Keck School Faculty

Cheng Ji, PhD
Cheng Ji, PhD
Professor of Research Medicine
Medicine
HMR 805 2011 Zonal Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Ji joined the faculty of Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2000. His research interests include cellular organelle (e.g. ER, Golgi, mitochondria, or lysosomes) stress and liver disease, hepatotoxicity of antivirals and alcohol, hyperhomocysteinemia, and nanotechnology in drug/alcohol detoxification. Dr. Ji's research has been supported by NIH, NSF and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to USC, Dr. Ji obtained his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and became a Faculty member of SJTU (Shanghai) in 1986. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from UK (Lexington) and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UC (Riverside) and USC (Los Angeles).

NIH: R01DA042632, Principal Investigator, 2017-2022

NIH: R21AA023952; Principal Investigator, 2015-2018

NIH: R01AA018612; Principal Investigator, 2010-2016

NIH: Ooops. Something went wrong., 2010-2016

NIH: R01AA018846; Principal Investigator, 2009-2015

Private Foundation: May R. Wright/Baxter Award# 263, 2003-2005

Private Foundation: May R. Wright Award# 263, 2003-2005

NIH: R01AA014428; Co-Principal Investigator, 2002-2015

NIH: Senior Fellowship Award, 2000-2002

USDA: RC58-3620-5-148; Principal Investigator, 1998-1999

USDA: USDA 9501093; co-PI, 1997-1998

NSF: MCB9408999; fellowship, 1996-1998

Synthesis of syringolide 1 ketals and esters for receptor studies Phytochemistry, 43(6): 1219-1225. 1996. . View in PubMed

Protective Effects of Facilitated Removal of Blood Alcohol and Acetaldehyde Against Liver Injury in Animal Models Fed Alcohol and Anti-HIV Drugs Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2019 Jun; 43(6):1091-1102. . View in PubMed

Protective Effects of Facilitated Removal of Blood Alcohol and Acetaldehyde against Liver Injury in Animal Models Fed Alcohol and Anti-HIV Drugs Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2019 Mar 25. . View in PubMed

A Hepatocyte-Mimicking Antidote for Alcohol Intoxication Adv Mater. 2018 May; 30(22):e1707443. . View in PubMed

A Hepatocyte-Mimicking Antidote for Alcohol Intoxication Adv Mater. 2018 Apr 11; e1707443. . View in PubMed

Dissecting the role of disturbed ER-Golgi trafficking in antivirals and alcohol abuse-induced pathogenesis of liver disorders Journal of Drug Abuse. 2017; 3(3):14. . View in PubMed

Disrupted ER-to-Golgi trafficking underlies anti-HIV drugs and alcohol-induced cellular stress and hepatic injury Hepatology Commun. 2017; 1(2):122-139. . View in PubMed

Expression of 78 kD glucose-regulated protein is increased in cirrhotic cardiomyopathy induced by intestinal endotoxin 2017. . View in PubMed

Molecules, Systems and Signaling in Liver InjuryCell Death in Biology and Diseases. Nature Springer. Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Hepatic Injury. 2017; 221-250. . View in PubMed

Effect of artesunate supplementation on bacterial translocation and dysbiosis of gut microbiota in rats with liver cirrhosis World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Mar 14; 22(10):2949-59. . View in PubMed

Enhanced expression of glucose-regulated protein 78 correlates with malondialdehyde levels during the formation of liver cirrhosis in rats Exp Ther Med. 2015 Dec; 10(6):2119-2125. . View in PubMed

Advances and New Concepts in Alcohol-Induced Organelle Stress, Unfolded Protein Responses and Organ Damage Biomolecules. 2015 Jun 03; 5(2):1099-121. . View in PubMed

Prevention of hepatitis C virus infection and spread in human liver chimeric mice by an anti-CD81 monoclonal antibody Hepatology. 2015 Apr; 61(4):1136-44. . View in PubMed

Effects of combined alcohol and anti-HIV drugs on cellular stress responses in primary hepatocytes and hepatic stellate and kupffer cells Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Jan; 39(1):11-20. . View in PubMed

