Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Mohamed Trebak, PhD

Mohamed Trebak, PhD

Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Scientific Program:Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Research Interests

  • Calcium
  • Proteins
  • Vascular Smooth Muscle
  • Blood Vessels
  • Cell Membrane
  • Smooth Muscle Myocytes
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Calcium Channels
  • Type C Phospholipases
  • Cations
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels
  • Smooth Muscle

Recent Publications


Gabani, M, Liu, J, Ait-Aissa, K, Koval, O, Kim, YR, Castañeda, D, Vikram, A, Jacobs, JS, Grumbach, I, Trebak, M, Irani, K & Kassan, M 2019, ' MiR-204 regulates type 1 IP 3 R to control vascular smooth muscle cell contractility and blood pressure ' Cell Calcium, vol. 80, pp. 18-24.
Zhang, X, Pathak, T, Yoast, R, Emrich, S, Xin, P, Nwokonko, RM, Johnson, M, Wu, S, Delierneux, C, Gueguinou, M, Hempel, N, Putney, JW, Gill, D & Trebak, M 2019, 'A calcium/cAMP signaling loop at the ORAI1 mouth drives channel inactivation to shape NFAT induction', Nature communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 1971.
Trebak, M & Kinet, JP 2019, 'Calcium signalling in T cells', Nature Reviews Immunology, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 154-169.
Emrich, SM, Yoast, RE, Xin, P, Zhang, X, Pathak, T, Nwokonko, R, Gueguinou, MF, Subedi, KP, Zhou, Y, Ambudkar, IS, Hempel, N, Machaca, K, Gill, D & Trebak, M 2019, 'Cross-talk between N-terminal and C-terminal domains in stromal interaction molecule 2 (STIM2) determines enhanced STIM2 sensitivity' Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 294, no. 16, pp. 6318-6332.
Johnson, M & Trebak, M 2019, 'ORAI channels in cellular remodeling of cardiorespiratory disease', Cell Calcium, vol. 79, pp. 1-10.
Xu, M, Almasi, S, Yang, Y, Yan, C, Sterea, AM, Rizvi Syeda, AK, Shen, B, Richard Derek, C, Huang, P, Gujar, S, Wang, J, Zong, WX, Trebak, M, El Hiani, Y & Dong, XP 2019, 'The lysosomal TRPML1 channel regulates triple negative breast cancer development by promoting mTORC1 and purinergic signaling pathways', Cell Calcium, vol. 79, pp. 80-88.


Zhou, Y, Nwokonko, RM, Cai, X, Loktionova, NA, Abdulqadir, R, Xin, P, Niemeyer, BA, Wang, Y, Trebak, M & Gill, D 2018, 'Cross-linking of Orai1 channels by STIM proteins', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, no. 15, pp. E3398-E3407.
Verkhratsky, A, Trebak, M, Perocchi, F, Khananshvili, D & Sekler, I 2018, 'Crosslink between calcium and sodium signalling', Experimental Physiology, vol. 103, no. 2, pp. 157-169.
Liu, Z, Wei, Y, Zhang, L, Yee, PP, Johnson, M, Zhang, X, Gulley, M, Atkinson, JM, Trebak, M, Wang, H-G & Li, W 2019, 'Induction of store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) suppresses glioblastoma growth by inhibiting the Hippo pathway transcriptional coactivators YAP/TAZ', Oncogene, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 120-139.
Pathak, T & Trebak, M 2018, 'Mitochondrial Ca2+ signaling', Pharmacology and Therapeutics, vol. 192, pp. 112-123.
Pierro, C, Zhang, X, Kankeu, C, Trebak, M, Bootman, MD & Roderick, HL 2018, 'Oncogenic KRAS suppresses store-operated Ca2+ entry and ICRAC through ERK pathway-dependent remodelling of STIM expression in colorectal cancer cell lines', Cell Calcium, vol. 72, pp. 70-80.
Cai, X, Nwokonko, RM, Loktionova, NA, Abdulqadir, R, Baraniak, JH, Wang, Y, Trebak, M, Zhou, Y & Gill, D 2018, 'Pore properties of Orai1 calcium channel dimers and their activation by the STIM1 ER calcium sensor', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 293, no. 33, pp. 12962-12974.
Haouzi, P, Gueguinou, M, Sonobe, T, Haouzi, A, Tubbs, N, Trebak, M, Cheung, J & Bouillaud, F 2018, 'Revisiting the physiological effects of methylene blue as a treatment of cyanide intoxication', Clinical Toxicology, vol. 56, no. 9, pp. 828-840.
Johnson, M & Trebak, M 2018, 'Slow traffic makes for bad circulation: The case of β1 subunit of bk channels in hypertension' Hypertension, vol. 72, no. 3, pp. 585-587.
Zhang, X, Spinelli, AM, Zhang, W & Trebak, M 2018, Study of the Endogenous CRAC Channel Using shRNA-Mediated Gene Silencing. in Methods in Molecular Biology. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1843, Humana Press Inc., pp. 137-145.


