Karen Ting Chang, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentZilkha Neurogenetic Institute
AddressZNI 219, 1501 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 1871
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    Molecular mechanisms underlying activity-induced synaptic remodeling
    NIH/NINDS R01NS102260Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    (PQ#9): Altered mitochondrial transport and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
    NIH/NCI R21CA215985Apr 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role of DYRK1A/MNB in Synaptic growth and function
    NIH/NINDS R01NS080946Jul 16, 2013 - Jun 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role of nebula/DSCR1 in mitochondria
    NIH/NINDS R00NS052524Sep 19, 2007 - Aug 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role of nebula/DSCR1 in mitochondria
    NIH/NINDS K99NS052524Sep 19, 2007 - Aug 31, 2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Chang KT, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Munos MK, Katz J. Why some mothers overestimate birth size and length of pregnancy in rural Nepal. J Glob Health. 2018 Dec; 8(2):020801. PMID: 30206478.
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    2. Chang KT, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Munos MK, Katz J. Validation of maternal reports for low birthweight and preterm birth indicators in rural Nepal. J Glob Health. 2018 Jun; 8(1):010604. PMID: 29899981.
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    3. Lee JY, Geng J, Lee J, Wang AR, Chang KT. Activity-Induced Synaptic Structural Modifications by an Activator of Integrin Signaling at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction. J Neurosci. 2017 Mar 22; 37(12):3246-3263. PMID: 28219985.
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    4. 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 08 24; 36(34):8882-94. PMID: 27559170; PMCID: PMC4995302 [Available on 02/24/17].
    5. 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. PMID: 27191715; PMCID: PMC4871447.
    6. 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 05 23; 213(4):451-62. PMID: 27185837.
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    7. Niescier RF, Kwak SK, Joo SH, Chang KT, Min KT. Dynamics of Mitochondrial Transport in Axons. Front Cell Neurosci. 2016; 10:123. PMID: 27242435; PMCID: PMC4865487.
    8. 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. PMID: 26269644; PMCID: PMC4532765.
    9. 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 Jun 30; 5:4246. PMID: 24977345; PMCID: PMC4183159.
    10. 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. PMID: 24086147; PMCID: PMC3784514.
    11. 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. PMID: 24075449; PMCID: PMC4090020.
    12. Niescier RF, Chang KT, Min KT. Miro, MCU, and calcium: bridging our understanding of mitochondrial movement in axons. Front Cell Neurosci. 2013 Sep 10; 7:148. PMID: 24058334; PMCID: PMC3767916.
    13. 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 Sep 12; 31(18):3655-66. PMID: 22863780; PMCID: PMC3442268.
    14. 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. PMID: 21876166; PMCID: PMC3174631.
    15. 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. PMID: 21377622.
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    16. 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 06; 106(40):17117-22. PMID: 19805187; PMCID: PMC2761307.
    17. 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. PMID: 18562277; PMCID: PMC2438412.
    18. 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. PMID: 16222229.
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    19. 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. PMID: 14668437; PMCID: PMC307647.
    20. 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. PMID: 12504594.
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    21. Chang KT, Min KT. Regulation of lifespan by histone deacetylase. Ageing Res Rev. 2002 Jun; 1(3):313-26. PMID: 12067588.
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    22. Chang KT, Berg DK. Voltage-gated channels block nicotinic regulation of CREB phosphorylation and gene expression in neurons. Neuron. 2001 Dec 06; 32(5):855-65. PMID: 11738031.
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    23. Shoop RD, Chang KT, Ellisman MH, Berg DK. Synaptically driven calcium transients via nicotinic receptors on somatic spines. J Neurosci. 2001 Feb 01; 21(3):771-81. PMID: 11157063.
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    24. 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. PMID: 10234002.
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