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  1. C.A. Starbird, Z.Y. Weinberg, and M. Munson.  "Gender equity: toward redefining values.Nat Cell Biol 26, 11–12 (2024).                                                                                                                                                         
  2. D.O. Halim, M. Munson and F.-B. Gao. “The exocyst complex in neurological disorders,” Human Genetics, 2023,

  3. V.Y. Chang, M. Munson, C.M. Termini. “Approaches to Reduce Bias in Letters of Recommendation.” Trends in Pharm Sci, Mar 28;S0165-6147(23)00043-3. doi: 10.1016/, 2023.

  4. C. Lee*, D. Lepore*, M. Munson†, and T.Y. Yoon† “Exocyst stimulates each step of exocytic SNARE complex assembly and vesicle fusion,” bioRxiv 10.1101/2022.01.16.476540, 2022. (equal contributions, *co-first, and †co-corresponding), under review.

  5. A. Figueroa-Meléndez, L. Martínez-Núñez, A.M. Rico-Ramírez, J.M. Martínez-Andrade, M. Munson, and M. Riquelme. “The C-terminal domain of SEC-10 is fundamental for exocyst function, Spitzenkorper organization, and cell morphogenesis in Neurospora crassa”. bioRxiv. 2022, 10.1101/2022.01.14.475644, under review.

  6. Z. Hakhverdyan...D.M. Lepore, M. Munson,…and M.P. Rout. “Dissecting the structural dynamics of the nuclear pore complex,” Mol Cell, 2021 81:153-165.e7. PMID: 33333016.doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2020.11.032.

  7. R.G. Orr, F. Furt, E.L. Warner, E.M. Agara, J.M. Garbarino, S.E. Cabral, M.L. Dubuke, A.M. Butt, M. Munson†, and L. Vidali† “Myosin XI Interacting with a RabE GTPase Is Required for Polarized Growth,” New Phytologist, 2021. 10.1111/nph.17023. PMID: 33098085.

  8. S.J. Ganesan*, M. Feyder*, I.E. Chemmama, F. Fang, M.P. Rout, B.T. Chait, Y. Shi, M. Munson†, and A. Sali† “Integrative Structure and Function of the Yeast Exocyst Complex,” Protein Sci, 2020. PMID: 32239688. DOI: 10.1002/pro.3863.

  9. G. Rossi*, D. Lepore*, L. Kenner, A.B. Czuchra, M. Plooster, A. Frost, M. Munson†, and P. Brennwald†. “A structural change in the exocyst associated with activation of tethering activity downstream of Rho/Cdc42 GTPases,” J Cell Biol, 2020. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201904161.

  10. B. Ding, A.M. Mirza, J. Ashley, V. Budnik†, and M. Munson†Nuclear Export Through Nuclear Envelope Remodeling in Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” 2018. bioRxiv 224055; doi:

  11. D.M. Lepore, L. Martínez-Núñez, and M. Munson. “Exposing the Elusive Exocyst Structure,” Trends Biochem Sci, 43:714-725, 2018. PMID: 30055895.
  12. T.-Y. Yoon and M. Munson. “SNARE complex assembly and disassembly,” Curr Biol, 28:R397-R401. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.005. PMID: 29689222, 2018.

  13. R. Shah, M. Munson, K. Wierenga, H.R. Pokala, P.E. Newburger and D. Crawford. “A novel homozygous VPS45 p.P468L mutation leading to severe congenital neutropenia-5 (SCN5),” Pediatr Blood Cancer, 64:e26571, 2017. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26571.

  14. C. Boehm, S. Obado, C. Gadelha, A.J. O’Reilly, A. Kaupisch, P. Manna, G. Gould, M. Munson, B.T. Chait, M.P. Rout and M.C. Field. “Evolution and coordination of membrane transport by the exocyst,” PLoS Pathogens, 13:e1006063, 2017.

