October 12, 2020

Tissue topography steers migrating Drosophila border cells

August 31, 2020

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Guangxia Miao and Denise Montell
July 13, 2020

During embryonic development and cancer metastasis, migratory cells must establish stable connections with new partners at their destinations. Here we establish the Drosophila border cells as a model for this multistep process. During oogenesis, border cells delaminate from the follicular epithelium and migrate. When they reach their target, the oocyte, they undergo a stereotypical series of steps to adhere to it, then connect with another migrating epithelium. We identify gap-junction-forming Innexin proteins as critical. Surprisingly, the channel function is dispensable.

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July 02, 2020

If we had been bro’s, you would call my relationship with Suzanne a “bro’mance.” Of course we were not bros, and many people here felt a unique and special bond with Suzanne.  She made us feel that way. Still, I feel that Suzanne and I are kindred spirits.

June 17, 2020

Congratulations to Maddalena Nano on receiving the 2020 Errett Fisher postdoctoral fellowship!

May 27, 2020

Congrats to Chris who was selected for the  2020 Otto J. Holmok Fellowship. Way to go Chris!

Xiaoran Guo
May 15, 2020

Congratulations to Xiaoran who earned a prestigious dissertation fellowship! Way to go Xiaoran!

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May 15, 2020

Congratulations on acceptance of your paper for publication in Developmental Cell! Great job Guangxia!

October 01, 2019

Projection of a border cell cluster imaged with super-resolution Airyscan microscopy with DNA in blue and F-actin stained with phalloidin in orange. In their article, Mishra et al., show three new functions for myosin activity within and between border cells and propose a major revision to our understanding of the roles protrusions play in steering the migration . (Image: Joseph Campanale, University of California Santa Barbara).

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