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Charles J. Wilson

InstitutionUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
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San Antonio TX 78249
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    Dr. Wilson’s lab studies the circuitry and neurons of the basal ganglia, with the goal of understanding the computational function of these structures at the cellular level, and their dysfunction in diseases, especially Parkinson’s Disease. Their experiments are focused on the ionic mechanisms that endow each cell type with its characteristic responses to synaptic input, the patterns of connectivity that deliver specific inputs to each cell, and the dynamics that arise from the combination of these.

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    1. Higgs MH, Jones JA, Chan CS, Wilson CJ. Periodic unitary synaptic currents in the mouse globus pallidus during spontaneous firing in slices. J Neurophysiol. 2021 04 01; 125(4):1482-1500. PMID: 33729831.
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    2. Morales JC, Higgs MH, Song SC, Wilson CJ. Broadband Entrainment of Striatal Low-Threshold Spike Interneurons. Front Neural Circuits. 2020; 14:36. PMID: 32655378.
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    3. Simmons DV, Higgs MH, Lebby S, Wilson CJ. Indirect pathway control of firing rate and pattern in the substantia nigra pars reticulata. J Neurophysiol. 2020 02 01; 123(2):800-814. PMID: 31940230.
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    4. Higgs MH, Wilson CJ. Frequency-dependent entrainment of striatal fast-spiking interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2019 09 01; 122(3):1060-1072. PMID: 31314645.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    5. Wilson CJ, Higgs MH, Simmons DV, Morales JC. Oscillations and Spike Entrainment. F1000Res. 2018; 7. PMID: 30613382.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    6. Rock C, Zurita H, Lebby S, Wilson CJ, Apicella AJ. Cortical Circuits of Callosal GABAergic Neurons. Cereb Cortex. 2018 04 01; 28(4):1154-1167. PMID: 28174907.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    7. Higgs MH, Wilson CJ. Measurement of phase resetting curves using optogenetic barrage stimuli. J Neurosci Methods. 2017 Sep 01; 289:23-30. PMID: 28668267.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Effect of Phase Response Curve Shape and Synaptic Driving Force on Synchronization of Coupled Neuronal Oscillators. Neural Comput. 2017 07; 29(7):1769-1814. PMID: 28562223.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    9. Wilson CJ. Predicting the response of striatal spiny neurons to sinusoidal input. J Neurophysiol. 2017 08 01; 118(2):855-873. PMID: 28490643.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    10. Higgs MH, Wilson CJ. Unitary synaptic connections among substantia nigra pars reticulata neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2016 06 01; 115(6):2814-29. PMID: 26961101.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    11. Wilson CJ. Oscillators and Oscillations in the Basal Ganglia. Neuroscientist. 2015 10 01; 21(5):530-539. PMID: 25449134.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    
    12. Beatty JA, Song SC, Wilson CJ. Cell-type-specific resonances shape the responses of striatal neurons to synaptic input. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb 01; 113(3):688-700. PMID: 25411465.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    13. Wilson CJ. The sensory striatum. Neuron. 2014 Sep 03; 83(5):999-1001. PMID: 25189207.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    14. Wilson CJ, Barraza D, Troyer T, Farries MA. Predicting the responses of repetitively firing neurons to current noise. PLoS Comput Biol. 2014 May; 10(5):e1003612. PMID: 24809636.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Interaction function of oscillating coupled neurons. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2013 Oct; 88(4):042704. PMID: 24229210.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    16. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Effect of phase response curve skewness on synchronization of electrically coupled neuronal oscillators. Neural Comput. 2013 Oct; 25(10):2545-610. PMID: 23777519.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    17. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Spike width and frequency alter stability of phase-locking in electrically coupled neurons. Biol Cybern. 2013 Jun; 107(3):367-83. PMID: 23592015.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    18. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Effect of sharp jumps at the edges of phase response curves on synchronization of electrically coupled neuronal oscillators. PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e58922. PMID: 23555607.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    19. Deister CA, Dodla R, Barraza D, Kita H, Wilson CJ. Firing rate and pattern heterogeneity in the globus pallidus arise from a single neuronal population. J Neurophysiol. 2013 Jan; 109(2):497-506. PMID: 23114208.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    20. Farries MA, Wilson CJ. Biophysical basis of the phase response curve of subthalamic neurons with generalization to other cell types. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Oct; 108(7):1838-55. PMID: 22786959.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    21. Farries MA, Wilson CJ. Phase response curves of subthalamic neurons measured with synaptic input and current injection. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Oct; 108(7):1822-37. PMID: 22786957.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    22. Beatty JA, Sullivan MA, Morikawa H, Wilson CJ. Complex autonomous firing patterns of striatal low-threshold spike interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Aug 01; 108(3):771-81. PMID: 22572945.
      Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    23. Sciamanna G, Wilson CJ. The ionic mechanism of gamma resonance in rat striatal fast-spiking neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Dec; 106(6):2936-49. PMID: 21880937.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    24. Wilson CJ, Beverlin B, Netoff T. Chaotic desynchronization as the therapeutic mechanism of deep brain stimulation. Front Syst Neurosci. 2011; 5:50. PMID: 21734868.
    25. Lobb CJ, Troyer TW, Wilson CJ, Paladini CA. Disinhibition bursting of dopaminergic neurons. Front Syst Neurosci. 2011; 5:25. PMID: 21617731.
    26. Lobb CJ, Wilson CJ, Paladini CA. High-frequency, short-latency disinhibition bursting of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2011 May; 105(5):2501-11. PMID: 21367999.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Farries MA, Kita H, Wilson CJ. Dynamic spike threshold and zero membrane slope conductance shape the response of subthalamic neurons to cortical input. J Neurosci. 2010 Sep 29; 30(39):13180-91. PMID: 20881137.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    28. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Coherence resonance due to transient thresholds in excitable systems. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2010 Aug; 82(2 Pt 1):021105. PMID: 20866773.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    29. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Quantification of clustering in joint interspike interval scattergrams of spike trains. Biophys J. 2010 Jun 02; 98(11):2535-43. PMID: 20513397.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    30. Lobb CJ, Wilson CJ, Paladini CA. A dynamic role for GABA receptors on the firing pattern of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Jul; 104(1):403-13. PMID: 20445035.
      Citations: 49     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    31. Deister CA, Teagarden MA, Wilson CJ, Paladini CA. An intrinsic neuronal oscillator underlies dopaminergic neuron bursting. J Neurosci. 2009 Dec 16; 29(50):15888-97. PMID: 20016105.
      Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    32. Barraza D, Kita H, Wilson CJ. Slow spike frequency adaptation in neurons of the rat subthalamic nucleus. J Neurophysiol. 2009 Dec; 102(6):3689-97. PMID: 19846619.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    33. Deister CA, Chan CS, Surmeier DJ, Wilson CJ. Calcium-activated SK channels influence voltage-gated ion channels to determine the precision of firing in globus pallidus neurons. J Neurosci. 2009 Jul 01; 29(26):8452-61. PMID: 19571136.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    34. Goldberg JA, Teagarden MA, Foehring RC, Wilson CJ. Nonequilibrium calcium dynamics regulate the autonomous firing pattern of rat striatal cholinergic interneurons. J Neurosci. 2009 Jul 01; 29(26):8396-407. PMID: 19571130.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    35. Dodla R, Wilson CJ. Asynchronous response of coupled pacemaker neurons. Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Feb 13; 102(6):068102. PMID: 19257636.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    36. Le Van Quyen M, Bragin A, Staba R, Crépon B, Wilson CL, Engel J. Cell type-specific firing during ripple oscillations in the hippocampal formation of humans. J Neurosci. 2008 Jun 11; 28(24):6104-10. PMID: 18550752.
      Citations: 61     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    37. Ramanathan S, Tkatch T, Atherton JF, Wilson CJ, Bevan MD. D2-like dopamine receptors modulate SKCa channel function in subthalamic nucleus neurons through inhibition of Cav2.2 channels. J Neurophysiol. 2008 Feb; 99(2):442-59. PMID: 18094105.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    38. Teagarden M, Atherton JF, Bevan MD, Wilson CJ. Accumulation of cytoplasmic calcium, but not apamin-sensitive afterhyperpolarization current, during high frequency firing in rat subthalamic nucleus cells. J Physiol. 2008 Feb 01; 586(3):817-33. PMID: 18063664.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    39. Wilson CJ. GABAergic inhibition in the neostriatum. Prog Brain Res. 2007; 160:91-110. PMID: 17499110.
      Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    40. Goldberg JA, Deister CA, Wilson CJ. Response properties and synchronization of rhythmically firing dendritic neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2007 Jan; 97(1):208-19. PMID: 16956986.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    41. Ding J, Guzman JN, Tkatch T, Chen S, Goldberg JA, Ebert PJ, Levitt P, Wilson CJ, Hamm HE, Surmeier DJ. RGS4-dependent attenuation of M4 autoreceptor function in striatal cholinergic interneurons following dopamine depletion. Nat Neurosci. 2006 Jun; 9(6):832-42. PMID: 16699510.
