Cell Biology of Rare genetic disorders
My laboratory is currently focusing on understanding pathomechanisms of rare neuromuscular genetic disorder, GNE Myopathy with an aim to identify potential drug molecules. The disease is caused due to mutation in key sialic acid biosynthetic enzyme, GNE. However, alternate roles of GNE in cytoskeletal network, ER stress, UPR pathway, autophagy and apoptosis may contribute significantly in disease progression. We have developed mammalian cell based models to understand various cellular processes affected due to GNE mutations and identify relevant drug targets. Key research areas:
- Understanding role of GNE in regulating Cytoskeletal Network
- Understanding role of GNE in regulating ER stress and protein aggregation via chaperones
- Understanding the mechanism of apoptosis and autophagy in pathologically relevant mutants
2008-present Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology, JNU, New Delhi
2004-2008 Senior Research Scientist, Ranbaxy Research Laboratories, Gurgaon
2002-2004 Post Doctoral Associate, Carolina Cardiovascular Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
2001-2002 Post Doctoral Fellow, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Currently the lab is funded by grants from DBT, ICMR and DAE. Previous grants from DST, SERB, CSIR and ICMR were completed with project completion report and relevant publications.
- ICMR- Analysis of protein aggregation in sialic acid deficient cells. 2020-3314". 2020-3314/CMB/ADHOC-BMS
- DBT- Genotype-phenotype relationship in rare genetic disorders: Physicochemical analysis of mutations in GNE myopathy and phenotypic modulation by small molecule. BT/PR22409/MED/12/746/2016
- DAE- Effect of manipulating sialic acid levels on cell adhesion process. 37(1)/14/31/2018-BRNS/37253
- Assistant Director, UGC-Human Resource Development Centre, JNU, 2018-2020
- Young Scientist Award by 88th Annual Conference of Society of Biological Sciences held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, JNU, New Delhi, 2017
- Young Scientist Travel Fellowship Award to attend 18th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology held in Birmingham, England, 2000.
- Junior research fellowship award to pursue doctoral studies and Lecturership (1995) from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.
- GATE qualified with a score of 97.34, India. (1996)
- Chaudhary P, Sharma,S., Singh,R and Arya R*. Elucidation of ER stress and UPR pathway in sialic acid deficient cells: pathological relevance to GNEM. J Cell Biochem 2021 doi:10.1002/jcb.30148
- Devi, SS, Yadav, R, Mashangva, P, Chaudhary, P, Sharma, S and Arya R*. Generation and characterization of a skeletal muscle cell based model carrying one single Gne allele : Implications in actin dynamics. Mol. Neurobiol., 2021; doi:10.1007/s12035-021-02549-w
- Devi, SS, Yadav, R and Arya R*. Altered actin dynamics in GNE mutant cells. Front. Cell & Dev. Biol.. 2021; doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.603742
- Devi,SS, Yadav, R, Chanana, P and Arya, R*. Fighting the cause of Alzheimer’s and GNE Myopathy. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Section: Neurodegeneration, 2018 DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00669
- Singh, R. , Choudhary, P and Arya, R*. IGF-1 rescues cell death of HEK 293 based model cells for GNE myopathy. Scientific Reports 2018 doi. 10.1038/s41598-018-25510-9
- Chanana, P, Padhy, G, Bhargava, K and Arya, R*. Mutation in GNE downregulates Peroxiredoxin IV altering ER redox homeostasis, Neuromolecular Medicine 2017, 19 (4), 525-540 doi 10.1007/s12017-017-8467-5
- Singh, R and Arya, R*. GNE myopathy and cell apoptosis: a comparative mutation analysis. Mol. Neurobio., epub. May 2015, 53,5, 3088-3101
- Grover S, Aslam S, Sharma V & Arya R* (2014) Expression and secretion of GNE and its mutants in Dictyostelium discoideum. CNS and neurological disorders-DT (2014), 13:7, 1263-1272
- Grover, S and Arya R*. Role of UDP- N -Acetylglucosamine2-Epimerase/ N -Acetylmannosamine Kinase (GNE) in β1-Integrin-Mediated Cell Adhesion. Molecular Neurobiology, 2014, 50(2); 257-273
- Arya R., Jamal SM, Bora RS., and Saini KS. Optimization of Culture Parameters and Novel Strategies to Improve Protein Solubility. Book_307540_García-Fruitós_Insoluble Proteins_Chapter_3. Springer Science+Business Media New York, Copyright year 2015
- Sharma, S, Bora, R, Saini, KS and Arya R*. Optimizing chaperone removal strategy from over-expressed recombinant proteins: GNE, a case study, Methods Molecular Biology, Vol. 2406, Elena Garcia Fruitós and Anna Arís Giralt (Eds): Insoluble Proteins, 978-1-0716-1858-5, 486618_2_En, (Chapter 20)
Patent: A skeletal Muscle cell-based model for GNE Myopathy. Indian application no.: 202011019014. Filing date: 4-5-2020
Patent: Arya, R., Bhattacharya, A., Aslam, S., Bora, R.S., Gupta, S. and Saini, K.S.
Production of purified recombinant human phosphodiesterase in Dictyostelium discoideum
Arya R, Bhattacharya A, Aslam S, Bora RS, Gupta S, Saini KS
Ref. No: IN200701779-I1, Year: 08/2007
Patent: Malik, R., Bora, R.S., Arya, R., Gupta, D., Singh, V. and Saini, K.S.
A reporter gene assay for identifying a compound as selective inhibitor of PDE 4 subtype.
Malik R, Bora RS, Arya R, Gupta D, Singh V, Saini KS
Ref. No: IN200602547-I1, Year: 01/2006