Susan E. Leeman, PhD
Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

PhD, Radcliffe College
MA, Radcliffe College



Dr. Susan Leeman is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, and the Director of the Neuropeptide Laboratory in the Pharmacology Department at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Leeman has been a Member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1991.

Dr. Leeman’s research focuses on the two peptides, substance P (SP) and neurotensin, that were isolated and chemically defined in this laboratory. Previous projects that are currently underway relating to the biochemistry and pharmacology of SP include studies to determine the binding domains of SP with its receptor using photoactivatable derivatives of SP containing the photoreactive amino acid benzoylphenlalanine; studies to determine the binding domains of an antagonist of SP, CP 96,345 using a photoactivatable derivative of this compound; the characterization of calcium signals generated by administration of SP to CHO cells transfected with mRNA encoding the full-length SP receptor; the roles of SP in several models of inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract using non-peptide SP antagonists; a truncated form of the SP receptor and several mutant receptors. A new direction of research involves studies directed towards the chemical characterization and function of the carbohydrate moieties on the SP receptor.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences



2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow
2005 Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award, Women in Neuroscience
1999 14th Annual Isadore Rosenberg Lecture
1994 Fogarty Scholar-in-Residence
1994 Fred Conrad Koch Award
1994 197th Lilly Lecture
1993 FASEB, Excellence in Science Award
1993 Goucher Gollege, Towson, Maryland: Honorary Degree
1992 State University of New York, Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome: Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science
1992 University of Kentucky: Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professorship Award
1991 National Academy of Sciences: Member
1987 American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Fellow
1984 Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center: Charles C. Pinderhughes Lecture
1984 Mt. Holyoke College: Christianna Smith Lecture
1983 New York Academy of Sciences: The Louis and Bert Freedman Foundation Award for Research in Biochemistry
1983 Texas Tech University: Distinguished Neuroscientist, Tarbox Lecture Series
1982 College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University: Van Dyke Award
1981 The Endocrine Society: Astwood Award
1981 University of Calgary: Alberta Heritage for Medical Research Visiting Professor Award


Glycosylation of NK1 Receptors: Chemistry and Function
04/01/2003 - 09/30/2005 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
5 R21 NS43228 02




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2008 CHARACTERIZATION OF GLYCOSYLATION PATTERN OF NK1 RECEPTOR 5P41RR010888-12-5188 236
2007 CHARACTERIZATION OF GLYCOSYLATION PATTERN OF NK1 RECEPTOR 2P41RR010888-11-8009 236
2006 CHARACTERIZATION OF GLYCOSYLATION PATTERN OF NK1 RECEPTOR 5P41RR010888-10-7093 236
2005 CHARACTERIZATION OF GLYCOSYLATION PATTERN OF NK1 RECEPTOR 5P41RR010888-09-128 236
2004 CHARACTERIZATION OF GLYCOSYLATION PATTERN OF NK1 RECEPTOR 5P41RR010888-08-128 236
2004 Glycosylation of NK1 Receptors: Chemistry and Function 5R21NS043228-02
2003 Glycosylation of NK1 Receptors: Chemistry and Function 1R21NS043228-01A1
1995 NEUROTENSIN AND FEMALE-SPECIFIC LH SECRETION 5R01DK029876-16 21
1994 MOLECULAR BIOLOGICAL STUDIES ON PEPTIDE 1F15TW000366-01
1994 NEUROTENSIN AND FEMALE-SPECIFIC LH SECRETION 5R01DK029876-15 21
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  1. Patel AB, Tsilioni I, Leeman SE, Theoharides TC. Neurotensin stimulates sortilin and mTOR in human microglia inhibitable by methoxyluteolin, a potential therapeutic target for autism. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Sep 23. PMID: 27663735.
  2. Yuan H, Zelka S, Burkatovskaya M, Gupte R, Leeman SE, Amar S. Pivotal role of NOD2 in inflammatory processes affecting atherosclerosis and periodontal bone loss. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Dec 24; 110(52):E5059-68.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24324141; PMCID: PMC3876260; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320862110;.
  3. Burke RM, Norman TA, Haydar TF, Slack BE, Leeman SE, Blusztajn JK, Mellott TJ. BMP9 ameliorates amyloidosis and the cholinergic defect in a mouse model of Alzheimer''s disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 26; 110(48):19567-72.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24218590; PMCID: PMC3845152; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319297110;.
  4. Amar S, Leeman S. Periodontal innate immune mechanisms relevant to obesity. Mol Oral Microbiol. 2013 Oct; 28(5):331-41.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23911141; DOI: 10.1111/omi.12035;.
  5. Bhargava A, Clifton MS, Mhaske P, Mhsake P, Liao M, Pothoulakis C, Leeman SE, Grady EF. Local injection of dsRNA targeting calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CLR) ameliorates Clostridium difficile toxin A-induced ileitis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jan 8; 110(2):731-6. PMID: 23267070; PMCID: PMC3545755; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1219733110;.
  6. Gillespie E, Leeman SE, Watts LA, Coukos JA, O'Brien MJ, Cerda SR, Farraye FA, Stucchi AF. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 is increased in colonic epithelial cells from patients with colitis-associated cancer. J Crohns Colitis. 2013 Jun; 7(5):403-11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22921465; DOI: 10.1016/j.crohns.2012.08.003;.
  7. Merrill JC, You J, Constable C, Leeman SE, Amar S. Whole-body deletion of LPS-induced TNF-a factor (LITAF) markedly improves experimental endotoxic shock and inflammatory arthritis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Dec 27; 108(52):21247-52.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22160695; PMCID: PMC3248491; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1111492108;.
  8. Gillespie E, Leeman SE, Watts LA, Coukos JA, O'Brien MJ, Cerda SR, Farraye FA, Stucchi AF, Becker JM. Truncated neurokinin-1 receptor is increased in colonic epithelial cells from patients with colitis-associated cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Oct 18; 108(42):17420-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21969570; PMCID: PMC3198340; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1114275108;.
  9. Bushell KN, Leeman SE, Gillespie E, Gower AC, Reed KL, Stucchi AF, Becker JM, Amar S. LITAF mediation of increased TNF-a secretion from inflamed colonic lamina propria macrophages. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e25849.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21984950; PMCID: PMC3184169; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025849;.
  10. Meshki J, Douglas SD, Hu M, Leeman SE, Tuluc F. Substance P induces rapid and transient membrane blebbing in U373MG cells in a p21-activated kinase-dependent manner. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e25332. PMID: 21966499; PMCID: PMC3179504; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0025332;.
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