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Associate Professor Christine Jasoni

Christine JasoniAssociate Professor Jasoni is the Deputy Director of the Brain Health Research Centre. Her research focuses on discovering how the maternal environment affects the formation of the fetal brain and seeks to establish how maternal obesity during pregnancy alters the development of the fetal brain circuits that regulate offspring body weight. With conditions such as obesity and diabetes on the rise, it is critical to fully understand the health implications of these disorders for future generations. There is clear epidemiological data showing that maternal obesity can greatly increase the likelihood that offspring will also be obese. Assoc Prof Jasoni is looking for 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.

To address their scientific questions, Assoc Prof Jasoni’s research team uses an array of techniques including molecular and cellular biology, mouse genetic models, live cell imaging, and bioinformatics. In addition, they have active collaborations with laboratories in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, the National Research Centre for Growth and Development, and overseas collaborations. This collaborative research creates a vibrant, intellectually invigorating environment in which to conduct cutting-edge internationally recognised science and will have beneficial health outcomes in New Zealand and the world.

Dr Jasoni is also a member of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology

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Publications

Campbell, S., Jasoni, C., & Longnecker, N. (2019). Drinking patterns and attitudes about alcohol among New Zealand adolescents. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1625934

Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2019). Maternal high fat diet-induced obesity modifies histone binding and expression of Oxtr in offspring hippocampus in a sex-specific manner. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(2), 329. doi: 10.3390/ijms20020329

Pace, P. E., Peskin, A. V., Konigstorfer, A., Jasoni, C. J., Winterbourn, C. C., & Hampton, M. B. (2018). Peroxiredoxin interaction with the cytoskeletal-regulatory protein CRMP2: Investigation of a putative redox relay. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 129, 383-393. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2018.10.407

Tan, C. L., Sheard, P. W., & Jasoni, C. L. (2018). Developing neurites from mouse basal forebrain gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons use Sonic hedgehog to modulate their growth. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2018.05.005

Glendining, K. A., Fisher, L. C., & Jasoni, C. L. (2018). Maternal high fat diet alters offspring epigenetic regulators, amygdala glutamatergic profile and anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 96, 132-141. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.06.015

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, S., Jasoni, C., & Longnecker, N. (2019). Drinking patterns and attitudes about alcohol among New Zealand adolescents. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1625934

Pace, P. E., Peskin, A. V., Konigstorfer, A., Jasoni, C. J., Winterbourn, C. C., & Hampton, M. B. (2018). Peroxiredoxin interaction with the cytoskeletal-regulatory protein CRMP2: Investigation of a putative redox relay. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 129, 383-393. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2018.10.407

Glendining, K. A., Fisher, L. C., & Jasoni, C. L. (2018). Maternal high fat diet alters offspring epigenetic regulators, amygdala glutamatergic profile and anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 96, 132-141. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.06.015

Tan, C. L., Sheard, P. W., & Jasoni, C. L. (2018). Developing neurites from mouse basal forebrain gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons use Sonic hedgehog to modulate their growth. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2018.05.005

Thomson-Laing, G., Jasoni, C. L., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). The effects of migratory stage and 11-ketotestosterone on the expression of rod opsin genes in the shortfinned eel (Anguilla australis). General & Comparative Endocrinology, 257, 211-219. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.06.025

Méneret, A., Franz, E. A., Trouillard, O., Oliver, T. C., Zagar, Y., Robertson, S. P., … Gardner, R. J. M., … Jasoni, C. L., … Markie, D. (2017). Mutations in the netrin-1 gene cause congenital mirror movements. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 127(11), 3923-3936. doi: 10.1172/jci95442

Glendining, K. A., Markie, D., Gardner, R. J. M., Franz, E. A., Robertson, S. P., & Jasoni, C. L. (2017). A novel role for the DNA repair gene Rad51 in Netrin-1 signalling. Scientific Reports, 7, 39823. doi: 10.1038/srep39823

Sanders, T. R., Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2017). Obesity during pregnancy in the mouse alters the Netrin-1 responsiveness of foetal arcuate nucleus neuropeptide Y neurones. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 29(12), e12556. doi: 10.1111/jne.12556

Kim, D. W., Glendining, K. A., Grattan, D. R., & Jasoni, C. L. (2016). Maternal obesity in the mouse compromises the blood-brain barrier in the arcuate nucleus of offspring. Endocrinology, 157(6), 2229-2242. doi: 10.1210/en.2016-1014

Kim, D. W., Glendining, K. A., Grattan, D. R., & Jasoni, C. L. (2016). Maternal obesity leads to increased proliferation and numbers of astrocytes in the developing fetal and neonatal mouse hypothalamus. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, 53, 18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2016.06.005

Doynova, M. D., Berretta, A., Jones, M. B., Jasoni, C. L., Vickers, M. H., & O'Sullivan, J. M. (2016). Interactions between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA in mammalian cells are non-random. Mitochondrion, 30, 187-196. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2016.08.003

Berretta, A., Gowing, E. K., Jasoni, C. L., & Clarkson, A. N. (2016). Sonic hedgehog stimulates neurite outgrowth in a mechanical stretch model of reactive-astrogliosis. Scientific Reports, 6, 21896. doi: 10.1038/srep21896

Prescott, S. L., Allen, K., Armstrong, K., Collins, C., Dickinson, H., Gardiner, K., … Jasoni, C., … Craig, J. M. (2016). The establishment of DOHaD working groups in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, 7(5), 433-439. doi: 10.1017/S2040174416000167

Hale, M. W., Spencer, S. J., Conti, B., Jasoni, C. L., Kent, S., Radler, M. E., … Sominsky, L. (2015). Diet, behavior and immunity across the lifespan. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 58, 46-62. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.12.009

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

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

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.

