Marina Venero Galanternik, Ph.D.

She/Her

Assistant Professor

Research Focus

The meninges are essential for waste removal from the brain and brain homeostasis, and they protect the CNS from mechanical insults and infection. Meningeal dysfunction due to disease is both highly prevalent and associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that nearly 3 million cases of meningitis occur globally each year, with more than 300,000 deaths, and survivors are frequently left with permanent neurological damage.

 Pathological meningeal waste accumulation associated with a variety of chronic diseases and with aging is highly associated with neurodegeneration and neurocognitive decline. Despite their critical roles, little is known about resident meningeal cell populations and how they work together to accomplish their important protective functions.

 There has been little characterization of meningeal cell types, and few specific markers and genes associated with these cell types have been identified. The genetic and experimental accessibility of the zebrafish, combined with the ability to perform high-resolution optical imaging of the brain surface through the thin, transparent skull of developing and even adult animals, make zebrafish an ideal research organism for studying the meninges.

 In preliminary studies we discovered that, contrary to classical descriptions of teleost fishes, zebrafish have complex, multilayered meninges that strongly resemble those of mammals, making the fish a powerful and translatable model for comparative studies of meningeal development, function, and pathology. Our lab focuses on establishing a strong anatomical, cellular and molecular foundation for zebrafish meningeal research, building a program focused on the study of meningeal anatomy, development and function under homeostatic or disease state. Our research foundation relies on these aims:

 Aim 1: Anatomical, cellular, and molecular characterization of the zebrafish meninges.

Aim 2: Detailed developmental and functional analysis of selected novel meningeal cell types.

Aim 3: Meningeal function during aging and infection.

Representative Publications

Castranova D., Samasa B., Venero Galanternik M., Gore AV., Goldstein AE., Park JS. and Weinstein BM (2022). Long-term Imaging of Living Adult Zebrafish. https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.199667 - Development 149(4):dev199667.

 Stratman AN., Burns MC., Farrelly OM., Davis AE., Li W., Pham VN., Castranova D., Yano JJ., Goddard LM., Nguyen O., Venero Galanternik M., Bolan TJ., Kahn ML., Mukouyama Y., Weinstein BM. (2021). Chemokine mediated signalling within arteries promotes vascular smooth muscle cell recruitment. Commun Biol 3, 734. doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01462-7

 Castranova D., Samasa B., Venero Galanternik M., Jung HM., Pham VN., Weinstein BM.  (2021). Live Imaging of Intracranial Lymphatics in the Zebrafish (2021). Circulation Research doi.org/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.120.317372

 Venero Galanternik M.*, Stratman AN.*, Weinstein BM. (2019). The Zebrafish cardiovascular system. The Zebrafish in Biomedical Research, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, 2020, Pages 131-143 – Book chapter. *These authors contributed equally to this work. doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-812431-4.00014-2.

 Santoro MM, Beltrame M, Panáková D, Siekmann AF, Tiso N, Venero Galanternik M, Jung HM and Weinstein BM (2019). Advantages and Challenges of Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Studies in Zebrafish Research. Front. Cell Dev. Biol. 7:89. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2019.00089 – Meeting Review.

 Gore AV., Pillay LM.*, Venero Galanternik M.*, Weinstein BM. (2018). The Zebrafish: A Fintastic Model for Hematopoietic Development and Disease. WIREs Dev Biol 2018 – Focus Review, WIREs Dev Biol 2018;e312 - Top 20 most read paper in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Developmental Biology

 Jung HM., Castranova D., Swift MR., Pham VN., Venero Galanternik M., Isogai S., Butler MG., Mulligan TS., Weinstein BM (2017). Development of the larval lymphatic system in the zebrafish. Development doi: 10.1242/dev.145755

 Venero Galanternik M., Castranova D., Gore AV., Blewett NH., Jung HM., Stratman AN., Kirby MR., Iben J., Miller MF., Kawakami K., Maraia RJ., and Weinstein BM. (2017). A novel perivascular cell population in the zebrafish brain. eLife 2017;10.7554/eLife.24369

 Venero Galanternik M., Lush ME., and Piotrowski T. (2016). Glypican4 regulates collective cell migration non-cell-autonomously. Dev Biol. 2016 Sep 15. pii: S0012-1606(16)30095-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.09.002.

 Venero Galanternik M., Stratman AN., Jung HM., Butler MG. and Weinstein BM. (2016). Building the Drains: The Lymphatic Vasculature in Health and Disease - Advanced Review WIREs Dev Biol 2016. doi: 10.1002/wdev.246.

 Venero Galanternik M., Nikaido M., Yu Z., Mckinney AS. and Piotrowski T. (2016). Localized Gene Induction by Infrared-Mediated Heat Shock. Zebrafish, doi:10.1089/zeb.2015.1161.

 Venero Galanternik, M., Navajas Acedo, J., Romero-Carvajal, A., Piotrowski, T., (2016). Imaging collective cell migration and hair cell regeneration in the sensory lateral line. Methods Cell Biol 134, 211-256 - doi:10.1016/bs.mcb.2016.01.004

 Venero Galanternik, M., Kramer K. and Piotrowski T. (2015). Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans Regulate Fgf Signaling and Cell Polarity during Collective Cell Migration, Cell Reports (2015), Cell Reports 10, 1–15

 Aguero, M. F., Venero, M., Brown, D. M., Smulson, M. E. and Espinoza, L. A. (2010). Phenoxodiol inhibits growth of metastatic prostate cancer cells. The Prostate, 70: 1211–1221. doi: 10.1002/pros.21156

 Nichol, P., Tyrrell, JD., Graham, B., Saund, R., Venero Galanternik, M., Cheng, S., Saijoh, Y. (2008). Short Article - Loss of Retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 expression during duodenal atresia formation in Fgf receptor 2IIIb null mice implicates a novel retinoic acid signaling pathway during duodenal development involving epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, ISSN: 10727515, Vol: 207, Issue: 3, pages: S57-S57

Complete list at MyBibliography



Contact Information

Email: marina.venero@genetics.utah.edu

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Building/Office: EIHG 6160A