Xingbin Ai, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

PhD, Case Western Reserve University




Expertise and interests include:

REGULATION OF STEM CELL FUNCTION AND AGING BY HEPARAN SULFATE AND SULFS:
Environmental signals play crucial roles in self-renewal of stem cells, tissue regeneration and aging. Ai lab investigates heparan sulfate-dependent mechanisms that regulate extracellular signaling during stem cell maintenance and regeneration of the skeletal muscle. Our study is focused on two heparan sulfate-modifying enzymes called Sulfs.

NEUROGENESIS AND NEUROPLASTICITY IN PULMONARY DISEASES:
The respiratory tract is known to be innervated by two groups of neurons. The intrinsic neurons have cell bodies located within the tissue, while the extrinsic neurons have their cell bodies located in the central and peripheral nervous system and their axons innervating airway smooth muscle and neuroendocrine cells. Ai lab investigates neurotrophic signals that regulate neurogenesis in developing lung and neuroplasticity in pulmonary diseases. Our goal is to understand physiological roles of neural innervation in respiratory function, diseases and regeneration.

AIRWAY SMOOTH MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT AND REMODELING IN ASTHMA:
Airway smooth muscle hyperplasia and hyper-reactivity are key features of asthma. Ai lab, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Fine’s lab, investigates mechanisms underlying the formation and remodeling of airway smooth muscle. We are particularly interested in the sonic hedgehog pathway in control of airway smooth muscle development.

Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research




The Fetal Lung Mesothelial Differentiation Program
08/05/2013 - 05/31/2017 (SP Co-PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Alan Fine, MD
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5R01HL116163-03

Identifying the Molecular Phenotype of Normal and Asthmatic Bronchial Smooth Muscle
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2015 (Multi-PI)
PI: Xingbin Ai, PhD
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5R21HL112619-02

Linking Increased Innervation to Persistent BSM Hyper-reactivity
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
American Asthma Foundation


Identification of Sulfs as Therapeutic Targets for the Treatment of Age-Impaired Skeletal Muscle Regeneration
03/15/2010 - 07/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R01AG034939-05



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2019 Development of PNEC innervation and neuroplasticity after early life insult 5R01HL132991-03 7
2018 Development of PNEC innervation and neuroplasticity after early life insult 5R01HL132991-02 7
2017 Development of PNEC innervation and neuroplasticity after early life insult 1R01HL132991-01A1 7
2016 The Fetal Lung Mesothelial Differentiation Program 4R01HL116163-04 13
2015 The Fetal Lung Mesothelial Differentiation Program 5R01HL116163-03 13
2014 Identification of Sulfs as therapeutic targets for the treatment of age-impaired skeletal muscle regeneration 7R01AG034939-06 4
2014 The Fetal Lung Mesothelial Differentiation Program 5R01HL116163-02 13
2014 Identification of Sulfs as therapeutic targets for the treatment of age-impaired 5R01AG034939-05 4
2013 The Fetal Lung Mesothelial Differentiation Program 1R01HL116163-01A1 13
2013 Identifying Molecular Phenotype of Normal and Asthmatic Bronchial Smooth Muscle 5R21HL112619-02 4
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  1. Lu RA, Zeki AA, Ram-Mohan S, Nguyen N, Bai Y, Chmiel K, Pecic S, Ai X, Krishnan R, Ghosh CC. Inhibiting Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction Using Pitavastatin: A Role for the Mevalonate Pathway in Regulating Cytoskeletal Proteins. Front Pharmacol. 2020; 11:469. PMID: 32435188
     
  2. Li G, Cohen JA, Martines C, Ram-Mohan S, Brain JD, Krishnan R, Ai X, Bai Y. Preserving Airway Smooth Muscle Contraction in Precision-Cut Lung Slices. Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 15; 10(1):6480. PMID: 32296115
     
  3. Ram-Mohan S, Bai Y, Schaible N, Ehrlicher AJ, Cook DP, Suki B, Stoltz DA, Solway J, Ai X, Krishnan R. Tissue traction microscopy to quantify muscle contraction within precision-cut lung slices. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2020 02 01; 318(2):L323-L330. PMID: 31774304
     
  4. Wang W, Cohen JA, Wallrapp A, Trieu KG, Barrios J, Shao F, Krishnamoorthy N, Kuchroo VK, Jones MR, Fine A, Bai Y, Ai X. Age-Related Dopaminergic Innervation Augments T Helper 2-Type Allergic Inflammation in the Postnatal Lung. Immunity. 2019 12 17; 51(6):1102-1118.e7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31757673
     
  5. Levy BD, Abdulnour RE, Tavares A, Brüggemann TR, Norris PC, Bai Y, Ai X, Serhan CN. Cysteinyl maresins regulate the prophlogistic lung actions of cysteinyl leukotrienes. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 01; 145(1):335-344. PMID: 31622689
     
  6. Barrios J, Kho AT, Aven L, Mitchel JA, Park JA, Randell SH, Miller LA, Tantisira KG, Ai X. Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Cells Secrete ?-Aminobutyric Acid to Induce Goblet Cell Hyperplasia in Primate Models. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 06; 60(6):687-694.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30571139
     
  7. Stump B, Shrestha S, Lamattina AM, Louis PH, Cho W, Perrella MA, Ai X, Rosas IO, Wagner FF, Priolo C, Astin J, El-Chemaly S. Glycogen synthase kinase 3-ß inhibition induces lymphangiogenesis through ß-catenin-dependent and mTOR-independent pathways. PLoS One. 2019; 14(4):e0213831. PMID: 30964887
     
  8. Qiu H, Shi S, Yue J, Xin M, Nairn AV, Lin L, Liu X, Li G, Archer-Hartmann SA, Dela Rosa M, Galizzi M, Wang S, Zhang F, Azadi P, van Kuppevelt TH, Cardoso WV, Kimata K, Ai X, Moremen KW, Esko JD, Linhardt RJ, Wang L. A mutant-cell library for systematic analysis of heparan sulfate structure-function relationships. Nat Methods. 2018 11; 15(11):889-899.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30377379
     
  9. Barrios J, Ai X. Neurotrophins in Asthma. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2018 02 16; 18(2):10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29453651
     
  10. Buttrick TS, Wang W, Yung C, Trieu KG, Patel K, Khoury SJ, Ai X, Elyaman W. Foxo1 Promotes Th9 Cell Differentiation and Airway Allergy. Sci Rep. 2018 01 16; 8(1):818. PMID: 29339772
     
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

developmental biology
heparan sulfate
neurobiology
neuroscience
skeletal muscle regeneration
stem cell biology
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