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(Names in bold are current or former members of the O'Connor lab)

Kanai MI, Kim MJ, Akiyama T, Takemura M, Wharton K, O'Connor MB, Nakato H.  Regulation of neuroblast proliferation by surface glia in the Drosophila larval brain. Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 27;8(1):3730. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-22028-y. PMID: 29487331

Shimell M, Pan X, Martin FA, Ghosh AC, Leopold P, O'Connor MB, Romero NM.  Prothoracicotropic hormone modulates environmental adaptive plasticity through the control of developmental timing. Development. 2018 Mar 14;145(6). pii: dev159699. doi: 10.1242/dev.159699. PMID:29467242

Kaieda Y, Masuda R, Nishida R, Shimell M, O'Connor MB, Ono H. Glue protein production can be triggered by steroid hormone signaling independent of the developmental program in Drosophila melanogaster. Dev Biol. 2017 Oct 1;430(1):166-176. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2017.08.002. Epub 2017 Aug 4. PMID:28782527

Makhijani K, Alexander B, Rao D, Petraki S, Herboso L, Kukar K, Batool I, Wachner S, Gold KS, Wong C, O'Connor MB, Brückner K. Regulation of Drosophila hematopoietic sites by Activin-β from active sensory neurons. Nat Commun. 2017 Jul 27;8:15990. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15990. PMID:28748922

Pisansky MT, Young AE, O'Connor MB, Gottesman II, Bagchi A, Gewirtz JC. Mice lacking the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding 5 chromatin remodeler display autism-like characteristics. Transl Psychiatry. 2017 Jun 13;7(6):e1152. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.111. PMID:28608855

Song W, Cheng D, Hong S, Sappe B, Hu Y, Wei N, Zhu C, O'Connor MB, Pissios P, Perrimon N. Midgut-Derived Activin Regulates Glucagon-like Action in the Fat Body and Glycemic Control. Cell Metab. 2017 Feb 7;25(2):386-399. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2017.01.002. PMID:28178568

Schiesari L, Andreatta G, Kyriacou CP, O'Connor MB, Costa R. The Insulin-Like Proteins dILPs-2/5 Determine Diapause Inducibility in Drosophila. PLoS One. 2016 Sep 30;11(9):e0163680. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163680. eCollection 2016. PMID:27689881

Danielsen ET, Moeller ME, Yamanaka N, Ou Q, Laursen JM, Soenderholm C, Zhuo R, Phelps B, Tang K, Zeng J, Kondo S, Nielsen CH, Harvald EB, Faergeman NJ, Haley MJ, O'Connor KA, King-Jones K, O'Connor MB, Rewitz KF. A Drosophila Genome-Wide Screen Identifies Regulators of Steroid Hormone Production and Developmental Timing. Dev Cell. 2016 Jun 20;37(6):558-70. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2016.05.015. PMID:27326933

Ou Q, Zeng J, Yamanaka N, Brakken-Thal C, O'Connor MB, King-Jones K. The Insect Prothoracic Gland as a Model for Steroid Hormone Biosynthesis and Regulation. Cell Rep. 2016 Jun 28;16(1):247-262. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.05.053. Epub 2016 Jun 16. PMID:27320926


Komura-Kawa T, Hirota K, Shimada-Niwa Y, Yamauchi R, Shimell M, Shinoda T, Fukamizu A, O'Connor MB, Niwa R.  The Drosophila Zinc Finger Transcription Factor Ouija Board Controls Ecdysteroid Biosynthesis through Specific Regulation of spookier.   PLoS Genet. 2015 Dec 10;11(12):e1005712. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005712. eCollection 2015 Dec.PMID:26658797

Yamanaka N, Marqués G, O'Connor MB.  Vesicle-Mediated Steroid Hormone Secretion in Drosophila melanogaster.  Cell. 2015 Nov 5;163(4):907-19. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.022.

McBrayer ZL, Dimova J, Pisansky MT, Sun M, Beppu H, Gewirtz JC, O'Connor MB.  Forebrain-Specific Loss of BMPRII in Mice Reduces Anxiety and Increases Object Exploration.  PLoS One. 2015 Oct 7;10(10):e0139860. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139860. eCollection 2015.PMID:26444546

Ghosh AC, Shimell M, Leof ER, Haley MJ, O'Connor MB.  UPRT, a suicide-gene therapy candidate in higher eukaryotes, is required for Drosophila larval growth and normal adult lifespan.  Sci Rep. 2015 Aug 14;5:13176. doi: 10.1038/srep13176.PMID:26271729

