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Defeng Wu

  • ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics
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  • B.S., Fujian Medical College

  • First Hospital Affiliated with Fujian Medical College, Fuzhou Hospital for Infectious Diseases
    Infectious Diseases

  • M.S., Cancer Institute, Beijing Union Medical College
    Chemical Carcinogenesis and Tumor Genetics, National Laboratory of Molecular Oncology

  • Ph.D., Cancer Institute, Beijing Union Medical College
    Biochemical Toxicology and Tumor Cell Biology, National Laboratory of Molecular Oncology

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Department of Biochemistry


    Dr. Wu is a Research Associate Professor in the Cederbaum Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics.


  • 1988 -
    The Second Prize of Advantage Award
    National Health Science and Technology, China

  • 1982 -
    The Second Prize of Chinese National Natural Science Award


Wu D, Cederbaum A. Activation of ASK-1 and downstream MAP kinases in cytochrome P4502E1 potentiated tumor necrosis factor alpha liver injury. Free Radic Biol Med 2010 Aug; 49(3): 348-360.

Cederbaum AI, Lu Y, Wu D. Role of oxidative stress in alcohol-induced liver injury. Arch Toxicol 2009 Jun; 83(6): 519-548.

Wu D, Xu C, Cederbaum A. Role of nitric oxide and nuclear factor-kappaB in the CYP2E1 potentiation of tumor necrosis factor alpha hepatotoxicity in mice. Free Radic Biol Med 2009 Feb; 46(4): 480-491.

Wu D, Cederbaum AI. Development and properties of HepG2 cells that constitutively express CYP2E1. Methods Mol Biol 2008; 447: 137-150.

Wu D, Cederbaum A. Cytochrome P4502E1 sensitizes to tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced liver injury through activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases in mice. Hepatology 2008 March; 47(3): 1005-1117.

Jimenez-Lopez JM, Wu D, Cederbaum AI. Synergistic toxicity induced by prolonged glutathione depletion and inhibition of nuclear factor-kappaB signaling in liver cells. Toxicol In Vitro 2008 Feb; 22(1): 106-115.

Wu D, Cederbaum A. Nitric oxide donors prevent while the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME increases arachidonic acid plus CYP2E1-dependent toxicity. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2006 Oct; 216(2): 282-292.

Wu D, Cederbaum AI. Opposite action of S-adenosyl methionine and its metabolites on CYP2E1-mediated toxicity in pyrazole-induced rat hepatocytes and HepG2 E47 cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2006 Apr; 290(4): 674-684.

Wu D, Cederbaum AI. Oxidative stress mediated toxicity exerted by ethanol-inducible CYP2E1. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2005 Sep 1; 207(2 Suppl): 70-76.

Wu D, Cederbaum AI. Alcohol, oxidative stress, and free radical damage. Alcohol Res Health 2003; 27(4): 277-284.

Industry Relationships

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Dr. Wu did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2012 and/or 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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