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    Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentNeurology
    Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
    San Francisco CA 94158
    Phone415-502-7237
    EmailDena.Dubal@ucsf.edu
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      The goal of our research is to investigate mechanisms of longevity and determine whether "anti-aging" strategies can prevent or block the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Aging is the principle risk factor for many neurodegenerative conditions. Using genetic mouse models and cell culture methods, we will determine whether an anti-aging approach holds promise for the development of urgently needed therapies.

      To this end, we are unraveling mechanisms that underlie female longevity, studying sex chromosomal contributions to neurodegenerative disease, and investigating anti-aging factors.


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      1. Prather AA, Epel ES, Arenander J, Broestl L, Garay BI, Wang D, Dubal DB. Longevity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Transl Psychiatry. 2015; 5:e585.
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      2. Dubal DB, Zhu L, Sanchez PE, Worden K, Broestl L, Johnson E, Ho K, Yu GQ, Kim D, Betourne A, Kuro-O M, Masliah E, Abraham CR, Mucke L. Life Extension Factor Klotho Prevents Mortality and Enhances Cognition in hAPP Transgenic Mice. J Neurosci. 2015 Feb 11; 35(6):2358-71.
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      3. Orr AG, Hsiao EC, Wang MM, Ho K, Kim DH, Wang X, Guo W, Kang J, Yu GQ, Adame A, Devidze N, Dubal DB, Masliah E, Conklin BR, Mucke L. Astrocytic adenosine receptor A2A and Gs-coupled signaling regulate memory. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Mar; 18(3):423-34.
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      4. Yokoyama JS, Sturm VE, Bonham LW, Klein E, Arfanakis K, Yu L, Coppola G, Kramer JH, Bennett DA, Miller BL, Dubal DB. Variation in longevity gene KLOTHO is associated with greater cortical volumes. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015 Mar; 2(3):215-30.
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      5. Dubal DB, Yokoyama JS, Zhu L, Broestl L, Worden K, Wang D, Sturm VE, Kim D, Klein E, Yu GQ, Ho K, Eilertson KE, Yu L, Kuro-o M, De Jager PL, Coppola G, Small GW, Bennett DA, Kramer JH, Abraham CR, Miller BL, Mucke L. Life extension factor klotho enhances cognition. Cell Rep. 2014 May 22; 7(4):1065-76.
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      6. Broestl L, Cornes S, Dubal DB. Reversible suppression of electrocerebral activity. Neurohospitalist. 2013 Oct; 3(4):229-30.
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      7. Dubal DB, Broestl L, Worden K. Sex and gonadal hormones in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease: what is relevant to the human condition? Biol Sex Differ. 2012; 3(1):24.
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      8. Harris JA, Koyama A, Maeda S, Ho K, Devidze N, Dubal DB, Yu GQ, Masliah E, Mucke L. Human P301L-mutant tau expression in mouse entorhinal-hippocampal network causes tau aggregation and presynaptic pathology but no cognitive deficits. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e45881.
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      9. Dubal DB, Mueller S, Ruben BS, Engstrom JW, Josephson SA. T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder following mycophenolate treatment for myasthenia gravis. Muscle Nerve. 2009 Jun; 39(6):849-50.
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      10. Cheng JS, Dubal DB, Kim DH, Legleiter J, Cheng IH, Yu GQ, Tesseur I, Wyss-Coray T, Bonaldo P, Mucke L. Collagen VI protects neurons against Abeta toxicity. Nat Neurosci. 2009 Feb; 12(2):119-21.
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      11. Mueller S, Dubal DB, Josephson SA. A case of paraneoplastic myelopathy associated with the neuromyelitis optica antibody. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2008 May; 4(5):284-8.
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      12. Dubal DB, Rau SW, Shughrue PJ, Zhu H, Yu J, Cashion AB, Suzuki S, Gerhold LM, Bottner MB, Dubal SB, Merchanthaler I, Kindy MS, Wise PM. Differential modulation of estrogen receptors (ERs) in ischemic brain injury: a role for ERalpha in estradiol-mediated protection against delayed cell death. Endocrinology. 2006 Jun; 147(6):3076-84.
