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Lawrence E. Goldfinger, PhD


Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Associate Professor, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center

Telephone:  215-707-8157

Email:  goldfinger@temple.edu


Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center


Educational Background:


BS, Biology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995


PhD, Cell Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1999


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professional affiliations:


  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Research Interests:


The ultimate goal of our research is to understand how cells use protein interaction networks to transduce signals from extracellular stimuli to produce specific phenotypic responses. We are particularly interested in the roles of the Ras family of small GTPases in transducing these signals. This interest is reflected in a variety of research interests in the lab:

  1. The signaling functions of the Ras family G protein R-Ras. We identified RLIP76 as a novel R-Ras effector protein in its effects in cell spreading and we are taking several approaches to understand how a R-Ras/RLIP76 signaling complex regulates cell motility.
  2. The contributions of Ras proteins to downstream signaling events and their effects on intracellular vesicle trafficking. We have found that R-Ras and RLIP76 regulate downstream activation of the pro-migratory small G protein Arf6, and we are currently studying the relationships of this pathway to effects of R-Ras in intracellular vesicle trafficking and its roles in cell motility.
  3. Biological functions of R-Ras and RLIP76. We are currently investigating roles for this migration signaling complex in the biology of cells of the vessel wall, such as angiogenesis and in endothelial responses to acute vascular injury.
  4. The roles of Ras signaling in the cell biology, physiology and pathophysiology of platelets. Ras effectors such as PI3-kinase and downstream signaling targets including ERK/MAP kinase are essential for platelet responses to agonist stimulation leading to platelet aggregation and thereby affecting hemostasis/thrombosis. We are actively investigating the contributions of Ras G proteins as well as scaffolding molecules in the Ras pathway in platelet functional responses.

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

25450693. Lee S, Wurtzel JG, Goldfinger LE, The RLIP76 N-terminus binds ARNO to regulate PI 3-kinase, Arf6 and Rac signaling, cell spreading and migration. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 454:4(560-565)2014 Oct 30

25279426. Lee S, Barbe MF, Scalia R, Goldfinger LE, Three-dimensional reconstruction of neovasculature in solid tumors and basement membrane matrix using ex vivo X-ray microcomputed tomography. Microcirculation 21:2(159-70)2014 Feb

24928198. Lee S, Goldfinger LE, RLIP76 regulates HIF-1 activity, VEGF expression and secretion in tumor cells, and secretome transactivation of endothelial cells. FASEB J 28:9(4158-68)2014 Sep

24578264. Silver L, Michael JV, Goldfinger LE, Gallo G, Activation of PI3K and R-Ras signaling promotes the extension of sensory axons on inhibitory chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans. Dev Neurobiol 74:9(918-33)2014 Sep

24106269. Kim S, Dangelmaier C, Bhavanasi D, Meng S, Wang H, Goldfinger LE, Kunapuli SP, RhoG protein regulates glycoprotein VI-Fc receptor ?-chain complex-mediated platelet activation and thrombus formation. J Biol Chem 288:47(34230-8)2013 Nov 22

25419163. Goldfinger LE, Lee S, Emerging treatments in lung cancer - targeting the RLIP76 molecular transporter. Lung Cancer (Auckl) 2013:4(61-69)2013

22902412. Lee S, Wurtzel JG, Singhal SS, Awasthi S, Goldfinger LE, RALBP1/RLIP76 depletion in mice suppresses tumor growth by inhibiting tumor neovascularization. Cancer Res 72:20(5165-73)2012 Oct 15

22751447. Wurtzel JG, Kumar P, Goldfinger LE, Palmitoylation regulates vesicular trafficking of R-Ras to membrane ruffles and effects on ruffling and cell spreading. Small GTPases 3:3(139-53)2012 Jul-Sep

21736870. Bhavanasi D, Kim S, Goldfinger LE, Kunapuli SP, Protein kinase Cd mediates the activation of protein kinase D2 in platelets. Biochem Pharmacol 82:7(720-7)2011 Oct 1

