About Dr. Jeter
Dr. Jeter has ~15 years of experience performing detailed cell and molecular analyses of normal and tumor tissues contributing to our understanding of molecular oncogenesis. Her lab has dissected the mechanisms underlying NANOG-mediated oncogenesis and prostate cancer progression to castration resistance. Other ongoing collaborative research includes studies of DNA damage repair, cancer cell metastasis and cell-fate specification. Her independent research aiming to ascertain how attributes of stem cells fuel tumorigenesis has been largely centered on confocal microscopy. Advanced confocal has included high-resolution multispectral imaging, protein-proximity assays, and biological phenotyping and time-lapse imaging. During this time, she has managed the EMC departmental laser scanning confocal microscope (Zeiss LSM880 with AiryScan) served as Co-Director of the Science Park Flow Cytometry and Cell Imaging Core, trained all departmental users and developed advanced confocal capabilities at her facility. User training, protocol development and collaborative confocal imaging requests are welcome.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, Division of Basic Science Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX
Dr. Jeter's research aims to illuminate tumor heterogeneity and the stem cell attributes of cancer cells. Potentially encompassing both the cancer cell-of-origin and oncogenic reprogramming they apply laser scanning confocal microscopy to investigate neoplastic stem-like cells in situ and NextGen Sequencing to query gene expression profiles of purified candidate CSCs ex vivo. Using these cutting-edge methods, the pluripotency factor NANOG convergence on the master transcription factors AR and FOXA1 (Jeter et al., 2016) was recently discovered to underlie NANOG-mediated prostate cancer castration-resistance phenotypes and gene signatures (Jeter et al., 2011). Fluorescence-tagged transgenic mouse models are also being applied to query tumor development and cancer origins via confocal and RNA-Seq transcriptome profiling, such as a novel prostate-specific dox-repressible H2B-GFP label-retaining cell system utilized to characterize a luminal stem/progenitor cell implicated in prostate homeostasis and prostate cancer. Currently they are working to establish methods to interrogate cancer stem cell reprogramming of the bone marrow niche, an event that may presage or augment bone metastases. Other interests include: 3D reconstructions and imaging of thicker tissue/tumor specimens, time-lapse imaging and lineage tracing, molecular mechanisms of DNA damage repair, and protein proximity and dynamics (e.g., FRET/FRAP). As director of Cell Imaging (part of our Flow Cytometry and Cell Imaging Core) at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Science Park, collaborative investigations in any of these imaging areas are welcome.
|2004||The University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, PHD, Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|1993||The University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, BS, Molecular Biology|
|2004-2009||Research Fellowship, Molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis and cancer cell biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX|
- Liu B, Gong S, Li Q, Chen X, Moore J, Suraneni MV, Badeaux MD, Jeter CR, Shen J, Mehmood R, Fan Q, Tang DG. Transgenic overexpression of NanogP8 in the mouse prostate is insufficient to initiate tumorigenesis but weakly promotes tumor development in the Hi-Myc mouse model. Oncotarget 8(32):52746-60, 2017. e-Pub 2017.
- Jeter CR, Liu B, Lu Y, Chao HP, Zhang D, Liu X, Chen X, Li Q, Rycaj K, Calhoun-Davis T, Yan L, Hu Q, Wang J, Shen J, Liu S, Tang DG. NANOG reprograms prostate cancer cells to castration resistance via dynamically repressing and engaging the AR/FOXA1 signaling axis. Cell Disc 2:16041, 2016.
- Chen X, Li Q, Liu X, Liu C, Liu R, Rycaj K, Zhang D, Liu B, Jeter C, Calhoun-Davis T, Lin K, Lu Y, Chao HP, Shen J, Tang DG. Defining a population of stem-like human prostate cancer cells that can generate and propagate castration-resistant prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res 22(17):4505-16, 2016.
- Liu X, Chen X, Rycaj K, Chao HP, Deng Q, Jeter C, Liu C, Honorio S, Li H, Davis T, Suraneni M, Laffin B, Qin J, Li Q, Yang T, Whitney P, Shen J, Huang J, Tang DG. Systematic dissection of phenotypic, functional, and tumorigenic heterogeneity of human prostate cancer cells. Oncotarget 6(27):23959-86, 2015.
- Ferguson BW, Gao X, Zelazowski MJ, Lee J, Jeter CR, Abba MC, Aldaz CM,. The cancer gene WWOX behaves as an inhibitor of SMAD3 transcriptional activity via direct binding. BMC Cancer 13:593, 2013.
- Badeaux MA, Jeter CR, Gong S, Liu B, Suraneni MV, Rundhaug J, Fischer SM, Yang T, Kusewitt D, Tang DG. In vivo functional studies of tumor-specific retrogene NanogP8 in transgenic animals. Cell Cycle 12(15):2395-408, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23839044.
- Qin J, Liu X, Laffin B, Chen X, Choy G, Jeter CR, Calhoun-Davis T, Li H, Palapattu GS, Pang S, Lin K, Huang J, Ivanov I, Li W, Suraneni MV, Tang DG. The PSA(-/lo) prostate cancer cell population harbors self-renewing long-term tumor-propagating cells that resist castration. Cell Stem Cell 10(5):556-69, 2012. PMID: 22560078.
- Jeter CR, Liu B, Liu X, Chen X, Liu C, Calhoun-Davis T, Repass J, Zaehres H, Shen JJ, Tang DG. NANOG promotes cancer stem cell characteristics and prostate cancer resistance to androgen deprivation. Oncogene 30(36):3833-3845, 2011.
- Liu C, Kelnar K, Liu B, Chen X, Calhoun-Davis T, Li H, Patrawala L, Yan H, Jeter C, Honorio S, Wiggins JF, Bader AG, Fagin R, Brown D, Tang DG. The microRNA miR-34a inhibits prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis by directly repressing CD44. Nat Med 17(2):211-5, 2011.
- Jeter CR, Badeaux M, Choy G, Chandra D, Patrawala L, Liu C, Calhoun-Davis T, Zaehres H, Daley GQ, Tang DG. Functional evidence that the self-renewal gene NANOG regulates human tumor development. Stem Cells 27(5):993-1005, 2009. PMID: 19415763.
- Jeter CR, Yang T, Wang J, Chao HP, Tang DG. Concise Review: NANOG in Cancer Stem Cells and Tumor Development: An Update and Outstanding Questions. Stem Cells 33(8):2381-90, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 25821200.
- Tang DG, Patrawala L, Calhoun T, Bhatia B, Choy G, Schneider-Broussard R, Jeter C. Prostate cancer stem/progenitor cells: identification, characterization, and implications. Mol Carcinog 46(1):1-14, 2007. PMID: 16921491.
- Jeter, CR. Investigating the Role of the Embryonic Stem Cell Self-Renewal Gene NANOG in Neoplastic Processes. In: Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells. Springer: New York, 2013.
- Jeter, CR and Tang, DG. Prostate Tissue Stem Cells and Prostate Cancer Progression. In: Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine. Wiley-VCH, 2012.
- Jeter CR, Tang DG. Prostate cancer stem cells. In: Cancer Stem Cells. Cambridge University Press, 2009.