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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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AAV-mediated TIMP-1 overexpression in aortic tissue reduces the severity of allograft vasculopathy in mice. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 Apr;39(4):389-398. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2020.01.1338. Epub 2020 Jan 30.

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Endothelial CD40 Mediates Microvascular von Willebrand Factor-Dependent Platelet Adhesion Inducing Inflammatory Venothrombosis in ADAMTS13 Knockout Mice. Thromb Haemost. 2020 Mar;120(3):466-476. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1702228. Epub 2020 Mar 5.

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Assembly of vascular smooth muscle cells in 3D aggregates provokes cellular quiescence. Exp Cell Res. 2020 Mar 1;388(1):111782. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2019.111782. Epub 2019 Dec 16.

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Clusters of cooperative ion channels enable a membrane-potential-based mechanism for short-term memory. Elife. 2020 Feb 7;9. pii: e49974. doi: 10.7554/eLife.49974.

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Mepivacaine reduces calcium transients in isolated murine ventricular cardiomyocytes. BMC Anesthesiol. 2020 Jan 8;20(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s12871-019-0926-0.

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Factors determining microbial colonization of liquid nitrogen storage tanks used for archiving biological samples. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2020 Jan;104(1):131-144. doi: 10.1007/s00253-019-10242-1. Epub 2019 Nov 28.

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Shaping the heart: Structural and functional maturation of iPSC-cardiomyocytes in 3D-micro-scaffolds. Biomaterials. 2020 Jan;227:119551. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119551. Epub 2019 Oct 19.

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Simulation Strategies for Calcium Microdomains and Calcium Noise. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2020;1131:771-797. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-12457-1_31.

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Mild metabolic stress is sufficient to disturb the formation of pyramidal cell ensembles during gamma oscillations. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Dec 16:271678X19892657. doi: 10.1177/0271678X19892657. [Epub ahead of print

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Risk and protective factors for post-thrombotic syndrome after deep venous thrombosis. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2019 Dec 13. pii: S2213-333X(19)30537-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2019.10.012. [Epub ahead of print]

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Amyloid, APP, and Electrical Activity of the Brain. Neuroscientist. 2019 Nov 29:1073858419882619. doi: 10.1177/1073858419882619. [Epub ahead of print]

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The mitochondrial calcium uniporter is crucial for the generation of fast cortical network rhythms. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Nov 13:271678X19887777. doi: 10.1177/0271678X19887777. [Epub ahead of print]

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Functional association of a CD40 gene single nucleotide polymorphism with the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease. Cardiovasc Res. 2019 Aug 2. pii: cvz206. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvz206. [Epub ahead of print]


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