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Michael Paul Czech PhD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentProgram in Molecular Medicine
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
373 Plantation Street, Two Biotech, Suite 100
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-856-2254
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    Brown University, Providence, RI, United StatesBAChemistry
    Duke University, Durham, NC, United StatesMABiochemistry
    Brown University, Providence, RI, United StatesPHDBiochemistry

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    Michael P. Czech is currently the Isadore and Fannie Foxman Chair of Medical Research in the Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1981 to 1989, and was the founding Chair of the Program in Molecular Medicine (1989-2018). Czech earned the PhD degree in biochemistry in 1972 at Brown University under the mentorship of Professor John Fain, and completed postdoctoral study at Duke University Medical Center. He became Assistant Professor at Brown in 1974, rising to the rank of Professor in 1980. His research addresses mechanisms of signal transduction, metabolism and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes and obesity. Czech’s laboratory has recently applied RNAi and CRISPR techniques to discover novel drug targets and to develop therapeutic strategies for alleviating inflammatory and metabolic diseases.

    Czech has served on several editorial boards and NIH Study Sections and is a member of the Scientific Review Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has received the Scientific Achievement Award (1982), the Banting Medal (2000) and the Albert Renold Award for mentorship (2004) from the American Diabetes Association; the David Rumbough Scientific Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (1985); NIH MERIT Awards (1997-2005 and 2012-2022); the Elliot P. Joslin Medal (1998), and the Jacobaeus Prize awarded in Umea, Sweden in 2009.

    Czech Lab Research:

    Gene editing and deletion to enhance insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes and obesity.

    Major human diseases such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis are promoted by dysfunctions in adipose tissue and in the interactions between adipocytes, endothelial cells, nerve fibers and immune cells. Adipose tissue remodeling in obesity can also secondarily disrupt liver and skeletal muscle metabolism, causing systemic insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Our laboratory group is attacking key questions related to these cellular and molecular interactions among metabolic tissues, macrophages, neuronal signals and the vasculature that define both normal and metabolic disease states.

    Central questions for our laboratory group are:

     Can we identify molecular mechanisms that disrupt insulin signaling in obesity and type 2 diabetes to develop therapeutic strategies for these diseases?

     Can we identify and modulate molecular mechanisms that switch adipocytes from storing triglyceride to cells that oxidize fat, expend energy and secrete beneficial factors?

     Can we target genes that promote fatty liver and inflammation in obesity and diabetes with therapeutic siRNA to alleviate nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)?

    Many of our projects take advantage of CRISPR and RNA interference (RNAi) to selectively silence normal or disease genes in vivo, providing both powerful research tools and potential approaches to therapies. Experiments in our laboratory are currently devoted to developing CRISPR- and siRNA-based delivery particles that can beneficially alter gene expression in adipocytes, hepatocytes and other cell types. Using these techniques, we have recently shown that gene editing of adipocytes by CRISPR can enhance their energy expenditure and fat oxidation. These efforts are advancing toward therapeutic applications.

    Another approach that we have developed in collaboration with the Gary Ostroff laboratory is a method to deliver siRNA in vivo using glucan encapsulation vehicles (GeRPs).  GeRPs can target macrophages in adipose tissue and liver to silence genes and attenuate tissue inflammation and insulin resistance.

     

     

     

     



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    Mentoring………………………………………………………………………………………………………

     The Czech laboratory is active in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

    Many former student and postdoctoral trainees of the Czech laboratory are now internationally recognized professors at major universities and medical schools. These former lab members include:

    Paul Pilch, Professor of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

    Jeffrey Pessin, Professor and Director of the Diabetes Center, Einstein College of Medicine

    Joan Massague,  Director, Sloan Kettering Institute

    Roger Davis, HHMI investigator and Professor of Molecular Medicine, UMASS Medical School

    Silvia Corvera, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Co-Director of the MD/PhD Program, UMASS Medical School

    Carla Greenbaum, Vice Chair and Director of Clinical Research, Benaroya Research Institute

    Jes Klarlund, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

    Rob Lewis, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eppley Cancer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Richard MacDonald, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eppley Cancer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Assia Shisheva, Professor of Physiology, Wayne State School of Medicine.