Tanwar, J, Trebak, M & Motiani, RK 2017, Cardiovascular and hemostatic disorders: Role of STIM and orai proteins in vascular Disorders. in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 993, Springer New York LLC, pp. 425-452.
Hanes, CM, D'Amico, AE, Ueyama, T, Wong, AC, Zhang, X, Hynes, WF, Barroso, MM, Cady, NC, Trebak, M, Saito, N & Lennartz, MR 2017, 'Golgi-associated protein kinase C-ϵ is delivered to phagocytic cups: Role of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate', Journal of Immunology, vol. 199, no. 1, pp. 271-277.
Ben-Kasus Nissim, T, Zhang, X, Elazar, A, Roy, S, Stolwijk, JA, Zhou, Y, Motiani, RK, Gueguinou, M, Hempel, N, Hershfinkel, M, Gill, D, Trebak, M & Sekler, I 2017, 'Mitochondria control store-operated Ca2+ entry through Na+ and redox signals', EMBO Journal, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 797-815.
Trebak, M & Putney, JW 2017, 'ORAI calcium channels', Physiology, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 332-342.
Zhang, X, Gueguinou, M & Trebak, M 2017, Store-independent orai channels regulated by STIM. in Calcium Entry Channels in Non-Excitable Cells. CRC Press, pp. 197-213.


Beardslee, LA, Stolwijk, J, Khaladj, DA, Trebak, M, Halman, J, Torrejon, KY, Niamsiri, N & Bergkvist, M 2016, 'A sacrificial process for fabrication of biodegradable polymer membranes with submicron thickness' Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials, vol. 104, no. 6, pp. 1192-1201.
Stolwijk, JA, Zhang, X, Gueguinou, M, Zhang, W, Matrougui, K, Renken, C & Trebak, M 2016, 'Calcium signaling is dispensable for receptor regulation of endothelial barrier function', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 291, no. 44, pp. 22894-22912.
Hempel, N & Trebak, M 2017, 'Crosstalk between calcium and reactive oxygen species signaling in cancer', Cell Calcium, vol. 63, pp. 70-96.
Kassan, M, Ait-Aissa, K, Radwan, E, Mali, V, Haddox, S, Gabani, M, Zhang, W, Belmadani, S, Irani, K, Trebak, M & Matrougui, K 2016, 'Essential role of smooth muscle STIM1 in hypertension and cardiovascular dysfunction', Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology, vol. 36, no. 9, pp. 1900-1909.
Shakerley, NL, Chandrasekaran, A, Trebak, M, Miller, B & Melendez, JA 2016, 'Francisella tularensis catalase restricts immune function by impairing TRPM2 channel activity', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 291, no. 8, pp. 3871-3881.
Wang, H, Zhang, X, Xue, L, Xing, J, Jouvin, MH, Putney, JW, Anderson, MP, Trebak, M & Kinet, JP 2016, 'Low-Voltage-Activated CaV3.1 Calcium Channels Shape T Helper Cell Cytokine Profiles', Immunity, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 782-794.
Spinelli, AM & Trebak, M 2016, 'Orai channel-mediated Ca2+ signals in vascular and airway smooth muscle', American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, vol. 310, no. 6, pp. C402-C413.
Cai, X, Zhou, Y, Nwokonko, RM, Loktionova, NA, Wang, X, Xin, P, Trebak, M, Wang, Y & Gill, D 2016, 'The Orai1 store-operated calcium channel functions as a hexamer', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 291, no. 50, pp. 25764-25775.
Zhou, Y, Cai, X, Loktionova, NA, Wang, X, Nwokonko, RM, Wang, X, Wang, Y, Rothberg, BS, Trebak, M & Gill, D 2016, 'The STIM1-binding site nexus remotely controls Orai1 channel gating', Nature communications, vol. 7, 13725.
Zhang, X, Spinelli, AM, Masiello, T & Trebak, M 2016, Transient receptor potential canonical 7 (TRPC7), a calcium (Ca2+) permeable non-selective cation channel. in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 898, Springer New York LLC, pp. 251-264.


