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Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Surgery
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address35 Medical Center Way
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-2417
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    Microphysiological systems to interrogate the Islet-Liver-Adipose Axis in normal physiology and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus
    NIH/NIDDK UH3DK120004Sep 20, 2018 - Jul 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Microphysiological systems to interrogate the Islet-Liver-Adipose Axis in normal physiology and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus
    NIH/NIDDK UG3DK120004Sep 20, 2018 - Jul 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Targeting AAV vectors to cell types involved in alcohol-induced liver injury
    NIH/NIAAA R01AA026578Sep 1, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Building a functional biliary system from hepatocytes
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK107553Sep 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Myofibroblast-to-hepatocyte conversion as a therapy for alcoholic liver disease
    NIH/NIAAA R21AA022158Sep 1, 2013 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Liver regeneration with stems cells of uniparental origin
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK080852Apr 1, 2008 - Jul 10, 2009
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Transcriptomic Traces of Adult Human Liver Progenitor Cells. Hepatology. 2020 Apr; 71(4):1504-1507. Kurial SNT, Willenbring H. PMID: 31991483.
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    2. Broad Distribution of Hepatocyte Proliferation in Liver Homeostasis and Regeneration. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 01 02; 26(1):27-33.e4. Chen F, Jimenez RJ, Sharma K, Luu HY, Hsu BY, Ravindranathan A, Stohr BA, Willenbring H. PMID: 31866223.
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    3. Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 4 Alpha Activation Is Essential for Termination of Liver Regeneration in Mice. Hepatology. 2019 08; 70(2):666-681. Huck I, Gunewardena S, Espanol-Suner R, Willenbring H, Apte U. PMID: 30520062.
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    4. De novo formation of the biliary system by TGFß-mediated hepatocyte transdifferentiation. Nature. 2018 05; 557(7704):247-251. Schaub JR, Huppert KA, Kurial SNT, Hsu BY, Cast AE, Donnelly B, Karns RA, Chen F, Rezvani M, Luu HY, Mattis AN, Rougemont AL, Rosenthal P, Huppert SS, Willenbring H. PMID: 29720662.
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    5. Postnatal Organogenesis by Transdifferentiation. The FASEB Journal. 2018 Apr 1; 32:240.3-240.3. Holger Willenbring. .
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    6. Advances in cholangiocarcinoma research: report from the third Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Annual Conference. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2016 Dec; 7(6):819-827. Abou-Alfa GK, Andersen JB, Chapman W, Choti M, Forbes SJ, Gores GJ, Hong TS, Harding JJ, Vander Heiden MG, Javle M, Kelley RK, Kwong LN, Lowery M, Merrell A, Miyabe K, Rhim A, Saha S, Sia D, Tanasanvimon S, Venook A, Valle JW, Walesky C, Whetstine J, Willenbring H, Zhu AX, Mayer D, Stanger BZ. PMID: 28078106.
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    7. In Vivo Hepatic Reprogramming of Myofibroblasts with AAV Vectors as a Therapeutic Strategy for Liver Fibrosis. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 06 02; 18(6):809-16. Rezvani M, Español-Suñer R, Malato Y, Dumont L, Grimm AA, Kienle E, Bindman JG, Wiedtke E, Hsu BY, Naqvi SJ, Schwabe RF, Corvera CU, Grimm D, Willenbring H. PMID: 27257763.
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    8. Assessing the therapeutic potential of lab-made hepatocytes. Hepatology. 2016 07; 64(1):287-94. Rezvani M, Grimm AA, Willenbring H. PMID: 27014802.
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    9. Physiological ranges of matrix rigidity modulate primary mouse hepatocyte function in part through hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha. Hepatology. 2016 07; 64(1):261-75. Desai SS, Tung JC, Zhou VX, Grenert JP, Malato Y, Rezvani M, Español-Suñer R, Willenbring H, Weaver VM, Chang TT. PMID: 26755329.
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    10. A screen in mice uncovers repression of lipoprotein lipase by microRNA-29a as a mechanism for lipid distribution away from the liver. Hepatology. 2015 Jan; 61(1):141-52. Mattis AN, Song G, Hitchner K, Kim RY, Lee AY, Sharma AD, Malato Y, McManus MT, Esau CC, Koller E, Koliwad S, Lim LP, Maher JJ, Raffai RL, Willenbring H. PMID: 25131933.
