Wanli Liu, Ph.D
Principal Investigator, Distinguished Young Scholar of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Youth Science and technology innovation leader of Ministry of Science and Technology China, WuXi AppTec Outstanding Achievement Award in Life Science China, Newton Advanced Fellowship The Royal Society UK
2011.12 – , PI, School of Life Sciences, Institute for Immunology, Tsinghua University
2007 – 2011, Postdoc, NIAID, NIH, USA
2005 – 2007, Postdoc, Dept. of Microbiology/Immunology, UCSF, USA
2001 – 2005, Ph.D, Dept. of Biological Science and Biotechnology, Tsinghua University
1997 – 2001, Bachelor, School of Biology, China Agriculture University
We combine immunological and biochemical experimental approaches with cutting-edge high resolution high speed live cell and molecule imaging techniques to investigate the function of lymphocyte cells. We are working on the studies of: (1) Lymphocytes activation and regulation; (2) Immune-diseases induced by abnormal lymphocyte activation; (3) Immunological memory; (4) Mechanosensing biology of lymphocytes; (5) Immune-evasion; (6) Next generation vaccines based on the new understanding of lymphocyte activation and function.
Representative Research articles and Reviews (*, corresponding author)
 Samina Shaheen, Zhengpeng Wan, Kabeer Haneef, Yingyue Zeng, Wang Jing, Wanli Liu*. B cell mechanosensing: A mechanistic overview. Advances Immunology. 2019, 144:23-63. (Review)
 Chenguang Xu, Zhengpeng Wan, Samina Shaheen, Jing Wang, Zhiyong Yang, Wanli Liu*. A PI(4,5)P2 derived “gasoline engine model” for the sustained B cell receptor activation. Immunological Reviews. 2019, 291:75-90. (Review)
 Zhengpeng Wan, Samina Shaheen, Alicia Chau, Wanli Liu*. Imaging: Gear up for Mechano-Immunology. Cellular Immunology. 2019, 103926. doi: 10.1016/j.cellimm.2019.103926. (Review)
 Feng Lin#, Junyi Wang#, Yingyue Zeng, Chunyang Xiong*, Wanli Liu*. Traction Force-mediated B Cell Activation: How and Why. Sci China Life Sci. 2019, 62:971–973. (Review)
 Xingwang Zhao#, Hengyi Xie#, Meng Zhao#, Asma Ahsan, Xinxin Li, Fei Wang, Junyang Yi, Zhiyong Yang, Chuan Wu, Indu Raman, Quan-Zhen Li*, Tae Jin Kim*, Wanli Liu*. Fc receptor-like 1 intrinsically recruits c-Abl to enhance B cell activation and function. Science Advances. 2019, 5, eaaw0315, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw0315
 Zhixun Shen#, Sichen Liu#, Xinxin Li#, Zhengpeng Wan, Youxiang Mao, Chunlai Chen, Wanli Liu*. Conformational change within the extracellular domain of B cell receptor in B cell activation upon antigen binding. eLife. 2019, 8, doi: 10.7554/eLife.42271.
 Chenguang Xu#, Yan Fang#, Zhiyong Yang, Yukai Jing, Yonghui Zhang, Chaohong Liu*, Wanli Liu*. MARCKS regulates tonic and chronic active B cell receptor signaling. Leukemia. 2019, 33:710-729.
 Wei Hu#, Yong Zhang#, Xiaolin Sun#, Tongtong Zhang, Liling Xu, Hengyi Xie, Zhanguo Li, Wanli Liu*, Jizhong Lou*, Wei Chen*. FcγRIIB-I232T polymorphic change allosterically suppresses ligand binding. eLife. 2019, 8, doi: 10.7554/eLife.46689.
 Yukai Jing#, Danqing Kang#, Luyao Liu, Huang Huang, Anwei Chen, Lu Yang, Panpan Jiang, Na Li, Heather Miller, Zheng Liu, Xiaofei Zhu, Jun Yang, Xiaochuan Wang, Jinqiao Sun*, Zhiping Liu*, Wanli Liu*, Xinyuan Zhou*, Chaohong Liu*. Dock2 couples with LEF-1 to regulate the expression of CD21 and B cell differentiation. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Jul 29. pii: S0091-6749(19)30829-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2019.05.041.
