Rodger Alan Liddle, MD

Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 1033A GSRB-1 Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-6380
Email address rodger.liddle@duke.edu

Our laboratory has two major research interests:

Enteroendocrine Cell Biology

Enteroendocrine cells (EECs) are sensory cells of the gut that send signals throughout the body.  They have the ability to sense food and nutrients in the lumen of the intestine and secrete hormones into the blood.  Our laboratory has had a longstanding interest in two types of EECs that regulate satiety and signal the brain to stop eating.   Cholecystokinin (CCK) is secreted from EECs of the upper small intestine and regulates the ingestion and digestion of food through effects on the stomach, gallbladder, pancreas and brain.  Peptide YY (PYY) is secreted from EECs of the small intestine and colon and regulates satiety.  We recently demonstrated that CCK and PYY cells not only secrete hormones but are directly connected to nerves through unique cellular processes called ‘neuropods’.  Our laboratory is devoted to understanding EECs signaling and its role in disease.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the pancreas compounded by intrapancreaatic activation of digestive enzymes.  Our laboratory is studying the influence of nerves on the development of pancreatitis. Neurogenic inflammation results from the release of bioactive substances from sensory neurons in the pancreas causing vasodilatation, edema, and inflammatory cell infiltration producing tissue necrosis. Our goal is to identify the agents that activate sensory neurons, characterize the receptors on sensory nerves that mediate these actions, and determine the effects of neural stimulation on pancreatic injury with the long-term objective of developing strategies to reduce neurogenic inflammation to treat pancreatitis. 

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Education and Training

  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, Gastroenterology, University of California - San Francisco, 1981 - 1984
  • Residency, Generalinternal Medicine, University of California - San Francisco, 1979 - 1981
  • Internship, General Internal Medicine, University of California - San Francisco, 1978 - 1979
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University, 1978
  • B.S., University of Utah, 1972

Publications

Chandra, R, Wang, Y, Shahid, RA, Vigna, SR, Freedman, NJ, and Liddle, RA. "Immunoglobulin-like domain containing receptor 1 mediates fat-stimulated cholecystokinin secretion." The Journal of Clinical Investigation 123, no. 8 (August 2013): 3343-3352.

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23863714
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Shahid, RA, Vigna, SR, and Liddle, RA. "Bile Acid-Induced Acute Pancreatitis Is Mediated by Acinar Cell Leukotriene B-4 Secretion." May 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Chandra, R, Wang, Y, Shahid, RA, Vigna, SR, Freedman, NJ, and Liddle, RA. "Immunoglobulin-Like Domain Containing Receptor Mediates Fat-Stimulated Cholecystokinin Secretion." May 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Sundaresan, S, Shahid, R, Riehl, TE, Chandra, R, Nassir, F, Stenson, WF, Liddle, RA, and Abumrad, NA. "CD36-dependent signaling mediates fatty acid-induced gut release of secretin and cholecystokinin." Faseb Journal : Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 27, no. 3 (March 2013): 1191-1202.

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23233532
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Chandra, R, and Liddle, RA. "Modulation of pancreatic exocrine and endocrine secretion." Current Opinion in Gastroenterology 29, no. 5 (2013): 517-522.

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Shah, TU, Liddle, R, Branch, MS, Jowell, P, Obando, J, and Poleski, M. "Pilot study of aprepitant for prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis in high risk patients: a phase II randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial. (Published online)" JOP 13, no. 5 (September 10, 2012): 514-518.

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22964958
Scholars@Duke

Chandra, R, and Liddle, RA. "Neurohormonal regulation of pancreatic secretion." Curr Opin Gastroenterol 28, no. 5 (September 2012): 483-487. (Review)

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22782019
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Forsmark, CE, and Liddle, RA. "The challenging task of treating painful chronic pancreatitis." Gastroenterology 143, no. 3 (September 2012): 533-535.

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22841737
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Shahid, RA, Vigna, SR, and Liddle, RA. "Leukotriene B-4 Activation of TRPV1 Mediates Acute Pancreatitis Induced by Pancreatic Duct Infusion of Sodium Taurocholate in Mice." May 2012.

Scholars@Duke

Vigna, SR, Shahid, RA, and Liddle, RA. "The Role of TRPV1 in Ethanol Plus Fatty Acid-Induced Acute Pancreatitis in Mice." May 2012.

Scholars@Duke

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