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Cellular and molecular determinants of intellectual disabilities



Our group is interested in understanding how the environment or external stimulations can affect brain connectivity, plasticity and behavior, through gene expression regulation during normal development or in neurological development disorders models, and in drug addictions. In our laboratory we combine high resolution microscopy techniques (electronic and confocal microscopy) with molecular, electrophysiological, biochemical and behavioral approaches in order to explain the processes underlying the brain function in normal conditions and during diseases. Our group has a recognized experience in describing the neurological disorders associated with gene mutations that underlie the crucial synaptic functions in several neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer 's disease, Niemann-Pick disease and Rett Syndrome.


Group’s ERC Sectors:

LS5_1 - Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology

LS5_12 - Psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

LS5_2 - Molecular and cellular neuroscience

LS5_3 - Neurochemistry and neuropharmacology



Tomassy GS, Morello N, Calcagno E, Giustetto M. (2014) Developmental abnormalities of cortical interneurons precede symptoms onset in a mouse model of Rett syndrome. Journal of neurochemistry 131(1) 115-27 [DOI  PMID]

Amendola E, Zhan Y, Mattucci C, Castroflorio E, Calcagno E, Fuchs C, Lonetti G, Silingardi D, Vyssotski AL, Farley D, Ciani E, Pizzorusso T, Giustetto M, Gross CT. (2014) Mapping pathological phenotypes in a mouse model of CDKL5 disorder. PloS one 9(5) e91613 [DOI  PMID]

Ciccarelli A, Giustetto M. (2014) Role of ERK signaling in activity-dependent modifications of histone proteins. Neuropharmacology 80 34-44 [DOI  PMID]

Repetto D, Camera P, Melani R, Morello N, Russo I, Calcagno E, Tomasoni R, Bianchi F, Berto G, Giustetto M, Berardi N, Pizzorusso T, Matteoli M, Di Stefano P, Missler M, Turco E, Di Cunto F, Defilippi P. (2014) p140Cap regulates memory and synaptic plasticity through Src-mediated and citron-N-mediated actin reorganization. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 34(4) 1542-53 [DOI  PMID]

Arroyo AI, Camoletto PG, Morando L, Sassoe-Pognetto M, Giustetto M, Van Veldhoven PP, Schuchman EH, Ledesma MD. (2014) Pharmacological reversion of sphingomyelin-induced dendritic spine anomalies in a Niemann Pick disease type A mouse model. EMBO molecular medicine 6(3) 398-413 [DOI  PMID]

Marcello E, Saraceno C, Musardo S, Vara H, de la Fuente AG, Pelucchi S, Di Marino D, Borroni B, Tramontano A, Perez-Otano I, Padovani A, Giustetto M, Gardoni F, Di Luca M. (2013) Endocytosis of synaptic ADAM10 in neuronal plasticity and Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of clinical investigation 123(6) 2523-38 [DOI  PMID]

Ciccarelli A, Calza A, Santoru F, Grasso F, Concas A, Sassoe-Pognetto M, Giustetto M. (2013) Morphine withdrawal produces ERK-dependent and ERK-independent epigenetic marks in neurons of the nucleus accumbens and lateral septum. Neuropharmacology 70 168-79 [DOI  PMID]

Katz DM, Berger-Sweeney JE, Eubanks JH, Justice MJ, Neul JL, Pozzo-Miller L, Blue ME, Christian D, Crawley JN, Giustetto M, Guy J, Howell CJ, Kron M, Nelson SB, Samaco RC, Schaevitz LR, St Hillaire-Clarke C, Young JL, Zoghbi HY, Mamounas LA. (2012) Preclinical research in Rett syndrome: setting the foundation for translational success. Disease models & mechanisms 5(6) 733-45 [DOI  PMID]

Ciccarelli A, Calza A, Panzanelli P, Concas A, Giustetto M, Sassoe-Pognetto M. (2012) Organization of GABAergic synaptic circuits in the rat ventral tegmental area. PloS one 7(10) e46250 [DOI  PMID]

