Magdalena Chrzanowska-Wodnicka, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Investigator, Versiti Blood Research Institute
- Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin
Our laboratory is interested in the function of small G proteins in the cardiovascular system. We use transgenic mouse and zebrafish models for in vivo studies and a variety of biochemical, molecular and microscopy approaches to interrogate signaling by small GTPases in vascular cells ex vivo.
Small G protein Rap1 has been the main focus of our research over the past few years. Rap1, evolutionarily conserved and ubiquitously expressed, is activated downstream from multiple cell surface receptors and regulates several basic cellular functions: adhesion, migration, polarity, differentiation and growth. Well studied in vitro, Rap1 functions in mammalian systems in vivo are still not very well understood.
Using Rap1b-knockout mice we have recently revealed a novel role of Rap1bin vivo: regulation of angiogenesis. In an in vivo neonatal retinal model and a Matrigel plug model we demonstrated that Rap1b-deficiency leads to a defect in angiogenesis, and through ex vivo and in vitro studies, we localized the defect to endothelial cells and shown that endothelial proliferation and migration are affected by Rap1b-deficiency. At the molecular level, the underlying mechanism involves defective activation and signaling downstream from Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Receptor 2. Current research in the laboratory is focused on elucidating molecular mechanisms through which Rap1 regulates endothelial cell responses to VEGF promoting angiogenesis.
Cardiac hypertrophy and hypertension
In addition to promoting angiogenesis, our studies indicate that Rap1b is required for maintenance of normal blood pressure as Rap1b-knockout mice are hypertensive and develop cardiac hypertrophy. This is a novel function of Rap1 and we are currently utilizing tissue-specific knockout mice to understand which physiological processes involved in regulation of blood pressure and normal cardiac function are regulated by Rap1.
(GaŁĄzka P, Chrzanowska M, StyczyŃski J.) In Vivo. 2021 Jan-Feb;35(1):585-591 PMID: 33402513 PMCID: PMC7880741 01/07/2021
(Singh B, Kosuru R, Lakshmikanthan S, Sorci-Thomas MG, Zhang DX, Sparapani R, Vasquez-Vivar J, Chrzanowska M.) Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2021 Feb;41(2):638-650 PMID: 33267664 PMCID: PMC8105264 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85104181830 12/04/2020
(Kosuru R, Chrzanowska M.) Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Feb 27;21(5) PMID: 32120817 PMCID: PMC7084553 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85081026400 03/04/2020
(Balaji Ragunathrao VA, Anwar M, Akhter MZ, Chavez A, Mao Y, Natarajan V, Lakshmikanthan S, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Dudek AZ, Claesson-Welsh L, Kitajewski JK, Wary KK, Malik AB, Mehta D.) Cell Rep. 2019 12 10;29(11):3472-3487.e4 PMID: 31825830 PMCID: PMC6927555 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85075997214 12/12/2019
(Lakshmikanthan S, Sobczak M, Li Calzi S, Shaw L, Grant MB, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M.) J Cell Sci. 2018 01 10;131(1) PMID: 29222111 PMCID: PMC5818062 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85045634293 12/10/2017
(Maruyama T, Jiang M, Abbott A, Yu HI, Huang Q, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Chen EI, Hsu W.) J Bone Miner Res. 2017 Sep;32(9):1816-1828 PMID: 28520221 PMCID: PMC5555789 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85021369017 05/19/2017
(Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M.) Curr Opin Hematol. 2017 May;24(3):248-255 PMID: 28178039 PMCID: PMC5920548 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85011903603 02/09/2017
(Rana U, Liu Z, Kumar SN, Zhao B, Hu W, Bordas M, Cossette S, Szabo S, Foeckler J, Weiler H, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Holtz ML, Misra RP, Salato V, North PE, Ramchandran R, Miao QR.) Dev Biol. 2016 Feb 15;410(2):190-201 PMID: 26746789 PMCID: PMC4767500 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84957847497 01/10/2016
(Wang H, Han X, Bretz CA, Becker S, Gambhir D, Smith GW, Samulski RJ, Wittchen ES, Quilliam LA, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Hartnett ME.) Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2016;3:16056 PMID: 27606349 PMCID: PMC4996131 09/09/2016
(Lakshmikanthan S, Zheng X, Nishijima Y, Sobczak M, Szabo A, Vasquez-Vivar J, Zhang DX, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M.) EMBO Rep. 2015 May;16(5):628-37 PMID: 25807985 PMCID: PMC4428051 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84928885238 03/27/2015
(Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, White GC 2nd, Quilliam LA, Whitehead KJ.) PLoS One. 2015;10(12):e0145689 PMID: 26714318 PMCID: PMC4694701 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84958225316 12/30/2015
(Kumar S, Xu J, Kumar RS, Lakshmikanthan S, Kapur R, Kofron M, Chrzanowska-Wodnicka M, Filippi MD.) J Exp Med. 2014 Aug 25;211(9):1741-58 PMID: 25092872 PMCID: PMC4144729 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84906544640 08/06/2014