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David L. Van Vactor Jr., Ph.D.

TitleProfessor of Cell Biology
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentCell Biology
AddressHarvard Medical School
Cell Biology, LHRRB - 409
45 Shattuck St
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/432-2195
Fax617/432-2808
Other Positions
TitleDirector, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program
InstitutionHarvard Medical School
DepartmentBiological and Biomedical Sciences


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  1. Marler KJ, Suetterlin P, Dopplapudi A, Rubikaite A, Adnan J, Maiorano NA, Lowe AS, Thompson ID, Pathania M, Bordey A, Fulga T, Van Vactor DL, Hindges R, Drescher U. BDNF Promotes Axon Branching of Retinal Ganglion Cells via miRNA-132 and p250GAP. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 15; 34(3):969-79.
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  2. Walker JA, Gouzi JY, Long JB, Huang S, Maher RC, Xia H, Khalil K, Ray A, Van Vactor D, Bernards R, Bernards A. Genetic and Functional Studies Implicate Synaptic Overgrowth and Ring Gland cAMP/PKA Signaling Defects in the Drosophila melanogaster Neurofibromatosis-1 Growth Deficiency. PLoS Genet. 2013 Nov; 9(11):e1003958.
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  3. Berke B, Wittnam J, McNeill E, Van Vactor DL, Keshishian H. Retrograde BMP Signaling at the Synapse: A Permissive Signal for Synapse Maturation and Activity-Dependent Plasticity. J Neurosci. 2013 Nov 6; 33(45):17937-50.
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  4. Sen A, Dimlich DN, Guruharsha KG, Kankel MW, Hori K, Yokokura T, Brachat S, Richardson D, Loureiro J, Sivasankaran R, Curtis D, Davidow LS, Rubin LL, Hart AC, Van Vactor D, Artavanis-Tsakonas S. Genetic circuitry of Survival motor neuron, the gene underlying spinal muscular atrophy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 25; 110(26):E2371-80.
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  5. Gutlerner JL, Van Vactor D. Catalyzing curriculum evolution in graduate science education. Cell. 2013 May 9; 153(4):731-6.
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  6. Li W, Cressy M, Qin H, Fulga T, Van Vactor D, Dubnau J. MicroRNA-276a Functions in Ellipsoid Body and Mushroom Body Neurons for Naive and Conditioned Olfactory Avoidance in Drosophila. J Neurosci. 2013 Mar 27; 33(13):5821-33.
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  7. Long JB, Van Vactor D. Embryonic and larval neural connectivity: progressive changes in synapse form and function at the neuromuscular junction mediated by cytoskeletal regulation. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2013 Nov; 2(6):747-65.
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  8. Lowery LA, Faris AE, Stout A, Van Vactor D. Neural Explant Cultures from Xenopus laevis. J Vis Exp. 2012; (68).
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  9. McNeill E, Van Vactor D. MicroRNAs shape the neuronal landscape. Neuron. 2012 Aug 9; 75(3):363-79.
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  10. Pathania M, Torres-Reveron J, Yan L, Kimura T, Lin TV, Gordon V, Teng ZQ, Zhao X, Fulga TA, Van Vactor D, Bordey A. miR-132 enhances dendritic morphogenesis, spine density, synaptic integration, and survival of newborn olfactory bulb neurons. PLoS One. 2012; 7(5):e38174.
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  11. Long JB, Van Vactor D. Maintaining muscle mitochondria via transsynaptic signaling. Dev Cell. 2012 Feb 14; 22(2):238-9.
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  12. Smart AD, Course MM, Rawson J, Selleck S, Van Vactor D, Johnson KG. Heparan sulfate proteoglycan specificity during axon pathway formation in the Drosophila embryo. Dev Neurobiol. 2011 Jul; 71(7):608-18.
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  13. Loya CM, Van Vactor D, Fulga TA. Understanding neuronal connectivity through the post-transcriptional toolkit. Genes Dev. 2010 Apr 1; 24(7):625-35.
