Prof. Dr. Li Yuan
College of Life Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Telephone: +86 10 88256717
Address:19A Yu Quan Rd
Postcode: Beijing, 100049


2000 - Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, Molecular Genetics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden


Previous Positions

Principal Investigator, Position funded by the Swedish Research Council.
at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Nobel Institute, Sweden.


Selected Publications 

Fang G, Zhang D, Yin H, Zheng L, Bi X, Yuan L.Centlein mediates an interaction between C-Nap1 and Cep68 to maintain centrosome cohesion.J Cell Sci 2014 127:1631-1639

Guan J, Kinoshita M and Yuan L*. Spatiotemporal association of DNAJB13 with the annulus during mouse sperm flagellum development. BMC Dev Biol. 2009 Mar 19;9(1):23. [Epub ahead of print]

Guan J, Ekwurtzel E, Kvist U and Yuan L*. Cohesin protein SMC1 is a centrosomal protein. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008, 372:761-4.

Hoja MR, Liu JG, Mohammadieh M, Kvist U and Yuan L*.
E2F1 deficiency impairs murine spermatogenesis and augments testicular degeneration in SCP3-nullizygous mice.
Cell Death Differ. 2004; 11:354-356

Yuan L, Liu JG, Hoja MR, Wilbertz J, Nordqvist K, Hoog C. Female germ cell
aneuploidy and embryo death in mice lacking the meiosis-specific protein SCP3. Science. 2002; 296:1115-8

* correspondence

Research Interests

Current Research Interest

Current research in my laboratory centers on characterization of a novel protein in centriole biogenesis and primary cilium formation with the aim to elucidate the relationship of the protein with other centriole- and cilium-associated proteins, which to this end may reveal the novel molecular mechanisms underlying centriole and ciliary biogenesis and functions.
The fundamental question behind our work is how the centrosome and primary cilium control cell function and influence development, and how defects in these structures cause a remarkable range of human disease. The centrosome is the microtubule-organising centre (MTOC) of the cell, and so it regulates cell motility, adhesion and polarity in interphase, and facilitates the organization of the spindle poles during mitosis. Abnormalities in the spindle-pole-organization function occur in many cancers because extra and often irregular centrosomes can give rise to aberrant cell division. In addition, the core centrosomal components, the centrioles, have another distinct function as basal bodies that seed the growth of cilia. Cells in G0 and G1 usually contain one centrosome consisting of two centrioles, termed the mother centriole and the daughter centriole. The mother or older centriole is characterized by the presence of appendages that are formed during cell cycle progression. Moreover, when cells escape the cell cycle the mother centriole eventually give rise to the basal body that outgrows a primary cilium. Disturbances of primary cilia underly a lot of human diseases, e.g. kidney diseases, left-right axes formation and hydrocephalus.



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