Research Summary - Animal models

Our group’s research interests are focused on the generation and analysis of mouse models for brain disorders.

The key areas of interest where we have developed expertise are:
Animal models for Autism and Alzheimer’s disease
Animal models developing under prenatal or acute impaired trace metals homeostasis

We have developed expertise in the analysis of mice regarding: Behavior, Histology, Biochemisrty, Microbiome, GI tract, Biometals

Current projects:
Characterization of prenatal and acute zinc deficient mice.

RESEARCH experience:

SAROWAR T, GRABRUCKER S, BOECKERS TM, GRABRUCKER AM. Object phobia and altered RhoA signaling in amygdala of mice lacking RICH2, Front. Mol. Neurosci. 2017 accepted

SAROWAR T, CHHABRA R, VILELLA A, BOECKERS TM, ZOLI M, GRABRUCKER AM: Activity and circadian rhythm influence synaptic Shank3 protein levels in mice. J. Neurochem. 2016; 138 (6): 887-95. 

SAROWAR T, GRABRUCKER S, FÖHR K, MANGUS K, ECKERT M, BOCKMANN J, BOECKERS TM, GRABRUCKER AM: Enlarged dendritic spines and pronounced neophobia in mice lacking the PSD protein RICH2. Mol. Brain, 2016; 9 (1): 28.

GRABRUCKER S, BOECKERS TM, GRABRUCKER AM: Gender dependent evaluation of autism like behavior in mice exposed to prenatal zinc deficiency. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 2016 ;10: 37.

Baecker T, Mangus K, Pfaender S, Chhabra R, Boeckers TM, Grabrucker AM: Loss of COMMD1 and copper overload disrupt zinc homeostasis and influence an autism-associated pathway at glutamatergic synapses. Biometals 2014; 27 (4): 715-30.

Grabrucker S, Jannetti L, Eckert M, Gaub S, Chhabra R, Pfaender S, Mangus K, Reddy PP, Rankovic V, Schmeisser MJ, Kreutz MR, Ehret G, Boeckers TM, Grabrucker AM: Zinc deficiency dysregulates the synaptic ProSAP/Shank scaffold and might contribute to autism spectrum disorders. Brain 2014; 137 (Pt 1): 137-52.

Schmeisser MJ, Ey E, Wegener S, Bockmann J, Stempel AV, Kuebler A, Janssen AL, Udvardi PT, Shiban E, Spilker C, Balschun D, Skryabin BV, tom Dieck S, Smalla KH, Montag D, Leblond CS, Faure P, Torquet N, Le Sourd AM, Toro R, Grabrucker AM, Shoichet SA, Schmitz D, Kreutz MR, Bourgeron T, Gundelfinger ED, Boeckers TM: Abnormal glutamate neurotransmission, hyperactivity and autistic-like behaviours in mice lacking ProSAP1/Shank2. Nature, 2012, 486(7402):256-60

GRABRUCKER AM, SCHMEISSER MJ, UDVARDI PT, ROWAN M, SCHOEN M, WOODLING NS, ANDREASSON KI, HOF PR, BUXBAUM JD, GARNER CC, BOECKERS TM: Amyloid beta protein-induced zinc sequestration leads to synaptic loss via dysregulation of the ProSAP2/Shank3 scaffold. Mol. Neurodeg. 2011, 6: 65.


HILL-YARDIN EL, McKEOWN SJ, NOVARINO G, GRABRUCKER AM: Chapter 9: Animal models of ASD – Extracerebral dysfunction, in Schmeisser M, Boeckers TM (Eds) Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology, Translational anatomy and cell biology of autism spectrum disorders. 2017 [in press]