Jing Chen

Professor
Websites
Research Summary
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.
Keywords
Cancer Metabolism, Signal Transductions, Drug discovery and development, Leukemia, Metabolites as signaling molecules, Diet and nutrition
Education
  • HHMI & Harvard Medical School, Postdoc Fellow Cancer Biology 10/2004
  • Emory University, PhD Biochemistry & Cell Biology 10/2001
  • University of Science and Technology of China, BS Molecular Biology 07/1994
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
Awards & Honors
  • 2004 - 2007 LLS Career Development Program Fellow Award Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • 2006 - GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC)
  • 2008 - 2012 ACS Basic Research Scholar Award American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • 2010 - 2015 LLS Career Development Program Scholar Award Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • 2014 - 2019 Winship 5K Scholar Award Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
  • 2016 - Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Emory University
  • 2017 - Winship Cancer Institute Research Mentorship Award Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
  • 2018 - 2020 R. Randall Rollins Chair in Oncology Emory University
Publications
  1. Gao X, Liu Y, Li Y, Fan H, Wu R, Zhang R, Faubert B, He YY, Bissonnette MB, Xia S, Chen D, Mao H, Boggon TJ, Chen J. Lyso-PAF, a biologically inactive phospholipid, contributes to RAF1 activation. Mol Cell. 2022 Jun 02; 82(11):1992-2005.e9. View in: PubMed

  2. Chen D, Xia S, Zhang R, Li Y, Famulare CA, Fan H, Wu R, Wang M, Zhu AC, Elf SE, Su R, Dong L, Arellano M, Blum WG, Mao H, Lonial S, Stock W, Odenike O, Le Beau M, Boggon TJ, He C, Chen J, Gao X, Levine RL, Chen J. Lysine acetylation restricts mutant IDH2 activity to optimize transformation in AML cells. Mol Cell. 2021 09 16; 81(18):3833-3847.e11. View in: PubMed

  3. 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. View in: PubMed

  4. 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. View in: PubMed

  5. 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. View in: PubMed

  6. 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. View in: PubMed

  7. 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. View in: PubMed

  8. 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. View in: PubMed

  9. 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. View in: PubMed

  10. 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. View in: PubMed

  11. 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. View in: PubMed

  12. 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. View in: PubMed

  13. Hitosugi T, Zhou L, Fan J, Elf S, Zhang L, Xie J, Wang Y, Gu TL, Aleckovic M, LeRoy G, Kang Y, Kang HB, Seo JH, Shan C, Jin P, Gong W, Lonial S, Arellano ML, Khoury HJ, Chen GZ, Shin DM, Khuri FR, Boggon TJ, Kang S, He C, Chen J. Tyr26 phosphorylation of PGAM1 provides a metabolic advantage to tumours by stabilizing the active conformation. Nat Commun. 2013; 4:1790. View in: PubMed

  14. Hitosugi T, Zhou L, Elf S, Fan J, Kang HB, Seo JH, Shan C, Dai Q, Zhang L, Xie J, Gu TL, Jin P, Aleckovic M, LeRoy G, Kang Y, Sudderth JA, DeBerardinis RJ, Luan CH, Chen GZ, Muller S, Shin DM, Owonikoko TK, Lonial S, Arellano ML, Khoury HJ, Khuri FR, Lee BH, Ye K, Boggon TJ, Kang S, He C, Chen J. Phosphoglycerate mutase 1 coordinates glycolysis and biosynthesis to promote tumor growth. Cancer Cell. 2012 Nov 13; 22(5):585-600. View in: PubMed

  15. Hitosugi T, Fan J, Chung TW, Lythgoe K, Wang X, Xie J, Ge Q, Gu TL, Polakiewicz RD, Roesel JL, Chen GZ, Boggon TJ, Lonial S, Fu H, Khuri FR, Kang S, Chen J. Tyrosine phosphorylation of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 is important for cancer metabolism. Mol Cell. 2011 Dec 23; 44(6):864-77. View in: PubMed

  16. Kang S, Elf S, Lythgoe K, Hitosugi T, Taunton J, Zhou W, Xiong L, Wang D, Muller S, Fan S, Sun SY, Marcus AI, Gu TL, Polakiewicz RD, Chen ZG, Khuri FR, Shin DM, Chen J. p90 ribosomal S6 kinase 2 promotes invasion and metastasis of human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells. J Clin Invest. 2010 Apr; 120(4):1165-77. View in: PubMed

  17. Hitosugi T, Kang S, Vander Heiden MG, Chung TW, Elf S, Lythgoe K, Dong S, Lonial S, Wang X, Chen GZ, Xie J, Gu TL, Polakiewicz RD, Roesel JL, Boggon TJ, Khuri FR, Gilliland DG, Cantley LC, Kaufman J, Chen J. Tyrosine phosphorylation inhibits PKM2 to promote the Warburg effect and tumor growth. Sci Signal. 2009 Nov 17; 2(97):ra73. View in: PubMed

  18. Kang S, Dong S, Gu TL, Guo A, Cohen MS, Lonial S, Khoury HJ, Fabbro D, Gilliland DG, Bergsagel PL, Taunton J, Polakiewicz RD, Chen J. FGFR3 activates RSK2 to mediate hematopoietic transformation through tyrosine phosphorylation of RSK2 and activation of the MEK/ERK pathway. Cancer Cell. 2007 Sep; 12(3):201-14. View in: PubMed