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Frank Powell

Title(s)Recall Faculty, Medicine
SchoolHealth Sciences
Phone858-534-4191
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    Title(s)Chief, Division of Physiology


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    The primary objective or our laboratory in the Division of Physiology is to determine the mechanisms of neural plasticity with hypoxia, which occurs with lung disease and sleep disordered breathing.

    In collaboration with investigators from the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, we focus on the physiological mechanisms of acclimatization to chronic sustained and intermittent hypoxia in the reflexes that control breathing and the cardiovascular system. We study both the genetic determinants of this physiology in healthy humans from sea level and high altitude populations in the Andes and Tibet, and in patients with chronic lung disease. We are especially interested in mechanisms of plasticity in chemoreceptors and respiratory microcircuits in the brain.

    Experimental models in our laboratory include: (1) healthy humans acclimatizing to high altitude and human patients with chronic lung disease and obstructive sleep apnea; (2) conscious, freely moving and behaving rats and transgenic mice using telemetry and chronic physiological instrumentation; (3) neurophysiological preparations and in vivo imaging of cellular and molecular signals for neural plasticity in anesthetized laboratory rodents; (4) computer models of respiratory function.

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    Training in the Next Generation in Respiratory Science
    NIH/NHLBI T32HL134632Feb 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Training in Respiratory Biology: Innovate, Integrate, and Translate
    NIH/NHLBI T32HL098062Sep 20, 2010 - Aug 31, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Molecular mechanisms of hypoxia tolerance and susceptibility
    NIH/NHLBI P01HL098053Jul 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Neural Plasticity During Acclimatization to Hypoxia
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL081823Aug 15, 2005 - Feb 29, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF PULMONARY DISEASE
    NIH/NHLBI P01HL017731Feb 1, 1975 - Apr 30, 2006
    Role: Co-Investigator
    General Clinical Research Center
    NIH/NCRR M01RR000827Mar 1, 1974 - Nov 30, 2010
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Heinrich EC, Djokic MA, Gilbertson D, DeYoung PN, Bosompra NO, Wu L, Anza-Ramirez C, Orr JE, Powell FL, Malhotra A, Simonson TS. Cognitive function and mood at high altitude following acclimatization and use of supplemental oxygen and adaptive servoventilation sleep treatments. PLoS One. 2019; 14(6):e0217089. PMID: 31188839.
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    2. Moya EA, Powell FL. Serotonin and Adenosine G-protein Coupled Receptor Signaling for Ventilatory Acclimatization to Sustained Hypoxia. Front Physiol. 2018; 9:860. PMID: 30072908.
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    3. Naji M, Komarov M, Krishnan GP, Malhotra A, Powell FL, Rukhadze I, Fenik VB, Bazhenov M. Computational model of brain-stem circuit for state-dependent control of hypoglossal motoneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2018 07 01; 120(1):296-305. PMID: 29617218.
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    4. Orr JE, Heinrich EC, Djokic M, Gilbertson D, Deyoung PN, Anza-Ramirez C, Villafuerte FC, Powell FL, Malhotra A, Simonson T. Adaptive Servoventilation as Treatment for Central Sleep Apnea Due to High-Altitude Periodic Breathing in Nonacclimatized Healthy Individuals. High Alt Med Biol. 2018 06; 19(2):178-184. PMID: 29641294.
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    5. Smith ZM, Krizay E, Sá RC, Li ET, Scadeng M, Powell FL, Dubowitz DJ. Evidence from high-altitude acclimatization for an integrated cerebrovascular and ventilatory hypercapnic response but different responses to hypoxia. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2017 12 01; 123(6):1477-1486. PMID: 28705997.
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    6. Powell FL. Giants in Chest Medicine: John B. West, MD, PhD, DSc. Chest. 2017 07; 152(1):10-12. PMID: 28693761.
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    7. Stokes JA, Arbogast TE, Moya EA, Fu Z, Powell FL. Minocycline blocks glial cell activation and ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia. J Neurophysiol. 2017 04 01; 117(4):1625-1635. PMID: 28100653.