    Mark Sleeman, Professor of Physiology, Monash University, Australia

    John Harris, Associate Professor of Medicine, UMASS Medical School

    Zhen Jiang, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Boston University

    Vishu Puri, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University

    Olga Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Tim Fitzgibbons, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMASS Medical School

    Myriam Aouadi, Assistant Professor, Integrated Cardio Metabolic Centre, Karolinska Institute

    Adilson Guilherme, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

     

    Our laboratory currently offers graduate student Rotation Projects (examples below and others available) and Thesis Research Projects for students following a rotation:

    Developing CRISPR technology for gene editing in adipocytes: Adipocytes function as master regulators of whole body metabolism and deletions of specific adipocyte genes in knockout mice promote dramatic improvements in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in diabetic models. Thus the ability to direct gene editing in adipocytes in vivo has great potential in developing therapeutic strategies for obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Alternatively, an ex vivo approach is also feasible since adipose cells can be genetically altered in vitro prior to implantation into mice with beneficial effects. Such projects are designed to be performed in collaboration with other Czech lab members with the goal of specifically deleting or editing genes in adipose depots that drive increases in fatty acid oxidation, energy expenditure and systemic metabolic activity. Exciting preliminary data at the “proof of principle” stage has been achieved and this project is designed to focus on specific genes of high interest for therapeutics.

    Signaling by the lipogenesis pathway through Acetyl CoA: A major function of adipocytes is to store calories as triglyceride, in part through the process of fatty acid synthesis (lipogenesis). This metabolic pathway involves a number of metabolites including Acetyl CoA, which is also a substrate for acetylation reactions that modify proteins such as histones. Thus metabolic flux through adipocyte lipogenesis may also function as a signaling pathway to the nucleus to modulate transcription via levels of Acetyl CoA that accumulate during this process. This rotation project is designed to test this idea at the molecular level by monitoring histone acetylations and resultant transcriptional events during changes in Acetyl CoA levels caused by altering physiological conditions such as exercise, obesity and diabetes. If this concept is correct, the project could lead to developing therapeutic strategies for metabolic disease based on targeting lipogenic enzymes.

     

     

     

     

     



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    A postdoctoral position is available to study in this laboratory. Contact Dr. Czech for additional details.