Chapleau CA, Boggio EM, Calfa G, Percy AK, Giustetto M, Pozzo-Miller L. (2012) Hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons of Mecp2 mutant mice show a dendritic spine phenotype only in the presymptomatic stage. Neural plasticity 2012 976164 [DOI  PMID]

Landi S, Putignano E, Boggio EM, Giustetto M, Pizzorusso T, Ratto GM. (2011) The short-time structural plasticity of dendritic spines is altered in a model of Rett syndrome. Scientific reports 1 45 [DOI  PMID]

Lopez-Atalaya JP, Ciccarelli A, Viosca J, Valor LM, Jimenez-Minchan M, Canals S, Giustetto M, Barco A. (2011) CBP is required for environmental enrichment-induced neurogenesis and cognitive enhancement. The EMBO journal 30(20) 4287-98 [DOI  PMID]

Paolicelli RC, Bolasco G, Pagani F, Maggi L, Scianni M, Panzanelli P, Giustetto M, Ferreira TA, Guiducci E, Dumas L, Ragozzino D, Gross CT. (2011) Synaptic pruning by microglia is necessary for normal brain development. Science (New York, N.Y.) 333(6048) 1456-8 [DOI  PMID]

Ricciardi S, Boggio EM, Grosso S, Lonetti G, Forlani G, Stefanelli G, Calcagno E, Morello N, Landsberger N, Biffo S, Pizzorusso T, Giustetto M, Broccoli V. (2011) Reduced AKT/mTOR signaling and protein synthesis dysregulation in a Rett syndrome animal model. Human molecular genetics 20(6) 1182-96 [DOI  PMID]

Epis R, Marcello E, Gardoni F, Vastagh C, Malinverno M, Balducci C, Colombo A, Borroni B, Vara H, Dell'Agli M, Cattabeni F, Giustetto M, Borsello T, Forloni G, Padovani A, Di Luca M. (2010) Blocking ADAM10 synaptic trafficking generates a model of sporadic Alzheimer's disease. Brain : a journal of neurology 133(11) 3323-35 [DOI  PMID]

Pavlowsky A, Zanchi A, Pallotto M, Giustetto M, Chelly J, Sala C, Billuart P. (2010) Neuronal JNK pathway activation by IL-1 is mediated through IL1RAPL1, a protein required for development of cognitive functions. Communicative & integrative biology 3(3) 245-7 [PMID]

Rust MB, Gurniak CB, Renner M, Vara H, Morando L, Gorlich A, Sassoe-Pognetto M, Banchaabouchi MA, Giustetto M, Triller A, Choquet D, Witke W. (2010) Learning, AMPA receptor mobility and synaptic plasticity depend on n-cofilin-mediated actin dynamics. The EMBO journal 29(11) 1889-902 [DOI  PMID]

Lonetti G, Angelucci A, Morando L, Boggio EM, Giustetto M, Pizzorusso T. (2010) Early environmental enrichment moderates the behavioral and synaptic phenotype of MeCP2 null mice. Biological psychiatry 67(7) 657-65 [DOI  PMID]

Pavlowsky A, Gianfelice A, Pallotto M, Zanchi A, Vara H, Khelfaoui M, Valnegri P, Rezai X, Bassani S, Brambilla D, Kumpost J, Blahos J, Roux MJ, Humeau Y, Chelly J, Passafaro M, Giustetto M, Billuart P, Sala C. (2010) A postsynaptic signaling pathway that may account for the cognitive defect due to IL1RAPL1 mutation. Current biology : CB 20(2) 103-15 [DOI  PMID]

Boggio EM, Lonetti G, Pizzorusso T, Giustetto M. (2010) Synaptic determinants of rett syndrome. Frontiers in synaptic neuroscience 2 28 [DOI  PMID]

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