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profileQiufu Ma, Ph.D.

TitleProfessor of Neurobiology
InstitutionDana-Farber Cancer Institute
AddressDana Farber Cancer Institute
Cancer Biology/MA, Smith 1022
44 Binney St
Boston MA 02115
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Identification of a Novel Population of Neurons Involved in Pain Perception
Spanish/Summer/Continuation, 06/05/15 - 08/15/15

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R01NS086372     (GOULDING, MARTYN D)Sep 30, 2013 - Jun 30, 2018
Intersectional genetic dissection of spinal circuits processing pain and itch
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

P01NS072040     (BEAN, BRUCE P)Aug 1, 2011 - Jul 31, 2016
TRP Channel Mediated Pain Circuitry
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

R01DE018025     (MA, QIUFU)Dec 1, 2006 - Jun 30, 2017
Genetic Control of Nociceptive Sensory Neuron Development and Pain Behavior
Role: Principal Investigator

R01NS047710     (MA, QIUFU)Jan 1, 2004 - Jan 31, 2014
Molecular control of spinal relay sensory neuron phenoypes and pain behaviors
Role: Principal Investigator

P01NS047572     (STILES, CHARLES)Dec 1, 2003 - Aug 31, 2014
Molecular Mechanisms of Fate Choice in Neural Stem Cells (P01)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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  1. Lou S, Pan X, Huang T, Duan B, Yang FC, Yang J, Xiong M, Liu Y, Ma Q. Incoherent feed-forward regulatory loops control segregation of C-mechanoreceptors, nociceptors, and pruriceptors. J Neurosci. 2015 Apr 1; 35(13):5317-29. PMID: 25834056; PMCID: PMC4381003.
  2. Chiu IM, Barrett LB, Williams EK, Strochlic DE, Lee S, Weyer AD, Lou S, Bryman GS, Roberson DP, Ghasemlou N, Piccoli C, Ahat E, Wang V, Cobos EJ, Stucky CL, Ma Q, Liberles SD, Woolf CJ. Transcriptional profiling at whole population and single cell levels reveals somatosensory neuron molecular diversity. Elife. 2014; 3. PMID: 25525749; PMCID: PMC4383053.
  3. Duan B, Cheng L, Bourane S, Britz O, Padilla C, Garcia-Campmany L, Krashes M, Knowlton W, Velasquez T, Ren X, Ross SE, Lowell BB, Wang Y, Goulding M, Ma Q. Identification of spinal circuits transmitting and gating mechanical pain. Cell. 2014 Dec 4; 159(6):1417-32. PMID: 25467445; PMCID: PMC4258511 [Available on 12/04/15].
  4. Ma Q. Merkel cells are a touchy subject. Cell. 2014 Apr 24; 157(3):531-3. PMID: 24766802.
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  5. Yang FC, Tan T, Huang T, Christianson J, Samad OA, Liu Y, Roberson D, Davis BM, Ma Q. Genetic control of the segregation of pain-related sensory neurons innervating the cutaneous versus deep tissues. Cell Rep. 2013 Dec 12; 5(5):1353-64. PMID: 24316076; PMCID: PMC3895930.
  6. Xu Y, Lopes C, Wende H, Guo Z, Cheng L, Birchmeier C, Ma Q. Ontogeny of excitatory spinal neurons processing distinct somatic sensory modalities. J Neurosci. 2013 Sep 11; 33(37):14738-48. PMID: 24027274; PMCID: PMC3771039.
  7. Roberson DP, Gudes S, Sprague JM, Patoski HA, Robson VK, Blasl F, Duan B, Oh SB, Bean BP, Ma Q, Binshtok AM, Woolf CJ. Activity-dependent silencing reveals functionally distinct itch-generating sensory neurons. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Jul; 16(7):910-8. PMID: 23685721; PMCID: PMC3695070.
  8. Lou S, Duan B, Vong L, Lowell BB, Ma Q. Runx1 controls terminal morphology and mechanosensitivity of VGLUT3-expressing C-mechanoreceptors. J Neurosci. 2013 Jan 16; 33(3):870-82. PMID: 23325226; PMCID: PMC3652638.
  9. Herriges JC, Yi L, Hines EA, Harvey JF, Xu G, Gray PA, Ma Q, Sun X. Genome-scale study of transcription factor expression in the branching mouse lung. Dev Dyn. 2012 Sep; 241(9):1432-53. PMID: 22711520; PMCID: PMC3529173.
