Nicola Allen

Title(s)Associate Adjunct Professor, Neurobiology
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    Unbiased Epigenomic and Transcriptomic Profiling of Non-Neuronal Cells in the Mouse Brain
    NIH RF1DA048816Aug 15, 2019 - Aug 14, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Astrocyte regulation of synapse maturation
    NIH R01NS105742Mar 1, 2018 - Nov 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Astrocyte regulation of neuronal AMPA glutamate receptors
    NIH R01NS089791Sep 1, 2014 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Suppression of astrocyte BMP signaling improves fragile X syndrome molecular signatures and functional deficits. bioRxiv. 2024 Jun 24. Deng J, Labarta-Bajo L, Brandebura AN, Kahn SB, Pinto AFM, Diedrich JK, Allen NJ. PMID: 38979341; PMCID: PMC11230279.
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    2. Astrocyte CCN1 stabilizes neural circuits in the adult brain. bioRxiv. 2024 Mar 14. Sancho L, Boisvert MM, Dawoodtabar T, Burgado J, Wang E, Allen NJ. PMID: 38559139; PMCID: PMC10979986.
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    3. Astrocyte Regulation of Synapse Formation, Maturation, and Elimination. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2024 Feb 12. Chung WS, Baldwin KT, Allen NJ. PMID: 38346858.
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    4. Dysregulation of astrocyte-secreted pleiotrophin contributes to neuronal structural and functional deficits in Down Syndrome. bioRxiv. 2023 Nov 28. Brandebura AN, Asbell QN, Micael MKB, Allen NJ. PMID: 37808668; PMCID: PMC10557700.
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    5. Protocol for the purification and transcriptomic analysis of mouse astrocytes using GFAT. STAR Protoc. 2023 Dec 15; 4(4):102599. Labarta-Bajo L, Deng J, Contreras M, Allen NJ. PMID: 37742178; PMCID: PMC10522990.
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    6. Astrocyte contribution to dysfunction, risk and progression in neurodegenerative disorders. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2023 01; 24(1):23-39. Brandebura AN, Paumier A, Onur TS, Allen NJ. PMID: 36316501; PMCID: PMC10198620.
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    7. A class of anti-inflammatory lipids decrease with aging in the central nervous system. Nat Chem Biol. 2023 02; 19(2):187-197. Tan D, Konduri S, Erikci Ertunc M, Zhang P, Wang J, Chang T, Pinto AFM, Rocha A, Donaldson CJ, Vaughan JM, Ludwig RG, Willey E, Iyer M, Gray PC, Maher P, Allen NJ, Zuchero JB, Dillin A, Mori MA, Kohama SG, Siegel D, Saghatelian A. PMID: 36266352; PMCID: PMC9898107.
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    8. Aberrant astrocyte protein secretion contributes to altered neuronal development in multiple models of neurodevelopmental disorders. Nat Neurosci. 2022 09; 25(9):1163-1178. Caldwell ALM, Sancho L, Deng J, Bosworth A, Miglietta A, Diedrich JK, Shokhirev MN, Allen NJ. PMID: 36042312; PMCID: PMC10395413.
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    9. Astrocyte-secreted chordin-like 1 regulates spine density after ischemic injury. Sci Rep. 2022 03 09; 12(1):4176. Blanco-Suarez E, Allen NJ. PMID: 35264691; PMCID: PMC8907233.
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    10. From Synapses to Circuits, Astrocytes Regulate Behavior. Front Neural Circuits. 2021; 15:786293. Lyon KA, Allen NJ. PMID: 35069124; PMCID: PMC8772456.
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    11. In Science Journals. Science. 2021 Dec 10; 374(6573):1335-1337. Suleymanov Y, Hines PJ, Stajic J, Osborne IS, Malo CS, Sugden AM, Allen NJ, Alderton G, Scanlon ST, Hurtley SM, Vinson V, Olingy C, Wong W, Grocholski B, Kelly PN. PMID: 34882467.
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    12. Activity-dependent modulation of synapse-regulating genes in astrocytes. Elife. 2021 09 08; 10. Farhy-Tselnicker I, Boisvert MM, Liu H, Dowling C, Erikson GA, Blanco-Suarez E, Farhy C, Shokhirev MN, Ecker JR, Allen NJ. PMID: 34494546; PMCID: PMC8497060.
