Eric Verdin, MD

Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
+1 415 734-4808
Research Overview: 

Our laboratory focuses on the biology of HIV with a particular emphasis on its transcriptional regulation and the role of chromatin. We are currently focusing on understanding the mechanism of HIV latency, which is mediated by the transcriptional inactivation of the HIV promoter. We also study how HIV proteins modify differentiated functions of immune cells during the infection process.

A second focus of the lab is the role of HDAC7, a histone deacetylase, in lymphocyte development. HDAC7 is highly expressed in double positive (CD4 and CD8) developing T cells.  We found that HDAC7 regulates the expression of a cassette of genes that play a critical role in the process of positive and negative selection. We are currently studying a thymus-specific HDAC7 knockout mouse.

A third focus of the lab is the role of acetylation in mitochondrial functions. We study a protein deacetylase, called SIRT3, and its role in metabolic control and aging.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Virology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Immunology
Research Summary: 
HIV Pathogenesis and lymphocyte biology

Websites

Publications: 

Genetic Toxicity Studies of the Ketogenic Ester Bis Hexanoyl (R)-1,3-Butanediol.

International journal of toxicology

Stubbs BJ, Nikiforov AI, Rihner MO, Weston S, Higley N, Roy S, Dakoulas E, Verdin E, Newman JC

Toxicological Evaluation of the ketogenic ester Bis Hexanoyl (R)-1,3-Butanediol: Subchronic Toxicity in Sprague Dawley Rats.

Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association

Stubbs BJ, Nikiforov AI, Rihner MO, Weston SL, Higley N, Stump DG, Krane GA, Gadupudi G, Verdin E, Newman JC