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Andrew B. Lassar, Ph.D.

TitleProfessor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentBiological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
AddressHarvard Medical School
Biol. Chem. & Molec. Pharm.
240 Longwood Ave
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/432-3831
Fax617/738-0516

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  1. Ogawa H, Kozhemyakina E, Hung HH, Grodzinsky AJ, Lassar AB. Mechanical motion promotes expression of Prg4 in articular cartilage via multiple CREB-dependent, fluid flow shear stress-induced signaling pathways. Genes Dev. 2014 Jan 15; 28(2):127-39.
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  2. Kozhemyakina E, Ionescu A, Lassar AB. GATA6 Is a Crucial Regulator of Shh in the Limb Bud. PLoS Genet. 2014 Jan; 10(1):e1004072.
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  3. Clark CD, Zhang B, Lee B, Evans SI, Lassar AB, Lee KH. Evolutionary conservation of Nkx2.5 autoregulation in the second heart field. Dev Biol. 2013 Feb 1; 374(1):198-209.
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  4. Ionescu A, Kozhemyakina E, Nicolae C, Kaestner KH, Olsen BR, Lassar AB. FoxA family members are crucial regulators of the hypertrophic chondrocyte differentiation program. Dev Cell. 2012 May 15; 22(5):927-39.
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  5. Lassar A. Finding MyoD with a little help from my friends. Nat Cell Biol. 2012 Feb; 14(2):116.
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  6. Kamei CN, Kempf H, Yelin R, Daoud G, James RG, Lassar AB, Tabin CJ, Schultheiss TM. Promotion of avian endothelial cell differentiation by GATA transcription factors. Dev Biol. 2011 May 1; 353(1):29-37.
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  7. Lassar AB. The p38 MAPK family, a pushmi-pullyu of skeletal muscle differentiation. J Cell Biol. 2009 Dec 28; 187(7):941-3.
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  8. Kozhemyakina E, Cohen T, Yao TP, Lassar AB. Parathyroid hormone-related peptide represses chondrocyte hypertrophy through a protein phosphatase 2A/histone deacetylase 4/MEF2 pathway. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Nov; 29(21):5751-62.
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  9. Kumar D, Lassar AB. The transcriptional activity of Sox9 in chondrocytes is regulated by RhoA signaling and actin polymerization. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Aug; 29(15):4262-73.
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  10. Kumar D, Shadrach JL, Wagers AJ, Lassar AB. Id3 is a direct transcriptional target of Pax7 in quiescent satellite cells. Mol Biol Cell. 2009 Jul; 20(14):3170-7.
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  11. Cairns DM, Sato ME, Lee PG, Lassar AB, Zeng L. A gradient of Shh establishes mutually repressing somitic cell fates induced by Nkx3.2 and Pax3. Dev Biol. 2008 Nov 15; 323(2):152-65.
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  12. Kempf H, Ionescu A, Udager AM, Lassar AB. Prochondrogenic signals induce a competence for Runx2 to activate hypertrophic chondrocyte gene expression. Dev Dyn. 2007 Jul; 236(7):1954-62.
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  13. Holowacz T, Zeng L, Lassar AB. Asymmetric localization of numb in the chick somite and the influence of myogenic signals. Dev Dyn. 2006 Mar; 235(3):633-45.
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  14. Provot S, Kempf H, Murtaugh LC, Chung UI, Kim DW, Chyung J, Kronenberg HM, Lassar AB. Nkx3.2/Bapx1 acts as a negative regulator of chondrocyte maturation. Development. 2006 Feb; 133(4):651-62.
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  15. Lee KH, Evans S, Ruan TY, Lassar AB. SMAD-mediated modulation of YY1 activity regulates the BMP response and cardiac-specific expression of a GATA4/5/6-dependent chick Nkx2.5 enhancer. Development. 2004 Oct; 131(19):4709-23.
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  16. Tzahor E, Kempf H, Mootoosamy RC, Poon AC, Abzhanov A, Tabin CJ, Dietrich S, Lassar AB. Antagonists of Wnt and BMP signaling promote the formation of vertebrate head muscle. Genes Dev. 2003 Dec 15; 17(24):3087-99.
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  17. Kim DW, Lassar AB. Smad-dependent recruitment of a histone deacetylase/Sin3A complex modulates the bone morphogenetic protein-dependent transcriptional repressor activity of Nkx3.2. Mol Cell Biol. 2003 Dec; 23(23):8704-17.
