Ling Li, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor and VFW Endowed Chair, Associate Department Head, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology


Research Interests:

Our research program is focused on the pathophysiological and therapeutic connections between Alzheimer's disease (AD), diabetes, and cardiovascular disease using transgenic/knockout mouse models. We employ a combination of molecular, cellular, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches in our research. Current r esearch activities in our laboratory include: 1) Investigation on the role of dietary and/or genetically induced hypercholesterolemia and insulin resistance in the development of AD-like neuropathology and behavior in transgenic mouse models of AD; 2) Potential application and molecular mechanisms of anti-atherogenic and anti-diabetic therapies for the prevention and treatment of AD and other age-related dementia; 3) Modulation of cholesterol and insulin pathways to facilitate synaptic plasticity and cognitive function; 4) Investigation on the role of amyloid-beta peptide in atherogenesis; and 5) Studies on the role of apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), a major protein component of the cardio-protective high-density lipoproteins (HDL), and other apolipoproteins in the development of AD.

Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

  • Chernick D, Ortiz-Valle S, Jeong A, Qu W, Li L. Peripheral versus central nervous system APOE in Alzheimer's disease:Interplay across the blood-brain barrier. Neurosci Lett. 2019 Jun 7:134306.
  • Hottman D, Cheng S, Gram A, LeBlanc K, Yuan LL, Li L. Systemic or forebrain neuron-specific deficiency of geranylgeranyltransferase-1 impairs synaptic plasticity and reduces dendritic spine density. Neuroscience. 2018 Mar 1;373:207-217.
  • Cheng S, Wani WY, Hottman DA, Jeong A, Cao D, LeBlanc KJ, Saftig P, Zhang J, Li L. Haplodeficiency of cathepsin D does not affect cerebral amyloidosis and autophagy in APP/PS1 transgenic mice. J Neurochem. 2017;142:297-304.
  • Li D, Thomas R, Tsai MY, Li L, Vock DM, Greimel S, Yu F. Vascular biomarkers to predict response to exercise in Alzheimer's disease: the study protocol. BMJ Open. 2016 Dec 30;6(12):e011054.
  • Segrest JP, Jones MK, Catte A, Manchekar M, Datta G, Zhang L, Zhang R, Li L, Patterson JC, Palgunachari MN, Oram JF, Ren G. Surface density-induced pleating of a lipid monolayer drives nascent high density lipoprotein assembly. Structure 2015;23(7):1214-1226.
  • Li Y, Mair DC, Schuller RM, Li L, Wu J. Genetic mechanism of human neutrophil antigen 2 deficiency and expression variations. PLOS Genetics. 2015; 11(5):e1005255.
  • Wu J, Li L. Autoantibodies in Alzheimer's disease: potential biomarkers, pathogenic roles, and therapeutic implications. J Biomed Res. 2016;30:361-372.
  • Chen Y, Peng Y, Che, P, Gannon M, Liu Y, Li L, Bu G, van Groen T, Jiao, K, Wang Q. α2A adrenergic receptor promotes amyloidogenesis through disrupting APP-SorLA interaction. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA. 2014;111(48):17296-17301.
  • Hottman DA, Chernick D, Cheng S, Wang Z, Li L. HDL and cognition in neurodegenerative disorders. Neurobiol Dis. 2014;72:22-36.
  • Cheng S, LeBlanc K, Li L. Triptolide preserves cognitive function and reduces neuropathology in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. PLOS One. 2014;9(10): e108845.
  • Wood WG, Li L, Muller WE, Eckert GP. Cholesterol as a causative factor in Alzheimer's disease: a debatable hypothesis. J Neurochem. 2014;129:559-572
  • Parent M, Hottman DA, Cheng S, Zhang W, McMahon LL, Yuan L, Li L. Simvastatin treatment enhances NMDAR-mediated synaptic transmission by upregulating the surface distribution of the GluN2B subunit. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2014;34:693-705.
  • Cheng S, Cao D, Hottman DA, Yuan L, Bergo MO, Li L. Farnesyltransferase haplodeficiency reduces neuropathology and rescues cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer disease. J Biol Chem. 2013;288:35952-35960.
  • Mans RA, McMahon L, Li L.Simvastatin-mediated enhancement of long-term potentiation is driven by farnesyl-pyrophosphate depletion and inhibition of farnesylation. Neuroscience. 2012;202:1-9.
  • Kou J, Song M, Pattanayak A, Lim JE, Yang J, Cao D, Li L, Fukuchi K. Combined treatment of Aβ immunization with statin in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease J Neuroimmunol. 2012;244(1-2):70-83.
  • Li L, Li S, Jones MK, Segrest JP. Rotational and hinge dynamics of discoidal high density lipoproteins probed by interchain disulfide bond formation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012;1821:481-489.

Current Graduate Students:

Wenhui Qu (Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).