 Yonghui Sun#, Ning Ding#, Yuqin Song#, Zimo Yang, Wanli Liu*, Jun Zhu* and Yu Rao*. Degradation of Bruton's tyrosine kinase mutants by PROTACs for potential treatment of ibrutinib-resistant non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Leukemia. 2019, doi: 10.1038/s41375-019-0440-x.
 Xiangjun Chen, Xiaolin Sun#, Wei Yang#, Bing Yang#, Xiaozhen Zhao, Shuting Chen1, Lili He, Hui Chen, Changmei Yang, Le Xiao, Zai Chang, Jianping Guo, Jing He, Fuping Zhang, Fang Zheng, Zhibin Hu, Zhiyong Yang, Jizhong Lou, Wenjie Zheng, Hai Qi, Chenqi Xu, Hong Zhang, Hongying Shan, Xu-jie Zhou, Qingwen Wang, Yi Shi, Luhua Lai, Zhanguo Li *, Wanli Liu* . An autoimmune disease variant of IgG1 modulates B-cell activation and differentiation. Science. 2018, 362:700-705. (Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Research Highlights)
 Yun Xia#, Yonghua Xie#, Zhengsen Yu#, Hongying Xiao, Guimei Jiang, Xiaoying Zhou, Yunyun Yang, Xin Li, Meng Zhao, Liping Li, Mingke Zheng, Shuai Han, Zhaoyun Zong, Xianbin Meng, Haiteng Deng, Huahu Ye, Yunzhi Fa, Haitao Wu, Eric Oldfield, Xiaoyu Hu, Wanli Liu* , Yan Shi*, Yonghui Zhang*. The mevalonate pathway is a druggable target for vaccine adjuvant discovery. Cell. 2018, 175:1059-1073. (Nature Reviews Immunology, Research Highlights)
 Junyi Wang#, Feng Lin#, Zhengpeng Wan, Xiaolin Sun, Yun Lu, Jianyong Huang, Fei Wang, Yingyue Zeng, Ying-Hua Chen, Yan Shi, Wenjie Zheng, Zhanguo Li, Chunyang Xiong*, Wanli Liu* . Profiling the origin, dynamics, and function of traction force in B cell activation. Science Signaling. 2018, 11. pii: eaai9192. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aai9192. (Cover story)
 Zhengpeng Wan, Chenguang Xu#, Xiangjun Chen#, Hengyi Xie#, Zongyu Li#, Jing Wang#, Xingyu Ji, Haodong Chen, Qinghua Ji, Samina Shaheen, Yang Xu, Fei Wang, Zhuo Tang, Ji-Shen Zheng, Wei Chen, Jizhong Lou, Wanli Liu* . PI(4,5)P2 determines the threshold of mechanical force-induced B cell activation. J Cell Biol. 2018, 217:2565-2582.
 Yonghui Sun#, Xingwang Zhao#, Ning Ding#, Hongying Gao#, Yue Wu, Yiqing Yang, Meng Zhao, Jinseok Hwang, Yuqin Song, Wanli Liu* , Yu Rao*. PROTAC-induced BTK degradation as a novel therapy for mutated BTK C481S induced ibrutinib-resistant B-cell malignancies. Cell Research. 2018, 28:779-781.
 Jing Wang, Sichen Liu, Baidong Hou, Meixiang Yang, Zhongjun Dong, Hai Qi, Wanli Liu*. PTEN-regulated AID transcription in germinal center B cells is essential for the class-switch recombination and IgG antibody responses. Frontiers in Immunology. 2018, 9:371. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.00371.
 Junyi Wang, Zongyu Li, Liling Xu*, Hengwen Yang*, Wanli Liu*. Transmembrane domain dependent inhibitory function of FcγRIIB. Protein & Cell. 2018, 9:1004-1012. (Review)
 Jing Wang, Zhengpeng Wan, Wanli Liu*. Understanding of B cell receptor signaling through a photo-activatable antigen presentation system. Methods Mol Biol. 2018, 1707:225-234.