  15. A. Parchure, M. Munson, and V. Budnik. “Getting mRNA-containing Ribonucleoprotein Granules Out of a Nuclear Back Door”, Neuron, 96:604-615, 2017.

  16. M.R. Heider, M. Gu, C.M. Duffy, A. Mirza, L.L. Marcotte, A. Walls, Z. Hakhverdyan, M.C. Field, M.P. Rout, A. Frost and M. Munson, “Subunit connectivity, assembly determinants, and architecture of the yeast exocyst complex,” Nat Struct Mol Biol, 23:59-66, 2016.

  17. M.L. Dubuke and M. Munson, “The secret life of tethers: the role of tethering factors in SNARE complex regulation,” Front Cell Dev Biol, 4:42, 2016.

  18. M.L. Dubuke, S. Maniatis, S.A. Shaffer, and M. Munson. “The Exocyst Subunit Sec6 Interacts with Assembled Exocytic SNARE Complexes.” J Biol Chem, 290:28245-56, 2015.

  19. J.P. Bombardier and M. Munson. “Three steps forward, two steps back: Mechanistic insights into the assembly and disassembly of the SNARE complex,” Curr Opin Chem Biol, 29:66-71, 2015.

  20. F. Morgera, M. Sallah, M. Dubuke, P. Gandhi, D.N. Brewer, C. Carr and M. Munson. “Regulation of exocytosis by the exocyst subunit Sec6 and the SM protein Sec1,” Mol Biol Cell, 23:337-346, 2012.

  21. M. Heider and M. Munson. “Exorcising the Exocyst Complex,” Traffic, 13:898-907, 2012.

  22. Y. Jin, A. Sultana, P. Gandhi, E. Franklin, S. Hamamoto, A.R. Khan, M. Munson, R.W. Schekman and L.S. Weisman. “Myosin V transports secretory vesicles via a Rab GTPase cascade and interaction with the exocyst complex,” Dev Cell, 21:1156-70, 2011.

  23. Y. Yang, N. Hermance, S. Morrissey, P. Gandhi, M. Munson and M.A. Kelliher. “A cytosolic ATM/NEMO/RIP1 complex recruits TAK1 to mediate the NF-kB and p38 MAP kinase/MAPKAP-2 responses to DNA damage,” Mol Cell Bio, 31:2774-86, 2011.

  24. R.E. Redfern, M.-C. Daou, L, Li, M. Munson, A. Gericke, and A.H. Ross. “A Mutant Form of PTEN Linked to Autism,” Protein Sci 19:1948-1956, 2010.

  25. S.M.D. Shandilya, M.N.L. Nalam, E.A. Nalivaika, P.J. Gross, J.C. Valesano, K. Shindo, M. Li, M. Munson, K.-M. Chen, H. Matsuo, R.S. Harris, M. Somasundaran, and C.A. Schiffer. “Crystal structure of the APOBEC3G catalytic domain reveals potential oligomerization interfaces,” Structure 18:28-38, 2010.

  26. A. Heuck, I. Fetka, D.N. Brewer, D. Hüls, M. Munson, R.-P. Jansen, and D. Niessing. “The structure of the Myo4p globular tail and its function in ASH1 mRNA localization,” J Cell Bio 189:497–510, 2010.

  27. M.L.M. Furgason, S.G. Shanks, C. MacDonald, S.P. Ryder, N.J. Bryant and M. Munson. “The N-terminal peptide of the SNARE Tlg2p modulates binding of its closed conformation to Vps45p,” Proc Natl Acad Sci 106:14303-14308, 2009.

  28. J. Songer and M. Munson. “Sec6p anchors the exocyst complex at sites of secretion.” Mol Biol Cell 20:973-982, 2009.

  29. N. Croteau, M.L.M. Furgason, D. Devos and M. Munson. “Conservation of helical bundle structure between the exocyst subunits.” PLoS ONE 4:e4443, 2009.

