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Institut für Physiologie und Pathophysiologie

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Fast Network Oscillations


Rhythmic activity is a key functional feature of the brain, as evident from the well-known EEG-rhythms. Meanwhile, many neuroscientists agree that such network oscillations are «meaningful» and provide an important background for temporal coding of information. In our group we focus on one type of network oscillations in the rodent hippocampus, namely «ripples» at ~200 Hz as originally described by John O´Keefe, G. Buszáki and others. We want to elucidate the precise mechanisms by which neurons are entrained to fire at high precision within these short (5 ms) cycles. Moreover, we would like to find out why certain neurons participate in this network while others do not.

Function of GABAergic Synapses

The complex organisation of central synapses offers multiple mechanisms for regulation and modulation of synaptic strength. We focus on inhibitory synapses in the mammalian CNS which use GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) as transmitter. The availability of GABA is regulated by its synthesis, degradation and after release-uptake. In situations of over-excitability, the GABA-synthetizing enzyme GAD is up-regulated while a decrease of neuronal activity leads to a down-regulation of GAD. Thus, cellular GABA content seems to be an activity-dependent, variable parameter. We propose that the presynaptic GABA metabolism is a true and autonomous mechanism of synaptic plasticity. We are presently testing this hypothesis using various electrophysiological, histological and biochemical techniques.

Synaptic Physiology and Pharmacology of Epilepsy


Neue Publikationen

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Allosteric inhibition of carnosinase (CN1) by inducing a conformational shift. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2017 Dec;32(1):1102-1110. doi: 10.1080/14756366.2017.1355793.

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Heteromeric channels formed by TRPC1, TRPC4 and TRPC5 define hippocampal synaptic transmission and working memory. EMBO J. 2017 Aug 8. pii: e201696369. doi: 10.15252/embj.201696369. [Epub ahead of print]

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Loss of Mpdz impairs ependymal cell integrity leading to perinatal-onset hydrocephalus in mice. EMBO Mol Med. 2017 Jul;9(7):890-905. doi: 10.15252/emmm.201606430.

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Transcription factor decoy technology: a therapeutic update. Biochem Pharmacol. 2017 Jun 19. pii: S0006-2952(17)30446-X. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2017.06.122. [Epub ahead of print] Review.


Institut für
Physiologie und Pathophysiologie

Universität Heidelberg

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