Increased expression of 78 kD glucose-regulated protein promotes cardiomyocyte apoptosis in a rat model of liver cirrhosis Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015; 8(8):9256-63. . View in PubMed

Glucose-regulated protein 78 may play a crucial role in promoting the pulmonary microvascular remodeling in a rat model of hepatopulmonary syndrome Gene. 2014 Jul 15; 545(1):156-62. . View in PubMed

Expression of the 78 kD glucose-regulated protein is induced by endoplasmic reticulum stress in the development of hepatopulmonary syndrome Gene. 2014 Mar 01; 537(1):115-9. . View in PubMed

CD133 positive cells isolated from A549 cell line exhibited high liver metastatic potential Neoplasma. 2014; 61(2):153-60. . View in PubMed

New Insights into the Pathogenesis of Alcohol-Induced ER Stress and Liver Diseases Int J Hepatol. 2014; 2014:513787. . View in PubMed

Restoration of intrahepatic regulatory T cells through MMP-9/13-dependent activation of TGF-ß is critical for immune homeostasis following acute liver injury J Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Dec; 5(6):369-79. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of protein extraction protocols for 2DE in marine ecotoxicoproteomics Proteomics. 2013 Nov; 13(21):3205-10. . View in PubMed

Effects of Bacillus subtilis ANSB060 on growth performance, meat quality and aflatoxin residues in broilers fed moldy peanut meal naturally contaminated with aflatoxins Food Chem Toxicol. 2013 Sep; 59:748-53. . View in PubMed

Biomimetic enzyme nanocomplexes and their use as antidotes and preventive measures for alcohol intoxication Nat Nanotechnol. 2013 Mar; 8(3):187-92. . View in PubMed

Association of cyclin D and estrogen receptor a36 with hepatocellular adenomas of female mice under chronic endoplasmic reticulum stress J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Mar; 28(3):576-83. . View in PubMed

Detection of transgenic and endogenous plant DNA fragments and proteins in the digesta, blood, tissues, and eggs of laying hens fed with phytase transgenic corn PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e61138. . View in PubMed

Altered methylation and expression of ER-associated degradation factors in long-term alcohol and constitutive ER stress-induced murine hepatic tumors Front Genet. 2013; 4:224. . View in PubMed

Investigation of chronic alcohol consumption in rodents via ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry based metabolite profiling J Chromatogr A. 2012 Oct 12; 1259:128-37. . View in PubMed

The effects of dietary fatty acid composition in the post-sucking period on metabolic alterations in adulthood: can? J Endocrinol. 2012 Oct; 215(1):119-27.. View in PubMed

Human immunodeficiency virus protease inhibitors modulate Ca2+ homeostasis and potentiate alcoholic stress and injury in mice and primary mouse and human hepatocytes Hepatology. 2012 Aug; 56(2):594-604. . View in PubMed

Interstrain differences in liver injury and one-carbon metabolism in alcohol-fed mice Hepatology. 2012 Jul; 56(1):130-9. . View in PubMed

Development of a multiplex UPLC-MRM MS method for quantification of human membrane transport proteins OATP1B1, OATP1B3 and OATP2B1 in in vitro systems and tissues Anal Chim Acta. 2012 Mar 02; 717:67-76. . View in PubMed

Experimental SSM-CVB3 infection in macaques Exp Mol Pathol. 2012 Feb; 92(1):131-9. . View in PubMed

Mechanisms of alcohol-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress and organ injuries Biochem Res Int. 2012; 2012:216450. . View in PubMed

Facilitated Removal of Blood Alcohol From Alcohol-Fed Animals by Nanocapsules of Alcohol Metabolizing Enzymes Gastroenterology 142 (5): S-544. 2012. . View in PubMed

Synergistic steatohepatitis by moderate obesity and alcohol in mice despite increased adiponectin and p-AMPK J Hepatol. 2011 Sep; 55(3):673-682. . View in PubMed

Liver-specific loss of glucose-regulated protein 78 perturbs the unfolded protein response and exacerbates a spectrum of liver diseases in mice Hepatology. 2011 Jul; 54(1):229-39. . View in PubMed

