(*denotes mentored students; # denotes co-first authors)

  1. *Tincknell JB, *Kugler B, *Spicuzza H, Yan H, You T, Zou K. High-Intensity Interval Training Attenuates Impairment in Regulatory Protein Machinery of Mitochondrial Quality Control in Skeletal Muscle of Diet-Induced Obese Mice. bioRxiv. 2023 Jun 29;. doi: 10.1101/2023.06.28.546902.
  2. *Kugler BA, Lourie J, *Berger N, *Lin N, *Nguyen P, *DosSantos E, *Ali A, *Sesay A, *Rosen HG, *Kalemba B, Hendricks GM, Houmard JA, Sesaki H, Gona P, You T, Yan Z, Zou K. Partial skeletal muscle-specific Drp1 knockout enhances insulin sensitivity in diet-induced obese mice, but not in lean mice. Mol Metab. 2023 Nov;77:101802. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2023.101802. Epub 2023 Sep 9.
  3. *Kugler BA, Deng W, *Duguay A, *Garcia J, *Nasta M, *Nguyen P, and Zou K. Inhibiting Dynamin-Related Protein 1-Mediated Mitochondrial Fission Attenuates High Fat Diet-Induced Weight Gain and Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance in Mice. Physiol Rep. 2021 Apr;9(7):e14808. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14808.
  4. *Kugler BA, Deng W, *Bergomi F, *Nasta, M, Hinkley JM, Houmard JA, Gona PN and Zou K. Distinct Adaptations of Mitochondrial Dynamics to Electrical Pulse Stimulation in Lean and Severely Obese Primary Myotubes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Jun 1;53(6):1151-1160. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002580 (Highlighted by the Editor).
  5. Zou K, Hinkley JM, *Kugler BA, Park S, Zheng D, Jones TE, Hornby PJ, Lenhard J, Pories WJ, Dohm GL, and Houmard JA. Impaired Glucose Partitioning is Preserved in Primary Myotubes from Severely Obese Women with Type 2 Diabetes. Am J Physiol – Cell Physiol. 2020 Dec 1;319(6):C1011-C1019. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00157.2020 (Selected for APSselect as one of the best recently published articles in physiological research)
  6. Broskey NT, Zou K, Dohm GL, Houmard JA. Plasma Lactate as a Marker for Metabolic Health. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2020 Apr 7. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000220.
  7. *Kugler BA, *Gundersen A, Li J, Deng W, *Eugene N, Gona PN, Houmard JA and Zou K. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Restores Insulin-Mediated Glucose Partitioning and Mitochondrial Dynamics in Primary Myotubes from Severely Obese Non-Diabetic Humans. Int J Obes (Lond). 2020 Mar;44(3):684-696. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0469-y.
  8. *#Gundersen AE, *#Kugler BA, *McDonald PM, Veraksa A, Houmard JA, and Zou K. Altered Mitochondrial Network Morphology and Regulatory Proteins in Mitochondrial Quality Control in Myotubes from Severely Obese Humans With or Without Type 2 Diabetes. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2020 Mar;45(3):283-293. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2019-0208.
  9. Jones TE, Pories WJ, Houmard JA, Tanner CJ, Zheng D, Zou K, Coen PM, Goodpaster BH, Kraus WE, and Dohm GL. Plasma lactate as a marker of metabolic health: Implications of elevated lactate for impairment of aerobic metabolism in the metabolic syndrome. Surgery. 2019 Jun 25. pii: S0039-6060(19)30197-7. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2019.04.017.
  10. Park S, Turner KD, Zheng D, Brault JJ, Zou K, Chaves AB, Nielsen TS, Tanner CJ, Treebak JT, and Houmard JA. Electrical pulse stimulation induces differential responses in insulin action in myotubes from severely obese individuals. J Physiol. 2019 Jan;597(2):449-466. doi: 10.1113/JP276990
  11. Zou K, Hinkley JM, Park S, Zheng D, Jones TE, Hornby PJ, Lenhard J, Pories WJ, Dohm GL, and Houmard JA. Altered Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle Flux in Primary Myotubes from Severely Obese Humans. Int J Obes (Lond). 2018 Jun 11. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0137-7.
