Prof. Xiaodong LIU
BSc,MPhil, PhD

Research Assistant Professor (Non-clinical)
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests
Pain neurocircuitry; Chronic pain mechanisms; Sepsis; Autophagy


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(*corresponding author, ^co-first author)


  • Wang K Zhan Y, …5 authors…, Liu X, Du B, Wei X and Xiao J (2020) Tubeimoside I-induced lung cancer cell death and they underlying crosstalk between lysosomes and mitochondria. Cell Death Dis Accepted.
  • Wang K^, Liu X^, Liu Q^, Ho IHT, …8 authors…, Zhang L, Chan MTV, Wu WKK, Du B and Xiao J (2020) Hederagenin potentiated cisplatin- and paclitaxel-mediated cytotoxicity by impairing autophagy in lung cancer cells. Cell Death Dis Accepted.
  • Ho IHT, Chan MTV, Wu WKK*, Liu X* (2020) Spinal microglia-neuron interactions in chronic pain. J Leukoc Biol Online ahead of print.
  • Yuan Q, Liu X, Xian Y, Yao M, Zhang X, Huang P, Wu W, Lin Z (2020) Satellite glia activation in dorsal root ganglion contributes to mechanical allodynia after selective motor fiber injury in adult rats. Biomed Pharmacother 127:110187.
  • Ho J^, Chan H^, Liang Y^, Liu X^, Zhang L^, …17 authors…Wu WKK (2020) Cathelicidin preserves intestinal barrier function in polymicrobial sepsis. Crit Care 24:47.
  • Wang K, Gong Q, Zhan Y, Chen B, Yin T, Lu Y, Zhang Y, Wang H, Ke J, Du B, Liu X*, Xiao J* (2020) Blockage of autophagic flux and induction of mitochondria fragmentation by paroxetine hydrochloride in lung cancer cells promotes apoptosis via the ROS-MAPK pathway. Front Cell Dev Biol 7:397.

  • Zhang X^, Liu X^, Xian Y, Zhang F, Huang P, Tang Y, Yuan Q, Lin Z (2019) Berberine enhances survival and axonal regeneration of motoneurons following spinal root avulsion and re-implantation in rats. Free Radic Biol Med 143:454-470.
  • Yuan Q, Liu X, Xian YF, Tang Y, Zou J, Zhang X, Huang P, Wu W, Song YQ, Lin ZX (2019) Origins of beta amyloid differ between vascular amyloid deposition and parenchymal amyloid plaques in the spinal cord of a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Mol Neurobiol 57:278-289.
  • Choi CKK, Chiu YTE, Zhuo X, Liu Y, Pak CY, Liu X, Tse YS, Wang J, Choi CHJ (2019) Dopamine-mediated assembly of citrate-capped plasmonic nanoparticles into stable core-shell nanoworms for intracellular applications. ACS Nano 13(5):5864-5884.
  • Xiang X, Wang S, Shao F, Fang J, Xu Y, Wang W, Sun H, Liu X, Du J, Fang J (2019) Electroacupuncture stimulation alleviates CFA-induced inflammatory pain via suppressing P2X3 expression. Int J Mol Sci 20(13). pii:E3248.
  • Wang K, Chen B, Yin T, Zhan Y, Lu Y, Zhang Y, Chen J, Wu W, Zhou S, Mao W, Tan Y, Du B, Liu X, Ho HI, Xiao J (2019) N-Methylparoxetine blocked autophagic flux and induced apoptosis by activating ROS-MAPK pathway in non-small cell lung cancer cells. Int J Mol Sci 20(14). pii:E3415.
  • Li Z, Ho IHT, Li X, Xu D, Wu WKK, Chan MTV, Li S, Liu X (2019) Long non-coding RNAs in the spinal cord injury: Novel spotlight. J Cell Mol Med 23(8):4883-4890.
  • Wang K^, Xiao J^, Liu X^, Jiang Z, Zhan Y, Yin T, He L, Zhang F, Xing S, Chen B, Li Y, Zhang F, Kuang Z, Du B, Gu J (2019) AICD: an integrated anti-inflammatory compounds database for drug discovery. Sci Rep 9(1):7737.
  • Ho IHT^, Liu X^, Zou Y^, Liu T, Hu W, Chan H, Tian Y, Zhang Y, Li Q, Kou S, Chan CS, Gin T, Cheng C, Wong SH, Yu J, Zhang L, Wu WKK, Chan MTV (2019) A novel peptide interfering with proBDNF-sortilin interaction alleviates chronic inflammatory pain. Theranostics 9:1651-1665.
  • Chen X, Chan H, Zhang L, Liu X, Ho IHT, Zhang X, Ho J, Hu W, Tian Y, Kou S, Chan CS, Yu J, Wong SH, Gin T, Chan MTV*, Sun X*, Wu WKK* (2019) The phytochemical polydatin ameliorates non-alcoholic steatohepatitis by restoring lysosomal function and autophagic flux. J Cell Mol Med 23(6):4290-4300.
  • Hu W, Zhang L, Li M, Shen J, Liu X, Xiao Z, Wu DL, Ho IHT, Wu JCY, Cheung CKY, Zhang YC, Lau AHY, Ashktorab H, Smoot DT, Fang EF, Chan MTV, Gin T, Gong W, Wu WKK, Cho CH (2019) Vitamin D3 activates the autolysosomal degradation function against Helicobacter pylori through PDIA3 receptor in gastric epithelial cells. Autophagy 15(4):707-725.
  • Li Z, Li X, Chen X, Li S, Ho IHT, Liu X, Chan MTV, Wu WKK (2019) Emerging roles of long non-coding RNAs in neuropathic pain. Cell Prolif 52(1):e12528.

