Artur Llobet

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology – Synaptic transmission

ORCID Research Profile


Position: Associate professor

(professor agregat)

Contact details


Dr. Artur Llobet

Department of Patologia i Terapèutica Experimental

Faculty of Medicine, c/Feixa Llarga

08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain)


allobet (at)

Research Interests


My research group is interested in the study of the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission.  We use a combination of molecular, cellular and in vivo approaches to investigate essential features on how information is processed in chemical synapses.

Current Research Lines


  • Synaptic transmission
  • Neuron-glia interactions
  • Synapse formation and elimination

Highlighted publications


· Terni B, Pacciolla P, Masanas H, Gorostiza P, Llobet A.Tight temporal coupling between synaptic rewiring of olfactory glomeruli and the emergence of odor-guided behavior in Xenopus tadpoles. J. Comparative Neurology 525(17):3769-3783 (2017).


· López-Murcia FJ, Terni B, Llobet A (2015) SPARC triggers a cell-autonomous program of synapse elimination. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 112:13366-71.


· López-Murcia FJ, Royle SJ, Llobet A (2014) Presynaptic clathrin levels are a limiting factor for synaptic transmission. J Neurosci 34:8618-8629.


· Pittolo S, Gómez-Santacana X, Eckelt K, Rovira X, Dalton J, Goudet C, Pin JP, Llobet A, Giraldo J, Llebaria A, Gorostiza P (2014) An allosteric modulator to control endogenous G protein-coupled receptors with light. Nat Chem Biol 10:813-815.


· Pedraza N, Ortiz R, Cornadó A, Llobet A, Aldea M, Gallego C (2014) KIS, a Kinase Associated with Microtubule Regulators, Enhances Translation of AMPA Receptors and Stimulates Dendritic Spine Remodeling. J Neurosci 34:13988-13997.