Herbert T. Cohen, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Thomas Jefferson University
BS, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Cohen’s laboratory is addressing the molecular basis of renal cancer, renal cystic disease and renal development and offers special expertise in gene expression mechanisms, signal transduction, protein-protein interactions, transcription factors, and renal epithelial cell biology. The laboratory has identified the first member of new protein family, the Jade family of proteins, on the basis of its interaction with the von Hippel-Lindau tumor suppressor pVHL. pVHL protein is a key component of the cellular oxygen-sensing system. VHL is also the major renal cancer gene in adults. Jade-1 is a novel, growth suppressive plant homeodomain transcription factor that is the first protein found to be stabilized by pVHL. Jade-1 is also a ubiquitin ligase and key component of histone acetylation complexes. Interestingly, Jade-1 is stabilized by VHL protein in a manner that correlates with risk of renal manifestations in von Hippel-Lindau disease, which includes a cystic renal disease phenotype. A wider role for Jade-1 in renal cyst formation was therefore sought. Jade-1 is regulated by the product of the major gene for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), polycystin-1, in a manner that is also disease relevant and physiologic. Importantly, Jade-1 serves as a critical ubiquitin ligase for the oncoprotein beta-catenin, which also plays critical roles in renal cancer, renal cyst formation and renal development. In part by controlling transcription and beta-catenin ubiquitination, Jade-1 and related family members are likely to be particularly important in many contexts. .

Cancer biology and epithelial cell biology approaches, advanced molecular biology approaches, protein-protein interactions, yeast 2-hybrid screening, protein ubiquitination assays, protein-DNA interactions, transcription assays, gene expression mechanisms including microarrays, confocal microscopy, transgenic and knockout mice.

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Genome Science Institute

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

The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer
12/15/2009 - 11/30/2015 (PI)
3R01 CA079830-13S1

JADE - 1 in Cystic Renal Disease
04/01/2004 - 03/31/2010 (PI)
5 R01 DK067569-05

VHL Jade-1 + Protein Stability in Renal Cancer
07/15/2003 - 04/30/2009 (PI)
5R01CA079830-08 (B)

Vegf Transcriptional Regulatio
04/01/1999 - 03/31/2003 (PI)
5 R01 CA79830-03 (A)

Career Enhancement Award
01/01/1999 - 12/31/2002 (PI)
Amer Soc Nephrology

R410 K08Dk022805 3/31/98
10/01/1999 - 09/30/2000 (PI)

