Selected Recent Articles

1) McNeill, E.M., Warriner, C., Alkins, S., Taylor, A., Heggeness, H., DeLucca, T.F., Fulga, T.A., Wall, D.P., Griffith, L.  and Van Vactor, D. (2020) The Conserved microRNA miR-34 Regulates Synaptogenesis via Coordination of Distinct Mechanisms in Presynaptic and Postsynaptic Cells. Nature Communications, Nat Commun. 2020 Feb 27;11(1):1092. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14761-8. PMID: 32107390

2) Elizabeth M. McNeill, Cheryl Thompson, Brett Berke, Vivian T. Chou, Jannette Rusch, April Duckworth, Jamin DeProto, Alicia Taylor, Julie Gates, Frank Gertler, Haig Keshishian and David Van Vactor. (2020) Drosophila Enabled Promotes Synapse Morphogenesis and Regulates Active Zone Form and Function. Neural Development, Neural Dev. 2020 Mar 17;15(1):4. doi: 10.1186/s13064-020-00141-x. PMID: 32183907 

3) Chou VT, Johnson S, Long J, Vounatsos M, Van Vactor D. (2020) dTACC restricts bouton addition and regulates microtubule organization at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction.. Cytoskeleton,(Hoboken) Jan;77(1-2):4-15. doi: 10.1002/cm.21578. Epub 2019 Nov 21. PMID: 31702858.

4) Donelson, N.C., Dixit, R, Slawson, J.B., Van Vactor, D. and Griffith, L.C. (2019). The effects of specific micro RNA disruption on locomotor ability across development in Drosophila melanogaster. G3, Nov 6. pii: g3.400793.2019. doi: 10.1534/g3.119.400793.

5) Goodwin, P.R., Meng, A., Moore, J., Hobin, M., Fulga, T.A., Van Vactor, D. and Griffith, L.C. (2018) MicroRNAs regulate sleep and sleep homeostasis in Drosophila. Cell Reports 23(13): 3776-3786. 

6) You, S., Fulga, T.A., Van Vactor, D. and Jackson, R. (2018) Regulation of Circadian Behavior by Astroglial microRNAs. Genetics, 208(3): 1195-1207.   

7) Fulga, T.A, McNeill, E.M., Binari, R., Yelick, J., Blanche, A., Booker, M., Schnall-Levin, M., Zhao, Y., DeLuca, T., Bejarano, F., Han, Z., Lai, E.C., Wall, D.P., Perrimon, N. and Van Vactor, D. (2015) A transgenic resource for conditional competitive inhibition of conserved Drosophila microRNAs. Nature Communications, 6:7279.

8) Cecilia S. Lu, Bo Zhai, Alex Mauss, Matthias Landgraf, Steven Gygi and David Van Vactor (2014) microRNA-8 Promotes Axon Targeting Via Coordinate Regulation of Cell Adhesion Molecules During Motor Axon Targeting. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369(1652). pii: 20130517.

9) Loya, C.M., Elizabeth M. McNeill, E.M., Bao, H., Zhang, B. and Van Vactor, D. (2014) MiR-8 Regulates Postsynaptic Structure and the Actin Cytoskeleton through Repression of Enabled. Development, 141(9):1864-74.

Selected Recent Reviews

1) Chou VT, Johnson SA, Van Vactor D. (2020) Synapse development and maturation at the drosophila neuromuscular junction. Neural Dev. 2020 Aug 2;15(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s13064-020-00147-5. PMID: 32741370 Free PMC article. Review.

2) Vivian T. Chou1, Hunkar Gizem Yesilyurt1, Hoyin Lai2, Jennifer B. Long1, Mercedes Arnes1, Kamal Obbad1, Luciano A.G. Lucas2, Sam Alworth2, James Shih-Jong Lee2, David Van Vactor1 (2020) A new 3D particle tracking tool for noninvasive in vivo analysis of synaptic microtubule dynamics in dendrites and at the neuromuscular junction of Drosophila. J Vis Exp. 2020 May 12;(159). doi: 10.3791/61159. 

3) Lu, C.S. and Van Vactor, D. (2020) Chapter 4: “Genetic Analysis of Synaptogenesis” in Synapse Development and Maturation (First Edition), Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience, Academic press, Elsevier Ltd., London, UK.

4) Van Vactor, D. and Sigrist, S. (2017) Presynaptic Morphogenesis, Active Zone Organization and Structural Plasticity in Drosophila. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 43:119-129.


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