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Michael J Ferns

Title(s)Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
SchoolUniversity of California, Davis
Phone530-754-4973
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    1. Rudell JB, Maselli RA, Yarov-Yarovoy V, Ferns MJ. Pathogenic effects of agrin V1727F mutation are isoform specific and decrease its expression and affinity for HSPGs and LRP4. Hum Mol Genet. 2019 08 15; 28(16):2648-2658. PMID: 30994901.
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    2. Maselli RA, Vázquez J, Schrumpf L, Arredondo J, Lara M, Strober JB, Pytel P, Wollmann RL, Ferns M. Presynaptic congenital myasthenic syndrome with altered synaptic vesicle homeostasis linked to compound heterozygous sequence variants in RPH3A. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2018 05; 6(3):434-440. PMID: 29441694.
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    3. Rudell JC, Borges LS, Rudell JB, Beck KA, Ferns MJ. Determinants in the ß and d subunit cytoplasmic loop regulate Golgi trafficking and surface expression of the muscle acetylcholine receptor. J Biol Chem. 2014 Jan 03; 289(1):203-14. PMID: 24240098.
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    4. Rudell JB, Ferns MJ. Regulation of muscle acetylcholine receptor turnover by ß subunit tyrosine phosphorylation. Dev Neurobiol. 2013 May; 73(5):399-410. PMID: 23325468.
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    5. Richman DP, Nishi K, Ferns MJ, Schnier J, Pytel P, Maselli RA, Agius MA. Animal models of antimuscle-specific kinase myasthenia. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012 Dec; 1274:140-7. PMID: 23252909.
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    6. Maselli RA, Arredondo J, Ferns MJ, Wollmann RL. Synaptic basal lamina-associated congenital myasthenic syndromes. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012 Dec; 1275:36-48. PMID: 23278576.
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    7. Maselli RA, Fernandez JM, Arredondo J, Navarro C, Ngo M, Beeson D, Cagney O, Williams DC, Wollmann RL, Yarov-Yarovoy V, Ferns MJ. LG2 agrin mutation causing severe congenital myasthenic syndrome mimics functional characteristics of non-neural (z-) agrin. Hum Genet. 2012 Jul; 131(7):1123-35. PMID: 22205389.
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    8. Richman DP, Nishi K, Morell SW, Chang JM, Ferns MJ, Wollmann RL, Maselli RA, Schnier J, Agius MA. Acute severe animal model of anti-muscle-specific kinase myasthenia: combined postsynaptic and presynaptic changes. Arch Neurol. 2012 Apr; 69(4):453-60. PMID: 22158720.
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    9. Lee Y, Rudell J, Ferns M. Rapsyn interacts with the muscle acetylcholine receptor via alpha-helical domains in the alpha, beta, and epsilon subunit intracellular loops. Neuroscience. 2009 Sep 29; 163(1):222-32. PMID: 19482062.
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    10. Borges LS, Yechikhov S, Lee YI, Rudell JB, Friese MB, Burden SJ, Ferns MJ. Identification of a motif in the acetylcholine receptor beta subunit whose phosphorylation regulates rapsyn association and postsynaptic receptor localization. J Neurosci. 2008 Nov 05; 28(45):11468-76. PMID: 18987183.
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    11. Lee Y, Rudell J, Yechikhov S, Taylor R, Swope S, Ferns M. Rapsyn carboxyl terminal domains mediate muscle specific kinase-induced phosphorylation of the muscle acetylcholine receptor. Neuroscience. 2008 Jun 02; 153(4):997-1007. PMID: 18436384.
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    12. Gingras J, Rassadi S, Cooper E, Ferns M. Synaptic transmission is impaired at neuronal autonomic synapses in agrin-null mice. Dev Neurobiol. 2007 Apr; 67(5):521-34. PMID: 17443806.
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    13. Kumar P, Ferns MJ, Meizel S. Identification of agrinSN isoform and muscle-specific receptor tyrosine kinase (MuSK) [corrected] in sperm. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Apr 07; 342(2):522-8. PMID: 16487930.
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    14. Gingras J, Spicer J, Altares M, Zhu Q, Kuchel GA, Ferns M. Agrin becomes concentrated at neuroeffector junctions in developing rodent urinary bladder. Cell Tissue Res. 2005 Apr; 320(1):115-25. PMID: 15711988.
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    15. Moransard M, Borges LS, Willmann R, Marangi PA, Brenner HR, Ferns MJ, Fuhrer C. Agrin regulates rapsyn interaction with surface acetylcholine receptors, and this underlies cytoskeletal anchoring and clustering. J Biol Chem. 2003 Feb 28; 278(9):7350-9. PMID: 12486121.
