Alanna Grant

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The mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system is implicated in neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia but it is unknown how disruptions in brain development modify this system and increase predisposition to cognitive and behavioural abnormalities in adulthood. Netrins are guidance cues involved in the proper organization of neuronal(More)
Schizophrenia is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder associated with alterations in synaptic connectivity. Deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC), a receptor for the guidance cue netrin-1, plays a pivotal role in organizing neuronal circuitry by guiding growing axons and dendrites to their correct targets and by influencing synaptic connectivity.(More)
Motivated behaviors and many psychopathologies typically involve changes in dopamine release from the projections of the ventral tegmental area (VTA) and/or the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). The morphogen Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) specifies fates of midbrain dopamine neurons, but VTA-specific effects of Shh signaling are also being uncovered. In this(More)
Puberty is a critical period in mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) system development, particularly for the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) projection which achieves maturity in early adulthood. The guidance cue netrin-1 organizes neuronal networks by attracting or repelling cellular processes through DCC (deleted in colorectal cancer) and UNC-5 homologue(More)
During the pubertal period the mesocortical dopamine (DA) system undergoes substantial reorganization of neuronal connectivity and functional refinement. Netrins are guidance cues involved in the organization of neuronal circuitry. We have previously shown that adult mice that develop with reduced levels of the netrin-1 receptor [deleted in colorectal(More)
A core feature in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia is abnormal development and function of mesocorticolimbic dopamine (DA) circuitry. We have previously shown that variations in the function of the netrin-1 receptor, deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC), result in changes to the development, organization and ongoing plasticity of DA circuitry. In rodents,(More)
Michael Verwey1,2, Alanna Grant1, Nicholas Meti2, Lauren Adye-White1, Angelica Torres-Berrío1, Veronique Rioux6,7, Martin Lévesque6,7, Frederic Charron2,3,4,5,* and Cecilia Flores1,* Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University, Montreal, QC H4H 1R3, Canada Molecular Biology of Neural Development, Institut de(More)
Adolescence is a period during which the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) undergoes significant remodeling. The netrin-1 receptor, deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC), controls the extent and organization of mPFC dopamine connectivity during adolescence and in turn directs mPFC functional and structural maturation. Dcc haploinsufficiency leads to increased(More)
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