Angela Rivers, MD, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address35 Medical Center Way, #903D
San Francisco CA 94143
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    Simons Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, MABA1993Liberal Arts
    Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TNPhD1998Biomedical Science
    Stanford University, Stanford, CAMD2002Medicine
    University of South Florida, Tampa, FLResident2006Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FLAFellowship2010Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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    Angela Rivers, PhD, MD is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist. It is her career goal to work to improve the lives of both children and adults with sickle cell disease. She has been Principal Investigator for several high-profile studies and received extramural research funding from government agencies, pharmaceutical companies focused on sickle cell drug therapeutics, and the NIH/NHLBI (including K01, R03, and R01 grants). Dr. Rivers is currently the principal investigator of the Rivers Lab. Based in the Department of Pediatrics-Hematology, at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Rivers Lab is the first to publish the novel discovery that there is a higher presence of red blood cells (RBC) containing mitochondria in sickle cell disease (SCD) mice and human patients compared to normal controls.

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    The Role of Erythrocyte Mitochondrial Retention in Sickle Cell Disease
    NIH R01HL136622Jan 15, 2019 - Apr 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Mitophagy as Potential Target in Sickle Cell Disease
    NIH R03HL135454Sep 15, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Development of AAV vectors for the phenotypic correction of sickle cell disease
    NIH K01HL103172Jul 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Combinatorial targeting of epigenome-modifying enzymes with decitabine and RN-1 synergistically increases HbF. Blood Adv. 2023 08 08; 7(15):3891-3902. Ibanez V, Vaitkus K, Zhang X, Ramasamy J, Rivers AE, Saunthararajah Y, Molokie R, Lavelle D. PMID: 36884303; PMCID: PMC10405201.
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    2. Reticulocyte mitochondrial retention increases reactive oxygen species and oxygen consumption in mouse models of sickle cell disease and phlebotomy-induced anemia. Exp Hematol. 2023 06; 122:55-62. Gallivan A, Alejandro M, Kanu A, Zekaryas N, Horneman H, Hong LK, Vinchinsky E, Lavelle D, Diamond AM, Molokie RE, Ramasamy J, Rivers A. PMID: 36934777.
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    3. Pain Burden in the CASiRe International Cohort of Sickle Cell Patients: United States and Ghana. Pain Med. 2022 08 01; 23(8):1379-1386. Zempsky WT, Yanaros M, Sayeem M, Boruchov D, Piccone CM, Manwani D, Strunk C, Tartaglione I, Colombatti R, Akatue S, Oteng B, Owda A, Bamfo R, Wilson S, Rivers A, Farooq F, Urbonya R, Boatemaa GD, Rao S, Inusa B, Antwi-Boasiako C, Segbefia C, Sey F, Andemariam B, Asare EV, Campbell AD. PMID: 35166851.
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    4. An Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Within the CASiRe International Cohort of Sickle Cell Disease Patients: Implications for Disease Phenotype and Clinical Research. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 02; 8(1):99-106. Campbell AD, Colombatti R, Andemariam B, Strunk C, Tartaglione I, Piccone CM, Manwani D, Asare EV, Boruchov D, Farooq F, Urbonya R, Boatemaa GD, Perrotta S, Sainati L, Rivers A, Rao S, Zempsky W, Sey F, Segbefia C, Inusa B, Antwi-Boasiako C. PMID: 32418182; PMCID: PMC7669607.
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    5. A study of the geographic distribution and associated risk factors of leg ulcers within an international cohort of sickle cell disease patients: the CASiRe group analysis. Ann Hematol. 2020 Sep; 99(9):2073-2079. Antwi-Boasiako C, Andemariam B, Colombatti R, Asare EV, Strunk C, Piccone CM, Manwani D, Boruchov D, Farooq F, Urbonya R, Wilson S, Boatemaa GD, Perrotta S, Sainati L, Rivers A, Rao S, Zempsky W, Ekem I, Sey F, Segbefia C, Inusa B, Tartaglione I, Campbell AD. PMID: 32377816; PMCID: PMC7430152.
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    6. A new target for fetal hemoglobin reactivation. Haematologica. 2019 12; 104(12):2325-2327. Rivers A, Molokie R, Lavelle D. PMID: 31787612; PMCID: PMC6959183.
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    7. Oral administration of the LSD1 inhibitor ORY-3001 increases fetal hemoglobin in sickle cell mice and baboons. Exp Hematol. 2018 11; 67:60-64.e2. Rivers A, Vaitkus K, Jagadeeswaran R, Ruiz MA, Ibanez V, Ciceri F, Cavalcanti F, Molokie RE, Saunthararajah Y, Engel JD, DeSimone J, Lavelle D. PMID: 30125603; PMCID: PMC8728698.
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    8. Potential role of LSD1 inhibitors in the treatment of sickle cell disease: a review of preclinical animal model data. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2018 10 01; 315(4):R840-R847. Rivers A, Jagadeeswaran R, Lavelle D. PMID: 30067082; PMCID: PMC6734057.
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    9. Evolving treatment paradigms in sickle cell disease. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2017 12 08; 2017(1):440-446. Jagadeeswaran R, Rivers A. PMID: 29222291; PMCID: PMC6142561.
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    10. Pharmacological inhibition of LSD1 and mTOR reduces mitochondrial retention and associated ROS levels in the red blood cells of sickle cell disease. Exp Hematol. 2017 06; 50:46-52. Jagadeeswaran R, Vazquez BA, Thiruppathi M, Ganesh BB, Ibanez V, Cui S, Engel JD, Diamond AM, Molokie RE, DeSimone J, Lavelle D, Rivers A. PMID: 28238805; PMCID: PMC6263958.
