- Associate Professor
- 217B Cater-Mattil
- Graduate Education
- Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2000
- MD, Tongji Medical College
- Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2004
- M.S. in Human Nutrition
- Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2008
- Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
- University of Chicago, Chicago,IL, 2011
- Postdoctoral in Pediatrics
- Courses Taught
- NUTR 481
The long-term aim of Dr. Xie’s research is to provide or promote strategies that achieve primal, primary and secondary prevention of obesity and its related metabolic complications. It is now well established that in utero and in early life exposure to over-nutrition can disrupt normal growth and development and thus increase the risk of offspring obesity. Therefore, important information/evidence is urgently needed regarding if and how a pre-pregnancy healthy diet strategy, under the guidelines that doctors and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) could follow, would be beneficial to obese women on pregnancy outcomes. Unfortunately, although women of childbearing age are suggested to modulate their BMI to a value within the normal range before conception by engaging in lifestyle changes, no evidence-based strategy regarding the optimal duration of the intervention is currently available. Therefore, The recent study focus is to find out if and how different maternal diet intervention before pregnancy would prevent the downstream offspring.
Dr. Xie is also interested in the molecular and genetic basis of heart development and the ontology of congenital heart disease (CHD). CHD is the most common type of birth defect that affect 1% live birth and account for 1/3 of the whole birth defects. Her research has been focused on understanding how important transcription factors and signaling pathways for heart development such as Tbx5, Gata4 and Hh signaling networks in regulating the inflow and outflow tract development. She is also interested in understanding how maternal obesity or diabetes increase the risk of congenital heart defects of the baby.
- Qin, Y, McCauley, N, Ding, Z, Lawless, L, Liu, Z, Zhang, K et al.. Hyperglycemia results in significant pathophysiological changes of placental spiral artery remodeling and angiogenesis, further contributing to congenital defects. Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2021;26 (11):965-976. doi: 10.52586/5001. PubMed PMID:34856745 .
- Peng, H, Xu, H, Wu, J, Li, J, Zhou, Y, Ding, Z et al.. Maternal high-fat diet disrupted one-carbon metabolism in offspring, contributing to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Liver Int. 2021;41 (6):1305-1319. doi: 10.1111/liv.14811. PubMed PMID:33529448 PubMed Central PMC8137550.
- Xie, L. Mog1 to tbx5-cryab/hspb2: A novel signalling network potentiates heart failure?. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2021;231 (3):e13593. doi: 10.1111/apha.13593. PubMed PMID:33280261 .
- Zhou, Y, Liu, Z, Lynch, EC, He, L, Cheng, H, Liu, L et al.. Osr1 regulates hepatic inflammation and cell survival in the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Lab Invest. 2021;101 (4):477-489. doi: 10.1038/s41374-020-00493-2. PubMed PMID:33005011 PubMed Central PMC7987871.
- Liu, Z, Ding, Z, Lynch, EC, McCauley, N, Zhou, Y, Zhang, KK et al.. Pregestational diet transition to normal-fat diet avoids the deterioration of pancreatic β-cell function in male offspring induced by maternal high-fat diet. J Nutr Biochem. 2020;86 :108495. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2020.108495. PubMed PMID:32949717 PubMed Central PMC7643480.
- Ding, Z, Zhou, H, McCauley, N, Ko, G, Zhang, KK, Xie, L et al.. In ovo hyperglycemia causes congenital limb defects in chicken embryos via disruption of cell proliferation and apoptosis. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis. 2020;1866 (12):165955. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2020.165955. PubMed PMID:32877749 PubMed Central PMC7680440.
- Yang, X, Wu, F, Li, L, Lynch, EC, Xie, L, Zhao, Y et al.. Celastrol alleviates metabolic disturbance in high-fat diet-induced obese mice through increasing energy expenditure by ameliorating metabolic inflammation. Phytother Res. 2021;35 (1):297-310. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6800. PubMed PMID:32776627 .
- Zhou, Y, Peng, H, Xu, H, Li, J, Golovko, M, Cheng, H et al.. Maternal diet intervention before pregnancy primes offspring lipid metabolism in liver. Lab Invest. 2020;100 (4):553-569. doi: 10.1038/s41374-019-0344-4. PubMed PMID:31748681 PubMed Central PMC7102928.
- Zhou, T, Kyritsi, K, Wu, N, Francis, H, Yang, Z, Chen, L et al.. Knockdown of vimentin reduces mesenchymal phenotype of cholangiocytes in the Mdr2-/- mouse model of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). EBioMedicine. 2019;48 :130-142. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2019.09.013. PubMed PMID:31522982 PubMed Central PMC6838376.
- Xu, H, Xiang, M, Qin, Y, Cheng, H, Chen, D, Fu, Q et al.. Tbx5 inhibits hedgehog signaling in determination of digit identity. Hum Mol Genet. 2020;29 (9):1405-1416. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddz185. PubMed PMID:31373354 PubMed Central PMC7268785.
- Liu, J, Cheng, H, Xiang, M, Zhou, L, Wu, B, Moskowitz, IP et al.. Gata4 regulates hedgehog signaling and Gata6 expression for outflow tract development. PLoS Genet. 2019;15 (5):e1007711. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007711. PubMed PMID:31120883 PubMed Central PMC6550424.
- Chen, L, Zhou, T, Wu, N, O'Brien, A, Venter, J, Ceci, L et al.. Pinealectomy or light exposure exacerbates biliary damage and liver fibrosis in cholestatic rats through decreased melatonin synthesis. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis. 2019;1865 (6):1525-1539. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2019.03.002. PubMed PMID:30890428 PubMed Central PMC6993622.
- Q. Fu, P. Olson, D. Rasmussen, M. Williamson, B. Keith, K. K .Zhang, L. Xie. A Short-Term Transition from a High-Fat Diet to a Normal-Fat Diet Before Pregnancy Exacerbates Female Mouse Offspring Obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Nov 26. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.236.
- Y. Zhou and L. Xie. High Fat Diet Mouse Model in the Study of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Am J Digest Dis; 2(1): 60-65, 2015
- Q. Fu, K.K. Zhang, L. Xie. A meta-analysis of case-control studies of high-fat diet and colorectal cancer. Am J Digest Dis;1(2):127-135, 2014