  30. M.S. Struthers, S.G. Shanks, C. MacDonald, L.N. Carpp, A.M. Drozdowska, M.L.M. Furgason, M. Munson and N.J. Bryant. “Functional homology of mammalian syntaxin 16 and yeast Tlg2p reveals a conserved regulatory mechanism.” J Cell Sci 122:2292-2299, 2009.

  31. R. E. Redfern, D. Redfern, M.L.M. Furgason, M. Munson, A.H. Ross, and A. Gericke. “PTEN Phosphatase Selectively Binds Phosphoinositides and Undergoes Structural Changes.” Biochemistry 47:2162-71, 2008.

  32. X. Pan, S. Eathiraj, M. Munson, and D.G. Lambright. “TBC-domain GAPs for Rab GTPases accelerate GTP hydrolysis by a dual-finger mechanism.” Nature 442:303-306, 2006.

  33. J. Togneri, Y.-S. Cheng, M. Munson, F.M. Hughson, C.M. Carr. “Specific SNARE Complex Binding Mode of the Sec1/Munc-18 Protein, Sec1p.” Proc Natl Acad Sci 103:17730-17735, 2006.

  34. M. Munson and P. Novick. “The Exocyst Defrocked, a Framework of Rods Revealed.” Nature Struct Mol Biol 13:577-581, 2006.

  35. M.V.S. Sivaram, M.L.M. Furgason, D.N. Brewer, and M. Munson. “The structure of the exocyst subunit Sec6p defines a conserved architecture with diverse roles.” Nature Struct Mol Biol, 13:555-556, 2006.

  36. A. Gericke, M. Munson, and A.H. Ross. “Regulation of the PTEN phosphatase.” Gene 374:1-9, 2006.

  37. M.V.S. Sivaram, J.A. Saporita, M.L.M. Furgason, A.J. Boettcher, and M. Munson. “Dimerization of the exocyst protein Sec6p and its interaction with the t-SNARE Sec9p.” Biochemistry 44:6302–6311, 2005.

  38. M. Munson and F.M. Hughson. “Conformational regulation of SNARE assembly and disassembly in vivo.” J Biol Chem 277:9375-9381.

  39. M. Munson, X. Chen, S. Schultz, A.E. Cocina, and F.M. Hughson. “Interactions within the yeast SNARE Sso1p that control SNARE complex assembly.” Nature Struct Biol, 7:894-902.

  40. C.M. Carr, E. Grote, M. Munson, F.M. Hughson and P.J. Novick. “Sec1p Binds to SNARE Complexes and Concentrates at Sites of Secretion.”  J Cell Biol 146:333–344.

  41. K.L. Nicholson, M. Munson, R.B. Miller, T.J. Filip, R. Fairman, and F.M. Hughson. “Regulation of SNARE complex assembly by an N-terminal domain of the t-SNARE Sso1p.” Nature Struct Biol 5:793-802, 1998.

  42. M. Munson, K. Anderson, and L. Regan. “Speeding up protein folding: mutations that increase the rate at which Rop folds and unfolds by over four orders of magnitude.” Folding & Design 2:77-87, 1997.

  43. M. Munson, S. Balasubramanian, K.G. Fleming, A.D. Nagi, R. O' Brien, J.M. Sturtevant and L. Regan. “What makes a protein a protein? Hydrophobic core designs that specify stability and structural properties.” Protein Sci 5:1584-1593, 1996.

  44. M. Munson, R. O'Brien, J.M. Sturtevant, and L. Regan. “Redesigning the hydrophobic core of a four-helix-bundle protein.” Protein Sci 3:2015-2022, 1994.

  45. M. Munson, P.F. Predki, and L. Regan. “ColE1-compatible vectors for high-level expression of cloned DNAs from the T7 promoter.” Gene 144:59-62, 1994.

 Book Chapters, Invited Perspectives & Commentaries

  1. L.L. Marcotte, L. Martínez-Núñez, and M. Munson. Updated chapter: “Vesicle tethers,” in: Ralph A Bradshaw and Philip D Stahl (Editors-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Cell Biology, Vol 2, Waltham, MA: Academic Press, 2023.

