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Tulane University Health Sciences
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue SL-79
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone 504-988-5224
Fax 504-988-7389

Tong Wu, MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Marguerite Main Zimmerman Chair in Basic Cancer Research

Contact Information

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-79, Rm 6519
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: 504-988-5210
Fax: 504-988-7862

Tong Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dr. Wu’s basic research centers on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation and carcinogenesis, with a special emphasis on the pathogenesis of liver cancer and inflammatory liver diseases.  The laboratory focuses on the biological functions and molecular mechanisms of arachidonic acid/prostaglandin and other key signaling pathways in hepatobiliary cell biology, inflammation and carcinogenesis.

Dr. Wu

Arachidonic acid metabolites, termed eicosanoids (including prostaglandins, leukotrienes and HETEs), are potent biologically active molecules in inflammation and carcinogenesis.  They mediate a variety of cellular physiological and pathophysiological functions through binding to their plasma membrane receptors and/or nuclear transcription factors (PPARs).  Whereas the pro-inflammatory and carcinogenic eicosanoids are synthesized from arachidonic acid (an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid), this process is competitively inhibited by omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.  The production of arachidonic acid metabolites is tightly controlled by a series of enzymes including cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1), and 15-hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase (15-PGDH).

Dr. Wu’s laboratory is actively investigating the interaction between the eicosanoid cascade with other signaling pathways (including TGF-b, EGFR, iNOS and Wnt/b-catenin) and their role in liver injury, inflammation and carcinogenesis.  A variety of in vitro and in vivo model systems are being utilized to study key eicosanoid-regulatory enzymes, eicosanoid receptors (G protein coupled receptors and PPARs), omega-3 fatty acids, microRNAs, TGF-b, EGFR, iNOS, Wnt/b-catenin, and Hedgehog signaling pathways in liver cells.  The laboratory also investigates liver cancer epigenetics, mechanisms of liver injuries, and growth regulation of hepatocytes and biliary epithelial cells.

Dr. Wu also conducts active clinical research on transplantation pathology, primarily in liver and intestine transplantation.


Selected Publications:

Lu L, Byrnes K, Han C, Wang Y and Wu T.  MiR-21 targets 15-PGDH and promotes cholangiocarcinoma growth.  Mol. Cancer Res. 2014, 12(6):890-900.

Qadir XV, Han C, Lu D, Zhang J, and Wu T.  MicroRNA-185 inhibits hepatocellular carcinoma growth by targeting the DNMT1/PTEN/AKT pathway.  Am J Pathol. 2014 Aug;184(8):2355-2364.

Lu D, Han C., and Wu T.  15-PGDH inhibits hepatocellular carcinoma growth through 15-keto-PGE2/PPARgamma-mediated activation of p21WAF1/Cip1. Oncogene. 2014, 33(9):1101-1112.

Zhu H, Han C, Lu D, and Wu T.  MiR-17-92 cluster promotes cholangiocarcinoma growth:  Evidence for PTEN as downstream target and IL6/Stat3 as upstream activator.  Am J Pathol. 2014 Oct;184(10):2828-2839.

Lu D, Han C and Wu T. 15-Hydroxyprostaglandin dehydrogenase-derived 15-keto-prostaglandin E2 inhibits cholangiocarcinoma cell growth through interaction with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma, SMAD2/3, and TAP63 Proteins. J. Biol. Chem. 2013, 288:19484-19502.

Zhang J, Han C, Zhu H, Song K, and Wu T.  MicroRNA-101 inhibits cholangiocarcinoma angiogenesis through targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).  Am. J. Pathol.  2013, 182:1629-1639.

Song K, Han C, Zhang J, Lu D, Dash S, Feitelson M, Lim K, Wu T.  Epigenetic regulation of miR-122 by PPARγ and hepatitis B virus X protein in hepatocellular carcinoma cells.  Hepatology.  2013, 58(5):1681-1692.

Wang Y, Han C, Lu L, Magliato S and Wu T.  Hedgehog signaling pathway regulates autophagy in human hepatocellular carcinoma cells.  Hepatology. 2013, 58(3):995-1010.

Lu D, Han C and Wu T. Microsomal prostaglading E synthease-1 (mPGES-1) promotes hepatocarcinogenesis through activation of a novel EGR1/beta-catenin signaling axis. Oncogene. 2012, 31(7):842-857.

Zhang J, Han C and Wu T. MicroRNA-26a promotes cholangiocarcinoma growth by activating beta-catenin. Gastroenterology. 2012, 143:246–256.

Chandra PK, Kundu AK, Hazari S, Chandra S, Bao L, Ooms T, Morris GF, Wu T, Mandal TK, Dash S.  Inhibition of hepatitis C virus replication by intracellular delivery of multiple siRNAs by nanosomes.  Mol Ther. 2012, 20(9):1724-36.

The Banff Working Group on Liver Allograft Pathology. Importance of liver biopsy findings in immunosuppression management: Biopsy monitoring and working criteria for patients with operational tolerance (OT).  Liver Transpl. 2012, 18:1154-1170.

O'Keefe SJ, El Hajj II, Wu T, Martin D, Mohammed K, Abu-Elmagd K.  Endoscopic evaluation of small intestine transplant grafts.  Transplantation. 2012, 94(7):757-62.

Li G, Chen WN, Han C and Wu T. Targeted expression of cytosolic phospholipase A2alpha in the liver protects against Fas-induced liver injury. J Hepatol 2011, 55(6):1281-1290.

Lu D, Han C and Wu T. Microsomal prostaglading E synthease-1 (mPGES-1) promotes experimental cholangiocarcinogenesis and tumor progression through inhibition of PTEN pathway. Gastroenterology. 2011, 40(7):2084-94.

Han C, Bowen WC, Li GY, Demetris AJ, Michalopoulos GK and Wu T. Cytosolic phospholipase A2alpha and PPAR-gamma signaling pathway counteracts TGF-beta-mediated inhibition of primary and transformed hepatocyte growth. Hepatology, 2010, 52 (2): 644-655.

Adeyi OA, Costa G, Abu-Elmagd KM, and Wu T.  Rotavirus infection in adult small intestine allografts: A clinico-pathological study of a cohort of 23 patients.  Am. J. Transplant. 2010, 10:2683-2689.

Nalesnik MA, Wu T, Sasatomi E, and Demetris AJ.  Pathologic Aspects of Hepatocellualr Tumors.  In Hepatocellular Carcinoma:  Diagnosis and Treatment (2nd edition) (Ed: B. Carr), Humana Press, 2010, pp 183-233.

Lim K and Wu T.  Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and other cancers.  In Dietary Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cancer (Eds: G. Calviello and S. Serini), Springer-Verlag, New York, 2010, pp 191-217.

Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5224