 Chenguang Xu, Hengyi Xie, Xingdong Guo, Haipeng Gong, Lei Liu, Hai Qi, Chenqi Xu, Wanli Liu* . A PIP2-derived amplification loop fuels the sustained initiation of B cell activation. Science Immunology. 2017, 2. pii: eaan0787. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.aan0787. (Science Signaling, Editor’s choice)
 Jing Wang, Liling Xu, Samina Shaheen, Sichen Liu, Wenjie Zheng, Xiaolin Sun, Zhanguo Li, Wanli Liu* . Growth of B cell receptor microclusters is regulated by PIP2 and PIP3 equilibrium and Dock2 recruitment and activation. Cell Reports. 2017, 21:2541-2557.
 Samina Shaheen#, Zhengpeng Wan#, Zongyu Li#, Alicia Chau, Xinxin Li, Shaosen Zhang, Yang Liu, Junyang Yi, Yingyue Zeng, Jing Wang, Xiangjun Chen, Liling Xu, Wei Chen, Fei Wang, Yun Lu, Wenjie Zheng, Yan Shi, Xiaolin Sun, Zhanguo Li, Chunyang Xiong, Wanli Liu* . Substrate stiffness governs the initiation of B cell activation by the concerted signaling of PKCβ and focal adhesion kinase. eLife. 2017, 6:e23060, doi: 10.7554/eLife.23060.
 Yingjia Chen#, Fanlei Hu#, Xuejiao Dong, Meng Zhao, Jing Wang, Xiaolin Sun, Tae Jin Kim*, Zhanguo Li*, Wanli Liu* . SHIP-1 deficiency in AID+ B cells leads to the impaired function of B10 cells with spontaneous autoimmunity. J Immunol. 2017, 199:3063-3073.
 Jingjing Liang#, Jun Lyu#, Meng Zhao, Dan Li, Mingzhu Zheng, Yan Fang, Fangzhu Zhao, Jun Lou, Chuansheng Guo, Lie Wang, Di Wang, Wanli Liu* , Linrong Lu*. Tespa1 regulates T cell receptor-induced calcium signals by recruiting inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate receptors. Nature Communications. 2017, 8:15732. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15732.
 Liling Xu#, Mengdie Xia#, Jun Guo#, Xiaolin Sun#, Hua Li, Chenguang Xu, Xiaomei Gu, Haowen Zhang, Junyang Yi, Yan Fang, Hengyi Xie, Jing Wang, Zhixun Shen, Boxin Xue, Yujie Sun, Tobias Meckel, Ying-Hua Chen, Zhibin Hu, Zhanguo Li*, Chenqi Xu*, Haipeng Gong*, Wanli Liu* . Impairment on the lateral mobility induced by structural changes underlies the functional deficiency of the lupus-associated polymorphism FcγRIIB-T232. J Exp Med. 2016, 213:2707-2727.
 Wanli Liu* , Haopeng Wang, Chenqi Xu*. Antigen receptor nanoclusters: small units with big functions. Trends ln Immunology. 2016, 37:680-689.(Review)
 Jing Wang#, Shan Tang#, Zhengpeng Wan, Yiren Gao, Yiyun Cao, Junyang Yi, Yanyan Si, Haowen Zhang, Lei Liu* and Wanli Liu* . Utilization of a photoactivatable antigen system to examine B cell probing termination and the B cell receptor sorting mechanisms during B cell activation. PNAS. 2016, 113:E558-567.
 Shan Tang#, Zhengpeng Wan#, Yiren Gao#, Ji-Shen Zheng, Jing Wang, Yan-Yan Si, Xin Chen, Hai Qi, Lei Liu* and Wanli Liu* . Total chemical synthesis of photoactivatable proteins for light-controlled manipulation of antigen–antibody interactions. Chemical Science. 2016, 7:1891-1895.
