Berlin S. Astrocytes Get the BEST(1) Out of NMDA Receptors. Biological Psychiatry. 2022 April 15; volume 91, Issue 8, Pages e29-e30. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2022.01.014.

Rozales K, Younis A, Saida N, Meller A, Goldman H, Kellerman L, Heinrich R, Berlin S, Shalgi R. Differential roles for DNAJ isoforms in HTT-polyQ and FUS aggregation modulation revealed by chaperone screens. Nat Commun. 2022 Jan 26;13(1):516. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-27982-w.PMID: 35082301.

Olszakier S, Berlin S. A simplified Gibson assembly method for site directed mutagenesis by re-use of standard, and entirely complementary, mutagenesis primers. BMC Biotechnol. 2022 Mar 13;22(1):10. doi: 10.1186/s12896-022-00740-y.PMID: 35282829.


Kellner S., Abbasi A., Carmi I., Heinrich R., Garin-Shkolnik T., Hershkovitz T., Giladi M., Haitin Y., Johannesen K.M., Steensbjerre Møller R., Berlin S.* (2021). Two de novo GluN2B mutations affect multiple NMDAR-functions and instigate severe pediatric encephalopathy. eLife 2021;10:e67555 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.67555. * Corresponding author.


Berlin S. and Carroll E.C. (2020) Editorial: Next-Generation Genetically-Encoded Fluorescent Sensors. Front. Cell. Neurosci. 14:627792. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2020.627792.

Berlin S, Artzy E, Handklo-Jamal R, Kahanovitch U, Parnas H, Dascal N and Yakubovich D (2020) A Collision Coupling Model Governs the Activation of Neuronal GIRK1/2 Channels by Muscarinic-2 Receptors. Front. Pharmacol. 11:1216. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2020.01216

Berlin, S. and Isacoff, E.Y., Molecular Photoswitches for Synthetic Optogenetics. 2020, Chapter 12, Handbook of Neurophotonics. Editors- Pavone, F. (Ed.), Shoham, S. (Ed.). Boca Raton: CRC Press,

Hussein, W.; Berlin, S. Red Photoactivatable Genetic Optical-Indicators. 2020, Front. Cell. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fncel.2020.00113

Kellner, S.; Berlin, S. Two-Photon Excitation of Azobenzene Photoswitches for Synthetic Optogenetics. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 805.


Neame S, Safory H, Radzishevsky I, Touitou A, Marchesani F, Marchetti M, Kellner S., Berlin S., Foltyn VN, Engelender S, Billard JM, Wolosker H. (2019). The NMDA receptor activation by d-serine and glycine is controlled by an astrocytic Phgdh-dependent serine shuttle. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Oct 8;116(41):20736-20742. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1909458116.

Amirav L.,* Berlin S.*, Olszakier S., Pahari S.K., and Kahn I.* (2019). Multi-modal Nano Particle Labeling of Neurons. Front Neurosc, section Neural Technology.2019 Feb 1;13:12. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00012. *, corresponding authors.

Carmi I., De Battista M., Maddalena L., Carroll E.C., Kienzler M.A., Berlin S.# (2019). Holographic Two-photon activation for Synthetic Optogenetics. Nature Protocols. 2019 Mar;14(3):864-900. doi: 10.1038/s41596-018-0118-2. #, corresponding author.


Heinrich R.*, Hertz R.*, Zemel E., Mann I., Brenner L., Massarweh A.,Berlin S.and Perlman I.# (2018). ATF3 regulates the Expression of AChE during Stress. Front. Mol. Neurosci*, equal contributors; #, corresponding authors.

Schiller J, Berlin S., Derdikman D (2018). The Many Worlds of Plasticity Rules. Trends in Neurosci. 41(3):124-127. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2018.01.006.

Berlin S. (2018). If the papers don’t come to the journal… EMBO Rep. pii: e201845911. doi: 10.15252/embr.201845911.


Berlin S. and Isacoff E.Y. (2017). Optical Control of Glutamate Receptors of the NMDA-kind in Mammalian Neurons, with the use of Photoswitchable Ligands. Biochemical Approaches to Glutamatergic Neurotransmission, Neuromethods, Chapter 10; vol. 130. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7228-9_10, Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2017. (FRONT COVER article).

Berlin, S. and Isacoff, E.Y. (2017)Synapses in the Spotlight with synthetic optogenetics. EMBO Rep. 2017 Apr 10. pii: e201744010. doi: 10.15252/embr.201744010.

Samia S. and Berlin S.(2017). Bringing Synthetic Optogenetics to the Clinic. J Cell Signal. 2:2, 152-153.

Kahanovitch U., Berlin S., Dascal M. (2017). Collision coupling in the GABABreceptor – G protein – GIRK signaling cascade. FEBS letters DOI: 10.1002/1873-3468.12756


Berlin, S.*, Szobota, S.*, Reiner, A., Carroll, E.C., Kienzler, M.A., Guyon, A., Xiao, T., Trauner, D., and Isacoff, E.Y. (2016). A family of photoswitchable NMDA receptors. Elife. 2016 Mar 1;5. pii: e12040. doi: 10.7554/eLife.12040.

