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Division of Biology

Division of Biology
Kansas State University
116 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6653 fax

Stella Y. Lee, Assistant Professor


Contact information

308 Ackert Hall
(785) 532-3446

Lab website: http://www.k-state.edu/leelab


Ph.D. 2000, Dalhousie University, Canada. Biology.

Area(s) of Specialization

Intracellular protein transport in health and diseases; Lysosomal storage disorders; Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

Research Focus

We are interested in intracellular protein transport in general.  We have recently identified a negative regulator that modulates the COPI-mediated retrograde transportfrom Golgi to ER.  Besides the fundamental research, we are also interested in understanding the mechanisms behind transport defects in diseases.  Currently we are focusing on one particular type of lysosomal storage disorders, Neuronal-Ceroid Lipofuscinosis.

Selected Publications

Wilden A. R., Molina, J. A., Feuerborn, M., Boyle, D., and S. Y. Lee. 2018. Glutamine-dependent lysosome homeostatic changes induced by starvation and lysosome inhibition. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2018 Jun 29. pii: S0167-4889(18)30144-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2018.06.014. [Epub ahead of print]

De Silva, B., Adams, J., and S.Y. Lee. 2015. Proteolytic processing of the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis related lysosomal protein CLN5Exp. Cell Res. 338:45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2015.08.021.

Moharir, A., Peck, S.H., Budden, T., and S.Y. Lee. 2013. The Role of N-Glycosylation in Folding, Trafficking, and Functionality of Lysosomal Protein CLN5. PLoS ONE 8(9): e74299. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074299.

Hsu, V. W., S.Y. Lee, and J.S.Yang. 2009. The evolving understanding of COPI vesicle formationNat. Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. 10, 360-364.

Zhang, L.*, S.Y. Lee*, G.V. Beznoussenko, P.J. Peters, J.S. Yang, H.Y. Gilbert, A.L. Brass, S.J. Elledge, S.N. Isaacs, B. Moss, A. Mironov, and V.W. Hsu. 2009. A role for the host coatomer and KDEL receptor in early vaccinia biogenesisProc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106: 163-168. (*equal contributions)

Yang, J. S., H. Gad, S.Y. Lee, A. Mironov, L. Zhang, G.V. Beznoussenko, C. Valente, G. Turacchio, A.N. Bonsra, G. Du, G. Baldanzi, A. Graziani, S. Bourgoin, M.A. Frohman, A. Luini, and V.W. Hsu. 2008. A role for phosphatidic acid in COPI vesicle fission yields insights into Golgi maintenanceNat. Cell Biol. 10: 1146-1153.

Hsu, V.W., J.S. Yang, and S.Y. Lee. 2008. COPI: mechanisms and transport roles.  In Mironov, A. A., Pavelka, M. (Eds) The Golgi Apparatus, State of the art 110 years after Camillo Golgi’s discovery (pp87-105). Springer Wien New York.

Lee, S.Y., J.S. Yang, W. Hong, R.T. Premont, and V.W. Hsu. 2005. ARFGAP1 plays a central role in coupling COPI cargo sorting with vesicle formationJ. Cell Biol. 168: 281-290.

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