  2. N. Buwa, L. Martínez-Núñez, and M. Munson. “Exocytosis in yeast: major players and mechanisms,” in: Exocytosis: From Molecules to Cells, IOP Publishing, 2022.

  3. Munson M. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Cellular Dynamics." Protein Sci. 2020, Jun;29(6):1255-1257. doi: 10.1002/pro.3881. PMID: 32428283

  4. L. Martínez-Núñez, and M. Munson. “Retro Is Cool: Structure of the Versatile Retromer Complex,” Structure. 2020 Apr 7;28(4):387-389. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2020.03.009. PMID: 32268076

  5. M. Miaczynska and M. Munson. “Membrane Trafficking: Vesicle Formation, Cargo Sorting and Fusion,” Minisymposium 4 highlights, ASCB-EMBO annual meeting 2019. Mol Biol Cell 2020.

  6. J. C. Fromme and M. Munson. “Capturing endosomal vesicles at the Golgi,” Nat Cell Biol, 19:1384-1386, 2017.

  7. L.L. Marcotte and M. Munson. “Vesicle tethers,” in: Ralph A Bradshaw and Philip D Stahl (Editors-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of Cell Biology, Vol 2, Waltham, MA: Academic Press, 2016, pp. 485-490.

  8. M. Munson. “Synaptic-vesicle fusion: a need for speed,” Nat Struct Mol Biol, 22:509-511, 2015.

  9. M. Munson. “To protect or reject,” eLife. 3:e03374. doi: 10.7554/eLife.03374, 2014.

  10. M. Munson. “Show me the MUN-y,” Structure, 19:1348-9, 2011.

  11. C.F. Latham, M. Munson and E.A. Miller. “Getting high on traffic: the biochemistry of intracellular transport,” Cellular Logistics, 1:41-44, 2011.

  12. C. MacDonald, M. Munson and N.J. Bryant. “Autoinhibition of SNARE complex assembly by a conformational switch represents a conserved feature of syntaxins.” Biochem Soc Trans 38:209-212, 2010.

  13. M. Munson and N.J. Bryant. “A role for the syntaxin N-terminus.” Biochem J 418:e1-3, 2009.

  14. M. Munson and D.N. Bolon. “Watching Proteins in Motion,” Genome Biology 10:316, 2009.

  15. M. Munson. “Tip20p reaches out to Dsl1p to tether membranes.” Nature Struct Mol Biol 16:100-102, 2009.

  16. C.M. Carr and M. Munson. “Tag Team Action at the Synapse.” EMBO Reports 8:834-838, 2007.

  17. M.W. Klemba, M. Munson, and L. Regan. “De novo design of protein structure and function.” In: Proteins:  Analysis and Design. (Ed. by R.H. Angeletti), Academic Press, N.Y., N.Y. 1998.

  18. C.K. Smith, M. Munson, and L. Regan. “Studying -helix and -sheet formation in small proteins.” In: Techniques in Protein Chemistry, Vol VI, p. 323-332, 1995.

  19. R. Curtiss III, S.B. Porter, M. Munson, et al. “Nonrecombinant and recombinant avirulent Salmonella live vaccines for poultry.” In: Colonization Control of Human Bacterial Enteropathogens in Poultry. (Eds L.C. Blankenship, J.S. Bailey, N.A. Cox, N.J. Stern, and R.J. Meinersman), Academic Press, N.Y., N.Y., pp. 169-198, 1991.

 Other non-research publications

  1. ASCB newsletter column, in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Fuhrmann, entitled “Taking Control of Your Career with an Individual Development Plan,” October 2013.

  2. ASCB newsletter column, in collaboration with Drs. Ora Weisz and Sandra Masur entitled “Juggling on the Ladder: Institutional Awards Help Faculty Overcome Early–Mid Career Obstacles,” June 2014.