The Blakely Lab explores the molecular basis for neurotransmitter transporter structure, function and regulation.

Chimera, site-directed mutagenesis and site-specific chmical modification strategies are used to explore the topology and quaternary structure of biogenic amine transporters.

The lab evaluates what molecules control the proper localization and activity of transporter proteins using genetic (C. elegans) and molecular biologic methods.

The Blakely Lab is also evaluating whether human transporter polymorphisms impact the biosynthesis, trafficking and function of transporters, and confer increased risk for autonomic, neurologic and mental disorders.

For additional information, visit the Blakely Lab Website.  


Featured publications

  1. The presynaptic choline transporter imposes limits on sustained cortical acetylcholine release and attention. Parikh V, St Peters M, Blakely RD, Sarter M (2013) J Neurosci 33(6): 2326-37
    › Primary publication · 23392663 (PubMed) · PMC3711270 (PubMed Central)
  2. A dialogue between the immune system and brain, spoken in the language of serotonin. Baganz NL, Blakely RD (2013) ACS Chem Neurosci 4(1): 48-63
    › Primary publication · 23336044 (PubMed) · PMC3547518 (PubMed Central)
  3. Phosphorylation of dopamine transporter serine 7 modulates cocaine analog binding. Moritz AE, Foster JD, Gorentla BK, Mazei-Robison MS, Yang JW, Sitte HH, Blakely RD, Vaughan RA (2013) J Biol Chem 288(1): 20-32
    › Primary publication · 23161550 (PubMed) · PMC3537014 (PubMed Central)
  4. Defective presynaptic choline transport underlies hereditary motor neuropathy. Barwick KE, Wright J, Al-Turki S, McEntagart MM, Nair A, Chioza B, Al-Memar A, Modarres H, Reilly MM, Dick KJ, Ruggiero AM, Blakely RD, Hurles ME, Crosby AH (2012) Am J Hum Genet 91(6): 1103-7
    › Primary publication · 23141292 (PubMed) · PMC3516609 (PubMed Central)
  5. Nonoisotopic assay for the presynaptic choline transporter reveals capacity for allosteric modulation of choline uptake. Ruggiero AM, Wright J, Ferguson SM, Lewis M, Emerson KS, Iwamoto H, Ivy MT, Holmstrand EC, Ennis EA, Weaver CD, Blakely RD (2012) ACS Chem Neurosci 3(10): 767-81
    › Primary publication · 23077721 (PubMed) · PMC3474274 (PubMed Central)
  6. Forward genetic analysis to identify determinants of dopamine signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans using swimming-induced paralysis. Hardaway JA, Hardie SL, Whitaker SM, Baas SR, Zhang B, Bermingham DP, Lichtenstein AJ, Blakely RD (2012) G3 (Bethesda) 2(8): 961-75
    › Primary publication · 22908044 (PubMed) · PMC3411251 (PubMed Central)
  7. Cognitive effects of dopamine depletion in the context of diminished acetylcholine signaling capacity in mice. Zurkovsky L, Bychkov E, Tsakem EL, Siedlecki C, Blakely RD, Gurevich EV (2013) Dis Model Mech 6(1): 171-83
    › Primary publication · 22864020 (PubMed) · PMC3529349 (PubMed Central)
  8. Visualization of the cocaine-sensitive dopamine transporter with ligand-conjugated quantum dots. Kovtun O, Tomlinson ID, Sakrikar DS, Chang JC, Blakely RD, Rosenthal SJ (2011) ACS Chem Neurosci 2(7): 370-8
    › Primary publication · 22816024 (PubMed) · PMC3369746 (PubMed Central)
  9. Y95 and E444 interaction required for high-affinity S-citalopram binding in the human serotonin transporter. Combs S, Kaufmann K, Field JR, Blakely RD, Meiler J (2011) ACS Chem Neurosci 2(2): 75-81
    › Primary publication · 22778858 (PubMed) · PMC3369724 (PubMed Central)
  10. Single molecule analysis of serotonin transporter regulation using antagonist-conjugated quantum dots reveals restricted, p38 MAPK-dependent mobilization underlying uptake activation. Chang JC, Tomlinson ID, Warnement MR, Ustione A, Carneiro AM, Piston DW, Blakely RD, Rosenthal SJ (2012) J Neurosci 32(26): 8919-29
    › Primary publication · 22745492 (PubMed) · PMC3426861 (PubMed Central)

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Aged, 80 and over amphetamine antidepressant ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters Autonomic Nervous System Castration Chloride Channels Chlorpromazine choline cocaine Dementia Dendrites Discrimination Learning Drosophila melanogaster genetics Ion Channel Gating Methylphenidate Mice, Inbred C57BL Neuronal Plasticity Neuroscience neurotransmitter Pedigree pharmacology phosphorylation polymorphism Reserpine serotonin Taurine Temperature Transforming Growth Factor beta transporter Water