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Katia Del Rio-Tsonis


Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Mexico, Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, 1996

Current position

Professor of Biology, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Zhu, J., Luz-Madrigal, A., Haynes, T., Zavada, J., Burke, A. K. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2014). beta-Catenin inactivation is a pre-requisite for chick retina regeneration. PLoS One 9(7): e101748.
  2. Luz-Madrigal, A., Grajales-Esquivel, E., McCorkle, A., DiLorenzo, A. M., Barbosa-Sabanero, K., Tsonis, P. A. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2014). Reprogramming of the chick retinal pigmented epithelium after retinal injury. BMC Biol 12: 28.
  3. Sharma, V., Nayak, J., DeRossi, C., Charbono, A., Ichikawa, M., Ng, B. G., Grajales-Esquivel, E., Srivastava, A., Wang, L., He, P., Scott, D. A., Russell, J., Contreras, E., Guess, C. M., Krajewski, S., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Freeze, H. H. (2014). Mannose supplements induce embryonic lethality and blindness in phosphomannose isomerase hypomorphic mice. FASEB J 28(4): 1854-1869.
  4. Haynes, T., Luz-Madrigal, A., Reis, E. S., Echeverri Ruiz, N. P., Grajales-Esquivel, E., Tzekou, A., Tsonis, P. A., Lambris, J. D. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2013). Complement anaphylatoxin C3a is a potent inducer of embryonic chick retina regeneration. Nat Commun 4: 2312.
  5. Suetsugu-Maki, R., Maki, N., Nakamura, K., Sumanas, S., Zhu, J., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2012). Lens regeneration in axolotl: new evidence of developmental plasticity. BMC Biol 10: 103.
  6. Barbosa-Sabanero, K., Hoffmann, A., Judge, C., Lightcap, N., Tsonis, P. A. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2012). Lens and retina regeneration: new perspectives from model organisms. Biochem J 447(3): 321-334.
  7. Hoffmann, A., Huang, Y., Suetsugu-Maki, R., Ringelberg, C. S., Tomlinson, C. R., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2012). Implication of the miR-184 and miR-204 competitive RNA network in control of mouse secondary cataract. Mol Med 18: 528-538.
  8. Yoshikawa, T., Mizuno, A., Yasumuro, H., Inami, W., Vergara, M. N., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Chiba, C. (2012). MEK-ERK and heparin-susceptible signaling pathways are involved in cell-cycle entry of the wound edge retinal pigment epithelium cells in the adult newt. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res 25(1): 66-82.
  9. Tsonis, P. A., Haynes, T., Maki, N., Nakamura, K., Casco-Robles, M. M., Yamada, S., Miura, T., Chiba, C. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2011). Controlling gene loss of function in newts with emphasis on lens regeneration. Nat Protoc 6(5): 593-599.
  10. Casco-Robles, M. M., Yamada, S., Miura, T., Nakamura, K., Haynes, T., Maki, N., Del Rio-Tsonis, K., Tsonis, P. A. and Chiba, C. (2011). Expressing exogenous genes in newts by transgenesis. Nat Protoc 6(5): 600-608.
  11. Maki, N., Suetsugu-Maki, R., Sano, S., Nakamura, K., Nishimura, O., Tarui, H., Del Rio-Tsonis, K., Ohsumi, K., Agata, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2010). Oocyte-type linker histone B4 is required for transdifferentiation of somatic cells in vivo. FASEB J 24(9): 3462-3467.
  12. Vergara, M. N. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2009). Retinal regeneration in the Xenopus laevis tadpole: a new model system. Mol Vis 15: 1000-1013.
  13. Maki, N., Suetsugu-Maki, R., Tarui, H., Agata, K., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2009). Expression of stem cell pluripotency factors during regeneration in newts. Dev Dyn 238(6): 1613-1616.
  14. Vergara, M. N., Smiley, L. K.*, Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2009). The alpha1 isoform of the Na+/K+ ATPase is up-regulated in dedifferentiated progenitor cells that mediate lens and retina regeneration in adult newts. Exp Eye Res 88(2): 314-322.
  15. Roddy, M., Fox, T. P., McFadden, J. P., Nakamura, K., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2008). A comparative proteomic analysis during urodele lens regeneration. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 377(1): 275-279.
  16. Haynes, T., Gutierrez, C., Aycinena, J. C., Tsonis, P. A. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2007). BMP signaling mediates stem/progenitor cell-induced retina regeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104(51): 20380-20385.
  17. Spence, J. R., Aycinena, J. C. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2007). Fibroblast growth factor-hedgehog interdependence during retina regeneration. Dev Dyn 236(5): 1161-1174.
  18. Spence, J. R., Madhavan, M., Aycinena, J. C. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2007). Retina regeneration in the chick embryo is not induced by spontaneous Mitf downregulation but requires FGF/FGFR/MEK/Erk dependent upregulation of Pax6. Mol Vis 13: 57-65.
  19. Makarev, E., Spence, J. R., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2006). Identification of microRNAs and other small RNAs from the adult newt eye. Mol Vis 12: 1386-1391.
  20. Madhavan, M., Haynes, T. L., Frisch, N. C., Call, M. K., Minich, C. M.*, Tsonis, P. A. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2006). The role of Pax-6 in lens regeneration. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103(40): 14848-14853.
  21. Grogg, M. W., Call, M. K., Okamoto, M., Vergara, M. N., Del Rio-Tsonis, K. and Tsonis, P. A. (2005). BMP inhibition-driven regulation of six-3 underlies induction of newt lens regeneration. Nature 438(7069): 858-862.
  22. Vergara, M. N., Arsenijevic, Y. and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. (2005). CNS regeneration: a morphogen's tale. J Neurobiol 64(4): 491-507.

Book chapters and electronic reviews

  1. Zanin, L., Tomasi, N. and Pinton, R. (2015). Measurement of net high-affinity urea uptake in maize plants. Bio-protocol 5(11): e1490.
  2. Zhu, J., Zhang E., and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. Eye Anatomy. ELS Encyclopedia of Life Sciences / www.els.net. Nature Publishing Group ©2012 Macmillan. 2nd edition.
  3. Belecky-Adams, T, Haynes, T, Wilson, J and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. The Chick as a model for retina development and regeneration. In Animal Models for Eye Research, Panagiotis A. Tsonis editor. Elsevier Publisher, 2008.
  4. Spence, JR, Gutierrez, C and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. Retina Regeneration in the embryonic Chick. In Strategies for Retinal Tissue Repair and Regeneration in Vertebrates: from Fish to Human, Chikafumi Chiba editor. Research Signpost Publisher, 2008.
  5. Tsonis P.A and Del Rio-Tsonis, K. To Regeneration…with Complements. In Current Topics in Complement, John Lambris editor. Springer Press, 2006 pp.63-70.
  6. Del Rio-Tsonis, K and Eguchi, G. Lens regeneration. In Development of the ocular lens, Frank J. Lovicu, and Michael L. Robinson, editors. Cambridge University Press, 2004 pp. 290-311.
  7. Thomas Litzinger and Katia Del Rio-Tsonis. Eye Anatomy. ELS Encyclopedia of Life Sciences/www.els.net. Nature Publishing Group ©2001 Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Reg.No.785998.
Protocols by Katia Del Rio-Tsonis
  1. Electroporation of Embryonic Chick Eyes