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    8. Basaran KE, Villongco M, Ho B, Ellis E, Zarndt R, Antonova J, Hopkins SR, Powell FL. Ibuprofen Blunts Ventilatory Acclimatization to Sustained Hypoxia in Humans. PLoS One. 2016; 11(1):e0146087. PMID: 26726885.
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    9. Gan Z, Fu Z, Stowe JC, Powell FL, McCulloch AD. A Protocol to Collect Specific Mouse Skeletal Muscles for Metabolomics Studies. Methods Mol Biol. 2016; 1375:169-79. PMID: 26003134.
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    10. Zarndt R, Piloto S, Powell FL, Haddad GG, Bodmer R, Ocorr K. Cardiac responses to hypoxia and reoxygenation in Drosophila. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2015 Dec 01; 309(11):R1347-57. PMID: 26377557.
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    11. Pamenter ME, Go A, Fu Z, Powell FL. No evidence of a role for neuronal nitric oxide synthase in the nucleus tractus solitarius in ventilatory responses to acute or chronic hypoxia in awake rats. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2015 Mar 15; 118(6):750-9. PMID: 25571988.
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    12. Pamenter ME, Nguyen J, Carr JA, Powell FL. The effect of combined glutamate receptor blockade in the NTS on the hypoxic ventilatory response in awake rats differs from the effect of individual glutamate receptor blockade. Physiol Rep. 2014 Aug 01; 2(8). PMID: 25107985.
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    13. Malhotra A, Deacon N, Powell F, Katz ES. Adaptive responses using obstructive sleep apnea as the paradigm. Physiology (Bethesda). 2014 May; 29(3):153-5. PMID: 24789977.
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    14. Pamenter ME, Carr JA, Go A, Fu Z, Reid SG, Powell FL. Glutamate receptors in the nucleus tractus solitarius contribute to ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia in rat. J Physiol. 2014 Apr 15; 592(8):1839-56. PMID: 24492841.
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    15. Simonson TS, Powell FL. Less is more: blunted responses to hypoxia revealed in sea-level Tibetans. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Apr 01; 116(7):711-2. PMID: 24114703.
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    16. Pamenter ME, Powell FL. Signalling mechanisms of long term facilitation of breathing with intermittent hypoxia. F1000Prime Rep. 2013; 5:23. PMID: 23864930.
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    17. Douglas RM, Chen AH, Iniguez A, Wang J, Fu Z, Powell FL, Haddad GG, Yao H. Chemokine receptor-like 2 is involved in ischemic brain injury. J Exp Stroke Transl Med. 2013 Feb 17; 6:1-6. PMID: 23847708.
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    18. Powell FL. Measuring the respiratory chemoreflexes in humans by J. Duffin. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2012 Apr 15; 181(1):44-5. PMID: 22306918.
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    19. Powell FL, Kou YR. Inflammation and cardio-respiratory control. Foreword. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2011 Sep 30; 178(3):359-61. PMID: 21712104.
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    20. Wilkinson KA, Fu Z, Powell FL. Ventilatory effects of substance P-saporin lesions in the nucleus tractus solitarii of chronically hypoxic rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 Aug; 301(2):R343-50. PMID: 21593425.
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    21. Popa D, Fu Z, Go A, Powell FL. Ibuprofen blocks time-dependent increases in hypoxic ventilation in rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2011 Sep 30; 178(3):381-6. PMID: 21457799.
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    22. Hoshijima M, Hayashi T, Jeon YE, Fu Z, Gu Y, Dalton ND, Ellisman MH, Xiao X, Powell FL, Ross J. Delta-sarcoglycan gene therapy halts progression of cardiac dysfunction, improves respiratory failure, and prolongs life in myopathic hamsters. Circ Heart Fail. 2011 Jan; 4(1):89-97. PMID: 21036890.
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    23. Wilkinson KA, Huey K, Dinger B, He L, Fidone S, Powell FL. Chronic hypoxia increases the gain of the hypoxic ventilatory response by a mechanism in the central nervous system. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2010 Aug; 109(2):424-30. PMID: 20489036.
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    24. Zhang N, Fu Z, Linke S, Chicher J, Gorman JJ, Visk D, Haddad GG, Poellinger L, Peet DJ, Powell F, Johnson RS. The asparaginyl hydroxylase factor inhibiting HIF-1alpha is an essential regulator of metabolism. Cell Metab. 2010 May 05; 11(5):364-78. PMID: 20399150.
