Find below my selected publications. For an up-to-date list, see my Google Scholar Profile.


  • Muhammad, Z., Brown, P.W., Babazau, L., Alkhamis, A.I., Goni, B.W., Nggada, H.A., Mbaya, K.M., Wray, S., Marte, I.H., Karch, C. and Serpell, L., & Mahmoud B. Maina*. Generation of an induced pluripotent stem cell line from a healthy adult indigenous Nigerian participant. bioRxiv, pp.2023-07. doi: (direct link)
  • Isah, M.B., Muhammad, Z., Lawan, M.M., Alkhamis, A.I., Goni, B.W., Oakley, S.S., Marshall, K.E., Hartig, R., Raouf, I.S., Yoshimatsu, T. and Chagas, A.M., & Mahmoud B. Maina*. Setting Up A State-Of-The-Art Laboratory In Resource Limited Settings: A Case Study Of The Biomedical Science Research And Training Centre In Northeast Nigeria. AfricArXiv. (direct link)

Selected Publications

  • Kwairanga Hamidu, S., Ahmad, U., Abdulazeez, R., …… Maina, M.B* . Simple models for neuroscience research discoveries: how often are these models used in Africa? [version 1; peer review: 1 approved with reservations]. Mol. Psychol. 2023, 2:20 ( (direct link)
  • Mahmoud B. Maina, Youssra K. Al-Hilaly and Louise C. Serpell. Dityrosine cross-linking and its potential roles in Alzheimer’s disease. Front Neurosci. 2023; 17: 1132670 (direct link)
  • Mengham, K., Al-Hilaly, Y., Oakley, S., Kasbi, K., Maina, M.B. and Serpell, L.C., 2022. Shapeshifting tau: from intrinsically disordered to paired-helical filaments. Essays in Biochemistry, 66(7), pp.1001-1011 (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Al-Hilaly, Y.K., Oakley, S., Burra, G., Khanon, T., Biasetti, L., Mengham, K., Marshall, K., Harrington, C.R., Wischik, C.M. and Serpell, L.C., 2022. Dityrosine cross-links are present in Alzheimer’s disease-derived tau oligomers and paired helical filaments (PHF) which promotes the stability of the PHF-core tau (297-391) in vitro. Journal of Molecular Biology, p.167785 (direct link)
  • Kirsten A Donald*, Mahmoud Bukar Maina*, Nilesh Patel, Carine Nguemeni, Wael Mohammed, Amina Abubakar, Matthew Brown, Raliza Stoyanova, Andrew Welchman, Natasha Walker, Alexis Willett, Symon M Kariuki, Anthony Figaji, Dan J. Stein, Amadi O. Ihunwo, William Daniels, Charles R. Newton. Science Forum: What is next in African neuroscience? eLife 11:e80488.* Corresponding authors. (direct link).
  • Lewis, F.W., Bird, K., Navarro, J.-P., Fallah, R.E., Brandel, J., Hubscher-Bruder, V., Tsatsanis, A., Duce, J.A., Tétard, D., Bourne, S.,
    Maina, M.B and Pienaar, I.S. Synthesis, physicochemical characterization and neuroprotective evaluation of novel 1-hydroxypyrazin-2(1H)-one iron chelators in an in vitro cell model of Parkinson’s disease. Dalton Transactions, 51 (direct link)
  • Devonport, J., Bodnár, N., McGown, A., Bukar Maina, M., Serpell, L.C., Kállay, C., Spencer, J. and Kostakis, G.E., 2021. Salpyran: A Cu (II) Selective Chelator with Therapeutic Potential. Inorganic Chemistry, 60(20), pp.15310-15320. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Ahmad, U., Ibrahim, H.A., Hamidu, S.K., Nasr, F.E., Salihu, A.T., Abushouk, A.I., Abdurrazak, M., Awadelkareem, M.A., Amin, A. and Imam, A., 2021. Two decades of neuroscience publication trends in Africa. Nature communications12(1), pp.1-10. (direct link)
  • Maina MB, Al-Hilaly YK, Burra G, Rickard JE, Harrington CR, Wischik CM, Serpell LC. Oxidative Stress Conditions Result in Trapping of PHF-Core Tau (297–391) Intermediates. Cells, 2021; 10(3):703. (direct link)
  • Burra, G., Maina, M.B., Serpell, L.C. and Thakur, A.K. Nucleation-dependent aggregation kinetics of Yeast Sup35 fragment GNNQQNY. Journal of Molecular Biology, 433(3), p.166732. (direct link)
  • Oakley, S., Maina, M.B., Marshall, K.E., Al-Hilaly, Y.K., Harrington, C.R., Wischik, C.M. and Serpell, L.C. Tau Filament Self-Assembly and Structure: Tau as a Therapeutic Target. Frontiers in Neurology, 11(1207). (direct link).