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    1. Li Q, Nirala NK, Chen HJ, Nie Y, Wang W, Zhang B, Czech MP, Wang Q, Xu L, Mao J, Ip YT. The Misshapen subfamily of Ste20 kinases regulate proliferation in the aging mammalian intestinal epithelium. J Cell Physiol. 2019 May 01. PMID: 31042012.
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    2. Blaszczak AM, Wright VP, Anandani K, Liu J, Jalilvand A, Bergin S, Nicoloro SM, Czech MP, Lafuse W, Deng T, Bradley D, Hsueh WA. Loss of Antigen Presentation in Adipose Tissue Macrophages or in Adipocytes, but Not Both, Improves Glucose Metabolism. J Immunol. 2019 Mar 08. PMID: 30850480.
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    3. Guilherme A, Henriques F, Bedard AH, Czech MP. Molecular pathways linking adipose innervation to insulin action in obesity and diabetes mellitus. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2019 Feb 07. PMID: 30733616.
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    4. Shen Y, Cohen JL, Nicoloro SM, Kelly M, Yenilmez B, Henriques F, Tsagkaraki E, Edwards YJK, Hu X, Friedline RH, Kim JK, Czech MP. CRISPR delivery particles targeting nuclear receptor-interacting protein 1 (Nrip1) in adipose cells to enhance energy expenditure. J Biol Chem. 2018 Sep 06. PMID: 30190322.
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    5. Guilherme A, Pedersen DJ, Henriques F, Bedard AH, Henchey E, Kelly M, Morgan DA, Rahmouni K, Czech MP. Neuronal modulation of brown adipose activity through perturbation of white adipocyte lipogenesis. Mol Metab. 2018 Oct; 16:116-125. PMID: 30005879.
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    6. Ghorpade DS, Ozcan L, Zheng Z, Nicoloro SM, Shen Y, Chen E, Blüher M, Czech MP, Tabas I. Hepatocyte-secreted DPP4 in obesity promotes adipose inflammation and insulin resistance. Nature. 2018 Mar 29; 555(7698):673-677. PMID: 29562231.
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    7. Czech MP. Macrophages dispose of catecholamines in adipose tissue. Nat Med. 2017 Nov 07; 23(11):1255-1257. PMID: 29117176.
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    8. Jourdan T, Nicoloro SM, Zhou Z, Shen Y, Liu J, Coffey NJ, Cinar R, Godlewski G, Gao B, Aouadi M, Czech MP, Kunos G. Decreasing CB1 receptor signaling in Kupffer cells improves insulin sensitivity in obese mice. Mol Metab. 2017 Nov; 6(11):1517-1528. PMID: 29107297.
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    9. Czech MP. Insulin action and resistance in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Nat Med. 2017 Jul 11; 23(7):804-814. PMID: 28697184.
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    10. Saddic LA, Nicoloro SM, Gupta OT, Czech MP, Gorham J, Shernan SK, Seidman CE, Seidman JG, Aranki SF, Body SC, Fitzgibbons TP, Muehlschlegel JD. Joint analysis of left ventricular expression and circulating plasma levels of Omentin after myocardial ischemia. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2017 Jul 07; 16(1):87. PMID: 28687077.
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    11. Roth Flach RJ, DiStefano MT, Danai LV, Senol-Cosar O, Yawe JC, Kelly M, Garcia Menendez L, Czech MP. MAP4K4 impairs energy metabolism in endothelial cells and promotes insulin resistance in obesity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Jun 13; ajpendo.00037.2017. PMID: 28611026.
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    12. Guilherme A, Pedersen DJ, Henchey E, Henriques FS, Danai LV, Shen Y, Yenilmez B, Jung D, Kim JK, Lodhi IJ, Semenkovich CF, Czech MP. Adipocyte lipid synthesis coupled to neuronal control of thermogenic programming. Mol Metab. 2017 Aug; 6(8):781-796. PMID: 28752043.
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    13. Jourdan T, Szanda G, Cinar R, Godlewski G, Holovac DJ, Park JK, Nicoloro S, Shen Y, Liu J, Rosenberg AZ, Liu Z, Czech MP, Kunos G. Developmental Role of Macrophage Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Signaling in Type-2 Diabetes. Diabetes. 2017 Jan 12. PMID: 28082458.
