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THOMAS WESTBROOK

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Molecular & Human Genetics
DivisionMolecular & Human Genetics
AddressONE BAYLOR PLAZA
BIOCHEM AND MOLEC BIOL
HOUSTON TX 77030
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    1. Zhang Y, Kwok-Shing Ng P, Kucherlapati M, Chen F, Liu Y, Tsang YH, de Velasco G, Jeong KJ, Akbani R, Hadjipanayis A, Pantazi A, Bristow CA, Lee E, Mahadeshwar HS, Tang J, Zhang J, Yang L, Seth S, Lee S, Ren X, Song X, Sun H, Seidman J, Luquette LJ, Xi R, Chin L, Protopopov A, Westbrook TF, Shelley CS, Choueiri TK, Ittmann M, Van Waes C, Weinstein JN, Liang H, Henske EP, Godwin AK, Park PJ, Kucherlapati R, Scott KL, Mills GB, Kwiatkowski DJ, Creighton CJ. A Pan-Cancer Proteogenomic Atlas of PI3K/AKT/mTOR Pathway Alterations. Cancer Cell. 2017 May 08. PMID: 28528867.
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    2. Rousseaux MW, de Haro M, Lasagna-Reeves CA, De Maio A, Park J, Jafar-Nejad P, Al-Ramahi I, Sharma A, See L, Lu N, Vilanova-Velez L, Klisch TJ, Westbrook TF, Troncoso JC, Botas J, Zoghbi HY. TRIM28 regulates the nuclear accumulation and toxicity of both alpha-synuclein and tau. Elife. 2016 Oct 25; 5. PMID: 27779468.
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    3. Lasagna-Reeves CA, de Haro M, Hao S, Park J, Rousseaux MW, Al-Ramahi I, Jafar-Nejad P, Vilanova-Velez L, See L, De Maio A, Nitschke L, Wu Z, Troncoso JC, Westbrook TF, Tang J, Botas J, Zoghbi HY. Reduction of Nuak1 Decreases Tau and Reverses Phenotypes in a Tauopathy Mouse Model. Neuron. 2016 Oct 19; 92(2):407-418. PMID: 27720485.
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    4. Welte T, Kim IS, Tian L, Gao X, Wang H, Li J, Holdman XB, Herschkowitz JI, Pond A, Xie G, Kurley S, Nguyen T, Liao L, Dobrolecki LE, Pang L, Mo Q, Edwards DP, Huang S, Xin L, Xu J, Li Y, Lewis MT, Wang T, Westbrook TF, Rosen JM, Zhang XH. Erratum: Oncogenic mTOR signalling recruits myeloid-derived suppressor cells to promote tumour initiation. Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Jun 28; 18(7):822. PMID: 27350446.
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    5. Welte T, Kim IS, Tian L, Gao X, Wang H, Li J, Holdman XB, Herschkowitz JI, Pond A, Xie G, Kurley S, Nguyen T, Liao L, Dobrolecki LE, Pang L, Mo Q, Edwards DP, Huang S, Xin L, Xu J, Li Y, Lewis MT, Wang T, Westbrook TF, Rosen JM, Zhang XH. Oncogenic mTOR signalling recruits myeloid-derived suppressor cells to promote tumour initiation. Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Jun; 18(6):632-44. PMID: 27183469; PMCID: PMC4884142 [Available on 12/01/16].
    6. Mahamdallie SS, Hanks S, Karlin KL, Zachariou A, Perdeaux ER, Ruark E, Shaw CA, Renwick A, Ramsay E, Yost S, Elliott A, Birch J, Capra M, Gray J, Hale J, Kingston J, Levitt G, McLean T, Sheridan E, Renwick A, Seal S, Stiller C, Sebire N, Westbrook TF, Rahman N. Corrigendum: Mutations in the transcriptional repressor REST predispose to Wilms tumor. Nat Genet. 2016 Mar 29; 48(4):473. PMID: 27023775.
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    7. Mahamdallie SS, Hanks S, Karlin KL, Zachariou A, R Perdeaux E, Ruark E, Shaw CA, Renwick A, Ramsay E, Yost S, Elliott A, Birch J, Capra M, Gray J, Hale J, Kingston J, Levitt G, McLean T, Sheridan E, Renwick A, Seal S, Stiller C, Sebire N, Westbrook TF, Rahman N. Mutations in the transcriptional repressor REST predispose to Wilms tumor. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec; 47(12):1471-4. PMID: 26551668.
