Marian  Carlson
Marian Carlson
Professor of Genetics and Development

Address: 701 West 168th Street Room 1412 New York NY 10032


Education and Training:
Ph.D. 1978, Stanford University
Postdoctoral Fellow 1978-1981, MIT
bullet  Department of Genetics and Development
Training Activities:
bullet  Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biophysical Studies
bullet  Graduate Program in Genetics and Development
Research Summary:
(800 words, max)
Regulation of the SNF1/AMPK family of metabolic stress response kinases and transcriptional responses to stress in yeast.
Current Research:
Our research focuses on the SNF1/AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) family, which is essential for energy homeostasis, metabolic control and stress responses in all eukaryotes. In humans, AMPK has broad roles in energy regulation and has been implicated in type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other disorders. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, SNF1 protein kinase regulates transcription, metabolism, and developmental processes in response to nutrient starvation and other stresses. We are interested in the regulation of SNF1/AMPK pathways. We identified the first upstream kinases for SNF1/AMPK: three yeast kinases that activate SNF1 and two kinases, LKB1 and CaMKK, that activate AMPK. We are currently studying protein phosphatases required for deactivation of SNF1.
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1. Ruiz, A., X. Xu and M. Carlson: (2013) Ptc protein phosphatase 2C contributes to glucose regulation of SNF1/AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  J. Biol. Chem.  288: 31052-31058

2. Ruiz, A., Y. Liu, X. Xu and M. Carlson: (2012) Heterotrimer-independent regulation of activation-loop phosphorylation of Snf1 protein kinase involves two protein phosphatases .  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  109: 8652-8657

3. Ruiz, A., X. Xu and M. Carlson: (2011) Roles of two protein phosphatases, Reg1-Glc7 and Sit4, and glycogen synthesis in regulation of SNF1 protein kinase.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA   108: 6349-6354

4. Momcilovic, M. and M. Carlson: (2011) Alterations at dispersed sites cause phosphorylation and activation of SNF1 protein kinase during growth on high glucose.  J. Biol. Chem.  286: 23544-23551

5. Liu, Y., X. Xu and M. Carlson: (2011) Interaction of SNF1 protein kinase with its activating kinase Sak1.  Eukaryot Cell.  10: 313-319

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