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    14. DiStefano MT, Roth Flach RJ, Senol-Cosar O, Danai LV, Virbasius JV, Nicoloro SM, Straubhaar J, Dagdeviren S, Wabitsch M, Gupta OT, Kim JK, Czech MP. Adipocyte-specific Hypoxia-inducible gene 2 promotes fat deposition and diet-induced insulin resistance. Mol Metab. 2016 Dec; 5(12):1149-1161. PMID: 27900258.
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    15. Roth Flach RJ, Guo CA, Danai LV, Yawe JC, Gujja S, Edwards YJ, Czech MP. Endothelial Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinase Kinase Kinase 4 Is Critical for Lymphatic Vascular Development and Function. Mol Cell Biol. 2016 Jun 15; 36(12):1740-9. PMID: 27044870.
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    16. Roth Flach RJ, Danai LV, DiStefano MT, Kelly M, Menendez LG, Jurczyk A, Sharma RB, Jung DY, Kim JH, Kim JK, Bortell R, Alonso LC, Czech MP. Protein Kinase Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase Kinase Kinase Kinase 4 (MAP4K4) Promotes Obesity-induced Hyperinsulinemia. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jul 29; 291(31):16221-30. PMID: 27226575.
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    17. Virbasius JV, Czech MP. Map4k4 Signaling Nodes in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jul; 27(7):484-92. PMID: 27160798.
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    18. Liu D, Bordicchia M, Zhang C, Fang H, Wei W, Li JL, Guilherme A, Guntur K, Czech MP, Collins S. Activation of mTORC1 is essential for ß-adrenergic stimulation of adipose browning. J Clin Invest. 2016 May 02; 126(5):1704-16. PMID: 27018708.
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    19. Senol-Cosar O, Flach RJ, DiStefano M, Chawla A, Nicoloro S, Straubhaar J, Hardy OT, Noh HL, Kim JK, Wabitsch M, Scherer PE, Czech MP. Tenomodulin promotes human adipocyte differentiation and beneficial visceral adipose tissue expansion. Nat Commun. 2016 Feb 16; 7:10686. PMID: 26880110.
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    20. Cohen JL, Shen Y, Aouadi M, Vangala P, Tencerova M, Amano SU, Nicoloro SM, Yawe JC, Czech MP. Peptide- and Amine-Modified Glucan Particles for the Delivery of Therapeutic siRNA. Mol Pharm. 2016 Mar 07; 13(3):964-78. PMID: 26815386.
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    21. Fitzgibbons TP, Czech MP. Emerging evidence for beneficial macrophage functions in atherosclerosis and obesity-induced insulin resistance. J Mol Med (Berl). 2016 Mar; 94(3):267-75. PMID: 26847458.
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    22. Roth Flach RJ, Skoura A, Matevossian A, Danai LV, Zheng W, Cortes C, Bhattacharya SK, Aouadi M, Hagan N, Yawe JC, Vangala P, Menendez LG, Cooper MP, Fitzgibbons TP, Buckbinder L, Czech MP. Endothelial protein kinase MAP4K4 promotes vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis. Nat Commun. 2015 Dec 21; 6:8995. PMID: 26688060.
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    23. Roth Flach RJ, Czech MP. NETs and traps delay wound healing in diabetes. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Sep; 26(9):451-2. PMID: 26239304.
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    24. Danai LV, Flach RJ, Virbasius JV, Menendez LG, Jung DY, Kim JH, Kim JK, Czech MP. Inducible Deletion of Protein Kinase Map4k4 in Obese Mice Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Liver and Adipose Tissues. Mol Cell Biol. 2015 Jul; 35(13):2356-65. PMID: 25918248.
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    25. Pedersen DJ, Guilherme A, Danai LV, Heyda L, Matevossian A, Cohen J, Nicoloro SM, Straubhaar J, Noh HL, Jung D, Kim JK, Czech MP. A major role of insulin in promoting obesity-associated adipose tissue inflammation. Mol Metab. 2015 Jul; 4(7):507-18. PMID: 26137438.
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    26. DiStefano MT, Danai LV, Roth Flach RJ, Chawla A, Pedersen DJ, Guilherme A, Czech MP. The Lipid Droplet Protein Hypoxia-inducible Gene 2 Promotes Hepatic Triglyceride Deposition by Inhibiting Lipolysis. J Biol Chem. 2015 Jun 12; 290(24):15175-84. PMID: 25922078.
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    27. Tencerova M, Aouadi M, Vangala P, Nicoloro SM, Yawe JC, Cohen JL, Shen Y, Garcia-Menendez L, Pedersen DJ, Gallagher-Dorval K, Perugini RA, Gupta OT, Czech MP. Activated Kupffer cells inhibit insulin sensitivity in obese mice. FASEB J. 2015 Jul; 29(7):2959-69. PMID: 25805830.