  • Zhan Y, Wang K, Li Q, Zou Y, Chen B, Gong Q, Ho IHT, Yin T, Zhang F, Lu Y, Wu W, Zhang Y, Tan Y, Du B*, Liu X* (2018) The novel autophagy inhibitor alpha-hederin promoted paclitaxel cytotoxicity by increasing reactive species accumulation in non-small lung cancer cells. Int J Mol Sci 19(10): 3221.

  • Zheng N^, Liu X^, Zhang R, Ho IHT, Chen S, Xu J, Yao H, Wang J, Yue J, Wang X, Qin L (2018) Jingshu Keli attenuates cervical spinal nerve ligation induced allodynia in rats through inhibition of spinal microglia and Stat3 activation. Spine J S1529-9430(18)30633-8.

  • Yi H, Wang K, Du B, He L, Ho IHT, Qiu M, Zou Y, Li Q, Zhan Y, Zhao Z*, Liu X* (2018) Aleuritolic acid impaired autophagic flux and induced apoptosis in Hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells. Molecules 23(6):1338.

  • Yi H, Wang K, Jin JF, Jin H, Yang L, Zou Y, Du B*, Liu X* (2018) Elevated Adenylyl Cyclase 9 expression is a potential prognostic biomarker for patients with colon cancer. Med Sci Monit 24:19-25.

  • Yi H, Wang K, Jin H, Su JF, Zou Y, Li Q, He L, Liu X* (2018) Overexpression of Rho-Associated Coiled-Coil containing protein kinase 2 is correlated with clinical progression and poor prognosis in breast cancer Med Sci Monit 24:4776-4781.

  • Tian Y, Liu X, Jia M, Yu H, Lichtner P, Shi Y, Meng Z, Kou S, Ho IHT, Jia B, Cheng BCP, Lam CKM, Tsang S, Wong SH, Yu J, Cheng CHK, Gin T#, Wu WKK#, Chen Z#, Chan MTV#; Persistent Pain After Surgery Study Investigators (2018) Targeted genotyping identifies susceptibility locus in brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene for chronic postsurgical pain. Anesthesiology 128(3):587-597.

  • Liu T, Shi Y, Chan MTV, Peng G, Zhang Q, Sun X, Zhu Z, Xie Y, Sham KWY, Li J, Liu X, Ho IHT, Gin T, Lu Z, Wu WKK, Cheng CHK (2018) Developmental protein kinase C hyper-activation results in microcephaly and behavioural abnormalities in zebrafish. Transl Psychiatry 8(1):232.

  • Xiao J, Wang X, Wu Y, Zhao Q, Liu X, Zhang G, Zhao Z, Ning Y, Wang K, Tan Y, Du B (2018) Synergistic effect of resveratrol and HSV-TK/GCV therapy on murine hepatoma cells. Cancer Biol Ther (Epub ahead of print).

  • Chan H, Zhao S, Zhang L, Ho J, Leung CHH, Wong WT, Tian Y, Liu X, Kwong TNY, Chan RCY, Yu SSB, Wang MHT, Tse G*, Wong SH*, Chan MTV*, Wu WKK* (2018) Clostridium difficile toxin B induces autophagic cell death in colonocytes. J Cell Mol Med 22(4):2469-2477.

  • Chan H, Ho J, Liu X, Zhang L, Wong SH, Chan MTV, Wu WKK (2017) Potential and use of bacterial small RNAs to combat drug resistance: A systematic review. Infect Drug Resist 10:521-32.

  • Ho J, Zhang L, Liu X, Wong SH, Lau BWM, Ngai SPC, Chan H, Choi G, Leung CCH, Wong WT, Tsang S, Gin T, Yu J, Chan MTV*, Wu WKK* (2017) Pathological role and diagnostic value of endogenous host defense peptides in adult and neonatal sepsis: a systematic review. Shock 47(6):673-679.