Recommended Readings: Nicolas Tritsch, Ph.D., January 28

Special Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
4:00 p.m., Carson Family Auditorium (CRC)

Nicolas Tritsch, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of Neurobiology,
Harvard Medical School

Lost in Translation – What do Dopamine Neurons Tell the Brain?

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Straub, C., Tritsch, N. X., Hagan, N. A., Gu, C., & Sabatini, B. L. (2014). Multiphasic modulation of cholinergic interneurons by nigrostriatal afferents. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(25), 8557–8569. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0589-14.2014

Tritsch, N., Oh, W., Gu, C., & Sabatini, B. (2014). Midbrain dopamine neurons sustain inhibitory transmission using plasma membrane uptake of GABA, not synthesis. eLife. doi:10.7554/eLife.01936

Tritsch, N. X., Ding, J. B., & Sabatini, B. L. (2012). Dopaminergic neurons inhibit striatal output through non-canonical release of GABA. Nature, 490(7419), 262–266. doi:10.1038/nature11466

Review Papers

Tritsch, N. X., & Sabatini, B. L. (2012). Dopaminergic modulation of synaptic transmission in cortex and striatum. Neuron, 76(1), 33–50. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.09.023

Recommended Readings: Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D. December 12

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, December 12, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D.
Professor of Biology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Member,
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

iPS Cell Technology, Gene Editing and Disease Research

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Chung, C. Y., Khurana, V., Auluck, P. K., Tardiff, D. F., Mazzulli, J. R., Soldner, F., … Lindquist, S. (2013). Identification and rescue of α-synuclein toxicity in Parkinson patient-derived neurons. Science, 342(6161), 983–987. doi:10.1126/science.1245296

Li, Y., Wang, H., Muffat, J., Cheng, A. W., Orlando, D. a, Lovén, J., … Jaenisch, R. (2013). Global transcriptional and translational repression in human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived Rett syndrome neurons. Cell Stem Cell, 13(4), 446–458. doi:10.1016/j.stem.2013.09.001

Soldner, F., Laganière, J., Cheng, A. W., Hockemeyer, D., Gao, Q., Alagappan, R., … Jaenisch, R. (2011). Generation of isogenic pluripotent stem cells differing exclusively at two early onset Parkinson point mutations. Cell, 146(2), 318–331. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2011.06.019

Wang, H., Yang, H., Shivalila, C. S., Dawlaty, M. M., Cheng, A. W., Zhang, F., & Jaenisch, R. (2013). One-step generation of mice carrying mutations in multiple genes by CRISPR/Cas-mediated genome engineering. Cell, 153(4), 910–918. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.04.025

Review Papers

Buganim, Y., Faddah, D. A., & Jaenisch, R. (2013). Mechanisms and models of somatic cell reprogramming. Nature Reviews Genetics, 14(6), 427–439. doi:10.1038/nrg3473

Theunissen, T. W., & Jaenisch, R. (2014). Molecular Control of Induced Pluripotency. Cell Stem Cell, 14(6), 720–734. doi:10.1016/j.stem.2014.05.002

Recommended Readings: Susan Lindquist, Ph.D. October 17

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, October 17, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
Member,
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Investigator,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

From Yeast to Patient Neurons and Back Again: Powerful Discovery Platforms Combatting Neurodegenerative Disease

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Chung, C. Y., Khurana, V., Auluck, P. K., Tardiff, D. F., Mazzulli, J. R., Soldner, F., … Lindquist, S. (2013). Identification and rescue of α-synuclein toxicity in Parkinson patient-derived neurons. Science, 342(6161), 983–987. doi:10.1126/science.1245296

Tardiff, D. F., Jui, N. T., Khurana, V., Tambe, M. A, Thompson, M. L., Chung, C. Y., … Lindquist, S. (2013). Yeast reveal a “druggable” Rsp5/Nedd4 network that ameliorates α-synuclein toxicity in neurons. Science, 342(6161), 979–983. doi:10.1126/science.1245321

Treusch, S., Hamamichi, S., Goodman, J. L., Matlack, K. E. S., Chung, C. Y., Baru, V., … Lindquist, S. (2011). Functional links between Aβ toxicity, endocytic trafficking, and Alzheimer’s disease risk factors in yeast. Science, 334(6060), 1241–1245. doi:10.1126/science.1213210

Review Papers

Khurana, V., & Lindquist, S. (2010). Modelling neurodegeneration in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: why cook with baker’s yeast? Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(6), 436–449. doi:10.1038/nrn2809

Tardiff, D. F., Khurana, V., Chung, C. Y., & Lindquist, S. (2014). From yeast to patient neurons and back again: A powerful new discovery platform. Movement Disorders, 29(10), 1231–1240. doi:10.1002/mds.25989

Recommended Readings: Kevan Shokat, Ph.D.

Friday Lecture Series

The William H. Stein Memorial Lecture

A New Druggable Pocket on K-Ras and a Neo-substrate for Activating the Kinase

PINK in Parkinson’s Disease

Kevan Shokat, Ph.D., professor and chair, department of cellular and molecular

pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco;

investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

November 22, 2013

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium

Recommended Readings

Hertz, N. T., Berthet, A., Sos, M. L., Thorn, K. S., Burlingame, A. L., Nakamura, K., & Shokat, K. M. (2013). A neo-substrate that amplifies catalytic activity of parkinson’s-disease- related kinase PINK1. Cell, 154(4), 737-747

Larochelle, S., Amat, R., Glover-Cutter, K., Sansó, M., Zhang, C., Allen, J. J., . . . Fisher, R. P. (2012). Cyclin-dependent kinase control of the initiation-to-elongation switch of polymerase II. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, 19(11), 1108-1115

Soskis, M. J., Ho, H. -. H., Bloodgood, B. L., Robichaux, M. A., Malik, A. N., Ataman, B., . . . Greenberg, M. E. (2012). A chemical genetic approach reveals distinct EphB signaling mechanisms during brain development. Nature Neuroscience, 15(12), 1645-1654

Statsuk, A. V., & Shokat, K. M. (2012). Covalent cross-linking of kinases with their corresponding peptide substrates. Methods in Molecular Biology 795 , pp. 179-190

Sun, Y., Miao, Y., Yamane, Y., Zhang, C., Shokat, K. M., Takematsu, H., . . . Drubin, D. G. (2012). Orm protein phosphoregulation mediates transient sphingolipid biosynthesis response to heat stress via the pkh-ypk and Cdc55-PP2A pathways. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 23(12), 2388-2398

Ultanir, S., Hertz, N., Li, G., Ge, W. -., Burlingame, A., Pleasure, S., . . . Jan, Y. -. (2012). Chemical genetic identification of NDR1/2 kinase substrates AAK1 and Rabin8 uncovers their roles in dendrite arborization and spine development. Neuron, 73(6), 1127-1142

 

New Insights Into The Mechanism Of Parkinson’s Disease

New research suggests that small “seed” amounts of diseased brain proteins can be taken up by healthy neurons and propagated within them to cause neurodegeneration. The research, published by Cell Press in the October 6, 2011 issue of the journal Neuron, sheds light on the mechanisms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and provides a model for discovering early intervention therapeutics that can prevent or slow the devastating loss of neurons that underlies PD.