Anthony J. Donato, PhD, MS

Languages

  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biochemistry - Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine - Professor, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Adjunct Professor
  • Divisions: Geriatrics

Academic Office Information

  • 801-584-2522
  • VA - Building #2
    VA Salt Lake City GRECC
    500 S Foothill Dr
    Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Academic Bio

My primary research focus is vascular aging, in particular the cellular, molecular and tissue specific events that induce reductions in muscle blood flow during exercise, impair arterial endothelial function and stiffen large elastic arteries in older rodents/adults. These vascular phenotypes contribute to the age related decline in functional capacity and the development of cardiovascular disease, and can be ameliorated by lifestyle interventions such as habitual exercise and caloric restriction. My secondary focus, is to elucidate the cellular pathways which confer the vaso-protective effects of these lifestyle interventions and try to activate these pathways pharmacologically to see if this will confer some of the same benefits. I have used human, rodent, and cell models to address these questions and utilized a wide range of contemporary translational experimental techniques from microRNA gene expression to ultrasonography to investigate the aforementioned interests.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Colorado, Department of Integrative Physiology
Integrative Physiology of Aging Laboratory, Dr. Doug Seals
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of California at San Diego, Department of Medicine, Dr. Russell Richardson
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Texas A&M University
Kinesiology
Ph.D.
Graduate Training University of Colorado, Boulder
Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
M.S.
Undergraduate University of Colorado, Boulder
Kinesiology
B.A.

Global Impact

Presentations

Description Country
"Telomere uncapping causes cellular senescence and inflammation in arteries: implications for arterial aging and hypertensionā€¯ First International Medical Science Summit of the Tongji Hospital Wuhan, China China

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Machin DR, Auduong Y, Gogulamudi VR, Liu Y, Islam MT, Lesniewski LA, Donato AJ (2020). Lifelong SIRT-1 overexpression attenuates large artery stiffening with advancing age. Aging, 12.
  2. Phuong TTT, Walker AE, Henson GD, Machin DR, Li DY, Donato AJ, Lesniewski LA (2019). Deletion of Robo4 prevents high-fat diet-induced adipose artery and systemic metabolic dysfunction. 26(5), e12540.
  3. Ait-Aissa K, Blaszak SC, Beutner G, Tsaih SW, Morgan G, Santos JH, Flister MJ, Joyce DL, Camara AKS, Gutterman DD, Donato AJ, Porter GA Jr, Beyer AM (2019). Mitochondrial Oxidative Phosphorylation defect in the Heart of Subjects with Coronary Artery Disease. Sci Rep, 9(1), 7623.
  4. Yuen LH, Dana S, Liu Y, Bloom SI, Thorsell AG, Neri D, Donato AJ, Kireev D, Schler H, Franzini RM (2019). A Focused DNA-Encoded Chemical Library for the Discovery of Inhibitors of NAD+-Dependent Enzymes. J Am Chem Soc, 141(13), 5169-5181.
  5. Machin DR, Phuong TT, Donato AJ (2019). The role of the endothelial glycocalyx in advanced age and cardiovascular disease. Curr Opin Pharmacol, 45, 66-71.
  6. Walker AE, Kronquist EK, Chinen KT, Reihl KD, Li DY, Lesniewski LA, Donato AJ (2019). Cerebral and skeletal muscle feed artery vasoconstrictor responses in a mouse model with greater large elastic artery stiffness. Exp Physiol, 104(3), 434-442.
  7. Hazra S, Henson GD, Bramwell RC, Donato AJ, Lesniewski LA (2019). Impact of high-fat diet on vasoconstrictor reactivity of white and brown adipose tissue resistance arteries. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 316(3), H485-H494.
  8. Walker AE, Breevoort SR, Durrant JR, Liu Y, Machin DR, Dobson PS, Nielson EI, Meza AJ, Islam MT, Donato AJ, Lesniewski LA (2019). The pro-atherogenic response to disturbed blood flow is increased by a western diet, but not by old age. Sci Rep, 9(1), 2925.