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Katie Ryan

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentBiochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
Address325 S. Elm St.
Mail Slot # 516
Little Rock AR 72205
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-0488-5603 Additional info
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    Rho family GTPases act as ‘molecular switches’ and are master regulators of many aspects of cellular behavior including regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, gene expression, cell cycle, cell migration, and apoptosis. Many cellular processes regulated by Rho GTPases, are commonly dysregulated in cancer.

    Our laboratory focuses on the identification of molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways involved in Rho GTPase signaling. Rho family GTPases act as ‘molecular switches’ and are master regulators of many aspects of cellular behavior including regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, gene expression, cell cycle, cell migration, and apoptosis. Many cellular processes regulated by Rho GTPases, are commonly dysregulated in cancer. My work focuses on the role of Rho GTPases in cell migration and invasion in several in vitro cancer models including lung, breast, and skin cancer. We utilize molecular and cellular biology techniques as well as proteomic approaches to identify novel therapeutic targets of metastasis.

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    P20GM152281     (MACNICOL, ANGUS)Mar 5, 2024 - Dec 31, 2028
    NIH/Nat. Inst. of General Medical Sciences
    Center for Molecular Interactions in Cancer (CMIC)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    AWD55471     (Ryan, Katie)Sep 1, 2022 - Aug 31, 2024
    Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program
    Defining how Rnd3, a novel regulator of breast cancer invasion, affects the metastatic potential of breast cancer
    Role: Principal Investigator

    AWD00055285     (Ryan, Katie)May 1, 2022 - Apr 30, 2023
    Barton Award Spring FY22 Ryan
    Determining How Driver Mutations Affect the Metastatic Potential of Lung Cancer Using Cell-based Assays and a Proteomic Approach
    Role: Principal Investigator

    AWD00055290     (Ryan, Katie)Apr 1, 2022 - Mar 31, 2023
    Seeds of Science Pilot Award UAMS Cancer Institute
    A proteomics approach to determining how driver mutations effect the metastatic potential of lung cancer
    Role: Principal Investigator

    P20GM109005     (BOERMA, MARJAN)Jun 24, 2015 - May 31, 2025
    Center for Studies of Host Response to Cancer Therapy
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Saha D, Ryan KR, Lakkaniga NR, Acharya B, Garcia NG, Smith EL, Frett B. Targeting Rearranged during Transfection in Cancer: A Perspective on Small-Molecule Inhibitors and Their Clinical Development. J Med Chem. 2021 08 26; 64(16):11747-11773. PMID: 34402300.
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    2. Saha D, Ryan KR, Lakkaniga NR, Smith EL, Frett B. Pyrazoloadenine Inhibitors of the RET Lung Cancer Oncoprotein Discovered by a Fragment Optimization Approach. ChemMedChem. 2021 05 18; 16(10):1605-1608. PMID: 33559353.
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    3. Ryan KR, Giles F, Morgan GJ. Targeting both BET and CBP/EP300 proteins with the novel dual inhibitors NEO2734 and NEO1132 leads to anti-tumor activity in multiple myeloma. Eur J Haematol. 2021 Jan; 106(1):90-99. PMID: 32997383.
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    4. Schinke C, Boyle EM, Ashby C, Wang Y, Lyzogubov V, Wardell C, Qu P, Hoering A, Deshpande S, Ryan K, Thanendrarajan S, Mohan M, Yarlagadda N, Khan M, Choudhury SR, Zangari M, van Rhee F, Davies F, Barlogie B, Morgan G, Walker BA. Genomic analysis of primary plasma cell leukemia reveals complex structural alterations and high-risk mutational patterns. Blood Cancer J. 2020 06 19; 10(6):70. PMID: 32555163.
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    5. Mikulasova A, Ashby C, Tytarenko RG, Qu P, Rosenthal A, Dent JA, Ryan KR, Bauer MA, Wardell CP, Hoering A, Mavrommatis K, Trotter M, Deshpande S, Yaccoby S, Tian E, Keats J, Auclair D, Jackson GH, Davies FE, Thakurta A, Morgan GJ, Walker BA. Microhomology-mediated end joining drives complex rearrangements and overexpression of MYC and PVT1 in multiple myeloma. Haematologica. 2020 04; 105(4):1055-1066. PMID: 31221783.
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    6. Tripette J, Murakami H, Ryan KR, Ohta Y, Miyachi M. The contribution of Nintendo Wii Fit series in the field of health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PeerJ. 2017; 5:e3600. PMID: 28890847.
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    7. Clarke K, Daubon T, Turan N, Soulet F, Mohd Zahari M, Ryan KR, Durant S, He S, Herbert J, Ankers J, Heath JK, Bjerkvig R, Bicknell R, Hotchin NA, Bikfalvi A, Falciani F. Inference of Low and High-Grade Glioma Gene Regulatory Networks Delineates the Role of Rnd3 in Establishing Multiple Hallmarks of Cancer. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jul; 11(7):e1005325. PMID: 26132659.
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    8. Ryan KR, Lock FE, Heath JK, Hotchin NA. Plakoglobin-dependent regulation of keratinocyte apoptosis by Rnd3. J Cell Sci. 2012 Jul 01; 125(Pt 13):3202-9. PMID: 22454524.
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    9. Lock FE, Ryan KR, Poulter NS, Parsons M, Hotchin NA. Differential regulation of adhesion complex turnover by ROCK1 and ROCK2. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e31423. PMID: 22348083.
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