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Journal Club Paper Archive

June 18, 2007

Melody Wu

The Hitchhiker’s Guild to Sex

Behavioral Changes Induced by Toxoplasma Infection of Rodents are Highly Specific to Aversion of Cat Odors

Kaveh Ashrafi


Two Neurons Mediate Diet-Restriction-Induced Longevity in C. Elegans

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June 11, 2007

Daniel Cavanaugh


Reversal of Neurological Defects in a Mouse Model of Rett Syndrome

Patricia Janak


Recovery of Learning and Memory is Associated with Chromatin Remodeling

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June 4, 2007

Laure Elias

Toxic Astrocytes in ALS

Non-Cell Autonomous Effect of Glia on Motor Neurons in an Embryonic Stem Cell-Based ALS Model

Astrocytes Expressing ALS-Linked Mutated SOD1 Release Factors Selectively Toxic to Motor Neurons

Brendan Mullaney

Imaging Brain Color

Increased structural connectivity in grapheme-color synesthesia

Human visual cortex responds to invisible chromatic flicker

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May 21, 2007

Darya Pino

To Fit In, Take a Tip from Your Elders

Synapse Formation on Neurons Born in the Adult Hippocampus

Joy Yu

Two Modalities for the Price of One

Dual Functions of Mammalian Olfactory Sensory Neurons as Odor Detectors and Mechanical Sensors

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May 14, 2007

Sally Chege

When I Sleep, I Smell Memories Baking

Odor Cues During Slow-Wave Sleep Promt Declarative Memory Consolidation

Bob Messing

Microglia in Alzheimer’s Disease: The “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Ccr2 Deficiency Impairs Microglial Accumulation and Accelerates Progression of Alzheimer-like Disease

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May 7, 2007

Derek Southwell

Lights, Channel, Action Potential!
Light-activated Neural Mapping in Mice!

In Vivo Light-Induced Activation of Neural Circuitry in Transgenic Mice Expressing Channelrhodopsin-2

Helen Shen

Whenever you Call Me, Owl be There..

Dynamic Shifts in the Owl’s Auditory Space Map Predict Moving Sound Location

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April 23, 2007

Archana Shenoy


cAMP Oscillations and Retinal Activity are Permissive for Ephrin Signaling During Establishment of the Retinotopic Map

Marc Diamond

Get in Shape! Protein Conformation Determines the Pathogenic Potential of a Toxic Polyglutamine Protein.

A Toxic Monomeric Conformer of the Polyglutamine Protein

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April 16, 2007

Jennifer Coats

Methylation and the Persistence of Memory.

Covalent Modification of DNA Regulates Memory Formation

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla

Close Encounter of Two Worlds.

Fusion of Microglia with Pyramidal Neurons after Retroviral Infection

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April 9, 2007

Catherine Massaro

I Get by with a Little Help from my Glia.

Glutamate Exocytosis from Astrocytes Controls Synaptic Strength

Devon Ryan


Gating Pore Current in an Inherited Ion Channelopathy

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March 26, 2007

Leah McGuire

Just Poke Yourself in the Eye, You’ll See the Difference.

Influence of the Thalamus on Spatial Visual Processing in Frontal Cortex

Linda Noble

How to Mend the Clogged Brain: Mr. Plumber to the Rescue.

Activated Protein C Inhibits Tissue Plasminogen Activator-Induced Brain Hemorrhage

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March 19, 2007

Venu Nemani

No More Kissing.

Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis Is the Dominant Mechanism of Vesicle Retrieval at Hippocampal Synapses

Dorit Ron

The Downward Track of Opiate Reward.

IRS2-Akt Pathway in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons Regulates Behavioral and Cellular Responses to Opiates

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March 12, 2007

Daniel Jones

Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone.

Ventral Pallidum Firing Codes Hedonic Reward: When a Bad Taste Turns Good

Jennifer LaVail

BDNF, TrkB and P75: No Fatal Attraction.

Rab5 and Rab7 Control Endocytic Sorting along the Axonal Retrograde Transport Pathway

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March 2, 2007

Steve Kim

What Place? What Time? What Form? What Likelihood?

Reverse Replay of Behavioural Sequences in Hippocampal Place Cells during the Awake State

Steve Finkbeiner

Heck with a Silver Bullet, Give me an Uzi.

