Faculty and Researchers

Aaron Avivi Ph.D.

Professor of Research
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Subject: Molecular biology and functional genomics studies of the hypoxia- and cancer- tolerance of the subterranean mole rat, Spalax
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Research Interests

  • The mole rat, Spalax, lives permanently in sealed underground tunnels, and evolved a unique adaptive complex for living underground, one of which is to cope with hypoxia and hypercapnia.
  • Our main goal is to unravel the molecular mechanisms that confer the Spalax with the ability to tolerate sharp and abrupt fluctuations in oxygen in its habitat

Selected Publications

Avivi, A., Tramontano, D., Ambesi-Impiombato, F.S. and Schlessinger, J. (1981). Cyclic-AMP modulates thyrotropin-receptor clustering and thyrotropin activity in cultured thyroid cells. Science 214: 1237-1239. (Link)

Avivi, A., Resnik, M.B. Joel, A. Nevo, E. and Levi, A.P. (1999). Adaptive hypoxic tolerance in the subterranean mole rat, Spalax ehrenbergi: The role of VEGF. FEBS Letters 452: 133-140. (Link)

Shams, I., Nevo, E. and Avivi, A. (2005). Ontogenetic expression of erythropoietin and hypoxia-inducible factor -1 alpha genes to hypoxia in subterranean blind mole ratFASEB J. 19: 307-309. (Link)

Avivi, A., Ashur-Fabian, O., Amariglio, N., Nevo, E. and Rechavi, G. (2005). p53- A key player in tumoral and evolutionary adaptation: A lesson from the Israeli blind subterranean mole rat. Cell Cycle 4: 368-372 (Invited Review). (Link)

Avivi A., Shams I., Joel A., Lache O., Levy A.P. and Nevo E. (2005). Increased blood vessel density provides the mole rat physiological tolerance to its hypoxic subterranean habitat.FASEB J. 19: 1314-1316. (Link)

Shams, I., Nevo, E. and Avivi, A. (2005). Differential expression of two erythropoietin receptor forms in blind subterranean mole rat.FASEB J. 19: 1749-1751. (Link)

Nasser, N., Nevo, E., Shafat, I., Ilan, I., Vlodavsky, I. and Avivi, A. (2005). Adaptive evolution of heparanase in hypoxia-tolerant Spalax: novel splice variant. Proc. Natl.Acad. Sci. USA 102: 15161-15166. (Link)

Avivi, A., Brodsky, L., Nevo,E. and Band, M.R. (2006). Comparative gene expression between two ecologically different species of the hypoxia-tolerant blind subterranean mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi. Physiol. Genomics 27: 54-64. (Link)

Avivi, A., Ashur-Fabian, O., Joel, A., Trakhtenbrot, L., Adamsky, K., Goldstein, I., Amariglio, N., Rechavi, G. and Nevo, E. (2007). P53 in blind subterranean mole rats- Loss of function versus gain of function activities on newly cloned Spalax target genes. Oncogene 26: 2507-2512. (Link)

Ravid, O., Shams, I., Ben Califa, N. , Nevo, E., Avivi, A.*, and Neumann, D.* (2007). An extracellular region of the erythropoietin receptor of the subterranean blind mole rat Spalax enhances receptor maturation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104: 14360-14365. (* Joint senior authorship)(Link)

Band, M., Shams, I., Joel, A., and Avivi, A. (2008). Cloning and in vivo expression of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (Flk1) in the naturally hypoxia-tolerant subterranean mole rat. FASEB J. 22: 105-112. (Link)

Avivi, A., Band, M., Joel, A., Shenzer, P., and Coleman, R. (2009). Adaptive features of skeletal muscles of mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi) to intensive activity under subterranean hypoxic conditions. Acta Histol. 111: 415-419. (Link) 

Band, M., Joel, A., Hernandez, A., and Avivi, A. (2009). Hypoxia-induced BNIP3 expression and mitophagy in the hypoxia-tolerant subterranean mole rat, Spalax: a pioneering in vivo study. FASEB J. 23: 2327-2335. (Link)

Band, M., Joel. A., and Avivi, A. (2010). The muscle ankyrin repeat proteins are hypoxia-sensetive: In vivo expression in the hypoxia-tolerant blind subterranean mole rat, Spalax ehrenbergi. J. Mol. Evol . 70: 1-12. (Link)

Avivi, A., Gerlach, F., Joel, A., Reuss, S., Burmester, T., Nevo, E. and Hankeln, T. (2010). Neuroglobin, cytoglobin, and myoglobin  contribute to the hypoxia adaptation of the subterranean mole rat Spalax. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107: 21570-21575. (Link)

Malik, A., Korol, A.B., Hubner, S, Hernandez, A.G., Thimmapuram, J., Shahjahan, A., Glaser, F., Paz, A., Avivi, A., and Band, M. (2011). Transcriptome sequencing of the blind subterranean  mole rat, Spalax galili: utility and potential for the discovery of novel evolutionary patterns. Plose One 8: e21227. (Link)


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