Role of cAMP-responsive element-binding protein (CREB)-regulated transcription coactivator 3 (CRTC3) in the initiation of mitochondrial biogenesis and stress response in liver cells J Biol Chem. 2011 Jun 24; 286(25):22047-54. . View in PubMed

The contribution of endoplasmic reticulum stress to liver diseases Hepatology. 2011 May; 53(5):1752-63. . View in PubMed

Clinical evaluation of targeted arterial infusion of verapamil in the interventional chemotherapy of primary hepatocellular carcinoma Cell Biochem Biophys. 2011 Mar; 59(2):127-32. . View in PubMed

Metabonomic investigation of liver profiles of nonpolar metabolites obtained from alcohol-dosed rats and mice using high mass accuracy MSn analysis J Proteome Res. 2011 Feb 04; 10(2):705-13. . View in PubMed

The Role of Altered SAME Metabolism in Alcohol-induced ER Stress and Liver Injury ALCOHOL and ALCOHOLOISM, 46(s1):i22-i23. 2011. . View in PubMed

Differences in betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase expression, endoplasmic reticulum stress response, and liver injury between alcohol-fed mice and rats Hepatology. 2010 Mar; 51(3):796-805. . View in PubMed

ER stress signaling in hepatic injury 2010. . View in PubMed

"ER Stress Signaling in Hepatic Injury" Signaling Pathways in Liver Diseases. 2010; Springer, New York 287-303. . View in PubMed

Effect of transgenic extrahepatic expression of betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase on alcohol or homocysteine-induced fatty liver Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008 Jun; 32(6):1049-58. . View in PubMed

Cellular retinaldehyde-binding protein-like (CRALBPL), a novel human Sec14p-like gene that is upregulated in human hepatocellular carcinomas, may be used as a marker for human hepatocellular carcinomas DNA Cell Biol. 2008 Mar; 27(3):159-63. . View in PubMed

Dissection of endoplasmic reticulum stress signaling in alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver injury J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:S16-24. . View in PubMed

Intestinal endotoxemia plays a central role in development of hepatopulmonary syndrome in a cirrhotic rat model induced by multiple pathogenic factors World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Dec 21; 13(47):6385-95. . View in PubMed

Endoplasmic reticulum stress and liver injury Semin Liver Dis. 2007 Nov; 27(4):367-77. . View in PubMed

Mechanisms of protection by the betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase/betaine system in HepG2 cells and primary mouse hepatocytes Hepatology. 2007 Nov; 46(5):1586-96. . View in PubMed

Multiple pathogenic factor-induced complications of cirrhosis in rats: a new model of hepatopulmonary syndrome with intestinal endotoxemia World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Jul 07; 13(25):3500-7. . View in PubMed

Predominant role of sterol response element binding proteins (SREBP) lipogenic pathways in hepatic steatosis in the murine intragastric ethanol feeding model J Hepatol. 2006 Nov; 45(5):717-24. . View in PubMed

ER stress: can the liver cope? J Hepatol. 2006 Aug; 45(2):321-33.. View in PubMed

Role of CHOP in hepatic apoptosis in the murine model of intragastric ethanol feeding Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Aug; 29(8):1496-503. . View in PubMed

[The software design of an ultrasonic hyperthermia instrument based on an ARM embedded system] Zhongguo Yi Liao Qi Xie Za Zhi. 2005 Mar; 29(2):96-100. . View in PubMed

[Combined effects of endostatin gene transfer and ionizing radiation on lung adenocarcinoma model of A549-cells] Zhonghua Jie He He Hu Xi Za Zhi. 2004 Oct; 27(10):683-6. . View in PubMed

Role of TNF-alpha in ethanol-induced hyperhomocysteinemia and murine alcoholic liver injury Hepatology. 2004 Aug; 40(2):442-51. . View in PubMed

Hyperhomocysteinemia, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and alcoholic liver injury World J Gastroenterol. 2004 Jun 15; 10(12):1699-708. . View in PubMed

