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Joao Braz, PhD

TitleAssociate Researcher
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentAnatomy
Address1550 4th Street, Bldg 19B
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-4311
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    Spinal Cord Transplants of GABAergic Precursor Cells to Treat Chronic Pain
    NIH/NINDS R01NS078326Sep 28, 2012 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Cevikbas F, Braz J, Wang X, Solorzano C, Sulk M, Buhl T, Steinhoff M, Basbaum AI. Synergistic antipruritic effects of gamma aminobutyric acid A and B agonists in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Aug; 140(2):454-464.e2. PMID: 28232084.
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    2. Braz J, Etlin A, Juarez-Salinas D, Llewellyn-Smith IJ, Basbaum AI. Rebuilding CNS inhibitory circuits to control chronic neuropathic pain and itch. Prog Brain Res. 2017; 231:87-105. PMID: 28554402.
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    3. Frezel N, Sohet F, Daneman R, Basbaum AI, Braz J. Peripheral and central neuronal ATF3 precedes CD4+ T-cell infiltration in EAE. Exp Neurol. 2016 Sep; 283(Pt A):224-34. PMID: 27343802.
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    4. Guan Z, Kuhn JA, Wang X, Colquitt B, Solorzano C, Vaman S, Guan AK, Evans-Reinsch Z, Braz J, Devor M, Abboud-Werner SL, Lanier LL, Lomvardas S, Basbaum AI. Injured sensory neuron-derived CSF1 induces microglial proliferation and DAP12-dependent pain. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Jan; 19(1):94-101. PMID: 26642091; PMCID: PMC4703328.
    5. Petitjean H, Pawlowski SA, Fraine SL, Sharif B, Hamad D, Fatima T, Berg J, Brown CM, Jan LY, Ribeiro-da-Silva A, Braz J, Basbaum AI, Sharif-Naeini R. Dorsal Horn Parvalbumin Neurons Are Gate-Keepers of Touch-Evoked Pain after Nerve Injury. Cell Rep. 2015 Nov 10; 13(6):1246-1257. PMID: 26527000.
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    6. Brown JD, Saeed M, Do L, Braz J, Basbaum AI, Iadarola MJ, Wilson DM, Dillon WP. CT-guided injection of a TRPV1 agonist around dorsal root ganglia decreases pain transmission in swine. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Sep 16; 7(305):305ra145. PMID: 26378245; PMCID: PMC4854290.
    7. Braz J, Juarez-Salinas D, Ross SE, Basbaum AI. Transplant restoration of spinal cord inhibitory controls ameliorates neuropathic itch. J Clin Invest. 2014 Aug; 124(8):3612-6. PMID: 25003193; PMCID: PMC4109547.
    8. Bráz JM, Sharif-Naeini R, Vogt D, Kriegstein A, Alvarez-Buylla A, Rubenstein JL, Basbaum AI. Forebrain GABAergic neuron precursors integrate into adult spinal cord and reduce injury-induced neuropathic pain. Neuron. 2012 May 24; 74(4):663-75. PMID: 22632725; PMCID: PMC3361692.
    9. Bráz JM, Ackerman L, Basbaum AI. Sciatic nerve transection triggers release and intercellular transfer of a genetically expressed macromolecular tracer in dorsal root ganglia. J Comp Neurol. 2011 Sep 01; 519(13):2648-57. PMID: 21484801; PMCID: PMC3864657.
    10. Cavanaugh DJ, Chesler AT, Bráz JM, Shah NM, Julius D, Basbaum AI. Restriction of transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 to the peptidergic subset of primary afferent neurons follows its developmental downregulation in nonpeptidergic neurons. J Neurosci. 2011 Jul 13; 31(28):10119-27. PMID: 21752988; PMCID: PMC3147010.
    11. Bráz JM, Basbaum AI. Differential ATF3 expression in dorsal root ganglion neurons reveals the profile of primary afferents engaged by diverse noxious chemical stimuli. Pain. 2010 Aug; 150(2):290-301. PMID: 20605331; PMCID: PMC2922479.