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    8. Hsu TY, Simon LM, Neill NJ, Marcotte R, Sayad A, Bland CS, Echeverria GV, Sun T, Kurley SJ, Tyagi S, Karlin KL, Dominguez-Vidaña R, Hartman JD, Renwick A, Scorsone K, Bernardi RJ, Skinner SO, Jain A, Orellana M, Lagisetti C, Golding I, Jung SY, Neilson JR, Zhang XH, Cooper TA, Webb TR, Neel BG, Shaw CA, Westbrook TF. The spliceosome is a therapeutic vulnerability in MYC-driven cancer. Nature. 2015 Sep 17; 525(7569):384-8. PMID: 26331541.
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    9. Izhar L, Adamson B, Ciccia A, Lewis J, Pontano-Vaites L, Leng Y, Liang AC, Westbrook TF, Harper JW, Elledge SJ. A Systematic Analysis of Factors Localized to Damaged Chromatin Reveals PARP-Dependent Recruitment of Transcription Factors. Cell Rep. 2015 Jun 9; 11(9):1486-500. PMID: 26004182.
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    10. He Y, Wu AC, Harrington BS, Davies CM, Wallace SJ, Adams MN, Palmer JS, Roche DK, Hollier BG, Westbrook TF, Hamidi H, Konecny GE, Winterhoff B, Chetty NP, Crandon AJ, Oliveira NB, Shannon CM, Tinker AV, Gilks CB, Coward JI, Lumley JW, Perrin LC, Armes JE, Hooper JD. Elevated CDCP1 predicts poor patient outcome and mediates ovarian clear cell carcinoma by promoting tumor spheroid formation, cell migration and chemoresistance. Oncogene. 2016 Jan 28; 35(4):468-78. PMID: 25893298.
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    11. Wang H, Yu C, Gao X, Welte T, Muscarella AM, Tian L, Zhao H, Zhao Z, Du S, Tao J, Lee B, Westbrook TF, Wong ST, Jin X, Rosen JM, Osborne CK, Zhang XH. The osteogenic niche promotes early-stage bone colonization of disseminated breast cancer cells. Cancer Cell. 2015 Feb 9; 27(2):193-210. PMID: 25600338; PMCID: PMC4326554.
    12. Karlin KL, Mondal G, Hartman JK, Tyagi S, Kurley SJ, Bland CS, Hsu TY, Renwick A, Fang JE, Migliaccio I, Callaway C, Nair A, Dominguez-Vidana R, Nguyen DX, Osborne CK, Schiff R, Yu-Lee LY, Jung SY, Edwards DP, Hilsenbeck SG, Rosen JM, Zhang XH, Shaw CA, Couch FJ, Westbrook TF. The oncogenic STP axis promotes triple-negative breast cancer via degradation of the REST tumor suppressor. Cell Rep. 2014 Nov 20; 9(4):1318-32. PMID: 25453754; PMCID: PMC4427000.
    13. Fu X, Creighton CJ, Biswal NC, Kumar V, Shea M, Herrera S, Contreras A, Gutierrez C, Wang T, Nanda S, Giuliano M, Morrison G, Nardone A, Karlin KL, Westbrook TF, Heiser LM, Anur P, Spellman P, Guichard SM, Smith PD, Davies BR, Klinowska T, Lee AV, Mills GB, Rimawi MF, Hilsenbeck SG, Gray JW, Joshi A, Osborne CK, Schiff R. Overcoming endocrine resistance due to reduced PTEN levels in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer by co-targeting mammalian target of rapamycin, protein kinase B, or mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase. Breast Cancer Res. 2014; 16(5):430. PMID: 25212826; PMCID: PMC4303114.
    14. Miao Q, Ku AT, Nishino Y, Howard JM, Rao AS, Shaver TM, Garcia GE, Le DN, Karlin KL, Westbrook TF, Poli V, Nguyen H. Tcf3 promotes cell migration and wound repair through regulation of lipocalin 2. Nat Commun. 2014; 5:4088. PMID: 24909826; PMCID: PMC4052366.
    15. Villegas E, Kabotyanski EB, Shore AN, Creighton CJ, Westbrook TF, Rosen JM. Plk2 regulates mitotic spindle orientation and mammary gland development. Development. 2014 Apr; 141(7):1562-71. PMID: 24598160; PMCID: PMC3957376.
