Cortical Development, Plasticity, and Dynamics
Plasticity, or the adaptive response of the brain to changes in inputs, is essential to brain
development and function. The developing brain requires a genetic blueprint but is also acutely
sensitive to the environment. The adult brain constantly adapts to changes in stimuli, and this
plasticity is manifest not only as learning and memory but also as dynamic changes in information
transmission and processing. The goal of the Sur laboratory is to understand long-term plasticity
and short-term dynamics in networks of the developing and adult cortex. In addition, we aim to use
insights from brain development to understand mechanisms of developmental brain disorders.
El-Boustani S, Sur M.
Response-dependent dynamics of cell-specific inhibition in cortical networks in vivo.
Nature Communications 11 December 2014; doi:10.1038/ncomms6689.
Cassady JP, D’Alessio AC, Sarkar S, Dani VS, Zi Peng Fan, Ganz K, Roessler R, Sur M, Young RA, Jaenisch R
Direct Lineage Conversion of Adult Mouse Liver Cells and B Lymphocytes to Neural Stem Cells.
Stem Cell Reports 11 December 2014; Vol. 3:948–956.
Landman R, Sharma J, Sur M, Desimone R.
Effect of distracting faces on visual selective attention in the monkey.
PNAS Early Edition 3 December 2014; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420167111.
Perea G, Sur M, Araque A
Neuron-glia networks: integral gear of brain function.
Front in Cell Neurosci. 8:378, November 2014.
Swiech L, Heidenreich M, Banerjee A, Habib N, Li Y, Trombetta J, Sur M, Zhang F.
In vivo interrogation of gene function in the mammalian brain using CRISPR-Cas9.
Nat Biotech. 19 October 2014, doi:10.1038/nbt.3055.
Nagakura, I., A. Van Wart, J. Petravicz, D. Tropea, M. Sur
STAT1 Regulates the Homeostatic Component of Visual Cortical Plasticity via an AMPA Receptor-Mediated Mechanism
The Journal of Neuroscience, 30 July 2014, 34(31): 10256-10263; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0189-14.2014
Caggiano V, Sur M, Bizzi E.
Rostro-caudal inhibition of hindlimb movements in the spinal cord of mice.
PLoS One. 25 June 2014;9(6):e100865. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100865. eCollection 2014. PMID: 24963653
Castro J, Garcia RI, Kwok S, Banerjee A, Petravicz J, Woodson J, Mellios N, Tropea D, and Sur M.
Functional recovery with recombinant human IGF1 treatment in a mouse model of Rett Syndrome.
PNAS Published online before print 23 June 2014, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1311685111.
Mellios N, Woodson J, Garcia RI, Crawford B, Sharma J, Sheridan SD, Haggarty SJ, and Sur M.
ß2-Adrenergic receptor agonist ameliorates phenotypes and corrects microRNA-mediated IGF1 deficits in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.
PNAS Published online before print 23 June 2014, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1309426111.