Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, PhD

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Research Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
3450 Hamilton Walk,
Edward J. Stemmler Hall, Office Suite 227
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6118
Office: (215) 573-9917
Fax: (215) 746-0376
Lab: (215)-573-9848
B.S. (Biology)
State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, 1983.
M.S. (Cell Biology)
Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm’s University, Bonn, Germany, 1987.
Ph.D. (Cell Biology)
Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm’s University, Bonn, Germany, 1991.
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Description of Research Expertise

The theme of Dr. Christofidou-Solomidou's research is pulmonary inflammation and cell adhesion molecule regulation/expression. Projects involve the development of oxidant-induced acute and chronic lung injury animal models for the study of diseases such as ARDS, sepsis, radiation induced pneumonitis/fibrosis, and oxygen toxicity. Specific projects focus on the development of antioxidant methodologies such as immune conjugates for the targeting of anti-oxidant enzymes such as Catalase and Superoxide Dismutase to the pulmonary endothelium using antibodies to endothelial antigens. Recent work extends to the use of dietary alternative antioxidant agents such as curcumin, flaxseed or phenolic compounds in ameliorating acute and chronic oxidative lung disease.

Selected Publications

Mishra OP, Popov AV, Pietrofesa RA, Hwang WT, Andrake M, Nakamaru-Ogiso E, Christofidou-Solomidou M: Radiation activates myeloperoxidase (MPO) to generate active chlorine species (ACS) via a dephosphorylation mechanism - inhibitory effect of LGM2605. Biochim Biophys Acta Gen Subj. FEB 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2020.129548.

Cameron H. Flayer, Erik D. Larson, Anjali Joseph, Sean Kao, Wenxiu Qu, Austin Van Haren, Christopher M. Royer, Thais Sielecki, Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Angela Haczku: Protective effect of LGM2605 on ozone-induced inflammation and hyperreactivity in rhesus macaques. J Allergy Clin Immunol 145(1): 312-323, JAN 2020.

Jacovides CL, Ahmed S, Suto Y, Paris AJ, Leone R, Weber M, Johnson VE, Christofidou-Solomidou M, Kaplan LJ, Smith DH, Holena DN, Schwab CW, Pascual JL: An inflammatory pulmonary insult post-traumatic brain injury worsens subsequent spatial learning and neurological outcomes. J. Trauma Acute Care Surg 87(3): 552-558, JUNE 2019.

Christofidou-Solomidou M, Pietrofesa R, Park K, Albelda SM, Serve K, Keil D, and Pfau J : Synthetic Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (LGM2605) Inhibits Libby Amphibole Fiber-Induced Acute Inflammation in Mice. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 375: 81-93, April 2019.

Shampa Chatterjee, Ralph A. Pietrofesa, Kyewon Park, Jian-Qin Tao, Alejandro Carabe-Fernandez, Abigail T. Berman, Constantinos Koumenis, Thais Sielecki, and Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou : LGM2605 Reduces Space Radiation-Induced NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation and Damage in In Vitro Lung Vascular Networks. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. MDPI, 20(176): 1-27, JAN 2019.

Dimitra Kokkinaki, Matthew Hoffman, Charikleia Kalliora, Anastasios Lymperopoulos, Anna Maria Lucchese, Sanantham Shanmughapriya, Ioannis Kyriazis, Dhanendra Tomar, Joon Young Park, Hong Wang, Xiao-Feng Yang, Muniswamy Madesh, Walter J. Koch, Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou and Konstantinos Drosatos: Chemically synthesized Secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (LGM2605) improves mitochondrial function in cardiac myocytes and alleviates septic cardiomyopathy. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. Elsevier, 127: 232-245, JAN 2019.

Ralph A. Pietrofesa, Shampa Chatterjee, Sandra Pastorino, Haining Yang, Steven M. Albelda, and Christofidou-Solomidou M: The Synthetic Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (LGM2605) Prevents Asbestos-Induced Inflammation and Genotoxic Cell Damage in Human Mesothelial Cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences IN REVIEW 2019.

Vladimir V. Shuvaev,Makan Khoshnejad,Katherine W. Pulsipher,Raisa Yu. Kiseleva, Evguenia Arguiri, Jasmina C. Cheung-Lau, Kathleen M. LeFort, Christofidou-Solomidou M, Radu V. Stan, Ivan J. Dmochowski, and Vladimir R. Muzykantov: Spatially controlled assembly of affinity ligand and enzyme cargo enables targeting ferritin nanocarriers to caveolae. Biomaterials 185: 348-359, SEPT 2018.

Zhou Bing, Yoshi Suzuki, Thomas Disanto, Samantha Rubin, Zachary Penfil, Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Edward Cantu: Application of Out of Body Lung Perfusion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Academic Radiology 26(3): 404-411, JULY 2018 Notes:

Pietrofesa RA, Chatterjee S, Park K, Arguiri E4, Albelda SM, Christofidou-Solomidou M.: Synthetic Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside (LGM2605) Reduces Asbestos-Induced Cytotoxicity in an Nrf2-Dependent and -Independent Manner. Antioxidants (Basel) 7(3), MARCH 2018.

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