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    11. AAV8-mediated in vivo overexpression of miR-155 enhances the protective capacity of genetically attenuated malarial parasites. Mol Ther. 2014 Dec; 22(12):2130-41. Hentzschel F, Hammerschmidt-Kamper C, Börner K, Heiss K, Knapp B, Sattler JM, Kaderali L, Castoldi M, Bindman JG, Malato Y, Willenbring H, Mueller AK, Grimm D. PMID: 25189739.
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    12. Evidence against a Stem Cell Origin of New Hepatocytes in a Common Mouse Model of Chronic Liver Injury. Cell Reports. 2014 Sep 1; 8(5):1607. Johanna R. Schaub, Yann Malato, Coralie Gormond, Holger Willenbring. .
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    13. Evidence against a stem cell origin of new hepatocytes in a common mouse model of chronic liver injury. Cell Rep. 2014 Aug 21; 8(4):933-9. Schaub JR, Malato Y, Gormond C, Willenbring H. PMID: 25131204.
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    14. Failure to achieve normal metabolic response in non-obese diabetic mice and streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice after transplantation of primary murine hepatocytes electroporated with the human proinsulin gene (p3MTChins). Transplant Proc. 2014 Jul-Aug; 46(6):2002-6. Lee RH, Roll G, Nguyen V, Willenbring H, Tang Q, Kang SM, Stock PG. PMID: 25131094.
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    15. Brief report: Parthenogenetic embryonic stem cells are an effective cell source for therapeutic liver repopulation. Stem Cells. 2014 Jul; 32(7):1983-8. Espejel S, Eckardt S, Harbell J, Roll GR, McLaughlin KJ, Willenbring H. PMID: 24740448.
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    16. Inhibition of microRNA-24 expression in liver prevents hepatic lipid accumulation and hyperlipidemia. Hepatology. 2014 Aug; 60(2):554-64. Ng R, Wu H, Xiao H, Chen X, Willenbring H, Steer CJ, Song G. PMID: 24677249.
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    17. Mouse liver repopulation with hepatocytes generated from human fibroblasts. Nature. 2014 Apr 03; 508(7494):93-7. Zhu S, Rezvani M, Harbell J, Mattis AN, Wolfe AR, Benet LZ, Willenbring H, Ding S. PMID: 24572354.
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    18. Addendum: A reproducible and well-tolerated method for 2/3 partial hepatectomy in mice. Nat Protoc. 2014; 9(6). Mitchell C, Willenbring H. PMID: 24874817.
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    19. Human induced pluripotent stem cell-based microphysiological tissue models of myocardium and liver for drug development. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2013; 4 Suppl 1:S14. Mathur A, Loskill P, Hong S, Lee J, Marcus SG, Dumont L, Conklin BR, Willenbring H, Lee LP, Healy KE. PMID: 24565415.
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    20. MicroRNA-494 within an oncogenic microRNA megacluster regulates G1/S transition in liver tumorigenesis through suppression of mutated in colorectal cancer. Hepatology. 2014 Jan; 59(1):202-15. Lim L, Balakrishnan A, Huskey N, Jones KD, Jodari M, Ng R, Song G, Riordan J, Anderton B, Cheung ST, Willenbring H, Dupuy A, Chen X, Brown D, Chang AN, Goga A. PMID: 23913442.
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    21. Transplantable liver organoids made from only three ingredients. Cell Stem Cell. 2013 Aug 01; 13(2):139-40. Willenbring H, Soto-Gutierrez A. PMID: 23910079.
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    22. Highly efficient differentiation of functional hepatocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2013 Jun; 2(6):409-19. Ma X, Duan Y, Tschudy-Seney B, Roll G, Behbahan IS, Ahuja TP, Tolstikov V, Wang C, McGee J, Khoobyari S, Nolta JA, Willenbring H, Zern MA. PMID: 23681950.
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    23. A therapy for liver failure found in the JNK yard. Cell. 2013 Apr 11; 153(2):283-4. Willenbring H, Grompe M. PMID: 23582318.
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    24. Akt/Notch activation drives rapid cholangiocarcinoma development originating from mature hepatocytes in the mouse. Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie. 2013 Jan 11; 51(01). M Evert, B Fan, Y Malato, S Ribback, F Dombrowski, H Willenbring, X Chen, DF Calvisi. .
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    25. Cholangiocarcinomas can originate from hepatocytes in mice. J Clin Invest. 2012 Aug; 122(8):2911-5. Fan B, Malato Y, Calvisi DF, Naqvi S, Razumilava N, Ribback S, Gores GJ, Dombrowski F, Evert M, Chen X, Willenbring H. PMID: 22797301.
