ZFIN ID: ZDB-PERS-080717-2
He, Xinjun
Email: xhe@uoregon.edu
Affiliation: Postlethwait Zebrafish Genetics Laboratory
Address: Institute of Neuroscience 1254 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1254 USA
Country: United States
Phone: (541) 346-4495

I am interested in the skeletal system development and genetics. Specifically, I am currently working to dissect the mechanisms of regulation of skeletal system development by microNRAs. I have identified several microRNAs which are extensively involved in the early development of zebrafish and trying to understand what their target genes are and how they work.

Askary, A., Mork, L., Paul, S., He, X., Izuhara, A.K., Gopalakrishnan, S., Ichida, J.K., McMahon, A.P., Dabizljevic, S., Dale, R., Mariani, F.V., Crump, J.G. (2015) Iroquois Proteins Promote Skeletal Joint Formation by Maintaining Chondrocytes in an Immature State. Developmental Cell. 35:358-65
Ito-Amano, M., Nakamura, Y., Morisaki, M., He, X., Hayashi, M., Watanapokasin, R., Kato, H. (2014) Temporal and spatial expression patterns of bone morphogenetic protein 3 in developing zebrafish. The open rheumatology journal. 8:69-72
Yan, Y.L., Bhattacharya, P., He, X., Ponugoti, B., Marquardt, B., Layman, J., Grunloh, M., Postlethwait, J.H., and Rubin, D. (2012) Duplicated zebrafish co-orthologs of parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP, Pthlh) play different roles in craniofacial skeletogenesis. The Journal of endocrinology. 214(3):421-435
Nakamura, Y., He, X., Kato, H., Wakitani, S., Kobayashi, T., Watanabe, S., Iida, A., Tahara, H., Warman, M.L., Watanapokasin, R., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2012) Sox9 Is Upstream of MicroRNA-140 in Cartilage. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 166(1):64-71
He, X., Yan, Y.L., Eberhart, J.K., Herpin, A., Wagner, T.U., Schartl, M., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2011) miR-196 regulates axial patterning and pectoral appendage initiation. Developmental Biology. 357(2):463-77
Song, H., Yan, Y.L., Titus, T., He, X., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2011) The role of stat1b in zebrafish hematopoiesis. Mechanisms of Development. 128(7-10):442-56
He, X., Yan, Y.L., Delaurier, A., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2011) Observation of miRNA Gene Expression in Zebrafish Embryos by In Situ Hybridization to MicroRNA Primary Transcripts. Zebrafish. 8(1):1-8
Rodriguez-Mari, A., Wilson, C., Titus, T.A., Cañestro, C., Bremiller, R.A., Yan, Y.L., Nanda, I., Johnston, A., Kanki, J.P., Gray, E.M., He, X., Spitsbergen, J., Schindler, D., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2011) Roles of brca2 (fancd1) in Oocyte Nuclear Architecture, Gametogenesis, Gonad Tumors, and Genome Stability in Zebrafish. PLoS Genetics. 7(3):e1001357
Nakamura, Y., Yamamoto, K., He, X., Otsuki, B., Kim, Y., Murao, H., Soeda, T., Tsumaki, N., Deng, J.M., Zhang, Z., Behringer, R.R., Crombrugghe, B., Postlethwait, J.H., Warman, M.L., Nakamura, T., and Akiyama, H. (2011) Wwp2 is essential for palatogenesis mediated by the interaction between Sox9 and mediator subunit 25. Nature communications. 2:251
Delaurier, A., Eames, B.F., Blanco-Sánchez, B., Peng, G., He, X., Swartz, M.E., Ullmann, B., Westerfield, M., and Kimmel, C.B. (2010) Zebrafish sp7:EGFP: A transgenic for studying otic vesicle formation, skeletogenesis, and bone regeneration. Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000). 48(8):505-511
Eames, B.F., Singer, A., Smith, G.A., Wood, Z.A., Yan, Y.L., He, X., Polizzi, S.J., Catchen, J.M., Rodriguez-Mari, A., Linbo, T., Raible, D.W., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2010) UDP xylose synthase 1 is required for morphogenesis and histogenesis of the craniofacial skeleton. Developmental Biology. 341(2):400-415
Jovelin, R., Yan, Y.L., He, X., Catchen, J., Amores, A., Canestro, C., Yokoi, H., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2010) Evolution of developmental regulation in the vertebrate FgfD subfamily. Journal of experimental zoology. Part B, Molecular and developmental evolution. 314(1):33-56
Titus, T.A., Yan, Y.L., Wilson, C., Starks, A.M., Frohnmayer, J.D., Canestro, C., Rodriguez-Mari, A., He, X., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2009) The Fanconi anemia/BRCA gene network in zebrafish: Embryonic expression and comparative genomics. Mutation research. 668(1-2):117-132
He, X., Eberhart, J.K., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2009) MicroRNAs and micromanaging the skeleton in disease, development and evolution. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. 13(4):606-618
Nakamura, Y., He, X., Kobayashi, T., Yan, Y.L., Postlethwait, J.H., and Warman, M.L. (2008) Unique roles of microRNA140 and its host gene WWP2 in cartilage biology. Journal of musculoskeletal & neuronal interactions. 8(4):321-322
Eberhart, J.K., He, X., Swartz, M.E., Yan, Y.L., Song, H., Boling, T.C., Kunerth, A.K., Walker, M.B., Kimmel, C.B., and Postlethwait, J.H. (2008) MicroRNA Mirn140 modulates Pdgf signaling during palatogenesis. Nature Genetics. 40(3):290-298