Ross Lab


Key Publications:

Divergent neural pathways emanating from the lateral parabrachial nucleus mediate distinct components of the pain response

Michael C Chiang, Eileen K Nguyen, Andrew E Papale, Sarah E Ross
Year: 2019 • BioRxiv •  • Download Preprint


Kappa Opioid Receptor Distribution and Function in Primary Afferents

Lindsey M. Snyder, Michael C. Chiang, Emanuel Loeza-Alcocer, Yu Omori, Junichi Hachisuka, Tayler D. Sheahan, Jenna R. Gale, Peter C. Adelman, Elizabeth I. Sypek, Stephanie A. Fulton, Robert L. Friedman, Margaret C. Wright, Melissa Giraldo Duque, Yeon Sun Lee, Zeyu Hu, Huizhen Huang, Xiaoyun Cai, Kimberly A. Meerschaert,                               Vidhya Nagarajan, Toshiro Hirai, Gregory Scherrer, Daniel H. Kaplan, Frank Porreca, Brian M. Davis, Michael S.                                 Gold, Richard H. Koerber, Sarah E. Ross

.                            Year: 2018 • Neuron Volume 99, Issue 6, P1274-1288.E6 • Download Article
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A comparative analysis of rod bipolar cell transcriptomes identifies novel genes implicated in night vision

Woods, S. M., E. Mountjoy, D. Muir, S. E. Ross and D. Atan
Year: 2018 • Sci Rep 8(1): 5506 • Download Article


Wind-up in lamina I spinoparabrachial neurons: a role for reverberatory circuits

Hachisuka, J., Y. Omori, M. C. Chiang, M. S. Gold, H. R. Koerber and S. E. Ross
Year: 2018 • Pain doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001229 • Download Article


Automated acoustic detection of mouse scratching

Elliott, P., M. G’Sell, L. M. Snyder, S. E. Ross and V. Ventura
Year: 2017 • PLoS One 12(7): e0179662 • Download Article

Semi-intact ex vivo approach to investigate spinal somatosensory circuits

Junichi Hachisuka, Kyle M. Baumbauer, Yu Omori, Lindsey M. Snyder, H. Richard Koerber and Sarah E. Ross
Year: 2016 • eLife 2016;5:e22866 Download Article

Generation of a NK1R-CreER Knockin Mouse Strain to Study Cells Involved in Neurokinin 1 Receptor Signaling.

Huang, H., M. S. Kuzirian, X. Cai, L. M. Snyder, J. Cohen, D. H. Kaplan and S. E. Ross
Year: 2016 • Genesis. Download Article



Gi-DREADD expression in peripheral nerves produces ligand-dependent analgesia, as well as ligand-independent functional changes in sensory neurons

Saloman, J.L., Scheff, N.N., Snyder, L.M., Ross, S.E., Davis, B.M.*, and Gold M.S.
Year: 2016 • Journal of Neuroscience, 36(42):10769-81 Download Article

 Bhlhb5::flpo allele uncovers a requirement for Bhlhb5 for the development of the dorsal cochlear nucleus

Cai, X., Kardon, A.P., Snyder, L.M., Kuzirian, M.S., Minestro, S., de Souza, L., Rubio, M.E., Maricich, S.M., and Ross, S.E
Year: 2016 •  Developmental Biology •Download Article


Generation of a KOR-Cre knockin mouse strain to study cells involved in kappa opioid signaling

Cai, X., H. Huang, M. S. Kuzirian, L. M. Snyder, M. Matsushita, M. C. Lee, C. Ferguson, G. E. Homanics, A. L. Barth and S. E. Ross

Year: 2016 •  Genesis 54(1): 29-37 •Download Article

See also KOR-Cre expression in the brain • Supplemental Information


Keratinocytes can modulate and directly initiate nociceptive responses

K. M. Baumbauer, J. J. DeBerry, P. C. Adelman, R. H. Miller, J. Hachisuka, K. H. Lee, S. E. Ross, H. R. Koerber, B. M Davis, and K. M. Albers

Year: 2015 •  eLIFE 10.7554/eLife.09674Download Article


The transcription factor PRDM8 is required for rod bipolar and type 2 OFF-cone bipolar cell survival and amacrine subtype identity

C.C. Jung, D. Atan, D. Ng, L. Ploder, S.E. Ross, M. Klein, D. Birch, E. Diez, and R.R. McInnes

Year: 2015 •  PNAS 10.1073/pnas.1505870112Download Article


Identification of spinal circuits transmitting and gating mechanical pain

B. Duan, L. Cheng, S. Bourane, O. Britz, C. Padilla, L. Garcia-Campmany, M. Krashes, W. Knowlton, T. Velasquez, X. Ren, S.E. Ross, B.B. Lowell, Y. Wang, M. Goulding, and Q. Ma

Year: 2014 •  Cell 159(6):1147-32Download Article


Transplant restoration of spinal cord inhibitory controls ameliorates neuropathic itch

J. M. Braz, D. Juarez-Salinas, S. E. Ross, and A. I. Basbaum

Year: 2014 • Journal of Clinical Investigation 124(8):3612–3616Download Article


Dynorphin acts as a neuromodulator to inhibit itch in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord

A. P. Kardon*, E. Polgár*, J. Hachisuka, L. M. Snyder, D. Cameron, S. Savage, X. Cai, S. Karnup, C. R. Fan, G. M. Hemenway, C. S. Bernard, E. S. Schwartz, H. Nagase, C. Schwarzer, M. Watanabe, T. Furuta, T. Kaneko, H. R. Koerber, A. J. Todd**, and S. E. Ross**

Year: 2014 • Neuron 82(3):573-586Download ArticleSupplemental Information (scroll to the bottom)

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Bhlhb5 and Prdm8 form a repressor complex involved in neuronal circuit assembly.