Van Bortle K, Peterson AJ, Takenaka N, O'Connor MB, Corces VG.  CTCF-dependent co-localization of canonical Smad signaling factors at architectural protein binding sites in D. melanogaster.  Cell Cycle. 2015;14(16):2677-87. doi: 10.1080/15384101.2015.1053670. PMID:26125535

Fresán U, Cuartero S, O'Connor MB, Espinàs ML.  The insulator protein CTCF regulates Drosophila steroidogenesis.  Biol Open. 2015 May 15;4(7):852-7. doi: 10.1242/bio.012344. PMID:25979705

Kim MJ, O'Connor MB.  Anterograde Activin signaling regulates postsynaptic membrane potential and GluRIIA/B abundance at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction.  PLoS One. 2014 Sep 25;9(9):e107443.

Danielsen ET, Moeller ME, Dorry E, Komura-Kawa T, Fujimoto Y, Troelsen JT, Herder R, O'Connor MB, Niwa R, Rewitz KF.  Transcriptional control of steroid biosynthesis genes in the Drosophila prothoracic gland by ventral veins lacking and knirps.  PLoS Genet. 2014 Jun 19;10(6):e1004343.

Ghosh AC, O'Connor MB.  Systemic Activin signaling independently regulates sugar homeostasis, cellular metabolism, and pH balance in Drosophila melanogaster.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 15;111(15):5729-34.

Peterson AJ, O'Connor MB.  Strategies for exploring TGF-β signaling in Drosophila.  Methods. 2014 Jun 15;68(1):183-93.

Ting CY, McQueen PG, Pandya N, Lin TY, Yang M, Reddy OV, O'Connor MB, McAuliffe M, Lee CH.  Photoreceptor-derived activin promotes dendritic termination and restricts the receptive fields of first-order interneurons in Drosophila.  Neuron. 2014 Feb 19;81(4):830-46.

Moeller ME, Danielsen ET, Herder R, O'Connor MB, Rewitz KF.  Dynamic feedback circuits function as a switch for shaping a maturation-inducing steroid pulse in Drosophila.  Development. 2013 Dec;140(23):4730-9.

Lin S, Marin EC, Yang CP, Kao CF, Apenteng BA, Huang Y, O'Connor MB, Truman JW, Lee T.  Extremes of lineage plasticity in the Drosophila brain.  Curr Biol. 2013 Oct 7;23(19):1908-13.

Yamanaka N, Romero NM, Martin FA, Rewitz KF, Sun M, O'Connor MB, Léopold P.  Neuroendocrine control of Drosophila larval light preference.  Science. 2013 Sep 6;341(6150):1113-6.

Rougvie AE, O'Connor MB.  Current Topics in Developmental Biology. Developmental timing. Preface.  Curr Top Dev Biol. 2013;105:xiii-xv.

Schiesari L, O'Connor MB. Diapause: delaying the developmental clock in response to a changing environment.  Curr Top Dev Biol. 2013;105:213-46.

Rewitz KF, Yamanaka N, O'Connor MB  Developmental checkpoints and feedback    circuits time insect maturation. In   Current Topics in Developmental   Biology  2013; 103:1-33  

Peterson AJ, O'Connor MB. Activin receptor inhibition by Smad2 regulates Drosophila wing disc patterning through BMP-response elements.  Development. 2013 Feb;140(3):649-59

Yamanaka N.,  Rewitz, K.F. and O’Connor, M.B. (2012) Ecdysone Control of Developmental Transitions: Lessons from Drosophila Research Ann. Rev. of EntomologyVol. 58 (2013):

Peterson,  A.J., Jensen, P.A., Shimell, M.J., Stefancsik,  R., Wijayatonge, R., Herder, R. Raftery, L.A. and O'Connor M. B.,  R-Smad competition controls Activin receptor output in Drosophila.  Plos One 7(5): e36548. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036548

Dimitroff B, Howe, K., Watson, A., Campion, B., Lee, HG. Zhao, N., O’Connor, M.B., Neufeld, T., and Selleck, S.B., (2012) Differential effects of nutritional, growth factor and energy-sensing inputs on neural development and behavior in a Drosophila model of tuberous sclerosis. PLOS One 7:e30722 PMID: 22319582

Rewitz K., and O’Connor M.B. (2011 Dec) Timing is everything: Nuclear/cytoplasmic shuttling of HNR4 regulate the tempo of steroid hormone production.  Frontiers in Endocrinology 2:108. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2011.00108