    12. Bráz JM, Basbaum AI. Triggering genetically-expressed transneuronal tracers by peripheral axotomy reveals convergent and segregated sensory neuron-spinal cord connectivity. Neuroscience. 2009 Nov 10; 163(4):1220-32. PMID: 19647044; PMCID: PMC2760676.
    13. Braz J, Enquist LW, Basbaum AI. Inputs to serotonergic neurons revealed by conditional viral transneuronal tracing. J Comp Neurol. 2009 May 10; 514(2):145-60. PMID: 19274668; PMCID: PMC2696271.
    14. Neumann S, Braz J, Skinner K, Llewellyn-Smith IJ, Basbaum AI. Innocuous, not noxious, input activates PKCgamma interneurons of the spinal dorsal horn via myelinated afferent fibers. J Neurosci. 2008 Aug 06; 28(32):7936-44. PMID: 18685019; PMCID: PMC3844752.
    15. Braz J, Basbaum AI. Genetically expressed transneuronal tracer reveals direct and indirect serotonergic descending control circuits. J Comp Neurol. 2008 Apr 20; 507(6):1990-2003. PMID: 18273889; PMCID: PMC4947410.
    16. Braz J, Nassar MA, Wood JN, Basbaum AI. Parallel "pain" pathways arise from subpopulations of primary afferent nociceptor. Neuron. 2005 Sep 15; 47(6):787-93. PMID: 16157274.
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    17. Meunier A, Braz J, Cesselin F, Hamon M, Pohl M. [From inflammation to pain: experimental gene therapy]. Med Sci (Paris). 2004 Mar; 20(3):325-30. PMID: 15067578.
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    18. Pohl M, Meunier A, Hamon M, Braz J. Gene therapy of chronic pain. Curr Gene Ther. 2003 Jun; 3(3):223-38. PMID: 12762481.
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    19. Braz J, Rico B, Basbaum AI. Transneuronal tracing of diverse CNS circuits by Cre-mediated induction of wheat germ agglutinin in transgenic mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 Nov 12; 99(23):15148-53. PMID: 12391304; PMCID: PMC137558.
    20. Ballet S, Braz J, Mauborgne A, Bourgoin S, Zajac JM, Hamon M, Cesselin F. The neuropeptide FF analogue, 1DMe, reduces in vivo dynorphin release from the rat spinal cord. J Neurochem. 2002 May; 81(3):659-62. PMID: 12065675.
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    21. Pohl M, Braz J. Gene therapy of pain: emerging strategies and future directions. Eur J Pharmacol. 2001 Oct 19; 429(1-3):39-48. PMID: 11698025.
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    22. Braz J, Beaufour C, Coutaux A, Epstein AL, Cesselin F, Hamon M, Pohl M. Therapeutic efficacy in experimental polyarthritis of viral-driven enkephalin overproduction in sensory neurons. J Neurosci. 2001 Oct 15; 21(20):7881-8. PMID: 11588161.
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    23. Antunes bras J, Becker C, Bourgoin S, Lombard M, Cesselin F, Hamon M, Pohl M. Met-enkephalin is preferentially transported into the peripheral processes of primary afferent fibres in both control and HSV1-driven proenkephalin A overexpressing rats. Neuroscience. 2001; 103(4):1073-83. PMID: 11301214.
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    24. Antunes Bras JM, Laporte AM, Benoliel JJ, Bourgoin S, Mauborgne A, Hamon M, Cesselin F, Pohl M. Effects of peripheral axotomy on cholecystokinin neurotransmission in the rat spinal cord. J Neurochem. 1999 Feb; 72(2):858-67. PMID: 9930763.
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    25. Antunes Bras JM, Epstein AL, Bourgoin S, Hamon M, Cesselin F, Pohl M. Herpes simplex virus 1-mediated transfer of preproenkephalin A in rat dorsal root ganglia. J Neurochem. 1998 Mar; 70(3):1299-303. PMID: 9489753.
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