  10. Lopes C, Liu Z, Xu Y, Ma Q. Tlx3 and Runx1 act in combination to coordinate the development of a cohort of nociceptors, thermoceptors, and pruriceptors. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 11; 32(28):9706-15. PMID: 22787056; PMCID: PMC3405974.
  11. Liu T, Berta T, Xu ZZ, Park CK, Zhang L, Lü N, Liu Q, Liu Y, Gao YJ, Liu YC, Ma Q, Dong X, Ji RR. TLR3 deficiency impairs spinal cord synaptic transmission, central sensitization, and pruritus in mice. J Clin Invest. 2012 Jun; 122(6):2195-207. PMID: 22565312; PMCID: PMC3366391.
  12. Yu J, Valerius MT, Duah M, Staser K, Hansard JK, Guo JJ, McMahon J, Vaughan J, Faria D, Georgas K, Rumballe B, Ren Q, Krautzberger AM, Junker JP, Thiagarajan RD, Machanick P, Gray PA, van Oudenaarden A, Rowitch DH, Stiles CD, Ma Q, Grimmond SM, Bailey TL, Little MH, McMahon AP. Identification of molecular compartments and genetic circuitry in the developing mammalian kidney. Development. 2012 May; 139(10):1863-73. PMID: 22510988; PMCID: PMC3328182.
  13. Ma Q. Population coding of somatic sensations. Neurosci Bull. 2012 Apr; 28(2):91-9. PMID: 22466120; PMCID: PMC3590490.
  14. Mar L, Yang FC, Ma Q. Genetic marking and characterization of Tac2-expressing neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system. Mol Brain. 2012; 5:3. PMID: 22272772; PMCID: PMC3281773.
  15. Wang T, Molliver DC, Jing X, Schwartz ES, Yang FC, Samad OA, Ma Q, Davis BM. Phenotypic switching of nonpeptidergic cutaneous sensory neurons following peripheral nerve injury. PLoS One. 2011; 6(12):e28908. PMID: 22216140; PMCID: PMC3244441.
  16. Liu Y, Abdel Samad O, Zhang L, Duan B, Tong Q, Lopes C, Ji RR, Lowell BB, Ma Q. VGLUT2-dependent glutamate release from nociceptors is required to sense pain and suppress itch. Neuron. 2010 Nov 4; 68(3):543-56. PMID: 21040853; PMCID: PMC2991105.
  17. Ma Q. Labeled lines meet and talk: population coding of somatic sensations. J Clin Invest. 2010 Nov; 120(11):3773-8. PMID: 21041959; PMCID: PMC2964985.
  18. Liu Y, Ma Q. Generation of somatic sensory neuron diversity and implications on sensory coding. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2011 Feb; 21(1):52-60. PMID: 20888752; PMCID: PMC3029488.
  19. Abdel Samad O, Liu Y, Yang FC, Kramer I, Arber S, Ma Q. Characterization of two Runx1-dependent nociceptor differentiation programs necessary for inflammatory versus neuropathic pain. Mol Pain. 2010; 6:45. PMID: 20673362; PMCID: PMC2919460.
  20. Ross SE, Mardinly AR, McCord AE, Zurawski J, Cohen S, Jung C, Hu L, Mok SI, Shah A, Savner EM, Tolias C, Corfas R, Chen S, Inquimbert P, Xu Y, McInnes RR, Rice FL, Corfas G, Ma Q, Woolf CJ, Greenberg ME. Loss of inhibitory interneurons in the dorsal spinal cord and elevated itch in Bhlhb5 mutant mice. Neuron. 2010 Mar 25; 65(6):886-98. PMID: 20346763; PMCID: PMC2856621.
  21. Ma Q. RETouching upon mechanoreceptors. Neuron. 2009 Dec 24; 64(6):773-6. PMID: 20064382; PMCID: PMC2838379.
  22. Fu H, Cai J, Clevers H, Fast E, Gray S, Greenberg R, Jain MK, Ma Q, Qiu M, Rowitch DH, Taylor CM, Stiles CD. A genome-wide screen for spatially restricted expression patterns identifies transcription factors that regulate glial development. J Neurosci. 2009 Sep 9; 29(36):11399-408. PMID: 19741146; PMCID: PMC2775518.
  23. Gao YJ, Zhang L, Samad OA, Suter MR, Yasuhiko K, Xu ZZ, Park JY, Lind AL, Ma Q, Ji RR. JNK-induced MCP-1 production in spinal cord astrocytes contributes to central sensitization and neuropathic pain. J Neurosci. 2009 Apr 1; 29(13):4096-108. PMID: 19339605; PMCID: PMC2682921.
