease. Nat Med. 2008 Mar;14(3):290-8. Epub 2008 Mar 2. PMID: 18311147

Kato H, Gruenwald A, Suh JH, Miner JH, Barisoni-Thomas L, Taketo MM, Faul C, Millar SE, Holzman LB, Susztak K. Wnt/β-catenin pathway in podocytes integrates cell adhesion, differentiation, and survival. J Biol Chem. 2011 Jul 22;286(29):26003-15. PMID: 21613219

Bielesz B, Sirin Y, Si H, Niranjan T, Gruenwald A, Ahn S, Kato H, Pullman J, Gessler M, Haase VH, Susztak K. Epithelial Notch signaling regulates interstitial fibrosis development in the kidneys of mice and humans. J Clin Invest. 2010 Nov;120(11):4040-54. PMID: 20978353

Sirin Y, Susztak K. Notch in the kidney: development and disease.
J Pathol. 2012 Jan;226(2):394-403 Review.

Woroniecka KI, Park AS, Mohtat D, Thomas DB, Pullman JM, Susztak K. Transcriptome analysis of human diabetic kidney disease. Diabetes. 2011 Sep;60(9):2354-69.

Selected Publications

Thomas MC, Brownlee M, Susztak K, Jandeleit-Dahm K, Sharma K, Zoungas S, Rossing P, Groop PH, Cooper ME: Diabetic Kidney Disease Nature Reviews on Disease Primers July 2015.

Stadler Krisztian, Goldberg Ira J, Susztak Katalin: The evolving understanding of the contribution of lipid metabolism to diabetic kidney disease. Current diabetes reports 15(7): 40, Jul 2015.

Na Jianbo, Sweetwyne Mariya T, Park Ae Seo Deok, Susztak Katalin, Cagan Ross L: Diet-Induced Podocyte Dysfunction in Drosophila and Mammals. Cell reports 12(4): 636-647, Jul 2015.

Shenoy Niraj, Vallumsetla Nishanth, Zou Yiyu, Galeas Jose Nahun, Shrivastava Makardhwaj, Hu Caroline, Susztak Katalin, Verma Amit: Role of DNA methylation in renal cell carcinoma. Journal of hematology & oncology 8(1): 88, July 2015.

Han Seung Hyeok, Malaga-Dieguez Laura, Chinga Frank, Kang Hyun Mi, Tao Jianling, Reidy Kimberly, Susztak Katalin: Deletion of Lkb1 in Renal Tubular Epithelial Cells Leads to CKD by Altering Metabolism. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN Jun 2015.

Germain Marine, Pezzolesi Marcus G, Sandholm Niina, McKnight Amy J, Susztak Katalin, Lajer Maria, Forsblom Carol, Marre Michel, Parving Hans-Henrik, Rossing Peter, Toppila Iiro, Skupien Jan, Roussel Ronan, Ko Yi-An, Ledo Nora, Folkersen Lasse, Civelek Mete, Maxwell Alexander P, Tregouet David-Alexandre, Groop Per-Henrik, Tarnow Lise, Hadjadj Samy: SORBS1 gene, a new candidate for diabetic nephropathy: results from a multi-stage genome-wide association study in patients with type 1 diabetes. Diabetologia 58(3): 543-8, Mar 2015.

Ledo Nora, Ko Yi-An, Park Ae-Seo Deok, Kang Hyun-Mi, Han Sang-Youb, Choi Peter, Susztak Katalin: Functional genomic annotation of genetic risk loci highlights inflammation and epithelial biology networks in CKD. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN 26(3): 692-714, Mar 2015.

Kang Hyun Mi, Ahn Seon Ho, Choi Peter, Ko Yi-An, Han Seung Hyeok, Chinga Frank, Park Ae Seo Deok, Tao Jianling, Sharma Kumar, Pullman James, Bottinger Erwin P, Goldberg Ira J, Susztak Katalin: Defective fatty acid oxidation in renal tubular epithelial cells has a key role in kidney fibrosis development. Nature medicine 21(1): 37-46, Jan 2015.

Sweetwyne M, Gruenwald A, Niranjan T, Park ASD, Nishinakamura R, Strobl LJ, Susztak K: Notch1 and Notch2 in podocytes play differential roles during diabetic nephropathy development Diabetes (in revision) 2015.

Susztak K: Wnt, Notch, and Tubular Pathology. Kidney Development, Disease, Repair and Regeneration Melissa Little (eds.). Elsevier Press, 2015.

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