  12. Hinkley JM#, Zou K#, Park S, Zheng D, Dohm GL, and Houmard JA. Differential acute and chronic responses in insulin action in cultured myotubes following from non-diabetic severely obese humans following gastric bypass surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Nov;13(11):1853-1862. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2017.05.019.
  13. Hinkley JM, Zou K, Park S, Turner K, Zheng D, Houmard JA. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Enhances Contraction-Mediated Glucose Metabolism in Primary Human Myotubes. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2017 May 9:ajpendo.00413.2016.
  14. Pincu Y, Huntsman HD, Zou K, De Lisio M, Mahmassani ZS, Munroe MR, Garg K, Jensen T, Boppart MD. Diet-induced obesity regulates adipose-resident stromal cell quantity and extracellular matrix gene expression. Stem Cell Res. 2016 Jul;17(1):181-90.
  15. Zou K, Houmard, JA, Lynis Dohm G, Spaniolas K, Pories WJ. Paired Editorial: Early effect of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass on muscle insulin signaling and sensitivity. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Jan;12(1):47-8. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2015.06.017.
  16. Paran CW, Zou K, Ferrara PJ, Song H, Turk J, Funai K. Biochim Biophys Acta. Lipogenesis mitigates dysregulated sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium uptake in muscular dystrophy. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Dec;1851(12):1530-8.
  17. Paran CW, Verkerke RP, Heden TD, Park S, Zou K, Lawson HA, Song H, Turk J, Houmard JA, Funai K. Reduced efficiency of sarcolipin-dependent respiration in myocytes from humans with severe obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Jul;23(7):1440-9.
  18. Pincu Y, Linden MA, Zou K, Baynard T, Boppart MD. The effects of high fat diet and moderate exercise on TGFβ1 and collagen deposition in mouse skeletal muscle. Cytokine. 2015 May;73(1):23-29.
  19. Maples JM, Brault JJ, Shewchuk BM, Witczak CA, Zou K, et al. Lipid exposure elicits differential responses in gene expression and DNA methylation in primary human skeletal muscle cells from severely obese women. Physiol Genomics. 2015 May 1;47(5):139-46.
  20. Zou K, Huntsman HD, Carmen Valero M, Adams J, Skelton J, et al. Mesenchymal stem cells augment the adaptive response to eccentric exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Feb;47(2):315-25.
  21. Zou K#, De Lisio M#, Huntsman HD, Pincu Y, Mahmassani Z, et al. Laminin-111 improves skeletal muscle stem cell quantity and function following eccentric exercise. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2014 Sep;3(9):1013-22.
  22. Boppart MD, De Lisio M, Zou K, Huntsman HD. Defining a role for non-satellite stem cells in the regulation of muscle repair following exercise. Front Physiol. 2013 Nov 5;4:310.
  23. Huntsman HD, Zachwieja N, Zou K, Ripchik P, Valero MC, et al. Mesenchymal stem cells contribute to vascular growth in skeletal muscle in response to eccentric exercise. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013 Jan 1;304(1):H72-81.
  24. Valero MC, Huntsman HD, Liu J, Zou K, Boppart MD. Eccentric exercise facilitates mesenchymal stem cell appearance in skeletal muscle. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):e29760.
  25. Zou K, Meador BM, Johnson B, Huntsman HD, Mahmassani Z, et al. The α₇β₁-integrin increases muscle hypertrophy following multiple bouts of eccentric exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2011 Oct;111(4):1134-41
  26. Lueders TN, Zou K, Huntsman HD, Meador B, Mahmassani Z, et al. The α7β1-integrin accelerates fiber hypertrophy and myogenesis following a single bout of eccentric exercise. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2011 Oct;301(4):C938-46.
  27. Zou K, Hu Y, Yi L. The Study of Selecting Markers of the Impact of HiHiLo on Structure and Function of Left Ventricle from Glucose Transporter 1. Chinese Journal of Sports Medicine, 2009, 28 (6): 616-621