S. E. Ross, A. E. McCord, C. Jung, D. Atan, S. I. Mok, M. Hemberg, T.K. Kim, J. Salogiannis, L. Hu, S. Cohen, Y. Lin, D. Harrar, R. R. McInnes, and M. E. Greenberg

Year: 2012 • Neuron 73(2):292–303Download ArticleSupplemental Information


Loss of Inhibitory Interneurons in the Dorsal Spinal Cord and Elevated Itch in Bhlhb5 Mutant Mice

S. E. Ross, A. Mardinly, A. E. McCord, J. Zurawski, S. Cohen, C. Jung, L. Hu, S. I. Mok, A. Shah, E. Savner, C. Tolias, R. Corfas, S. Chen, P. Inquimbert, Y. Xu, R. R. McInnes, F.L. Rice, Q. Ma, G. Corfas, C. Woolf and M. E. Greenberg.

Year: 2010 • Neuron 2010 25;65(6):886-98Download ArticleSupplemental Information


Inhibition of Adipogenesis by Wnt Signaling

S. E. Ross, N. Hemati, K. A. Longo, C. N. Bennett, P. C. Lucas, R. L. Erickson, O. A. MacDougald

Year: 2000 • Science 289Download Article

Previews & Reviews


Neuronal diversity in the somatosensory system: bridging the gap between cell type and function

Graziana Gatto, Kelly Megan Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Ross and Martyn Goulding

Year: 2019 • Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2019, 56:167–174 • Download Article


Small RNAs, but Sizable Itch: TRPA1 Activation by an Extracellular MicroRNA

Sheahan, T. D., J. Hachisuka and S. E. Ross

Year: 2018 • Neuron 99(3): 421-422 • Download Article


Itch and neuropathic itch

Hachisuka, J., M. C. Chiang and S. E. Ross

Year: 2018 • Pain 159(3): 603-609. • Download Article


Insight into B5-I spinal interneurons and their role in the inhibition of itch and pain

Chiang, M. C., J. Hachisuka, A. J. Todd and S. E. Ross
Year: 2016 • PAIN, in press • Download Article



Ensuring transparency and minimization of methodologic bias in preclinical pain research: Pprecise considerations

Andrews, N. A., A. Latremoliere, A. I. Basbaum, J. S. Mogil, F. Porreca, A. S. Rice, C. J. Woolf, G. L. Currie, R. H. Dworkin, J. C. Eisenach, S. Evans, J. S. Gewandter, T. D. Gover, H. Handwerker, W. Huang, S. Iyengar, M. P. Jensen, J. D. Kennedy, N. Lee, J. Levine, K. Lidster, I. Machin, M. P. McDermott, S. B. McMahon, T. J. Price, S. E. Ross, G. Scherrer, R. P. Seal, E. S. Sena, E. Silva, L. Stone, C. I. Svensson, D. C. Turk and G. Whiteside
Year: 2016 • PAIN, in press • Download Article


An Unexpected Role for TRPV4 in Serotonin-Mediated Itch

Snyder, L. M., M. S. Kuzirian and S. E. Ross

Year: 2016 • Download Our Preview

See also the original article by Akiyama et al. • Download Article


Understanding the Switch from pain-to-itch in dermatitis

J. Hachisuka and S. E. Ross
Year: 2014 • Download Our Preview

See also the original article by Fu et al. • Download Article


An SCN9A variant, known to cause pain, is now found to cause itch

L. M. Snyder, I. Belfer, and S. E. Ross

Year: 2014 • Pain • Download Our Preview

See also the original article by Devigili et al. • Download Article


Pain and itch: insights into the neural circuits of aversive somatosensation in health and disease.

