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Anna Dunaevsky


Ph.D. in Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 1997

Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Developmental Neuroscience, Monroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Centre


  1. Padmashri, R., Reiner, B. C., Suresh, A., Spartz, E. and Dunaevsky, A. (2013). Altered structural and functional synaptic plasticity with motor skill learning in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. J Neurosci 33(50): 19715-19723.
  2. Zhao, Y., Haney, M. J., Mahajan, V., Reiner, B. C., Dunaevsky, A., Mosley, R. L., Kabanov, A. V., Gendelman, H. E. and Batrakova, E. V. (2011). Targeted delivery of therapeutic proteins to the brain inflammation site using macrophages as drug carriers. Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology S4:003.
  3. Lippman Bell, J. J., Lordkipanidze, T., Cobb, N. and Dunaevsky, A. (2010). Bergmann glial ensheathment of dendritic spines regulates synapse number without affecting spine motility. Neuron glia biology 6(03): 193-200.
  4. Deng, J. and Dunaevsky, A. (2009). Delayed development of dendritic spines in Fxr2 knockout mouse. The Open Neuroscience Journal 3: 148-153.
  5. Harms, K. J., Rioult-Pedotti, M. S., Carter, D. R. and Dunaevsky, A. (2008). Transient spine expansion and learning-induced plasticity in layer 1 primary motor cortex. J Neurosci 28(22): 5686-5690.
  6. Lippman, J. J., Lordkipanidze, T., Buell, M. E., Yoon, S. O. and Dunaevsky, A. (2008). Morphogenesis and regulation of Bergmann glial processes during Purkinje cell dendritic spine ensheathment and synaptogenesis. Glia 56(13): 1463-1477.
  7. Rioult-Pedotti, M. S., Donoghue, J. P. and Dunaevsky, A. (2007). Plasticity of the synaptic modification range. J Neurophysiol 98(6): 3688-3695.
  8. Shrestha, B. R., Vitolo, O. V., Joshi, P., Lordkipanidze, T., Shelanski, M. and Dunaevsky, A. (2006). Amyloid beta peptide adversely affects spine number and motility in hippocampal neurons. Mol Cell Neurosci 33(3): 274-282.
  9. Lordkipanidze, T. and Dunaevsky, A. (2005). Purkinje cell dendrites grow in alignment with Bergmann glia. Glia 51(3): 229-234.
  10. Deng, J. and Dunaevsky, A. (2005). Dynamics of dendritic spines and their afferent terminals: spines are more motile than presynaptic boutons. Dev Biol 277(2): 366-377.
  11. Tashiro, A., Dunaevsky, A., Blazeski, R., Mason, C. A. and Yuste, R. (2003). Bidirectional regulation of hippocampal mossy fiber filopodial motility by kainate receptors: a two-step model of synaptogenesis. Neuron 38(5): 773-784.
  12. Dunaevsky, A., Blazeski, R., Yuste, R. and Mason, C. (2001). Spine motility with synaptic contact. Nat Neurosci 4(7): 685-686.
  13. Dunaevsky, A. and Connor, E. A. (2000). F-actin is concentrated in nonrelease domains at frog neuromuscular junctions. J Neurosci 20(16): 6007-6012.
  14. Dunaevsky, A., Tashiro, A., Majewska, A., Mason, C. and Yuste, R. (1999). Developmental regulation of spine motility in the mammalian central nervous system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 96(23): 13438-13443.
  15. Dunaevsky, A. and Connor, E. A. (1998). Repeated in vivo imaging of target-deprived frog motor nerve terminals. Dev Biol 194: 61-71.
  16. Connor, E. A., Dunaevsky, A., Griffiths, D. J., Hardwick, J. C. and Parsons, R. L. (1997). Transmitter release differs at snake twitch and tonic endplates during potassium-induced nerve terminal depolarization. J Neurophysiol 77(2): 749-760.
  17. Dunaevsky, A. and Connor, E. A. (1995). Long-term maintenance of presynaptic function in the absence of target muscle fibers. J Neurosci 15(9): 6137-6144.
  18. Saada, A., Dunaevsky‐Hutt, A., Aamar, A., Reichert, F. and Rotshenker, S. (1995). Fibroblasts that reside in mouse and frog injured peripheral nerves produce apolipoproteins. J Neurochem 64(5): 1996-2003.
  19. Sugarman, H., Dunaevsky-Hutt, A. and Rotshenker, S. (1991). The roles of the synaptic basal lamina and of innervation in directing the accumulation of a synaptic molecule, mAb 3B6 antigen, in regenerating skeletal muscles. J Neurocytol 20(10): 810-817.
Protocols by Anna Dunaevsky
  1. Preparation of Synaptosomes from the Motor Cortex of Motor Skill Trained Mice