Transcriptional Repression
07/01/1998 - 06/30/2000 (PI)
National Kidney Fdtn

Regulation Of Wilms Tumor - 1
05/13/1998 - 03/31/2000 (PI)
5 K08 DK02280-06


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2014 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 3R01CA079830-13S1 15
2014 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 5R01CA079830-13 15
2013 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 3R01CA079830-12S1 15
2013 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 5R01CA079830-12 15
2012 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 5R01CA079830-11 15
2012 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 3R01CA079830-11S1 15
2011 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 5R01CA079830-10 15
2010 The pVHL/Jade-1/beta-catenin axis in renal cancer 2R01CA079830-09A1 15
2008 Jade-1 in cystic renal disease 5R01DK067569-05 11
2007 Jade-1 in cystic renal disease 5R01DK067569-04 11
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  1. Farrell K, Kim S, Han N, Iida MA, Gonzalez EM, Otero-Garcia M, Walker JM, Richardson TE, Renton AE, Andrews SJ, Fulton-Howard B, Humphrey J, Vialle RA, Bowles KR, de Paiva Lopes K, Whitney K, Dangoor DK, Walsh H, Marcora E, Hefti MM, Casella A, Sissoko CT, Kapoor M, Novikova G, Udine E, Wong G, Tang W, Bhangale T, Hunkapiller J, Ayalon G, Graham RR, Cherry JD, Cortes EP, Borukov VY, McKee AC, Stein TD, Vonsattel JP, Teich AF, Gearing M, Glass J, Troncoso JC, Frosch MP, Hyman BT, Dickson DW, Murray ME, Attems J, Flanagan ME, Mao Q, Mesulam MM, Weintraub S, Woltjer RL, Pham T, Kofler J, Schneider JA, Yu L, Purohit DP, Haroutunian V, Hof PR, Gandy S, Sano M, Beach TG, Poon W, Kawas CH, Corrada MM, Rissman RA, Metcalf J, Shuldberg S, Salehi B, Nelson PT, Trojanowski JQ, Lee EB, Wolk DA, McMillan CT, Keene CD, Latimer CS, Montine TJ, Kovacs GG, Lutz MI, Fischer P, Perrin RJ, Cairns NJ, Franklin EE, Cohen HT, Raj T, Cobos I, Frost B, Goate A, White Iii CL, Crary JF. Genome-wide association study and functional validation implicates JADE1 in tauopathy. Acta Neuropathol. 2022 01; 143(1):33-53.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34719765; PMCID: PMC8786260; DOI: 10.1007/s00401-021-02379-z;
  2. Havasi A, Lu W, Cohen HT, Beck L, Wang Z, Igwebuike C, Borkan SC. Blocking peptides and molecular mimicry as treatment for kidney disease. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2017 Jun 01; 312(6):F1016-F1025.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27654896; PMCID: PMC5495884; DOI: 10.1152/ajprenal.00601.2015;
  3. Ozturk S, Papageorgis P, Wong CK, Lambert AW, Abdolmaleky HM, Thiagalingam A, Cohen HT, Thiagalingam S. SDPR functions as a metastasis suppressor in breast cancer by promoting apoptosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jan 19; 113(3):638-43.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26739564; PMCID: PMC4725521; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1514663113;
  4. Fu Y, Rope R, Fargue S, Cohen HT, Holmes RP, Cohen DM. A mutation creating an out-of-frame alternative translation initiation site in the GRHPR 5'UTR causing primary hyperoxaluria type II. Clin Genet. 2015 Nov; 88(5):494-8. PMID: 25410531; PMCID: PMC4437915; DOI: 10.1111/cge.12541;
  5. Komers R, Xu B, Fu Y, McClelland A, Kantharidis P, Mittal A, Cohen HT, Cohen DM. Transcriptome-based analysis of kidney gene expression changes associated with diabetes in OVE26 mice, in the presence and absence of losartan treatment. PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e96987. PMID: 24827579; PMCID: PMC4020814; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096987;
  6. Zeng L, Bai M, Mittal AK, El-Jouni W, Zhou J, Cohen DM, Zhou MI, Cohen HT. Candidate tumor suppressor and pVHL partner Jade-1 binds and inhibits AKT in renal cell carcinoma. Cancer Res. 2013 Sep 1; 73(17):5371-80. PMID: 23824745; PMCID: PMC3766477; DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-12-4707;
  7. Foy RL, Chitalia VC, Panchenko MV, Zeng L, Lopez D, Lee JW, Rana SV, Boletta A, Qian F, Tsiokas L, Piontek KB, Germino GG, Zhou MI, Cohen HT. Polycystin-1 regulates the stability and ubiquitination of transcription factor Jade-1. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Dec 15; 21(26):5456-71.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23001567; PMCID: PMC3516131; DOI: 10.1093/hmg/dds391;
  8. Chitalia VC, Foy RL, Bachschmid MM, Zeng L, Panchenko MV, Zhou MI, Bharti A, Seldin DC, Lecker SH, Dominguez I, Cohen HT. Jade-1 inhibits Wnt signalling by ubiquitylating beta-catenin and mediates Wnt pathway inhibition by pVHL. Nat Cell Biol. 2008 Oct; 10(10):1208-16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18806787; PMCID: PMC2830866; DOI: 10.1038/ncb1781;
  9. Foy RL, Song IY, Chitalia VC, Cohen HT, Saksouk N, Cayrou C, Vaziri C, Côté J, Panchenko MV. Role of Jade-1 in the histone acetyltransferase (HAT) HBO1 complex. J Biol Chem. 2008 Oct 24; 283(43):28817-26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18684714; PMCID: PMC2570895; DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M801407200;
  10. Basu A, Contreras AG, Datta D, Flynn E, Zeng L, Cohen HT, Briscoe DM, Pal S. Overexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor and the development of post-transplantation cancer. Cancer Res. 2008 Jul 15; 68(14):5689-98. PMID: 18632621; PMCID: PMC2630878; DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-6603;
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