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    28. Li Q, Li S, Mana-Capelli S, Roth Flach RJ, Danai LV, Amcheslavsky A, Nie Y, Kaneko S, Yao X, Chen X, Cotton JL, Mao J, McCollum D, Jiang J, Czech MP, Xu L, Ip YT. The conserved misshapen-warts-Yorkie pathway acts in enteroblasts to regulate intestinal stem cells in Drosophila. Dev Cell. 2014 Nov 10; 31(3):291-304. PMID: 25453828.
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    29. Negrin KA, Roth Flach RJ, DiStefano MT, Matevossian A, Friedline RH, Jung D, Kim JK, Czech MP. IL-1 signaling in obesity-induced hepatic lipogenesis and steatosis. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e107265. PMID: 25216251.
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    30. Aouadi M, Vangala P, Yawe JC, Tencerova M, Nicoloro SM, Cohen JL, Shen Y, Czech MP. Lipid storage by adipose tissue macrophages regulates systemic glucose tolerance. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Aug 15; 307(4):E374-83. PMID: 24986598.
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    31. Sun K, Park J, Gupta OT, Holland WL, Auerbach P, Zhang N, Goncalves Marangoni R, Nicoloro SM, Czech MP, Varga J, Ploug T, An Z, Scherer PE. Endotrophin triggers adipose tissue fibrosis and metabolic dysfunction. Nat Commun. 2014 Mar 19; 5:3485. PMID: 24647224.
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    32. Fitzgibbons TP, Czech MP. Epicardial and perivascular adipose tissues and their influence on cardiovascular disease: basic mechanisms and clinical associations. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Mar 04; 3(2):e000582. PMID: 24595191.
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    33. Amano SU, Cohen JL, Vangala P, Tencerova M, Nicoloro SM, Yawe JC, Shen Y, Czech MP, Aouadi M. Local proliferation of macrophages contributes to obesity-associated adipose tissue inflammation. Cell Metab. 2014 Jan 7; 19(1):162-71. PMID: 24374218.
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    34. Jourdan T, Godlewski G, Cinar R, Bertola A, Szanda G, Liu J, Tam J, Han T, Mukhopadhyay B, Skarulis MC, Ju C, Aouadi M, Czech MP, Kunos G. Activation of the Nlrp3 inflammasome in infiltrating macrophages by endocannabinoids mediates beta cell loss in type 2 diabetes. Nat Med. 2013 Sep; 19(9):1132-40. PMID: 23955712.
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    35. Danai LV, Guilherme A, Guntur KV, Straubhaar J, Nicoloro SM, Czech MP. Map4k4 suppresses Srebp-1 and adipocyte lipogenesis independent of JNK signaling. J Lipid Res. 2013 Oct; 54(10):2697-707. PMID: 23924694.
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    36. Czech MP. Obesity Notches up fatty liver. Nat Med. 2013 Aug; 19(8):969-71. PMID: 23921741.
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    37. Aouadi M, Tencerova M, Vangala P, Yawe JC, Nicoloro SM, Amano SU, Cohen JL, Czech MP. Gene silencing in adipose tissue macrophages regulates whole-body metabolism in obese mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 May 14; 110(20):8278-83. PMID: 23630254.
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    38. Guo CA, Kogan S, Amano SU, Wang M, Dagdeviren S, Friedline RH, Aouadi M, Kim JK, Czech MP. CD40 deficiency in mice exacerbates obesity-induced adipose tissue inflammation, hepatic steatosis, and insulin resistance. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 May 1; 304(9):E951-63. PMID: 23482447.
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    39. Czech MP, Tencerova M, Pedersen DJ, Aouadi M. Insulin signalling mechanisms for triacylglycerol storage. Diabetologia. 2013 May; 56(5):949-64. PMID: 23443243.
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    40. Roth Flach RJ, Matevossian A, Akie TE, Negrin KA, Paul MT, Czech MP. ß3-Adrenergic receptor stimulation induces E-selectin-mediated adipose tissue inflammation. J Biol Chem. 2013 Jan 25; 288(4):2882-92. PMID: 23235150.
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    41. Wang M, Amano SU, Flach RJ, Chawla A, Aouadi M, Czech MP. Identification of Map4k4 as a novel suppressor of skeletal muscle differentiation. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Feb; 33(4):678-87. PMID: 23207904.
