Position: Associate professor
Esther Gratacos Batlle
aida.castellanos (at) ub.edu
Montserrat Pau Ramon
Administrative and technical staff
montsepau (at) ub.edu
Dr. David Soto
Department of Biomedicine
School of Medicine, Casanova 143
08036 Barcelona (Spain)
davidsoto (at) ub.edu
The main interest of the group is focused on glutamatergic signaling. Specifically, our research is based on the study of ionotropic glutamate receptors and the functional interaction between AMPARs and auxiliary subunits and other interacting proteins, which determine this glutamate receptor function at the synapse. On that basis, by means of molecular, cellular and electrophysiological techniques the laboratory is characterizing these functional changes (on gating and trafficking properties) and trying to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in such modulatory effects in heterologous systems and neuronal cultures. We are also investigating whether synaptic plasticity is altered in knockout animals for these interacting proteins with AMPARs. Furthermore, the group is also focused on functional studies on NMDARs with newly synthesized blocking compounds and positive allosteric modulators in the framework of neurodevelopmental conditions.
· Soto D, Olivella M, Grau C, Armstrong J, Alcon C, Gasull X, Gómez de Salazar M, Gratacòs-Batlle E, Ramos Vicente D, Fernández-Dueñas V, Ciruela F, Bayés À, Sindreu C, López-Sala A, García-Cazorla À, Altafaj X (2017) Rett-like Severe Encephalopathy Caused by a De Novo GRIN2B Mutation is Attenuated by D-Serine Dietary Supplement. Biological Psychiatry. S0006-3223(17); 31671-2.
· Gratacòs-Batlle E, Yefimenko N, Cascos-García H, Soto D (2015) AMPAR interacting protein CPT1C enhances surface expression of GluA1-containing receptors. Front Cell Neurosci. 2015 Feb 2;8:469.
· Fadó R, Soto D, Miñano-Molina AJ, Pozo M, Carrasco P, Yefimenko N, Rodríguez-Álvarez J, Casals N (2015) Novel Regulation of the Synthesis of α-Amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic Acid (AMPA) Receptor Subunit GluA1 by Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1C (CPT1C) in the Hippocampus. J Biol Chem. 2015 Oct 16;290(42):25548-60.
· Quintana P, Soto D, Poirot O, Zonouzi M, Kellenberger S, Muller D, Chrast R, Cull-Candy SG. (2015) Acid-sensing ion channel 1a drives AMPA receptor plasticity following ischaemia and acidosis in hippocampal CA1 neurons. J Physiol. 2015 Oct 1;593(19):4373-86.
· Soto D, Coombs ID, Gratacòs-Batlle E, Farrant M, Cull-Candy SG. (2014) Molecular mechanisms contributing to TARP regulation of channel conductance and polyamine block of calcium-permeable AMPA receptors. J Neurosci. 34 (35):11673-83.