  24. Schüller U, Heine VM, Mao J, Kho AT, Dillon AK, Han YG, Huillard E, Sun T, Ligon AH, Qian Y, Ma Q, Alvarez-Buylla A, McMahon AP, Rowitch DH, Ligon KL. Acquisition of granule neuron precursor identity is a critical determinant of progenitor cell competence to form Shh-induced medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2008 Aug 12; 14(2):123-34. PMID: 18691547; PMCID: PMC2597270.
  25. Ma YC, Song MR, Park JP, Henry Ho HY, Hu L, Kurtev MV, Zieg J, Ma Q, Pfaff SL, Greenberg ME. Regulation of motor neuron specification by phosphorylation of neurogenin 2. Neuron. 2008 Apr 10; 58(1):65-77. PMID: 18400164; PMCID: PMC2587148.
  26. Xu Y, Lopes C, Qian Y, Liu Y, Cheng L, Goulding M, Turner EE, Lima D, Ma Q. Tlx1 and Tlx3 coordinate specification of dorsal horn pain-modulatory peptidergic neurons. J Neurosci. 2008 Apr 9; 28(15):4037-46. PMID: 18400903; PMCID: PMC2681187.
  27. Liu Y, Yang FC, Okuda T, Dong X, Zylka MJ, Chen CL, Anderson DJ, Kuner R, Ma Q. Mechanisms of compartmentalized expression of Mrg class G-protein-coupled sensory receptors. J Neurosci. 2008 Jan 2; 28(1):125-32. PMID: 18171930.
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  28. Woolf CJ, Ma Q. Nociceptors--noxious stimulus detectors. Neuron. 2007 Aug 2; 55(3):353-64. PMID: 17678850.
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  29. Schüller U, Kho AT, Zhao Q, Ma Q, Rowitch DH. Cerebellar 'transcriptome' reveals cell-type and stage-specific expression during postnatal development and tumorigenesis. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 Nov; 33(3):247-59. PMID: 16962790.
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  30. Ma Q. Transcriptional regulation of neuronal phenotype in mammals. J Physiol. 2006 Sep 1; 575(Pt 2):379-87. PMID: 16825304; PMCID: PMC1819468.
  31. Chen CL, Broom DC, Liu Y, de Nooij JC, Li Z, Cen C, Samad OA, Jessell TM, Woolf CJ, Ma Q. Runx1 determines nociceptive sensory neuron phenotype and is required for thermal and neuropathic pain. Neuron. 2006 Feb 2; 49(3):365-77. PMID: 16446141.
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  32. Cheng L, Samad OA, Xu Y, Mizuguchi R, Luo P, Shirasawa S, Goulding M, Ma Q. Lbx1 and Tlx3 are opposing switches in determining GABAergic versus glutamatergic transmitter phenotypes. Nat Neurosci. 2005 Nov; 8(11):1510-5. PMID: 16234809.
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  33. Gray PA, Fu H, Luo P, Zhao Q, Yu J, Ferrari A, Tenzen T, Yuk DI, Tsung EF, Cai Z, Alberta JA, Cheng LP, Liu Y, Stenman JM, Valerius MT, Billings N, Kim HA, Greenberg ME, McMahon AP, Rowitch DH, Stiles CD, Ma Q. Mouse brain organization revealed through direct genome-scale TF expression analysis. Science. 2004 Dec 24; 306(5705):2255-7. PMID: 15618518.
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  34. Cheng L, Arata A, Mizuguchi R, Qian Y, Karunaratne A, Gray PA, Arata S, Shirasawa S, Bouchard M, Luo P, Chen CL, Busslinger M, Goulding M, Onimaru H, Ma Q. Tlx3 and Tlx1 are post-mitotic selector genes determining glutamatergic over GABAergic cell fates. Nat Neurosci. 2004 May; 7(5):510-7. PMID: 15064766.
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  35. Cheng L, Chen CL, Luo P, Tan M, Qiu M, Johnson R, Ma Q. Lmx1b, Pet-1, and Nkx2.2 coordinately specify serotonergic neurotransmitter phenotype. J Neurosci. 2003 Nov 5; 23(31):9961-7. PMID: 14602809.
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  36. Qian Y, Shirasawa S, Chen CL, Cheng L, Ma Q. Proper development of relay somatic sensory neurons and D2/D4 interneurons requires homeobox genes Rnx/Tlx-3 and Tlx-1. Genes Dev. 2002 May 15; 16(10):1220-33. PMID: 12023301; PMCID: PMC186282.
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