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    42. Sartorius T, Staiger H, Ketterer C, Heni M, Machicao F, Guilherme A, Grallert H, Schulze MB, Boeing H, Stefan N, Fritsche A, Czech MP, Häring HU. Association of common genetic variants in the MAP4K4 locus with prediabetic traits in humans. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e47647. PMID: 23094072.
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    43. Hardy OT, Czech MP, Corvera S. What causes the insulin resistance underlying obesity? Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2012 Apr; 19(2):81-7. PMID: 22327367.
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    44. Young JL, Mora A, Cerny A, Czech MP, Woda B, Kurt-Jones EA, Finberg RW, Corvera S. CD14 deficiency impacts glucose homeostasis in mice through altered adrenal tone. PLoS One. 2012; 7(1):e29688. PMID: 22253759.
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    45. Xie X, Gong Z, Mansuy-Aubert V, Zhou QL, Tatulian SA, Sehrt D, Gnad F, Brill LM, Motamedchaboki K, Chen Y, Czech MP, Mann M, Krüger M, Jiang ZY. C2 domain-containing phosphoprotein CDP138 regulates GLUT4 insertion into the plasma membrane. Cell Metab. 2011 Sep 7; 14(3):378-89. PMID: 21907143.
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    46. Fitzgibbons TP, Kogan S, Aouadi M, Hendricks GM, Straubhaar J, Czech MP. Similarity of mouse perivascular and brown adipose tissues and their resistance to diet-induced inflammation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2011 Oct; 301(4):H1425-37. PMID: 21765057.
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    47. Corvera S, Czech MP. Tensions rise and blood flows over dysfunctional fat. Circulation. 2011 Jul 5; 124(1):13-6. PMID: 21730320.
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    48. Tesz GJ, Aouadi M, Prot M, Nicoloro SM, Boutet E, Amano SU, Goller A, Wang M, Guo CA, Salomon WE, Virbasius JV, Baum RA, O'Connor MJ, Soto E, Ostroff GR, Czech MP. Glucan particles for selective delivery of siRNA to phagocytic cells in mice. Biochem J. 2011 Jun 1; 436(2):351-62. PMID: 21418037.
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    49. Mudhasani R, Puri V, Hoover K, Czech MP, Imbalzano AN, Jones SN. Dicer is required for the formation of white but not brown adipose tissue. J Cell Physiol. 2011 May; 226(5):1399-406. PMID: 20945399.
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    50. Czech MP, Aouadi M, Tesz GJ. RNAi-based therapeutic strategies for metabolic disease. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2011 Aug; 7(8):473-84. PMID: 21502982.
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    51. Huang W, Ghisletti S, Saijo K, Gandhi M, Aouadi M, Tesz GJ, Zhang DX, Yao J, Czech MP, Goode BL, Rosenfeld MG, Glass CK. Coronin 2A mediates actin-dependent de-repression of inflammatory response genes. Nature. 2011 Feb 17; 470(7334):414-8. PMID: 21331046.
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    52. Gealekman O, Guseva N, Hartigan C, Apotheker S, Gorgoglione M, Gurav K, Tran KV, Straubhaar J, Nicoloro S, Czech MP, Thompson M, Perugini RA, Corvera S. Depot-specific differences and insufficient subcutaneous adipose tissue angiogenesis in human obesity. Circulation. 2011 Jan 18; 123(2):186-94. PMID: 21200001.
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    53. Ranjit S, Boutet E, Gandhi P, Prot M, Tamori Y, Chawla A, Greenberg AS, Puri V, Czech MP. Regulation of fat specific protein 27 by isoproterenol and TNF-a to control lipolysis in murine adipocytes. J Lipid Res. 2011 Feb; 52(2):221-36. PMID: 21097823.
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    54. Christianson JL, Boutet E, Puri V, Chawla A, Czech MP. Identification of the lipid droplet targeting domain of the Cidea protein. J Lipid Res. 2010 Dec; 51(12):3455-62. PMID: 20810722.
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    55. Zhou QL, Jiang ZY, Mabardy AS, Del Campo CM, Lambright DG, Holik J, Fogarty KE, Straubhaar J, Nicoloro S, Chawla A, Czech MP. A novel pleckstrin homology domain-containing protein enhances insulin-stimulated Akt phosphorylation and GLUT4 translocation in adipocytes. J Biol Chem. 2010 Sep 3; 285(36):27581-9. PMID: 20587420.
