Bret N. Smith, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1992
Neuronal Interactions in the Mammalian Brain. Research in this laboratory is aimed at understanding the mechanisms underlying functional synaptic connectivity, modulation, and plasticity of neuronal systems. Using whole-cell electrophysiological techniques in acute slice preparations combined with immunochemical, histochemical, neuropharmacological, and molecular biological methods, we are conducting studies to determine how neural circuit organization and remodeling after brain injury contribute to development of epilepsy. In addition, we study how synaptic function in autonomic control centers regulate visceral sensory-motor integration. The specific areas of study are:
Duale, H., Hou, S., Derbenev, A.V., Smith, B.N., and Rabchevsky, A.G. (2009) Spinal cord injury reduces the efficacy of pseudorabies virus labeling of sympathetic preganglionic neurons. J Neuropath Exp Neurol. 68:168-78.
Hunt, R.F., Scheff, S.W., and Smith, B.N. (2009) Posttraumatic epilepsy after controlled cortical impact injury in mice. Exp. Neurol. 215(2):243-52.
Zsombok, A. and Smith, B.N. (2009) Plasticity of central autonomic neural circuits in diabetes. Biochim Biophys Acta: Molecular Basis of Disease. 1792:423-431.
Derbenev, A.V., Duale, H., Rabchevsky, A.G. and Smith, B.N. (2010) Electrophyiological characteristics of identified kidney-related neurons in adult rat spinal cord slices. Neurosci Letts. 474:168-172.
Duale, H., Lyttle, T.S. and Smith B.N., Rabchevsky, A.G. (2010) Noxious colorectal distention in spinalized rats reduces pseudorabies virus labeling of sympathetic neurons. J. Neurotrauma. 27:1369-78.
Bhaskaran, M.D. and Smith, B.N. (2010) Cannabinoid modulation of excitability in the dentate gyrus of pilocarpine-treated epileptic mice. PLoS ONE. 5:e10683 (1-10).
Bhaskaran, M.D. and Smith, B.N. (2010) Effects of TRPV1 activation in the dentate gyrus of a mouse model of TLE. Exp. Neurol. 223:529-36.
Gao, H. and Smith, B.N. (2010) Tonic GABA-mediated inhibition in the rat dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus. J. Neurophysiol. 103:904-14.
Hunt, R.F., Scheff, S.W., and Smith, B.N. (2010) Regionally localized recurrent excitation in the dentate gyrus of a cortical contusion model of posttraumatic epilepsy. J. Neurophysiol. 103:1490-1500.
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