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!]

Schaub 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

Catches, J.S., Xu J. & Contractor, A. (2012) Genetic ablation of the GluK4 receptor subunit causes anxiolytic and antidepressant-like behavior in mice. Behavioural Brain Research 228:406-14

Contractor, A., Mulle, C. & Swanson, G.T. (2011) Kainate receptors coming of age: milestones of two decades of research. Trends In Neurosciences 34:154-163

Xu, J., Cohen, B.N. Zhu, Y., Dziewczapolski, G., Panda, S., Lester, H.A., Heinemann, S.F., & Contractor, A. (2011) Altered activity-rest patterns in mice with a human autosomal-dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy mutation in the β2 nicotinic receptor. Molecular Psychiatry 16:378-88  In the news: [Northwestern News]

Antion, M.D., Christie, L.A., Bond, A.M., Dalva, M.B., & Contractor, A. (2010) Ephrin-B3 regulates glutamate receptor signaling at hippocampal synapses. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience 45:378-88

Renner, M., Lacor, P.M., Velasco, P.T., Xu, J., Contractor, A., Klein, W.L., & Triller, A. (2010) Deleterious effects of amyloid beta oligomers acting as an extracellular scaffold for mGluR5. Neuron 66:739-54

Christie L.A., Russell, T.A., Xu, J., Wood, L. Shepherd, G.M.G., Contractor, A. (2010) AMPA receptor desensitization mutation results in severe developmental phenotypes and early postnatal lethality. Proc Natl Acad Sciences 107:9412-7

Harlow, E. G., Till, S. M., Russell, T. A., Wijetunge, L. S., Kind, P., and Contractor, A. (2010) Critical Period Plasticity Is Disrupted in the Barrel Cortex of Fmr1 Knockout Mice. Neuron 65, 385-398  In the news: [Times] [BBC] [Daily Mail] [Science Daily]

Fernandes, H.B., Catches, J.S., Petralia, R.S., Copits, B.A., Xu, J., Russell, T.A., Swanson, G.T., & Contractor, A. (2009) High-affinity kainate receptor subunits are necessary for ionotropic but not metabotropic signaling. Neuron 63:818-29

Xu, J., Zhu, Y., Contractor, A. & Heinemann, S.F. (2009) mGluR5 has a critical role in inhibitory learning.  Journal of Neuroscience 29:3676-3684  In the news: [Science Daily]

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