Sun, Yuxiang individual record
Associate Professor

Dr. Sun is an expert on "hunger hormone" ghrelin. She generated the first ghrelin knockout mice, and discovered ghrelin's novel roles in diabetes, thermogenesis and macrophage polarization. Her laboratory uses state-of-the-art tools to study ghrelin in energy sensing, intake, and expenditure. Her work suggests that ghrelin might be a promising drug target for obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and aging.

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Academic Articles71
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  • Lu, Y., Niu, M., Qiu, X., Cao, H., Xing, B., Sun, Y., Zhou, Z., & Zhou, Y. u. (2019). Acute But Not Chronic Calorie Restriction Defends against Stress-Related Anxiety and Despair in a GHS-R1a-Dependent Manner.. Neuroscience. 412, 94-104.
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  • Nohara, K., Mallampalli, V., Nemkov, T., Wirianto, M., Yang, J., Ye, Y., ... Chen, Z. (2019). Nobiletin fortifies mitochondrial respiration in skeletal muscle to promote healthy aging against metabolic challenge.. Nat Commun. 10(1), 3923.
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  • Ratcliff, M., Rees, D., McGrady, S., Buntwal, L., Hornsby, A., Bayliss, J., ... Davies, J. S. (2019). Calorie restriction activates new adult born olfactory‐bulb neurones in a ghrelin‐dependent manner but acyl‐ghrelin does not enhance subventricular zone neurogenesis. J Neuroendocrinol. 31(7), e12755.
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  • Yang, W., Yan, H., Pan, Q., Shen, J. Z., Zhou, F., Wu, C., Sun, Y., & Guo, S. (2019). Glucagon regulates hepatic mitochondrial function and biogenesis through FOXO1.. J Endocrinol. 241(3), 265-278.
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Conference Papers1
  • Smith, R. G., Sun, Y., Jiang, H., Albarran-Zeckler, R., & Timchenko, N. (2007). Ghrelin receptor (GHS-R1A) agonists show potential as interventive agents during aging.. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1119(1), 147-164.
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Texas A&M University; Nutrition & Food Science; 2253 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2253