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Associate Professor Christine Jasoni

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBSc PhD
Research summaryNeural development

Research

The focus of Dr Jasoni's research is on discovering how the maternal environment during pregnancy affects the formation of the fetal brain. With conditions such as obesity and diabetes on the rise in Western society and the developing world, it is critical that we fully understand the health implications of these disorders for future generations. Specifically, there is clear epidemiological data showing that maternal obesity can greatly increase the likelihood that offspring will also be obese. Dr Jasoni seeks 1) to establish specifically how maternal obesity during pregnancy alters the development of the fetal brain circuits that regulate offspring body weight; 2) to discover epigenetic changes in the brains of the offspring of obese or diabetic mothers, as a further mechanism to explain the influence of maternal health on offspring brain function.

Research interests

My team uses an array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, mouse genetic models, live cell imaging, and bioinformatics to address their scientific questions. In addition, they have active collaborations with laboratories in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, the National Research Centre for Growth and Development (one of the 7 national Centres of Research Excellence), as well as overseas collaborations. This collaborative research creates a vibrant, intellectually invigorating environment in which to conduct cutting-edge science that is internationally recognized and will benefit health outcomes in New Zealand and the world.

Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience

Publications

Kim, D. W., Young, S. L., Grattan, D. R., & Jasoni, C. L. (2014). Obesity during pregnancy disrupts placental morphology, cell proliferation, and inflammation in a sex-specific manner across gestation in the mouse. Biology of Reproduction, 90(6), 130. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.113.117259

Sanders, T. R., Kim, D. W., Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2014). Maternal obesity and IL-6 lead to aberrant developmental gene expression and deregulated neurite growth in the fetal arcuate nucleus. Endocrinology, 155(7), 2566-2577. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1968

Fiorini, Z., & Jasoni, C. L. (2010). A novel developmental role for Kisspeptin in the growth of GnRH neurites to the median eminence in the mouse. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 22(10), 1113-1125. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.02059.x

Grattan, D. R., Jasoni, C. L., Liu, X., Anderson, G. M., & Herbison, A. E. (2007). Prolactin regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons to suppress luteinizing hormone secretion in mice. Endocrinology, 148(9), 4344-4351.

Journal - Research Article

Franz, E. A., Chiaroni-Clarke, R., Woodrow, S., Glendining, K. A., Jasoni, C. L., Robertson, S. P., Gardner, R. J. M., & Markie, D. (2015). Congenital mirror movements: Phenotypes associated with DCC and RAD51 mutations. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 351(1-2), 140-145. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2015.03.006

Jasoni, C. L., Sanders, T. R., & Kim, D. W. (2015). Do all roads lead to Rome? The role of neuro-immune interactions before birth in the programming of offspring obesity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8, 455. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00455

Sanders, T. R., Kim, D. W., Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2014). Maternal obesity and IL-6 lead to aberrant developmental gene expression and deregulated neurite growth in the fetal arcuate nucleus. Endocrinology, 155(7), 2566-2577. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1968

Kim, D. W., Young, S. L., Grattan, D. R., & Jasoni, C. L. (2014). Obesity during pregnancy disrupts placental morphology, cell proliferation, and inflammation in a sex-specific manner across gestation in the mouse. Biology of Reproduction, 90(6), 130. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.113.117259

Wyatt, A. K., Zavodna, M., Viljoen, J. L., Stanton, J.-A. L., Gemmell, N. J., & Jasoni, C. L. (2013). Changes in methylation patterns of Kiss1 and Kiss1r gene promoters across puberty. Genetics & Epigenetics, 5, 51-62.

Constantin, S., Jasoni, C. L., Wadas, B., & Herbison, A. E. (2010). γ-aminobutyric acid and glutamate differentially regulate intracellular calcium concentrations in mouse gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Endocrinology, 151(1), 262-270. doi: 10.1210/en.2009-0817

Fiorini, Z., & Jasoni, C. L. (2010). A novel developmental role for Kisspeptin in the growth of GnRH neurites to the median eminence in the mouse. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 22(10), 1113-1125. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.02059.x

Jasoni, C. L., Romanò, N., Constantin, S., Lee, K., & Herbison, A. E. (2010). Calcium dynamics in gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 31, 259-269. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2010.05.005

Jasoni, C. L., Porteous, R. W., & Herbison, A. E. (2009). Anatomical location of mature GnRH neurons corresponds with their birthdate in the developing mouse. Developmental Dynamics, 238(3), 524-531.

Romanò, N., Lee, K., Ábrahám, I. M., Jasoni, C. L., & Herbison, A. E. (2008). Nonclassical estrogen modulation of presynaptic GABA terminals modulates calcium dynamics in gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Endocrinology, 149(11), 5335-5344. doi: 10.1210/en.2008-0424

Grattan, D. R., Jasoni, C. L., Liu, X., Anderson, G. M., & Herbison, A. E. (2007). Prolactin regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons to suppress luteinizing hormone secretion in mice. Endocrinology, 148(9), 4344-4351.

Jasoni, C. L., Todman, M. G., Strumia, M. M., & Herbison, A. E. (2007). Cell type-specific expression of a genetically encoded calcium indicator reveals intrinsic calcium oscillations in adult gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(4), 860-867.

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