Billington , C.J., Fiebig, J., Forsman,  C.L., Pham, L., Burbach, N., Sun, M., Jaskoll, T., Mansky, K.,  Gopalakrishnan, R., O’Connor  M.B., Mueller,  T., Petryk, A. (2011) Glycosylation of Twisted Gastrulation is required for BMP binding and activity during craniofacial development. Frontiers in Physiol 2:59 PMID: 21941513

Peluso, C.E., Umulis, D., Kim, D.Y-J., O’Connor, M.B., Serpe, M., (2011) Shaping BMP Morphogen Gradients through Enzyme-Substrate Interactions Dev Cell 21: 375-83 PMID: 21839924

Awasaki, T., Huang, Y., O’Connor M.B. and Lee T.  (2011) Glia instruct developmental neuronal remodeling through TGF-ß signaling.  Nature Neuroscience 14: 821-3 PMID: 21685919

Tsalavos, S. Segklia, K. Passa, O. Petryk, A. O’Connor, M.B. and Graf , D., (2011)  Involvement of Twisted gastrulation in T cell-independent plasma cell production. J. Immunol. 186: 6860-70 PMID: 21572028

Gibbens-Ying, Y., Warren J.T. Gilbert, L. and O’Connor M.B.,  (2011) Neuroendocrine regulation of Drosophila metamorphosis requires Activin/TGF-ß signaling Development 138: 2693-703 PMID: 21613324

Rewitz, K. Yamanaka, N. and O’Connor M.B. (2010) Steroid hormone inactivation is required during the juvenile-adult transition in Drosophila. Dev. Cell 19: 895-209 PMID: 21145504

Ghosh A., McBrayer, Z., and O’Connor M.B. (2010) The Drosophila gap gene giant regulates ecdysone production through specification of the PTTH-producing neurons. Devel. Biol. 347: 271-8 PMID: 20816678

Sun, M. Forsman-Earl, C. Sergi, C. Gopalakrishnan, R. O’Connor M.B., Petryk A. (2010) The expression of Twisted gastrulation in postnatal mouse brain and functional implications. Neuroscience 169: 920-31 PMID: 20493240

Carlson E.S., Fretham S.J.B., Unger, E., O’Connor M.B., Petryk, A., Schallert, T., Rao, R., Tkac, I., Georgieff, M.K., (2010) Hippocampus specific iron deficiency alters competition and cooperation between developing memory systems. J. Neurodevelop. Disorder 2:133-143 PMID: 20824191

Sun, M., Gewirtz, J.C., Bofenkamp, L., Wickham, R.J., Ge, H., O’Connor, M.B.  (2010) Canonical TGF-β signaling is required for excitatory/inhibitory short-term plasticity balance within the CA1 hippocampal network. J. Neuroscience 30: 6025-35 PMID: 20427661

Umulis, D. M.Shimmi, O., O'Connor, M. B., Othmer, H.G., (2010) Organism-scale modeling of early Drosophila development by Bone Morphogenetic Proteins. Dev. Cell 18: 260- 274 PMID: 20159596

Okamoto, N., Yamanaka N., Yagi, Y.,, Nishida, Y., Kataoka, H., O’Connor, M.B., and Mizoguchi, Y. (2009) Fat body derived IGF-like peptide regulates post-feeding growth in Drosophila. Dev. Cell 17: 885–891

Rewitz K.F., Yamanaka, N., Gilbert, L.I. and O’Connor M.B. (2009) Prothoracicotropic hormone activates the receptor tyrosine kinase Torso to initiate insect metamorphosis

Jensen, P.A.  Zheng, X. Lee, T. and O’Connor M.B. (2009) The Drosophila Activin-like ligand Dawdle signals preferentially through a specific isoform of the Type-I receptor Baboon. Mechanism of Development 126: 950-7

Umulis, D.M.O’Connor, M.B., and Blair, S.S, (2009) Extracellular regulation of BMP signaling. Development 136: 3715-3728.

Warren J.T., O'Connor M.B., Gilbert L.I. (2009) Studies on the Black Box: incorporation of 3-oxo-7dehydrocholesterol into ecdysteroids by Drosophila melanogaster and Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 39: 677-87

Rewitz, K. F., Larsen, M R., Lobner-Olesen, A., Rybczynski, R., O’Connor, M. B., Gilbert, L.I. (2009) A Phosphoproteomics Approach to Elucidate Neuropeptide Signal Transduction Controlling Insect Metamorphosis 39: 475-483 Insect Molec Bio. and Biochem.