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    25. Powell FL. Studying biological responses to global change in atmospheric oxygen. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2010 Aug 31; 173 Suppl:S6-12. PMID: 20385257.
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    26. Firth AL, Platoshyn O, Brevnova EE, Burg ED, Powell F, Haddad GH, Yuan JX. Hypoxia selectively inhibits KCNA5 channels in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Oct; 1177:101-11. PMID: 19845612.
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    27. Powell FL, Kim BC, Johnson SR, Fu Z. Oxygen sensing in the brain--invited article. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009; 648:369-76. PMID: 19536501.
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    28. Powell FL, Fu Z. HIF-1 and ventilatory acclimatization to chronic hypoxia. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2008 Dec 10; 164(1-2):282-7. PMID: 18708172.
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    29. Bavis RW, Powell FL, Bradford A, Hsia CC, Peltonen JE, Soliz J, Zeis B, Fergusson EK, Fu Z, Gassmann M, Kim CB, Maurer J, McGuire M, Miller BM, O'Halloran KD, Paul RJ, Reid SG, Rusko HK, Tikkanen HO, Wilkinson KA. Respiratory plasticity in response to changes in oxygen supply and demand. Integr Comp Biol. 2007 Oct; 47(4):532-51. PMID: 21672862.
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    30. Powell FL. Commentary on: "Major differences in the pulmonary circulation of birds and mammals" by John B. West, Rebecca R. Watson and Zhenxing Fu. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2007 Aug 01; 157(2-3):391-2. PMID: 17412654.
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    31. Powell FL. The influence of chronic hypoxia upon chemoreception. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2007 Jul 01; 157(1):154-61. PMID: 17291837.
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    32. Catron TF, Powell FL, West JB. A strategy for determining arterial blood gases on the summit of Mt. Everest. BMC Physiol. 2006 Mar 08; 6:3. PMID: 16524477.
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    33. Powell FL. Lake Louise consensus methods for measuring the hypoxic ventilatory response. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2006; 588:271-6. PMID: 17089895.
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    34. Powell FL, Shams H, Hempleman SC, Mitchell GS. Breathing in thin air: acclimatization to altitude in ducks. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2004 Dec 15; 144(2-3):225-35. PMID: 15556105.
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    35. Hupperets MD, Hopkins SR, Pronk MG, Tiemessen IJ, Garcia N, Wagner PD, Powell FL. Increased hypoxic ventilatory response during 8 weeks at 3800 m altitude. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2004 Sep 15; 142(2-3):145-52. PMID: 15450476.
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    36. Powell FL, Hopkins SR. Comparative physiology of lung complexity: implications for gas exchange. News Physiol Sci. 2004 Apr; 19:55-60. PMID: 15016903.
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    37. Pronk M, Tiemessen I, Hupperets MD, Kennedy BP, Powell FL, Hopkins SR, Wagner PD. Persistence of the lactate paradox over 8 weeks at 3,800 m. High Alt Med Biol. 2003; 4(4):431-43. PMID: 14672546.
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    38. Powell FL. Functional genomics and the comparative physiology of hypoxia. Annu Rev Physiol. 2003; 65:203-30. PMID: 12471168.
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    39. Powell FL, Dwinell MR, Aaron EA. Measuring ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia: comparative aspects. Respir Physiol. 2000 Sep; 122(2-3):271-84. PMID: 10967350.
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    40. Powell FL, Huey KA, Dwinell MR. Central nervous system mechanisms of ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia. Respir Physiol. 2000 Jul; 121(2-3):223-36. PMID: 10963777.
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    41. Powell FL, Garcia N. Physiological effects of intermittent hypoxia. High Alt Med Biol. 2000; 1(2):125-36. PMID: 11256564.
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    42. Powell FL, Milsom WK, Mitchell GS. Time domains of the hypoxic ventilatory response. Respir Physiol. 1998 May; 112(2):123-34. PMID: 9716296.
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