Konark Mukherjee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Research Program Summary
The role of MAGUK ( Membrane Associated Guanylate Kinase) proteins in neurodevelopment. Neurodevelopment proceeds through a series of events culminating into formation of productive neuronal network. One of the key final steps in neurodevelopment is refinement of transient connections i.e. strengthening and weakening/ elimination of transient synapses, which depends on their individual activity. These highly plastic changes in transient synapses require activity-dependent signaling. Proteins involved in synaptic plasticity are obvious effector molecules involved in synaptic pruning or refinement.
MAGUKs are a class of multi-domain scaffolding proteins present in both pre- and post synaptic compartment. They play crucial role in various forms of synaptic plasticity. Mutations in MAGUKs like CASK and SAP102 are often linked with neurodevelopmental disorder like X-linked mental retardation. The goal of Mukherjee laboratory is to investigate role of MAGUKs like CASK in neurodevelopment. Mukherjee laboratory uses both mouse and fly model of CASK knockout for this purpose. Besides animal work, the major thrust of the laboratory is to develop cell biological assays (biochemical, imaging and electrophysiological techniques) to identify the molecular function and signaling pathways of CASK and other MAGUKs.
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Education and Training
- Indira Gandhi Medical College: M.B.B.S.
- National Institute of Immunology: Ph.D.
- Brandeis University: Postdoctoral fellowship
- Stanford University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship
- Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry: Postdoctoral fellowship
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Postdoctoral fellowship
Research Fellow, Department of Biology, Brandeis University
- Mukherjee K, Slawson JB, Christmann BL, and Griffith LC. (2014). Neuron-specific protein interactions of Drosophila CASK-β are revealed by mass spectrometry. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 7(58).
- LaConte LE, Chavan V, and Mukherjee K. (2014). Identification and Glycerol-Induced Correction of Misfolding Mutations in the X-Linked Mental Retardation Gene CASK. PLOS One.
- LaConte L, Mukherjee K. (2013). Structural constraints and functional divergences in CASK evolution. Biochem Soc Trans 41(4), 1017-22.
- Pertsinidis A, Mukherjee K, Sharma M, Pang ZP, Park SR, Zhang Y, Brunger AT, Südhof TC, Chu S. (2013). Ultrahigh-resolution imaging reveals formation of neuronal SNARE/Munc18 complexes in situ. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110(30), E2812-20.
- Juranek JK, Mukherjee K, Siddiqui T,Kapland B, Li JY, Ahnert-Hilgerf G, Jahn R, Calka J. (2013). Active zone protein expression changes at the key stages of cerebellar cortex neurogenesis in the rat. Acta Histo 115(6), 616-25.
- Mukherjee K. (2012). CASK: A Specialized neuronal kinase. In: Neuromethods. (pp. 73-85)..
- Slawson JB, Kuklin EA, Ejima A, Mukherjee K, Ostrovsky L, Griffith LC. (2011). Central regulation of locomotor behavior of Drosophila melanogaster depends on a CASK isoform containing CaMK-like and L27 domains. Genetics 187(1), 171-8.
- Mukherjee K*, Sharma M, Jahn R, Wahl MC and Sudhof TC. * Corresponding author. (2010). Evolution of CASK into a Mg2+-Sensitive Kinase. Science Signaling 3(119), ra33.
- Mukherjee K ,Yang X, Gerber SH , Kwon HB , Ho A , Castillo P , Liu X , Südhof TC. (2010). Piccolo and Bassoon maintain synaptic vesicle clustering without directly participating in vesicle exocytosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107(14), 6504-09.
- Mukherjee K*, Sharma M, Urlaub H , Bourenkov GP, Jahn R , Sudhof TC and Wahl MC. (2008). CASK functions as a Mg2+-independent neurexin kinase. Cell 133(2), 328-39.