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    13. A critical period that shapes neuronal motor circuits. Nature. 2021 04; 592(7854):360-361. Sancho L, Allen NJ. PMID: 33828277.
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    14. Reactive astrocyte nomenclature, definitions, and future directions. Nat Neurosci. 2021 03; 24(3):312-325. Escartin C, Galea E, Lakatos A, O'Callaghan JP, Petzold GC, Serrano-Pozo A, Steinhäuser C, Volterra A, Carmignoto G, Agarwal A, Allen NJ, Araque A, Barbeito L, Barzilai A, Bergles DE, Bonvento G, Butt AM, Chen WT, Cohen-Salmon M, Cunningham C, Deneen B, De Strooper B, Díaz-Castro B, Farina C, Freeman M, Gallo V, Goldman JE, Goldman SA, Götz M, Gutiérrez A, Haydon PG, Heiland DH, Hol EM, Holt MG, Iino M, Kastanenka KV, Kettenmann H, Khakh BS, Koizumi S, Lee CJ, Liddelow SA, MacVicar BA, Magistretti P, Messing A, Mishra A, Molofsky AV, Murai KK, Norris CM, Okada S, Oliet SHR, Oliveira JF, Panatier A, Parpura V, Pekna M, Pekny M, Pellerin L, Perea G, Pérez-Nievas BG, Pfrieger FW, Poskanzer KE, Quintana FJ, Ransohoff RM, Riquelme-Perez M, Robel S, Rose CR, Rothstein JD, Rouach N, Rowitch DH, Semyanov A, Sirko S, Sontheimer H, Swanson RA, Vitorica J, Wanner IB, Wood LB, Wu J, Zheng B, Zimmer ER, Zorec R, Sofroniew MV, Verkhratsky A. PMID: 33589835; PMCID: PMC8007081.
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    15. Glia as sculptors of synaptic plasticity. Neurosci Res. 2021 Jun; 167:17-29. Sancho L, Contreras M, Allen NJ. PMID: 33316304; PMCID: PMC8513541.
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    16. Glia: victims or villains of the aging brain? Neurobiol Dis. 2020 09; 143:105008. Salas IH, Burgado J, Allen NJ. PMID: 32622920.
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    17. Brain tumours manipulate neighbouring synapses. Nature. 2020 02; 578(7793):46-47. Allen NJ. PMID: 32020106.
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    18. Star Power: Astrocytes Regulate Behavior. Cell. 2019 05 16; 177(5):1091-1093. Allen NJ. PMID: 31100265.
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    19. Pathogenic Variants in GPC4 Cause Keipert Syndrome. Am J Hum Genet. 2019 05 02; 104(5):914-924. Amor DJ, Stephenson SEM, Mustapha M, Mensah MA, Ockeloen CW, Lee WS, Tankard RM, Phelan DG, Shinawi M, de Brouwer APM, Pfundt R, Dowling C, Toler TL, Sutton VR, Agolini E, Rinelli M, Capolino R, Martinelli D, Zampino G, Dumic M, Reardon W, Shaw-Smith C, Leventer RJ, Delatycki MB, Kleefstra T, Mundlos S, Mortier G, Bahlo M, Allen NJ, Lockhart PJ. PMID: 30982611; PMCID: PMC6507040.
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    20. Mice Lacking Glypican 4 Display Juvenile Hyperactivity and Adult Social Interaction Deficits. Brain Plast. 2018 Dec 26; 4(2):197-209. Dowling C, Allen NJ. PMID: 30598870; PMCID: PMC6311356.
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    21. Astrocyte-Secreted Chordin-like 1 Drives Synapse Maturation and Limits Plasticity by Increasing Synaptic GluA2 AMPA Receptors. Neuron. 2018 12 05; 100(5):1116-1132.e13. Blanco-Suarez E, Liu TF, Kopelevich A, Allen NJ. PMID: 30344043; PMCID: PMC6382071.
