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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Yanfen Hu, Ph.D.


Yanfen Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Phone: 210-562-4153


Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women in the Western world. Between 5 to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, the majority of which are caused by germline mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 or BRCA2. In addition, germline mutations in these two genes also lead to increased risk of hereditary ovarian cancer. The long-term objective of my research is to elucidate the underlying mechanism by which BRCA1 suppresses development of breast and ovarian cancers in women.

Selected Publications

Ghosh S, Ashcraft K, Jahid MJ, April C, Ghajar CM, Ruan J, Wang H, Foster M, Hughes DC, Ramirez AG, Huang T, Fan JB, Hu Y, Li R. Regulation of adipose oestrogen output by mechanical stress. Nat Commun. 2013;4:1821.

Lu Y, Li J, Cheng D, Parameswaran B, Zhang S, Jiang Z, Yew PR, Peng J, Ye Q, Hu Y. The F-box protein FBXO44 mediates BRCA1 ubiquitination and degradation. J Biol Chem. 2012 Nov 30;287(49):41014-22.

Lu Y, Amleh A, Sun J, Jin X, McCullough SD, Baer R, Ren D, Li R, Hu Y. Ubiquitination and proteasome-mediated degradation of BRCA1 and BARD1 during steroidogenesis in human ovarian granulosa cells. Mol Endocrinol. 2007 Mar;21(3):651-63.

Hu Y*, Ghosh S, Amleh A, Yue W, Lu Y, Katz A, Li R*. Modulation of aromatase expression by BRCA1: a possible link to tissue-specific tumor suppression. Oncogene. 2005 Dec 15;24(56):8343-8. (* co-corresponding authors)

Ghosh S, Wu Y, Li R, Hu YJun proteins modulate the ovary-specific promoter of aromatase gene in ovarian granulosa cells via a cAMP-responsive element. Oncogene. 2005 Mar 24;24(13):2236-46.


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