20876458. Jalagadugula G, Mao G, Kaur G, Goldfinger LE, Dhanasekaran DN, Rao AK, Regulation of platelet myosin light chain (MYL9) by RUNX1: implications for thrombocytopenia and platelet dysfunction in RUNX1 haplodeficiency. Blood 116:26(6037-45)2010 Dec 23

18784251. Lim CJ, Kain KH, Tkachenko E, Goldfinger LE, Gutierrez E, Allen MD, Groisman A, Zhang J, Ginsberg MH, Integrin-mediated protein kinase A activation at the leading edge of migrating cells. Mol Biol Cell 19:11(4930-41)2008 Nov

18583710. Goldfinger LE, Tzima E, Stockton R, Kiosses WB, Kinbara K, Tkachenko E, Gutierrez E, Groisman A, Nguyen P, Chien S, Ginsberg MH, Localized alpha4 integrin phosphorylation directs shear stress-induced endothelial cell alignment. Circ Res 103:2(177-85)2008 Jul 18

18354782. Goldfinger LE, Choose your own path: specificity in Ras GTPase signaling. Mol Biosyst 4:4(293-9)2008 Apr

18329275. Lee J, Hong J, Nam TG, Peters EC, Orth AP, Geierstanger BH, Goldfinger LE, Ginsberg MH, Cho CY, Schultz PG, A small molecule inhibitor of alpha4 integrin-dependent cell migration. Bioorg Med Chem 17:3(977-80)2009 Feb 1

17439166. Goldfinger LE, Ptak C, Jeffery ED, Shabanowitz J, Han J, Haling JR, Sherman NE, Fox JW, Hunt DF, Ginsberg MH, An experimentally derived database of candidate Ras-interacting proteins. J Proteome Res 6:5(1806-11)2007 May

16966426. Goldfinger LE, Ptak C, Jeffery ED, Shabanowitz J, Hunt DF, Ginsberg MH, RLIP76 (RalBP1) is an R-Ras effector that mediates adhesion-dependent Rac activation and cell migration. J Cell Biol 174:6(877-88)2006 Sep 11

14570053. Kinbara K, Goldfinger LE, Hansen M, Chou FL, Ginsberg MH, Ras GTPases: integrins' friends or foes? Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 4:10(767-76)2003 Oct

12913113. Goldfinger LE, Han J, Kiosses WB, Howe AK, Ginsberg MH, Spatial restriction of alpha4 integrin phosphorylation regulates lamellipodial stability and alpha4beta1-dependent cell migration. J Cell Biol 162:4(731-41)2003 Aug 18

12837751. Han J, Rose DM, Woodside DG, Goldfinger LE, Ginsberg MH, Integrin alpha 4 beta 1-dependent T cell migration requires both phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of the alpha 4 cytoplasmic domain to regulate the reversible binding of paxillin. J Biol Chem 278:37(34845-53)2003 Sep 12

11054871. Jones JC, Dehart GW, Gonzales M, Goldfinger LE, Laminins: an overview. Microsc Res Tech 51:3(211-3)2000 Nov 1

10956663. Goldfinger LE, Jiang L, Hopkinson SB, Stack MS, Jones JC, Spatial regulation and activity modulation of plasmin by high affinity binding to the G domain of the alpha 3 subunit of laminin-5. J Biol Chem 275:45(34887-93)2000 Nov 10

10413670. Goldfinger LE, Hopkinson SB, deHart GW, Collawn S, Couchman JR, Jones JC, The alpha3 laminin subunit, alpha6beta4 and alpha3beta1 integrin coordinately regulate wound healing in cultured epithelial cells and in the skin. J Cell Sci 112 ( Pt 16):(2615-29)1999 Aug

9699461. Jones JC, Hopkinson SB, Goldfinger LE, Structure and assembly of hemidesmosomes. Bioessays 20:6(488-94)1998 Jun

9531563. Goldfinger LE, Stack MS, Jones JC, Processing of laminin-5 and its functional consequences: role of plasmin and tissue-type plasminogen activator. J Cell Biol 141:1(255-65)1998 Apr 6

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