• Peer-reviewed Articles:

    1. Ren, G., Zheng, X., Bommarito, M., Sharma, V, Letson, J., Walia, Y., Furuta, S. Organotypic three-dimensional co-culture of mammary epithelia and fibroblasts in discontinuous extracellular matrix shows in vivo-like fibrotic response to depletion of basal nitric oxide. Journal of Tissue Engineering. 2020 (in revision).
    2. Zheng, X., Fernando, V., Walia, Y., Sharma, V., Letson, J. and Furuta, S. Correction of Arginine Metabolism with Sepiapterin Induces Immunostimulatory-Shift of Breast Cancer. Biochem Pharmacol 2020; 113887 [Epub ahead of print].
    3. Ren, G., Sharma, V., Letson, J., Walia, Y., Furuta, S. Reconstituting breast tissue with organotypic three-dimensional co-culture of epithelial and stromal cells in discontinuous extracellular matrices. Bio-protocol 2019; 9(19):e3392.
    4. Fernando, V., Zheng, X., Walia, Y., Sherma, V., Letson, J., Furuta, S. S-nitrosylation: An emerging paradigm of redox signaling. Antioxidants 2019;8(9):pii: E404 PMID: 31533268
    5. Ren, G., Zheng, X., Bommarito, M., Metzger, S., Letson, J., Walia, Y., Furuta, S. Reduced Basal Nitric Oxide Production Induces Precancerous Mammary Lesions via ERBB2 and TGFβ. Sci. Rep. 2019; 9(1):6688 PMID:31040372.
    6. Furuta S. (SF also serves as a co-corresponding author with MJB), Ren, G., Mao, J.H., Bissell, M.J. Laminin signals initiate the reciprocal loop that informs breast-specific gene expression and homeostasis by activating NO, p53 and microRNAs. eLife. 2018; 7: e26148. PMCID: PMC5862529.
    7. Ricca, B.L., Venugopalan, G., Furuta, S., Tanner, K., Orellana, W.A., Reber, C.D., Brownfield, D.G., Bissell, M.J., Fletcher, D.A. Transient external force induces phenotypic reversion of malignant epithelial structures via nitric oxide signaling. eLife. 2018; 7: e26161.  PMCID: PMC5862525.
    8. Furuta, S. Basal S-nitrosylation is the guardian of tissue homeostasis. Trends in Cancer 2017; 3:744-748.  PMID: 29120749.
    9. Furuta S.  Role of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the Homeostasis of the Normal Breast and Relevance of its Loss to Stiffening of the Extracellular Matrix and Breast Tumor Initiation. J Cancer Oncol. 2017 1(1): 000101.
    10. Furuta S. Normal Epithelial Cells have Defense Mechanisms against Cancer.  Austin Biochem. 2016 1(1): 1005.  
    11. Furuta S, Bissell MJ. Pathways Involved in Formation of Mammary Organoid Architecture Have Keys to Understanding Drug Resistance and to Discovery of Druggable Targets. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2016; 81:207-217. PMID: 28416576.
    12. Becker-Weimann, S., Xiong, G., Furuta, S., Han, J., Kuhn, I., Akavia, U.D., Pe’er, D., Bissell, M.J., Xu, R. NF-kappaB disrupts tissue polarity in 3D by preventing integration of microenvironmental signals. Oncotarget 2013; 4(11):2010-2020. PMCID: PMC3875766.
    13. Lee, S-Y.*, Meier, R.*, Furuta, S.* (*first three contributed equally; SF serves as a co-corresponding author with MJB), Lenburg, M.E., Kenny, P.A., Xu, R., Bissell, M.J.  FAM83A confers EGFR-TKI resistance in breast cancer cells and in mice. J. Clin. Invest. 2012; 122(9):3211-3220.  PMCID: PMC3428077.
    14. Ordinario, E., Han, H.J., Furuta, S., Heiser, L., Jakkula, L., Rodier, F., Spellman, P., Campisi, J., Gray, J., Bissell, M.J., Kohwi, Y., Kohwi-Shigematsu, T.  ATM suppresses SATB1-induced malignant progression in breast epithelial cells. PLOS One 2012;7(12):e51786. PMCID: PMC3519734.
    15. Furuta, S., Jeng, Y.M., Zhou, L., Huang, L., Kuhn, I., Bissell, M.J., Lee, W.H.  IL-25 causes apoptosis of IL-25R-expressing breast cancer cells without toxicity to nonmalignant cells. Sci Transl Med. 2011; 3(78):78ra31.
    16. Furuta, S., Ghajar, C.M., Bissell, M.J. Caveolin-1: Would-be Achilles’ heel of tumor microenvironment? Cell Cycle 2011; 10:1794-1809.
    17. Jeng, Y.M., Cai, S., Li, A., Furuta, S., Chen, P.L., Lee, E.Y.H.P., Lee, W.H.  Brca1 heterozygous mice have shortened life span and are prone to ovarian tumorigenesis with haploinsufficiency upon ionizing irradiation. Oncogene 2007; 24(42):6160-6.
    18. Furuta, S., Wang, J., Shuanzeng, W., Jeng, Y.M., Jiang, X., Gu, B., Chen, P.L., Lee, E.Y.H.P., Lee, W.H. Removal of BRCA1/CtIP/ZBRK1 repressor complex on ANG1 promoter leads to accelerated breast tumor growth contributed by prominent vasculature. Cancer Cell 2006; 10(11):13-24.
    19. Furuta, S., Jiang, X., Gu, B, Cheng, E., Chen, P.L., Lee, W.H. Depletion of BRCA1 impairs differentiation but enhances proliferation of mammary epithelial cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005; 102(26):9176-81.
    20. Utomo, A.*, Jiang, X.*, Furuta, S.*, (*first three contributed equally) Yun, J., Levin, D.S., Wang,Y.C., Desai, K.V., Green, J.E., Chen, P.L., Lee, W.H. Identification of a novel putative non-selenocysteine containing phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase (NPGPx) essential for alleviating oxidative stress generated from polyunsaturated fatty acids in breast cancer cells. J Biol Chem. 2004; 279(42):43522-9.
    21. Furuta, S., Ortiz, F., Zhu, Sun X., Wu, HH., Mason, A., Momand, J. Copper uptake is required for pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate-mediated oxidation and protein level increase of p53 in cells. Biochem. J. 2002; 365(Pt 3):639-48.
    22. Makmura, L., Hamann, M., Areopagita, A., Furuta, S., Munoz, A., Momand, J. Development of sensitive assay to detect reversibly oxidized protein cysteine sulfhydryl groups. Antioxid. Redox Signal 2001; 3(6):1105-18.

    Book Chapters:

    1. Momand, J., Aspuria, P.J., Furuta, S. “MDM2 and MDMX-regulators of p53 activity”, a chapter in Protein Reviews Vol 2: The p53 Tumor Suppressor Pathway and Cancer 2005; pp155-186. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (New York, NY).

selected publications

full name

  • Saori Furuta


Cumulative publications in Scholars@UToledo