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Darwin Berg

TitleEmeritus Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentNeurobiology
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0357
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-534-4680
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    Long-Lasting Changes in Neural Networks Induced by Early Exposure to Nicotine
    NIH/NIDA R21DA038296Apr 1, 2015 - Mar 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Revealing the connectivity and functionality of brain stem circuits
    NIH/NINDS U01NS090595Sep 30, 2014 - Jul 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    MicroRNA101 and the Termination of Early Phase Neural Development
    NIH/NINDS R21NS087342Sep 1, 2014 - Aug 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Impact of Nicotinic Signaling through Astrocytes on Glutamate Synapse Formation
    NIH/NIDA R21DA034216Jun 1, 2012 - May 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Beta-Amyloid Blockade of Hippocampal Nicotinic Alpha7-R*
    NIH/NIA R03AG019400Jul 3, 2001 - Jun 30, 2003
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Nicotinic Control of Non-Nicotinic Synapses in the Hippocampus
    NIH/NINDS R01NS035469May 1, 1996 - Apr 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NATIONAL BIOMEDICAL COMPUTATION RESOURCE
    NIH P41RR008605Apr 15, 1994 - Apr 30, 2014
    Role: Co-Investigator
    IVEM and Image Analysis Resource
    NIH/NCRR P41RR004050Dec 12, 1988 - Mar 31, 2014
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Nicotinic Guidance of Neural Network Construction
    NIH/NINDS R01NS012601May 1, 1979 - Dec 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Dulcis D, Lippi G, Stark CJ, Do LH, Berg DK, Spitzer NC. Neurotransmitter Switching Regulated by miRNAs Controls Changes in Social Preference. Neuron. 2017 Sep 13; 95(6):1319-1333.e5. PMID: 28867550.
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    2. Thakar S, Wang L, Yu T, Ye M, Onishi K, Scott J, Qi J, Fernandes C, Han X, Yates JR, Berg DK, Zou Y. Evidence for opposing roles of Celsr3 and Vangl2 in glutamatergic synapse formation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 01 24; 114(4):E610-E618. PMID: 28057866.
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    3. Lippi G, Fernandes CC, Ewell LA, John D, Romoli B, Curia G, Taylor SR, Frady EP, Jensen AB, Liu JC, Chaabane MM, Belal C, Nathanson JL, Zoli M, Leutgeb JK, Biagini G, Yeo GW, Berg DK. MicroRNA-101 Regulates Multiple Developmental Programs to Constrain Excitation in Adult Neural Networks. Neuron. 2016 Dec 21; 92(6):1337-1351. PMID: 27939580.
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    4. Zhang Y, Cao SX, Sun P, He HY, Yang CH, Chen XJ, Shen CJ, Wang XD, Chen Z, Berg DK, Duan S, Li XM. Loss of MeCP2 in cholinergic neurons causes part of RTT-like phenotypes via a7 receptor in hippocampus. Cell Res. 2016 Jun; 26(6):728-42. PMID: 27103432.
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    5. Ni KM, Hou XJ, Yang CH, Dong P, Li Y, Zhang Y, Jiang P, Berg DK, Duan S, Li XM. Selectively driving cholinergic fibers optically in the thalamic reticular nucleus promotes sleep. Elife. 2016 Feb 11; 5. PMID: 26880556.
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    6. Duan JJ, Lozada AF, Gou CY, Xu J, Chen Y, Berg DK. Nicotine recruits glutamate receptors to postsynaptic sites. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2015 Sep; 68:340-9. PMID: 26365992; PMCID: PMC4620921.
    7. John D, Berg DK. Long-lasting changes in neural networks to compensate for altered nicotinic input. Biochem Pharmacol. 2015 Oct 15; 97(4):418-424. PMID: 26206188; PMCID: PMC4600434 [Available on 10/15/16].
    8. Halff AW, Gómez-Varela D, John D, Berg DK. A novel mechanism for nicotinic potentiation of glutamatergic synapses. J Neurosci. 2014 Feb 05; 34(6):2051-64. PMID: 24501347; PMCID: PMC3913862.
