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Jing Chen, PhD

Dr. Chen is interested in elucidating the signaling interplay between metabolic and cell signaling networks for a better understanding of cancer metabolism and improved clinical outcome. Two major research focuses include (1) To determine both metabolic and signaling functions of intracellular metabolites and circulating “blood chemicals”, which influence tumorigenesis and tumor progression, and responses to anti-cancer therapies including chemotherapy and immunotherapy; and (2) To decipher mechanistic basis underlying the pathogenic links between diets and particular oncogenic mutations by exploring the pro- and anti-tumor effects of diet-derived substances on tumors with specific genetic backgrounds.

HHMI & Harvard Medical School
Postdoc Fellow - Cancer Biology
2004

Emory University
PhD - Biochemistry & Cell Biology
2001

University of Science and Technology of China
BS - Molecular Biology
1994

?-6-Phosphogluconolactone, a Byproduct of the Oxidative Pentose Phosphate Pathway, Contributes to AMPK Activation through Inhibition of PP2A.
Gao X, Zhao L, Liu S, Li Y, Xia S, Chen D, Wang M, Wu S, Dai Q, Vu H, Zacharias L, DeBerardinis R, Lim E, Metallo C, Boggon TJ, Lonial S, Lin R, Mao H, Pan Y, Shan C, Chen J. ?-6-Phosphogluconolactone, a Byproduct of the Oxidative Pentose Phosphate Pathway, Contributes to AMPK Activation through Inhibition of PP2A. Mol Cell. 2019 12 19; 76(6):857-871.e9.
PMID: 31586547

Mutant and Wild-Type Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 Share Enhancing Mechanisms Involving Distinct Tyrosine Kinase Cascades in Cancer.
Chen D, Xia S, Wang M, Lin R, Li Y, Mao H, Aguiar M, Famulare CA, Shih AH, Brennan CW, Gao X, Pan Y, Liu S, Fan J, Jin L, Song L, Zhou A, Mukherjee J, Pieper RO, Mishra A, Peng J, Arellano M, Blum WG, Lonial S, Boggon TJ, Levine RL, Chen J. Mutant and Wild-Type Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 Share Enhancing Mechanisms Involving Distinct Tyrosine Kinase Cascades in Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2019 06; 9(6):756-777.
PMID: 30862724

The Dietary Supplement Chondroitin-4-Sulfate Exhibits Oncogene-Specific Pro-tumor Effects on BRAF V600E Melanoma Cells.
Lin R, Xia S, Shan C, Chen D, Liu Y, Gao X, Wang M, Kang HB, Pan Y, Liu S, Chung YR, Abdel-Wahab O, Merghoub T, Rossi M, Kudchadkar RR, Lawson DH, Khuri FR, Lonial S, Chen J. The Dietary Supplement Chondroitin-4-Sulfate Exhibits Oncogene-Specific Pro-tumor Effects on BRAF V600E Melanoma Cells. Mol Cell. 2018 03 15; 69(6):923-937.e8.
PMID: 29547721

Prevention of Dietary-Fat-Fueled Ketogenesis Attenuates BRAF V600E Tumor Growth.
Xia S, Lin R, Jin L, Zhao L, Kang HB, Pan Y, Liu S, Qian G, Qian Z, Konstantakou E, Zhang B, Dong JT, Chung YR, Abdel-Wahab O, Merghoub T, Zhou L, Kudchadkar RR, Lawson DH, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Boise LH, Lonial S, Lee BH, Pollack BP, Arbiser JL, Fan J, Lei QY, Chen J. Prevention of Dietary-Fat-Fueled Ketogenesis Attenuates BRAF V600E Tumor Growth. Cell Metab. 2017 02 07; 25(2):358-373.
PMID: 28089569

Tetrameric Acetyl-CoA Acetyltransferase 1 Is Important for Tumor Growth.
Fan J, Lin R, Xia S, Chen D, Elf SE, Liu S, Pan Y, Xu H, Qian Z, Wang M, Shan C, Zhou L, Lei QY, Li Y, Mao H, Lee BH, Sudderth J, DeBerardinis RJ, Zhang G, Owonikoko T, Gaddh M, Arellano ML, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Kang S, Doetsch PW, Lonial S, Boggon TJ, Curran WJ, Chen J. Tetrameric Acetyl-CoA Acetyltransferase 1 Is Important for Tumor Growth. Mol Cell. 2016 12 01; 64(5):859-874.
PMID: 27867011