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  18. Abzhanov A, Tzahor E, Lassar AB, Tabin CJ. Dissimilar regulation of cell differentiation in mesencephalic (cranial) and sacral (trunk) neural crest cells in vitro. Development. 2003 Oct; 130(19):4567-79.
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  19. Kim DW, Kempf H, Chen RE, Lassar AB. Characterization of Nkx3.2 DNA binding specificity and its requirement for somitic chondrogenesis. J Biol Chem. 2003 Jul 25; 278(30):27532-9.
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  20. Stuckmann I, Evans S, Lassar AB. Erythropoietin and retinoic acid, secreted from the epicardium, are required for cardiac myocyte proliferation. Dev Biol. 2003 Mar 15; 255(2):334-49.
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  21. Zeng L, Kempf H, Murtaugh LC, Sato ME, Lassar AB. Shh establishes an Nkx3.2/Sox9 autoregulatory loop that is maintained by BMP signals to induce somitic chondrogenesis. Genes Dev. 2002 Aug 1; 16(15):1990-2005.
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  22. Lazaro JB, Bailey PJ, Lassar AB. Cyclin D-cdk4 activity modulates the subnuclear localization and interaction of MEF2 with SRC-family coactivators during skeletal muscle differentiation. Genes Dev. 2002 Jul 15; 16(14):1792-805.
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  23. Stuckmann I, Lassar AB. Erythropoietin and retinoic acid signaling in the epicardium is required for cardiac myocyte proliferation. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 2002; 67:45-8.
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  24. Bailey P, Holowacz T, Lassar AB. The origin of skeletal muscle stem cells in the embryo and the adult. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2001 Dec; 13(6):679-89.
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  25. Schweitzer R, Chyung JH, Murtaugh LC, Brent AE, Rosen V, Olson EN, Lassar A, Tabin CJ. Analysis of the tendon cell fate using Scleraxis, a specific marker for tendons and ligaments. Development. 2001 Oct; 128(19):3855-66.
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  26. Murtaugh LC, Zeng L, Chyung JH, Lassar AB. The chick transcriptional repressor Nkx3.2 acts downstream of Shh to promote BMP-dependent axial chondrogenesis. Dev Cell. 2001 Sep; 1(3):411-22.
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  27. Nielsen C, Murtaugh LC, Chyung JC, Lassar A, Roberts DJ. Gizzard formation and the role of Bapx1. Dev Biol. 2001 Mar 1; 231(1):164-74.
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  28. Marvin MJ, Di Rocco G, Gardiner A, Bush SM, Lassar AB. Inhibition of Wnt activity induces heart formation from posterior mesoderm. Genes Dev. 2001 Feb 1; 15(3):316-27.
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  29. Tzahor E, Lassar AB. Wnt signals from the neural tube block ectopic cardiogenesis. Genes Dev. 2001 Feb 1; 15(3):255-60.
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  30. Heanue TA, Reshef R, Davis RJ, Mardon G, Oliver G, Tomarev S, Lassar AB, Tabin CJ. Synergistic regulation of vertebrate muscle development by Dach2, Eya2, and Six1, homologs of genes required for Drosophila eye formation. Genes Dev. 1999 Dec 15; 13(24):3231-43.
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  31. Zhu L, Marvin MJ, Gardiner A, Lassar AB, Mercola M, Stern CD, Levin M. Cerberus regulates left-right asymmetry of the embryonic head and heart. Curr Biol. 1999 Sep 9; 9(17):931-8.
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  32. Novitch BG, Spicer DB, Kim PS, Cheung WL, Lassar AB. pRb is required for MEF2-dependent gene expression as well as cell-cycle arrest during skeletal muscle differentiation. Curr Biol. 1999 May 6; 9(9):449-59.
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  33. Murtaugh LC, Chyung JH, Lassar AB. Sonic hedgehog promotes somitic chondrogenesis by altering the cellular response to BMP signaling. Genes Dev. 1999 Jan 15; 13(2):225-37.
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  34. Reshef R, Maroto M, Lassar AB. Regulation of dorsal somitic cell fates: BMPs and Noggin control the timing and pattern of myogenic regulator expression. Genes Dev. 1998 Feb 1; 12(3):290-303.
