University of Calgary

Petronella Hermann

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Integrative Cell Biology

Research Interests

  • Environmental neurotoxicology 
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal aging

Selected Publications

  • Hermann PM, Watson SN and Wildering WC (2014). Phospholipase A2 - nexus of aging, oxidative stress, neuronal excitability and functional declineof the aging nervous system? Insights from a snail model system of neuronal aging and age-associated memory impairment. Frontiers in Genetics, Genetics of Aging, 5:419.

  • Watson SN, Lee JR, Risling TE, Hermann PM and Wildering WC (2013) Decreased GSH availability is a factor in the innate age-associated decline in neuronal electrical excitability in a gastropod model of neuronal aging. Neurobiol Aging. 

  • Hermann PM, Park D, Beaulieu E, and Wildering WC. (2013) Evidence for inflammation-mediated memory dysfunction in gastropods: putative PLA2 and COX inhibitors abolish long-term memory failure induced by systemic immune challenges. BMC Neuroscience 14: 83.

  • Watson, S.N. Risling, T.E., Hermann, P.M. and Wildering, W.C. (2012) Failure of delayed nonsynaptic neuronal plasticity underlies age-associated long-term associative memory impairment. BMC Neuroscience 13:103.

  • Watson, S.N., Wright, N., Hermann, P.M. and Wildering, W.C. (2013) Phospholipase A2: The key to learning and memory deficiencies in the normal aging brain. Neurobiol Aging 34(2): 610-620. E-pub ahead of print Mar 28, 2012.

  • Hermann, P.M. Genereux, B. and Wildering, W.C. (2009) Evidence for age-dependent mating strategies in the simultaneous hermaphrodite snail, Lymnaea stagnalis (L.). J. Exp. Biol. 212: 3164-3173.

  • Hermann PM, Nicol JJ, Bulloch, AGM, Wildering WC. (2008) RGD-dependent mechanisms in the endoneurial phagocyte response and axonal regeneration in the nervous system of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis J Exp Biol 211: 491-501.

  • Hermann PM, Nicol JJ, Nagle GT, Bulloch AGM, Wildering WC. (2005) Epidermal growth factor dependent enhancement of axonal regeneration in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis: Role of phagocyte survival. J Comp Neurol (in press). 

  • Hermann PM, Schein CH, Nagle GT, Wildering WC. (2004) Lymnaea EGF and Gigantoxin I, novel invertebrate members of the epidermal growth factor family. Curr Pharm Des 10(31): 3885-3892.> 

  • McDougall, JJ, Baker CL, Hermann PM. (2004) Attenuation of knee joint inflammation by peripherally administered endomorphin-1. J Mol Neurosci 22(1-2): 125-138. 

  • Hermann PM, Logan CC. (2003) Electroporation of proviral RCAS DNA alters gene expression in the embryonic chick hindbrain. Biotechniques 35(5): 942-949. 

  • Wildering WC, Hermann PM, Bulloch AGM. (2002) Rapid neuromodulatory actions of integrin ligands. J. Neurosci. 22(7): 2419-2426. 

  • Wildering WC,* Hermann PM,* Bulloch AGM. (2001) Lymnaea epidermal growth factor promotes axonal regeneration. J Neurosci 21(23): 9345-9354. *authors contributed equally to this paper 

  • Hermann PM, van Kesteren RE, Wildering WC, Painter SD, Reno J, Smit JS, Kumar SB, Geraerts WPM, Ericsson LH, Smit AB, Bulloch AGM, Nagle GT. (2000) Neurotrophic actions of a novel molluscan epidermal growth factor. J Neurosci 20(17): 6355-6364. 

  • Hermann PM, Wildering WC, Bulloch AGM. (2000) Functional recovery of respiratory behavior during axonal regeneration in snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) is experience dependent. Behav Neurosci 114(2): 410-423. 

  • Hermann PM, Bulloch AGM. (1998) Pronase modifies synaptic transmission and activity of identified Lymnaea neurons. Invert Neurosci 3: 295-304.

  • Hermann PM, Bulloch AGM. (1998) Developmental plasticity of respiratory behavior in Lymnaea. Behav Neurosci 112(3): 656-667. 

  • Tensen CP, Cox KJ.A, Smit AB, van der Schors RC, Meyerhof W, Richter D, Hermann PM, van Minnen J, Geraerts WPM, Vreugdenhil E, Knol JC, Burke JF, van Heerikhuizen H. (1998) The Lymnaea cardioexcitatory peptide (LyCEP) receptor: a G-protein-coupled receptor for a novel member of the RFamide neuropeptide family. J Neurosci 18(23): 9812-9821. 

  • Wildering WC, Hermann PM, Bulloch AGM. (1998) Neurite outgrowth, RGD-dependent, and RGD-independent adhesion of identified molluscan motoneurons on selected substrates. J Neurobiol 35(1): 37-52.

  • Hermann PM, De Lange RPJ, Pieneman AW, Ter Maat A, Jansen RF. (1997) The role of neuropeptides encoded on the CDCH-I gene in the organization of egg laying behavior in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. J Neurophysiol 78: 2859-2869. 

  • Hermann PM, Lukowiak K, Wildering WC, Bulloch AGM. (1997) Pronase acutely modifies HVA Ca2+ current and integrative properties of Lymnaeaneurons. Eur J Neurosci 9(12): 2624-2633. 

  • Fainzilber M, Smit AB, Syed NI, Wildering WC, Hermann PM, van der Schors RC, Jiménez C, Li KW, van Minnen J, Bulloch AGM, Ibáñez CF, Geraerts WPM. (1996) CRNF, a molluscan neurotrophic factor that interacts with the p75 neurotrophin receptor. Science 274: 1540-1543. 

  • Hermann PM, Ter Maat A, Jansen RF. (1994) The neural control of egg laying behaviour in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis: motor control of shell turning. J exp Biol 197: 79-99. 

  • Jansen RF, Hermann PM, Pieneman AW, Ter Maat A. (1994) Modulation of the electrical activity of motorneurons by neuropeptides encoded on the CDCH-gene of the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. Neth J o f Zool 44 (3-4): 200-211.



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