Merino, C., González, M., Penney, J., Moujahidine, M., O’Connor, M.B., Verheyen E.M., and Haghighi, P. (2009) Nemo kinase interacts with Mad to coordinate synaptic growth at the Drosophila NMJ. Journal of Cell Science 185: 713-725

Carlson, E.S., Tkac, I., Mafid, R., O’Connor, M.B., Andrews, N.C., Schallert, T., Gunshin, H., Petryk, A., and Georgieff, M.K. (2009) Iron is Essential for Neuron Development and Memory Function in Mouse Hippocampus. J. Nutrition 139: 672-9

Zhu, C*., Bornemann, D*., Zhitomirsky, D., Miller, E., O’Connor M.B., and Simon, J.A., (2008) Drosophila Histone Decetylase-3 Controls Imaginal Disc Size Through Suppression of Apoptosis, PLOS Genetics, 4 e100009

Zhu, C., Boone, J., Jensen, P.A., Hann, S., Podemski, L., Locke, J., Doe, C.Q., and OConnor, M.B. (2008) Drosophila dActivin and the Activin-Like product Dawdle function redundantly to regulate proliferation in the Drosophila larval brain.Development 135: 513-521

Serpe, M., Umulis, D., Ralston, A., Chen, J., Olson, D.J., Avanesov, A., Othmer, H.,O’Connor , M.B., and Blair, S.S. (2008) The BMP binding protein Cv-2 is a short-range, concentration-dependant biphasic modulator of BMP signaling. Dev. Cell 14: 940-953

Rewitz K.F.O’Connor M.B., and Gilbert L.I. Evolution of the insect Halloween family of cytochrome P450s: phylogeny, gene organization and functional conservation. (2007) Insect Biochem and Mol Bio 37: 741-53

Knox, S.,*, Ge* H., Ren, Y. Dimitroff, B.D., Howe, K.A.. Arsham, A.M., Easterday, M.C., Neufeld, T.P., O’Connor M.B., Selleck., S.B. (2007) Mechanisms of TSC-mediated Control of Synapse Assembly and Axon Guidance. Plos One , 2(4): e 375

Sun, M., Thomas, M.J., Herder, R., Selleck, S.B., O'Connor, M.B., (2007) Presynaptic contributions of Chordin to hippocampal plasticity and spatial learning. J. Neuroscience 27: 740-50

McBrayer, Z.*, Ono, H.*, Shimell, MJ*, Parvy, J.-P., Beckstead, R.B., Warren, J.T., Thummel, C.S., Dauphin-Villemant, C., Gilbert, L.I., and O’Connor, M.B. (2007) Prothoracicotropic hormone regulates developmental timing and body size inDrosophila. Dev. Cell 13: 857-871

Ting, C-Y., Herman, T., Yonekura, S., Gao, S., Wang, J., Serpe, M., O’Connor, M.B., Zipursky, S.L., and Lee C-H. (2007) Tiling of R7 axons in the Drosophila Visual System is mediated both by transduction of Activin signaling to the nucleus and by mutual repulsion. Neuron, 56: 293-806

Umulis, D., O’Connor, M.B. and Othmer, H. (2007) Robustness of Embryonic spatial patterning in Drosophila melanogaster. Curr. Top. Dev. Biol. 81: 65-111

Serpe M, O'Connor MB. (2006 Dec) The metalloprotease tolloid-related and its TGF-beta-like substrate Dawdle regulate Drosophila motoneuron axon guidance.Development. 133(24):4969-79.

Takaesu NT, Hyman-Walsh C, Ye Y, Wisotzkey RG, Stinchfield MJ, O'Connor MB, Wotton D, Newfeld SJ. ( 2006) dSno facilitates baboon signaling in the Drosophila brain by switching the affinity of Medea away from Mad and toward dSmad2.  Genetics 174(3):1299-313. Epub

Ono H, Rewitz KF, Shinoda T, Itoyama K, Petryk A, Rybczynski R, Jarcho M, Warren JT, Marques G, Shimell MJ, Gilbert LI, O'Connor MB. 2006 Oct Spook and Spookier code for stage-specific components of the ecdysone biosynthetic pathway in Diptera.Dev Biol 15;298(2):555-70. Epub

Umulis DM, Serpe M, O'Connor MB, Othmer HG. Robust, bistable patterning of the dorsal surface of the Drosophila embryo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103(31):11613-8. Epub.

Jadrich JL, O'Connor MB, Coucouvanis E (2006). The TGF{beta} activated kinase TAK1 regulates vascular development in vivo. Development 133, 1529-41.

Warren JT, Yerushalmi Y, Shimell MJ, O'Connor MB, Restifo LL, Gilbert LI (2006). Discrete pulses of molting hormone, 20-hydroxyecdysone, during late larval development of Drosophila melanogaster: correlations with changes in gene activity.  Dev. Dyn. 235, 315-26.

