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Hasegawa E, Maejima T, Yoshida T, Masseck OA , Herlitze S, Yoshioka M,Sakurai T, Mieda M. (2017) Serotonin neurons n the dorsal raphe nucleus mediate the anticataplectic action of orexin neurons by reducing amygdala activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA in press.


Spoida K, Eickelbeck D, Karapinar R, Eckhardt T, Mark MD, Jancke D, Ehinger BV, König P, Dalkara D, Herlitze S, Masseck OA. (2016) Melanopsin Variants as Intrinsic Optogenetic On and Off Switches for Transient versus Sustained Activation of G Protein Pathways. Curr Biol. 2016 Apr 5. pii: S0960-9822(16)30183-X. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.007. Epub ahead of print


Lux V, Masseck OA , Herlitze S, Sauvage M. (2015) .Optogenetic destabilization of the memory trace in CA1: insights into reconsolidation and retrieval processes. Cerebral Cortex. [Epub ahead of print]

Masseck OA, Spoida K, Herlitze S. (2015). Optogenetics. In Biotechnology. De Gruyter 1.Auflage 313-346. Book Chapter.


Spoida K, Masseck OA, Deneris ES, Herlitze S. (2014) Gq/5-HT2c receptor signals activate a local GABAergic inhibitory feedback circuit to modulate serotonergic firing and anxiety in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111(17): 6479-84.

Masseck OA , Spoida K, Dalkara D, Maejima T, Rubelwoski JM, Wallhorn L, Deneris ES, Herlitze S. (2014) Vertebrate cone opsins enable sustained and highly sensitive rapid control of Gi/o signaling in anxiety circuitry. Neuron 81: 1-11.

Masseck OA, Mark MD, Herlitze S (2014) Use of Optogenetic Approaches to Control Intracellular Signaling of G Protein-Coupled Receptors. G-Protein Copuled Receptor Genetics. Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology pp. 149-160. Springer Verlag Book Chapter.


Maejima T, Masseck OA, Mark MD, Herlitze S. (2012) Modulation of firing and synaptic transmission of serotonergic neurons by intrinsic G protein-coupled receptors and ion channels. Front Integr Neurosci. 2013;7:40.


Gutierrez DV, Mark MD, Masseck OA, Maejima T, Kuckelsberg D, Hyde RA, Krause M, Kruse W, Herlitze S (2011). Optogenetic control of motor coordination by Gi/o protein-coupled vertebrate rhodopsin in cerebellar Purkinje cells. J Biol Chem 286: 25848-58.

Masseck OA, Rubelowski JM, Spoida K, Herlitze S (2011). Light- and Drug-activated G-Protein coupled Receptors to Control intracellular Signaling . Exp. Physiol 96:51-6. Review.


Masseck OA, Förster S, Hoffmann KP (2010). Sensitivity of the goldfish motion detection system revealed by incoherent random dot stimuli: Comparison of behavioural and neuronal data. PLoS One 5(3):e9461.


Masseck OA, Hoffmann KP (2009). A question of reference frames: Visual direction-selective neurons in the accessory optic system of goldfish. J Neurophysiol 102: 2781-2789.

Masseck OA, Hoffmann KP (2009). Comparative neurobiology of the optokinetic reflex.Ann N Y Acad Sci 1164: 430-439. Review.


Masseck OA, Hoffmann KP (2008). Responses to moving visual stimuli in pretectal neurons of the small-spotted dogfish (Scyliorhinus canicula). J. Neurophysiol. 99: 200-207.

Masseck OA, Röll B, Hoffmann KP (2008). The optokinetic reaction in foveate and afoveate geckos. Vision Res 48: 765-772.

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