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    16. Gingras J, Rassadi S, Cooper E, Ferns M. Agrin plays an organizing role in the formation of sympathetic synapses. J Cell Biol. 2002 Sep 16; 158(6):1109-18. PMID: 12221070.
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    17. Borges LS, Lee Y, Ferns M. Dual role for calcium in agrin signaling and acetylcholine receptor clustering. J Neurobiol. 2002 Jan; 50(1):69-79. PMID: 11748634.
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    18. Gingras J, Ferns M. Expression and localization of agrin during sympathetic synapse formation in vitro. J Neurobiol. 2001 Sep 05; 48(3):228-42. PMID: 11466709.
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    19. Ferns M, Carbonetto S. Challenging the neurocentric view of neuromuscular synapse formation. Neuron. 2001 May; 30(2):311-4. PMID: 11394994.
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    20. Borges LS, Ferns M. Agrin-induced phosphorylation of the acetylcholine receptor regulates cytoskeletal anchoring and clustering. J Cell Biol. 2001 Apr 02; 153(1):1-12. PMID: 11285269.
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    21. Grow WA, Ferns M, Gordon H. Agrin-independent activation of the agrin signal transduction pathway. J Neurobiol. 1999 Sep 05; 40(3):356-65. PMID: 10440735.
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    22. Grow WA, Ferns M, Gordon H. A mechanism for acetylcholine receptor clustering distinct from agrin signaling. Dev Neurosci. 1999; 21(6):436-43. PMID: 10640862.
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    23. Jacobson C, Montanaro F, Lindenbaum M, Carbonetto S, Ferns M. alpha-Dystroglycan functions in acetylcholine receptor aggregation but is not a coreceptor for agrin-MuSK signaling. J Neurosci. 1998 Aug 15; 18(16):6340-8. PMID: 9698325.
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    24. Gramolini AO, Burton EA, Tinsley JM, Ferns MJ, Cartaud A, Cartaud J, Davies KE, Lunde JA, Jasmin BJ. Muscle and neural isoforms of agrin increase utrophin expression in cultured myotubes via a transcriptional regulatory mechanism. J Biol Chem. 1998 Jan 09; 273(2):736-43. PMID: 9422725.
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    25. Bowen DC, Sugiyama J, Ferns M, Hall ZW. Neural agrin activates a high-affinity receptor in C2 muscle cells that is unresponsive to muscle agrin. J Neurosci. 1996 Jun 15; 16(12):3791-7. PMID: 8656273.
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    26. Ferns M, Deiner M, Hall Z. Agrin-induced acetylcholine receptor clustering in mammalian muscle requires tyrosine phosphorylation. J Cell Biol. 1996 Mar; 132(5):937-44. PMID: 8603924.
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    27. Wang ZZ, Fuhrer C, Shtrom S, Sugiyama JE, Ferns MJ, Hall ZW. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction: assembly and tyrosine phosphorylation. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 1996; 61:363-71. PMID: 9246465.
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    28. Ferns MJ, Hollyday M. Chick wing innervation. III. Formation of axon collaterals in developing peripheral nerves. J Comp Neurol. 1995 Jun 26; 357(2):272-80. PMID: 7665729.
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    29. Ferns MJ, Campanelli JT, Hoch W, Scheller RH, Hall Z. The ability of agrin to cluster AChRs depends on alternative splicing and on cell surface proteoglycans. Neuron. 1993 Sep; 11(3):491-502. PMID: 8398142.
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    30. Hoch W, Ferns M, Campanelli JT, Hall ZW, Scheller RH. Developmental regulation of highly active alternatively spliced forms of agrin. Neuron. 1993 Sep; 11(3):479-90. PMID: 8398141.
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    31. Ferns MJ, Hollyday M. Motor innervation of dorsoventrally reversed wings in chick/quail chimeric embryos. J Neurosci. 1993 Jun; 13(6):2463-76. PMID: 8501518.
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    32. Ferns MJ, Hall ZW. How many agrins does it take to make a synapse? Cell. 1992 Jul 10; 70(1):1-3. PMID: 1320460.
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    33. Ferns M, Hoch W, Campanelli JT, Rupp F, Hall ZW, Scheller RH. RNA splicing regulates agrin-mediated acetylcholine receptor clustering activity on cultured myotubes. Neuron. 1992 Jun; 8(6):1079-86. PMID: 1319184.
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    34. Campanelli JT, Ferns M, Hoch W, Rupp F, von Zastrow M, Hall Z, Scheller RH. Agrin: a synaptic basal lamina protein that regulates development of the neuromuscular junction. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol. 1992; 57:461-72. PMID: 1339682.
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    35. Lamb AH, Ferns MJ, Klose K. Peripheral competition in the control of sensory neuron numbers in Xenopus frogs reared with a single bilaterally innervated hindlimb. Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1989 Jan 01; 45(1):149-53. PMID: 2917408.
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