Tony J C Harris


Affiliation: University of Toronto
Country: Canada


  1. Zhang Y, Yu J, Jiang T, Fernandez Gonzalez R, Harris T. Collision of Expanding Actin Caps with Actomyosin Borders for Cortical Bending and Mitotic Rounding in a Syncytium. Dev Cell. 2018;45:551-564.e4 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, Arp2/3 caps form clearances of the actomyosin cortex and control buckling and swelling of these clearances for metaphase compartmentalization. ..
  2. Jiang T, McKinley R, McGill M, Angers S, Harris T. A Par-1-Par-3-Centrosome Cell Polarity Pathway and Its Tuning for Isotropic Cell Adhesion. Curr Biol. 2015;25:2701-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Par-1 seems to couple both effects for a potent Baz polarization mechanism that is regulated for the isotropy of Baz and AJs around the cell circumference. ..
  3. Zhang Y, Harris T. Organizing Complex Tissue Architecture by Pushing and Pulling Cell Contacts. Dev Cell. 2018;44:407-409 pubmed publisher
    ..Through cycles of contact lengthening and shortening, the developing Drosophila eye passes through various multicellular configurations to achieve its complex architecture. ..
  4. Harris T, Peifer M. aPKC controls microtubule organization to balance adherens junction symmetry and planar polarity during development. Dev Cell. 2007;12:727-38 pubmed
    ..aPKC apparently regulates this balance. Without aPKC, abnormally strong microtubule interactions break AJ symmetry and epithelial structure is lost. ..
  5. Harris T, Tepass U. Adherens junctions: from molecules to morphogenesis. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2010;11:502-14 pubmed publisher
    ..As a result, we have gained important insights into the molecular mechanisms of tissue morphogenesis. ..
  6. Liu J, Lee D, Yu C, Angers S, Harris T. Stepping stone: a cytohesin adaptor for membrane cytoskeleton restraint in the syncytial Drosophila embryo. Mol Biol Cell. 2015;26:711-25 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall we propose that Sstn acts as a cytohesin adaptor that promotes Steppke activity for localized membrane cytoskeleton restraint in the syncytial Drosophila embryo. ..
  7. Lee D, Wilk R, Hu J, Krause H, Harris T. Germ Cell Segregation from the Drosophila Soma Is Controlled by an Inhibitory Threshold Set by the Arf-GEF Steppke. Genetics. 2015;200:863-72 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that a global distribution of Step normally sets an inhibitory threshold for Rho1 activity to restrict early cell formation to the posterior. ..
  8. Rodrigues F, Shao W, Harris T. The Arf GAP Asap promotes Arf1 function at the Golgi for cleavage furrow biosynthesis in Drosophila. Mol Biol Cell. 2016;27:3143-3155 pubmed
    ..We conclude that Asap is essential for Arf1 to function at the Golgi for cleavage furrow biosynthesis. Asap may recycle Arf1 to the Golgi from post-Golgi membranes, providing optimal Golgi output for specific stages of the cell cycle. ..
  9. West J, Zulueta Coarasa T, Maier J, Lee D, Bruce A, Fernandez Gonzalez R, et al. An Actomyosin-Arf-GEF Negative Feedback Loop for Tissue Elongation under Stress. Curr Biol. 2017;27:2260-2270.e5 pubmed publisher
    ..This rapid negative feedback loop provides a molecular mechanism for attenuating the main tension generator of animal tissues. Such attenuation relaxes tissues and allows orderly elongation under stress. ..

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  1. Harris T. Sculpting epithelia with planar polarized actomyosin networks: Principles from Drosophila. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2018;81:54-61 pubmed publisher