Highlighted by Nature Methods: A spotlight on synaptic plasticity, Nature Methods volume13, page396 (2016)


Berlin, S.(2015). Paper-trail index: Can a metric that captures a paper’s history of submission and rejection give insight into its value and encourage good authorship practices? EMBO Rep 16, 889-893.

Berlin, S., Carroll, E.C., Newman, Z.L., Okada, H.O., Quinn, C.M., Kallman, B., Rockwell, N.C., Martin, S.S., Lagarias, J.C., and Isacoff, E.Y. (2015). Photoactivatable genetically encoded calcium indicators for targeted neuronal imaging. Nat Methods 12, 852-858.

Carroll, E.C., Berlin, S., Levitz, J., Kienzler, M.A., Yuan, Z., Madsen, D., Larsen, D.S., and Isacoff, E.Y. (2015). Two-photon brightness of azobenzene photoswitches designed for glutamate receptor optogenetics. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 112, E776-785.

Friedmann, D., Hoagland, A., Berlin, S., and Isacoff, E.Y. (2015). A spinal opsin controls early neural activity and drives a behavioral light response. Curr Biol 25, 69-74.

Yakubovich, D.*Berlin, S.*, Kahanovitch, U.*, Rubinstein, M., Farhy-Tselnicker, I., Styr, B., Keren-Raifman, T., Dessauer, C.W., and Dascal, N. (2015). A Quantitative Model of the GIRK1/2 Channel Reveals That Its Basal and Evoked Activities Are Controlled by Unequal Stoichiometry of Galpha and Gbetagamma. PLoS Comput Biol 11, e1004598.* equal contributors.


Kahanovitch, U., Tsemakhovich, V., Berlin, S., Rubinstein, M., Styr, B., Castel, R., Peleg, S., Tabak, G., Dessauer, C.W., Ivanina, T., et al. (2014). Recruitment of Gbetagamma controls the basal activity of G-protein coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channels: crucial role of distal C terminus of GIRK1. J Physiol 592, 5373-5390.


Greitzer-Antes, D., Barak-Broner, N., Berlin, S., Oron, Y., Chikvashvili, D., and Lotan, I. (2013). Tracking Ca2+-dependent and Ca2+-independent conformational transitions in syntaxin 1A during exocytosis in neuroendocrine cells. J Cell Sci 126, 2914-2923.


Berlin, S., Tsemakhovich, V.A., Castel, R., Ivanina, T., Dessauer, C.W., Keren-Raifman, T., and Dascal, N. (2011). Two distinct aspects of coupling between Gαiprotein and G protein-activated K+ channel (GIRK) revealed by fluorescently labeled Galpha(i3) protein subunits. J Biol Chem 286, 33223-33235.

Front Cover article- Berlin, S., Keren-Raifman, T., Castel, R., Rubinstein, M., Dessauer, C.W., Ivanina, T., and Dascal, N. (2010). Gαiand Gβγ jointly regulate the conformations of a G betagamma effector, the neuronal G protein-activated K+ channel (GIRK). J Biol Chem 285, 6179-6185.

Berlin, S.(2010). It takes two to tango. EMBO Rep 11, 150-151; author reply 151-152.

Berlin S.(2009). Do bigger and “better” labs have easier access to high impact factor journals? Science signaling. December 9th, E-letter. (Addition to Living by The Numbers- Michael B. Yaffe: Vol. 2, Issue 99, pp. eg15, doi: 10.1126/scisignal.299eg15).

Lvov, A., Greitzer, D.,Berlin, S., Chikvashvili, D., Tsuk, S., Lotan, I., and Michaelevski, I. (2009). Rearrangements in the relative orientation of cytoplasmic domains induced by a membrane-anchored protein mediate modulation in Kv channel gating. J Biol Chem 284, 28276-28291.

Rubinstein, M., Peleg, S., Berlin, S., Brass, D., Keren-Raifman, T., Dessauer, C.W., Ivanina, T., and Dascal, N. (2009). Divergent regulation of GIRK1 and GIRK2 subunits of the neuronal G protein gated K+channel by GαiGDPand Gbetagamma. J Physiol 587, 3473-3491.

Berlin, S., Shalit, L., Yarom, Y., and Moran, D.S. (2007). Metabolic rate prediction by massless actigraphy for outdoor activities. Mil Med 172, 882-887.

Rubinstein, M., Peleg, S., Berlin, S., Brass, D., and Dascal, N. (2007). Galphai3 primes the G protein-activated K+ channels for activation by coexpressed Gbetagamma in intact Xenopus oocytes. J Physiol 581, 17-32.

Eliyahu, U., Berlin, S., Hadad, E., Heled, Y., and Moran, D.S. (2007). Psychostimulants and military operations. Mil Med 172, 383-387.

Berlin, S., Hadad, E., Heled, Y., and Moran, D.S. (2004). The Efficacy of Nutritional Supplements upon Physical Exercise. Journal of Israeli Military Medicine 1(2), 72-80.

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