Zhenquan Jia, Assistant Professor | UNCG Biology

Zhenquan Jia, Assistant Professor

Zhenquan JiaResearch:

My research at UNCG is investigating the environmental toxicant-induced cardiovascular inflammation and neuronal injury with a special interest on determining the underlying signaling mechanisms. In line with this research, my lab is also actively studying the pharmacological agents/novel bioactive compounds that target and reduce toxin-mediated pathogenesis. My approaches include cell- and molecular biology techniques, and different animal models. In a NIH funded project, we are investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in the protective action of flavonoid genistein against proinflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha-induced vascular dysfunction. Based on our hypothesis driven research, we attempt to investigate if genistein acts through cAMP/PKA/ NFκB pathway.

Recent Publications:

Jia Z, Velayutham P, Babu A, Si H, Nallasamy P, Zhu H, Zhen W, Misra HP, Li Y, Liu D. Genistein inhibits TNF-α-induced endothelial inflammation through the protein kinase pathway A and improves vascular inflammation in C57BL/6 mice. Int J Cardiol, S0167-5273(13)00454-3. (in press, 2013).

Jia Z, Zhen, W, Babu, PV, Liu, D. Phytoestrogen genistein protects against endothelial barrier dysfunction in vascular endothelial cells through PKA-mediated suppression of RhoA signaling. Endocrinology, 154(2):727-37, 2013.

Macrea MM, Martin T, Jia Z, Misra, HP. Leptin's activity on the hydroxyl radical: a possible link to the oxidative stress-related endothelial vasodilation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Lung, 191:391–395, 2013.

Graham PM, Li JZ, Dou X, Zhu H, Misra HP, Jia Z, Li Y. Protection against peroxynitrite-induced DNA damage by mesalamine: implications for anti-inflammation and anti-cancer activity. Mol Cell Biochem, 378(1-2):291-8, 2013.

Sun X, Jia Z. A brief review of biomarkers for preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. J Cardiovasc Dis Res, 3 (4),251-254, 2012.

Jia Z, Zhu H., Li J., Wang X., Misra H., Y Li. Oxidative stress in spinal cord injury and antioxidant-based intervention. Spinal Cord, 50 (4), 264-74, 2012.

Si H, Fu Z, Babu PV, Zhen W, Leroith T, Meaney MP, Voelker KA, Jia Z, Grange RW, Liu D. Dietary Epicatechin Promotes Survival of Obese Diabetic Mice and Drosophila melanogaster. J Nutr. 141(6):1095-100, 2011.

Zimmerman RP, Jia Z, Zhu H, Vandjelovic N, Misra HP, Wang J, Li Y. Induction of Oxidative DNA Damage by Mesalamine in the Presence of Copper: A Potential Mechanism for Mesalamine Anticancer Activity. Toxicology 27; 280(3):71-6, 2011.

Jia Z, Zhu H, Li Y, Misra HP. Potent Inhibition of Peroxynitrite-induced DNA Strand Breakage and Hydroxyl Radical Formation by DMSO at Very Low Concentrations. Exp Biol Med, 235(5):614-22, 2010.

Fuo Z, Zhang W, Zhen W, Lum H, Nadler J, Bassaganya-Riera J, Jia Z, Wang Y, Misra H, Liu D. Genistein Induces Pancreatic Cell Proliferation through Activation of Multiple Signaling Pathways and Prevents Insulin-Deficient Diabetes in Mice. Endocrinology, 151(7):3026-37, 2010.

Jia Z, Misra BR, Zhu H, Li Y, Misra HP. Upregulation of cellular glutathione by 3H-1,2-dithiole-3-thione as a possible treatment strategy for protecting against acrolein-induced neurocytotoxicity. Neurotoxicology 30(1):1-9, 2009.

Zhu H, Jia Z, Misra BR, Zhang L, Cao Z, Yamamoto M, Trush MA, Misra HP, Li Y. Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2-dependent myocardiac cytoprotection against oxidative and electrophilic stress. Cardiovasc Toxicol 8:71-85, 2008.

Jia Z, Misra HP. Reactive oxygen species in in vitro pesticide-induced neuronal cell (SH-SY5Y) cytotoxicity: role of NFkappaB and caspase-3. Free Radic Biol Med 42:288-298, 2007.


Environmental Health Science II (Bio 632)
Molecular Toxicology (Bio 635)


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