All Publications

Selected Publications


Determination of circuit-specific morphological adaptations in ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons by chronic morphine.
Simmons SC, Wheeler K, Mazei-Robison MS. Mol Brain. 2019 Feb 8;12(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s13041-019-0435-6.


Sex differences in the traumatic stress response: the role of adult gonadal hormones.
Pooley AE, Benjamin RC, Sreedhar S, Eagle AL, Robison AJ, Mazei-Robison MS, Breedlove SM, Jordan CL. Biol Sex Differ. 2018 Jul 13;9(1):32.

Sex differences in the traumatic stress response: PTSD symptoms in women recapitulated in female rats.
Pooley AE, Benjamin RC, Sreedhar S, Eagle AL, Robison AJ, Mazei-Robison MS, Breedlove SM, Jordan CL. Biol Sex Differ. 2018 Jul 5;9(1):31.


Comparison of chronic physical and emotional social defeat stress effects on mesocorticolimbic circuit activation and voluntary consumption of morphine.
Cooper SE, Kechner M, Caraballo-PĂ©rez D, Kaska S, Robison AJ, Mazei-Robison MS. Sci Rep.2017 Aug 16;7(1):8445.

Reward Circuitry in Addiction.
Cooper S, Robison AJMazei-Robison MS. Neurotherapeutics.2017 Jul;14(3):687-697.

Deletion of Rictor in catecholaminergic neurons alters locomotor activity and ingestive behavior.
Kaska S, Brunk R, Bali V, Kechner M, Mazei-Robison MS. Neuropharmacology.2017 May 1;117:158-170.


Kaska, S and Mazei-Robison MS. 2016 eLS: 1-8. 2016 March 2


Fluoxetine exposure during adolescence increases preference for cocaine in adulthood.
Iñiguez SD, Riggs LM, Nieto SJ, Wright KN, Zamora NN, Cruz B, Zavala AR, Robison AJ, Mazei-Robison MS. Sci Rep. 2015 Oct 9;15009.

Experience-dependent induction of hippocampal ΔFosB controls learning.
Eagle AL, Gajewski PA, Yang M, Kechner ME, Al Masraf BS, Kennedy PJ, Wang H, Mazei-Robison MS, Robison AJ. J. Neurosci Oct 7;35(40):13773-83.

Differential induction of FosB isoforms throughout the brain by fluoxetine and chronic stress.
Vialou V, Thibault M, Kaska S, Cooper S, Gajewski P, Eagle A, Mazei-Robison M, Nestler EJ, Robison AJ. Neuropharmacology. 2015 Jul 9;99:28-37

Epigenetic basis of opiate suppression of Bdnf gene expression in the ventral tegmental area.
Koo JW, Mazei-Robison MS, LaPlant Q, Egervari G, Braunscheidel KM, Adank DN, Ferguson D, Feng J, Sun H, Scobie KN, Damez-Werno DM, Ribeiro E, Peña CJ, Walker D, Bagot RC, Cahill ME, Anderson SA, Labonté B, Hodes GE, Browne H, Chadwick B, Robison AJ, Vialou VF, Dias C, Lorsch Z, Mouzon E, Lobo MK, Dietz DM, Russo SJ, Neve RL, Hurd YL, Nestler EJ. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Mar;18(3):415-22.

Morphine and cocaine increase serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1 activity in the ventral tegmental area. 
Heller EA, Kaska S, Fallon B, Ferguson D, Kennedy PJ, Neve RL, Nestler EJ, Mazei-Robison MS. J Neurochem. 2015 Jan;132(2):243-53. 


Self-administration of ethanol, cocaine, or nicotine does not decrease the soma size of ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons.
Mazei-Robison MS, Appasani R, Edwards S, Wee S, Taylor SR, Picciotto MR, Koob GF, Nestler EJ.  PLoS One. 2014 Apr 22;9(4):e95962.

Stress and CRF gate neural activation of BDNF in the mesolimbic reward pathway.
Walsh JJ, Friedman AK, Sun H, Heller EA, Ku SM, Juarez B, Burnham VL, Mazei-Robison MS, Ferguson D, Golden SA, Koo JW, Chaudhury D, Christoffel DJ, Pomeranz L, Friedman JM, Russo SJ, Nestler EJ, Han MH.  Nat Neurosci. 2014 Jan;17(1):27-9. 


Rapid regulation of depression-related behaviours by control of midbrain dopamine neurons.
Chaudhury D, Walsh JJ, Friedman AK, Juarez B, Ku SM, Koo JW, Ferguson D, Tsai HC, Pomeranz L, Christoffel DJ, Nectow AR, Ekstrand M, Domingos A, Mazei-Robison MS, Mouzon E, Lobo MK, Neve RL, Friedman JM, Russo SJ, Deisseroth K, Nestler EJ, Han MH.  Nature. 2013 Jan 24;493(7433):532-6. 


BDNF is a negative modulator of morphine action.
Koo JW, Mazei-Robison MS, Chaudhury D, Juarez B, LaPlant Q, Ferguson D, Feng J, Sun H, Scobie KN, Damez-Werno D, Crumiller M, Ohnishi YN, Ohnishi YH, Mouzon E, Dietz DM, Lobo MK, Neve RL, Russo SJ, Han MH, Nestler EJ.  Science. 2012 Oct 5;338(6103):124-8. 

Opiate-induced molecular and cellular plasticity of ventral tegmental area and locus coeruleus catecholamine neurons.
Mazei-Robison MS, Nestler EJ.  Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2012 Jul;2(7):a012070. 


Role for mTOR signaling and neuronal activity in morphine-induced adaptations in ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons.
Mazei-Robison MS, Koo JW, Friedman AK, Lansink CS, Robison AJ, Vinish M, Krishnan V, Kim S, Siuta MA, Galli A, Niswender KD, Appasani R, Horvath MC, Neve RL, Worley PF, Snyder SH, Hurd YL, Cheer JF, Han MH, Russo SJ, Nestler EJ.  Neuron. 2011 Dec 22;72(6):977-90.