[Diagnosis and treatment of vasoactive intestinal peptide-secreting-tumors: one case report and 15 years review in China] Zhonghua Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2004 May 07; 42(9):524-7. . View in PubMed

Mechanisms for sensitization to TNF-induced apoptosis by acute glutathione depletion in murine hepatocytes Hepatology. 2003 Jun; 37(6):1425-34. . View in PubMed

Intravesical administration of doxorubicin to swine bladder using magnetically targeted carriers Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2003 Jun; 51(6):445-50. . View in PubMed

Betaine decreases hyperhomocysteinemia, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and liver injury in alcohol-fed mice Gastroenterology. 2003 May; 124(5):1488-99. . View in PubMed

Molecular cloning and characterization of a novel human kinase gene, PDIK1L J Genet. 2003 Apr-Aug; 82(1-2):27-32. . View in PubMed

Isoform patterns of chitinase and beta-1,3-glucanase in maturing corn kernels (Zea mays L) associated with Aspergillus flavus milk stage infection. J Agric Food Chem. 2000 Feb; 48(2):507-11. . View in PubMed

Genetics of plant-pathogen interactions Curr Opin Biotechnol 1998 Apr 01; 9(2):202-7. . View in PubMed

Characterization of a 34-kDa soybean binding protein for the syringolide elicitors Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Mar 17; 95(6):3306-11. . View in PubMed

Syringolide Derivatives for Receptor StudiesMolecular Genetics of Host-Specific Toxins. 13:139-140. 1998. . View in PubMed

Characterization of a soybean binding protein for the syringolide elicitors Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1998; 6(95):3306-11. . View in PubMed

Specific Binding of the Syringolide Elicitors to a Soluble Protein Fraction from Soybean Leaves Plant Cell. 1997 Aug; 9(8):1425-1433. . View in PubMed

Non-host resistance to Colletotrichum lagenarium in pumpkin and squash is not primarily associated with beta-1, 3-glucanase and chitinase activities Physiological and Molecular Pathology. 1997; 50:361-370. . View in PubMed

Antifungal activity of cucumber ß 1-3 glucanase and chitinasePhysiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. , 49: 257-265. 1996. . View in PubMed

Induction of systemic acquired resistance in cucumber by Pseudomonas syringae pvsyringae 61 HrpZPss protein. Plant J 9:431-439. 1996. . View in PubMed

Purification and characterization of an acidic beta-1,3-glucanase from cucumber and its relationship to systemic disease resistance induced by Colletotrichum lagenarium and tobacco necrosis virus Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 1995 Nov-Dec; 8(6):899-905. . View in PubMed

Phospholipid peroxidation in tumor promoter-exposed mouse skin Carcinogenesis. 1994 Dec; 15(12):2937-44. . View in PubMed

Experimental saccular aneurysmsI. Review of surgically-constructed models and their laboratory applications. Neuroradiology. 1994 Oct; 36(7):537-46. . View in PubMed

An experimental arteriovenous malformation model in swine: anatomic basis and construction technique AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1994 Sep; 15(8):1537-45. . View in PubMed

Acetylation of human prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) by aspirin J Biol Chem. 1994 May 06; 269(18):13207-15. . View in PubMed

Biosynthesis of 12(S)-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid by B16 amelanotic melanoma cells is a determinant of their metastatic potential Lab Invest. 1994 Mar; 70(3):314-23. . View in PubMed

Secretory product expression during Clara cell differentiation in the rabbit and rat Am J Physiol. 1993 Jun; 264(6 Pt 1):L543-52. . View in PubMed

[The effect of stimulating the auricular liver-gall point on the size of gallbladder of the rabbit] Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 1993; 18(1):73-4. . View in PubMed

[Rapid detection of bacteroides gingivalis with indirect immunofluorescence in periodontal pocket] Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 1991 Nov; 26(6):354-6. . View in PubMed

Positional specificity for methyl-n-amylnitrosamine hydroxylation by cytochrome P-450 isozymes determined with monoclonal antibodies Cancer Res. 1991 Feb 15; 51(4):1059-64. . View in PubMed