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  35. Sellers WR, Novitch BG, Miyake S, Heith A, Otterson GA, Kaye FJ, Lassar AB, Kaelin WG. Stable binding to E2F is not required for the retinoblastoma protein to activate transcription, promote differentiation, and suppress tumor cell growth. Genes Dev. 1998 Jan 1; 12(1):95-106.
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  36. Maroto M, Reshef R, Münsterberg AE, Koester S, Goulding M, Lassar AB. Ectopic Pax-3 activates MyoD and Myf-5 expression in embryonic mesoderm and neural tissue. Cell. 1997 Apr 4; 89(1):139-48.
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  37. Schultheiss TM, Burch JB, Lassar AB. A role for bone morphogenetic proteins in the induction of cardiac myogenesis. Genes Dev. 1997 Feb 15; 11(4):451-62.
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  38. Schultheiss TM, Lassar AB. Induction of chick cardiac myogenesis by bone morphogenetic proteins. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 1997; 62:413-9.
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  39. Skapek SX, Rhee J, Kim PS, Novitch BG, Lassar AB. Cyclin-mediated inhibition of muscle gene expression via a mechanism that is independent of pRB hyperphosphorylation. Mol Cell Biol. 1996 Dec; 16(12):7043-53.
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  40. Novitch BG, Mulligan GJ, Jacks T, Lassar AB. Skeletal muscle cells lacking the retinoblastoma protein display defects in muscle gene expression and accumulate in S and G2 phases of the cell cycle. J Cell Biol. 1996 Oct; 135(2):441-56.
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  41. Spicer DB, Rhee J, Cheung WL, Lassar AB. Inhibition of myogenic bHLH and MEF2 transcription factors by the bHLH protein Twist. Science. 1996 Jun 7; 272(5267):1476-80.
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  42. Lassar AB, Münsterberg AE. The role of positive and negative signals in somite patterning. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Feb; 6(1):57-63.
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  43. Schultheiss TM, Xydas S, Lassar AB. Induction of avian cardiac myogenesis by anterior endoderm. Development. 1995 Dec; 121(12):4203-14.
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  44. Münsterberg AE, Kitajewski J, Bumcrot DA, McMahon AP, Lassar AB. Combinatorial signaling by Sonic hedgehog and Wnt family members induces myogenic bHLH gene expression in the somite. Genes Dev. 1995 Dec 1; 9(23):2911-22.
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  45. Münsterberg AE, Lassar AB. Combinatorial signals from the neural tube, floor plate and notochord induce myogenic bHLH gene expression in the somite. Development. 1995 Mar; 121(3):651-60.
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  46. Skapek SX, Rhee J, Spicer DB, Lassar AB. Inhibition of myogenic differentiation in proliferating myoblasts by cyclin D1-dependent kinase. Science. 1995 Feb 17; 267(5200):1022-4.
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  47. Halevy O, Novitch BG, Spicer DB, Skapek SX, Rhee J, Hannon GJ, Beach D, Lassar AB. Correlation of terminal cell cycle arrest of skeletal muscle with induction of p21 by MyoD. Science. 1995 Feb 17; 267(5200):1018-21.
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  48. Lassar AB, Skapek SX, Novitch B. Regulatory mechanisms that coordinate skeletal muscle differentiation and cell cycle withdrawal. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1994 Dec; 6(6):788-94.
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  49. Lassar A, Münsterberg A. Wiring diagrams: regulatory circuits and the control of skeletal myogenesis. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1994 Jun; 6(3):432-42.
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  50. Tapscott SJ, Lassar AB, Weintraub H. A novel myoblast enhancer element mediates MyoD transcription. Mol Cell Biol. 1992 Nov; 12(11):4994-5003.
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  51. Weintraub H, Dwarki VJ, Verma I, Davis R, Hollenberg S, Snider L, Lassar A, Tapscott SJ. Muscle-specific transcriptional activation by MyoD. Genes Dev. 1991 Aug; 5(8):1377-86.
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  52. Lassar AB, Davis RL, Wright WE, Kadesch T, Murre C, Voronova A, Baltimore D, Weintraub H. Functional activity of myogenic HLH proteins requires hetero-oligomerization with E12/E47-like proteins in vivo. Cell. 1991 Jul 26; 66(2):305-15.
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  53. Crescenzi M, Fleming TP, Lassar AB, Weintraub H, Aaronson SA. MyoD induces growth arrest independent of differentiation in normal and transformed cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1990 Nov; 87(21):8442-6.
