Thomas Myron Coffman, MD

Professor of Medicine
James R. Clapp Professor of Medicine, in the School of Medicine
Professor in Cell Biology
Professor in Immunology
Campus mail Duke Box 103015, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-9788
Email address coffm002@duke.edu

My laboratory is interested mechanisms of kidney injury in disease states and the role of the kidney in regulation of blood pressure. Our research addresses issues that are relevant to disorders such as hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, transplant rejection, and autoimmune diseases. We have been particularly interested in two hormone systems that impact these processes: (1) the renin-angiotensin system and (2) lipid mediators derived from cyco-oxygenase metabolism of arachidonic acid. Our studies have taken advantage of available technologies for producing genetic alterations in mice to study the physiology of these systems. As one example, we generated and characterized lines of mice lacking the major physiological receptors for angiotensin II in the mouse. These studies have provided novel information regarding the role of these receptors in blood pressure homeostasis, in promoting kidney injury in disease states, and in the regulation of inflammation. A major objective of our work is to identify new approaches to treatment and disease prevention. To this end, we are using molecular genetic technology to develop and refine mouse models of human diseases such as diabetic nephropathy, kidney transplant rejection, and hypertension.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship in Nephrology, Duke University School of Medicine, 1983 - 1985
  • M.D., Ohio State University, 1980

Publications

Ortiz-Melo, D, and Coffman, TM. "A trip to inner space: insights into salt balance from cosmonauts." Cell Metab 17, no. 1 (January 8, 2013): 1-2.

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23312276
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Sparks, MA, Makhanova, NA, Griffiths, RC, Snouwaert, JN, Koller, BH, and Coffman, TM. "Thromboxane receptors in smooth muscle promote hypertension, vascular remodeling, and sudden death." Hypertension 61, no. 1 (January 2013): 166-173.

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23150508
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Herrera, M, Sparks, MA, Alfonso-Pecchio, AR, Harrison-Bernard, LM, and Coffman, TM. "Lack of specificity of commercial antibodies leads to misidentification of angiotensin type 1 receptor protein." Hypertension 61, no. 1 (January 2013): 253-258.

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23150519
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Pippin, JW, Sparks, MA, Glenn, ST, Buitrago, S, Coffman, TM, Duffield, JS, Gross, KW, and Shankland, SJ. "Cells of renin lineage are progenitors of podocytes and parietal epithelial cells in experimental glomerular disease." American Journal of Pathology 183, no. 2 (2013): 542-557.

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23769837
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Le, TH, Crowley, SD, Gurley, SB, and Coffman, TM. "The Renin-Angiotensin System." Seldin and Geibisch's The Kidney 1 (2013): 427-450.

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Dolber, PC, Jin, H, Nassar, R, Coffman, TM, Gurley, SB, and Fraser, MO. "The effects of Ins2(Akita) diabetes and chronic angiotensin II infusion on cystometric properties in mice (Accepted)." Neurourology and Urodynamics (2013).

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25048174
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Zhang, J-D, Patel, MB, Song, Y-S, Griffiths, R, Burchette, J, Ruiz, P, Sparks, MA, Yan, M, Howell, DN, Gomez, JA, Spurney, RF, Coffman, TM, and Crowley, SD. "A novel role for type 1 angiotensin receptors on T lymphocytes to limit target organ damage in hypertension." Circ Res 110, no. 12 (June 8, 2012): 1604-1617.

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22534490
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Crowley, SD, and Coffman, TM. "Recent advances involving the renin-angiotensin system." Experimental Cell Research 318, no. 9 (May 2012): 1049-1056. (Review)

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22410251
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Gembardt, F, van Veghel, R, Coffman, TM, Schultheiss, H-P, Danser, AHJ, and Walther, T. "Hemodynamic effects of vasorelaxant compounds in mice lacking one, two or all three angiotensin II receptors." Hypertension Research : Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension 35, no. 5 (May 2012): 547-551.

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22278624
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Chen, D, and Coffman, TM. "The kidney and hypertension: lessons from mouse models." Can J Cardiol 28, no. 3 (May 2012): 305-310. (Review)

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22482395
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