Treatment of organic wastewater with Anaerobic Buffled Reactor (ABR)J. of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 25(5): 101-105. 1991. . View in PubMed

Oxidation of polycyclic hydrocarbons by oxygen radicals Princess Takamatsu Symp. 1990; 21:63-73. . View in PubMed

Measurement of Cold Resistance of Aquatic Plants and Study on Its Characteristics Acta Ecologica Sinica 10(3): 249-254. 1990. . View in PubMed

On water treatment strategies in China Shanghai Environmental Sciences, 11: 1-10. 1990. . View in PubMed

Effects of intermittent cycle (IC) system on phosphor removal in wastewater Shanghai Environmental Sciences, 12: 1-6. 1990. . View in PubMed

Formation of hydroxy derivatives, aldehydes, and nitrite from N-nitrosomethyl-n-amylamine by rat liver microsomes and by purified cytochrome P-450 IIB1 Cancer Res. 1989 Oct 01; 49(19):5299-304. . View in PubMed

Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Cold Resistance of Water Hyacinth Pl Physiology Sinica 41(5): 112-118. 1989. . View in PubMed

The Correlation between Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Activity and Cold Resistance of Water Hyacinth Pl Physiology Sinica 41(2): 133-137. 1989. . View in PubMed

[Determination of chlorogenic acid in various processed samples of Lonicera japonica Thunb] Zhong Yao Tong Bao. 1987 Nov; 12(11):18-9, 62. . View in PubMed

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1987 May; 69(3):391-4. . View in PubMed

Metabolism of the oesophageal carcinogen N-nitrosomethylamylamine: changes with age, clearance from blood and DNA alkylation IARC Sci Publ. 1987; (84):144-7. . View in PubMed

[Induction of papilloma and carcinoma in the forestomach of mice by in vivo formation of N-3-methylbutyl-N-1-methylacetonylnitrosamine (MAMBNA)] Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 1986 Jul; 8(4):245-6. . View in PubMed

Synthesis of nitrosomethylisoamylamine from isoamylamine and sodium nitrite by fungi Carcinogenesis. 1986 Feb; 7(2):301-3. . View in PubMed

Occurrence of nitroso compounds in fungi-contaminated foods: a review Nutr Cancer. 1986; 8(1):63-9. . View in PubMed

Evidence of synthesizing secondary amines from primary amines by fungi--microbiological production of methylisoamylamine and piperidine Wei Sheng Wu Xue Bao 26(4): 341-5 (in Chinese). 1986. . View in PubMed

A new N-nitroso compound, N-2-methylpropyl-N-1-methylacetonyl-nitrosamine, in moldy millet and wheat flour Sci Sin B. 1984 Jun; 27(6):601-9. . View in PubMed

STUDIES ON THE PROCESS OF INCREASE OF GRAIN WEIGHT IN BARLEY Acta Agron Sin. 1983; 9(3):181-188. . View in PubMed

[Synthesis of a new nitrosamine, N-1'-methylacetonyl-N-3-methylbutyl nitrosamine] Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. 1982 Oct; 4(5):266-70. . View in PubMed

Malignant transformation of baby hamster lung fibroblasts induced in vitro by a new nitrosamine compound Sci Sin B. 1982 Jul; 25(7):738-44. . View in PubMed

Mutagenicity in Salmonella typhimurium of N-3-methylbutyl-N-1-methyl-acetonyl-nitrosamine and N-methyl-N-benzylnitrosamine, N-nitrosation products isolated from corn-bread contaminated with commonly occurring moulds in linshien county, a high incidence area for oesophageal cancer in Northern China Carcinogenesis. 1980; 1(10):867-70. . View in PubMed

Formation of carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds in corn-bread inoculated with fungi Sci Sin. 1979 Apr; 22(4):471-7. . View in PubMed

[Enzyme immobilization on hydrated oxides of transition metals and aluminum] Prikl Biokhim Mikrobiol. 1977 May-Jun; 13(3):443-8. . View in PubMed

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