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    56. Hardy OT, Perugini RA, Nicoloro SM, Gallagher-Dorval K, Puri V, Straubhaar J, Czech MP. Body mass index-independent inflammation in omental adipose tissue associated with insulin resistance in morbid obesity. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011 Jan-Feb; 7(1):60-7. PMID: 20678967.
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    57. Guntur KV, Guilherme A, Xue L, Chawla A, Czech MP. Map4k4 negatively regulates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma protein translation by suppressing the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway in cultured adipocytes. J Biol Chem. 2010 Feb 26; 285(9):6595-603. PMID: 20038583.
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    58. Rubio-Cabezas O, Puri V, Murano I, Saudek V, Semple RK, Dash S, Hyden CS, Bottomley W, Vigouroux C, Magré J, Raymond-Barker P, Murgatroyd PR, Chawla A, Skepper JN, Chatterjee VK, Suliman S, Patch AM, Agarwal AK, Garg A, Barroso I, Cinti S, Czech MP, Argente J, O'Rahilly S, Savage DB. Partial lipodystrophy and insulin resistant diabetes in a patient with a homozygous nonsense mutation in CIDEC. EMBO Mol Med. 2009 Aug; 1(5):280-7. PMID: 20049731.
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    59. Marchand P, Antoine M, Le Baut G, Czech M, Baasner S, Günther E. Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of N-aryl(indol-3-yl)glyoxamides as antitumor agents. Bioorg Med Chem. 2009 Sep 15; 17(18):6715-27. PMID: 19682911.
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    60. Aouadi M, Tesz GJ, Nicoloro SM, Wang M, Chouinard M, Soto E, Ostroff GR, Czech MP. Orally delivered siRNA targeting macrophage Map4k4 suppresses systemic inflammation. Nature. 2009 Apr 30; 458(7242):1180-4. PMID: 19407801.
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    61. Guilherme A, Tesz GJ, Guntur KV, Czech MP. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha induces caspase-mediated cleavage of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma in adipocytes. J Biol Chem. 2009 Jun 19; 284(25):17082-91. PMID: 19321447.
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    62. Padmanabhan S, Mukhopadhyay A, Narasimhan SD, Tesz G, Czech MP, Tissenbaum HA. A PP2A regulatory subunit regulates C. elegans insulin/IGF-1 signaling by modulating AKT-1 phosphorylation. Cell. 2009 Mar 6; 136(5):939-51. PMID: 19249087.
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    63. Bishop KD, Harris JE, Mordes JP, Greiner DL, Rossini AA, Czech MP, Phillips NE. Depletion of the programmed death-1 receptor completely reverses established clonal anergy in CD4(+) T lymphocytes via an interleukin-2-dependent mechanism. Cell Immunol. 2009; 256(1-2):86-91. PMID: 19230866.
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    64. Antoine M, Marchand P, Le Baut G, Czech M, Baasner S, Gunther E. Side chain modifications of (indol-3-yl)glyoxamides as antitumor agents. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2008 Oct; 23(5):686-95. PMID: 18821257.
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    65. Shi X, Burkart A, Nicoloro SM, Czech MP, Straubhaar J, Corvera S. Paradoxical effect of mitochondrial respiratory chain impairment on insulin signaling and glucose transport in adipose cells. J Biol Chem. 2008 Nov 7; 283(45):30658-67. PMID: 18779333.
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    66. Puri V, Czech MP. Lipid droplets: FSP27 knockout enhances their sizzle. J Clin Invest. 2008 Aug; 118(8):2693-6. PMID: 18654644.
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    95. Guilherme A, Soriano NA, Furcinitti PS, Czech MP. Role of EHD1 and EHBP1 in perinuclear sorting and insulin-regulated GLUT4 recycling in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. J Biol Chem. 2004 Sep 17; 279(38):40062-75. PMID: 15247266.
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    104. Czech MP. Fat targets for insulin signaling. Mol Cell. 2002 Apr; 9(4):695-6. PMID: 11983159.
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