(The techniquelink)

slice1200-300 micrometers thick cerebellar slices are used to investigate neuronal and synaptic properties.


The patch-clamp technique allows recording from a single cell. 




In our Lab we perform patch-clamp recordings on:

  • Granule cells
  • Golgi cells
  • Purkinje cells
  • Deep Cerebellar Nuclei (DCN)
  • Unipolar brush cells (UBC)



Relevant pubblications:

  • Elisabetta Sola, Francesca Prestori, Paola Rossi, Vanni Taglietti, Egidio D’Angelo. (2004) Increased neurotransmitter release during Long-term Potentiation at mossy fibre-granule cell synapses in rat cerebellum. J. Physiol. 557.3: 843–861.

  • Jacopo Magistretti, Loretta Castelli, and Egidio D’Angelo. (2006) Kinetic and functional analysis of transient, persistent, and resurgent sodium currents in rat cerebellar granule cells in situ. J Physiology, 573, pp. 83-106. Epub 2006 Mar 9.

  • Paola Rossi, Lisa Mapelli, Leda Roggeri, David Gall, Alban de Kerchove d’Exaerde, Serge N. Schiffmann, Vanni Taglietti and Egidio D’Angelo. (2006) Inhibition of constitutive inward rectifier currents in cerebellar granule cells by pharmacological and synaptic activation of GABAB receptors. European J. Neuroscience 24, pp. 419-432.

  • Lia Forti, Elisabetta Cesana, Jonathan Mapelli and Egidio D’Angelo. (2006) Ionic mechanisms of autorhythmic firing in rat cerebellar Golgi cells. The Journal of Physiology, Volume 574, Number 3, pp. 711-729.

  • Fassio A, Merlo D, Mapelli J, Menegon A, Corradi A, Mete M, Zappettini S, Bonanno G, Valtorta F, D’Angelo E, Benfenati F. (2006) The synapsin domain E accelerates the exoendocytotic cycle of synaptic vesicles in cerebellar Purkinje cells. Journal of Cell Science 119, pp. 4257-4268.

  • Francesca Prestori, Paola Rossi, Bertrand Bearzatto, Jeanne Lainé, Daniela Necchi, Shyam Diwakar, Serge N. Schiffmann, Herbert Axelrad, Egidio D’Angelo. (2008) Altered neuron excitability and synaptic plasticity in the cerebellar granular layer of juvenile prion protein knock-out mice with impaired motor control. J Neuroscience. The Journal of Neuroscience, 28, pp. 7091-7103.

  • Lisa Mapelli, Paola Rossi, Thierry Nieus, Egidio D’Angelo. (2009) Tonic Activation of GABAB Receptors Reduces Release Probability at Inhibitory Connections in the Cerebellar Glomerulus. J Neurophysiol 101, pp. 3089-3099.

  • C.E. Andreescu, F. Prestori, F. Brandalise, A. D’Errico, M.T.G. De Jeu, P. Rossi, L. Botta, G. Kohr, P. Perin, E. D’Angelo and C.I. De Zeeuw (2011). NR2A subunit of the N-methyl d-aspartate receptors are required for potentiation at the mossy fiber to granule cell synapse and vestibulo-cerebellar motor learning. Neuroscience 176:274-283.

  • Locatelli F, Botta L, Prestori F, Masetto S, D’Angelo E. Late-onset bursts evoked by mossy fibre bundle stimulation in unipolar brush cells: evidence for the involvement of H- and TRP-currents. J Physiol. 2013 Feb 15;591(Pt 4):899-918.

  • F. Prestori, C. Bonardi, L. Mapelli, P. Lombardo, R. Goselink, M. Egle De Stefano, D. Gandolfi, J. Mapelli, D. Bertrand, M. Schonewille, C. De Zeeuw, E. D’Angelo. Gating of Long-Term Potentiation by Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors at the Cerebellum Input Stage. Plos One. May 2013 – Volume 8 – Issue 5 – e64828.

  • E. Cesana, K. Pietrajtis, C.line Bidoret, P. Isope, E. D’Angelo, S. Dieudonne, and L. Forti. Granule cell ascending axon excitatory synapses onto Golgi cells implement a potent feedback circuit in the cerebellar granular layer. Paper #JN-RM-4897-11R2. Journal of Neuroscience.

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