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Chengfeng Yang, M.D.,Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
Center for Integrative Toxicology

Dr. Chengfeng Yang, Ph.D.
Biomedical Physical Sciences Building
567 Wilson Rd Rm 4171
Department of Physiology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5153


Research Interests
Dr. Yang has research interests in three fields: chemical carcinogenesis, breast cancer, and cancer chemoprevention. He studies chemical carcinogenesis (particularly metal carcinogenesis) and cancer biology focusing on epigenetic mechanisms leading to cancer initiation and metastasis. Dr. Yang's laboratory is investigating how chemical carcinogens (particularly metal carcinogens) deregulate epigenetics, and how deregulated epigenetics such as DNA methylation, histone post-translational modifications (methylation, acetylation, etc.), and non-coding RNAs (microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs) contribute to cancer initiation and metastasis. Dr.Yang is also working to identify natural compounds for cancer prevention and cancer therapeutic sensitization.


Selected Publications
Wang, Z., Humphries, B., Xiao, H., Jiang, Y., and Yang, C. Epithelial to mesenchymal transition in arsenic-transformed cells promotes angiogenesis through activating β-catenin-vascular endothelial growth factor pathway. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 271: 20–29. 2013.

Wu, J., Yang, T., Li, X., Yang, Q., Liu, R., Huang, J., Li, Y., Yang, C., and Jiang Y. Alteration of serum miR-206 and miR-133b is associated with lung carcinogenesis induced by 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl) -1-butanone. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 267: 238-246. 2013.

Yang, Q., Jie, Z., Ye, S., Li, Z., Han, Z., Wu, J., Yang, C., and Jiang, Y. Genetic variations in miR-27a gene decrease mature miR-27a level and reduce gastric cancer susceptibility. Oncogene 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Li, A., Zhang, C., Gao, S., Chen, F., Yang, C., Luo, R., and Xiao, H. TIP30 loss enhances cytoplasmic and nuclear EGFR signaling and promotes lung carcinogenesis in mice. Oncogene 32: 2273-81. 2012.

Zhao, Y., Tan, Y.S., Strynar, M.J., Perez, G., Haslam, S.Z., and Yang, C. Perfluorooctanoic acid effects on ovaries mediate its inhibition of peripubertal mammary gland development in Balb/c and C57Bl/6 mice. Reproductive Toxicology 33: 563-576. 2012.

Wang, Z., Yang, J., Fisher, T., Xiao, H., Jiang, Y., and Yang, C. Akt Activation is Responsible for Enhanced Migratory and Invasive Behavior of Arsenic-Transformed Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells. Environ Health Perspect. 120: 92-97. 2012.

Zhao, Y., Wang, Z., Jiang, Y., and Yang, C. Inactivation of Rac1 reduces trastuzumab resistance in PTEN deficient and insulin-like growth factor I receptor overexpressing human breast cancer SKBR3 cells. Cancer Letters 313: 54-63. 2011.

Wang, Z., Zhao, Y., Smith, E., Goodall, G.J., Drew, P.A., Babletz, T., and Yang, C. Reversal and prevention of arsenic-induced human bronchial epithelial cell malignant transformation by microRNA-200b. Toxicological Sciences 121: 110-122. 2011.

Sosa, M.S., Lopez-Haber, C., Yang, C., Wang, H., Lemmon, M.A., Busillo, J.M., Luo, J., Benovic, J.L., Klein-Szanto, A., Yagi, H., Gutkind, J.S., Parsons, R.E., and Kazanietz, M.G. Identification of the Rac-GEF P-Rex1 as an Essential Mediator of ErbB Signaling in Breast Cancer. Molecular Cell 40: 877-92. 2010.

Zhao, Y., Tan, Y.S., Haslam, S.Z., and Yang, C. Perfluorooctanoic acid effects on steroid hormone and growth factor levels mediate stimulation of peripubertal mammary gland development in C57Bl/6 mice. Toxicological Sciences 115: 214-24. 2010.