Tovote Lab


Prof. Dr. Philip Tovote

Institute of Clinical Neurobiology

Versbacher Str. 5, 97078 Würzburg

+49 931 201 44052

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Publications (selected list)

Fadok, JP, Krabbe, S, Courtin, J, Markovic, M, Xu, C, Massi, L, Botta, P, Bylund, K, Müller, C, Tovote, P# & Luthi, A#. A competitive inhibitory circuit for selection of active and passive fear responses. Nature 542(7639): 96-100, 2017.


Tovote P*#, Esposito* MS, Botta P, Chaudun F, Fadok JP, Markovic M, Wolff SBE, Ramakrishnan C, Fenno, L., Deisseroth K, Herry C, Arber S, Lüthi A#. Midbrain circuits for defensive behavior. Nature 534(7606): 206-212, 2016.

Wolff SBE*, Gründemann J*, Tovote P, Krabbe S, Jacobson GA, Müller C, Herry C, Ehrlich I, Friedrich RW, Letzkus JJ, Lüthi A#. Amygdala interneuron subtypes control fear learning through disinhibition. Nature 509(7501):453-8, 2014.

Letzkus JJ*#, Wolff SBE*, Meyer EMM, Tovote P, Courtin J, Herry C, Lüthi A#. A disinhibitory microcircuit for associative fear learning in the auditory cortex. Nature 480(7377):331-5, 2011.

Litvin Y, Tovote P, Pentkowski N, Zeyda T, King LB, Vasconcellos AJ, Dunlap CC, Spiess J, Blanchard DC, Blanchard RJ#. Maternal Separation Modulates Short Term Behavioral and Physiological Indices of the Stress Response. Hormones & Behavior 58(2):241-249, 2010.

Tovote P, Borna Farrokhi C, Gonzales RMK, Schnitzbauer U, Blanchard DC, Blanchard RJ, Spiess J#. Activation of central CRF receptor 1 by cortagine results in enhanced passive coping with a naturalistic threat in mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35(6):887-895, 2010.

Tovote P, Meyer M, Ronnenberg A, Ögren SO, Spiess J, Stiedl O#. Heart rate dynamics and behavioral responses during acute emotional challenge in corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 1-deficient and corticotropin-releasing factor-overexpressing mice. Neuroscience, 134(4):1113-22, 2005.

Tovote P, Meyer M, Pilz PK, Ronnenberg A, Ögren SO, Spiess J, Stiedl O#. Dissociation of temporal dynamics of heart rate and blood pressure responses elicited by conditioned fear but not acoustic startle. Behavioral Neuroscience, 119(1):55-65, 2005.

Misane I, Tovote P, Meyer M, Spiess J, Ögren SO, Stiedl O#. Time-dependent involvement of the dorsal hippocampus in trace fear conditioning in mice. Hippocampus, 15(4):418-26, 2005.

Tovote P, Meyer M, Beck-Sickinger AG, von Horsten S, Ögren SO, Spiess J, Stiedl O#. Central NPY receptor-mediated alteration of heart rate dynamics in mice during expression of fear conditioned to an auditory cue. Regulatory Peptides, 120(1-3):205-14, 2004.



Tovote P*, Fadok JP*, Lüthi A#. Neuronal circuits for fear and anxiety. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 16(6):317-31, 2015.