Alessandro Didonna, PhD

Title(s)Research Associate, Neurology
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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
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)2021R56 Bridge Award
    International Progressive MS Alliance2021Research Challenge Award

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    HLA genetics and Parkinson's disease
    NIH R56NS121112May 1, 2021 - Apr 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    MHC variation at high resolution in multiple sclerosis
    NIH R01NS102153Aug 15, 2017 - Apr 30, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Epigenetic control of ataxin-1 in multiple sclerosis. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2022 08; 9(8):1186-1194. Ma Q, Oksenberg JR, Didonna A. PMID: 35903875; PMCID: PMC9380165.
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    2. Polygenic risk score association with multiple sclerosis susceptibility and phenotype in Europeans. Brain. 2022 Mar 07. Shams H, Shao X, Santaniello A, Kirkish G, Harroud A, Ma Q, Isobe N, University of California San Francisco MS-EPIC Team, Schaefer C, McCauley JL, Cree BAC, Didonna A, Baranzini SE, Patsopoulos NA, Hauser SL, Barcellos LF, Henry RG, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 35253861.
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    3. Methylation at a conserved lysine residue modulates tau assembly and cellular functions. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2022 05; 120:103707. Shams H, Matsunaga A, Ma Q, Mofrad MRK, Didonna A. PMID: 35231567.
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    4. A short HLA-DRA isoform binds the HLA-DR2 heterodimer on the outer domain of the peptide-binding site. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2022 04 15; 719:109156. Shams H, Hollenbach JA, Matsunaga A, Mofrad MRK, Oksenberg JR, Didonna A. PMID: 35218721; PMCID: PMC9007275.
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    5. Specific hypomethylation programs underpin B cell activation in early multiple sclerosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 12 21; 118(51). Ma Q, Caillier SJ, Muzic S, University of California San Francisco MS-EPIC Team, Wilson MR, Henry RG, Cree BAC, Hauser SL, Didonna A, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 34911760; PMCID: PMC8713784.
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    6. Pharmacological perturbation reveals deficits in D2 receptor responses in Thap1 null mice. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2021 12; 8(12):2302-2308. Frederick NM, Pooler MM, Shah P, Didonna A, Opal P. PMID: 34802187; PMCID: PMC8670318.
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    7. The novel multiple sclerosis susceptibility gene ATXN1 regulates B cell receptor signaling in B-1a cells. Mol Brain. 2021 01 21; 14(1):19. Ma Q, Didonna A. PMID: 33478569; PMCID: PMC7819313.
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    8. A splice acceptor variant in HLA-DRA affects the conformation and cellular localization of the class II DR alpha-chain. Immunology. 2021 02; 162(2):194-207. Didonna A, Damotte V, Shams H, Matsunaga A, Caillier SJ, Dandekar R, Misra MK, Mofrad MRK, Oksenberg JR, Hollenbach JA. PMID: 32986852; PMCID: PMC7808164.
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    9. Oligodendrocyte-specific Argonaute profiling identifies microRNAs associated with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. J Neuroinflammation. 2020 Oct 12; 17(1):297. Ma Q, Matsunaga A, Ho B, Oksenberg JR, Didonna A. PMID: 33046105; PMCID: PMC7552381.
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    10. Tau at the interface between neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. Genes Immun. 2020 11; 21(5):288-300. Didonna A. PMID: 33011744.
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    11. Ataxin-1 regulates B cell function and the severity of autoimmune experimental encephalomyelitis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 09 22; 117(38):23742-23750. Didonna A, Canto Puig E, Ma Q, Matsunaga A, Ho B, Caillier SJ, Shams H, Lee N, Hauser SL, Tan Q, Zamvil SS, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 32878998; PMCID: PMC7519225.
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    12. TopoDB: a novel multifunctional management system for laboratory animal colonies. Database (Oxford). 2020 01 01; 2020. Renschen A, Matsunaga A, Oksenberg JR, Santaniello A, Didonna A. PMID: 33206961; PMCID: PMC7673335.
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    13. Mitoma H., Manto M. (eds) Neuroimmune Diseases. Contemporary Clinical Neuroscience. Genetic Factors in Neuroimmune Diseases. 2019; 357-386 . Didonna A, Cantó E. View Publication.
    14. The role of neurofilament aggregation in neurodegeneration: lessons from rare inherited neurological disorders. Mol Neurodegener. 2019 05 16; 14(1):19. Didonna A, Opal P. PMID: 31097008; PMCID: PMC6524292.
