Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene
Li Rui (Lecturer)
Date:2015-12-30  Clicks:


Name: Rui Li

Degree: PhD

Department: Nutrition and Food Hygiene



Brief description and research interest

I am interested in the regulation of hepatic gene expression by nutrients (such as vitamin A) and hormones (such as insulin) in health and disease models. The long term goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms of hepatic insulin resistance associated with obesity and Type 2 diabetes.



Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2009-2013

B.S. in Biology

Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2004-2008



1. Li, Y., Zhang, Y., Li, R., Chen, W., Howell, M., Zhang, R., and Chen, G. (2012). The Hepatic Raldh1 Expression Is elevated in Zucker Fatty Rats and Its Over-Expression Introduced the Retinal-Induced Srebp-1c Expression in INS-1 Cells. PLoS One 7, e45210.

2. Liu, L., Cao, Z., Chen, J., Li, R., Cao, Y., Zhu, C., Wu, K., Wu, J., Liu, F., and Zhu, Y. (2012). Influenza A Virus Induces Interleukin-27 through Cyclooxygenase-2 and Protein Kinase A Signaling. Journal of Biological Chemistry 287, 11899-11910.

3. Zhao, S., Li, R., Li, Y., Chen, W., Zhang, Y., and Chen, G. (2012). Roles of vitamin A status and retinoids in glucose and fatty acid metabolism. Biochem Cell Biol.

4. Zhang, Y., Chen, W., Li, R., Li, Y., Ge, Y., and Chen, G. (2011). Insulin-regulated Srebp-1c and Pck1 mRNA expression in primary hepatocytes from zucker fatty but not lean rats is affected by feeding conditions. PLoS One 6, e21342.

5. Ge, Y., Zhang, Y., Li, R., Chen, W., Li, Y., and Chen, G. (2011). Berberine regulated Gck, G6pc, Pck1 and Srebp-1c expression and activated AMP-activated protein kinase in primary rat hepatocytes. Int J Biol Sci 7, 673-684.

6. Zhang, Y., Li, R., Chen, W., Li, Y., and Chen, G. (2011). Retinoids induced Pck1 expression and attenuated insulin-mediated suppression of its expression via activation of retinoic acid receptor in primary rat hepatocytes. Mol Cell Biochem 355, 1-8.

7. Li, R., Chen, W., Li, Y., Zhang, Y., and Chen, G. (2011). Retinoids synergized with insulin to induce Srebp-1c expression and activated its promoter via the two liver X receptor binding sites that mediate insulin action. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 406, 268-272.

8. Liu, L., Li, R., Pan, Y., Chen, J., Li, Y., Wu, J., and Zhu, Y. (2011). High-throughput screen of protein expression levels induced by cyclooxygenase-2 during influenza a virus infection. Clin Chim Acta 412, 1081-1085.

9. Zhang, R., Wang, Y., Li, R., and Chen, G. (2015). Transcriptional factors mediating retinoic acid signals in the control of energy metabolism. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 16, 14210-14244 (Corresponding authors).


10. Li, R., Zhang, R., Li, Y., Zhu, B., Chen, W., Zhang, Y., Chen, G. (2014). An RARE of Hepatic Gck Promoter Interacts with RARα, HNF4α, and COUP-TFII that Affect Retinoic Acid- and Insulin-induced Gck expression. J Nutr Biochem. 25 (9): 964-976.