Rebecca Matsas

Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry
Hellenic Pasteur Institute

Fields of interest:

Neural development and repair

Neural stem cell biology

Neurogenic genes

Myelinating glial cells of the peripheral nervous system and their potential for CNS repair


Recent publications:

Makri G, Lavdas AA, Katsimpardi L, Charneau P, Thomaidou D and Matsas R.:
Transplantation of embryonic neural stem/ precursor cells overexpressing BM88/Cend1 enhances the generation of neuronal cells in the injured mouse cortex.
Stem Cells, 2010, 28:127-39

Lavdas AA, Chen J, Papastefanaki F, Chen S, Schachner M, Matsas R and Thomaidou D.:
Schwann cells engineered to express the cell adhesion molecule L1 accelerate myelination and motor recovery after spinal cord injury.
Exp. Neurol., 2010, 221:206-16

Sergaki MC, Guillemot F and Matsas R.:
Impaired cerebellar development and deficits in motor coordination in mice lacking the neuronal protein BM88/Cend1.
Mol. Cell Neurosci., 2010, 44:15-29

Lavdas A and Matsas R.:
Schwann cell morphology In: Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. (L.R. Squire, Editor).
Oxford: Academic Press, 2009, pp 475-484

Roser M, Hurel C, Papastefanaki F, Georgopoulou N, Thomaidou D and Matsas R.:
BM88/Cend1 regulates stimuli-induced calcium mobilization.
Neuropharmacology, 2009,56:598-609

Katsimpardi L, Gaitanou M, Malnou CE, Lledo PM, Charneau P, Matsas R and Thomaidou D.:
BM88/Cend1 expression levels are critical for proliferation and differentiation of subventricular zone-derived neural precursor cells.
Stem Cells, 2008, 26:1796-807

Politis PK, Akrivou S, Hurel C, Papadodima O, Matsas R.:
BM88/Cend1 is involved in histone deacetylase inhibition-mediated growth arrest and differentiation of neuroblastoma cells.
FEBS Lett., 2008, 582:741-8

Lavdas AA, Papastefanaki F, Thomaidou D, Matsas R.:
Schwann cell transplantation for CNS repair.
Curr. Med. Chem., 2008, 15:151-60

Politis PK, Makri G, Thomaidou D, Geissen M, Rohrer H, Matsas R.:
BM88/CEND1 coordinates cell cycle exit and differentiation of neuronal precursors.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A., 2007, 2104(45):17861-6

Papastefanaki F, Chen J, Lavdas AA, Thomaidou D, Schachner M, Matsas R.:
Grafts of Schwann cells engineered to express PSA-NCAM promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury.
Brain, 2007, 130:2159-74