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  • Dr. Xianping Dong, PhD


Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics


Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

Research Interests:

ion channel and transporters, calcium signalling, autophagy, lysosomes, lysosomal storage disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, bacterial infection.

My primary research interests include lysosome physiology and lysosome-related diseases. Specifically, we study lysosomal ion channels and transporters in cancer progression, lysosomal storage diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and bacterial infection.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Dong is a BHCRI Associate Member


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Xu M, Almasi S, Yang Y, Yan C, Sterea AM, Rizvi Syeda AK, Shen B, Richard Derek C, Huang P, Gujar S, Wang J, Zong WX, Trebak M, El Hiani Y, Dong XP.  The lysosomal TRPML1 channel regulates triple negative breast cancer development by promoting mTORC1 and purinergic signaling pathways.  Cell Calcium. 2019;79:80-88.

Sun X, Yang Y, Zhong XZ, Cao Q, Zhu XH, Zhu X, Dong XP. A negative feedback regulation of mTORC1 activity by the lysosomal Ca2+ channel TRPML1 using a calmodulin-dependent mechanism. Autophagy, 2018; 14(1):38-52.

Cao Q, Yang Y, Zhong XZ, Dong XP. The lysosomal Ca2+ release channel TRPML1 regulates lysosome size by activating calmodulin. J Biol Chem. 2017; 292(20):8424-8435.

Zhong XZ, Zou Y, Sun X, Dong G Sr, Cao Q, Pandey A, Rainey JK, Zhu X, Dong XP.  Inhibition of TRPML1 by lysosomal adenosine involved in severe combined immunodeficiency diseases.  J Biol Chem. 2017; 292(8):3445-3455.

Zhong XZ, Sun X, Cao Q, Dong G, Schiffmann R, Dong XP. BK channel agonist represents a potential therapeutic approach for lysosomal storage diseases. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:33684. 

Zhong XZ, Cao Q, Sun X, Dong XP. Activation of lysosomal P2X4 by ATP transported into lysosomes via SLC17A9 using V-ATPase generated voltage gradient as the driving force.  J Physiol. 2016; 594(15):4253-66. 

Cao Q, Zhong XZ, Zou Y, Murrell-Lagnado R, Zhu MX, and Dong XP. Calcium release through P2X4 activates calmodulin to promote endolysosomal membrane fusion. J Cell Biol, 2015; 209(6):879-94. 

Cao Q*, Zhong XZ*, Zou Y, Zhang Z, Ligia T, Dong XP. BK Channels Alleviate Lysosomal Storage Diseases by Providing Positive Feedback Regulation of Lysosomal Ca2+ Release. Dev Cell, 2015; 33(4):427-41. 

Cao Q, Zhao K, Zhong XZ, Zou Y, Yu H, Huang P, Xu TL, Dong XP. SLC17A9 Protein Functions as a Lysosomal ATP Transporter and Regulates Cell Viability. J Biol Chem, 2014; 289(33):23189-99. 

Huang P, Zou Y, Zhong XZ, Cao Q, Zhao K, Zhu MX, Murrell-Lagnado R, Dong XP. P2X4 Forms Functional ATP-activated Cation Channels on Lysosomal Membranes Regulated by Luminal pH. J Biol Chem, 2014; 289(25):17658-67.

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