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Guang William Wong

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Department AffiliationPrimary: Physiology
Secondary: Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research
RankAssociate Professor
Mailing Address855 N. Wolfe Street
Rangos 474
Baltimore, MD 21205
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Mechanisms governing metabolic homeostasis; function of adipose-and skeletal muscle-derived hormones; mechanisms of insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes

Our lab seeks to understand mechanisms employ by cells and tissues to maintain metabolic homeostasis. We are currently addressing how adipose- and skeletal muscle-derived hormones (adipokines and myokines), discovered in our lab, regulate tissue crosstalk and signaling pathways to control energy metabolism. Transgenic and knockout mouse models, as well as cell culture systems, are used to address the role of CTRP family of hormones in physiological and disease states. We also aim to identify the receptors that mediate the biological functions of CTRPs. 

Multhaup ML, Seldin MM, Jaffe AE, Lei X, Kirchner H, Mondal P, Li Y, Rodriguez V, Drong A, Hussain M, Lindgren C, McCarthy M, Naslund E, Zierath J, Wong GW, Feinberg AP. (2015) Mouse-human experimental epigenetic analysis unmasks dietary targets and genetic liability for diabetic phenotypes. Cell Metab. 21:138-149

Petersen PS, Lei X, Seldin MM, Rodriguez S, Byerly MS, Wolfe A, Whitlock S, Wong GW. (2014) Dynamic and extensive metabolic state-dependent regulation of cytokine expression and circulating levels. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 307:R1458-1470



Seldin MM, Byerly MS, Petersen PS, Swanson R, Balkema-Buschmann A, Groschup M, Wong GW. (2014) Seasonal oscillation of liver-derived hibernation protein (HP) complex in the central nervous system of non-hibernating mammals.  J. Exp. Biol. 217:2667-2679

Wei Z, Lei X, Pedersen PS, Aja S, and Wong GW. (2014) Targeted deletion of CTRP9 increases food intake, decreases insulin sensitivity, and promotes hepatic steatosis in mice.  Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab.  306:E779-E790

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Peterson JM, Seldin M,Tan SY, and Wong GW. (2014) CTRP2 overexpression improves insulin and lipid tolerance in diet-induced obese mice.  PLoS One 9(2):e88535 PLOS One


Byerly MS, Petersen PS, Ramamurthy S, Seldin MM, Lei X, Provost E, Wei Z, Ronnett GV, and Wong GW. (2014) CTRP4 is a unique secreted protein with two tandem C1q domain that functions in the hypothalamus to modulate food intake and body weight. J Biol Chem. 289: Journal of Biological Chemistry

Seldin MM, Lei X, Tan S, Stanson KP, Wei Z, and Wong GW. (2013) Skeletal muscle-derived myonectin activates the mTOR pathway to suppress autophagy in liver. J Biol Chem. 288:36073-82 Journal of Biological Chemistry

Byerly MS, Swanson R, Wong GW, and Blackshaw S. (2013) Stage-specific inhibition of TrkB leads to long-lasting and sexually dimorphic effects on body weight and hypothalamic gene expression. PLoS One 8(11):e80781 PLOS One

Peterson JM, Wei Z, Seldin MM, Byerly MS, Aja S, and Wong GW. (2013) CTRP9 transgenic mice are protected from diet-induced obesity and metabolic dysfunctions. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.  Am J Physiol.  305:R522-533 PubMed Reference

Peterson JM, Seldin MM, Wei Z, Aja S, and Wong GW. (2013) CTRP3 attenuates diet-induced hepatic steatosis by regulating triglyceride metabolism.  Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 305:G214-224 PubMed Reference

Byerly MS, Swanson R, Kwon K, Aja S, Moran TH, Wong GW, and Blackshaw S. (2013) Hypothalamic Neuron-derived Neurotrophic Factor (NENF) interacts with BDNF and melanocortin signaling to modulate food intake. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol.  304:R1085-R1095 Am Journal of Physiology

Byerly MS, Swanson R, Wei Z, Seldin MM, McCulloh PS, and Wong GW. (2013) A central role for C1q/TNF-related protein-13 (CTRP13) in modulating food intake and body weight.  PLoS One 8(4): e62862 PubMed Reference

llis JM, Wong GW, Wolfgang MJ. (2013) Acyl-CoA Thioesterase 7 regulates neuronal fatty acid metabolism to prevent neurotoxicity. Mol. Cell Biol. 33:1869-1882 PubMed Reference

