Clinical Focus

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Internship: Stanford University Pathology Residency CA
  • Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology (2013)
  • Board Certification: Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, American Board of Pathology (2014)
  • Medical Education: University of California, San Diego (2009)
  • Residency: Stanford University Hospital and Clinics CA
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Hospital and Clinics CA

All Publications

  • Normalizing microbiota-induced retinoic acid deficiency stimulates protective CD8+ T-cell-mediated immunity in colorectal cancer Immunity Bhattacharya, N., Yuan, R., Prestwood, T., Penny, H., DiMaio, M., Reticker-Flynn, N., Krois, C., Kenkel, J., Pham, T., Carmi, Y., Tolentino, L., Choi, O., Hulett, R., Wang, J., Winer, D., Napoli, J., Engleman, E. 2016; 45: 641–55


    Although all-trans-retinoic acid (atRA) is a key regulator of intestinal immunity, its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) is unknown. We found that mice with colitis-associated CRC had a marked deficiency in colonic atRA due to alterations in atRA metabolism mediated by microbiota-induced intestinal inflammation. Human ulcerative colitis (UC), UC-associated CRC, and sporadic CRC specimens have similar alterations in atRA metabolic enzymes, consistent with reduced colonic atRA. Inhibition of atRA signaling promoted tumorigenesis, whereas atRA supplementation reduced tumor burden. The benefit of atRA treatment was mediated by cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells, which were activated due to MHCI upregulation on tumor cells. Consistent with these findings, increased colonic expression of the atRA-catabolizing enzyme, CYP26A1, correlated with reduced frequencies of tumoral cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells and with worse disease prognosis in human CRC. These results reveal a mechanism by which microbiota drive colon carcinogenesis and highlight atRA metabolism as a therapeutic target for CRC.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.immuni.2016.08.008

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5132405