Xiaoxia Li, Ph.D.

Staff

Lerner Research Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Location:NE4-307
lix@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-8706
Fax: (216) 444-9329



Brief Description

The general focus of my laboratory is to investigate the signaling mechanisms in innate and adaptive immunity. Our approaches include gene discovery, mapping of signaling networks in cell culture models and in vivo functional analyses done through gene knock-out and knock-in techniques in mice.

We aim to develop a system that links gene discovery to signaling pathways and eventually to set up animal models of disease by manipulating genes of interest through mouse genetics. The long-term objective is to develop therapeutic drugs to treat different immune diseases through collaboration with scientists in biotechnology companies.

A major focus of my laboratory is to investigate IL-1 receptor/Toll-like receptor (IL-1R-TLR) signaling mechanisms. Our goal is to study the molecular mechanisms by which the IL-1R-TLRs mediate signaling, with the long-term aim of developing more effective anti-inflammatory small-molecule drugs. We discovered a negative regulator for IL-1R-TLR signaling, the single immunoglobulin IL-1 receptor related molecule (SIGIRR). We continue to investigate the detailed molecular mechanisms by which SIGIRR negatively regulates the IL-1R/TLR pathway and how SIGIRR modulates intestinal mucosal immunity.

We have also discovered an adapter molecule called Act1 that has an important role in regulating autoimmunity through its impact on both T- and B-cell-mediated immune responses.

Recent studies have shown that Act1 is also a key positive signaling component for the IL-17 signaling pathway, critical for TH17-mediated autoimmune and inflammatory responses.

In other words ...

  • IL-17/IL-25 Signaling
  • IL-1R-Toll-like receptor-mediated signaling
  • Sigirr, a negative regulator of Toll-IL-1R signaling
  • CD40- and BAFF-mediated B cell survival
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Autoimmunity


Katarzyna  Bulek Ph.D.
Katarzyna Bulek Ph.D.
Research Associate

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
bulekk@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Gang  Cai Ph.D.
Gang Cai Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
caig@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Xing  Chen Ph.D.
Xing Chen Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
chenx@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Tomasz  Herjan Ph.D.
Tomasz Herjan Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
herjant@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Lingzi  Hong
Lingzi Hong
Graduate Student

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
hongl@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Zizhen  Kang Ph.D.
Zizhen Kang Ph.D.
Project Staff

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
kangz@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Yun  Liao Ph.D.
Yun Liao Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
liaoy@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Caini  Liu Ph.D.
Caini Liu Ph.D.
Project Staff

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
liuc@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Jin Z. Ma
Jin Z. Ma
Research Technician

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
maj@ccf.org
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Evan  Martin
Evan Martin
Graduate Student

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
martine4@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Aaron  Miller Ph.D.
Aaron Miller Ph.D.
Research Associate

Location:NE4-300i
Phone:(216) 444-1721
millera25@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Suidong  Ouyang Ph.D.
Suidong Ouyang Ph.D.
Research Associate

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
ouyangs@ccf.org
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Wen  Qian Ph.D.
Wen Qian Ph.D.
Research Associate

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
qianw@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Fangqiang  Tang Ph.D.
Fangqiang Tang Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
tangf@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Han  Wang B.S.
Han Wang B.S.
Predoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
wangh3@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Yibo  Xian Ph.D.
Yibo Xian Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
xiany@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
laboratory

Minjia  Yu Ph.D.
Minjia Yu Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
yum2@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Cun-Jin  Zhang Ph.D.
Cun-Jin Zhang Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
zhangc3@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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Junjie  Zhao
Junjie Zhao
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
zhaoj2@ccf.org
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Hao  Zhou M.D., Ph.D.
Hao Zhou M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location:NE4-256
Phone:(216) 445-8707
zhouh@ccf.org
Fax:(216) 444-9329
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  1. Gulen M. F., Kang Z. , Bulek K., Youzhong W., Kim T. W. , Chen Y., Altuntas C. Z., Bak-Jenson K. , McGeachy M. J., Do J. S. , Xiao H., Delgoffe G. M. , Min B., Powell J. D., Tuohy V. K., Cua D. J., Li X. (in press) The Receptor SIGIRR Suppresses Th17 Cell Proliferation via Inhibition of the Interleukin-1 Receptor Pathway and mTOR Kinase Activation. Immunity.
  2. Kang Z., Altuntas C, Gulen MF, Liu C , Giltiay N, Qin H, Ransohoff R, Bergmann C, Stohlman S, Tuohy V, Li X. (2010) Astrocyte-Restricted Ablation of Interleukin-17-Induced Act1-Mediated Signaling Ameliorates Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis. Immunity
  3. Swaidani S., K.Bulek, Z.Kang, C.Liu, Y.Lu, W.Yin, M.Aronica, and Li X (2009) The Critical Role of Epithelial-Derived Act1 in IL-17- and IL-25-Mediated Pulmonary Inflammation. J.Immunol. 182:1631-1640.
  4. Hartupee J, Li X and Hamilton T (2009) IL-17 signaling for mRNA stabilization does not required TRAF6. J. Immunol. 182:1660-6
  5. Bulek K, Swaidani S, Qin J, Lu Y, Gulen M, Herjan T, Min B, Kastelein R, Aronica M, Li X (2009) The essential role of single Ig IL-1 receptor-related molecule/Toll IL-1R8 in regulation of Th2 immune response. J. Immunol.
  6. Staschke K, Dong S, Saha J, Zhao J, Brooks N, Hepburn D, Xia J, Gulen M, Kang Z, Altuntas C, Tuohy V, Gilmour R, Li X and Na S (2009) IRAK4 kinase Activity is Required for Th17 Differentiation and TH17 -Mediated Disease. J. Immunol.
  7. Liu C, Qian W, Qian, Giltiay G, Misra S, Chen Z, and Li X (2009) Act1, a U-box E3 ubiquitin ligase for IL-17R signaling. Science Signaling
  8. Xiao H, Gilmour R, and Li X . (2008) Pellino 3b negatively regulates IL-1-induced TAK1-dependent NF k B activation. J. Biol. Chem.
  9. Hartupee J, Li X and Hamilton T (2008) Interleukin 1-induced NFB Activation and Chemokine mRNA Stabilization Diverge at IRAK1. J. Biol. Chem. 283:15689-93.
  10. Von Bernuth H, Picard C, Jin Z, Pankla R, Xiao H, Ku CL, Chrabieh M, Mustapha IB, Ghandil P, Camcioglu Y, Vasconcelos J, Sirvent N, Guedes M, Vitor AB, Herrero-Mata MJ, Aróstegui JI, Rodrigo C, Alsina L, Ruiz-Ortiz E, Juan M, Fortuny C, Yagüe J, Antón J, Pascal M, Chang HH, Janniere L, Rose Y, Garty BZ, Chapel H, Issekutz A, Maródi L, Rodriguez-Gallego C, Banchereau J, Abel L , Li X, Chaussabel D, Puel A, Casanova JL. (2008) Pyogenic bacterial infections in humans with MyD88 deficiency. Science 321: 691-6.
  11. Fraczek J, Kim T, Xiao H, Yao J, Wen Q, Yali Li, Jean-Laurent Casanova, and Li X (2008) The kinase activity of IRAK4 is required for IL-1R/TLR-induced TAK1-dependent NFkappa B activation. J. Biol. Chem.
  12. Qian Q, Giltiay G, Scott M, Robert Carter; Trine N. Jorgensen; and Li X (2008) Deficiency of Act1, a critical modulator of B cell function, leads to development of Sjogren's syndrome. Euro. J. Immunol.