Meena Ananth Ph.D

Senior Research Scientist in Medicine (Digestive Diseases)

Research Interests

Gene Regulation; Bile Acid Transporters; Cholestasis; Development; Inositol Phosphate Receptors; MicroRNAs

Current Projects


1. Regulatory mechanisms of Type 2 and Type 3 Inositol 3-phosphate receptors (IP3Rs) in hepatocytes and cholangiocytes respectively by isolation and characterization of their respective promoters

2. Role of microRNAs (mIRs) in regulation of Type 2 and Type 3 Inositol 3-phosphate receptors (IP3Rs)


Research Summary

Over the last two decades, my research has focused on the mechanisms of regulation of bile acid transporters in liver during development and in pathological situations such as the human liver disease cholestasis. My main focus over the last decade has been on the role of Nuclear Receptors (with specific reference to FXR) on the regulation of Bile salt export pump (BSEP) a canalicular transporter for bile acids in the hepatocytes. I have recently also explored the role of microRNAs (mIRs) in regulating bile salt transporters in liver in physiology and pathophysiology. Since the beginning of this year, I am conducting research into molecular mechanisms of regulation of Inositol 3-phosphate receptors (IP3Rs) that act as Ca-channels in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) with specific focus on the promoters of the Type 2 and 3 isoforms and their regulation by microRNAs.


Selected Publications

  • Allen, R.M., Marquart, T.J., Albert, C.J., Suchy, F.J., Wang, D.Q-H., Ananthanarayanan, M., Ford, D.A., and Baldan, A. miR-33 controls the expression of biliary transporters and mediates statin- and diet-induced hepatotoxicity. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 4:1-14, 2012.
  • Ananthanarayanan, M., Li, Yanfeng., Surapureddi, S., Balasubramaniyan, N., Ahn, Jaeyong, Goldstein, J.A., and Suchy. F.J. Histone H3K4 trimethylation by MLL3 as part of ASCOM complex is critical for NR activation of bile acid transporter genes and is downregulated in cholestasis. . Am. J. Physiol. (GI/Liver Physiol). In Press. 11 Feb 2011.
  • Geier, A., Martin, I., Dietrich, C., Balasubramaniyan, N., Strauch, S., Suchy, F.J., Gartung, C., Trautwein, C., and Ananthanarayanan, M. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha is a central transactivator of the Ntcp gene in rodents. Am. J. Physiol. (GI/Liver Physiol.) , 295: 226-223, 2008
  • Balasubramaniyan, N., Shahid, M.., Suchy, F.J., and Ananthanarayanan, M. Multiple mechanisms of ontogenic regulation of Nuclear Receptors during rat liver development. Am. J. Physiol. (Gastroinstest. Liver Physiol.) 288: G251 -G260 , 2005.
  • Ananthanarayanan, M., SiDe, L., Balasubramaniyan, N., Suchy, F.J., and Walsh, M.J. Ligand-dependent activation of the Farnesoid x receptor directs methylation of Histone H3 by CARM1. J. Biol. Chem. 279: 54348-54357, 2004
  • Shih, D.Q., Bussen, M., Sehayek, E., Ananthanarayanan, M., Shneider, B.L., Suchy, F.J., Shefer, S., Bollineni, J., Gonzalez, F.J., Breslow, J.L., and Stoffel, M. Hepatocyte nuclear factor-1? is an essential regulator of bile acid and plasma cholesterol metabolism. Nature Genetics, 27: 375-382, 2001.
  • Ananthanarayanan, M., Balasubramanian, N., Makishima, M., Mangelsdorf, D.J., and Suchy, F.J. Human Bile Salt Export Pump (BSEP) Promoter is Transactivated by Farnesoid X Receptor/ Bale Acid Receptor (FXR/BAR) J. Biol. Chem.276: 28857-28865, 2001

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