Neuroscience Graduate Program Recent NGP Publications

Barber KR; Tanquary J; Bush K; Shaw A; Woodson M; Tangavelou K; Sherman M; Wairkar YP. Active zone proteins are transported via distinct mechanisms regulated by Par-1 Kinase. PLoS Genet. 2017 Feb 21; 13(2):e1006621; PMID:28222093]


Barber KR; Hruska M, Bush KM, Martinez JA, Fei H, Levitan IB, Dalva MB, Wairkar YP. (2018) Levels of Par-1 kinase determine the localization of Bruchpilot at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction synapses. Sci. Rep. 8(1):16099. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34250-9.


Bittar A, Jun J, La J-H, Wang J, Leem J W, Chung J M., Reactive oxygen species affect spinal cell type-specific synaptic plasticity in a model of neuropathic pain. Pain. 2017 Jul 11.


Bush, KM., Barber, K.R. Martinez, J.A., Tang, SJ. Wairkar, Y.P. Drosophila model of anti-retroviral therapy induced peripheral neuropathy and nociceptive hypersensitivity. Biology Open 2021 10: bio054635 doi: 10.1242/bio.054635 Published 27 January 2021.


Comerota, M.M.,  Balaji Krishnan & Giulio Taglialatela. Near infrared light decreases synaptic vulnerability to amyloid beta oligomers Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 15012(2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15357-x


Comerota, M.M., Tumurbaatar, B; Krishnan, B; Kayed, R; Taglialatela, G, 2019. Near Infrared Light Treatment Reduces Synaptic Levels of Toxic Tau in Two Transgenic Mouse Models of Human Tauopathies, Molecular Neurobiology. 56(5):3341-3355


Crofton EJ, Zhang Y, Green TA. The proteomics of cocaine in the nucleus accumbens (in press), In Preedy (Ed.), The Neuroscience of Cocaine.


Crofton EJ; Nenov MN; Zhang Y; Scala F; Page SA; McCue DL; Li D; Hommel JD; Laezza F; Green TA. Glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta alters anxiety-, depression-, and addiction-related behaviors and neuronal activity in the nucleus accumbens shell. Neuropharmacology. , 2017 Jan 23.


Crofton EJ, Nenov MN, Zhang Y, Tapia CM, Donnelly J, Koshy S, Laezza F, Green TA. Topographic transcriptomics of the nucleus accumbens shell: Identification and validation of fatty acid binding protein 5 as target for cocaine addiction. Neuropharmacology. 2021 Feb 1;183:108398. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2020.108398. Epub 2020 Nov 9. PMID: 33181146; PMCID: PMC7755097


Di Re, J., Wadsworth, P. A., & Laezza, F. (2017). Intracellular Fibroblast Growth Factor 14 : Emerging Risk Factor for Brain Disorders, 11(April), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fncel.2017.00103


Di Gesù CM, Matz LM, Buffington SA. Diet-induced dysbiosis of the maternal gut microbiome in early life programming of neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuroscience Research. 2021 Jul;168:3-19. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2021.05.003. Epub 2021 May 13. PMID: 33992660.


Franklin, W., Krishnan, B; Cappello, F.; Taglialateola, G, 2019. Chronic synaptic insulin resistance after traumatic brain injury abolishes insulin protection from amyloid beta and tau oligomer-induced synaptic dysfunction. Scientific Reports. 9(1):8228.


Hankerd K, McDonough KE, Wang J, Tang SJ, Chung JM, La JH. Postinjury stimulation triggers a transition to nociplastic pain in mice. Pain. 2021 Jun 14. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002366. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34285154


Lo Cascio, F. and Kayed R., Azure C Targets and Modulates Toxic Tau Oligomers. ACS Chem Neurosci.  2018 Mar 1. doi: 10.1021/acschemneuro.7b00501. [Epub ahead of print]


Marino, C.; Krishnan, B; Cappello, F.; Taglialatela, G., 2019. Hsp60 protects against amyloidbeta oligomer synaptic toxicity via modification of toxic oligomer conformation. Acs Chemical Neuroscience, May 24.


McCue DL; Kasper JM; Hommel JD (2017) Regulation of motivation for food by neuromedin U in the paraventricular nucleus and the dorsal raphe nucleus.  International Journal of Obesity. 41(1):120-128


McCue DL; Kasper JM; A; Hommel JD. (2019). Incubation of feeding behavior is regulated by neuromedin U receptor 2 in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Behavioural Brain Research. 359:763-770


Mocciaro E, Grant A, Esenaliev RO, Petrov IY, Petrov Y, Sell SL, Hausser NL, Guptarak J, Bishop E, Parsley MA, Bolding IJ, Johnson KM, Lidstone M, Prough DS, Micci MA. Non-Invasive Transcranial Nano-Pulsed Laser Therapy Ameliorates Cognitive Function and Prevents Aberrant Migration of Neural Progenitor Cells in the Hippocampus of Rats Subjected to Traumatic Brain Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2020 Apr 15;37(8):1108-1123. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6534. Epub 2020 Jan 31. PMID: 31856661.

