Jennifer Larimore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA


B.S., Biochemistry, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY, 2001
Ph.D., Neurobiology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2008
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2009-2012

Research Statement

Increasingly more neurodegenerative diseases are showing a mis-sorting of synaptic vesicles. Therefore it is necessary to understand how synaptic vesicles traffic properly from the cell body to the synapse. It has been previously demonstrated by our lab that the adaptor protein AP-3 regulates the sorting of synaptic vesicles. My project to determine what cargo are regulated by AP-3 in neurons and how those cargo are mis-trafficked in the absence of binding to AP-3. To do this, we will examine known cargo of AP-3 in fixed primary cultured neurons, live-imaging of tagged cargo, EM of brain sections.



Gokhale, A., Vrailas-Mortimer, A., Larimore, J., Comstra, H.S., Zlatic, S.A., Werner, E., Manvich, D.F., Iuvone, P.M., Weinshenker, D., Faundez, V. (2015) Neuronal Copper Homeostasis Susceptibility by Genetic Defects in Dysbindin, a Schizophrenia Susceptibility Factor.  Hum Mol Genet. 24:5512-23.  PMCID: PMC4572075

Gokhale, A., Mullin, A.P., Zlatic, S.A., Easley, C.A. 4th, Merritt, M.E., Raj, N., Larimore, J., Gordon, D.E., Peden, A.A., Sanyal, S., Faundez, V. (2015) The N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor and dysbindin interact to modulate synaptic plasticity. J Neurosci. 35(19):7643-53. PMCID: PMC4429160

Larimore, J., Zlatic, S.A., Gokhale, A., Tornieri, K., Singleton, K.S., Mullin, A.P., Tang, J., Talbot, K., Faundez, V. (2014)  Mutations in the BLOC-1 Subunits Dysbindin and Muted Generate Divergent and Dosage-Dependent Phenotypes. J Biol Chem. 289:14291-300. PMCID: PMC4022895

Bello, O., Blair, K., Chapleau, C., Larimore, J.L. (2013)  Is memantine a potential therapeutic for Rett syndrome? Front Neurosci. 7:245. Review. PMCID: PMC3865366

Chapleau, C.A., Lane, J., Larimore, J., Li, W., Pozzo-Miller, L., Percy, A.K. (2013) Recent Progress in Rett Syndrome and MeCP2 Dysfunction: Assessment of Potential Treatment Options. Future Neurol. 8(1). PMCID: PMC3859379

Larimore, J., Ryder, P.V., Kim, K.Y., Ambrose, L.A., Chapleau, C., Calfa, G., Gross, C., Bassell, G.J., Pozzo-Miller, L., Smith, Y., Talbot, K., Park, I.H., Faundez, V. (2013)  MeCP2 regulates the synaptic expression of a Dysbindin-BLOC-1 network component in mouse brain and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. PLoS One. 8(6):e65069. PMCID: PMC3672180

Li, W., Calfa, G., Larimore, J., Pozzo-Miller, L. (2012)  Activity-dependent BDNF release and TRPC signaling is impaired in hippocampal neurons of Mecp2 mutant mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109:17087-92. PMCID: PMC3479462

Gokhale, A., Larimore, J., Werner, E., So, L., Moreno-De-Luca, A., Lese-Martin, C., Lupashin, V.V., Smith, Y., Faundez, V. (2012) Quantitative proteomic and genetic analyses of the schizophrenia susceptibility factor dysbindin identify novel roles of the biogenesis of lysosome-related organelles complex 1. J Neurosci. 32:3697-3711. PMCID: PMC3313842

Larimore, J., Tornieri, K., Ryder, P.V., Gokhale, A., Zlatic, S.A., Craige, B., Lee, J.D., Talbot, K., Pare, J.F., Smith, Y., Faundez, V. (2011) The Schizophrenia Susceptibility Factor Dysbindin and its Associated Complex Sort Cargoes from Cell Bodies to the Synapse. Mol Biol Cell. 22:4854-67. PMCID: PMC3237628

Mullin, A.P., Gokhale, A., Larimore, J., Faundez, V.  (2011) Cell Biology of the BLOC-1 Complex Subunit Dysbindin, a Schizophrenia Susceptibility Gene. Mol Neurobiol. 44:53-64. PMCID: PMC3321231

Chapleau, C.A., Larimore, J.L., Theibert, A., Pozzo-Miller, L. (2009) Modulation of dendritic spine development and plasticity by BNDF and vesicular trafficking: fundamental roles in neurodevelopmental disorders associated with mental retardation and autism. J Neurodev. Disord. 1:185:196. PMCID: PMC2788955

Chapleau, C.A., Calfa, G.D., Lane, M.C., Albertson, A.J., Larimore, J.L., Kudo, S., Armstrong D.L., Percy, A.K., Pozzo-Miller, L. (2009) Dendritic spine pathologies in hippocampal pyramidal neurons from Rett syndrome brain and after expression of Rett-associated MECP2 mutations. Neurobiol Dis. 35:219-33. PMCID: PMC2722110

Larimore, J.L., Chapleau, C.A., Kudo, S., Theibert, A., Percy, A.K., Pozzo-Miller, L. (2009) Bdnf overexpression in hippocampal neurons prevents dendritic atrophy caused by Rett-associated MECP2 mutations. Neurobiol Dis. 34:199-211. PMCID: PMC2726722

Chapleau, C.A., Carlo, M.E., Larimore, J.L., Pozzo-Miller, L. (2008) The actions of BDNF on dendritic spine density and morphology in organotypic slice cultures depend on the presence of serum in culture media. J Neurosci Methods. 169:182-90. PMCID: PMC2348185

Moore, C.D., Thacker, E.E., Larimore, J., Gaston, D., Underwood, A., Kearns, B., Patterson, S.I., Jackson, T., Chapleau, C., Pozzo-Miller, L., Theibert, A. (2007) The neuronal Arf GAP centaurin alpha1 modulates dendritic differentiation. J Cell Sci. 120(Pt 15):2683-93.


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