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Dr. Henrike Planert

phone (office) +49 30 450 539 714


Research focus

Cellular and network physiology in animal models of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders Effects of maternal immune activation on offspring cortical circuitry (current project) The roles of interneurons in neuronal microcircuits  Intrinsic electrical properties and their modulation as determinants of discharge behaviour and excitability  Intrastriatal neuronal connectivity, synaptic dynamics and modulation in relation to direct and indirect striatofugal projection


Multineuron patch-clamp recordings in acute brain slices, partially in combination with optogenetic and retrograde labelling techniques, post-hoc staining and confocal microscopy/ anatomical reconstruction. 

Selected Publications (all publications available at Pubmed)

Silberberg G, Planert H (2016): Optogenetic Dissection of the Striatal Microcircuitry. In Korngreen A, ed.: Advanced Patch-Clamp Analysis in Neuroscience. Neuromethods 113:151-170. Springer New York.

Planert H, Berger TK, Silberberg G. (2013): Membrane Properties of Striatal Direct and Indirect Pathway Neurons in Mouse and Rat Slices and their Modulation by Dopamine. PLOS ONE 8(3):e57054. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057054. 

Szydlowski SN*,Pollak Dorocic I*, Planert H*, Carlén M, Meletis K, Silberberg G. (2013): Target selectivity of feedforward inhibition by striatal fast-spiking interneurons. J Neurosci. 33(4): 1678-1683.                                                           

Malmersjö S, Rebellato P, Nilsson ES, Planert H, Liste I,Nanou E, Sunner H, Abdelhady S, Zhang S, Andäng M, El Manira A, Silberberg G, Arenas E, Uhlén P. (2013): Neural progenitors organize in small-world networks to promote cell proliferation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110(16):E1524-32. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1220179110.

Klaus A, Planert H, Hjorth JJJ, Berke JD, Silberberg G and Kotaleski JH (2011): Striatal fast-spiking interneurons: from firing patterns to postsynaptic impact. Front Syst Neurosci 5:57. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2011.00057.

Planert H, Szydlowski S, Hjorth J, Grillner S, and Silberberg G (2010): Dynamics of synaptic transmission between fast-spiking interneurons and striatal projection neurons of the direct and indirect pathways. J Neurosci 30: 3499-3507.