    9. Gomez-Varela D, Berg DK. Lateral mobility of presynaptic a7-containing nicotinic receptors and its relevance for glutamate release. J Neurosci. 2013 Oct 23; 33(43):17062-71. PMID: 24155310; PMCID: PMC3807030.
    10. Wang X, Lippi G, Carlson DM, Berg DK. Activation of a7-containing nicotinic receptors on astrocytes triggers AMPA receptor recruitment to glutamatergic synapses. J Neurochem. 2013 Dec; 127(5):632-43. PMID: 24032433; PMCID: PMC4222677.
    11. Lozada AF, Wang X, Gounko NV, Massey KA, Duan J, Liu Z, Berg DK. Induction of dendritic spines by ß2-containing nicotinic receptors. J Neurosci. 2012 Jun 13; 32(24):8391-400. PMID: 22699919; PMCID: PMC3387687.
    12. Lozada AF, Wang X, Gounko NV, Massey KA, Duan J, Liu Z, Berg DK. Glutamatergic synapse formation is promoted by a7-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. J Neurosci. 2012 May 30; 32(22):7651-61. PMID: 22649244; PMCID: PMC3370670.
    13. Gómez-Varela D, Schmidt M, Schoellerman J, Peters EC, Berg DK. PMCA2 via PSD-95 controls calcium signaling by a7-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on aspiny interneurons. J Neurosci. 2012 May 16; 32(20):6894-905. PMID: 22593058; PMCID: PMC3369694.
    14. Berg DK. Timing is everything, even for cholinergic control. Neuron. 2011 Jul 14; 71(1):6-8. PMID: 21745634; PMCID: PMC3143314.
    15. Campbell NR, Fernandes CC, John D, Lozada AF, Berg DK. Nicotinic control of adult-born neuron fate. Biochem Pharmacol. 2011 Oct 15; 82(8):820-7. PMID: 21723854; PMCID: PMC3162118.
    16. Campbell NR, Fernandes CC, Halff AW, Berg DK. Endogenous signaling through alpha7-containing nicotinic receptors promotes maturation and integration of adult-born neurons in the hippocampus. J Neurosci. 2010 Jun 30; 30(26):8734-44. PMID: 20592195; PMCID: PMC2905643.
    17. Fernandes CC, Berg DK, Gómez-Varela D. Lateral mobility of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on neurons is determined by receptor composition, local domain, and cell type. J Neurosci. 2010 Jun 30; 30(26):8841-51. PMID: 20592206; PMCID: PMC2913715.
    18. Neff RA, Conroy WG, Schoellerman JD, Berg DK. Synchronous and asynchronous transmitter release at nicotinic synapses are differentially regulated by postsynaptic PSD-95 proteins. J Neurosci. 2009 Dec 16; 29(50):15770-9. PMID: 20016093; PMCID: PMC2844112.
    19. Neff RA, Gomez-Varela D, Fernandes CC, Berg DK. Postsynaptic scaffolds for nicotinic receptors on neurons. Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2009 Jun; 30(6):694-701. PMID: 19434056; PMCID: PMC4002382.
    20. Berg DK. Silent synapses sit and wait for a better day. Neuron. 2009 Jan 29; 61(2):157-9. PMID: 19186159; PMCID: PMC2669715.
    21. Triana-Baltzer GB, Liu Z, Gounko NV, Berg DK. Multiple cell adhesion molecules shaping a complex nicotinic synapse on neurons. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2008 Sep; 39(1):74-82. PMID: 18585463; PMCID: PMC2600484.
    22. Liu Z, Conroy WG, Stawicki TM, Nai Q, Neff RA, Berg DK. EphB receptors co-distribute with a nicotinic receptor subtype and regulate nicotinic downstream signaling in neurons. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2008 Jun; 38(2):236-44. PMID: 18403216; PMCID: PMC2459225.
    23. Liu Z, Zhang J, Berg DK. Role of endogenous nicotinic signaling in guiding neuronal development. Biochem Pharmacol. 2007 Oct 15; 74(8):1112-9. PMID: 17603025; PMCID: PMC2116993.
    24. Conroy WG, Nai Q, Ross B, Naughton G, Berg DK. Postsynaptic neuroligin enhances presynaptic inputs at neuronal nicotinic synapses. Dev Biol. 2007 Jul 01; 307(1):79-91. PMID: 17521624.
