Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D.

Title
Professor and Chief
Department
Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Institution
University of Michigan
Address
Room 5112 Brehm Tower, 1000 Wall St.
City, State, Zip
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0678
Phone
(734) 936-5505
E-mail
parvan[at]umich.edu
Website
http://www.med.umich.edu/intmed/endocrinology/arvanlab/
Research Field
Endocrinology; Metabolism
Award Year
1988

Research

The central focus of this laboratory is to examine molecular mechanisms involved in the folding, trafficking, and targeting of newly-synthesized endocrine secretory proteins. Projects currently concentrate on two cell types relevant to issues of health and disease: (1) pancreatic beta cells that store insulin in secretory granules for release to the bloodstream in response to an increase in blood glucose or other secretagogues, and (2) thyroid epithelial cells that use thyroglobulin (Tg) as a precursor for iodination in the synthesis of thyroid hormone. In these cell types, the lab is particularly interested in protein interactions that allow the secretory pathway comprising the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Golgi complex, secretory vesicles, as well as organelles of the endosome-lysosome-autophagosome system] to optimize production of polypeptide-derived hormones.