Jessica A. Panzer

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Genetic screens for synaptogenesis mutants have been performed in many organisms, but few if any have simultaneously screened for defects in pre- and postsynaptic specializations. Here, we report the results of a small-scale genetic screen, the first in vertebrates, for defects in synaptogenesis. Using zebrafish as a model system, we identified seven(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the MSH5 gene encoding a MutS homolog was identified as a gene required for meiotic crossing over. To understand the role of MSH5 in higher eukaryotes, we have identified both the human and the Caenorhabditis elegans MSH5 genes. The human and C. elegans MSH5 predicted amino acid sequences share, respectively, 25.3 and 22.0%(More)
Congenital disorder of glycosylation type IIc (CDG IIc) is characterized by mental retardation, slowed growth and severe immunodeficiency, attributed to the lack of fucosylated glycoproteins. While impaired Notch signaling has been implicated in some aspects of CDG IIc pathogenesis, the molecular and cellular mechanisms remain poorly understood. We have(More)
OBJECTIVE Anti-AMPAR encephalitis is a recently discovered disorder characterized by the presence of antibodies in serum or cerebrospinal fluid against the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor. Here, we examine the antigenic specificity of anti-AMPAR antibodies, screen for new patients, and evaluate functional effects of(More)
We are studying the functional roles of neuronal gap junctional coupling during development, using motor neurons and their synapses with muscle fibers as a model system. At neuromuscular synapses, several studies have shown that the relative pattern of activity among motor inputs competing for innervation of the same target muscle fiber determines how(More)
Little is known about the spatial and temporal dynamics of presynaptic and postsynaptic specializations that culminate in synaptogenesis. Here, we imaged presynaptic vesicle clusters in motor axons and postsynaptic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) clusters in embryonic zebrafish to study the earliest events in synaptogenesis in vivo. Prepatterned AChR clusters(More)
In humans, mutations in electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF) or electron transfer flavoprotein dehydrogenase (ETFDH) lead to MADD/glutaric aciduria type II, an autosomal recessively inherited disorder characterized by a broad spectrum of devastating neurological, systemic and metabolic symptoms. We show that a zebrafish mutant in ETFDH, xavier, and(More)
Intercellular communication mediated by gap junctions is developmentally regulated in many tissues, including the nervous system. In rodent lumbar spinal cord, extensive gap junctional coupling among motor neurons innervating the same muscle is present at birth but is no longer present 1 week later. Little is known about how this motor-pool-specific(More)