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    26. A ZFN/piggyBac step closer to autologous liver cell therapy. Hepatology. 2012 Jun; 55(6):2033-5. Mattis AN, Willenbring H. PMID: 22422378.
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    27. A microRNA-21 surge facilitates rapid cyclin D1 translation and cell cycle progression in mouse liver regeneration. J Clin Invest. 2012 Mar; 122(3):1097-108. Ng R, Song G, Roll GR, Frandsen NM, Willenbring H. PMID: 22326957.
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    28. Stem cells in liver diseases and cancer: recent advances on the path to new therapies. Hepatology. 2012 Jan; 55(1):298-306. Rountree CB, Mishra L, Willenbring H. PMID: 22030746.
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    29. Fate tracing of mature hepatocytes in mouse liver homeostasis and regeneration. J Clin Invest. 2011 Dec; 121(12):4850-60. Malato Y, Naqvi S, Schürmann N, Ng R, Wang B, Zape J, Kay MA, Grimm D, Willenbring H. PMID: 22105172.
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    30. A simple code for installing hepatocyte function. Cell Stem Cell. 2011 Aug 05; 9(2):89-91. Willenbring H. PMID: 21816357.
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    31. Mouse chimeras as a system to investigate development, cell and tissue function, disease mechanisms and organ regeneration. Cell Cycle. 2011 Jul 01; 10(13):2091-9. Eckardt S, McLaughlin KJ, Willenbring H. PMID: 21606677.
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    32. Core promoter recognition complex changes accompany liver development. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 08; 108(10):3906-11. D'Alessio JA, Ng R, Willenbring H, Tjian R. PMID: 21368148.
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    33. The MAP3K TAK1: a chock block to liver cancer formation. Hepatology. 2010 Oct; 52(4):1506-9. Malato Y, Willenbring H. PMID: 20879030.
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    34. Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes have the functional and proliferative capabilities needed for liver regeneration in mice. J Clin Invest. 2010 Sep; 120(9):3120-6. Espejel S, Roll GR, McLaughlin KJ, Lee AY, Zhang JY, Laird DJ, Okita K, Yamanaka S, Willenbring H. PMID: 20739754.
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    35. Transplanted nonviable human hepatocytes produce appreciable serum albumin levels in mice. Stem Cell Res. 2010 Nov; 5(3):267-70. Roll GR, Willenbring H. PMID: 20829142.
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    36. miRNAs regulate SIRT1 expression during mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation and in adult mouse tissues. Aging (Albany NY). 2010 Jul; 2(7):415-31. Saunders LR, Sharma AD, Tawney J, Nakagawa M, Okita K, Yamanaka S, Willenbring H, Verdin E. PMID: 20634564.
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    37. Therapeutic liver reconstitution with murine cells isolated long after death. Gastroenterology. 2010 Sep; 139(3):1019-29. Erker L, Azuma H, Lee AY, Guo C, Orloff S, Eaton L, Benedetti E, Jensen B, Finegold M, Willenbring H, Grompe M. PMID: 20621682.
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    38. MicroRNAs control hepatocyte proliferation during liver regeneration. Hepatology. 2010 May; 51(5):1735-43. Song G, Sharma AD, Roll GR, Ng R, Lee AY, Blelloch RH, Frandsen NM, Willenbring H. PMID: 20432256.
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    39. Loss of p21 permits carcinogenesis from chronically damaged liver and kidney epithelial cells despite unchecked apoptosis. Cancer Cell. 2008 Jul 08; 14(1):59-67. Willenbring H, Sharma AD, Vogel A, Lee AY, Rothfuss A, Wang Z, Finegold M, Grompe M. PMID: 18598944.
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    40. ????????in vitro???. . 2008 Mar 1; 717-717. ?? ???, J Kahn, H Willenbring, ?? ??, ?? ??, ?? ??. .
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    41. A reproducible and well-tolerated method for 2/3 partial hepatectomy in mice. Nat Protoc. 2008; 3(7):1167-70. Mitchell C, Willenbring H. PMID: 18600221.
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    42. On the origin of the term "stem cell". Cell Stem Cell. 2007 Jun 07; 1(1):35-8. Ramalho-Santos M, Willenbring H. PMID: 18371332.
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    43. Myeloid lineage progenitors give rise to vascular endothelium. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 29; 103(35):13156-61. Bailey AS, Willenbring H, Jiang S, Anderson DA, Schroeder DA, Wong MH, Grompe M, Fleming WH. PMID: 16920790.
