Research Group Neuromodulatory Networks
Psychiatric disorders such as severe depression or attention disorders have long been associated with an altered level of neuromodulators in certain brain areas. Our team is interested in understanding changes in neuromodulators such as dopamine, serotonin or norepinephrine in the brain. However, altered levels of neuromodulation are not only related to many psychiatric disorders, but also influence cognitive performance in everyday life: fatigue, agitation and sadness are all correlated with activity patterns of neurons that release such neuromodulators.
While specific behaviour patterns have been associated with certain neuromodulators and the activation of certain receptors and their downstream signalling pathways have also been associated with these neuromodulators, it is still unknown today how neuromodulatory neurons function, how they adapt and how their global projections still permit surface specificity.
Matthias Prigge studied biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin and philosophy at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. He then received his doctorate in experimental biophysics from the Humboldt University in Peter Hegemann's laboratory where he was fascinated by microbial rhodopsins. Today, these proteins are commonly used to manipulate neuronal activity of neurons in animal behavior with light.
Prigge then worked as a postdoc with Ofer Yizhar at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. There he was particularly interested in how neuromodulatory systems adapt to environmental stimuli.
In his own lab, he wants to use his different skills to develop new optical tools and technologies for the analysis of neuromodulatory networks.
Head Dr. Matthias Prigge +49-391-6263-92211 firstname.lastname@example.org Sekretary Beate Traoré +49-391-6263-95481 email@example.com PhD students Ipek Akol +49-391-6263-94611 firstname.lastname@example.org Damaris Holder +49-391-6263-94611 email@example.com Technical staff member Stefanie Hillert +49-391-6263-94611 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wiegert JS, Mahn M, Prigge M, Printz Y, Yizhar O. 2017. Silencing Neurons: Tools, Applications, and Experimental Constraints. Neuron. 95(3):504-529. Available from: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.06.050
Tsunoda SP, Prigge M, Abe-Yoshizumi R, Inoue K, Kozaki Y, Ishizuka T, Yawo H, Yizhar O, Kandori H. 2017. Functional characterization of sodium-pumping rhodopsins with different pumping properties. PLoS ONE. 12(7). Available from: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179232
Tkatch T, Greotti E, Baranauskas G, Pendin D, Roy S, Nita LI, Wettmarshausen J, Prigge M, Yizhar O, Shirihai OS, Fishman D, Hershfinkel M, Fleidervish IA, Perocchi F, Pozzan T, Sekler I. 2017. Optogenetic control of mitochondrial metabolism & Ca2+ signaling by mitochondria-Targeted opsins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 114(26):E5167-E5176. Available from: 10.1073/pnas.1703623114
Klavir O, Prigge M, Sarel A, Paz R, Yizhar O. 2017. Manipulating fear associations via optogenetic modulation of amygdala inputs to prefrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience. 20(6):836-844. Available from: 10.1038/nn.4523
Mahn M, Prigge M, Ron S, Levy R, Yizhar O. 2016. Biophysical constraints of optogenetic inhibition at presynaptic terminals. Nature Neuroscience. 19(4):554-556. Available from: 10.1038/nn.4266
Wietek J, Prigge M. 2016. Enhancing channelrhodopsins: An Overview. In Methods in Molecular Biology. Humana Press Inc. pp. 141-165. (Methods in Molecular Biology). Available from: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3512-3_10
Scott N, Prigge M, Yizhar O, Kimchi T. 2015. A sexually dimorphic hypothalamic circuit controls maternal care and oxytocin secretion. Nature. 525(7570):519-522. Available from: 10.1038/nature15378
Pashaie R, Anikeeva P, Lee JH, Prakash R, Yizhar O, Prigge M, Chander D, Richner TJ, Williams J. 2014. Optogenetic brain interfaces. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. 7:3-30. Available from: 10.1109/RBME.2013.2294796
Akerboom J, Calderón NC, Tian L, Wabnig S, Prigge M, Tolö J, Gordus A, Orger MB, Severi KE, Macklin JJ, Patel R, Pulver SR, Wardill TJ, Fischer E, Schüler C, Chen TW, Sarkisyan KS, Marvin JS, Bargmann CI, Kim DS, Kügler S, Lagnado L, Hegemann P, Gottschalk A, Schreiter ER, Looger LL. 2013. Genetically encoded calcium indicators for multi-color neural activity imaging and combination with optogenetics. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. (FEB). Available from: 10.3389/fnmol.2013.00002
Erbguth K, Prigge M, Schneider F, Hegemann P, Gottschalk A. 2012. Bimodal Activation of Different Neuron Classes with the Spectrally Red-Shifted Channelrhodopsin Chimera C1V1 in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS ONE. 7(10). Available from: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046827
Prigge M, Schneider F, Tsunoda SP, Shilyansky C, Wietek J, Deisseroth K, Hegemann P. 2012. Color-tuned channelrhodopsins for multiwavelength optogenetics. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 287(38):31804-31812. Available from: 10.1074/jbc.M112.391185
Zhang F, Vierock J, Yizhar O, Fenno LE, Tsunoda S, Kianianmomeni A, Prigge M, Berndt A, Cushman J, Polle J, Magnuson J, Hegemann P, Deisseroth K. 2011. The microbial opsin family of optogenetic tools. Cell. 147(7):1446-1457. Available from: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.12.004
Yizhar O, Fenno LE, Prigge M, Schneider F, Davidson TJ, Ogshea DJ, Sohal VS, Goshen I, Finkelstein J, Paz JT, Stehfest K, Fudim R, Ramakrishnan C, Huguenard JR, Hegemann P, Deisseroth K. 2011. Neocortical excitation/inhibition balance in information processing and social dysfunction. Nature. 477(7363):171-178. Available from: 10.1038/nature10360
Berndt A, Prigge M, Gradmann D, Hegemann P. 2010. Two open states with progressive proton selectivities in the branched channelrhodopsin-2 photocycle. Biophysical Journal. 98(5):753-761. Available from: 10.1016/j.bpj.2009.10.052
Prigge M, Rösler A, Hegemann P. 2010. Fast, repetitive light-activation of CaV3.2 using channelrhodopsin 2. Channels. 4(3). Available from: 10.4161/chan.4.3.11888
- Patch-Clamp in acute slices and cell culture
- In-vivo electrophsiology
- Mouse behavior
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- Photoreceptor design and Optogenetics
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