Inhibition of human copper trafficking by a small molecule significantly attenuates cancer cell proliferation.
Wang J, Luo C, Shan C, You Q, Lu J, Elf S, Zhou Y, Wen Y, Vinkenborg JL, Fan J, Kang H, Lin R, Han D, Xie Y, Karpus J, Chen S, Ouyang S, Luan C, Zhang N, Ding H, Merkx M, Liu H, Chen J, Jiang H, He C. Inhibition of human copper trafficking by a small molecule significantly attenuates cancer cell proliferation. Nat Chem. 2015 Dec; 7(12):968-79.
PMID: 26587712

6-Phosphogluconate dehydrogenase links oxidative PPP, lipogenesis and tumour growth by inhibiting LKB1-AMPK signalling.
Lin R, Elf S, Shan C, Kang HB, Ji Q, Zhou L, Hitosugi T, Zhang L, Zhang S, Seo JH, Xie J, Tucker M, Gu TL, Sudderth J, Jiang L, Mitsche M, DeBerardinis RJ, Wu S, Li Y, Mao H, Chen PR, Wang D, Chen GZ, Hurwitz SJ, Lonial S, Arellano ML, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Lee BH, Lei Q, Brat DJ, Ye K, Boggon TJ, He C, Kang S, Fan J, Chen J. 6-Phosphogluconate dehydrogenase links oxidative PPP, lipogenesis and tumour growth by inhibiting LKB1-AMPK signalling. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Nov; 17(11):1484-96.
PMID: 26479318

Metabolic Rewiring by Oncogenic BRAF V600E Links Ketogenesis Pathway to BRAF-MEK1 Signaling.
Kang HB, Fan J, Lin R, Elf S, Ji Q, Zhao L, Jin L, Seo JH, Shan C, Arbiser JL, Cohen C, Brat D, Miziorko HM, Kim E, Abdel-Wahab O, Merghoub T, Fröhling S, Scholl C, Tamayo P, Barbie DA, Zhou L, Pollack BP, Fisher K, Kudchadkar RR, Lawson DH, Sica G, Rossi M, Lonial S, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Lee BH, Boggon TJ, He C, Kang S, Chen J. Metabolic Rewiring by Oncogenic BRAF V600E Links Ketogenesis Pathway to BRAF-MEK1 Signaling. Mol Cell. 2015 Aug 06; 59(3):345-358.
PMID: 26145173

Lysine acetylation activates 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase to promote tumor growth.
Shan C, Elf S, Ji Q, Kang HB, Zhou L, Hitosugi T, Jin L, Lin R, Zhang L, Seo JH, Xie J, Tucker M, Gu TL, Sudderth J, Jiang L, DeBerardinis RJ, Wu S, Li Y, Mao H, Chen PR, Wang D, Chen GZ, Lonial S, Arellano ML, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Lee BH, Brat DJ, Ye K, Boggon TJ, He C, Kang S, Fan J, Chen J. Lysine acetylation activates 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase to promote tumor growth. Mol Cell. 2014 Aug 21; 55(4):552-65.
PMID: 25042803

Tyr phosphorylation of PDP1 toggles recruitment between ACAT1 and SIRT3 to regulate the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex.
Fan J, Shan C, Kang HB, Elf S, Xie J, Tucker M, Gu TL, Aguiar M, Lonning S, Chen H, Mohammadi M, Britton LM, Garcia BA, Aleckovic M, Kang Y, Kaluz S, Devi N, Van Meir EG, Hitosugi T, Seo JH, Lonial S, Gaddh M, Arellano M, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Boggon TJ, Kang S, Chen J. Tyr phosphorylation of PDP1 toggles recruitment between ACAT1 and SIRT3 to regulate the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex. Mol Cell. 2014 Feb 20; 53(4):534-48.
PMID: 24486017

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R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology
Emory University
2018 - 2020

Winship Cancer Institute Research Mentorship Award
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
2017

Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University
2016

Winship 5K Scholar Award
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
2014 - 2019

LLS Career Development Program Scholar Award
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
2010 - 2015

ACS Basic Research Scholar Award
American Cancer Society (ACS)
2008 - 2012

GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar
Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC)
2006

LLS Career Development Program Fellow Award
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
2004 - 2007