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    Guangping Gao PhD

    TitleProfessor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentMicrobiology and Physiological Systems
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    368 Plantation Street, AS6-2049
    Worcester MA 01605
    Phone508-856-3563
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentGene Therapy Center

      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentRNA Therapeutics Institute

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentImmunology and Virology

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentInterdisciplinary Graduate Program

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentMD/PhD Program

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentMolecular Genetics and Microbiology

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentTranslational Science

      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentGene Therapy Center

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        Academic Background

        B.A. West China Univ. of Med. Sciences, Chengdu, China
        M.S. Florida International University, Miami, FL
        Ph.D. Florida International University, Miami, FL
        Postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania - School of Medicine

        Overview:

        Research in the Gao Lab primarily involves the discovery, development and use of adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy of genetic diseases and the study of miRNA functions in mammals. The lab works on isolation, characterization and vectorology of novel AAV vectors from primate tissues, molecular mechanisms of AAV evolution and diversity, and molecular interactions between endogenous AAV, AAV vector, host genomes and innate RNAi defense pathways. We also develop novel strategies for rAAV gene therapy of an inherited neurodegenerative disease, Canavan Disease, using novel AAVs that can cross the blood-brain-barrier for efficient CNS gene delivery and endogenous miRNA-mediated posttranscriptional de-targeting. Another area of research interest in the lab is to explore AAV vectors for delivery of denovo synthesized biological miRNA antagonists or over expression of microRNAs to elucidate micro RNA functions in adult mammals.