 Zhengpeng Wan, Xiangjun Chen, Haodong Chen, Qinghua Ji, Yingjia Chen, Jing Wang, Yiyun Cao, Fei Wang, Jizhong Lou, Zhuo Tang and Wanli Liu* . The activation of IgM- or isotype-switched IgG- and IgE-BCR exhibits distinct mechanical force sensitivity and threshold. eLife. 2015, 4:e06925 (Faculty of 1000 recommended paper)
 Xiangjun Chen#, Weiling Pan#, Yinqiang Sui, Hua Li, Xiaoshan Shi, Xingdong Guo, Hai Qi, Chenqi Xu* and Wanli Liu* . Acidic phospholipids govern the enhanced activation of IgG-B cell receptor. Nature Communications. 2015, 6:8552.
 Yingyue Zeng, Junyang Yi, Zhengpeng Wan, Kai Liu, Ping Song, Alicia Chau, Fei Wang, Zai Chang, Weidong Han, Wenjie Zheng, Ying-Hua Chen*, Chunyang Xiong* and Wanli Liu* . Substrate stiffness regulates B-cell activation, proliferation, class switch and T-cell-independent antibody responses in vivo. Eur J Immunol. 2015, 45:1621-1634. (Feature article with a preview)
 Liling Xu, Gen Li, Jing Wang, Yilin Fan, Zhengpeng Wan, Shaosen Zhang, Samina Shaheen, Jing Li, Li Wang, Cai Yue, Yan Zhao, Fei Wang, Joseph Brzostowski, Yinghua Chen*, Wenjie Zheng* and Wanli Liu* . Through an ITIM-independent mechanism the FcgRIIB blocks B cell activation by disrupting the colocalized microclustering of the BCR and CD19. J Immunol. 2014, 192:5179-91. (Faculty of 1000 recommended paper)
 Yinsheng Xu#, Liling Xu#, Meng Zhao, Chenguang Xu, Yilin Fan, Susan K. Pierce* and Wanli Liu* . No receptor stands alone: IgG B cell receptor intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms contribute to antibody memory. Cell Research. 2014, 24:651-64. (Review)
 Zhengpeng Wan, Shaosen Zhang, Yilin Fan, Kai Liu, Feng Du, Angel M. Davey, Huiyuan Zhang, Weidong Han, Chunyang Xiong and Wanli Liu* . B cell activation is regulated by the stiffness properties of the substrate presenting the antigens. J Immunol. 2013, 190:4661-4675. (Faculty of 1000 recommended paper)
 Susan K. Pierce and Wanli Liu . The tipping points in the initiation of B cell signaling: how small changes make big differences. Nature Reviews Immunology. 2010, 10:767-777. (Cover Review)
 Wanli Liu , Hae Won Sohn, Pavel Tolar, Susan K. Pierce. It's all about change: the antigen-driven initiation of B-cell receptor signaling. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2010, 2:a002295. (Review)
 Wanli Liu , Tobias Meckel, Pavel Tolar, Hae Won Sohn, Susan K. Pierce. Intrinsic properties of immunoglobulin IgG1 isotype-switched B cell receptors promote microclustering and the initiation of signaling. Immunity. 2010, 32:778-789. (Feature article by Robert Brink)
 Wanli Liu , Tobias Meckel, Pavel Tolar, Hae Won Sohn, Susan K. Pierce. Antigen affinity discrimination is an intrinsic function of the B cell receptor. J Exp Med. 2010, 207:1095-1111. (Cover story and feature article commented by Michael Dustin)
 Wanli Liu , Tobias Meckel, Pavel Tolar, Hae Won Sohn, Susan K. Pierce. Antigen-induced oligomerization of the B cell receptor is an early target of Fc gamma RIIB inhibition. J Immunol. 2010, 184:1977-1989.
 Wanli Liu and Ying-Hua Chen. High epitope density in single protein molecule significantly enhanced antigenicity as well as immunogenicity: a novel strategy for modern vaccine development and a preliminary investigation about B cell discrimination of monomeric proteins. Eur J Immunol. 2005, 35:505-514.
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