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Steven S. Scherer

Ruth Wagner Van Meter and J. Ray Van Meter Professor of Neurology
Department: Neurology

Contact information
450 Stemmler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6077
Office: (215) 349-5313
Fax: (215) 573-4454
Graduate Group Affiliations
University of Michigan, 1977.
University of Michigan, 1985.
University of Michigan, 1985.
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Description of Research Expertise

My main interest is the pathogenesis of demyelinating diseases, particularly those caused by mutations in the genes that encode the gap junction proteins Cx32 and Cx47. My current projects in my scientific laboratory relate to (1) the role of Cx32 in the pathogenesis of inherited demyelinating neuropathy, (2) how gap junctions between astrocytes and oligodendrocytes affect the structure/function of CNS myelin, (3) how the myelin sheath organizes the structure of the axon, and (4) animal models of inherited neuropathies. In the clinic, I also participate in a large effort in finding new genetic causes of inherited neuropathies.

Description of Clinical Expertise

The diagnosis and management of peripheral neuropathies.

Description of Other Expertise

Clinical electrophysiology - EMG

Selected Publications

Scherer, S.S., K.A. Kleopa, and M.D. Benson : Peripheral Neuropathies. In: Rosenberg’s Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease, 5th edition. R.N. Rosenberg and J.M. Pascual (eds.). Elsevier (in press), 2014.

King, C.H., E. Lancaster, D. Salomon, E. Peles, S.S. Scherer : Kv7.2 regulates the function of peripheral sensory neurons. J. Comp. Neurol. (in press), 2014.

Willison, H.J. and S.S. Scherer : Ranvier revisited: Novel nodal antigens stimulate interest in GBS pathogenesis. Neurology (in press), 2014.

Caramins, M., J.G. Colebatch, M.N. Bainbridge, S.S. Scherer, C.K. Abrams, E.L. Hackett, M.M. Freidin, S.N. Jhangiani, M. Wang, Y. Wu, D.M. Muzny, R. Lindeman, R.A. Gibbs. : Exome sequencing identification of a GJB1 missense mutation in a kindred with X-linked spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA-X1). Hum Mol Genet. (in press)., 2013.

Fleisher, J., M. Richie, R. Price, S.S. Scherer, J. Dalmau, and E. Lancaster : Acquired neuromyotonia heralding recurrent thymoma in myasthenia gravis. Arch. Neurol. 69: 303-311, 2013.

Abrams, C.K. and S.S. Scherer : Gap junctions in inherited disorders of the central nervous system. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1818: 2030-2047, 2012.

Kleopa K.A., Abrams C.K., and Scherer S.S. : How do mutations in GJB1 cause X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease? Brain Res. 1487: 198-205, 2012.

Scherer, S.S. and K.A. Kleopa : X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. J. Peripheral Nerv. Syst. 17S: 9-13, 2012.

Ferguson, T.A. and S.S. Scherer : N-cadherin (NCAD) is required for optimal sensory neurite outgrowth on astrocytes. Neurosci. Lett. 522: 108-112, 2012.

King, C.H. and S.S. Scherer : Kv7.5 is the primary Kv7 subunit expressed in C-fibers. J. Comp. Neurol. 520: 1940-1950, 2012.

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