O'Connor MB, Umulis D, Othmer HG, Blair SS (2005). Shaping BMP morphogen gradients in the Drosophila embryo and pupal wing. Development 133, 183-93.

Takaesu NT, Herbig E, Zhitomersky D, O'Connor MB, Newfeld SJ (2005). DNA-binding domain mutations in SMAD genes yield dominant-negative proteins or a neomorphic protein that can activate WG target genes in Drosophila. Development 132, 4883-94.

Parvy JP, Blais C, Bernard F, Warren JT, Petryk A, Gilbert LI, O'Connor MB, Dauphin-Villemant C (2005). A role for betaFTZ-F1 in regulating ecdysteroid titers during post-embryonic development in Drosophila melanogaster. Dev. Biol. 282, 84-94.

Shimmi O, Ralston A, Blair SS, O'Connor MB (2005). The crossveinless gene encodes a new member of the Twisted gastrulation family of BMP-binding proteins which, with Short gastrulation, promotes BMP signaling in the crossveins of theDrosophila wing. Dev. Biol. 282, 70-83.

Serpe M, Ralston A, Blair SS, O'Connor MB (2005). Matching catalytic activity to developmental function: tolloid-related processes Sog in order to help specify the posterior crossvein in the Drosophila wing. Development 132, 2645-56.

Adachi-Yamada T, Harumoto T, Sakurai K, Ueda R, Saigo K, O'Connor MB, Nakato H (2005). Wing-to-Leg homeosis by spineless causes apoptosis regulated by Fish-lips, a novel leucine-rich repeat transmembrane protein. Mol. Cell. Biol. 25, 3140-50.

Shimmi O, Umulis D, Othmer H, O'Connor MB (2005). Facilitated transport of a Dpp/Scw heterodimer by Sog/Tsg leads to robust patterning of the Drosophila blastoderm embryo. Cell 120, 873-86.

Petryk A, Shimmi O, Jia X, Carlson AE, Tervonen L, Jarcho MPO'Connor MB, Gopalakrishnan R (2005). Twisted gastrulation and chordin inhibit differentiation and mineralization in MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cells. Bone 36, 617-26.

Jorgenson LA, Sun M, O'Connor M, Georgieff MK (2005). Fetal iron deficiency disrupts the maturation of synaptic function and efficacy in area CA1 of the developing rat hippocampus. Hippocampus 15, 1094-102.

Warren JT, Petryk A, Marques G, Parvy JP, Shinoda T, Itoyama K, Kobayashi J, Jarcho M, Li Y, O'Connor MB, Dauphin-Villemant C, Gilbert LI (2004). Phantom encodes the 25-hydroxylase of Drosophila melanogaster and Bombyx mori: a P450 enzyme critical in ecdysone biosynthesis. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 34, 991-1010.

Adachi-Yamada T, O'Connor MB (2004). Mechanisms for removal of developmentally abnormal cells: cell competition and morphogenetic apoptosis. J. Biochem. 136, 13-7.

McCabe BD, Hom S, Aberle H, Fetter RD, Marques G, Haerry TE, Wan H, O'Connor MB, Goodman CS, Haghighi AP (2004). Highwire regulates presynaptic BMP signaling essential for synaptic growth. Neuron 41, 891-905.

Johnson KG, Ghose A, Epstein E, Lincecum J, O'Connor MB, Van Vactor D (2004). Axonal heparan sulfate proteoglycans regulate the distribution and efficiency of the repellent slit during midline axon guidance. Curr. Biol. 14, 499-504.

Petryk A, Anderson RM, Jarcho MP, Leaf I, Carlson CS, Klingensmith J, Shawlot W, O'Connor MB (2004). The mammalian twisted gastrulation gene functions in foregut and craniofacial development. Dev. Biol. 267, 374-86.

Petryk A, Warren JT, Marques G, Jarcho MP, Gilbert LI, Kahler J, Parvy JP, Li Y, Dauphin-Villemant C, O'Connor MB (2003). Shade is the Drosophila P450 enzyme that mediates the hydroxylation of ecdysone to the steroid insect molting hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 100, 13773-8.

Marques G, Haerry TE, Crotty ML, Xue M, Zhang B, O'Connor MB (2003). Retrograde Gbb signaling through the Bmp type 2 receptor wishful thinking regulates systemic FMRFa expression in Drosophila. Development 130, 5457-70.