    16. Terunuma A, Putluri N, Mishra P, Mathé EA, Dorsey TH, Yi M, Wallace TA, Issaq HJ, Zhou M, Killian JK, Stevenson HS, Karoly ED, Chan K, Samanta S, Prieto D, Hsu TY, Kurley SJ, Putluri V, Sonavane R, Edelman DC, Wulff J, Starks AM, Yang Y, Kittles RA, Yfantis HG, Lee DH, Ioffe OB, Schiff R, Stephens RM, Meltzer PS, Veenstra TD, Westbrook TF, Sreekumar A, Ambs S. MYC-driven accumulation of 2-hydroxyglutarate is associated with breast cancer prognosis. J Clin Invest. 2014 Jan; 124(1):398-412. PMID: 24316975; PMCID: PMC3871244.
    17. Park J, Al-Ramahi I, Tan Q, Mollema N, Diaz-Garcia JR, Gallego-Flores T, Lu HC, Lagalwar S, Duvick L, Kang H, Lee Y, Jafar-Nejad P, Sayegh LS, Richman R, Liu X, Gao Y, Shaw CA, Arthur JS, Orr HT, Westbrook TF, Botas J, Zoghbi HY. RAS-MAPK-MSK1 pathway modulates ataxin 1 protein levels and toxicity in SCA1. Nature. 2013 Jun 20; 498(7454):325-31. PMID: 23719381; PMCID: PMC4020154.
    18. Cheung WK, Zhao M, Liu Z, Stevens LE, Cao PD, Fang JE, Westbrook TF, Nguyen DX. Control of alveolar differentiation by the lineage transcription factors GATA6 and HOPX inhibits lung adenocarcinoma metastasis. Cancer Cell. 2013 Jun 10; 23(6):725-38. PMID: 23707782; PMCID: PMC3697763.
    19. Pavlova NN, Pallasch C, Elia AE, Braun CJ, Westbrook TF, Hemann M, Elledge SJ. A role for PVRL4-driven cell-cell interactions in tumorigenesis. Elife. 2013; 2:e00358. PMID: 23682311; PMCID: PMC3641523.
    20. Dave B, Landis MD, Tweardy DJ, Chang JC, Dobrolecki LE, Wu MF, Zhang X, Westbrook TF, Hilsenbeck SG, Liu D, Lewis MT. Selective small molecule Stat3 inhibitor reduces breast cancer tumor-initiating cells and improves recurrence free survival in a human-xenograft model. PLoS One. 2012; 7(8):e30207. PMID: 22879872; PMCID: PMC3412855.
    21. Pei Y, Moore CE, Wang J, Tewari AK, Eroshkin A, Cho YJ, Witt H, Korshunov A, Read TA, Sun JL, Schmitt EM, Miller CR, Buckley AF, McLendon RE, Westbrook TF, Northcott PA, Taylor MD, Pfister SM, Febbo PG, Wechsler-Reya RJ. An animal model of MYC-driven medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2012 Feb 14; 21(2):155-67. PMID: 22340590; PMCID: PMC3285431.
    22. Kessler JD, Kahle KT, Sun T, Meerbrey KL, Schlabach MR, Schmitt EM, Skinner SO, Xu Q, Li MZ, Hartman ZC, Rao M, Yu P, Dominguez-Vidana R, Liang AC, Solimini NL, Bernardi RJ, Yu B, Hsu T, Golding I, Luo J, Osborne CK, Creighton CJ, Hilsenbeck SG, Schiff R, Shaw CA, Elledge SJ, Westbrook TF. A SUMOylation-dependent transcriptional subprogram is required for Myc-driven tumorigenesis. Science. 2012 Jan 20; 335(6066):348-53. PMID: 22157079; PMCID: PMC4059214.
    23. Sun T, Aceto N, Meerbrey KL, Kessler JD, Zhou C, Migliaccio I, Nguyen DX, Pavlova NN, Botero M, Huang J, Bernardi RJ, Schmitt E, Hu G, Li MZ, Dephoure N, Gygi SP, Rao M, Creighton CJ, Hilsenbeck SG, Shaw CA, Muzny D, Gibbs RA, Wheeler DA, Osborne CK, Schiff R, Bentires-Alj M, Elledge SJ, Westbrook TF. Activation of multiple proto-oncogenic tyrosine kinases in breast cancer via loss of the PTPN12 phosphatase. Cell. 2011 Mar 4; 144(5):703-18. PMID: 21376233.