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    22. Glia as architects of central nervous system formation and function. Science. 2018 10 12; 362(6411):181-185. Allen NJ, Lyons DA. PMID: 30309945; PMCID: PMC6292669.
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    23. Astrocytes, neurons, synapses: a tripartite view on cortical circuit development. Neural Dev. 2018 05 01; 13(1):7. Farhy-Tselnicker I, Allen NJ. PMID: 29712572; PMCID: PMC5928581.
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    24. Oriented Nanofibrous Polymer Scaffolds Containing Protein-Loaded Porous Silicon Generated by Spray Nebulization. Adv Mater. 2018 Mar; 30(12):e1706785. Zuidema JM, Kumeria T, Kim D, Kang J, Wang J, Hollett G, Zhang X, Roberts DS, Chan N, Dowling C, Blanco-Suarez E, Allen NJ, Tuszynski MH, Sailor MJ. PMID: 29363828; PMCID: PMC6475500.
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    25. The Aging Astrocyte Transcriptome from Multiple Regions of the Mouse Brain. Cell Rep. 2018 01 02; 22(1):269-285. Boisvert MM, Erikson GA, Shokhirev MN, Allen NJ. PMID: 29298427; PMCID: PMC5783200.
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    26. Cell Biology of Astrocyte-Synapse Interactions. Neuron. 2017 Nov 01; 96(3):697-708. Allen NJ, Eroglu C. PMID: 29096081; PMCID: PMC5687890.
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    27. Astrocyte-Secreted Glypican 4 Regulates Release of Neuronal Pentraxin 1 from Axons to Induce Functional Synapse Formation. Neuron. 2017 Oct 11; 96(2):428-445.e13. Farhy-Tselnicker I, van Casteren ACM, Lee A, Chang VT, Aricescu AR, Allen NJ. PMID: 29024665; PMCID: PMC5663462.
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    28. The diverse actions of astrocytes during synaptic development. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2017 12; 47:38-43. Bosworth AP, Allen NJ. PMID: 28938161.
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    29. Making Human Stars: A New Method to Generate Human Astrocytes. Neuron. 2017 Aug 16; 95(4):725-727. Allen NJ. PMID: 28817792.
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    30. Neurodevelopmental Changes in Excitatory Synaptic Structure and Function in the Cerebral Cortex of Sanfilippo Syndrome IIIA Mice. Sci Rep. 2017 04 18; 7:46576. Dwyer CA, Scudder SL, Lin Y, Dozier LE, Phan D, Allen NJ, Patrick GN, Esko JD. PMID: 28418018; PMCID: PMC5394534.
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    31. Role of astrocyte-synapse interactions in CNS disorders. J Physiol. 2017 03 15; 595(6):1903-1916. Blanco-Suárez E, Caldwell AL, Allen NJ. PMID: 27381164; PMCID: PMC5350444.
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    32. Astrocytes Control Synapse Formation, Function, and Elimination. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2015 Feb 06; 7(9):a020370. Chung WS, Allen NJ, Eroglu C. PMID: 25663667; PMCID: PMC4527946.
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    33. The role of neuronal versus astrocyte-derived heparan sulfate proteoglycans in brain development and injury. Biochem Soc Trans. 2014 Oct; 42(5):1263-9. Farhy Tselnicker I, Boisvert MM, Allen NJ. PMID: 25233401.
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    34. Synaptic plasticity: Astrocytes wrap it up. Curr Biol. 2014 Aug 04; 24(15):R697-9. Allen NJ. PMID: 25093563.
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    35. Astrocyte regulation of synaptic behavior. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol. 2014; 30:439-63. Allen NJ. PMID: 25288116.
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    36. Role of glia in developmental synapse formation. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2013 Dec; 23(6):1027-33. Allen NJ. PMID: 23871217.
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    37. Astrocyte glypicans 4 and 6 promote formation of excitatory synapses via GluA1 AMPA receptors. Nature. 2012 May 27; 486(7403):410-4. Allen NJ, Bennett ML, Foo LC, Wang GX, Chakraborty C, Smith SJ, Barres BA. PMID: 22722203; PMCID: PMC3383085.