Shimmi O, O'Connor MB (2003). Physical properties of Tld, Sog, Tsg and Dpp protein interactions are predicted to help create a sharp boundary in Bmp signals during dorsoventral patterning of the Drosophila embryo. Development 130, 4673-82.

McCabe BD, Marques G, Haghighi AP, Fetter RD, Crotty ML, Haerry TE, Goodman CS, O'Connor MB (2003). The BMP homolog Gbb provides a retrograde signal that regulates synaptic growth at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Neuron 39, 241-54.

Jadrich JL, O'Connor MB, Coucouvanis E (2003). Expression of TAK1, a mediator of TGF-beta and BMP signaling, during mouse embryonic development. Gene Expr. Patterns 3, 131-4.

Zheng X, Wang J, Haerry TE, Wu AY, Martin J, O'Connor MB, Lee CH, Lee T (2003). TGF-beta signaling activates steroid hormone receptor expression during neuronal remodeling in the Drosophila brain. Cell 112, 303-15.

Adachi-Yamada T, O'Connor MB (2002). Morphogenetic apoptosis: a mechanism for correcting discontinuities in morphogen gradients. Dev. Biol. 251, 74-90.

Muller J, Hart CM, Francis NJ, Vargas ML, Sengupta A, Wild B, Miller EL, O'Connor MB, Kingston RE, Simon JA (2002). Histone methyltransferase activity of aDrosophila Polycomb group repressor complex. Cell 111, 197-208.

Warren JT, Petryk A, Marques G, Jarcho M, Parvy JP, Dauphin-Villemant C, O'Connor MB, Gilbert LI (2002). Molecular and biochemical characterization of two P450 enzymes in the ecdysteroidogenic pathway of Drosophila melanogaster. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99, 11043-8.

Haerry TE, O'Connor MB (2002). Isolation of Drosophila activin and follistatin cDNAs using novel MACH amplification protocols. Gene 291, 85-93.

Marques G, Bao H, Haerry TE, Shimell MJ, Duchek P, Zhang B, O'Connor MB (2002). The Drosophila BMP type II receptor Wishful Thinking regulates neuromuscular synapse morphology and function. Neuron 33, 529-43.

Ross JJ, Shimmi O, Vilmos P, Petryk A, Kim H, Gaudenz K, Hermanson S, Ekker SC, O'Connor MB, Marsh JL (2001). Twisted gastrulation is a conserved extracellular BMP antagonist. Nature 410, 479-83.

Chavez VM, Marques G, Delbecque JP, Kobayashi K, Hollingsworth M, Burr J, Natzle JE, O'Connor MB (2000). The Drosophila disembodied gene controls late embryonic morphogenesis and codes for a cytochrome P450 enzyme that regulates embryonic ecdysone levels. Development 127, 4115-26.

Blitz IL, Shimmi O, Wunnenberg-Stapleton K, O'Connor MB, Cho KW (2000). Is chordin a long-range- or short-range-acting factor? Roles for BMP1-related metalloproteases in chordin and BMP4 autofeedback loop regulation. Dev. Biol. 223, 120-38.

Yu K, Srinivasan S, Shimmi O, Biehs B, Rashka KE, Kimelman D, O'Connor MB, Bier E (2000). Processing of the Drosophila Sog protein creates a novel BMP inhibitory activity. Development 127, 2143-54.

Takatsu Y, Nakamura M, Stapleton M, Danos MC, Matsumoto K, O'Connor MB, Shibuya H, Ueno N (2000). TAK1 participates in c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling during Drosophila development. Mol. Cell. Biol. 20, 3015-26.

Shimell MJPeterson AJ, Burr J, Simon JA, O'Connor MB (2000). Functional analysis of repressor binding sites in the iab-2 regulatory region of the abdominal-A homeotic gene. Dev. Biol. 218, 38-52.

Brummel T, Abdollah S, Haerry TE, Shimell MJ, Merriam J, Raftery L, Wrana JL,O'Connor MB (1999). The Drosophila activin receptor baboon signals through dSmad2 and controls cell proliferation but not patterning during larval development.Genes Dev. 13, 98-111.

Haerry TE, Khalsa O, O'Connor MB, Wharton KA (1998). Synergistic signaling by two BMP ligands through the SAX and TKV receptors controls wing growth and patterning in Drosophila. Development 125, 3977-87.

Marques G, Musacchio M, Shimell MJ, Wunnenberg-Stapleton K, Cho KW, O'Connor MB (1997). Production of a DPP activity gradient in the early Drosophilaembryo through the opposing actions of the SOG and TLD proteins. Cell 91, 417-26.