Kassan, M, Ait-Aissa, K, Ali, M, Trebak, M & Matrougui, K 2015, 'Augmented EGF receptor tyrosine kinase activity impairs vascular function by NADPH oxidase-dependent mechanism in type 2 diabetic mouse', Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research, vol. 1853, no. 10, pp. 2404-2410.
Zhou, Y, Trebak, M & Gill, D 2015, 'Calcium signals tune the fidelity of transcriptional responses' Molecular Cell, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 197-199.
Kassan, M, Zhang, W, Aissa, KA, Stolwijk, J, Trebak, M & Matrougui, K 2015, 'Differential role for stromal interacting molecule 1 in the regulation of vascular function' Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology, vol. 467, no. 6, 4, pp. 1195-1202.
Saliba, Y, Keck, M, Marchand, A, Atassi, F, Ouillé, A, Cazorla, O, Trebak, M, Pavoine, C, Lacampagne, A, Hulot, JS, Farès, N, Fauconnier, J & Lompré, AM 2015, 'Emergence of Orai3 activity during cardiac hypertrophy', Cardiovascular Research, vol. 105, no. 3, pp. 248-259.
Stolwijk, JA, Matrougui, K, Renken, CW & Trebak, M 2015, 'Impedance analysis of GPCR-mediated changes in endothelial barrier function: overview and fundamental considerations for stable and reproducible measurements', Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology, vol. 467, no. 10, pp. 2193-2218.
Zhang, W, Zhang, X, González-Cobos, JC, Stolwijk, JA, Matrougui, K & Trebak, M 2015, 'Leukotriene-C4 synthase, a critical enzyme in the activation of store-independent Orai1/Orai3 channels, is required for neointimal hyperplasia', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 290, no. 8, pp. 5015-5027.
Desai, PN, Zhang, X, Wu, S, Janoshazi, A, Bolimuntha, S, Putney, JW & Trebak, M 2015, 'Multiple types of calcium channels arising from alternative translation initiation of the Orai1 message', Science Signaling, vol. 8, no. 387, ra74.
Hooper, R, Zhang, X, Webster, M, Go, C, Kedra, J, Marchbank, K, Gill, D, Weeraratna, AT, Trebak, M & Soboloff, J 2015, 'Novel protein kinase C-mediated control of orai1 function in invasive melanoma', Molecular and Cellular Biology, vol. 35, no. 16, pp. 2790-2798.
Kassan, M, Choi, SK, Galán, M, Trebak, M, Belmadani, S & Matrougui, K 2015, 'Nuclear factor kappa B inhibition improves conductance artery function in type 2 diabetic mice' Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 39-49.
Vashisht, A, Trebak, M & Motiani, RK 2015, 'STIM and orai proteins as novel targets for cancer therapy. A review in the theme: Cell and molecular processes in cancer metastasis', American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, vol. 309, no. 7, pp. C457-C469.
Spinelli, AM, Liu, Y, Sun, LY, González-Cobos, JC, Backs, J, Trebak, M & Singer, HA 2015, 'Smooth muscle CaMKIIδ promotes allergen-induced airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation', Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology, vol. 467, no. 12, pp. 2541-2554.

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