selected publicatons
Independence of 5HT involvement in sleep and arousal from thermoregulation in mice
Xian Zhang*, Hongming Yan*, Yanjia Luo, Zili Huang and Yi Rao
Mol Pharmacol, 2018, 93:657-664. PDF
Nature vs. nurture in human sociality: multi-level genomic analyses of social conformity
Biqing Chen*, Zijian Zhu*, Yingying Wang, Xiaohu Ding, Xiaobo Guo, Mingguang He, Wan Fang, Qin Zhou, Shanbi Zhou, Han Lei, Ailong Huang, Tingmei Chen, Dongsheng Ni, Yuping Gu, Jianing Liu, Yi Rao
Journal of Human Genetics, 2018, Advance Online PDF
Sleep homeostasis regulated by 5HT2b receptor in a small subset of neurons in the dorsal fan-shaped body of drosophila
Yongjun Qian, Yue Cao , Bowen Deng, Guang Yang , Jiayun Li, Rui Xu , Dandan zhang , Juan Huang, Yi Rao
eLife , 2017 , 6:e26519 PDF
Cue-independent memory impairment by reactivation-coupled interference in human declarative memory
Zijian Zhu, Yingying Wang, Zhijun Cao, Biqing Chen, Huaqian Cai, Yanhong Wu, Yi Rao
Cognition,155 (2016) 125–134 PDF
Serotonin signaling in the brain of adult female mice is required for sexual preference
Shasha Zhang, Yan Liu, Yi Rao
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA , 2013 , 110: 9968-9973. PDF
Social regulation of aggression by pheromonal activation of Or65a olfactory neurons in Drosophila
Weiwei Liu, Xinhua Liang, Jianxian Gong, Zhen Yang, Yao-Hua Zhang, Jian-Xu Zhang and Yi Rao
Nature neurosci (2011) PDF  Supplementary Figures
Molecular regulation of sexual preference revealed by genetic studies of 5-HT in the brains of male mice
Yan Liu, Yun`ai Jiang, Yunxia Si, Ji-Young Kim, Zhou-feng Chen and Yi Rao
Nature (2011) PDF  Supplementary Video and Figures
A subset of octopaminergic neurons are important for Drosophila aggression
Chuan Zhou, Yong Rao, and Yi Rao
Nature Neurosci 11:1059-1061 (2008) PDF  Supplement  Movie

Commentary in Nature Neuroscience by Christopher Potter and Liqun Luo PDF

Netrin signal transduction and the guanine nucleotide exchange factor DOCK180 in attractive signaling.
Li X, Gao X, Liu G, Xiong W, Wu J, Rao Y
Nature Neuroscience (2008) PDF
Role of the integrin-linked kinase (ILK) in determining neuronal polarity
Guo W, Jiang H, Gray V, Dedhar S, and Rao Y
Dev Biol (2007) PDF
Both the establishment and the maintenance of neuronal polarity require active mechanisms: critical roles of GSK-3b and its upstream regulators.
Jiang H., Guo W., Liang X.H., and Rao Y
Cell (2005) PDF

Commentary in Current Biology by Rong Li PDF

Netrin requires the focal adhesion kinase and the Src family kinases to induce axon outgrowth and to attract axons.
Liu G., Beggs H., Jürgensen C., Park H.T., Tang H., Gorski J., Jones K.R., Reichardt L.F., Wu J.Y., and Rao Y
Nature Neurosci (2004) PDF
Visualization of spatially and temporally regulated N-WASP activity during cytoskeletal reorganization in living cells.
Ward M.E., Wu J.Y. and Rao Y.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2004) PDF
Role of the chemokine SDF-1 as the meningeal attractant for embryonic cerebellar neurons.
Zhu Y., Yu T., Zhang X-C, Nagasawa T., Wu J.Y., and Rao Y.
Nature Neurosci (2002) PDF  Supplementary Data
Signal Transduction in Neuronal Migration: Roles of GTPase Activating Proteins and the Small GTPase Cdc42 in the Slit-Robo Pathway.
Wong K., Ren X-R, Huang Y-Z, Xie Y., Liu G., Saito H., Tang H., Wen L., Brady-Kalnay S.M., Mei L., Wu J.Y., Xiong W-C, and Rao Y.
Cell (2001) PDF
Slit, a molecule known to guide axon projection and neuronal migration, inhibits leukocyte chemotaxis induced by chemotactic factors.
Wu J.Y., Feng L., Park H-T, Havlioglu N., Wen L., Tang H., Bacon K.B., Jiang Z., Zhang X-C, and Rao Y.
Nature (2001) PDF

Commentary in Science by A Fernandis and R. Ganju PDF

Directional guidance of neuronal migration in the olfactory system by the protein Slit.
Wu W., Wong K., Chen J.H., Jiang Z.H., Dupuis S., Wu J.Y., and Rao Y.
Nature (1999) PDF

Commentary in Natureby P. Racik PDF

Vertebrate Slit, a secreted ligand for the transmembrane protein Roundabout, is a repellent for olfactory bulb axons
Li H.S., Chen J.H., Wu W., Fagaly T., Yuan W.L., Zhou L., Dupuis S., Jiang Z., Nash W., Gick C., Ornitz D., Wu J.Y., and Rao Y.
Cell (1999) PDF

Commentary in Nature W.A. Harris and C.E. Holt PDF

Minireview in Neuron D. Van Vactor and J.G. Flanagan PDF

Minireview in Cell K. Zinn and Q. Sun PDF

A single morphogenetic field gives rise to two retina primordia under the influence of the prechordal mesoderm.
Li H.S., Tierney C., Wen L., Wu J.Y. and Rao Y.
Development (1997) PDF
Similarity of the product of the Drosophila neurogenic gene big brain to transmembrane channel proteins.
Rao Y., Jan L.Y., and Jan Y.N.
Nature (1990) PDF
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