Anke M Tukker

Anke M Tukker
Purdue University | Purdue · School of Health Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Associate Neurotoxicology

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Introduction
Anke Tukker currently is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA in the group of Aaron Bowman. She works with patient-derived hiPSC neurons and investigates the effects of heavy metals and pesticides on these cells.

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Publications (13)
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With the wide adoption of genomic sequencing in children having seizures, an increasing number of SCN2A genetic variants have been revealed as genetic causes of epilepsy. Voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, encoded by gene SCN2A, is predominantly expressed in the pyramidal excitatory neurons and supports action potential firing. One recurrent SCN2...
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The developing human brain is uniquely vulnerable to methylmercury (MeHg) resulting in lasting effects especially in developing cortical structures. Here we assess by single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNAseq) persistent effects of developmental MeHg exposure in a differentiating cortical human-induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) model which we expose...
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Environmental factors and gene-environment interactions modify the variable expressivity, progression, severity, and onset of some classic (monogenic) Mendelian-inherited genetic diseases. Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Sickle Cell Disease are examples of well-known Mendelian disorders that are influenced by exogenous...
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Introduction: The increasing incidence of mental illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases results in a high demand for drugs targeting the central nervous system (CNS). These drugs easily reach the CNS, have a high affinity for CNS targets, and are prone to cause seizures as an adverse drug reaction. Current seizure liability assessment heavily de...
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Seizures are life-threatening adverse drug reactions which are investigated late in drug development using rodent models. Consequently, if seizures are detected, a lot of time, money and animals have been used. Thus, there is a need for in vitro screening models using human cells to circumvent inter-species translation. We assessed the suitability...
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Concerns about the neurotoxic potential of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) increase, although their neurotoxic mechanisms of action remain debated. Considering the importance of the GABAA receptor in neuronal function, we investigated acute effects of PFAS on this receptor...
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A sizeable proportion of drug attrition is due to drug-induced seizures. Current available animal models frequently fail to predict human seizure liability. Therefore, there is a need for in vitro alternatives, preferably based on human-derived neurons to circumvent interspecies translation. The increasing number of commercially available human ind...
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The central nervous system consists of a multitude of different neurons and supporting cells that form networks for transmitting neuronal signals. Proper function of the nervous system depends critically on a wide range of highly regulated processes including intracellular calcium homeostasis, neurotransmitter release, and electrical activity. Due...
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In order to develop models that can predict the environmental behavior and effects of chemicals, reliable experimental data are needed. However, for anionic surfactants the number of ecotoxicity studies is still limited. The present study therefore aimed to determine the aquatic ecotoxicity of three classes of anionic surfactants. To this purpose w...
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Neurotoxicity testing still relies on ethically debated, expensive and time consuming in vivo experiments, which are unsuitable for high-throughput toxicity screening. There is thus a clear need for a rapid in vitro screening strategy that is preferably based on human-derived neurons to circumvent interspecies translation. Recent availability of co...
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The use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) is steadily increasing. One commonly used NPS is methoxetamine (MXE), a ketamine analogue. Several adverse effects have been reported following MXE, while only limited data are available on the neuropharmacological modes of action.
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Current neurotoxicity testing heavily relies on expensive, time consuming and ethically debated in vivo animal experiments that are unsuitable for screening large number of chemicals. Consequently, there is a clear need for (high-throughput) in vitro test strategies, preferably using human cells as this increases relevance and eliminates the need f...

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