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        1. Gessler DJ, Gao G. Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Neurological Disorders: Metabolic Disorders. Methods Mol Biol. 2016; 1382:429-65.
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        2. Borel F, Gernoux G, Cardozo B, Metterville JP, Toro Cabreja GC, Song L, Su Q, Gao GP, Elmallah MK, Brown RH, Mueller C. Therapeutic rAAVrh10 Mediated SOD1 Silencing in Adult SOD1(G93A) Mice and Nonhuman Primates. Hum Gene Ther. 2016 Jan; 27(1):19-31.
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        3. Choudhury SR, Harris AF, Cabral DJ, Keeler AM, Sapp E, Ferreira JS, Gray-Edwards HL, Johnson JA, Johnson AK, Su Q, Stoica L, DiFiglia M, Aronin N, Martin DR, Gao G, Sena-Esteves M. Widespread Central Nervous System Gene Transfer and Silencing After Systemic Delivery of Novel AAV-AS Vector. Mol Ther. 2016 Apr; 24(4):726-35.
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        4. Schattgen SA, Gao G, Kurt-Jones EA, Fitzgerald KA. Cutting Edge: DNA in the Lung Microenvironment during Influenza Virus Infection Tempers Inflammation by Engaging the DNA Sensor AIM2. J Immunol. 2016 Jan 1; 196(1):29-33.
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        5. Ai J, Wang D, Wei Q, Li H, Gao G. Adeno-associated Virus Serotype Vectors Efficiently Transduce Normal Prostate Tissue and Prostate Cancer Cells. Eur Urol. 2016 Jan; 69(1):179-81.
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        6. Li S, Ling C, Zhong L, Li M, Su Q, He R, Tang Q, Greiner DL, Shultz LD, Brehm MA, Flotte TR, Mueller C, Srivastava A, Gao G. Efficient and Targeted Transduction of Nonhuman Primate Liver With Systemically Delivered Optimized AAV3B Vectors. Mol Ther. 2015 Dec; 23(12):1867-76.
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        7. Wang D, Mou H, Li S, Li Y, Hough S, Tran K, Li J, Yin H, Anderson DG, Sontheimer EJ, Weng Z, Gao G, Xue W. Adenovirus-Mediated Somatic Genome Editing of Pten by CRISPR/Cas9 in Mouse Liver in Spite of Cas9-Specific Immune Responses. Hum Gene Ther. 2015 Jul; 26(7):432-42.
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        8. Zhao-Shea R, DeGroot SR, Liu L, Vallaster M, Pang X, Su Q, Gao G, Rando OJ, Martin GE, George O, Gardner PD, Tapper AR. Increased CRF signalling in a ventral tegmental area-interpeduncular nucleus-medial habenula circuit induces anxiety during nicotine withdrawal. Nat Commun. 2015; 6:6770.
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        9. Gruntman AM, Su L, Su Q, Gao G, Mueller C, Flotte TR. Stability and compatibility of recombinant adeno-associated virus under conditions commonly encountered in human gene therapy trials. Hum Gene Ther Methods. 2015 Apr; 26(2):71-6.
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        10. Xie J, Burt DR, Gao G. Adeno-associated virus-mediated microRNA delivery and therapeutics. Semin Liver Dis. 2015 Feb; 35(1):81-8.
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        11. Ahmed SS, Gao G. Making the White Matter Matters: Progress in Understanding Canavan's Disease and Therapeutic Interventions Through Eight Decades. JIMD Rep. 2015; 19:11-22.
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        12. Wang D, Gao G. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part II. Gene therapy strategies and clinical applications. Discov Med. 2014 Sep; 18(98):151-61.
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        13. Vernia S, Cavanagh-Kyros J, Garcia-Haro L, Sabio G, Barrett T, Jung DY, Kim JK, Xu J, Shulha HP, Garber M, Gao G, Davis RJ. The PPARa-FGF21 hormone axis contributes to metabolic regulation by the hepatic JNK signaling pathway. Cell Metab. 2014 Sep 2; 20(3):512-25.
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        14. Wang D, Gao G. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part I. Gene delivery technologies. Discov Med. 2014 Jul-Aug; 18(97):67-77.
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        15. Yang B, Li S, Wang H, Guo Y, Gessler DJ, Cao C, Su Q, Kramer J, Zhong L, Ahmed SS, Zhang H, He R, Desrosiers RC, Brown R, Xu Z, Gao G. Global CNS transduction of adult mice by intravenously delivered rAAVrh.8 and rAAVrh.10 and nonhuman primates by rAAVrh.10. Mol Ther. 2014 Jul; 22(7):1299-309.
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        16. Wang D, Zhong L, Nahid MA, Gao G. The potential of adeno-associated viral vectors for gene delivery to muscle tissue. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2014 Mar; 11(3):345-64.
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        17. Pang X, Hogan EM, Casserly A, Gao G, Gardner PD, Tapper AR. Dicer expression is essential for adult midbrain dopaminergic neuron maintenance and survival. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2014 Jan; 58:22-8.
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        18. Zhong L, Li S, Li M, Xie J, Zhang Y, Lee B, Batshaw ML, Wilson JM, Gao G. Vector sequences are not detected in tumor tissue from research subjects with ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency who previously received adenovirus gene transfer. Hum Gene Ther. 2013 Sep; 24(9):814-9.