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  14. Loya CM, Lu CS, Van Vactor D, Fulga TA. Transgenic microRNA inhibition with spatiotemporal specificity in intact organisms. Nat Methods. 2009 Dec; 6(12):897-903.
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  15. Lowery LA, Van Vactor D. The trip of the tip: understanding the growth cone machinery. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2009 May; 10(5):332-43.
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  16. Chang HC, Dimlich DN, Yokokura T, Mukherjee A, Kankel MW, Sen A, Sridhar V, Fulga TA, Hart AC, Van Vactor D, Artavanis-Tsakonas S. Modeling spinal muscular atrophy in Drosophila. PLoS One. 2008; 3(9):e3209.
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  17. Fulga TA, Van Vactor D. Synapses and growth cones on two sides of a highwire. Neuron. 2008 Feb 7; 57(3):339-44.
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  18. Lu CS, Van Vactor D. Synapse specificity: Wnts keep motor axons on target. Curr Biol. 2007 Oct 23; 17(20):R895-8.
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  19. Johnson KG, Tenney AP, Ghose A, Duckworth AM, Higashi ME, Parfitt K, Marcu O, Heslip TR, Marsh JL, Schwarz TL, Flanagan JG, Van Vactor D. The HSPGs Syndecan and Dallylike bind the receptor phosphatase LAR and exert distinct effects on synaptic development. Neuron. 2006 Feb 16; 49(4):517-31.
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  20. Van Vactor D, Wall DP, Johnson KG. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans and the emergence of neuronal connectivity. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2006 Feb; 16(1):40-51.
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  21. Miller KE, DeProto J, Kaufmann N, Patel BN, Duckworth A, Van Vactor D. Direct observation demonstrates that Liprin-alpha is required for trafficking of synaptic vesicles. Curr Biol. 2005 Apr 12; 15(7):684-9.
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  22. Lee H, Engel U, Rusch J, Scherrer S, Sheard K, Van Vactor D. The microtubule plus end tracking protein Orbit/MAST/CLASP acts downstream of the tyrosine kinase Abl in mediating axon guidance. Neuron. 2004 Jun 24; 42(6):913-26.
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  23. Johnson KG, Ghose A, Epstein E, Lincecum J, O'Connor MB, Van Vactor D. Axonal heparan sulfate proteoglycans regulate the distribution and efficiency of the repellent slit during midline axon guidance. Curr Biol. 2004 Mar 23; 14(6):499-504.
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  24. Krueger NX, Reddy RS, Johnson K, Bateman J, Kaufmann N, Scalice D, Van Vactor D, Saito H. Functions of the ectodomain and cytoplasmic tyrosine phosphatase domains of receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase Dlar in vivo. Mol Cell Biol. 2003 Oct; 23(19):6909-21.
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  25. Lee H, Van Vactor D. Neurons take shape. Curr Biol. 2003 Feb 18; 13(4):R152-61.
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  26. Johnson KG, Van Vactor D. Receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases in nervous system development. Physiol Rev. 2003 Jan; 83(1):1-24.
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  27. Wills Z, Emerson M, Rusch J, Bikoff J, Baum B, Perrimon N, Van Vactor D. A Drosophila homolog of cyclase-associated proteins collaborates with the Abl tyrosine kinase to control midline axon pathfinding. Neuron. 2002 Nov 14; 36(4):611-22.
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  28. Emerson MM, Van Vactor D. Robo is Abl to block N-Cadherin function. Nat Cell Biol. 2002 Oct; 4(10):E227-30.
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  29. Ghose A, Van Vactor D. GAPs in Slit-Robo signaling. Bioessays. 2002 May; 24(5):401-4.
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  30. Patel BN, Van Vactor DL. Axon guidance: the cytoplasmic tail. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2002 Apr; 14(2):221-9.
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  31. Kaufmann N, DeProto J, Ranjan R, Wan H, Van Vactor D. Drosophila liprin-alpha and the receptor phosphatase Dlar control synapse morphogenesis. Neuron. 2002 Mar 28; 34(1):27-38.
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