S. E. Ross
Year: 2011 • Current Opinion in Neurobiology 21:1-8Download Article


Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Factors in Cortical Development

S. E. Ross, M. E. Greenberg and C. D. Stiles

Year: 2003 • Neuron 39:13-25Download Article

Book Chapters

Emerging Techniques in Basic Science and Translation

Michael Iadarola, PhD,Stephen B. McMahon, PhD,Sarah E. Ross, PhD, Tayler D. Sheahan, PhD,and Joost Verhaagen, PhD
Year: 2018 • Pain 2018: Refresher Courses, 17th World Congress on Pain • Download Book Chapter


Activating, inhibiting, and highjacking TRP channels for relief from itch

L. M. Snyder, H. Huang, and S. E. Ross
Year: 2015 • TRP channels as therapeutic targets: from basic science to clinical use: 279-291Download Book Chapter


Itch and its inhibition by counter stimuli

L. M. Snyder and S. E. Ross
Year: 2015 • Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology 226: 191-206Download Book Chapter


A Counterpart to Pain: Itch

A. P. Kardon and S. E. Ross
Year: 2014 • Pain Genetics: Basic to Translational ScienceDownload Book Chapter


Spinal Microcircuits and the Regulation of Itch

S. E. Ross, J. Hachisuka and A. J. Todd
Year: 2014 • Itch: Mechanisms & TreatmentDownload Book ChapterDownload Color Insert

Other Publications

Developmental origin of preBötzinger complex respiratory neurons. J Neurosci

Gray P.A., Hayes J.A., Ling G.Y., Llona I, Tupal S, Picardo M.C., Ross S.E, Hirata T., Corbin J.G., Eugenín J., Del Negro C.A.

Year: 2010 • J Neurosci 3;30(44):14883-95

Identification of molecular markers of bipolar cells in the murine retina

Kim, D. S., S. E. Ross, J. M. Trimarchi, J. Aach, M. E. Greenberg and C. L. Cepko

Year: 2008 • J Comp. Neurol. 507(5): 1795-810

Stress-dependent regulation of FOXO transcription factors by the SIRT1 deacetylase

Brunet, A., Sweeney, L. B., Sturgill, J. F., Chua, K. F., Greer, P. L., Lin, Y., Tran, H., Ross, S. E., Mostoslavsky, R., Cohen, H. Y., Hu, L. S., Cheng, H. L., Jedrychowski, M. P., Gygi, S. P., Sinclair, D. A., Alt, F. W., Greenberg, M. E.

Year: 2004 • Science 303:2011-5

Phosphorylation of C/EBPalpha inhibits granulopoiesis

Ross, S.E.*, Radomska*, H. S., Wu, B., Zhang, P., Winnay, J. N., Bajnok, L., Wright, W. S., Schaufele, F., Tenen, D. G., MacDougald, O. A

Year: 2003 • Mol Cell Biol 24:675-86

Wnt signaling protects 3T3-L1 preadipocytes from apoptosis through induction of insulin-like growth factors

Longo K. A., Kennell J. A., Ochocinska M. J., Ross S. E., Wright W. S., MacDougald O. A.

Year: 2002 • J Biol Chem 277: 38239-44

Regulation of Wnt signaling during adipogenesis

Bennett C. N., Ross S. E., Longo K. A., Bajnok L., Hemati N., Johnson K. W., Harrison S. D., MacDougald O. A.

Year: 2002 • J Biol Chem 277: 38239-44

Microarray analyses during adipogenesis: understanding the effects of Wnt signaling on adipogenesis and the roles

Ross S. E., Erickson R. L, Gerin I., DeRose P. M., Bajnok L., Longo K. A., Misek D. E., Kuick R., Hanash S. M., Atkins K. B., Andresen S.M., Nebb H. I., Madsen L., Kristiansen K., MacDougald O. A.

Year: 2002 • Mol Cell Biol 22:5989-99

Growth hormone regulates phosphorylation and function of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein by modulating Akt and glycogen synthase kinase-3

Erickson, R. L., N. Hemati, S. E. Ross, and O. A. MacDougald.

Year: 2001 • J Biol Chem 276:16348-55

P300 coactivates the adipogenic transcription factor C/EBPα

Piwien-Pilipuk, G., D. V. Mater, S. E. Ross, O. A. MacDougald and J. Schwartz

Year: 2001 • J J Biol Chem 276(22): 19664-19671

Glycogen synthase kinase 3 is an insulin-regulated C/EBPα kinase

Ross, S. E., R. L. Erickson, N. Hemati, and O. A. MacDougald

Year: 1999 • Mol Cell Biol 19:8433-41

CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta (C/EBPβ) and C/EBPδ contribute to growth hormone-regulated transcription of c-fos

Liao, J., G. Piwien-Pilipuk, S. E. Ross, C. L. Hodge, L. Sealy, O. A. MacDougald, and J. Schwartz

Year: 1999 • J Biol Chem 274:31597-604

The role of C/EBP genes in adipocyte differentiation

Darlington, G. J., S. E. Ross, and O. A. MacDougald

Year: 1998 • J Biol Chem 273:30057-60

A role for the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase/Hsp 27 pathway in cholecystokinin-induced changes in the actin cytoskeleton in rat pancreatic acini

Schafer, C., S. E. Ross, M. J. Bragado, G. E. Groblewski, S. A. Ernst, and J. A. Williams

Year: 1998 • J Biol Chem 273:30057-60

Signaling pathways through which insulin regulates CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBPα) phosphorylation and gene expression in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Correlation with GLUT4 gene expression

Hemati, N., S. E. Ross, R. L. Erickson, G. E. Groblewski, and O. A. MacDougald

Year: 1997 • J Biol Chem 272:25913-9