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    25. Zhang J, Berg DK. Reversible inhibition of GABAA receptors by alpha7-containing nicotinic receptors on the vertebrate postsynaptic neurons. J Physiol. 2007 Mar 15; 579(Pt 3):753-63. PMID: 17204496; PMCID: PMC2151364.
    26. Liu Z, Neff RA, Berg DK. Sequential interplay of nicotinic and GABAergic signaling guides neuronal development. Science. 2006 Dec 08; 314(5805):1610-3. PMID: 17158331.
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    27. Massey KA, Zago WM, Berg DK. BDNF up-regulates alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor levels on subpopulations of hippocampal interneurons. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 Dec; 33(4):381-8. PMID: 17029981; PMCID: PMC1826088.
    28. Triana-Baltzer GB, Liu Z, Berg DK. Pre- and postsynaptic actions of L1-CAM in nicotinic pathways. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 Oct; 33(2):214-26. PMID: 16952465.
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    29. Zago WM, Massey KA, Berg DK. Nicotinic activity stabilizes convergence of nicotinic and GABAergic synapses on filopodia of hippocampal interneurons. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 Mar; 31(3):549-59. PMID: 16403644.
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    30. Berg DK, Conroy WG, Liu Z, Zago WM. Nicotinic signal transduction machinery. J Mol Neurosci. 2006; 30(1-2):149-52. PMID: 17192663.
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    31. Coggan JS, Bartol TM, Esquenazi E, Stiles JR, Lamont S, Martone ME, Berg DK, Ellisman MH, Sejnowski TJ. Evidence for ectopic neurotransmission at a neuronal synapse. Science. 2005 Jul 15; 309(5733):446-51. PMID: 16020730; PMCID: PMC2915764.
    32. Liu Z, Tearle AW, Nai Q, Berg DK. Rapid activity-driven SNARE-dependent trafficking of nicotinic receptors on somatic spines. J Neurosci. 2005 Feb 02; 25(5):1159-68. PMID: 15689552.
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    33. Blank M, Triana-Baltzer GB, Richards CS, Berg DK. Alpha-protocadherins are presynaptic and axonal in nicotinic pathways. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2004 Aug; 26(4):530-43. PMID: 15276155.
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    34. Roth AL, Berg DK. Large clusters of alpha7-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on chick spinal cord neurons. J Comp Neurol. 2003 Oct 13; 465(2):195-204. PMID: 12949781.
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    35. Conroy WG, Liu Z, Nai Q, Coggan JS, Berg DK. PDZ-containing proteins provide a functional postsynaptic scaffold for nicotinic receptors in neurons. Neuron. 2003 Jun 05; 38(5):759-71. PMID: 12797960.
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    36. Conroy WG, Liu QS, Nai Q, Margiotta JF, Berg DK. Potentiation of alpha7-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors by select albumins. Mol Pharmacol. 2003 Feb; 63(2):419-28. PMID: 12527814.
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    37. Hu M, Liu QS, Chang KT, Berg DK. Nicotinic regulation of CREB activation in hippocampal neurons by glutamatergic and nonglutamatergic pathways. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2002 Dec; 21(4):616-25. PMID: 12504594.
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    38. Berg DK, Conroy WG. Nicotinic alpha 7 receptors: synaptic options and downstream signaling in neurons. J Neurobiol. 2002 Dec; 53(4):512-23. PMID: 12436416.
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    39. Kawai H, Zago W, Berg DK. Nicotinic alpha 7 receptor clusters on hippocampal GABAergic neurons: regulation by synaptic activity and neurotrophins. J Neurosci. 2002 Sep 15; 22(18):7903-12. PMID: 12223543.
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    40. Kaiser S, Blank M, Berg DK. Maturation of postsynaptic nicotinic structures on autonomic neurons requires innervation but not cholinergic transmission. Eur J Neurosci. 2002 Jul; 16(1):1-10. PMID: 12153526.
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    41. Shoop RD, Esquenazi E, Yamada N, Ellisman MH, Berg DK. Ultrastructure of a somatic spine mat for nicotinic signaling in neurons. J Neurosci. 2002 Feb 01; 22(3):748-56. PMID: 11826104.
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