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Bernstein Seminar - Philipp Schnepel (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin)

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"Hyperexcitability in Mouse Models of Autism-Spectrum Disorders" / Tuesday, May 23, 2017 17:15 h

  • Bernstein Seminar
When May 23, 2017
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where BCF Lecture Hall, Hansastr. 9a
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May 23, 2017

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Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine



Tuesday, 23 May 2017


17:15 hours


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Lecture Hall (ground floor)
Bernstein Center Freiburg
Hansastraße 9a
79104 Freiburg


Hosted by Ad Aertsen


Hyperexcitability in Mouse Models of Autism-Spectrum Disorders


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder for which the causal mechanism remains unidentified. It is hypothesized that a common pathology exists that is defined by an increased excitation-inhibition (E-I) ratio and hyperexcitability at the neural circuit level. Reports on deficits in interneuron number and of increased E-I ratio collectively suggest circuit excitability in ASD1-7 . To test this model, we are comparing local circuit physiology and sensory processing in primary somatosensory (S1) cortex across multiple ASD model mouse strains. S1 is a reasonable site to investigate ASD circuit dysfunction since 80-90% of ASD patients show sensory abnormalities including tactile hypersensitivity 8 . Here, we report initial results from three ASD strains: contactin associated protein-like 2 (Cntnap2), fragile X mental retardation 1 (Fmr1) and microdeletion on chromosome 16 (16p11.2) mice. Although whole-cell recordings in L2/3 of S1 slices indicate an increase in E-I-ratio, in vivo extracellular recordings show heterogeneous results across the different strains, suggesting that the hyperexcitability hypothesis needs to be revisited as a general mechanism for autism-spectrum disorders.


1Levy et al., Lancet 374, 1627 (2009). 2Markram and Markram, Front Hum Neurosci 4,224 (2010) 3Peñagarikano et al., Cell 147, 235 (2011). 4Bureau et al., Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 5178 (2008). 5Gogolla, et al. J Neurodev Disord1, 172 (2009). 6Rubenstein and Merzenich, Genes Brain Behav. 2, 255(2003). 7Yizhar et al. Nature 477, 171 (2011). 8. Geschwind, Annual Review of Medicine 60, 367 (2009).


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Hansastraße 9a
79104 Freiburg im Breisgau

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