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        19. Ahmed SS, Li H, Cao C, Sikoglu EM, Denninger AR, Su Q, Eaton S, Liso Navarro AA, Xie J, Szucs S, Zhang H, Moore C, Kirschner DA, Seyfried TN, Flotte TR, Matalon R, Gao G. A single intravenous rAAV injection as late as P20 achieves efficacious and sustained CNS Gene therapy in Canavan mice. Mol Ther. 2013 Dec; 21(12):2136-47.
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        20. Jakovcevski M, Bharadwaj R, Straubhaar J, Gao G, Gavin DP, Jakovcevski I, Mitchell AC, Akbarian S. Prefrontal cortical dysfunction after overexpression of histone deacetylase 1. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Nov 1; 74(9):696-705.
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        21. Zhong L, Malani N, Li M, Brady T, Xie J, Bell P, Li S, Jones H, Wilson JM, Flotte TR, Bushman FD, Gao G. Recombinant adeno-associated virus integration sites in murine liver after ornithine transcarbamylase gene correction. Hum Gene Ther. 2013 May; 24(5):520-5.
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        22. Ahmed SS, Gao G. Gene therapy for Canavan's disease takes a step forward. Mol Ther. 2013 Mar; 21(3):505-6.
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        23. Velez G, Weingarden AR, Lei H, Kazlauskas A, Gao G. SU9518 inhibits proliferative vitreoretinopathy in fibroblast and genetically modified Müller cell-induced rabbit models. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Feb; 54(2):1392-7.
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        24. Stoica L, Ahmed SS, Gao G, Sena-Esteves M. Gene transfer to the CNS using recombinant adeno-associated virus. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2013; Chapter 14:Unit14D.5.
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        25. Ahmed SS, Li J, Godwin J, Gao G, Zhong L. Gene transfer in the liver using recombinant adeno-associated virus. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2013; Chapter 14:Unit14D.6.
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        26. Venkatesh A, Ma S, Langellotto F, Gao G, Punzo C. Retinal gene delivery by rAAV and DNA electroporation. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2013; Chapter 14:Unit 14D.4.
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        27. Gruntman AM, Bish LT, Mueller C, Sweeney HL, Flotte TR, Gao G. Gene transfer in skeletal and cardiac muscle using recombinant adeno-associated virus. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2013; Chapter 14:Unit 14D.3.
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        28. Gruntman AM, Mueller C, Flotte TR, Gao G. Gene transfer in the lung using recombinant adeno-associated virus. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2012 Aug; Chapter 14:Unit14D.2.
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        29. Mueller C, Ratner D, Zhong L, Esteves-Sena M, Gao G. Production and discovery of novel recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors. Curr Protoc Microbiol. 2012 Aug; Chapter 14:Unit14D.1.
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        30. Xie J, Ameres SL, Friedline R, Hung JH, Zhang Y, Xie Q, Zhong L, Su Q, He R, Li M, Li H, Mu X, Zhang H, Broderick JA, Kim JK, Weng Z, Flotte TR, Zamore PD, Gao G. Long-term, efficient inhibition of microRNA function in mice using rAAV vectors. Nat Methods. 2012 Apr; 9(4):403-9.
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        31. Gao G, Bish LT, Sleeper MM, Mu X, Sun L, Lou Y, Duan J, Hu C, Wang L, Sweeney HL. Transendocardial delivery of AAV6 results in highly efficient and global cardiac gene transfer in rhesus macaques. Hum Gene Ther. 2011 Aug; 22(8):979-84.
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        32. Zhang H, Yang B, Mu X, Ahmed SS, Su Q, He R, Wang H, Mueller C, Sena-Esteves M, Brown R, Xu Z, Gao G. Several rAAV vectors efficiently cross the blood-brain barrier and transduce neurons and astrocytes in the neonatal mouse central nervous system. Mol Ther. 2011 Aug; 19(8):1440-8.
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        33. Gao G, Zhong L, Danos O. Exploiting natural diversity of AAV for the design of vectors with novel properties. Methods Mol Biol. 2011; 807:93-118.
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        34. Xie J, Xie Q, Zhang H, Ameres SL, Hung JH, Su Q, He R, Mu X, Seher Ahmed S, Park S, Kato H, Li C, Mueller C, Mello CC, Weng Z, Flotte TR, Zamore PD, Gao G. MicroRNA-regulated, systemically delivered rAAV9: a step closer to CNS-restricted transgene expression. Mol Ther. 2011 Mar; 19(3):526-35.
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        35. Jakovcevski M, Guo Y, Su Q, Gao G, Akbarian S. rAAV9--a human-derived adeno-associated virus vector for efficient transgene expression in mouse cingulate cortex. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2010 Apr; 2010(4):pdb.prot5417.
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        36. Zhang H, Xie J, Xie Q, Wilson JM, Gao G. Adenovirus-adeno-associated virus hybrid for large-scale recombinant adeno-associated virus production. Hum Gene Ther. 2009 Sep; 20(9):922-9.
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