Progressive Disruption of Cellular Protein Folding in Models of Polyglutamine Diseases

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February 16, 2007

Sonja Hohl
So Short is Love, and so Long is Forgetting.

Emotional Enhancement of Memory via Amygdala-Driven Facilitation of Rhinal Interactions

Cynthia Kenyon
The Gambler’s Brain.

The Neural Basis of Loss Aversion in Decision-Making Under Risk

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February 5, 2007

Kay Tye
You Down Wit LTP? Nah, I’m too Lazy! Who’s Down Wit LTP? If You do it for Me...

Long-Term Motor Cortex Plasticity Induced by an Electronic Neural Implant

Julie Pinkston
Two Nostrils are Better Than One.

Mechanisms of Scent-Tracking in Humans

Brain Mechanisms for Extracting Spatial Information from Smell

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January 29 2007

John O’Leary
If You Study Hard, a Little Deprivation Won’t Hurt.

Instructive Effect of Visual Experience in Mouse Visual Cortex

Melinda Owens
So That’s what Arc Does…Right?

Increased Expression of the Immediate-Early Gene Arc/Arg3.1 Reduces AMPA Receptor-Mediated Synaptic Transmission

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January 22, 2007

Elizabeth Buchen
Plodding Along like a Chicken with its Head Cut Off.

V1 Spinal Neurons Regulate the Speed of Vertebrate Locomotor Outputs

Su Guo
Specifying Connectivity: Are Dendrites Leading the Way?

Target-Induced Transcriptional Control of Dendritic Patterning and Connectivity in Motor Neurons by the ETS Gene Pea3

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January 8, 2007

Carol Peebles
OK GO Oligo.

In Vivo Time-lapse Imaging Shows Dynamic Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Behavior During Zebrafish Development

Paul Muchowski
No More Energy…Abnormal Mitochondria in Huntington’s Disease

Transcriptional Repression of PGC-1α by Mutant Huntingtin Leads to Mitochndrial Dysfunction and Neurodegeneration

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December 11, 2006

Ye Zhang
Fruitless, a gene that tells boys and girls to fight differently.

Fruitless Regulates Aggression and Dominance in Drosophila

Lily Jan

Boosting Slow Oscillations During Sleep Potentiates Memory

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December 4, 2006

Cara Hampton
Hmmm, Controls are Important

Discrimination Learning Induced by Training with Identical Stimuli

Matt LaVail
Transplantation for CNS Repair: Are Stem Cells and Progenitors Best?

Retinal Repair by Transplantation of Photoreceptor Precursors

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November 20, 2006

Scott Juntti
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Receptor Test

The Cells and Logic for Mammalian Sour Taste Detection

Ying-Hui Fu
Modifier of Tauopathy

A Genomic Screen for Modifiers of Tauopathy Identifies Puromycin-Sensitive Aminopeptidase as an Inhibitor of Tau-Induced Neurodegeneration

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November 13, 2006

Aaron Milstein
Oh, Retina. Just Keep Talking, It Doesn’t Matter What you Say. Love, Thalamus.

Distinct Roles for Spontaneous and Visual Activity in Remodeling of Retinogeniculate Synapse

Lou Reichardt

Brain-Specific Phosphorylation of MeCP2 Regulates Activity-Dependent Bdnf Transcription, Dendritic Growth, and Spine Maturation

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November 6, 2006

Annabelle Singer
Think Hard/Sleep Hard

Waking Experience Affects Sleep Need in Drosophila

Loren Frank
I’ve got Theta, I’ve got Gamma, Who Could Ask for Anything More?

High Gamma Power Is Phase-Locked to Theta Oscillations in Human Neocortex

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October 23, 2006

Meredith Judy

Editing-Defective tRNA Synthetase Causes Protein Misfolding and Neurodegeneration

Robert Edwards

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October 9, 2006

Carleton Goold
A Very Long Engagement: Learning and LTP Finally Say “I Do”

Learning Induces Long-Term Potentiation in the Hippocampus

Mark von Zastrow
A Molecular Pharmacology of Pee

A Second Class of Chemosensory Receptors in the Olfactory Epithelium

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September 25, 2006

Tim Warren
How to Catch a Fly

Echolocating Bats Use a Nearly Time-Optimal Strategy to Intercept Prey

Peter Sargent
Action at a Distance

Parallel Processing in Two Transmitter Microenvironments at the Cone Photoreceptor Synapse

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