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Wei Xu

Faculty: Wei Xu

Dept: Associate Professor, Oncology
Contact: 421A McArdle
608-265-5540
wxu@oncology.wisc.edu
Training Areas:
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology-Reproductive
  • Physiology
  • Cancer Biology Graduate Training Program
  • Molecular Environmental Toxicology Center (METC)
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Research Interests

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Our laboratory is focused on the transcriptional regulation of estrogen receptor (ER) signaling pathways by nuclear receptor co-factors. Our major interest is on a protein arginine (R) methyltransferase CARM1/PRMT4, a nuclear hormone receptor co-activator. Histone H3 methylation by CARM1 potentiates target gene activation by ER.

Our ongoing studies include combining biochemical and functional genomic approaches to understand ER-regulated processes controlled by CARM1 and the mechanism by which histone arginine modification contributes to the epigenetic control of cancer cells.

We will also employ mice genetics to decipher the significance of histone arginine methylation in tumor prevention, thereby facilitating the rational design of novel chemotherapy drugs by targeting the epigenome in breast cancer.

Research Focus

Honors & Awards

Selected Publications

(Find publications on PubMed)

  • Zeng H, Wu J, Bedford MT, Sbardella G, Hoffman FM, Bi K, and Xu W (2013). A TR-FRET-Based Functional Assay for Screening Activators of CARM1. Chembiochem. 14:827-35.. Epub 2013 Apr 12. PMID: 2358185
  • Yarger JG, Babine RE, Bittner M, Shanle E, Xu W, Hershberger P, and Nye SH (2012). Structurally similar estradiol analogs uniquely alter the regulation of intracellular signaling pathways. J Mol Endocrinol. 50:43-57.Print 2013 Feb. PMID: 23132914
  • Kohns C, Shanle EK, Bradfield C, and Xu Wb (2012). Differential Action of Monohydroxylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with Estrogen Receptors and β. Toxicol. Sci. 132:359-367. [Epub ahead of print Sep 18 2012].
  • Powell E, Shanle E, Brinkman A, Li J, Keles S, Wisinski KB, Huang W, and Xu W(2012). Identification of Estrogen Receptor Dimer SElective Ligands Reveals Growth-Inhibitory Effects on Cells That Co-Express ERa and ERβ. PLoS ONE. 7:e30993
  • Wen Z, Pyeon D, Wang Y, Lambert P, Xu W, and Ahlquist P (2012). Orphan Nuclear Receptor PNR/NR2E3 Stimulates p53 Functions by Enhancing p53 Acetylation. Mol. Cell. Biol. 32:26-35
  • Wu J, and Xu W (2012). Histone H3R17me2a Mark Recruits Human RNA Polymerase-Associated Factor 1 Complex to Activate Transcription. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 109:5675-5680
  • Al-Dhaheri M, Wu J, Skliris GP, Li J, Higashimato K, Wang Y, White KP, Lambert P, Zhu Y, Murhpy L, and Xu W (2011). CARM1 Is an Important Determinant of ERα-Dependent Breast Cancer Cell Differentiation and Proliferation in Breast Cancer Cells. Cancer Res. 71:2118-2128
  • Chumanov RS, Kuhn P A, Xu W, and Burgess RR (2011). Expression and Purification of Full-Length Mouse CARM1 from Transiently Transfected HEK293T Cells Using HaloTag Technology. Protein Expr. Purif. 76: 145-153
  • Kuhn P, Chumanov R, Wang Y, Ge Y, Burgess RR, and Xu W (2011). Automethylation of CARM1 Allows Coupling of Transcription and mRNA Splicing. Nucleic Acids Res. 39: 2717-2726
  • Shanle EK, and Xu W (2011). Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Targeting Estrogen Receptor Signaling: Identification and Mechanisms of Action. Che. Res. Toxicol. 24: 6-19
  • Shanle EK, Hawse JR, and Xu W (2011). Generation of Stable Reporter Breast Cancer Cell Lines for the Identification of ER Subtype Selective Ligands. BIochem. Pharmacol. 82: 1940-1949
  • Charoensuksai P and Xu W (2010). PPARs in Rhythmic Metabolic Regulation and Implications in Health and Disease. PPAR Res. 2010:243643