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Recent Publications

Rahman, R, Chirn,GW, Kanodia, A, Sytnikova, YA, Brembs, B, Bergman, CM, and Lau, NC. (2015) Unique transposon landscapes are pervasive across Drosophila melanogaster genomes. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1193 [Open Access Link]

Chirn,GW, Rahman, R, Sytnikova, YA, Matts, JA, Zeng, M, Gerlach, D,  Yu, M, Berger, B,  Kile, BT, and Lau, NC. (2015) Conserved piRNA expression from a distinct set of piRNA cluster loci in Eutherian mammals. PLoS Genetics. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005652 [Open Access Link]

Sytnikova*, YA., Rahman*, R., Chirn, G.W., Post, C., Clark, J., and Lau, N.C. (2014).  Transposable element dynamics and PIWI regulation impacts lncRNA and gene expression diversity in Drosophila ovarian cell cultures. Genome Res. Dec;24(12):1977-90. [PDF]. Additional Items For This Paper.

Post, C*, Clark*, JP, Sytnikova*, Y., Chirn, G.W., and Lau, N.C. (2014). The capacity of target silencing by the Drosophila Piwi protein and piRNAs. RNA. Dec;20(12):1977-86. [PDF].

Clark, JP, and Lau, N.C. (2014)  Piwi proteins and piRNAs step onto the systems biology stage. Adv Exp Med Biol. Systems Biology and Genomics of RNA binding proteins and RNA processing. 2014;825:159-97. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-1221-6_5. [PDF]

Ow MC, Lau NC, Hall SE.  (2014) Small RNA Library Cloning Procedure for Deep Sequencing of Specific Endogenous siRNA Classes in Caenorhabditis elegans. Methods Mol Biol. 1173:59-70. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0931-5_6. [PDF].

Arnold CD, Gerlach D, Spies D, Matts JA, Sytnikova YA, Pagani M, Lau NC, Stark A.  (2014). Quantitative genome-wide enhancer activity maps in five Drosophila species reveal the extent of functional enhancer conservation and turnover during cis-regulatory evolution.  Nature Genetics, 2014 Jul;46(7):685-92. [PDF].

Ghiretti AE, Moore AR, Brenner RG, Chen LF, West AE, Lau NC, Van Hooser SD, Paradis S. (2014)  Rem2 is an activity-dependent negative regulator of dendritic complexity in vivo.  J Neurosci. Jan 8;34(2):392-407. PMID: 24403140 PMCID: PMC3870928. [PDF].

Matts, JA*, Sytnikova, Y*, Chirn, G., Igloi, G.L., and Lau, N.C. (2014). Small RNA library construction from minute biological samples. Methods in Molecular Biology.  Ed. M. Siomi.  1093:123-36. [PDF].

Zeng, M., Kuzirian M.S., Harper, L., Paradis, S., and Lau, N.C. (2013).  Organic small hairpin RNAs (OshR): a Do-It-Yourself platform for transgene-based gene silencing.  Methods.  2013 May 23. pii: S1046-2023(13)00148-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2013.05.007. [PDF].

Sytnikova, Y, and Lau, N.C. (2013).  Does the APC/C mark MIWI and piRNAs for a final farewell?  Developmental Cell.Jan 28;24(2):119-20. [PDF].

Hall, SE, Chirn, G.W., Lau, NC† and Sengupta, P. (2013). RNAi pathways contribute to developmental history-dependent phenotypic plasticity in C. elegansRNA.   Mar;19(3):306-19. [PDF].

Lau NC. (2010) Guiding and guarding gonads: animal germline small RNAs. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. Aug;42(8):1334-47. Epub 2010 Mar 19. [PDF].

Robine N*, Lau NC*†, Balla S*, Jin Z, Okamura K, Kuramochi-Miyagawa S, Blower MD, Lai EC. (2009) A broadly conserved pathway generates 3' UTR-directed primary piRNAs.  Current Biology. Dec 29;19(24):2066-76. [PDF].

Lau NC*†, Robine N*, Martin R, Chung WJ, Niki Y, Berezikov E, Lai EC. (2009) Abundant primary piRNAs, endo-siRNAs and microRNAs in a Drosophila ovary cell line. Genome Research.  Oct;19(10):1776-85. .[PDF].

Lau NC, Ohsumi T, Borowsky ML, Kingston RE, Blower MD. (2009) Systematic and single cell analysis of Xenopus Piwi-interacting RNAs and Xiwi. EMBO Journal. Oct 7;28(19):2945-58. [PDF].


Earlier Publications

Lau NC.Analysis of small endogenous RNAs. Curr Protoc Mol Biol. 2008 Jan;Chapter 26:Unit26.7. [PDF].

Seto AG*, Kingston RE, Lau NC*The coming of age for Piwi proteins. Mol Cell. 2007 Jun 8;26(5):603-9. [PDF].

Lau NC*, Seto AG*, Kim J, Kuramochi-Miyagawa S, Nakano T, Bartel DP, Kingston RE.  Characterization of the piRNA complex from rat testes. Science. 2006 Jul 21;313(5785):363-7. Epub 2006 Jun 15. [PDF].
Lau NC, Lai EC. Diverse roles for RNA in gene regulation.Genome Biol. 2005;6(4):315. Epub 2005 Mar 29.

Lim LP, Lau NC, Garrett-Engele P, Grimson A, Schelter JM, Castle J, Bartel DP, Linsley PS, Johnson JM.  Microarray analysis shows that some microRNAs downregulate large numbers of target mRNAs.  Nature. 2005 Feb 17;433(7027):769-73. Epub 2005 Jan 30.

Landthaler M, Lau NC, Shub DA.  Group I intron homing in Bacillus phages SPO1 and SP82: a gene conversion event initiated by a nicking homing endonuclease. J Bacteriol. 2004 Jul;186(13):4307-4314. PMCID: PMC421625.

Lim LP*, Lau NC*, Weinstein EG*, Abdelhakim AH*, Yekta SO, Rhoades MW, Burge CB, Bartel  DP. The MicroRNAs of Caenorhabditis elegans. Genes Dev.2003 Apr 15;17(8):991-1008. Epub 2003 Apr 02.

Lau NC, Bartel DP. Censors of the Genome. Scientific American. 2003 Aug;289(2):34-42.

Landthaler M, Begley U, Lau NC, Shub DA. Two self-splicing group I introns in the ribonucleotide reductase large subunit gene of Staphylococcus aureus phage Twort. Nucleic Acids Res. 2002 May 1;30(9):1935-43. PMCID: PMC113830.

Lau NC, Lim LP, Weinstein EG, Bartel DP. An abundant class of tiny RNAs with probable regulatory roles in Caenorhabditis elegans. Science. 2001 Oct 26;294(5543):858-62



Small RNA Library Construction for Illumina GAII platform. [PDF].

Quick Q-column Chromatography Isolation of Argonaute and Piwi Complexes. [PDF].


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