Andrei Osterman, Ph.D.

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Andrei Osterman, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Curriculum, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Research Assistant Professor(s)

Andrei Osterman's Research Focus

Breast Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Skin Cancer and Melanoma, Radiation Damage, Cancer

The main focus of Dr. Osterman’s research team is on fundamental and applied aspects of the key metabolic subsystems in a variety of species, from bacteria to human. This group uses a systems biology approach to reconstruct and explore metabolic and transcriptional regulatory networks. This approach combines comparative genomics and other bioinformatic techniques with biochemical and genetic experiments for pathway, gene and target discovery. Using this approach this group predicted and experimentally verified numerous enzyme families in the metabolism of cofactors, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Recent breakthroughs included prediction and characterization of novel transporters, transcriptional regulators and carbohydrate utilization pathways in a number of model bacterial systems. Applications in the field of infectious disease include identification of novel drug targets and structure-based development of novel anti-infective agents. New directions in cancer research are based on application of metabolic profiling technology for identification of novel diagnostic and therapeutic targets. Other directions of the on-going research include bioinformatics of regulatory proteolysis and applications of structural modeling for exploration of metabolic networks and gene discovery.

Andrei Osterman's Bio

Andrei Osterman is a Professor in the Immunity and Pathogenesis Program Program at the Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center of Sanford Burnham Prebys (since August 2003). He received his doctorate from Moscow State University in 1983, did postdoctoral work UT Southwestern Medical Center, and held the position of the Director and then Vice President of Research at Integrated Genomics in 1999-2003. Dr. Osterman is one of the founders of the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes (FIG), a nonprofit research organization that launched the Project to Annotate 1,000 Genomes in 2003. FIG provides the open-source integration of all publicly available genomes and tools for their comparative analysis, annotation, and metabolic reconstruction.



Functional specialization in proline biosynthesis of melanoma.

De Ingeniis J, Ratnikov B, Richardson AD, Scott DA, Aza-Blanc P, De SK, Kazanov M, Pellecchia M, Ronai Z, Osterman AL, Smith JW

PLoS One 2012 ;7(9):e45190

Reverse TCA cycle flux through isocitrate dehydrogenases 1 and 2 is required for lipogenesis in hypoxic melanoma cells.

Filipp FV, Scott DA, Ronai ZA, Osterman AL, Smith JW

Pigment Cell Melanoma Res 2012 May ;25(3):375-83

Comparative metabolic flux profiling of melanoma cell lines: beyond the Warburg effect.

Scott DA, Richardson AD, Filipp FV, Knutzen CA, Chiang GG, Ronai ZA, Osterman AL, Smith JW

J Biol Chem 2011 Dec 9 ;286(49):42626-42634

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Human Milk Oligosaccharide Utilization in Intestinal Bifidobacteria Is Governed by Global Transcriptional Regulator NagR.

Arzamasov AA, Nakajima A, Sakanaka M, Ojima MN, Katayama T, Rodionov DA, Osterman AL

mSystems 2022 Oct 26 ;7(5):e0034322

Priority effects shape the structure of infant-type Bifidobacterium communities on human milk oligosaccharides.

Ojima MN, Jiang L, Arzamasov AA, Yoshida K, Odamaki T, Xiao J, Nakajima A, Kitaoka M, Hirose J, Urashima T, Katoh T, Gotoh A, van Sinderen D, Rodionov DA, Osterman AL, Sakanaka M, Katayama T

ISME J 2022 Sep ;16(9):2265-2279

Microbial liberation of N-methylserotonin from orange fiber in gnotobiotic mice and humans.

Han ND, Cheng J, Delannoy-Bruno O, Webber D, Terrapon N, Henrissat B, Rodionov DA, Arzamasov AA, Osterman AL, Hayashi DK, Meynier A, Vinoy S, Desai C, Marion S, Barratt MJ, Heath AC, Gordon JI

Cell 2022 Jul 7 ;185(14):2495-2509.e11

A stromal Integrated Stress Response activates perivascular cancer-associated fibroblasts to drive angiogenesis and tumour progression.

Verginadis II, Avgousti H, Monslow J, Skoufos G, Chinga F, Kim K, Leli NM, Karagounis IV, Bell BI, Velalopoulou A, Salinas CS, Wu VS, Li Y, Ye J, Scott DA, Osterman AL, Sengupta A, Weljie A, Huang M, Zhang D, Fan Y, Radaelli E, Tobias JW, Rambow F, Karras P, Marine JC, Xu X, Hatzigeorgiou AG, Ryeom S, Diehl JA, Fuchs SY, Puré E, Koumenis C

Nat Cell Biol 2022 Jun ;24(6):940-953

Reduced AIBP expression in bronchial epithelial cells of asthmatic patients: Potential therapeutic target.

Miller M, Pham AK, Gonen A, Navia-Pelaez JM, Xia K, Park S, Osterman AL, Bacon K, Beaton G, Kurten RC, Broide DH, Miller YI

Clin Exp Allergy 2022 Aug ;52(8):979-984

Bifidobacterium infantis treatment promotes weight gain in Bangladeshi infants with severe acute malnutrition.

Barratt MJ, Nuzhat S, Ahsan K, Frese SA, Arzamasov AA, Sarker SA, Islam MM, Palit P, Islam MR, Hibberd MC, Nakshatri S, Cowardin CA, Guruge JL, Byrne AE, Venkatesh S, Sundaresan V, Henrick B, Duar RM, Mitchell RD, Casaburi G, Prambs J, Flannery R, Mahfuz M, Rodionov DA, Osterman AL, Kyle D, Ahmed T, Gordon JI

Sci Transl Med 2022 Apr 13 ;14(640):eabk1107

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