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Synapse formation and autism

Laura Andreae

Laura Andreae

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Overview

My lab is interested in how synaptic connections and neuronal circuits are formed during development, and how these processes may be disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. We use a variety of techniques including electrophysiology, structural and functional imaging in both rodent models and human inducible pluripotent stem cells, to address these questions. We have strong connections with psychiatrists at the Institute of Psychiatry (KCL), working together with clinicians to try to understand the underlying pathophysiology of these disorders, with the eventual goal of finding new treatments.

Selected publications

Armstrong EC, Caruso A, Servadio M, Andreae LC, Trezza V, Scattoni ML, Fernandes C (2019) Assessing the developmental trajectory of mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders: Social and communication deficits in mice with Neurexin 1? deletion. Genes Brain Behav : e12630
Pervolaraki E, Tyson AL, Pibiri F, Poulter SL, Reichelt AC, Rodgers RJ, Clapcote SJ, Lever C, Andreae LC, Dachtler J (2019) The within-subject application of diffusion tensor MRI and CLARITY reveals brain structural changes in Mol Autism 10: 8
Taylor RD, Heine M, Emptage NJ, Andreae LC (2018) Neuronal Receptors Display Cytoskeleton-Independent Directed Motion on the Plasma Membrane. iScience 10: 234-244
Andreae LC, Burrone J (2018) The role of spontaneous neurotransmission in synapse and circuit development. J Neurosci Res 96: 354-359

Kathuria A, Nowosiad P, Jagasia R, Aigner S, Taylor RD, Andreae LC, Gatford NJF, Lucchesi W, Srivastava DP, Price J (2018) Stem cell-derived neurons from autistic individuals with SHANK3 mutation show morphogenetic abnormalities during early development. Mol Psychiatry 23: 735-746

Anderson GW, Deans PJ, Taylor RD, Raval P, Chen D, Lowder H, Murkerji S, Andreae LC, Williams BP, Srivastava DP (2015) Characterisation of neurons derived from a cortical human neural stem cell line CTX0E16. Stem Cell Res Ther 6: 149
Tyson AL, Hilton ST, Andreae LC (2015) Rapid, simple and inexpensive production of custom 3D printed equipment for large-volume fluorescence microscopy. Int J Pharm 494: 651-6
Andreae LC, Burrone J (2015) Spontaneous Neurotransmitter Release Shapes Dendritic Arbors via Long-Range Activation of NMDA Receptors. Cell Rep 15: S2211-1247
Andreae LC, Burrone J (2014) The role of neuronal activity and transmitter release on synapse formation. Curr Opin Neurobiol 27: 47-52
Aigner S, Heckel T, Zhang JD, Andreae LC, Jagasia R (2014) Human pluripotent stem cell models of autism spectrum disorder: emerging frontiers, opportunities, and challenges towards neuronal networks in a dish. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 231: 1089-104
Andreae LC, Fredj NB, Burrone J (2012) Independent vesicle pools underlie different modes of release during neuronal development. J Neurosci 32: 1867-74
Morice E, Andreae LC, Cooke SF, Vanes L, Fisher EM, Tybulewicz VL, Bliss TV (2008) Preservation of long-term memory and synaptic plasticity despite short-term impairments in the Tc1 mouse model of Down syndrome. Learn Mem 15: 492-500