Jeff Golden M.D.

Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Office 516 H Abramson Research Center
Lab 503 ARC/439
215-590-4307 (tel)
215-590-3709 (fax)

Biography/Curriculum Vitae:

Research Interests:
Patterning and Cell Migration in the Developing Nervous System.

Narrative of Current Research Efforts:
My laboratory is interested in understanding multiple aspects of early nervous system development. The first area of focus is in patterning the rostral neural tube. The neural tube receives specific positional information defining the rostral-caudal, dorsal-ventral and left-right axes. The specification of these axes results from the coordinated action of many genes with precise temporal and spatial expression patterns during development. To investigate dorsal-ventral patterning in the forebrain we have used a combination of studies in the chick and mouse embryos. The chick embryos allow us to easily perform misexpression studies using electroporation and by the introduction of viral vectors to test the role of specific genes. Furthermore, the chick lends itself to experimental manipulation and many years of well-defined anatomical studies. More recently we have turned to the mouse to take advantage of genetics, allowing us to use transgenic and conditional mutagenesis to affect specific genes at specific times in development. To date we have focused primarily on the BMP signaling pathway and have recently identified new modulators of this pathway. These studies have allowed us to gain a greater insight into the molecular regulation of patterning the forebrain, and studies from our lab and other labs have confirmed that disruption of patterning results in anomalies in brain development. Studying these disruptions will allow us to better understand the pathogenesis of human diseases including brain malformations, mental retardation, epilepsy and autism.

The second focus of the laboratory is on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cell migration. We use a combination of in vivo and in vitro methods to study cell migration. Over the past few years we have established the developmental timing of non-radial cell migration in the chick embryo and have identified at least one molecule, DM-GRASP, required for this migration. We also found axons were the most likely guide for non-radial cell migration in the chick. Again turning to the mouse model to take advantage of the power of mouse genetics, we have conclusively shown that at least some populations of interneurons use axons for their migration. We have gone on to look at the intracellular signaling required for cell migration and have shown Lis1 is necessary for normal cell migration. Current studies are focused on understanding the role of other candidate genes in the Lis1 pathway as well as several transcription factors such as Arx . These studies have lead to new insights into the pathogenesis of human disorders such as lissencephaly, mental retardation, and several epilepsy syndromes.

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