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Karen Ting Chang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cell & Neurobiology
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
ZNI 219 1501 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 1871


Geng J, Wang L, Lee JY, Chen CK, Chang KT. Phosphorylation of Synaptojanin Differentially Regulates Endocytosis of Functionally Distinct Synaptic Vesicle Pools. J Neurosci. 2016 Aug 24; 36(34):8882-94. View in: PubMed

Wang W, Rai A, Hur EM, Smilansky Z, Chang KT, Min KT. DSCR1 is required for both axonal growth cone extension and steering. J Cell Biol. 2016 May 23; 213(4):451-62. View in: PubMed

Lee JY, Chen JY, Shaw JL, Chang KT. Maintenance of Stem Cell Niche Integrity by a Novel Activator of Integrin Signaling. PLoS Genet. 2016 May; 12(5):e1006043. View in: PubMed

Niescier RF, Kwak SK, Joo SH, Chang KT, Min KT. Dynamics of Mitochondrial Transport in Axons. Front Cell Neurosci. 2016; 10:123. View in: PubMed

Shaw JL, Zhang S, Chang KT. Bidirectional Regulation of Amyloid Precursor Protein-Induced Memory Defects by Nebula/DSCR1: A Protein Upregulated in Alzheimer's Disease and Down Syndrome. J Neurosci. 2015 Aug 12; 35(32):11374-83. View in: PubMed

Chen CK, Bregere C, Paluch J, Lu JF, Dickman DK, Chang KT. Activity-dependent facilitation of Synaptojanin and synaptic vesicle recycling by the Minibrain kinase. Nat Commun. 2014; 5:4246. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Ro H, Wang W, Min KT. Meeting at the crossroads: common mechanisms in Fragile X and Down syndrome. Trends Neurosci. 2013 Dec; 36(12):685-94. View in: PubMed

Shaw JL, Chang KT. Nebula/DSCR1 upregulation delays neurodegeneration and protects against APP-induced axonal transport defects by restoring calcineurin and GSK-3ß signaling. PLoS Genet. 2013; 9(9):e1003792. View in: PubMed

Niescier RF, Chang KT, Min KT. Miro, MCU, and calcium: bridging our understanding of mitochondrial movement in axons. Front Cell Neurosci. 2013; 7:148. View in: PubMed

Wang W, Zhu JZ, Chang KT, Min KT. DSCR1 interacts with FMRP and is required for spine morphogenesis and local protein synthesis. EMBO J. 2012 Aug 3; 31(18):3655-66. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Niescier RF, Min KT. Mitochondrial matrix Ca2+ as an intrinsic signal regulating mitochondrial motility in axons. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Sep 13; 108(37):15456-61. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Min KT. Progress in molecular biology and translational science. Animal models of human disease. Preface. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci. 2011; 100:xv. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Min KT. Upregulation of three Drosophila homologs of human chromosome 21 genes alters synaptic function: implications for Down syndrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Oct 6; 106(40):17117-22. View in: PubMed

Griswold AJ, Chang KT, Runko AP, Knight MA, Min KT. Sir2 mediates apoptosis through JNK-dependent pathways in Drosophila. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jun 24; 105(25):8673-8. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Min KT. Drosophila melanogaster homolog of Down syndrome critical region 1 is critical for mitochondrial function. Nat Neurosci. 2005 Nov; 8(11):1577-85. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Shi YJ, Min KT. The Drosophila homolog of Down's syndrome critical region 1 gene regulates learning: implications for mental retardation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Dec 23; 100(26):15794-9. View in: PubMed

Hu M, Liu QS, Chang KT, Berg DK. Nicotinic regulation of CREB activation in hippocampal neurons by glutamatergic and nonglutamatergic pathways. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2002 Dec; 21(4):616-25. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Min KT. Regulation of lifespan by histone deacetylase. Ageing Res Rev. 2002 Jun; 1(3):313-26. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Berg DK. Voltage-gated channels block nicotinic regulation of CREB phosphorylation and gene expression in neurons. Neuron. 2001 Dec 6; 32(5):855-65. View in: PubMed

Shoop RD, Chang KT, Ellisman MH, Berg DK. Synaptically driven calcium transients via nicotinic receptors on somatic spines. J Neurosci. 2001 Feb 1; 21(3):771-81. View in: PubMed

Chang KT, Berg DK. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing alpha7 subunits are required for reliable synaptic transmission in situ. J Neurosci. 1999 May 15; 19(10):3701-10. View in: PubMed

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