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    44. Bone marrow-derived cells fuse with normal and transformed intestinal stem cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Apr 18; 103(16):6321-5. Rizvi AZ, Swain JR, Davies PS, Bailey AS, Decker AD, Willenbring H, Grompe M, Fleming WH, Wong MH. PMID: 16606845.
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    45. Sustained phosphorylation of Bid is a marker for resistance to Fas-induced apoptosis during chronic liver diseases. Gastroenterology. 2006 Jan; 130(1):104-19. Vogel A, Aslan JE, Willenbring H, Klein C, Finegold M, Mount H, Thomas G, Grompe M. PMID: 16401474.
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    46. Myeloid Lineage-Restricted Progenitors Contribute to Vascular Endothelium. Blood. 2005 Nov 16; 106(11):2267-2267. Alexis S. Bailey, Holger Willenbring, Shuguang Jiang, David A. Schroeder, Daniel A. Anderson, Markus Grompe, Melissa H. Wong, William H. Fleming. .
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    47. In vivo genetic selection of renal proximal tubules. Mol Ther. 2006 Jan; 13(1):49-58. Held PK, Al-Dhalimy M, Willenbring H, Akkari Y, Jiang S, Torimaru Y, Olson S, Fleming WH, Finegold M, Grompe M. PMID: 16216560.
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    48. Therapeutic cell fusion. Br J Surg. 2005 Aug; 92(8):923-4. Willenbring H. PMID: 16034848.
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    49. Delineating the hepatocyte's hematopoietic fusion partner. Cell Cycle. 2004 Dec; 3(12):1489-91. Willenbring H, Grompe M. PMID: 15611666.
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    50. Myelomonocytic cells are sufficient for therapeutic cell fusion in liver. Nat Med. 2004 Jul; 10(7):744-8. Willenbring H, Bailey AS, Foster M, Akkari Y, Dorrell C, Olson S, Finegold M, Fleming WH, Grompe M. PMID: 15195088.
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    51. Embryonic versus adult stem cell pluripotency: in liver only fusion matters. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2003 Oct; 20(10):393-4. Willenbring H, Grompe M. PMID: 14649377.
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    52. Cell fusion is the principal source of bone-marrow-derived hepatocytes. Nature. 2003 Apr 24; 422(6934):897-901. Wang X, Willenbring H, Akkari Y, Torimaru Y, Foster M, Al-Dhalimy M, Lagasse E, Finegold M, Olson S, Grompe M. PMID: 12665832.
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    53. Argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) deficiency: mutation analysis in 27 patients and a completed structure of the human ASL gene. Hum Genet. 2002 Oct; 111(4-5):350-9. Linnebank M, Tschiedel E, Häberle J, Linnebank A, Willenbring H, Kleijer WJ, Koch HG. PMID: 12384776.
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    54. Genomic structure and transcript variants of the human methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene. Eur J Hum Genet. 2000 Sep; 8(9):725-9. Homberger A, Linnebank M, Winter C, Willenbring H, Marquardt T, Harms E, Koch HG. PMID: 10980581.
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    55. Telomerase activity distinguishes between neuroblastomas with good and poor prognosis. Ann Oncol. 1999 Jun; 10(6):715-21. Poremba C, Willenbring H, Hero B, Christiansen H, Schäfer KL, Brinkschmidt C, Jürgens H, Böcker W, Dockhorn-Dworniczak B. PMID: 10442195.
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    56. Telomerase activity in human proliferative breast lesions. Int J Oncol. 1998 Mar; 12(3):641-8. Poremba C, Böcker W, Willenbring H, Schäfer KL, Otterbach F, Bürger H, Diallo R, Dockhorn-Dworniczak B. PMID: 9472105.
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    57. Nonisotopic single strand conformation analysis of the 5 alpha-reductase type 2 gene for the diagnosis of 5 alpha-reductase deficiency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1996 Sep; 81(9):3415-8. Hiort O, Sinnecker GH, Willenbring H, Lehners A, Zöllner A, Struve D. PMID: 8784107.
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    58. Molecular genetic analysis and human chorionic gonadotropin stimulation tests in the diagnosis of prepubertal patients with partial 5 alpha-reductase deficiency. Eur J Pediatr. 1996 Jun; 155(6):445-51. Hiort O, Willenbring H, Albers N, Hecker W, Engert J, Dibbelt L, Sinnecker GH. PMID: 8789759.
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