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  54. Weintraub H, Davis R, Lockshon D, Lassar A. MyoD binds cooperatively to two sites in a target enhancer sequence: occupancy of two sites is required for activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1990 Aug; 87(15):5623-7.
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  55. Davis RL, Cheng PF, Lassar AB, Weintraub H. The MyoD DNA binding domain contains a recognition code for muscle-specific gene activation. Cell. 1990 Mar 9; 60(5):733-46.
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  56. Tapscott SJ, Davis RL, Lassar AB, Weintraub H. MyoD: a regulatory gene of skeletal myogenesis. Adv Exp Med Biol. 1990; 280:3-5; discussion 5-6.
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  57. Benezra R, Davis RL, Lassar A, Tapscott S, Thayer M, Lockshon D, Weintraub H. Id: a negative regulator of helix-loop-helix DNA binding proteins. Control of terminal myogenic differentiation. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1990; 599:1-11.
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  58. Sassoon D, Lyons G, Wright WE, Lin V, Lassar A, Weintraub H, Buckingham M. Expression of two myogenic regulatory factors myogenin and MyoD1 during mouse embryogenesis. Nature. 1989 Sep 28; 341(6240):303-7.
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  59. Lassar AB, Buskin JN, Lockshon D, Davis RL, Apone S, Hauschka SD, Weintraub H. MyoD is a sequence-specific DNA binding protein requiring a region of myc homology to bind to the muscle creatine kinase enhancer. Cell. 1989 Sep 8; 58(5):823-31.
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  60. Lassar AB, Thayer MJ, Overell RW, Weintraub H. Transformation by activated ras or fos prevents myogenesis by inhibiting expression of MyoD1. Cell. 1989 Aug 25; 58(4):659-67.
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  61. Murre C, McCaw PS, Vaessin H, Caudy M, Jan LY, Jan YN, Cabrera CV, Buskin JN, Hauschka SD, Lassar AB, et al. Interactions between heterologous helix-loop-helix proteins generate complexes that bind specifically to a common DNA sequence. Cell. 1989 Aug 11; 58(3):537-44.
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  62. Tapscott SJ, Lassar AB, Davis RL, Weintraub H. 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine blocks myogenesis by extinguishing expression of MyoD1. Science. 1989 Aug 4; 245(4917):532-6.
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  63. Thayer MJ, Tapscott SJ, Davis RL, Wright WE, Lassar AB, Weintraub H. Positive autoregulation of the myogenic determination gene MyoD1. Cell. 1989 Jul 28; 58(2):241-8.
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  64. Weintraub H, Tapscott SJ, Davis RL, Thayer MJ, Adam MA, Lassar AB, Miller AD. Activation of muscle-specific genes in pigment, nerve, fat, liver, and fibroblast cell lines by forced expression of MyoD. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1989 Jul; 86(14):5434-8.
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  65. Davis RL, Cheng PF, Lassar AB, Thayer M, Tapscott S, Weintraub H. MyoD and achaete-scute: 4-5 amino acids distinguishes myogenesis from neurogenesis. Princess Takamatsu Symp. 1989; 20:267-78.
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  66. Tapscott SJ, Davis RL, Thayer MJ, Cheng PF, Weintraub H, Lassar AB. MyoD1: a nuclear phosphoprotein requiring a Myc homology region to convert fibroblasts to myoblasts. Science. 1988 Oct 21; 242(4877):405-11.
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  67. Davis RL, Weintraub H, Lassar AB. Expression of a single transfected cDNA converts fibroblasts to myoblasts. Cell. 1987 Dec 24; 51(6):987-1000.
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  68. Lassar AB, Paterson BM, Weintraub H. Transfection of a DNA locus that mediates the conversion of 10T1/2 fibroblasts to myoblasts. Cell. 1986 Dec 5; 47(5):649-56.
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  69. Lassar AB, Hamer DH, Roeder RG. Stable transcription complex on a class III gene in a minichromosome. Mol Cell Biol. 1985 Jan; 5(1):40-5.
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  70. Lassar AB, Martin PL, Roeder RG. Transcription of class III genes: formation of preinitiation complexes. Science. 1983 Nov 18; 222(4625):740-8.
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  71. Apirion D, Lassar AB. A conditional lethal mutant of Escherichia coli which affects the processing of ribosomal RNA. J Biol Chem. 1978 Mar 10; 253(5):1738-42.
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