  • Al-Hilaly, Y.K., Maina, M.B., Abdul-Sada, A. and Serpell, L. Dityrosine Crossed-linked Amyloid-like Fibrils as Bionanomaterials. Iraqi Journal of Nanotechnology, (1), pp.22-34. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Burra, G., Al-Hilaly, Y.K., Mengham, K., Fennell, K. and Serpell, L.C. Metal catalysed and UV oxidation results in trapped amyloid-β intermediates revealing that self-assembly is required for Aβ-induced cytotoxicity. iScience, p.101537. (direct link)
  • Vadukul, D.M., Maina, M.B, Franklin, H., Nardecchia, A., Serpell, L.C. and Marshall, K.E. Internalisation and toxicity of amyloid‐β 1‐42 are influenced by its conformation and assembly state rather than size. FEBS Letters, 594(21), pp.3490-3503. (direct link)
  • Baden, T., M. B. Maina, A. Maia Chagas, Y. G. Mohammed, T. O. Auer, A. Silbering, L. von Tobel, M. Pertin, R. Hartig, J. Aleksic, I. Akinrinade, M. A. Awadelkareem, A. Koumoundourou, A. Jones, F. Arieti, A. Beale, D. Münch, S. C. Salek, S. Yusuf and L. L. Prieto-Godino “TReND in Africa: Toward a Truly Global (Neuro)science Community.” Neuron, 107(3), pp.412-416. (direct link)
  • Muhammad, M.S., Ayo, J.O., Danjuma, N.M., AbdulWahab, A., Isa, A.S. and Maina, M.B. Molecular mechanisms of aluminium neurotoxicity in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of African Association of Physiological Sciences, 7 (2): 70-79. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Garba, Y.M., Maina, A.B., Ahmad, U., Tijjani, S.A., Arrashid, I.H., Abdurrazak, M., Kwairanga, H.S., Yaro, A.U., Awadelkareem, M.A. and Baden, T. African Neuroscience on the Global Stage: Nigeria as a Model. European Journal of Neuroscience, 49(12):1544-1551. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Bailey, L., Doherty, A.J. and Serpell, L.C. The involvement of Aβ42 and tau in nucleolar and protein synthesis machinery dysfunction. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 12, p.220. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B. Bailey, L. J., Wagih, S, Biasetti, L., Pollack, S. J, Quinn, J. P, Thorpe, J. R, Doherty, A. J and Serpell, L. C. The involvement of tau in nucleolar transcription and the stress response. Acta Neuropathologica Communications, Jul 31;6(1):70. (direct link)
  • Sotiropoulos, I., Galas, M.C., Silva, J.M., Skoulakis, E., Wegmann, S., Maina, M.B., Blum, D., Sayas, C.L., Mandelkow, E.M., Mandelkow, E. and Spillantini, M.G. Atypical, non-standard functions of the microtubule-associated Tau protein. Acta neuropathologica communications, 5(1), p.91. (direct link)
  • Maina M. B., Al-Hilaly YK, Serpell LC. Nuclear Tau and Its Potential Role in Alzheimer’s disease. Biomolecules, 6(1):9. (direct link)
2012 and earlier
  • Maina, M.B., Mahdi, O. and Kalayi, G.D. Craniofacial forms among three dominant ethnic groups of Gombe State, Nigeria. International Journal of Morphology, 30(1), pp.211-216. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Shapu, Y.C., Garba, S.H., Muhammad, M.A., Garba, A.M., Yaro, A.U. and Omoniyi, O.N. Assessments of cranial capacities in a North-Eastern adult Nigerian population. Journal of Applied Sciences, 11, pp.2662-2665. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Mahdi, O. and Kalayi, G.D. Study of vertical and transverse cephalic indices in three ethnic groups of North-Eastern Nigerian origin. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 6(11), pp.1280-6. (direct link)
  • Raji, J.M., Garba, S.H., Numan, A.I., Waziri, M.A. and Maina, M.B., 2010. Morphological evaluation of head and face shapes in a North-Eastern Nigerian population. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 4(8), pp.3338-41. (direct link)
  • Maina, M.B., Garba, S.H. and Jacks, T.W. Histological evaluation of the rats testis following administration of a herbal tea mixture. Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology3, pp.464-70. (direct link)

Full list of publications can be accessed on Google scholar