Yong Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


319 Abraham Flexner Way, Room 713 502-852-7551 502-852-3659 (fax) y0li0019@louisville.edu

Research Interests

The focus of Dr. Li’s laboratory is to investigate the biological and pathological functions of MicroRNAs. MicroRNAs are short 20-25 nucleotide RNA molecules that negatively regulate gene expression in animals and plants by targeting 3'-UTRs of mRNAs. Over 1,000 human microRNA genes have been identified, rendering the microRNA genes one of the most abundant classes of regulatory genes. We have concentrated on two major signaling pathways ¾NFkB and p53 regulated by microRNAs.

Lab Personnel

Ma, Xiaodong

Li, Fenge

Deng, Qipan

Selected Publications

  1. Lu, Z., Liu, M., Stribinskis, V., Klinge, C., Ramos, K., Colburn, N., Li, Y. MicroRNA-21 Promotes Cell Transformation by Targeting the Programmed Cell Death Protein 4 Gene, Oncogene 2008  27 (31) : 4373-9.
  2. Takwi A., Li, Y.  (2009) The p53 Pathway Encounters the MicroRNA World. Current Genomics. 10: 194-197
  3. Zhu, Y., Kalbfleisch, T., Brennan, M., Li, Y. A MicroRNA Gene is Hosted in an Intron of a Schizophrenia-susceptibility Gene. Schizophrenia Research, 2009 Mar 4, PMID: 19264453.
  4. Wickramasinghe NS, Manavalan TT, Dougherty SM, Riggs KA, Li Y, Klinge CM.  Estradiol downregulates miR-21 expression and increases miR-21 target gene expression in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 Mar 5.  PMID: 19264808.
  5. Jiang, S., Zhang, HW., Lu, MH., He, XH., Li Y., Gu, H., Liu, MF, Wang, ED. (2010) MicroRNA-155 functions as an oncomiR in breast cancer by targeting the suppressor of cytokine signaling-1 gene.  Cancer Research. 2010 Mar 30.  PMID: 20354188
  6. Liu, M., Lu, Z., Jiang, S., Young, K.H., Li, Y. (2010) Physiological and Pathological Functions of Mammalian MicroRNAs, in Comprehensive Toxicology, II : Molecular and Cellular Toxicology.  Elsevier B. V., Amsterdam, Netherlands  (As the advertising Chapter)
  7. Kumar M, Lu Z, Takwi AA, Chen W, Callander NS, Ramos KS, Young KH, Li Y. (2011) Negative regulation of the tumor suppressor p53 gene by microRNAs. Oncogene, 30(7):843-53.  PMID: 20935678
  8. Lu, Z., Li, Y., Takwi, A., Li, B., Zhang, J., Conklin, D. J., Young, K. H., Martin, R., Li, Y.  (2011) miR-301a as a NF-kB Activator in Pancreatic Cancer Cells, EMBO J, 30(1):57-67.  PMID: 21113131.  Highlighted by EMBO J and Nature Review Cancer, 2011.
  9. Gordon, M. Li, Y. (2011) Messenger Made for Micro-Destruction, Cell Cycle, 10(5):725-6.
  10. Ma, X., Buscaglia, L. E. B., Barker, J. R., Li, Y. (2011) MicroRNAs in NF-kB Signaling. J. Mol. Cell. Biol., 3(3) 159-166 PMID: 21502305. (Appeared on the cover of the Journal).
  11. Buscaglia, L. E. B., Li, Y. (2011) Apoptosis and the Target Genes of miR-21. Chin.J. Cancer., 30: 371-380
  12. Ma, X., Kumar, M., Choudhury, S.N., Buscaglia, L.E.B., Barker J.R., Kanakamedala, K., Liu, M., Li, Y. (2011) Loss of the miR-21 Allele Elevates the Expression of its Target Genes and Reduces Tumorigenesis.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108(25):10144-9. PubMed: 21646541
