Nicholas Harden

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Neuronal plasticity requires actin cytoskeleton remodeling and local protein translation in response to extracellular signals. Rho GTPase pathways control actin reorganization, while the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) regulates the synthesis of specific proteins. Mutations affecting either pathway produce neuronal connectivity defects in model(More)
The Rho subfamily of Ras-related small GTP-binding proteins is involved in regulation of the cytoskeleton. The cytoskeletal changes induced by two members of this subfamily, Rho and Rac, in response to growth factor stimulation, have dramatic effects on cell morphology. We are interested in using Drosophila as a system for studying how such effects(More)
Changes in cell morphology are essential in the development of a multicellular organism. The regulation of the cytoskeleton by the Rho subfamily of small GTP-binding proteins is an important determinant of cell shape. The Rho subfamily has been shown to participate in a variety of morphogenetic processes during Drosophila melanogaster development. We(More)
The SH2/SH3 adaptor protein Dock has been proposed to transduce signals from guidance receptors to the actin cytoskeleton in Drosophila photoreceptor (R cell) growth cones. Here, we demonstrate that Drosophila p21-activated kinase (Pak) is required in a Dock pathway regulating R cell axon guidance and targeting. Dock and Pak colocalize to R cell axons and(More)
Wound healing in embryos and various developmental events in metazoans require the spreading and fusion of epithelial sheets. The complex signaling pathways regulating these processes are being pieced together through genetic, cell biological, and biochemical approaches. At present, dorsal closure of the Drosophila embryo is the best-characterized example(More)
The Rho subfamily of Ras-related small GTPases participates in a variety of cellular events including organization of the actin cytoskeleton and signalling by c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38 kinase cascades. These functions of the Rho subfamily are likely to be required in many developmental events. We have been studying the participation of the RHO(More)
During Drosophila embryogenesis the two halves of the lateral epidermis migrate dorsally over a surface of flattened cells, the amnioserosa, and meet at the dorsal midline in order to form the continuous sheet of the larval epidermis. During this process of epithelial migration, known as dorsal closure, signaling from a Jun-amino-terminal-kinase cascade(More)
Dorsal closure of the Drosophila embryo involves morphological changes in two epithelia, the epidermis and the amnioserosa, and is a popular system for studying the regulation of epithelial morphogenesis. We previously implicated the small GTPase Drac1 in the assembly of an actomyosin contractile apparatus, contributing to cell shape change in the epidermis(More)
BACKGROUND Developmental processes are intimately tied to signaling events that integrate the dynamic reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and membrane dynamics. The F-BAR-domain-containing proteins are prime candidates to couple actin dynamics and membrane trafficking in different morphogenetic processes. RESULTS Here, we present the functional(More)
During epithelial development cells become polarized along their apical-basal axis and some epithelia also exhibit polarity in the plane of the tissue. Mutations in the gene encoding a Drosophila Pak family serine/threonine kinase, dPak, disrupt the follicular epithelium that covers developing egg chambers during oogenesis. The follicular epithelium(More)