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Liang Ge


Liang Ge


Email: liang.ge83@hotmail.com


Research Area:

Autophagy is a key mechanism for clearance of damaged cellular components, which is tightly related to aging and human diseases. We employ classical and cutting-edge techniques of cell biology and biochemistry to study the mechanisms and functions of autophagy. Our major focus is the mechanism of autophagic membrane formation, its role in degrading toxic protein aggregates and unconventional secretion. In addition, we are also interested in the involvement of autophagy in maintaining homeostasis and the pathogenesis of human disease, e.g. cancer and neurodegeneration.

Selected Publications: 

  Liang Ge*, Min Zhang, Sam Kenny, Anandita Mathur, Dawei Liu, Miharu Maeda, Kota Saito, Ke Xu, and Randy Schekman*. Remodeling of ER-exit sites initiates a membrane supply pathway for autophagosome biogenesis. EMBO Report. In press. *corresponding author

  Liang Ge, Min Zhang and Randy Schekman. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and COPII generate LC3 lipidation vesicles from the ER-Golgi intermediate compartment. eLife (2014) Nov 28; 3:e04135.

  Liang Ge, David Melville, Min Zhang and Randy Schekman. The ER-Golgi intermediate compartment is a key membrane source for the LC3 lipidation step of autophagosome biogenesis. eLife (2013) Aug 6; 2:e00947.

  Liang Ge, Wei Qi, Li-Juan Wang, Hong-Hua Miao, Yu-Xiu Qu, Bo-Liang Li and Bao-Liang Song. Flotillins play an essential role in Niemann-Pick C1 Like 1-mediated cholesterol uptake. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2011) 108(2):551-556

  Liang Ge, Jing Wang, Wei Qi, Hong-Hua Miao, Jian Cao, Yu-Xiu Qu, Bo-Liang Li and Bao-Liang Song. The cholesterol absorption inhibitor Ezetimibe acts by blocking the sterol-induced internalization of NPC1L1. Cell Metabolism (2008) 7:508-519.




Review Articles:

  Livia W Brier, Min Zhang, Liang Ge*. Mechanistically dissecting autophagy: insights from in vitro reconstitution. J Mol Biol (2016) 8;428(9 Pt A):1700-13.*Corresponding author

  Liang Ge, Livia Wilz and Randy Schekman. Biogenesis of autophagosomal precursors for LC3 lipidation from the ER-Golgi intermediate compartment. Autophagy (2015) 11(12):2372-4.

  Liang Ge, Sulochanadevi Baskaran, Randy Schekman and James H Hurley. The protein-vesicle network of autophagy. Curr Opin Cell Biol (2014) 29C:18-24.



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