Haerry TE, Heslip TR, Marsh JL, O'Connor MB (1997). Defects in glucuronate biosynthesis disrupt Wingless signaling in Drosophila. Development 124, 3055-64.

Theisen H, Haerry TE, O'Connor MB, Marsh JL (1997). Developmental territories created by mutual antagonism between Wingless and Decapentaplegic.Development 122, 3939-48.

Holley SA, Neul JL, Attisano L, Wrana JL, Sasai Y, O'Connor MB, De Robertis EM, Ferguson EL (1996). The Xenopus dorsalizing factor noggin ventralizes Drosophilaembryos by preventing DPP from activating its receptor. Cell 86, 607-17.

Hoodless PA, Haerry T, Abdollah S, Stapleton M, O'Connor MB, Attisano L, Wrana JL (1996). MADR1, a MAD-related protein that functions in BMP2 signaling pathways. Cell 85, 489-500.

Chang YL, King BO, O'Connor MB, Mazo A, Huang DH (1995). Functional reconstruction of trans regulation of the Ultrabithoraz promoter by the productsof two antagonistic genes, trithorax, and Polycomb Mol Cell Biol 15, 6601-12.

Letsou A, Arora K, Wrana JL, Simin K, Twombly V, Jamal J, Staehling-Hampton K, Hoffmann FM, Gelbart WM, Massague J, O'Connor MB  (1995). Drosophila Dpp signaling is mediated by the punt gene product: a dual ligand-binding type II receptor of the TGF beta receptor family. Cell 80, 899-908.

Arora K, Dai H, Kazuko SG, Jamal J, O'Connor MB, Letsou A, Warrior R (1995). The Drosophila schnurri gene acts in the Dpp/TGF beta signaling pathway and encodes a transcription factor homologous to the human MBP family. Cell 81, 781-90.

Chiang A, O'Connor MB, Paro R, Simon J, Bender W (1995). Discrete Polycomb-binding sites in each parasegmental domain of the bithorax complex. Development 121, 1681-9.

Nguyen T, Jamal J, Shimell MJ, Arora K, O'Connor MB (1995). Characterization of tolloid-related-1: a BMP-1-like product that is required during larval and pupal stages of Drosophila development. Dev. Biol. 166, 569-86.

McCall K, O'Connor MB, Bender W (1995). Enhancer traps in the Drosophila bithorax complex mark parasegmental domains. Genetics 138, 387-99.

Arora K, Levine MS, O'Connor MB (1994). The screw gene encodes a ubiquitously expressed member of the TGF-beta family required for specification of dorsal cell fates in the Drosophila embryo. Genes Dev. 8, 2588-601.

Brummel TJ, Twombly V, Marques G, Wrana JL, Newfeld SJ, Attisano L, Massague J, O'Connor MB, Gelbart WM (1994). Characterization and relationship of Dpp receptors encoded by the saxophone and thick veins genes in Drosophila. Cell 78, 251-61.

Shimell MJ, Simon J, Bender W, O'Connor MB (1994). Enhancer point mutation results in a homeotic transformation in Drosophila. Science 264, 968-71.

Childs SR, O'Connor MB (1994). Two domains of the tolloid protein contribute to its unusual genetic interaction with decapentaplegic. Dev. Biol. 162, 209-20.

Wrana JL, Tran H, Attisano L, Arora K, Childs SR, Massague J, O'Connor MB(1994). Two distinct transmembrane serine/threonine kinases from Drosophila melanogaster form an activin receptor complex. Mol. Cell. Biol. 14, 944-50.

Kirov N, Childs S, O'Connor MB, Rushlow C (1994). The Drosophila dorsal morphogen represses the tolloid gene by interacting with a silencer element. Mol Cell Biol 14, 713-22.

Childs SR, Wrana JL, Arora K, Attisano L, O'Connor MB, Massague J (1993). Identification of a Drosophila activin receptor. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 90, 9475-9.

Simon J, Chiang A, Bender W, Shimell MJ, O'Connor M (1993). Elements of theDrosophila bithorax complex that mediate repression by Polycomb group products.Dev Biol 158, 131-144.

Shimell MJ, Ferguson EL, Childs SR, O'Connor MB (1991). The Drosophila dorsal-ventral patterning gene tolloid is related to human bone morphogenetic protein 1.Cell 67, 469-81.

Simon J, Peifer M, Bender W, O'Connor MB (1990). Regulatory elements of the bithorax complex that control expression along the anterior-posterior axis. EMBO J 9, 3945-3956.

O'Connor MB, Peifer M, Bender W (1989). Construction of large DNA segments in Escherichia coli. Science 244, 1307-12.

