Jin Ye received a MS degree in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1995. He was mentored by Nobel laureates Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein at UT Southwestern, obtaining his PhD in Cell Regulation in 2000, and continuing in a postdoctoral fellowship from 2000 to 2004.He joined the faculty at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2004 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012.
Dr. Ye’s research interests are to understand lipid-mediated signaling. Currently his lab is investigating how lipid-mediated signaling affects cancer progression. His group has recently uncovered that doxorubicin, an extensively-used chemotherapeutic reagent, stimulates production of a class of lipid called ceramide, which in turn inhibits proliferation of cancer cells through proteolytic activation of a transcription factor called CREB3L1. Unlike a typical transcription factor, CREB3L1 is synthesized as an inactive transmembrane precursor. Ceramide stimulates proteolysis of CREB3L1 so that the N-terminal domain of the protein can reach nucleus to active genes that block progression of the cell cycle. His lab further demonstrates that ceramide induces cleavage of CREB3L1 by inverting the membrane topology of a transmembrane protein called TM4SF20, turning it from an inhibitor to an activator of CREB3L1 cleavage. This novel mechanism, which has been designated by his group as “Regulated Alternative Translocation”, appears to be crucial for ceramide-mediated signaling. In addition to ceramide, his group is also interested in the roles of abnormal cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism on progression of kidney cancers. He is currently appointed as a full member of the graduate faculty in the Biological Chemistry and Integrated Biology Program.
- Graduate School
- Case Western Reserve Univ (1995), Biochemistry
- Graduate School
- UT Southwestern Medical Center (2000), Cell Regulation
- Lipid-mediated signaling in cancer development and treatment
- Regulation of lipid metabolism
- Inverting the Topology of a Transmembrane Protein by Regulating the Translocation of the First Transmembrane Helix.
- Chen Q, Denard B, Lee CE, Han S, Ye JS, Ye J Mol. Cell 2016 Aug 63 4 567-78
- Unsaturated Fatty Acids Stimulate Tumor Growth through Stabilization of ß-Catenin.
- Kim H, Rodriguez-Navas C, Kollipara RK, Kapur P, Pedrosa I, Brugarolas J, Kittler R, Ye J Cell Rep 2015 Oct 13 3 495-503
- UAS Domain of Ubxd8 and FAF1 Polymerizes upon Interaction with Long Chain Unsaturated Fatty Acids.
- Kim H, Zhang H, Meng D, Russell G, Lee JN, Ye J J. Lipid Res. 2013 May
- Doxorubicin blocks proliferation of cancer cells through proteolytic activation of CREB3L1.
- Denard B, Lee C, Ye J Elife 2012 1 e00090
- The Membrane-Bound Transcription Factor CREB3L1 Is Activated in Response to Virus Infection to Inhibit Proliferation of Virus-Infected Cells.
- Denard B, Seemann J, Chen Q, Gay A, Huang H, Chen Y, Ye J Cell Host Microbe 2011 Jul 10 1 65-74
- Identification of CREB3L1 as a Biomarker Predicting Doxorubicin Treatment Outcome.
- Denard B, Pavia-Jimenez A, Chen W, Williams NS, Naina H, Collins R, Brugarolas J, Ye J PLoS ONE 2015 10 6 e0129233
- Sustained Induction of Collagen Synthesis by TGF-ß Requires Regulated Intramembrane Proteolysis of CREB3L1.
- Chen Q, Lee CE, Denard B, Ye J PLoS ONE 2014 9 10 e108528
- Nrf1 to the rescue.
- Ye J Elife 2014 3 e02062
- Cellular responses to excess fatty acids: focus on ubiquitin regulatory X domain-containing protein 8.
- Kim H, Ye J Curr. Opin. Lipidol. 2013 Dec
- Roles of regulated intramembrane proteolysis in virus infection and antiviral immunity.
- Ye J Biochim. Biophys. Acta 2013 Dec 1828 12 2926-32
Regulated Intramembrane Proteolysis. In Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, 2nd edition
Jin Ye (2013). Oxford, United Kingdom, Elsevier Inc.
Regulation of Cholesterol and Fatty Acid Metabolism. In Discoveries in Modern Science: Exploration, Invention, Technology
Jin Ye (2015). Farmington Hills, MI, Gale
- Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center (2016)
- Department of Molecular Genetics (2004)