• Dr. Qin Wang received her M.D. degree from Beijing Medical University, China. After traveling to the US, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in December 1999 from University of Iowa. She then did her postdoc work at Vanderbilt University, where she was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor two years later. In June 2005, Dr. Wang joined UAB as an Assistant Professor.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 β-amyloid redirects norepinephrine signaling to activate the pathogenic GSK3β/tau cascade 2020
    2019 The in vivo specificity of synaptic Gβ and Gγ subunits to the α2a adrenergic receptor at CNS synapses 2019
    2019 Complex noradrenergic dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease: Low norepinephrine input is not always to blame 2019
    2017 Effective attenuation of adenosine a1r signaling by neurabin requires oligomerization of neurabin 2017
    2017 The amyloid precursor protein modulates α2A-adrenergic receptor endocytosis and signaling through disrupting arrestin 3 recruitment 2017
    2017 Strength of cholinergic tone dictates the polarity of dopamine D2 receptor modulation of striatal cholinergic interneuron excitability in DYT1 dystonia 2017
    2017 Age-dependent differential regulation of anxiety- and depression-related behaviors by neurabin and spinophilin 2017
    2017 Cortical adrenoceptor expression, function and adaptation under conditions of cannabinoid receptor deletion 2017
    2017 Diverse arrestin-recruiting and endocytic profiles of tricyclic antipsychotics acting as direct α2A adrenergic receptor ligands 2017
    2016 Sema6D acts downstream of bone morphogenetic protein signalling to promote atrioventricular cushion development in mice 2016
    2015 Spinophilin is indispensable for the α2B adrenergic receptor-elicited hypertensive response 2015
    2015 Noradrenergic dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease 2015
    2015 Tau-dependent Kv4.2 depletion and dendritic hyperexcitability in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease 2015
    2014 α(2A) adrenergic receptor promotes amyloidogenesis through disrupting APP-SorLA interaction 2014
    2014 Cannabinoid modulation of alpha2 adrenergic receptor function in rodent medial prefrontal cortex 2014
    2014 Tricyclic antidepressants exhibit variable pharmacological profiles at the α2A adrenergic receptor 2014
    2014 Critical roles of miRNA-mediated regulation of TGFβ signalling during mouse cardiogenesis 2014
    2014 CHD7 interacts with BMP R-SMADs to epigenetically regulate cardiogenesis in mice 2014
    2014 The α2B-adrenergic receptor is mutant in cortical myoclonus and epilepsy 2014
    2014 α2A-adrenergic receptors filter parabrachial inputs to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis 2014
    2013 Cross-talk from β-adrenergic receptors modulates α2A -adrenergic receptor endocytosis in sympathetic neurons via protein kinase A and spinophilin 2013
    2012 α2 adrenergic receptor dysregulation in depressive disorders: implications for the neurobiology of depression and antidepressant therapy. 2012
    2012 Noradrenergic antidepressant responses to desipramine in vivo are reciprocally regulated by arrestin3 and spinophilin 2012
    2012 Desipramine selectively potentiates norepinephrine-elicited ERK1/2 activation through the α 2A adrenergic receptor 2012
    2012 Neurabin scaffolding of adenosine receptor and RGS4 regulates anti-seizure effect of endogenous adenosine 2012
    2012 Noradrenergic antidepressant responses to desipramine in vivo are reciprocally regulated by arrestin3 and spinophilin 2012
    2012 α2 adrenergic receptor dysregulation in depressive disorders: Implications for the neurobiology of depression and antidepressant therapy 2012
    2011 Adrenergic receptors. Preface. 2011
    2011 The antidepressant desipramine is an arrestin-biased ligand at the α 2A-adrenergic receptor driving receptor down-regulation in vitro and in vivo 2011
    2011 Characterization of the novel interaction between muskelin and TBX20, a critical cardiogenic transcription factor 2011
    2011 Inactivation of Bmp4 from the Tbx1 expression domain causes abnormal pharyngeal arch artery and cardiac outflow tract remodeling 2011