O'Connor MB, Binari R, Perkins LA, Bender W (1988). Alternative RNA products from the Ultrabithorax domain of the bithorax complex. EMBO J. 7, 435-45.

O'Connor MB, Kilbane JJ, Malamy MH (1987). Site-specific and illegitimate recombination in the oriV1 region of the F factor. DNA sequences involved in recombination and resolution. J. Mol. Biol. 189, 85-102.

Malamy MH, Rahaim PT, Hoffman CS, Baghdoyan D, O'Connor MB, Miller JF (1985). A frameshift mutation at the junction of an IS1 insertion within lacZ restores beta-galactosidase activity via formation of an active lacZ-IS1 fusion protein. J. Mol. Biol. 181, 551-5.

O'Connor MB, Malamy MH (1985). Mapping of DNA gyrase cleavage sites in vivo oxolinic acid induced cleavages in plasmid pBR322. J. Mol. Biol. 181, 545-50.

O'Connor MB, Malamy MH (1984). Site-specific recombination in the oriV1 region of the F factor. Cold Spring Harbor Symp Quant Biol 49, 421-34.

O'Connor MB, Malamy MH (1984). Role of the F factor oriV1 region in recA-independent illegitimate recombination. Stable replicon fusions of the F derivative pOX38 and pBR322-related plasmids. J. Mol. Biol. 175, 263-84.

O'Connor MB, Malamy MH (1983). A new insertion sequence, IS121, is found on the Mu dI1 (Ap lac) bacteriophage and the Escherichia coli K-12 chromosome. J. Bacteriol. 156, 669-79.

Haldenwang WG, Banner CD, Ollington JF, Losick R, Hoch JA, O'Connor MB, Sonenshein AL (1980). Mapping a cloned gene under sporulation control by inserttion of a drug resistance marker into the Bacillus subtilis chromosome. J. Bacteriol. 142, 90-8.

Book Chapters:

Upadhyay A, Moss-Taylor L, Kim MJ, Ghosh AC, O'Connor MB. TGF-β Family Signaling in Drosophila. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2017 Sep 1;9(9). pii: a022152. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a022152. Review. Erratum in: Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2017 Mar 1;9(3):. PMID:28130362

Jadrich J., O’Connor M.B. and Descotte, V. An Overview of TGF-ß signaling. In “Inborn Errors of Development” (2007) 2nd edition Ed. Epstein, C. , Erickson R.P., and Wynshaw-Boris, A. Oxford University Press

Serpe, E., and O’Connor M.B. (2003) Tolloid and Tolloid-related. In “Handbook of Proteolytic enzymes” Ed. F. Woessner

Petyrk A., and O’Connor M.B. An Overview of TGF-ß signaling. In “Inborn Errors in Development” 2002 editor Epstein

O'Connor, M.B. and T.E. Haerry (1999) Possible roles for HSPs in the activation events ofDecapentaplegic and Glass bottom boat in Drosophila melanogaster. in "Cell Surface Proteoglycans in Signaling and Development" HFSP Workshop ed. Lander, Selleck, and Nakato. HSFP Strasbourg.

Marqués G., and O'Connor, M.B. (1997) The paralogous genes tolloid and tolloid-related -1 have distinct stage and tissue specific functions during Drosophila development. in "The Astacins. Structure and Function of a new Protein Family." R. Zwilling and W. Stöcker eds. (Hamburg, Germany: Verlag Dr. Kovac) pp 191-210.

Arora, K. O'Connor M.B. and Warrior, R. (1996) BMP Signaling in Drosophila Embryogenesis in "Molecular and Developmental Biology of Cartilage" Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. B. de Crombrugghe, Ed.

Bender, W., Simon, J., Karch, F., O'Connor M.B., and Peifer, M. (1989) Segmental Regulation of the Bithorax Complex of Drosophila. In Molecular Biology of EarlyDrosophila and Mouse Development . M. Capecchi ed. ColdSpring Harbor Laboratory Press. N.Y.

Invited Commentary:

Peterson, A.J. and O’Connor M.B. (2012) You’re going to need a bigger (glass bottom) boat Science Signaling 5(218) pe14 PMID: 22472647

Yamanaka, N., and O’Connor, M.B.  (2011) Caste differentiation: Royal secrets in the Queen’s Fat Body Current biology 21: R510-2 PMID: 21741589

Yamanaka, N. and O’Connor, MB. (2011) Nitric oxide directly regulates gene expression during Drosophila development: Need some gas to drive into metamorphosis? Genes and Development  25: 1459-63 PMID: 21764850