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Lawrence B. Holzman, M.D.

C. Mahlon Kline Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Founders
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6140
B.A. (Biophysics)
University of Pennsylvania, 1980.
UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, 1984.
Post-Graduate Training
Internal Medicine Resident, The Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1984-1987.
Nephrology Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Hospital, 1987-1989.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Glomerular disease
Systemic lupus erythematosis
Systemic vasculitis

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Holzman is an established and NIH funded laboratory investigator, well recognized for his investigations of mechanisms of cell signaling and also of podocyte biology, where he has contributed importantly to our understanding of the mechanisms that govern podocyte cytoskeletal architecture.

The Holzman lab studies the biochemistry and function of DLK, a member of the mixed lineage kinase family of MAPK kinase kinases. The laboratory initially discovered and cloned DLK and first demonstrated that DLK is a MAP3 kinase capable of activating the mitogen activated protein kinase family of JNK kinases. It showed that DLK is activated by insulin and in soon to be published work demonstrated that deletion of DLK in mice results in a phenotype of resistance to diet induced obesity and cell autonomous increased insulin sensitivity.

Dr. Holzman also investigates the biology of the glomerular podocyte, a unique epithelial cell that appears to play a central role in most forms of glomerular disease. The octopus-like processes of the podocyte interdigitate and form specialized intercellular junctions that function as the kidney glomerular filter. The lab has been a leader in characterizing the molecular components of this intercellular junction and first established evidence to support the hypothesis that these junctional components participate in regulating podocyte morphology by modulating actin cytoskeletal dynamics. The lab has particularly focused on signaling functions of members of the cell adhesion molecules of the Nephrin family and has contributed seminal work on the atypical cadherin FAT1. As part of this work, the lab has developed a transgenic mouse strategy for examining the functional biology of proteins and their interactions specifically in the podocyte that is now used internationally.

Selected Publications

Spinale Joann M, Mariani Laura H, Kapoor Shiv, Zhang Jidong, Weyant Robert, Song Peter X, Wong Hetty N, Troost Jonathan P, Gadegbeku Crystal A, Gipson Debbie S, Kretzler Matthias, Nihalani Deepak, Holzman Lawrence B: A reassessment of soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor in glomerular disease. Kidney international 87(3): 564-74, Mar 2015.

Gadegbeku CA, Gipson DS, Holzman LB, Ojo AO, Song PXK, Barisoni L, Sampson MG, Kopp JB, Lemley KV, Nelson PJ, Lienczewski CC, Adler SG, Appel GB, Cattran DC, Choi MJ, Contreras G, Dell KM, Fervenza FC, Gibson KL, Greenbaum LA, Hernandez JD, Hewitt SM, Hingorani SR, Hladunewich M, Hogan MC, Hogan SL, Kaskel FJ, Lieske JC, Meyers KEC, Nachman PH, Nast CC, Neu AM, Reich HN, Sedor JR, Sethna CB, Trachtman H, Tuttle KR, Zhdanova O, Zilleruelo GE, Kretzler M: Design of the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) to evaluate primary glomerular nephropathy by a multidisciplinary approach. Kidney Int 83(4): 749-56, Apr 2013.

George B, Verma R, Soofi AA, Garg P, Zhang J, Park T, Giardino L, Ryzhova L, Johnstone DB, Wong H, Nihalani D, Salant DJ, Hanks SK, Curran T, Rastaldi MP, and Holzman LB: Crk1/2-dependent signaling is necessary for podocyte foot process spreading in mice. J Clin Invest 122(2): 674-92, Feb 2012.

Deepak N, Wong H, Verma R, Holzman LB: Src Family Kinases Directly Regulate JIP1 Module Dynamics and Activation. Mol Cell Biol 27(7): 2431-2441, 2007.

Verma R, Kovari I, Abdul S, Nihalani D, Patrie K, Holzman LB: Nephrin ectodomain engagement results in Src kinase activation, nephrin phosphorylation, Nck recruitment, and actin polymerization. J Clin Invest 116(5): 1346-1359, 2006.

Moeller MJ, Soofi A, Sanden S, Floege J, Kriz W, Holzman LB: An efficient system for tissue-specific over-expression of transgenes in podocytes in vivo. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 289(2): F481-F488, 2005.

Moeller MJ, Soofi A, Watzel C, Kriz W, Holzman LB : Protocadherin FAT1 binds Ena/VASP and is necessary for lamellipodial dynamics, cell polarization, and cell migration. EMBO J 23(19): 3769-3779, Oct 2004.

Holzman LB, St. John P, Kovari I, Verma R, Holthofer H, Abrahamson D: Nephrin is localized to the slit pore of the glomerular epithelial cell. Kidney Intl 56(4): 1481-1491, 1999.

Nihalani D, Meyer D, Pajni S, Holzman LB: Mixed lineage kinase-dependent JNK activation is governed by interactions of scaffold protein JIP with MAPK module components. EMBO J 20(13): 3447-3458, 2001.

Holzman LB, Merritt S, Fan G: Identification, molecular cloning, and characterization of Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase: a novel serine/threonine kinase that defines a second subfamily of MLK kinases. J Biol Chem 269(49): 30808-30817, 1994.

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