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    1. Vanderluit, J. L., Ferguson, K. L., Nikoletopoulou, V., Parker, M., Ruzhynsky, V., Alexson, T., McNamara, S. M., Park, D. S., Rudnicki, M., Slack, R. S. (2004). p107 regulates neural precursor cells in the mammalian brain. J. Cell Biol. 166:853-863.

    2. Nikoletopoulou, V., Plachta, N., Allen, N.D:, Pinto L., Götz, M. and Barde, Y.-A. (2007) Neurotrophin receptor-mediated death of misspecified neurons generated from embryonic stem cells lacking Pax6. Cell Stem Cell 1, 529-540.

    3. Nikoletopoulou, V., Frade, J.-M., Rencurel, C., Lickert, H., Giallonardo, P., Bibel, M., Barde, Y.-A. (2010) Neurotrophin receptors TrkA and TrkC, but not TrkB, induce neuronal apoptosis during development. Nature 467, 59-63.

    4. Tiwari, V.K.*, Burger, L.*, Nikoletopoulou, V.*, Deogracias, R., Thakurela, S., Wirbelauer, C., Kaut, J., Terranova, R., Hoerner, L., Mielke, C., Boege, F., Murr, R., Peters, A.H., Barde, Y.A., Schuebeler, D. (2012) Target genes of Topoisomerase IIb regulate neuronal survival and are defined by their chromatin state. PNAS 109, 934-43.

    5. Kourtis, N., Nikoletopoulou, V., and Tavernarakis, N. (2012) Small heat shock proteins protect from heat stroke-associated neurodegeneration. Nature 490(7419):213-8.

    6. Pediaditakis, I., Efstathopoulos, P., Prousis, K.C., Zervou, M., Arevalo, J.C., Alexaki, V.I., Nikoletopoulou, V., et al. Neuropharmacology 111:266-282.

    7. Nikoletopoulou, V., Sidiropoulou, K. and Tavernarakis, N. (2017) Modulation of autophagy by BDNF underlies synaptic plasticity. Under revision in Cell Metabolism


    1. Bischoff,V., Nikoletopoulou, V., Barde, Y.A (2011) Save or kill- the ambivalence of neurotrophin receptors. Med. Sci.(Paris) 2, 119-21.

    2. Dekkers, M., Nikoletopoulou, V. and Barde, Y. A. (2013) Death of developing neurons: new insights and implications for connectivity. JCB 203(3):385-93.

    3. Nikoletopoulou, V. and Tavernarakis, N. (2012) Embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cell differentiation as a tool in neurobiology. Biotechnology journal 7(9):115668.

    4. Nikoletopoulou, V. and Tavernarakis, N. (2012) Calcium homeostasis in aging neurons. Frontiers in Genetics, PMID:23060904.

    5. Kourtis, N., Nikoletopoulou, V., Tavernarakis, N. (2012) Heat shock response and ionstasis: axis against neurodegeneration. Aging 4(12):856-8.

    6. Nikoletopoulou, V. and Tavernarakis, N. (2013) Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Dynamics in Neurodegeneration: A Causative Relationship. Neurochem Res. [Epub ahead of print]

    7. Nikoletopoulou, V., Markaki, M., Palikaras, K., Tavernarakis N. (2013) Crosstalk between apoptosis, necrosis and autophagy. Biochim Biophys Acta. [Epub ahead of print].

    8. Nikoletopoulou, V., Kyriakakis, E. and Tavernarakis, N. (2013). Cellular and molecular longevity pathways: the old and the new. Trends Endocrinology Metabolism, PMID:24388148

    9. Nikoletopoulou, V., Papandreou, M.E. and Tavernarakis, N. (2014). Autophagy in neuronal physiology and pathology. Cell death and Differentiation.

    Book chapters

    Nikoletopoulou, V and Tavernarakis, N. (2014). Necrotic cell death in C. elegans. Methods in Enzymology. PMID: 25065889