Nazari H, Ivannikov M, Ochoa L, Vargas G, Motamedi M. Microsurgical Dissection and Tissue Clearing for High Resolution Intact Whole Retina and Vitreous Imaging. J Vis Exp. 2021 Mar 11;(169). doi: 10.3791/61595. PMID: 33779596.

Nilson AN*, English KC*, Gerson JE, Whittle TB, Crain CN, Xue J, Sengupta U, Castillo-Carranza DL, Zhang W, Gupta P, & Kayed R.(2017)  Tau oligomers associate with inflammation in the brain and retina of tauopathy mice and in neurodegenerative disease. J. Alzheimers Dis. 55, 1083–1099


Ochoa LF, Kholodnykh A, Villarreal P, Tian B, Pal R, Freiberg AN, Brasier AR, Motamedi M, Vargas G. (2018).  Imaging of Murine Whole Lung Fibrosis by Large Scale 3D Microscopy aided by Tissue Optical Clearing. Sci Rep.8(1):13348.


Price AE; Brehm VD; Hommel JD; Anastasio NC; Cunningham KA. (2018). Pimavanserin and Lorcaserin Attenuate Measures of Binge Eating in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats.  Frontiers in Pharmacology. 9:1424.


Price AE; Anastasio NC; Stutz SJ; Hommel JD; Cunningham KA. (2018). Serotonin 5-HT2C Receptor Activation Suppresses Binge Intake and the Reinforcing and Motivational Properties of High-Fat Food.  Frontiers in Pharmacology. 9:821,


Price AE; Stutz SJ; Hommel JD; Anastasio NC; Cunningham KA. (2019). Anterior insula activity regulates the associated behaviors of high fat food binge intake and cue reactivity in male rats. Appetite. 133, 231-239.


Randolph, A.C.; Fukuda, S.; Ihara, K.; Enkhbaatar, P.; Micci, M.A., 2019. Blood-brain barrier dysfunction after smoke inhalation injury, with and without skin burn. Shock. 51(5):634-649.


Ru, W.; Tang, S-J.; 2017. HIV-associated synaptic degeneration. Molecular brain. 10(1):40.


Scaduto P, Sequeira A, Vawter MP, Bunney W, Limon A. Preservation of global synaptic excitatory to inhibitory ratio during long postmortem intervals. Sci Rep. 2020 May 25;10(1):8626. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-65377-3. PMID: 32451470; PMCID: PMC7248056.

Schlagal, C.R.; Wu, P., 2019. Tipsy neural stem cells: chronic effects of alcohol on the brain. Neural Regen Rest 14(1):67-68.


Schlagal CR, Dunn TJ, Xu P, Felsing DE, Merritt CR, Manja S, Fox RG, Buffington SA, Saade G, Dineley KT, Yu Y, Cunningham KA, Wu P. Maternal Opioid Exposure Culminates in Perturbed Murine Neurodevelopment and Hyperactive Phenotype in Adolescence. Neuroscience. 2021 May 21;463:272-287. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2021.03.014. Epub 2021 Mar 31. PMID: 33811940.

Sowers JL, Wu P, Zhang K, DeWitt DS, Prough DS. (2018).Proteomic changes in traumatic brain injury: experimental approaches. Curr Opin Neurol. 31(6):709-717.


Vasquez, T. E. S., McAuley, R. K., Gupta, N. S., Koshy, S., Marmol, Y., Green, T. A. (2021) Lever-press duration as a measure of frustration in sucrose and drug reinforcement. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2021 Jan 9. doi: 10.1007/s00213-020-05742-2. Online ahead of print.


Xu P, (2017). Zika Virus Infection in the Eye. J Clin Exp Neuroimmunol. 110, v2, 1-3.


Xu P, Shan C, Dunn TJ, Xie X, Xia H, Gao J, Allende Labastida J, Zou J, Villarreal PP, Schlagal CR, Yu Y, Vargas G, Rossi SL, Vasilakis N, Shi PY, Weaver SC, Wu P. Role of microglia in the dissemination of Zika virus from mother to fetal brain. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Jul 6;14(7):e0008413. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008413. Erratum in: PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2021 Apr 13;15(4):e0009344. PMID: 32628667; PMCID: PMC7365479.