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Lauren Elizabeth Surface, Ph.D.


Available: 12/01/19, Expires: 09/01/21

Osteoporosis and low bone mass (osteopenia) are estimated to affect 55 percent of the American population over the age of 50, with bisphosphonates (BPs) among the most accessible and least expensive treatments. Despite their widespread use, the molecular pathways by which BPs work are poorly understood. Uncovering these pathways will assist clinicians in managing osteoporosis and related diseases. We have recently conducted genome-wide screens to identify molecular targets of these drugs. In this project, the student will investigate a select set of these targets, namely two transcription factors, that have recently been implicated in bone mineral density changes.

The student will be trained in and utilize techniques in molecular and cellular biology, including, but not limited to, culture of bone cells, flow cytometry, histology, and epigenomic and transcriptomic analysis. If desired, the student may also be trained in using rodent models.

This project commitment could range from small summer focused project to a year plus commitment depending on student's interest and scope.

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  1. K99AR073903 (SURFACE, LAUREN ELIZABETH) Aug 1, 2019 - Jul 31, 2021
    Deciphering mechanisms of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Surface LE, Burrow DT, Li J, Park J, Kumar S, Lyu C, Song N, Yu Z, Rajagopal A, Bae Y, Lee BH, Mumm S, Gu CC, Baker JC, Mohseni M, Sum M, Huskey M, Duan S, Bijanki VN, Civitelli R, Gardner MJ, McAndrew CM, Ricci WM, Gurnett CA, Diemer K, Wan F, Costantino CL, Shannon KM, Raje N, Dodson TB, Haber DA, Carette JE, Varadarajan M, Brummelkamp TR, Birsoy K, Sabatini DM, Haller G, Peterson TR. ATRAID regulates the action of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates on bone. Sci Transl Med. 2020 05 20; 12(544). PMID: 32434850.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  2. Yu Z, Surface LE, Park CY, Horlbeck MA, Wyant GA, Abu-Remaileh M, Peterson TR, Sabatini DM, Weissman JS, O'Shea EK. Identification of a transporter complex responsible for the cytosolic entry of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates. Elife. 2018 05 10; 7. PMID: 29745899.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  3. Surface LE, Fields PA, Subramanian V, Behmer R, Udeshi N, Peach SE, Carr SA, Jaffe JD, Boyer LA. H2A.Z.1 Monoubiquitylation Antagonizes BRD2 to Maintain Poised Chromatin in ESCs. Cell Rep. 2016 Feb 09; 14(5):1142-1155. PMID: 26804911.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  4. Subramanian V, Mazumder A, Surface LE, Butty VL, Fields PA, Alwan A, Torrey L, Thai KK, Levine SS, Bathe M, Boyer LA. H2A.Z acidic patch couples chromatin dynamics to regulation of gene expression programs during ESC differentiation. PLoS Genet. 2013; 9(8):e1003725. PMID: 23990805.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  5. Klattenhoff CA, Scheuermann JC, Surface LE, Bradley RK, Fields PA, Steinhauser ML, Ding H, Butty VL, Torrey L, Haas S, Abo R, Tabebordbar M, Lee RT, Burge CB, Boyer LA. Braveheart, a long noncoding RNA required for cardiovascular lineage commitment. Cell. 2013 Jan 31; 152(3):570-83. PMID: 23352431.
    Citations: 349     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  6. Surface LE, Thornton SR, Boyer LA. Polycomb group proteins set the stage for early lineage commitment. Cell Stem Cell. 2010 Sep 03; 7(3):288-98. PMID: 20804966.
    Citations: 124     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  7. Lockshon D, Surface LE, Kerr EO, Kaeberlein M, Kennedy BK. The sensitivity of yeast mutants to oleic acid implicates the peroxisome and other processes in membrane function. Genetics. 2007 Jan; 175(1):77-91. PMID: 17151231.
    Citations: 51     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.