Donna F. Kusewitt, D.V.M., Ph.D.

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Research Professor


Education and Certification Information

Medical Sciences
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri
St. Louis, MO

Board Certifications:
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 1983

Selected Publications:

  • von Maltzan K, Li Y, Rundhaug JE, Hudson LG, Fischer SM, Kusewitt DF. Role of the Slug Transcription Factor in Chemically-Induced Skin Cancer. J Clin Med. 2016 Feb 3;5(2). pii: E21. doi: 10.3390/jcm5020021. PMID: 26848699

  • Perez CJ, Mecklenburg L, Jaubert J, Martinez-Santamaria L, Iritani BM, Espejo A, Napoli E, Song G, del Río M, DiGiovanni J, Giulivi C, Bedford MT, Dent SY, Wood RD, Kusewitt DF, Guénet JL, Conti CJ, Benavides F. Increased Susceptibility to Skin Carcinogenesis Associated with a Spontaneous Mouse Mutation in the Palmitoyl Transferase Zdhhc13 Gene. J Invest Dermatol. 2015 Dec;135(12):3133-43. doi: 10.1038/jid.2015.314. Epub 2015 Aug 19. PMID: 26288350

  • Shirley SH, Hammiller B, Hansen LA, Crysup B, Hudson LG, Kusewitt DF. J Dermatol Sci. Role of the epidermal growth factor receptor in ultraviolet radiation induction of Snail family transcription factors. 2014 Nov;76(2):149-51. doi: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Sep 16. PMID: 25278223

  • Sarkar J, Dominguez E, Li G, Kusewitt DF, Johnson DG. Mol Carcinog. Modeling gene-environment interactions in oral cavity and esophageal cancers demonstrates a role for the p53 R72P polymorphism in modulating susceptibility. 2014 Aug;53(8):648-58. doi: 10.1002/mc.22019. Epub 2013 Mar 8. PMID: 23475592

  • Nagarajan P, Tober KL, Riggenbach JA, Kusewitt DF, Lehman AM, Sielecki T, Pruitt J, Satoskar AR, Oberyszyn TM. MIF antagonist (CPSI-1306) protects against UVB-induced squamous cell carcinoma. Mol Cancer Res. 2014 Sep;12(9):1292-302. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-14-0255-T. Epub 2014 May 21. PMID: 24850900

  • Quan KK, Kusewitt DF, Hudson LG. J Dermatol Sci. Glyoxal leads to defective keratinocyte migration and down-regulation of Snai2. 2014 Feb;73(2):166-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2013.10.001. Epub 2013 Oct 18. No abstract available. PMID: 24210586

  • Perez CJ, Rundhaug JE, Johnson DG, Oberyszyn TM, Tober KL, Kusewitt DF. Slug expression in mouse skin and skin tumors is not regulated by p53. J Invest Dermatol. 2014 Feb;134(2):566-8. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.363. Epub 2013 Sep 5. No abstract available. PMID: 24008423

  • Shirley SH, von Maltzan K, Robbins PO, Kusewitt DF. Melanocyte and melanoma cell activation by calprotectin. J Skin Cancer. 2014;2014:846249. doi: 10.1155/2014/846249. Epub 2014 Aug 12. PMID: 25197574

  • Burns EM, Tober KL, Riggenbach JA, Kusewitt DF, Young GS, Oberyszyn TM. Differential effects of topical vitamin E and C E Ferulic® treatments on ultraviolet light B-induced cutaneous tumor development in Skh-1 mice. PLoS One. 2013 May 14;8(5):e63809. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063809. Print 2013. PMID: 23691100

  • Lange SS, Bedford E, Reh S, Wittschieben JP, Carbajal S, Kusewitt DF, DiGiovanni J, Wood RD. Dual role for mammalian DNA polymerase ζ in maintaining genome stability and proliferative responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Feb 19;110(8):E687-96. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217425110. Epub 2013 Feb 5. PMID: 23386725

  • Burns EM, Tober KL, Riggenbach JA, Schick JS, Lamping KN, Kusewitt DF, Young GS, Oberyszyn TM. Preventative topical diclofenac treatment differentially decreases tumor burden in male and female Skh-1 mice in a model of UVB-induced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Carcinogenesis. 2013 Feb;34(2):370-7. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgs349. Epub 2012 Nov 3. PMID: 23125227

  • Burns EM, Tober KL, Riggenbach JA, Kusewitt DF, Young GS, Oberyszyn TM. Extended UVB Exposures Alter Tumorigenesis and Treatment Efficacy in a Murine Model of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma. J Skin Cancer. 2013;2013:246848. doi: 10.1155/2013/246848. Epub 2013 Oct 27. PMID: 24286011

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