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Selected publications:

Szücs A., Berton F., Nowotny T., Selverston A.I., Sanna P., and Francesconi W.
Spiking dynamics in the neurons of the juxtacapsular bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (jcBNST).
PLoS One :e11920 (2010).

Francesconi W., Berton F. Zorrilla EP., Repunte-Canonigo, V. Koob GF. and Sanna PP.
Impaired LTP of intrinsic excitability in the BNST is a key element of protracted abstinence from drugs of abuse.
J Neurosci. 29(17):5389-401 (2009).

Brancucci A., Berretta N., Mercuri NB., Francesconi W.
Presynaptic modulation of spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents by gamma-hydroxybutyrate in the substantia nigra pars compacta.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 29(3):537-43 (2004).

Sanna PP., Cammalleri M., Berton F., Simpson C., Lutjens V, Bloom FE., Francesconi W.
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase is required for the expression but not for the induction or the maintenance of long-term potentiation in the hippocampal CA1 region.
J Neurosci. 22:3359-65, (2002).

Wan FJ,. Berton F., Madamba SG., Francesconi W., Siggins GR.
Low ethanol concentration enhance GABAergic IPSCs in hippocampal pyramidal neurons only after block of GABA B receptors.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sc., USA 93: 5049-5054, (1996).

Additional publications:

Repunte-Canonigo V, Berton F, Cottone P, Reifel-Miller A, Roberts AJ, Morales M, Francesconi W, Sanna PP.
A potential role for adiponectin receptor 2 (AdipoR2) in the regulation of alcohol intake.
Brain Res. 1339:11-7 (2010).

Francesconi W, Berton F, Koob GF, Sanna PP.
Intrinsic neuronal plasticity in the juxtacapsular nucleus of the bed nuclei of the stria terminalis (jcBNST).
Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 33(8):1347-55 (2009).

Francesconi W, Cammalleri M, Sanna PP.
The metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 is necessary for the late-phase long-term potentiation in the CA1 hippocampal region.
Brain Res., 1022(1-2): 12-8 (2004).

Behnisch T, Francesconi W, Sanna PP.
HIV secreted protein Tat prevents long-term potentiation in the CA1 hippocampal region.
Brain Res., 1012(1-2): 187-9 (2004).

Brancucci A., Berretta N., Mercuri NB., Francesconi W.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate and ethanol depress spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents in dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra.
Brain Res. 997(1):62-6 (2004).

Cammalleri M., Lütjens R., Berton F., King AR., Simpson C., Francesconi W., Sanna PP.
Time-restricted role for dendritic activation of the mTOR-p70S6K pathway in L-LTP induction in the CA1.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 100 14368-73 (2003).

Cammalleri M., Brancucci A., Berton F., Loche A., Gessa GL., Francesconi W.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate reduces GABA(A)-mediated inhibitory postsynaptic potentials in the CA1 region of hippocampus.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 27:960-9, (2002).

Ferraro L., Tanganelli S., O'Connor WT., Francesconi W., Loche A., Gessa GL., Antonelli T.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate modulation of glutamate levels in the hippocampus: an in vivo and in vitro study.
J Neurochem 8:929-39, (2001).

Sanna PP., Berton F., Cammalleri M., Tallent MK., Siggins GR., Bloom FE., Francesconi W.
A role for Src kinase in spontaneous epileptiform activity in the CA3 region of the hippocampus.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 97:8653-7, (2000).

Mereu G., Cammalleri M., Fa M., Francesconi W., Saba P., Tattoli M., Trabace L., Vaccari A., Cuomo V.
Prenatal exposure to a low concentration of carbon monoxide disrupts hippocampal long-term potentiation in rat offspring.
J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 294:728-34, 2000.

Demuro A., Martinez-Torres A., Francesconi W., Miledi R.
Antagonistic action of pitrazepin on human and rat GABA(A) receptors.
Br.J. of Pharmacol. 127: 57-64, (1999).

Berton F., Brancucci A., Beghe' F., Cammalleri M., Demuro A., Francesconi W., Gessa GL.
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate inhibits excitatory postsynaptic potentials in rat hippocampal slices.
Eur. J. of Pharmacol. 380:109-16, (1999).