School of Pharmacy

Kimberly M. Alonge

Assistant Professor, Medicinal Chemistry & DOM Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition; Program Director for Matrix Biology at the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute

Alonge Lab, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry Faculty, School Faculty

Taking Students: Yes

Education

  • B.S. (Biology), Salisbury University
  • Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Postdoc (UW Medicine Diabetes Institute, School of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition), University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Perineuronal net reorganization
  • Chondroitin and heparan sulfate glycosaminoglyan sulfation patterning
  • Glycan sequencing technology
  • Obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, neuropsychiatric disorders

Recent Publications

The “Loss” of Perineuronal Nets in Alzheimer’s Disease: Missing or Hiding in Plain Sight? Scarlett JM, Hu SJ, Alonge KM. Front Integr Neurosci. 2022 May 25;16:896400. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2022.896400. eCollection 2022.

Changes in Brain Matrix Glycan Sulfation Associate With Reactive Gliosis and Motor Coordination in Mice With Head Trauma. Alonge KM, Herbert MJ, Yagi M, Cook DG, Banks WA, Logsdon AF. Front Behav Neurosci. 2021 Oct 28;15:745288. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2021.745288. eCollection 2021.

Decoding perineuronal net glycan sulfation patterns in the Alzheimer’s disease brain. Logsdon AF, Francis KL, Richardson NE, Hu SJ, Faber CL, Phan BA, Nguyen V, Setthavongsack N, Banks WA, Woltjer RL, Keene CD, Latimer CS, Schwartz MW, Scarlett JM, Alonge KM. Alzheimers Dement. 2022 May;18(5):942-954. doi: 10.1002/alz.12451.

Nutritional regulation of oligodendrocyte differentiation regulates perineuronal net remodeling in the median eminence. Kohnke S, Buller S, Nuzzaci D, Ridley K, Lam B, Pivonkova H, Bentsen MA, Alonge KM, Zhao C, Tadross J, Holmqvist S, Shimizu T, Hathaway H, Li H, Macklin W, Schwartz MW, Richardson WD, Yeo GSH, Franklin RJM, Karadottir RT, Rowitch DH, Blouet C. Cell Rep. 2021 Jul 13;36(2):109362. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109362.

Brain control of blood glucose levels: implications for the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. Alonge KM, D’Alessio DA, Schwartz MW. Diabetologia. 2021 Jan;64(1):5-14. doi: 10.1007/s00125-020-05293-3. Epub 2020 Oct 12.

(Correction to: Brain control of blood glucose levels: implications for the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.  Alonge KM, D’Alessio DA, Schwartz MW. Diabetologia. 2021 Jan;64(1):259. doi: 10.1007/s00125-020-05321-2.)

Rapid Differentiation of Chondroitin Sulfate Isomers by Gas-phase Hydrogen-deuterium Exchange. Alonge KM, Harkewicz R, Guttman M. Curr Mol Med. 2020;20(10):821-827. doi: 10.2174/1566524020666200915110707.

Hypothalamic perineuronal net assembly is required for sustained diabetes remission induced by fibroblast growth factor 1 in rats. Alonge KM, Mirzadeh Z, Scarlett JM, Logsdon AF, Brown JM, Cabrales E, Chan CK, Kaiyala KJ, Bentsen MA, Banks WA, Guttman M, Wight TN, Morton GJ, Schwartz MW. Nat Metab. 2020 Oct;2(10):1025-1033. doi: 10.1038/s42255-020-00275-6. Epub 2020 Sep 7.

Transcriptomic analysis links diverse hypothalamic cell types to fibroblast growth factor 1-induced sustained diabetes remission. Bentsen MA, Rausch DM, Mirzadeh Z, Muta K, Scarlett JM, Brown JM, Herranz-Pérez V, Baquero AF, Thompson J, Alonge KM, Faber CL, Kaiyala KJ, Bennett C, Pyke C, Ratner C, Egerod KL, Holst B, Meek TH, Kutlu B, Zhang Y, Sparso T, Grove KL, Morton GJ, Kornum BR, García-Verdugo JM, Secher A, Jorgensen R, Schwartz MW, Pers TH. Nat Commun. 2020 Sep 7;11(1):4458. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17720-5.

Adipocyte-Derived Versican and Macrophage-Derived Biglycan Control Adipose Tissue Inflammation in Obesity. Han CY, Kang I, Harten IA, Gebe JA, Chan CK, Omer M, Alonge KM, den Hartigh LJ, Gomes Kjerulf D, Goodspeed L, Subramanian S, Wang S, Kim F, Birk DE, Wight TN, Chait A. Cell Rep. 2020 Jun 30;31(13):107818. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107818.

Quantitative analysis of chondroitin sulfate disaccharides from human and rodent fixed brain tissue by electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. Alonge KM, Logsdon AF, Murphree TA, Banks WA, Keene CD, Edgar JS, Whittington D, Schwartz MW, Guttman M. Glycobiology. 2019 Nov 20;29(12):847-860. doi: 10.1093/glycob/cwz060.

Perineuronal Net Formation during the Critical Period for Neuronal Maturation in the Hypothalamic Arcuate Nucleus. Mirzadeh Z, Alonge KM, Cabrales E, Herranz-Pérez V, Scarlett JM, Brown JM, Hassouna R, Matsen ME, Nguyen HT, Garcia-Verdugo JM, Zeltser LM, Schwartz MW. Nat Metab. 2019 Feb;1(2):212-221. doi: 10.1038/s42255-018-0029-0. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

Glucagon and Insulin Cooperatively Stimulate Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 Gene Transcription by Increasing the Expression of Activating Transcription Factor 4. Alonge KM, Meares GP, Hillgartner FB. J Biol Chem. 2017 Mar 31;292(13):5239-5252. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.762922. Epub 2017 Feb 10.

Glucagon stimulates hepatic FGF21 secretion through a PKA- and EPAC-dependent posttranscriptional mechanism. Cyphert HA, Alonge KM, Ippagunta SM, Hillgartner FB. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 14;9(4):e94996. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094996. eCollection 2014.