Welcome to the Bridges Lab

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We are interested in the factors which cause obesity, the mechanisms by which this happens and how interventions in this pathway can alleviate obesity or its associated diseases. Our group uses a variety of model systems including cell culture, yeast, flies and mice to understand the signaling and metabolic pathways which are involved in these processes. We then use modern molecular biology, genetic and pharmacological tools to manipulate and learn more about the physiology of obesity.

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Recent Publications

Qingming Dong, Francesco Giorgianni, Xiong Deng, Sarka Beranova-Giorgianni, Dave Bridges, Edwards Park, Rajendra Raghow and Marshal Elam. Phosphorylation of Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Protein-1a by Protein Kinase A (PKA) Regulates Transcriptional Activity 2014. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 449(4):449-54 Full Text Details.
Anne Morrow, Mohsen Amir Alipour, Dave Bridges, Zemin Yao, Alan Saltiel and Jonathan Lee. The lipid kinase PI4KIIIbeta is highly expressed in breast tumours and activates Akt in cooperation with Rab11a. 2014. Molecular Cancer Research Full Text Details.
Natsuko JIn, Kai Mao, Yui Jin, Gela Tevadze, Emily Kauffman, Sujin Park, Dave Bridges, Robbie Loewith, Alan Saltiel, Daniel Klionsky and Lois Weisman. Roles for PI(3,5)P2 in nutrient sensing through TORC1 2014. Molecular Biology of the Cell 25(7):1171-85 Full Text Details.
Binbin Lu, Dave Bridges, Yemen Yang, Kaleigh Fisher, Alan Cheng, Louise Chang, Zhuoxian Meng, Jiande Lin, Michael Downes, Ruth Yu, Christopher Liddle, Ronald Evans and Alan Saltiel. Metabolic Crosstalk: molecular links between glycogen and lipid metabolism in obesity. 2014. Diabetes Full Text Details.

Recent Journal Clubs

O. Nelson, Jingxiang Huang, Heiko Jansen, Elizabeth Galbreath, Kurt Morgenstern, Jamie Gehring, Kimberly Rigano, Jae Lee, Jianhua Gong, Adam Shaywitz, Chantal Vella, Charles Robbins and Kevin Corbit. Grizzly Bears Exhibit Augmented Insulin Sensitivity while Obese Prior to a Reversible Insulin Resistance during Hibernation 2014. Cell Metabolism 20(2):376-82 Full Text Our Thoughts Details.
Robert Koza, Larissa Nikonova, Jessica Hogan, Jong-Seop Rim, Tamra Mendoza, Christopher Faulk, Jihad Skaf and Leslie Kozak. Changes in gene expression foreshadow diet-induced obesity in genetically identical mice. 2006. PLOS Genetics 2(5):e81 Full Text Our Thoughts Details.
Xiaoyuan Xu, Ambar Grijalva, Alicja Skowronski, Marco van Eijk, Mireille J Serlie and Anthony Ferrante. Obesity activates a program of lysosomal-dependent lipid metabolism in adipose tissue macrophages independently of classic activation. 2014. Cell metabolism 18(6):816-30 Full Text Our Thoughts Details.
Hui Zhang, Jingxiang Huang, Katrin Düvel, Bernard Boback, Shulin Wu, Rachel Squillace, Chin-Lee Wu and Brendan Manning. Insulin stimulates adipogenesis through the Akt-TSC2-mTORC1 pathway. 2009. PLOS One 4(7):e6189 Full Text Our Thoughts Details.
Alexander von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Roger Hunter, Mar Garcia-Rocha, Li Kang, Iliana Lopez-Soldado, Louise Lantier, Kashyap Patel, Mark Peggie, Carlos Martinez-Pons, Martin Voss, Joaquim Calbo, Patricia Cohen, David Wasserman, Joan Guinovart and Kei Sakamoto. Glucose-6-Phosphate-Mediated Activation of Liver Glycogen Synthase Plays a Key Role in Hepatic Glycogen Synthesis. 2013. Diabetes Full Text Our Thoughts Details.