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    24. Meerbrey KL, Hu G, Kessler JD, Roarty K, Li MZ, Fang JE, Herschkowitz JI, Burrows AE, Ciccia A, Sun T, Schmitt EM, Bernardi RJ, Fu X, Bland CS, Cooper TA, Schiff R, Rosen JM, Westbrook TF, Elledge SJ. The pINDUCER lentiviral toolkit for inducible RNA interference in vitro and in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 1; 108(9):3665-70. PMID: 21307310; PMCID: PMC3048138.
    25. Luo J, Emanuele MJ, Li D, Creighton CJ, Schlabach MR, Westbrook TF, Wong KK, Elledge SJ. A genome-wide RNAi screen identifies multiple synthetic lethal interactions with the Ras oncogene. Cell. 2009 May 29; 137(5):835-48. PMID: 19490893; PMCID: PMC2768667.
    26. Mulligan P, Westbrook TF, Ottinger M, Pavlova N, Chang B, Macia E, Shi YJ, Barretina J, Liu J, Howley PM, Elledge SJ, Shi Y. CDYL bridges REST and histone methyltransferases for gene repression and suppression of cellular transformation. Mol Cell. 2008 Dec 5; 32(5):718-26. PMID: 19061646.
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    27. Westbrook TF, Hu G, Ang XL, Mulligan P, Pavlova NN, Liang A, Leng Y, Maehr R, Shi Y, Harper JW, Elledge SJ. SCFbeta-TRCP controls oncogenic transformation and neural differentiation through REST degradation. Nature. 2008 Mar 20; 452(7185):370-4. PMID: 18354483; PMCID: PMC2688689.
    28. Schlabach MR, Luo J, Solimini NL, Hu G, Xu Q, Li MZ, Zhao Z, Smogorzewska A, Sowa ME, Ang XL, Westbrook TF, Liang AC, Chang K, Hackett JA, Harper JW, Hannon GJ, Elledge SJ. Cancer proliferation gene discovery through functional genomics. Science. 2008 Feb 1; 319(5863):620-4. PMID: 18239126; PMCID: PMC2981870.
    29. Berger W, Abelson MB, Gomes PJ, Beck M, Kimura S, Westbrook T, Storms W, Galant S. Effects of adjuvant therapy with 0.1% olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution on quality of life in patients with allergic rhinitis using systemic or nasal therapy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005 Oct; 95(4):361-71. PMID: 16279567.
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    30. Westbrook TF, Martin ES, Schlabach MR, Leng Y, Liang AC, Feng B, Zhao JJ, Roberts TM, Mandel G, Hannon GJ, Depinho RA, Chin L, Elledge SJ. A genetic screen for candidate tumor suppressors identifies REST. Cell. 2005 Jun 17; 121(6):837-48. PMID: 15960972.
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    31. Westbrook TF, Stegmeier F, Elledge SJ. Dissecting cancer pathways and vulnerabilities with RNAi. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2005; 70:435-44. PMID: 16869781.
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    32. Paddison PJ, Silva JM, Conklin DS, Schlabach M, Li M, Aruleba S, Balija V, O'Shaughnessy A, Gnoj L, Scobie K, Chang K, Westbrook T, Cleary M, Sachidanandam R, McCombie WR, Elledge SJ, Hannon GJ. A resource for large-scale RNA-interference-based screens in mammals. Nature. 2004 Mar 25; 428(6981):427-31. PMID: 15042091.
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    33. Westbrook TF, Nguyen DX, Thrash BR, McCance DJ. E7 abolishes raf-induced arrest via mislocalization of p21(Cip1). Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Oct; 22(20):7041-52. PMID: 12242284; PMCID: PMC139800.
    34. Nguyen DX, Westbrook TF, McCance DJ. Human papillomavirus type 16 E7 maintains elevated levels of the cdc25A tyrosine phosphatase during deregulation of cell cycle arrest. J Virol. 2002 Jan; 76(2):619-32. PMID: 11752153; PMCID: PMC136809.
    35. McMurray HR, Nguyen D, Westbrook TF, McAnce DJ. Biology of human papillomaviruses. Int J Exp Pathol. 2001 Feb; 82(1):15-33. PMID: 11422538; PMCID: PMC2517699.
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