Alessandro Didonna, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    University of Bari, ItalyB.Sc.2004Cell and Molecular Biology
    University of Bari, ItalyM.Sc.2006Cell and Molecular Biology
    International School for Advanced Studies, ItalyPh.D.2010Functional and Structural Genomics
    Northwestern UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow2011Neurology
    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Fellow2013Neurology
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    University of Bari2001  - 2006Graduation with honors (summa cum laude)
    Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FISM)2015  - 2017Senior Research Fellowship
    American Neurological Association2015Travel Grant
    American Society for Cell Biology2016Travel Grant
    Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FISM)2017Young Researcher Best Poster Award
    Conrad N. Hilton Foundation2017  - 2019Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research
    European Molecular Biology Organization 2017Travel Grant
    University of California San Francisco2018Pilot Award for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FISM)2018  - 2020Senior Research Fellowship
    Queen's University Belfast2018Visiting Research Fellow
    American Society for Cell Biology2019Travel Grant

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    MHC variation at high resolution in multiple sclerosis
    NIH/NINDS R01NS102153Aug 15, 2017 - Apr 30, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Didonna A, Cantó E.Mitoma H., Manto M. (eds) Neuroimmune Diseases. Contemporary Clinical Neuroscience. Genetic Factors in Neuroimmune Diseases. 2019; 357-386 .
    2. Didonna A, Opal P. The role of neurofilament aggregation in neurodegeneration: lessons from rare inherited neurological disorders. Mol Neurodegener. 2019 May 16; 14(1):19. PMID: 31097008.
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    3. Didonna A, Cantó E, Shams H, Isobe N, Zhao C, Caillier SJ, Condello C, Yamate-Morgan H, Tiwari-Woodruff SK, Mofrad MRK, Hauser SL, Oksenberg JR. Sex-specific Tau methylation patterns and synaptic transcriptional alterations are associated with neural vulnerability during chronic neuroinflammation. J Autoimmun. 2019 Jul; 101:56-69. PMID: 31010726.
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    4. Frederick NM, Shah PV, Didonna A, Langley MR, Kanthasamy AG, Opal P. Loss of the dystonia gene Thap1 leads to transcriptional deficits that converge on common pathogenic pathways in dystonic syndromes. Hum Mol Genet. 2019 04 15; 28(8):1343-1356. PMID: 30590536.
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    5. Edamakanti CR, Do J, Didonna A, Martina M, Opal P. Mutant ataxin1 disrupts cerebellar development in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1. J Clin Invest. 2018 06 01; 128(6):2252-2265. PMID: 29533923.
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    6. Canto E, Isobe N, Didonna A, Hauser SL, Oksenberg JR. Aberrant STAT phosphorylation signaling in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from multiple sclerosis patients. J Neuroinflammation. 2018 Mar 07; 15(1):72. PMID: 29514694.
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    7. ALESSANDRO DIDONNA, JORGE R. OKSENBERG. The Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis: Perspectives in Treatment and Pathogenesis. 2017 Nov 14; 3-16.
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    8. Guglielmetti C, Najac C, Didonna A, Van der Linden A, Ronen SM, Chaumeil MM. Hyperpolarized 13C MR metabolic imaging can detect neuroinflammation in vivo in a multiple sclerosis murine model. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 08 15; 114(33):E6982-E6991. PMID: 28760957.
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    9. Didonna A, Opal P. Advances in Sequencing Technologies for Understanding Hereditary Ataxias: A Review. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Dec 01; 73(12):1485-1490. PMID: 27749953.
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    10. Didonna A, Cekanaviciute E, Oksenberg JR, Baranzini SE. Immune cell-specific transcriptional profiling highlights distinct molecular pathways controlled by Tob1 upon experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Sci Rep. 2016 08 22; 6:31603. PMID: 27546286.
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    11. Didonna A. Preclinical Models of Multiple Sclerosis: Advantages and Limitations Towards Better Therapies. Curr Med Chem. 2016; 23(14):1442-59. PMID: 27048376.
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    12. Didonna A, Isobe N, Caillier SJ, Li KH, Burlingame AL, Hauser SL, Baranzini SE, Patsopoulos NA, Oksenberg JR. A non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism associated with multiple sclerosis risk affects the EVI5 interactome. Hum Mol Genet. 2015 Dec 15; 24(24):7151-8. PMID: 26433934.
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    13. Didonna A, Venturini AC, Hartman K, Vranac T, Curin Šerbec V, Legname G. Characterization of four new monoclonal antibodies against the distal N-terminal region of PrP(c). PeerJ. 2015; 3:e811. PMID: 25802800.
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    14. Didonna A, Oksenberg JR. Genetic determinants of risk and progression in multiple sclerosis. Clin Chim Acta. 2015 Sep 20; 449:16-22. PMID: 25661088.
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    15. Alessandro Didonna, Federico Benetti. Post-translational modifications in neurodegeneration. AIMS Biophysics. 2015 Jan 1; 3(1):27-49.
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    16. Didonna A, Opal P. The promise and perils of HDAC inhibitors in neurodegeneration. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015 Jan; 2(1):79-101. PMID: 25642438.
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    17. Venkatraman A, Hu YS, Didonna A, Cvetanovic M, Krbanjevic A, Bilesimo P, Opal P. The histone deacetylase HDAC3 is essential for Purkinje cell function, potentially complicating the use of HDAC inhibitors in SCA1. Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Jul 15; 23(14):3733-45. PMID: 24594842.
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    18. Mahammad S, Murthy SN, Didonna A, Grin B, Israeli E, Perrot R, Bomont P, Julien JP, Kuczmarski E, Opal P, Goldman RD. Giant axonal neuropathy-associated gigaxonin mutations impair intermediate filament protein degradation. J Clin Invest. 2013 May; 123(5):1964-75. PMID: 23585478.
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    19. Didonna A. Prion protein and its role in signal transduction. Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2013 Jun; 18(2):209-30. PMID: 23479001.
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    20. Didonna A, Sussman J, Benetti F, Legname G. The role of Bax and caspase-3 in doppel-induced apoptosis of cerebellar granule cells. Prion. 2012 Jul 01; 6(3):309-16. PMID: 22561161.
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    21. Didonna A, Vaccari L, Bek A, Legname G. Infrared microspectroscopy: a multiple-screening platform for investigating single-cell biochemical perturbations upon prion infection. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2011 Mar 16; 2(3):160-74. PMID: 22778865.
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    22. Didonna A, Legname G. Aberrant ERK 1/2 complex activation and localization in scrapie-infected GT1-1 cells. Mol Neurodegener. 2010 Aug 09; 5:29. PMID: 20696038.
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