Anne Griep

Position title: Professor


Phone: Phone: (608) 262-8988

RESEARCH INTERESTS - Molecular and genetic regulation of mouse development, in particular ocular development and disease

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Address: 4455 WIMR II – 1111 Highland Ave – Madison, WI 53705




B.A., Wellesley College, MA
Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin – Madison
Postdoctoral Research, National Institutes of Health


We are interested in understanding the role of cellular tumor suppressor genes in normal development and cancer. To this end we have focused on determining the molecular pathways that regulate a cell’s switch from proliferation to differentiation in various epithelial tissues of the mouse eye. Through our studies, we have contributed towards the understanding that the retinoblastoma susceptibility protein (pRB), which when mutated leads to retinoblastoma and other cancers, and its family members along with multiple growth factor signaling pathways are coordinately involved in regulating the developmental processes in the eye. Proper cell adhesion and polarity also are believed to be vital to the growth and differentiation of epithelial tissues and to maintaining their long-term integrity. In Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans members of the PDZ (PSD95/Dlg/ZO-1) family regulate cell adhesion, polarity and proliferation. A major emphasis in the lab is to understand if, and how, the mouse homologs of dlg and scrib contribute to mammalian development. Finally, due to one approach used in the lab, we also are learning new properties that certain oncoproteins from human papillomaviruses (HPV) possess in vivo and how these novel activities may contribute to HPV-associated cancer. We use a variety of genetic, molecular, cell biological and embryological techniques and transgenic and knockout mice.

Little is known about the potential role of Dlg-1 and Scrib in the vertebrate development. To this end, we generated conditional knockout models to determine the requirements for these PDZ proteins in the mouse development. These genes appearto be essential for multiple facets of mouse development, including the eye. Our recent analysis suggests that Dlg-1 and Scrib may regulate lens cell growth and differentiation in part by affecting cell adhesion complexes and their associated signaling cascades. Additionally, these factors appear to be involved in regulating signaling pathways that affect cell and tissue polarity in the lens. Finally, our data suggest that these factors may interact in regulating the same pathways. Current and future work will continue to explore the specific roles of these proteins in mouse development, to uncover the mechanistic connection between growth factor receptor signaling, cell adhesion, polarity and cell cycle control, in the regulation of lens cell proliferation and differentiation.

In some of our earlier studies, we determined that pRb is required for cell cycle control in the lens, at least in part through its ability to regulate the activity of the E2F transcription factors. More recently, we have been using biochemical approaches such as chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) to dissect the specific role of pRb and individual E2Fs factors in the regulation of E2F target gene expression in proliferating and differentiating lens cells in vivo. We also have examined the unique and overlapping genetic requirements for Rb and its family members in cell cycle regulation in the embryonic lens. Finally, we are interested in exploring pRb’s possible role in the transcriptional regulation of differentiation by characterizing knock-in mice carrying a subtle mutation in Rb that specifically affects pRb’s interaction with chromatin remodeling factors.

Representative Publications

  • Hafeez BB, Meske L, Singh A, Singh A, Zhong W, Powers P, John M, Griep AE, Verma AK. 2016 Tissue-specific conditional PKCε knockout mice: a model to precisely reveal PKCε functional role in initiation, promotion and progression of cancer.Oncotarget. 2016 May 31;7(22):33069-80.
  • Lee S, Shatadal S, Griep AE. 2016. Dlg-1 Interacts With and Regulates the Activities of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors and EphA2 in the Mouse Lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 57:707-18.
  • Lee S, Griep AE. 2014. Loss of Dlg-1 in the mouse lens impairs fibroblast growth factor receptor signaling. PLoS One. 9:e97470.
  • Yamben IF, Rachel RA, Shatadal S, Copeland NG, Jenkins NA, Warming S, Griep AE. 2013. Scrib is required for epithelial cell identity and prevents epithelial to esenchymal transition in the mouse. Dev Biol. 384:41-52.
  • Rivera C, Simonson SJ, Yamben IF, Shatadal S, Nguyen MM, Beurg M, Lambert PF, Griep AE. 2013. Requirement for Dlgh-1 in planar cell polarity and skeletogenesis during vertebrate development. PLoS One. 8:e54410.
  • Griep AE, John MC, Ikeda S, Ikeda A. 2011. Gene targeting in the mouse. Methods Mol Biol. 770:293-312.
  • Rivera C, Yamben IF, Shatadal S, Waldof M, Robinson ML, Griep AE. 2009. Cell-autonomous requirements for Dlg-1 for lens epithelial cell structure and fiber cell morphogenesis. Dev Dyn. 238:2292-308.
  • Griep, A.E. 2006. Cell Cycle Regulation in the Developing Lens. Sem. Cell Dev. Biol. 17: 686-697
  • Nguyen, M.M., C. Rivera, and A.E. Griep. 2005. Localization of PDZ domain containing proteins Discs large-1 and Scribble in the mouse eye. Mol. Vis. 11: 1183-1199
  • Foley, J.D. H. Rosenbaum, and A.E. Griep. 2004. Temporal regulation of VEID-AFC cleavage activity and caspase 6 correlates with organelle loss during lens development. J. Biol. Chem., 279: 32142-32150
  • Nguyen, M.M., M.L. Nguyen, G. Caruana, A. Bernstein, P.F. Lambert, and A.E. Griep. 2003. Requirement of PDZ domain containing proteins for cell cycle regulation and differentiation in the mouse lens epithelium. Mol. Cell. Biol. 23: 8970-8981
  • Hyde, R.K. and A.E. Griep. 2002. Unique roles for E2f1 in the mouse lens in the absence of functional pRB proteins. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 43: 1509-1516.
  • Nguyen, M.M., S.J. Potter, and A.E. Griep. 2002. Deregulated cell cycle control in lens epithelial cells by expression of inhibitors of tumor suppressor function. Mech. Dev. 112: 101-113
  • Stolen, C.M. and A.E. Griep. 2000. Disruption of lens fiber cell differentiation and survival at multiple stages by region-specific expression of truncated FGF receptors. Dev. Biol. 217: 205-220
  • McCaffrey, J., L. Yamasaki, N. Dyson, E. Harlow, and A.E. Griep. 1999. Disruption of retinoblastoma protein family function by HPV-16 E7 alters lens development in part through E2F-1. Mol. Cell Biol. 19: 6458-6468
  • Stolen, C.M., M.W. Jackson and A.E. Griep. 1997. Overexpression of FGF-2 modulates fiber cell denucleation and survival in the mouse lens. Development 124: 4009-4017
  • Pan, H. and A.E. Griep. 1995. Temporally distinct patterns of p53-dependent and p53- independent apoptosis during mouse lens development. Genes Dev. 9:2157-2169