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    11. Efficacy and safety of long-term RN-1 treatment to increase HbF in baboons. Blood. 2017 01 12; 129(2):260-263. Ibanez V, Vaitkus K, Rivers A, Molokie R, Cui S, Engel JD, DeSimone J, Lavelle D. PMID: 27908882; PMCID: PMC5234223.
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    12. The LSD1 inhibitor RN-1 recapitulates the fetal pattern of hemoglobin synthesis in baboons (P. anubis). Haematologica. 2016 06; 101(6):688-97. Rivers A, Vaitkus K, Ibanez V, Ruiz MA, Jagadeeswaran R, Saunthararajah Y, Cui S, Engel JD, DeSimone J, Lavelle D. PMID: 26858356; PMCID: PMC5013966.
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    13. Adverse Reactions to Pneumococcal Vaccine in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Pharmacotherapy. 2015 Jul; 35(7):696-700. Han J, Kemiki O, Hsu LL, Rivers AE. PMID: 26095207; PMCID: PMC5520624.
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    14. The LSD1 inhibitor RN-1 induces fetal hemoglobin synthesis and reduces disease pathology in sickle cell mice. Blood. 2015 Jul 16; 126(3):386-96. Cui S, Lim KC, Shi L, Lee M, Jearawiriyapaisarn N, Myers G, Campbell A, Harro D, Iwase S, Trievel RC, Rivers A, DeSimone J, Lavelle D, Saunthararajah Y, Engel JD. PMID: 26031919; PMCID: PMC4504950.
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    15. RN-1, a potent and selective lysine-specific demethylase 1 inhibitor, increases γ-globin expression, F reticulocytes, and F cells in a sickle cell disease mouse model. Exp Hematol. 2015 Jul; 43(7):546-53.e1-3. Rivers A, Vaitkus K, Ruiz MA, Ibanez V, Jagadeeswaran R, Kouznetsova T, DeSimone J, Lavelle D. PMID: 25931013; PMCID: PMC6325640.
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    16. Hydroxymethylcytosine and demethylation of the γ-globin gene promoter during erythroid differentiation. Epigenetics. 2015; 10(5):397-407. Ruiz MA, Rivers A, Ibanez V, Vaitkus K, Mahmud N, DeSimone J, Lavelle D. PMID: 25932923; PMCID: PMC4622718.
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    17. Rationally designed capsid and transgene cassette of AAV6 vectors for dendritic cell-based cancer immunotherapy. Immunol Cell Biol. 2014 Feb; 92(2):116-23. Pandya J, Ortiz L, Ling C, Rivers AE, Aslanidi G. PMID: 24217810.
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    18. Optimizing the transduction efficiency of capsid-modified AAV6 serotype vectors in primary human hematopoietic stem cells in vitro and in a xenograft mouse model in vivo. Cytotherapy. 2013 Aug; 15(8):986-98. Song L, Kauss MA, Kopin E, Chandra M, Ul-Hasan T, Miller E, Jayandharan GR, Rivers AE, Aslanidi GV, Ling C, Li B, Ma W, Li X, Andino LM, Zhong L, Tarantal AF, Yoder MC, Wong KK, Tan M, Chatterjee S, Srivastava A. PMID: 23830234; PMCID: PMC3711144.
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    19. Drug-loaded sickle cells programmed ex vivo for delayed hemolysis target hypoxic tumor microvessels and augment tumor drug delivery. J Control Release. 2013 Oct 28; 171(2):184-92. Choe SW, Terman DS, Rivers AE, Rivera J, Lottenberg R, Sorg BS. PMID: 23871960; PMCID: PMC4162096.
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    20. Optimization of the capsid of recombinant adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) vectors: the final threshold? PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e59142. Aslanidi GV, Rivers AE, Ortiz L, Song L, Ling C, Govindasamy L, Van Vliet K, Tan M, Agbandje-McKenna M, Srivastava A. PMID: 23527116; PMCID: PMC3602601.
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    21. High-efficiency transduction of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells by capsid-modified recombinant AAV2 vectors. Vaccine. 2012 Jun 06; 30(26):3908-17. Aslanidi GV, Rivers AE, Ortiz L, Govindasamy L, Ling C, Jayandharan GR, Zolotukhin S, Agbandje-McKenna M, Srivastava A. PMID: 22497875; PMCID: PMC3356484.
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    22. Optimized adeno-associated virus (AAV)-protein phosphatase-5 helper viruses for efficient liver transduction by single-stranded AAV vectors: therapeutic expression of factor IX at reduced vector doses. Hum Gene Ther. 2010 Mar; 21(3):271-83. Jayandharan GR, Zhong L, Sack BK, Rivers AE, Li M, Li B, Herzog RW, Srivastava A. PMID: 19788390; PMCID: PMC2865358.
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    23. Congenital cytopenias and bone marrow failure syndromes. Semin Perinatol. 2009 Feb; 33(1):20-8. Rivers A, Slayton WB. PMID: 19167578.
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    24. Type 2B von Willebrand disease associated with the release of platelet agglutinates from megakaryocytes in the bone marrow. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2008 Sep; 30(9):708-11. Slayton WB, Patel M, Sola-Visner M, Harris N, Rivers A, Montgomery RR, Friedman KD. PMID: 18776767; PMCID: PMC5592795.
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    25. Optimization of recombinant adeno-associated viral vectors for human beta-globin gene transfer and transgene expression. Hum Gene Ther. 2008 Apr; 19(4):365-75. Maina N, Zhong L, Li X, Zhao W, Han Z, Bischof D, Aslanidi G, Zolotukhin S, Weigel-Van Aken KA, Rivers AE, Slayton WB, Yoder MC, Srivastava A. PMID: 18399730.
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