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      13. Böttner M, Dubal DB, Rau SW, Suzuki S, Wise PM. Stroke injury in rats causes an increase in activin A gene expression which is unaffected by oestradiol treatment. J Neuroendocrinol. 2006 Feb; 18(2):97-103.
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      14. Wise PM, Dubal DB, Rau SW, Brown CM, Suzuki S. Are estrogens protective or risk factors in brain injury and neurodegeneration? Reevaluation after the Women's health initiative. Endocr Rev. 2005 May; 26(3):308-12.
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      15. Rau SW, Dubal DB, Böttner M, Gerhold LM, Wise PM. Estradiol attenuates programmed cell death after stroke-like injury. J Neurosci. 2003 Dec 10; 23(36):11420-6.
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      16. Rau SW, Dubal DB, Böttner M, Wise PM. Estradiol differentially regulates c-Fos after focal cerebral ischemia. J Neurosci. 2003 Nov 19; 23(33):10487-94.
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      17. Dubal DB, Wise PM. Estrogen and neuroprotection: from clinical observations to molecular mechanisms. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2002 Jun; 4(2):149-61.
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      18. Wise PM, Smith MJ, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Rau SW, Cashion AB, Böttner M, Rosewell KL. Neuroendocrine modulation and repercussions of female reproductive aging. Recent Prog Horm Res. 2002; 57:235-56.
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      19. Wise PM, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Rau SW, Böttner M, Rosewell KL. Estradiol is a protective factor in the adult and aging brain: understanding of mechanisms derived from in vivo and in vitro studies. Brain Res Brain Res Rev. 2001 Nov; 37(1-3):313-9.
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      20. Wise PM, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Rau SW, Böttner M. Minireview: neuroprotective effects of estrogen-new insights into mechanisms of action. Endocrinology. 2001 Mar; 142(3):969-73.
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      21. Dubal DB, Zhu H, Yu J, Rau SW, Shughrue PJ, Merchenthaler I, Kindy MS, Wise PM. Estrogen receptor alpha, not beta, is a critical link in estradiol-mediated protection against brain injury. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 Feb 13; 98(4):1952-7.
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      22. Wise PM, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Rau SW, Liu Y. Estrogens: trophic and protective factors in the adult brain. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2001 Jan; 22(1):33-66.
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      23. Dubal DB, Wise PM. Neuroprotective effects of estradiol in middle-aged female rats. Endocrinology. 2001 Jan; 142(1):43-8.
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      24. Wise PM, Dubal DB. Estradiol protects against ischemic brain injury in middle-aged rats. Biol Reprod. 2000 Oct; 63(4):982-5.
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      25. Wilson ME, Dubal DB, Wise PM. Estradiol protects against injury-induced cell death in cortical explant cultures: a role for estrogen receptors. Brain Res. 2000 Aug 11; 873(2):235-42.
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      26. Wise PM, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Rau SW. Estradiol is a neuroprotective factor in in vivo and in vitro models of brain injury. J Neurocytol. 2000 May-Jun; 29(5-6):401-10.
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      27. Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Wise PM. Estradiol: a protective and trophic factor in the brain. J Alzheimers Dis. 1999 Nov; 1(4-5):265-74.
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      28. Dubal DB, Shughrue PJ, Wilson ME, Merchenthaler I, Wise PM. Estradiol modulates bcl-2 in cerebral ischemia: a potential role for estrogen receptors. J Neurosci. 1999 Aug 1; 19(15):6385-93.
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      29. Wise PM, Smith MJ, Dubal DB, Wilson ME, Krajnak KM, Rosewell KL. Neuroendocrine influences and repercussions of the menopause. Endocr Rev. 1999 Jun; 20(3):243-8.
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      30. Dubal DB, Kashon ML, Pettigrew LC, Ren JM, Finklestein SP, Rau SW, Wise PM. Estradiol protects against ischemic injury. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 1998 Nov; 18(11):1253-8.
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