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    15. Sex-specific Tau methylation patterns and synaptic transcriptional alterations are associated with neural vulnerability during chronic neuroinflammation. J Autoimmun. 2019 07; 101:56-69. 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. PMID: 31010726; PMCID: PMC6561733.
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    16. 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. Frederick NM, Shah PV, Didonna A, Langley MR, Kanthasamy AG, Opal P. PMID: 30590536; PMCID: PMC6452194.
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    17. Mutant ataxin1 disrupts cerebellar development in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1. J Clin Invest. 2018 06 01; 128(6):2252-2265. Edamakanti CR, Do J, Didonna A, Martina M, Opal P. PMID: 29533923; PMCID: PMC5983343.
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    18. Aberrant STAT phosphorylation signaling in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from multiple sclerosis patients. J Neuroinflammation. 2018 Mar 07; 15(1):72. Canto E, Isobe N, Didonna A, MS-EPIC Study Group, Hauser SL, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 29514694; PMCID: PMC5840794.
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    19. The Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis: Perspectives in Treatment and Pathogenesis. 2017 Nov 14; 3-16. DIDONNA DA, OKSENBERG OJ. .
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    20. 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. Guglielmetti C, Najac C, Didonna A, Van der Linden A, Ronen SM, Chaumeil MM. PMID: 28760957; PMCID: PMC5565402.
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    21. Advances in Sequencing Technologies for Understanding Hereditary Ataxias: A Review. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Dec 01; 73(12):1485-1490. Didonna A, Opal P. PMID: 27749953; PMCID: PMC5513693.
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    22. Immune cell-specific transcriptional profiling highlights distinct molecular pathways controlled by Tob1 upon experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Sci Rep. 2016 08 22; 6:31603. Didonna A, Cekanaviciute E, Oksenberg JR, Baranzini SE. PMID: 27546286; PMCID: PMC4992865.
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    23. Preclinical Models of Multiple Sclerosis: Advantages and Limitations Towards Better Therapies. Curr Med Chem. 2016; 23(14):1442-59. Didonna A. PMID: 27048376.
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    24. 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. Didonna A, Isobe N, Caillier SJ, Li KH, Burlingame AL, Hauser SL, Baranzini SE, Patsopoulos NA, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 26433934; PMCID: PMC5007634.
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    25. Characterization of four new monoclonal antibodies against the distal N-terminal region of PrP(c). PeerJ. 2015; 3:e811. Didonna A, Venturini AC, Hartman K, Vranac T, Curin Šerbec V, Legname G. PMID: 25802800; PMCID: PMC4369333.
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    26. Genetic determinants of risk and progression in multiple sclerosis. Clin Chim Acta. 2015 Sep 20; 449:16-22. Didonna A, Oksenberg JR. PMID: 25661088; PMCID: PMC4524789.
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    27. Post-translational modifications in neurodegeneration. AIMS Biophysics. 2015 Jan 1; 3(1):27-49. Didonna DA, Benetti BF. .
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    28. The promise and perils of HDAC inhibitors in neurodegeneration. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2015 Jan; 2(1):79-101. Didonna A, Opal P. PMID: 25642438; PMCID: PMC4301678.
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    29. 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. Venkatraman A, Hu YS, Didonna A, Cvetanovic M, Krbanjevic A, Bilesimo P, Opal P. PMID: 24594842; PMCID: PMC4065149.
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    30. Giant axonal neuropathy-associated gigaxonin mutations impair intermediate filament protein degradation. J Clin Invest. 2013 May; 123(5):1964-75. Mahammad S, Murthy SN, Didonna A, Grin B, Israeli E, Perrot R, Bomont P, Julien JP, Kuczmarski E, Opal P, Goldman RD. PMID: 23585478; PMCID: PMC3635735.
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    31. Prion protein and its role in signal transduction. Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2013 Jun; 18(2):209-30. Didonna A. PMID: 23479001; PMCID: PMC6275729.
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    32. The role of Bax and caspase-3 in doppel-induced apoptosis of cerebellar granule cells. Prion. 2012 Jul 01; 6(3):309-16. Didonna A, Sussman J, Benetti F, Legname G. PMID: 22561161; PMCID: PMC3399532.
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    33. 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. Didonna A, Vaccari L, Bek A, Legname G. PMID: 22778865; PMCID: PMC3369737.
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    34. Aberrant ERK 1/2 complex activation and localization in scrapie-infected GT1-1 cells. Mol Neurodegener. 2010 Aug 09; 5:29. Didonna A, Legname G. PMID: 20696038; PMCID: PMC2928767.
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