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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address SHEL 913 Zip 2182
Phone  205-996-6247
Other websites Department website
Lab website

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Neurobiology  Neurobiology Assistant Professor
Secondary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Assistant Professor
Center  Neurology   Alzheimer's Disease Center Assistant Professor
Center  Civitan International Research Center  Civitan International Research Center Assistant Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Assistant Professor
Center  Comprehensive Ctr for Healthy Aging  Comprehensive Ctr for Healthy Aging Assistant Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Assistant Professor
Center  Ctr for Glial Bio in Med  Ctr for Glial Bio in Med Assistant Professor
Center  Neurology   Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute Assistant Professor
Center  Vision Sciences (Org-Ret)  Vision Science Research Center (Org-Ret) Assistant Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cancer Biology 
Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology 
Comprehensive Neuroscience Center 
Medical Scientist Training Program 
Neuroscience Graduate Program 
Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine 

Biographical Sketch 
BS, Purdue University MS, Ph.D. University of Michigan Postdoctoral fellow, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA Postdoctoral fellow and Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine

Research/Clinical Interest
Protein function in the aging and diseased brain
We are interested in understanding the differences between normal and pathological brain aging. Present studies are focused on dissecting the role of Klotho and related proteins in the normal brain, the aging brain, and in neurodegenerative diseases.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Mehi SJ, Maltare A, Abraham CR, King GD. MicroRNA-339 and microRNA-556 regulate Klotho expression in vitro. Age. 2014  PMC3889880 
Tucker Zhou TB, King GD, Chen C, Abraham CR. iochemical and functional characterization of the klotho-VS polymorphism implicated in aging and disease risk.  PMC3868745 
Clinton SM, Glover ME, Maltare A, Laszczyk AM, Mehi SJ, Simmons RK, King GD. Expression of klotho mRNA and protein in rat brain parenchyma from early postnatal development into adulthood. Brain Research 2013  PMC3756829 
King GD, Muhammad AKM, Xiong W, Kroeger KM, Puntel M, Larocque D, Palmer D, Ng P, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. High-capacity adenoviral vector-mediated anti-glioma gene therapy in the presence of systemic anti-adenovirus immunity. Journal of Virology (2008) 82(9):4680-4.   18287240 
Reish NJ, Maltare A, McKeown AS, Laszczyk AM, Kraft TW, Gross AK, King GD. The age-regulating protein klotho is vital to sustain retinal function. IOVS 2013  PMC3796940 
King GD, , Kroeger KM, Bresee CJ, Candolfi M, Liu C, Manalo CM, Muhammad AKM, Pechnick RN, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Flt3L in combination with HSV1-TK- mediated gene therapy reverses brain tumor-induced behavioral deficits. Molecular Therapy (2008) 16(4):682-90.   18283279 
Curtin JF, King GD, Barcia C, Liu C, Hubert FX, Guillonneau C, Josien R, Anegon I, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Flt3 ligand recruits plasmacytoid dendritic cells to the brain. Journal of Immunology (2006) 176: 3566 – 3577.   16517725 
King GD*, Curtin JF*, Candolfi M, Kroeger K, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Gene Therapy and Targeted Toxins for Glioma. Current Gene Therapy (2005) 5:535-557. PMID:   16457645 
Curtin JF*, King GD*, Candolfi M, Greeno RB, Kroeger KM, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Combining cytotoxic and immune-mediated gene therapy to treat brain tumors. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (2005) 5(12):1151-70.   16248789 
Ali S*, King GD*, Curtin JF, , Xiong W, Puntel M, Liu C, Cheng Q, Prieto J, Lassmann H, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Combined immune-stimulation and conditional cytotoxic gene therapy provide long-term survival in a macroscopic glioma model. Cancer Research, (2005) 65 (16) :7194-204.   16103070 
King GD, Muhammad AKM, CurtinJF, Barcia C, Puntel M, Liu C, Candolfi M, Honig SB, Mondkar S, Lowenstein PR, Castro MG. Flt3L and HSV1-TK eradicate multifocal glioma in a syngeneic glioblastoma model. Neuro-oncology; (2008) 10(1):19-31.   18079358 
King GD, Huang MM, Schuman ER, Chen CD, Cuny GD, Glicksman MA, Abraham CR. Identification of novel small molecules to modulate transcription of Klotho. Biochem J. 2012   PMC3677209 
King GD, Muhammad AKM, Laroque D, Liu C, Kroeger KM, Castro MG, Lowenstein PR. Flt3L and TK gene therapy induces immunological surveillance that mediates a specific immune response against a brain tumor neo-antigen. Molecular Therapy, 2011   PMC3188756 
King GD, Rosene DL, Abraham CR. Promoter methylation and age-related downregulation of klotho in rhesus monkey. Age, 2012 34(6):1405-19

age, brain, klotho, glioma, molecular biology