    2011 Dicer activity in neural crest cells is essential for craniofacial organogenesis and pharyngeal arch artery morphogenesis 2011
    2011 Cell autonomous requirement of endocardial Smad4 during atrioventricular cushion development in mouse embryos 2011
    2011 Study of GPCR-protein interactions using gel overlay assays and glutathione-S-transferase-fusion protein pull-downs 2011
    2010 Enhanced hypotensive, bradycardic, and hypnotic responses to α2-adrenergic agonists in spinophilin-null mice are accompanied by increased G protein coupling to the α2A-adrenergic receptor 2010
    2009 α2A-adrenergic receptors heterosynaptically regulate glutamatergic transmission in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis 2009
    2009 Epitope-tagged receptor knock-in mice reveal that differential desensitization of α2-adrenergic responses is because of ligand-selective internalization 2009
    2009 Knockout of spinophilin, an endogenous antagonist of arrestin-dependent α2-adrenoceptor functions, enhances receptor-mediated antinociception yet does not eliminate sex-related differences 2009
    2008 Protein kinase A phosphorylation of spinophilin modulates its interaction with the α2A-adrenergic receptor (AR) and alters temporal properties of α2AAR internalization 2008
    2008 Disruption of Smad4 in neural crest cells leads to mid-gestation death with pharyngeal arch, craniofacial and cardiac defects 2008
    2007 Myocardial Smad4 is essential for cardiogenesis in mouse embryos 2007
    2007 Regulation of α2AR trafficking and signaling by interacting proteins 2007
    2006 Arrestin serves as a molecular switch, linking endogenous α2-adrenergic receptor to SRC-dependent, but not SRC-independent, ERK activation 2006
    2005 Alpha 2-adrenergic agonist enrichment of spinophilin at the cell surface involves beta gamma subunits of Gi proteins and is preferentially induced by the alpha 2A-subtype. 2005
    2004 Spinophilin blocks arrestin actions in vitro and in vivo at G protein-coupled receptors. 2004
    2003 Spinophilin stabilizes cell surface expression of alpha 2B-adrenergic receptors. 2003
    2002 Regulated interactions of the alpha 2A adrenergic receptor with spinophilin, 14-3-3zeta, and arrestin 3. 2002
    2002 A Novel TCTG(G/C) Direct Repeat and an A/T-Rich HMG2-Binding Site Control the Expression of the RatCardiacTroponin T Gene 2002
    2001 Agonist-regulated Interaction between alpha2-adrenergic receptors and spinophilin. 2001
    2001 Comparative studies on the expression patterns of threetroponin T genes during mouse development 2001
    2000 Identification of cis Elements in the Cardiac Troponin T Gene Conferring Specific Expression in Cardiac Muscle of Transgenic Mice 2000
    1999 Requirement of a novel gene, Xin, in cardiac morphogenesis 1999


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    2011 Genetic Variations of α2-Adrenergic Receptors Illuminate the Diversity of Receptor Functions.  Ed. 67.  2011
    2009 An osteoblast-dependent mechanism contributes to the leptin regulation of insulin secretion.  Ed. 1173.  2009


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    2015 α2 adrenergic receptor trafficking as a therapeutic target in antidepressant drug action.  207-225. 2015
    2012 α2-Adrenergic Receptors.  55-58. 2012

    Research Overview

  • The lab has a general interest in neurosynaptic signaling in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to translate our lab research to development of new therapeutic interventions for disease treatment. Current projects include: 1)Noradrenergic signaling in Alzheimer’s disease; 2)Protein trafficking in Alzheimer’s disease; 3)Synaptic signaling in social behavior and autism spectrum disorders; 4) Novel genetic risk factors for ADHD.
    Keywords - synaptic receptors, signaling, protein trafficking, ligand regulation, neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, Alzheimer's disease, cognition, mood disorders
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology / Biological Sciences, University of Iowa 1999
  • Doctor of Medicine in Medical Basic Sciences, Peking Union Medical College 1992
  • Full Name

  • Qin Wang