Wei Z, Seldin MM, Natarajan N, DjemalDC, Peterson JM, and Wong GW. (2013) C1q/TNF-related protein-11 (CTRP11), a novel adipose stromal-derived regulator of adipogenesis. J Biol Chem. 288:10214-10229. PubMed Reference

Byerly MS, Salayta MA, Kwon K, Swanson R, Peterson JM, Wei Z, Moran TH, Aja S, Blackshaw S, Wong GW. (2013) Estrogen-related Receptor β regulates whole body energy balance and attenuates neuropeptide Y gene expression. Eur. J. Neurosci.  37:1033-1047. PubMed Reference

Wei Z, Lei X, Seldin MM, and Wong GW. (2012) Endopeptidase cleavage generates a functionally distinct isoform of C1q/TNF-related protein-12 (CTRP12) with an altered oligomeric state and signaling specificity. J Biol Chem. 287:35804-35814. PubMed Reference

Marcus M. Seldin, Wong GW. (2012) Regulation of tissue crosstalk by skeletal muscle-derived myonectin and other myokines. Adipocyte. 1:4, 200-202. PubMed Reference

Guang TC, Saharabuddhe NA, Kim MS, Getnet D, Yang Y, Peterson JM, Ghosh B, Chaerkady R, Leach SD, Marchionni L, Wong GW, Pandey A. (2012) Regulation of Lipid Metabolism By Dicer Revealed Through SILAC Mice. J. Proteome Res. 11:2193-2205. PubMed Reference

Seldin MM, Peterson JM, Byerly MS, Wei Z and Wong GW. (2012) Myonectin (CTRP15), a novel myokine that links skeletal muscle to systemic lipid homeostasis. J Biol Chem. 287:11968-11980.PubMed Reference

Wei Z, Peterson JM, Lei X, Cebotaru L, Wolfgang MJ, Baldeviano GC, and Wong GW. (2012) CTRP12, a novel adipokine that improves insulin sensitivity and glycemic control in mouse models of obesity and diabetes. J Biol Chem. 287:10301-10315. PubMed Reference

Peterson JM, Aja S, Wei Z and Wong GW. (2012) CTRP1 protein enhances fatty acid oxidation via AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation and acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) inhibition. J Biol Chem. 287:1576-1587.PubMed Reference

Gao X, Lowry P, Zhou X, Depry C, Wei Z, Wong GW, and Zhang J. (2011) PI3K/Akt signaling requires spatial compartmentalization in plasma membrane microdomains. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 108:14509-14 PubMed Reference

Wei Z, Peterson JM, and Wong GW. (2011) Metabolic regulation by CTRP13: Activation of AMP-activated protein kinase and suppression of lipid-induced JNK signaling pathway. J Biol Chem. 286: 15652-15665.PubMed Reference

Peterson JM, Wei Z, Wong GW.  (2010) CTRP3, a novel adipokine that regulates hepatic glucose output. J Biol Chem. 285: 39691-39701.PubMed Reference

Zhong J, Krawczyk SA, Chaerkady R, Huang H, Goel R, Bader JS., Wong GW., Corkey BE and Pandey A. (2010) Temporal profiling of the secretome during adipogenesis in humans. J. Proteome Res. 9:5228-38.PubMed Reference

Deans MR, Peterson JM, and Wong GW.  (2010)  Mammalian Otolin: A multimeric glycoprotein specific to the inner ear that interacts with otoconial matrix protein otoconin-90 and cerebellin-1.  PLoS One. 15;5(9).PubMed Reference

Wong GW, Krawczyk SA, Kitidis C, Ge G, Hug C, Spooner E, Gimeno R, and Lodish HF.  (2009) Identification and functional characterization of CTRP9, a novel secreted glycoprotein from adipose tissue, that reduces serum glucose in obese mice and forms heterotrimers with adiponectin. FASEB J. 23:241-58.PubMed Reference

Wong GW, Krawczyk SA, Kitidis C, Gimeno R, Revett T, and Lodish HF. (2008) Molecular, biochemical, and functional characterization of C1q/TNF family members: adipose tissue-selective expression patterns, regulation by PPAR-γ agonist, Cys-mediated oligomerizations, combinatorial associations, and metabolic function.  Biochemical  J. 416:161-77. Biochemical Journal

Wong GW, Wang J, Hug C, Tsao T-S, and Lodish HF. (2004) A family of Acrp30/adiponectin structural and functional paralogs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 101:10302-10307. PubMed Reference

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