He Q., Arroya E., Smukowski, S.N., Xu, J., Piochon C., Savas, J.N., Portera-Cailliau, C. & Contractor, A. Critical Period Inhibition of NKCC1 Rectifies Synapse Plasticity in the Somatosensory cortex and Restores Adult Tactile Response Maps in Fragile X Mice.  In Press at Molecular Psychiatry

Marshall, J.J., Xu, J. & Contractor, A. Kainate receptors inhibit glutamate release via mobilization of endocannabinoids in striatal direct pathway Spiny Projection Neurons (dSPNs)  The Journal of Neuroscience

Banala, S., Arvin, M.C., Bannon, N.M., Xiao-Tao, J. Wang, Y., Zhao, G., Marsall, J.J., Gee, K.R., Wokosin, D.L., Contractor, A., Lester, H.A., Kozorovitskiy, Y., Drenan, R.M. & Lavis L.D. Development of photoactivatable drugs enables nicotinic optopharmacology. In Press at Nature Methods

Nomura, T., Marshall, J.J., Zhu, Y., Remmers, C.L., Xu, J., & Contractor, A. (2017) Delayed maturation of fast-spiking interneurons is rectified by activation of TrkB receptor in the mouse model of Fragile X syndrome. The Journal of Neuroscience 37:11298-11310

Pyronneau, A., He, Q., Hwang, J.Y., Porch, M., Contractor, A. & Zukin, R.S. (2017) Aberrant Rac1-cofilin signaling mediates defects in dendritic spines, synaptic function, and sensory perception in fragile X syndrome Science Signaling 10 (504)

Xu J, Marshall JJ, Fernandes HB, Nomura T, Copits BA, Procissi D, Mori S, Wang L, Zhu Y, Swanson GT, Contractor A (2017)  Complete Disruption of the Kainate Receptor Gene Family Results in Corticostriatal Dysfunction in Mice.                 Cell Reports 18, 1848–185  [Northwestern Now] [Science Daily] [EurekaAlert!]

Straub C, Noam Y, Nomura T, Yamasaki M, Procissi D, Yan D, Fernandes HB, Zhang P, Howe JR, Watanabe M, Contractor A, Tomita S (2016)  Distinct Subunit Domains Govern Synaptic Stability and Specificity of the Kainate Receptor. Cell Reports 16, 531-544

Nomura T, Oyamada Y, Fernandes HB, Remmers C, Xu J, Meltzer H, Contractor A (2015)  Subchronic phencyclidine treatment in adult mice increases GABAergic transmission and LTP threshold in the hippocampus. Neuropharmacology  S0028-3908(15)00141-0

Contractor A, Klyachko VA, Portera-Cailliau C (2015) Altered Neuronal and Circuit Excitability

in Fragile X Syndrome. Neuron 87(4) p699–715  [Review]

Fernandes HB, Riordan S, Nomura T, Remmers CL, Kraniotis SA, Marshall JJ, Kukreja L, Vassar R, Contractor A (2015) Epac2 mediates cAMP-dependant potentiation of neurotransmission in the hippocampus.  The Journal of Neuroscience 35(16):6544-53

Xu J, Antion MD, Nomura T, Kraniotis S, Zhu Y, Contractor A (2014) Hippocampal metaplasticity is required for the formation of temporal associative memories.  The Journal of Neuroscience 34(50):16762-73

Timothy J. Burbridge, Hong-Ping Xu, James B. Ackman, Xinxin Ge, Yueyi Zhang, Mei-Jun Ye, Z. Jimmy Zhou, Jian Xu, Anis Contractor, Michael C. Crair (2014) Visual Circuit Development Requires Patterned Activity Mediated by Retinal Acetycholine Receptors.  Neuron 84(5): 1049-1064

He, Q., Nomura, T., Xu, J., & Contractor, A. (2014) The Developmental Switch in GABA Polarity Is Delayed in Fragile X Mice.  The Journal of Neuroscience 34(2):446–450  In the news: [Feinberg News]

Xu, J., Zhu, Y., He, Q., Marshall, J.J., Nomura, T., Stauffer, S.R., Lindsley, C.W., Conn, P.J. & Contractor, A. (2013) Potentiating mGluR5 function with a poitive allosteric modulator enhances adaptive learning. Learning and Memory 20:438-45

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