      Citations: 89     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    42. Wilson CJ. Striatal D2 receptors and LTD: yes, but not where you thought they were. Neuron. 2006 May 04; 50(3):347-8. PMID: 16675388.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    43. Goldberg JA, Wilson CJ. Control of spontaneous firing patterns by the selective coupling of calcium currents to calcium-activated potassium currents in striatal cholinergic interneurons. J Neurosci. 2005 Nov 02; 25(44):10230-8. PMID: 16267230.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    44. Kuznetsov AS, Kopell NJ, Wilson CJ. Transient high-frequency firing in a coupled-oscillator model of the mesencephalic dopaminergic neuron. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Feb; 95(2):932-47. PMID: 16207783.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    45. Wilson CJ, Goldberg JA. Origin of the slow afterhyperpolarization and slow rhythmic bursting in striatal cholinergic interneurons. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Jan; 95(1):196-204. PMID: 16162828.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    46. Wilson CJ. The mechanism of intrinsic amplification of hyperpolarizations and spontaneous bursting in striatal cholinergic interneurons. Neuron. 2005 Feb 17; 45(4):575-85. PMID: 15721243.
      Citations: 47     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    47. Koos T, Tepper JM, Wilson CJ. Comparison of IPSCs evoked by spiny and fast-spiking neurons in the neostriatum. J Neurosci. 2004 Sep 08; 24(36):7916-22. PMID: 15356204.
      Citations: 128     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    48. Sachdev RN, Ebner FF, Wilson CJ. Effect of subthreshold up and down states on the whisker-evoked response in somatosensory cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2004 Dec; 92(6):3511-21. PMID: 15254074.
      Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    49. Wilson CJ, Sachdev RN. Intracellular and juxtacellular staining with biocytin. Curr Protoc Neurosci. 2004 May; Chapter 1:Unit 1.12. PMID: 18428594.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    50. Wilson CJ, Weyrick A, Terman D, Hallworth NE, Bevan MD. A model of reverse spike frequency adaptation and repetitive firing of subthalamic nucleus neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2004 May; 91(5):1963-80. PMID: 14702332.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    51. Hallworth NE, Wilson CJ, Bevan MD. Apamin-sensitive small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels, through their selective coupling to voltage-gated calcium channels, are critical determinants of the precision, pace, and pattern of action potential generation in rat subthalamic nucleus neurons in vitro. J Neurosci. 2003 Aug 20; 23(20):7525-42. PMID: 12930791.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    52. Staba RJ, Wilson CL, Bragin A, Fried I, Engel J. Quantitative analysis of high-frequency oscillations (80-500 Hz) recorded in human epileptic hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2002 Oct; 88(4):1743-52. PMID: 12364503.
      Citations: 177     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Bragin A, Mody I, Wilson CL, Engel J. Local generation of fast ripples in epileptic brain. J Neurosci. 2002 Mar 01; 22(5):2012-21. PMID: 11880532.
      Citations: 115     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    54. Bragin A, Wilson CL, Engel J. Rate of interictal events and spontaneous seizures in epileptic rats after electrical stimulation of hippocampus and its afferents. Epilepsia. 2002; 43 Suppl 5:81-5. PMID: 12121300.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    55. Mazess B, Vetter J, Weaver DS. Bone changes in oophorectomized monkeys: CT findings. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1987 Mar-Apr; 11(2):302-5. PMID: 3819133.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    56. Alpar JJ. The role of 1% sodium hyaluronate in treating vitreous incarceration with the neodymium:YAG laser in patients with corneal decompensation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 1986 Sep; 12(5):502-6. PMID: 3772785.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. Arnaud MJ, Ben Zvi Z, Yaari A, Gorodischer R. 1,3,8-Trimethylallantoin: a major caffeine metabolite formed by rat liver. Res Commun Chem Pathol Pharmacol. 1986 Jun; 52(3):407-10. PMID: 3738216.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    58. Kuljaca ZD, Momirov DM. Idiopathic sectoral corneal endotheliitis. Am J Ophthalmol. 1985 Jun 15; 99(6):728-9. PMID: 4014400.
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    59. Quak SH, Joseph VT, Teo J, Wong HB. Total parenteral nutrition in children. J Singapore Paediatr Soc. 1985; 27(1-2):112-7. PMID: 3928969.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    60. Merguet P, Ewers HR, Brouwers HP. [Blood pressure and heart rate in normotensive subjects following maximum stimulation of gastrin secretion using pentagastrin]. Verh Dtsch Ges Inn Med. 1974; 80:561-4. PMID: 4454624.
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    61. Linquette M, Fossati P, Decoulx M, Verbeken-Soyez C, Fourlinnie JC. [Idiopathic adrenocortical insufficiency and its disease associations. Apropos of 4 personal cases]. Rev Fr Endocrinol Clin. 1972 Jan-Feb; 13(1):43-55. PMID: 4677971.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    62. Switzer RL. Regulation and mechanism of phosphoribosylpyrophosphate synthetase. II. Excchange reactions catalyzed by the enzyme. J Biol Chem. 1970 Feb 10; 245(3):483-95. PMID: 4312866.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
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