At Kansas State University:

G. Aranjuez, A. Burtscher, K. Sawant, P. Majumder* and J.A. McDonald*: Dynamic myosin activation promotes collective morphology and migration by locally balancing oppositional forces from surrounding tissue. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 27(12):1898-910. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E15-10-0744. 2016. *Corresponding authors.

Can be accessed at KREX.

Recommended in F1000Prime

M.T. Veeman* and J.A. McDonald*: Dynamics of cell polarity in tissue morphogenesis: a comparative view from Drosophila and Ciona. F1000Research. 2016 Jun 2; 5. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-1084. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8011.1. eCollection 2016. *Corresponding authors.

L.R. Klebanow, E.C. Peshel, A.T. Schuster, K. De, K. Sarvepalli, M.E. Lemieux, J.J. Lenoir, A.W. Moore, J.A. McDonald, M.S. Longworth: Drosophila Condensin II subunit, Chromosome Associated Protein-D3, regulates cell fate determination through non-cell autonomous signaling. Development. 143(15):2791-802. doi: 10.1242/dev.133686. 2016.

At the Cleveland Clinic:

J.A. McDonald: Canonical and non-canonical roles for Par-1/MARK kinases in cell migration. International Review of Cell & Molecular Biology (ed. K. Jeon), 312:169-199. 2014.

B. Dickerman, J.A. McDonald and G.C. Sen: The human dsRNA binding protein PACT is unable to functionally substitute for the Drosophila dsRNA binding protein R2D2 [v2 2014; ref status: indexed,]. F1000Research, 2: 220. 2013. PMCID:PMC3962003.

E. R. Geisbrecht*, K. Sawant, Y. Su, C. Z. Liu, A. Burtscher, D. Silver, X. Wang, A.J. Zhu and J.A. McDonald*: Genetic interaction screens identify a role for hedgehog signaling in Drosophila border cell migration. Developmental Dynamics, 242: 414-431. 2013. PMCID:PMC3721345*Corresponding authors.

G. Aranjuez, E. Kudlaty, M.S. Longworth and J.A. McDonald: On the role of PDZ domain-encoding genes in Drosophila border cell migration. G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics [the open-access journal of the Genetics Society of America], 2: 1379-1391. 2012. PMCID:PMC3484668.

Cover Article.

P. Majumder, G. Aranjuez, J. Amick and J.A. McDonald: Par-1 controls myosin-II activity through myosin phosphatase to regulate border cell migration. Current Biology, 22: 363-372. 2012. PMCID:PMC3298626.

Featured in Nature Cell Biology Research Highlights 14, 455 (2012) doi:10.1038/ncb2504: “Cells polarize contractility to move together”.

J. A. McDonald*, A. Khodyakova, G. Aranjuez, C. Dudley, and D.J. Montell*: Par-1 kinase regulates epithelial detachment and directional protrusion of migrating border cells. Current Biology 18: 1659-1667. 2008. PMCID:PMC2593744*Corresponding authors.

Featured article on the Nature Cell Migration Gateway: “Epithelial cell detachment: Up to PAR”.


J.A. McDonald*§, E. Pinheiro§, L. Kadlec, T. Schupbach, and D.J. Montell*: Multiple EGFR ligands participate in guiding migrating border cells. Developmental Biology 296: 94-103. 2006. §Equal contribution; *Corresponding authors.

J.A. McDonald and D.J. Montell: On the border of understanding cell migration. In Cell Migration in Development and Disease (ed. D. Wedlich), Wiley-VCH Publications, Weinheim, Germany, pp. 123-138. 2005.

J.A. McDonald and D.J. Montell: Analysis of cell migration using Drosophila as a model system. In Cell Migration: Developmental Methods and Protocols (ed. J.-L. Guan), Methods in Molecular Biology 294: 175-202. 2005.

J.A. McDonald§, E. Pinheiro§ and D.J. Montell: PVF1, a PDGF/VEGF homolog, is sufficient to guide the border cells and genetically interacts with Taiman. Development 130: 3469-3478. 2003. §Equal contribution.

Featured article in Development: “Screening border cell migration”

J.A. McDonald, M. Fujioka, J. Odden, J. B. Jaynes and C. Q. Doe: Specification of motoneuron fate in Drosophila: Integration of positive and negative transcription factor inputs by a minimal eve enhancer. Journal of Neurobiology 57:193-203. 2003.

J.A. McDonald, S. Holbrook, T. Isshiki, J. Weiss, C.Q. Doe and D. Mellerick: Dorsoventral patterning in the Drosophila central nervous system: The vnd homeobox gene specifies ventral column identity. Genes & Development 12: 3603-3612. 1998.

J.A. McDonald and C.Q. Doe: Establishing neuroblast-specific gene expression in the Drosophila CNS: huckebein is activated by Wingless and Hedgehog and repressed by Engrailed and Gooseberry. Development 124: 1079-1087. 1997.

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