Low, V. F., Fiorini, Z., Fisher, L., & Jasoni, C. L. (2012). Netrin-1 stimulates developing GnRH neurons to extend neurites to the median eminence in a calcium-dependent manner. PLoS ONE, 7(10), e46999. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046999

Constantin, S., Jasoni, C., Romanò, N., Lee, K., & Herbison, A. E. (2012). Understanding calcium homeostasis in postnatal gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons using cell-specific Pericam transgenics. Cell Calcium, 51(3-4), 267-276. doi: 10.1016/j.ceca.2011.11.005

Jasoni, C. L., & Campbell, S. R. S. (2011). Defining the cellular targets of IL6 in the fetal mouse brain. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, 2(Suppl. 1), S77. doi: 10.1017/S2040174411000481

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

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

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.

Jasoni, C. L., Todman, M. G., Han, S.-K., & Herbison, A. E. (2005). Expression of mRNAs encoding receptors that mediate stress signals in gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons of the mouse. Neuroendocrinology, 82, 320-328.

Namciu, S. J., Friedman, R. D., Marsden, M. D., Sarausad, L. M., Jasoni, C. L., & Fournier, R. E. K. (2004). Sequence organization and matrix attachment regions of the human serine protease inhibitor gene cluster at 14q32.1. Mammalian Genome, 15, 162-178.

Neiman, P. E., Ruddell, A., Jasoni, C., Loring, G., Thomas, S. J., Brandvold, K. A., … Delrow, J. (2001). Analysis of gene expression during myc oncogene-induced lymphomagenesis in the bursa of Fabricius. PNAS, 98(11), 6378-6383. doi: 10.1073/pnas.111144898

The MHC Sequencing Consortium, including Jasoni, C. (1999). Mapping HLA for single nucleotide polymorphisms. Reviews in Immunogenetics, 1(2), 231-238.

The MHC Sequencing Consortium, including Jasoni, C. (1999). Complete sequence and gene map of a humanmajor histocompatability complex. Nature, 401(6756), 921-923.

Jasoni, C., Hendrickson, A., & Roelink, H. (1999). Analysis of chicken Wnt-13 expression demonstrates coincidence with cell division in the developing eye and is consistent with a role in induction. Developmental Dynamics, 215(3), 215-224.

Johnston, L. A., Ostrow, B. D., Jasoni, C. L., & Blochlinger, K. (1998). The homeobox gene cut interacts genetically with the homeotic genes proboscipedia and antennapedia. Genetics, 149(1), 131-142.

Bumsted, K., Jasoni, C. L., Szel, A., & Hendrickson, A. (1997). Spatial and temporal expression of cone opsins during monkey retinal development. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 378(1), 117-134.

Jasoni, C. L., & Reh, T. A. (1996). Temporal and spatial pattern of MASH-1 expression in the developing rat retina demonstrates progenitor cell heterogeneity. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 369(2), 319-327. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-9861(19960527)369:2<319::AID-CNE11>3.0.CO;2-C

Jasoni, C. L., Walker, M. B., Morris, M. D., & Reh, T. A. (1994). A chicken achaete-scute homolog (CASH-1) is expressed in a temporally and spatially discrete manner in the developing nervous system. Development, 120, 769-783.

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Journal - Research Other

Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2019). Maternal high fat diet-induced obesity modifies histone binding and expression of Oxtr in offspring hippocampus in a sex-specific manner. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20(2), 329. doi: 10.3390/ijms20020329

Sominsky, L., Jasoni, C. L., Twigg, H. R., & Spencer, S. J. (2018). Hormonal and nutritional regulation of postnatal hypothalamic development. Journal of Endocrinology, 237, R47-R64. doi: 10.1530/joe-17-0722

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Freeman, A., Glendining, K., & Jasoni, C. (2018). Investigating the role of leptin in arcuate in AgRP neuron development. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 36). AWCBR. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Jasoni, C. (2018). Gestation in an obese dam affects the formation and function of cells in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. Clinical Endocrinology, 89(Suppl. 1), (pp. 31). doi: 10.1111/cen.13727

Forrester, L. M., & Jasoni, C. L. (2018). The role of maternal obesity during oligodendrocyte development in the offspring amygdala. In K. Hillman (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 54). AWCBR. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Nair, B., Khant Aung, Z., Porteous, R., Prescott, M., Ng, J., Yip, S., Augustine, R., Glendining, K., Bouwer, G., Kim, J., Jenkins, D., Silva, M., Brown, C., Campbell, R., Jasoni, C., Bunn, S., Anderson, G., Grattan, D., Herbison, A., & Iremonger, K. (2017). Impact of chronic stress on the neuroendocrine axis in the mouse. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 35th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 49). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr/index.html

Freeman, A. K., Glendining, K. A., & Jasoni, C. L. (2017). H3K9me3 distribution in the arcuate nucleus is altered in offspring exposed to maternal obesity. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1461), (pp. 90-91). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Pace, P., Peskin, A. V., Jasoni, C. L., Winterbourn, C., & Hampton, M. (2016). Interaction of peroxiredoxin 2 with collapsin response mediator protein 2. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 100(Suppl.), (pp. S47). doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2016.10.126

Jasoni, C. (2015). Understanding how maternal obesity and fetal neuro-immune interactions modulate epigenetic regulation of neural development in the mouse. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 33rd International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 77). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Sanders, T., & Jasoni, C. (2015). Disruption of NPY neuron developmental mechanisms by maternal obesity and IL-6. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1425). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Kainamu-Wheeler, M., & Jasoni, C. (2014). Unlocking Māori students' potential in science. Proceedings of the 7th Educational Psychology Forum: Working Together to Create Positive Futures. Retrieved from http://www.eenz.com/epf/

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