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    38. Development of a method for the purification and culture of rodent astrocytes. Neuron. 2011 Sep 08; 71(5):799-811. Foo LC, Allen NJ, Bushong EA, Ventura PB, Chung WS, Zhou L, Cahoy JD, Daneman R, Zong H, Ellisman MH, Barres BA. PMID: 21903074; PMCID: PMC3172573.
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    39. Control of excitatory CNS synaptogenesis by astrocyte-secreted proteins Hevin and SPARC. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Aug 09; 108(32):E440-9. Kucukdereli H, Allen NJ, Lee AT, Feng A, Ozlu MI, Conatser LM, Chakraborty C, Workman G, Weaver M, Sage EH, Barres BA, Eroglu C. PMID: 21788491; PMCID: PMC3156217.
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    40. Gabapentin receptor alpha2delta-1 is a neuronal thrombospondin receptor responsible for excitatory CNS synaptogenesis. Cell. 2009 Oct 16; 139(2):380-92. Eroglu C, Allen NJ, Susman MW, O'Rourke NA, Park CY, Ozkan E, Chakraborty C, Mulinyawe SB, Annis DS, Huberman AD, Green EM, Lawler J, Dolmetsch R, Garcia KC, Smith SJ, Luo ZD, Rosenthal A, Mosher DF, Barres BA. PMID: 19818485; PMCID: PMC2791798.
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    41. Neuroscience: Glia - more than just brain glue. Nature. 2009 Feb 05; 457(7230):675-7. Allen NJ, Barres BA. PMID: 19194443.
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    42. Charge compensation for NADPH oxidase activity in microglia in rat brain slices does not involve a proton current. Eur J Neurosci. 2008 Sep; 28(6):1146-56. De Simoni A, Allen NJ, Attwell D. PMID: 18783372; PMCID: PMC2628425.
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    43. The classical complement cascade mediates CNS synapse elimination. Cell. 2007 Dec 14; 131(6):1164-78. Stevens B, Allen NJ, Vazquez LE, Howell GR, Christopherson KS, Nouri N, Micheva KD, Mehalow AK, Huberman AD, Stafford B, Sher A, Litke AM, Lambris JD, Smith SJ, John SW, Barres BA. PMID: 18083105.
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    44. Signaling between glia and neurons: focus on synaptic plasticity. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2005 Oct; 15(5):542-8. Allen NJ, Barres BA. PMID: 16144764.
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    45. A preferential role for glycolysis in preventing the anoxic depolarization of rat hippocampal area CA1 pyramidal cells. J Neurosci. 2005 Jan 26; 25(4):848-59. Allen NJ, Káradóttir R, Attwell D. PMID: 15673665; PMCID: PMC6725613.
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    46. The effect of simulated ischaemia on spontaneous GABA release in area CA1 of the juvenile rat hippocampus. J Physiol. 2004 Dec 01; 561(Pt 2):485-98. Allen NJ, Attwell D. PMID: 15459240; PMCID: PMC1665352.
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    47. Reversal or reduction of glutamate and GABA transport in CNS pathology and therapy. Pflugers Arch. 2004 Nov; 449(2):132-42. Allen NJ, Káradóttir R, Attwell D. PMID: 15338308.
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    48. Sequential release of GABA by exocytosis and reversed uptake leads to neuronal swelling in simulated ischemia of hippocampal slices. J Neurosci. 2004 Apr 14; 24(15):3837-49. Allen NJ, Rossi DJ, Attwell D. PMID: 15084665; PMCID: PMC6729351.
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    49. Modulation of ASIC channels in rat cerebellar Purkinje neurons by ischaemia-related signals. J Physiol. 2002 Sep 01; 543(Pt 2):521-9. Allen NJ, Attwell D. PMID: 12205186; PMCID: PMC2290513.
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    50. Quantitative imaging of glutathione in hippocampal neurons and glia in culture using monochlorobimane. J Neurosci Res. 2001 Dec 01; 66(5):873-84. Keelan J, Allen NJ, Antcliffe D, Pal S, Duchen MR. PMID: 11746414.
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    51. A chemokine-glutamate connection. Nat Neurosci. 2001 Jul; 4(7):676-8. Allen NJ, Attwell D. PMID: 11426215.
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