James L. Lessard, PhD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-8308

Fax 513-636-4317

Email james.lessard@cchmc.org

Gene regulation; gene targeting

PhD: Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc., 1970.

Ustiyan V, Wang IC, Ren X, Zhang Y, Snyder J, Xu Y, Wert SE, Lessard JL, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV. Forkhead box M1 transcriptional factor is required for smooth muscle cells during embryonic development of blood vessels and esophagus. Dev Biol. 2009 Dec 15;336(2):266-79.

Kumar A, Crawford K, Flick R, Klevitsky R, Lorenz JN, Bove KE, Robbins J, Lessard JL. Transgenic overexpression of cardiac actin in the mouse heart suggests coregulation of cardiac, skeletal and vascular actin expression. Transgenic Res. 2004 Dec;13(6):531-40.

Szucsik JC, Lewis AG, Marmer DJ, Lessard JL. Urogenital tract expression of enhanced green fluorescent protein in transgenic mice driven by a smooth muscle gamma-actin promoter. J Urol. 2004 Feb;171(2 Pt 1):944-9.

Crawford K, Flick R, Close L, Shelly D, Paul R, Bove K, Kumar A, Lessard J. Mice lacking skeletal muscle actin show reduced muscle strength and growth deficits and die during the neonatal period. Mol Cell Biol. 2002 Aug;22(16):5887-96.

Qian J, Hendrix M, Larsen WJ, Dorn GW 2nd, Lessard JL. Establishment and characterization of a conditionally immortalized smooth muscle/myometrial-like cell line. Mol Reprod Dev. 1997 Jul;47(3):284-94.

Kumar A, Crawford K, Close L, Madison M, Lorenz J, Doetschman T, Pawlowski S, Duffy J, Neumann J, Robbins J, Boivin GP, O'Toole BA, Lessard JL. Rescue of cardiac alpha-actin-deficient mice by enteric smooth muscle gamma-actin. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Apr 29;94(9):4406-11.

Ng WA, Doetschman T, Robbins J, Lessard JL. Muscle isoactin expression during in vitro differentiation of murine embryonic stem cells. Pediatr Res. 1997 Feb;41(2):285-92.

Qian J, Kumar A, Szucsik JC, Lessard JL. Tissue and developmental specific expression of murine smooth muscle gamma-actin fusion genes in transgenic mice.Dev Dyn. 1996 Oct;207(2):135-44.

Szucsik JC, Lessard JL. Cloning and sequence analysis of the mouse smooth muscle gamma-enteric actin gene. Genomics. 1995 Jul 20;28(2):154-62.

Sawtell NM, Hartman AL, Lessard JL.  Conserved tissue-restricted expression of HUC 1-1 actin phenotype among eumetazoan organisms. J Exp Zool. 1990 Oct;256(1):54-62.