  13. Manavalan TT, Teng Y, Appana SN, Datta S, Kalbfleisch TS, Li Y, Klinge CM. (2011) Differential expression of microRNA expression in tamoxifen-sensitive MCF-7 versus tamoxifen-resistant LY2 human breast cancer cells. Cancer Lett. 313(1):26-43.
  14. Xu-Monette, ZH,  Medeiros, LJ,  Li Y,  Orlowski, RZ,  Andreeff, M, Bueso-Ramos,CE,  Greiner, TC,  McDonnell, TJ, Young KH (2012) Dysfunction of the TP53 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Lymphoid Malignancies.  Blood, 119(16):3668-83
  15. Jiang S, Zhang L, Zhang H, Hu S, Lu M, Liang S, Li B, Li Y, Li D, Wang ED, Liu, MF. (2012) A novel miR-155/miR-143 cascade controls glycolysis by regulating hexokinase2 in breast cancer cells. EMBO J. 31(8):1985-98
  16. Visco C, Li Y, Xu-Monette ZY, Miranda RN, Green TM, Li Y, Tzankov A, Wen W, Liu Wm, Kahl BS, d'Amore ESG, Montes-Moreno S, Dybkar K, Chiu A, Tam W, Orazi A, Zu Y, Bhagat G, Winter JN, Wang HY, O'Neill S, Dunphy CH, Hsi ED, Zhao XF, Go RS, Choi WWL, Zhou F, Czader M, Tong J, Zhao X, van Krieken JH, Huang Q, Ai W, Etzell J, Ponzoni M, Ferreri AJM, Piris MA, Moller MB, Bueso-Ramos CE, Medeiros LJ, Wu L, Young KH (2012) Comprehensive gene expression profiling and immunohistochemical studies support application of immunophenotypic algorithm for molecular subtype classification in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a report from the International DLBCL Rituximab-CHOP Consortium Program Study. Leukemia, 26(9):2103-13
  17. Visco C, Tzankov A, Xu-Monette ZY, Miranda RN, Tai YC, Li Y, Liu WM, d'Amore ES, Li Y, Montes-Moreno S, Dybkaer K, Chiu A, Orazi A, Zu Y, Bhagat G, Wang HY, Dunphy CH, O' Neill S, Hsi ED, Zhao XF, Choi WW, Zhao X, van Krieken JH, Huang Q, Ai W, Ponzoni MA, Ferreri AJ, Kahl BS, Winter JN, Go RS, Dirnhofer S, Piris MA, Møller MB, Wu L, Medeiros LJ, Young KH (2012) Patients With Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma of Germinal Center Origin with BCL2 Translocations Have Poor Outcome, irrespective of MYC status: A Report from an International DLBCL rituximab-CHOP Consortium Program Study, Haematologica, In Press. PubMed ID: 22929980
  18. Xu-Monette ZY, Wu L, Visco C, Tai YC, Tzankov A, Liu WM, Montes-Moreno S, Dybkær K, Chiu A, Orazi A, Zu Y, Bhagat G, Richards KL, Hsi ED, Zhao XF, Choi WW, Zhao X, van Krieken JH, Huang Q, Huh J, Ai W, Ponzoni MA, Ferreri AJ, Zhou F, Kahl BS, Winter JN, Xu W, Li J, Go RS, Li Y, Piris MA, Møller MB, Miranda RN, Abruzzo LV, Medeiros LJ, Young KH (2012) Mutational profile and prognostic significance of TP53 in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated with rituximab-CHOP, Blood, 120(19):3986-96.
  19. Choudhury, S.N., Li, Y. (2012) miR-21 and let-7 in the Ras and NF-kB pathways.  MicroRNA, 1(1): 65-69.
  20. Takwi A., Li, Y., Buscaglia L.E.B., Zhang J. Choudhury S., Park A.K., Liu, M., Young K.H., Park WY. Martin R.C.G., Li, Y (2012) A Statin-regulated MicroRNA Represses Human c-Myc Expression and Function, EMBO Mol Med, 4(9):896-909
  21. Kumar, M., Nath, S., Prasad, H.K., Sharma, G.D., and Li, Y. (2012) MicroRNAs: a New Ray of Hope for Diabetes Mellitus, Protein & Cell. 3(10):726-38.
  22. Becker, L., Lu, Z., Chen, W., Xiong, W., Kong, M., Li, Y. (2012) A Systematic Screen Reveals MicroRNA Clusters that Significantly Regulate Four Major Signaling Pathways. Plos ONE, 7(11):e48474.