Research Papers

Hawk JD, Calvo AC, Liu P, Almoril-Porras A, Aljobeh A, Torruella-Suarez ML, Ren I, Cook N, Greenwood J, Luo L, Wang ZW, Samuel ADT, Colon-Ramos, DA (2018). Integration of Plasticity Mechanisms within a Single Sensory Neuron of C. elegans Actuates a Memory. Neuron 97, 356-367 e354.

Liu P, Wang SJ, Wang ZW, Chen B (2018). HRPU-2, a homolog of mammalian hnRNP U, regulates synaptic transmission by controlling the expression of SLO-2 potassium channel in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Neurosci 38, 1073-1084.

Niu LG, Liu P, Shui Y, Mailler R, Wang ZW, Chen B (2017). BKIP-1, an auxiliary subunit critical to SLO-1 function, inhibits SLO-2 potassium channel in vivo. Sci Rep 7, 17843.

Chen B, Liu P, Hujber EJ, Li Y, Jorgensen EM, Wang ZW (2017). AIP limits neurotransmitter release by inhibiting calcium bursts from the ryanodine receptor. Nat Commun 8, 1380.

Liu P, Chen B, Mailler R, Wang ZW (2017). Antidromic-rectifying gap junctions amplify chemical transmission at functionally mixed electrical-chemical synapses. Nat Commun. 8: 14818.

Boisvert EM, Engle SJ, Hallowell SE, Liu P, Wang ZW, and Li XJ (2015). The Specification and Maturation of Nociceptive Neurons from Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Sci Rep 5, 16821.

Liu P, Chen B, Wang ZW (2014)  SLO-2 potassium channel is an important regulator of neurotransmitter release in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nat Commun. 5: 5155.

Liu P, Chen B, Altun ZF, Gross MJ, Shan A, Schuman B, Hall DH, Wang ZW (2013) Six innexin contribute to electrical coupling of C. elegans body-wall muscle. PLoS ONE e76877. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076877.

Wang SJ, Wang ZW (2013) Track-A-Worm, An Open-Source System for Quantitative Assessment of C. elegans Locomotory and Bending Behavior. PLoS ONE e69653. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069653.

Liu P, Chen B, Wang ZW (2013) Postsynaptic current bursts instruct action potential firing at a graded synapse. Nat Commun. 4: 1911.

Zhan H, Moore CS, Chen B, Zhou X, Ma XM, Ijichi K, Bennett MV, Li XJ, Crocker SJ, Wang ZW (2012) Stomatin inhibits pannexin-1-mediated whole-cell currents by interacting with its carboxyl terminal. PLoS ONE 7: e39489. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039489.

Liu P, Chen B, Wang ZW (2011) Gap junctions synchronize action potentials and Ca2+ transients in Caenorhabditis elegans body-wall muscle. J Biol Chem. 286: 44285-44293.

Chen B, Liu P, Zhan H, Wang ZW (2011) Dystrobrevin Controls Neurotransmitter Release and Muscle Ca2+ Transients by Localizing BK Channels in Caenorhabditis elegans. J Neurosci 31:17338-17347.

Liu P, Ge Q, Chen B, Salkoff L, Kotlikoff MI and Wang ZW. (2011). Genetic dissection of ion currents underlying all-or-none action potentials in C. elegans body-wall muscle cells. J Physiol 589: 101-117.

Chen B, Ge Q, Xia XM, Liu P, Wang SJ, Zhan H, Eipper BA and Wang ZW (2010). A novel auxiliary subunit critical to BK channel function in C. elegans. J Neurosci 30: 16651-16661.

Chen B, Liu P, Wang SJ, Ge Q, Zhan H, Mohler WA, and Wang ZW (2010). α-catulin CTN-1 is required for BK channel subcellular localization in C. elegans body-wall muscle cells. EMBO J 29: 3184-3195.

Altun ZF, Chen B, Wang ZW, and Hall DH (2009). High resolution map of Caenorhabditis elegans gap junction proteins. Dev Dyn 238, 1936-1950.

Liu Q, Chen B, Ge Q, Wang ZW (2007). Presynaptic Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II modulates neurotransmitter release by activating BK channels at Caenorhabditis elegans neuromuscular junction. J Neurosci 27:10404-10413.

Chen B, Liu Q, Ge Q, Xie J, Wang ZW (2007). UNC-1 regulates gap junctions important to locomotion in C. elegans. Curr Biol 17:1334-1339.

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Liu Q, Chen B, Hall DH, Wang ZW (2007) A quantum of transmitter causes minis in multiple postsynaptic cells at the C. elegans NMJ. Develop Neurobiol 67: 123-128.

Mahoney TR, Liu Q, Itoh T, Luo S, Hadwiger G, Vincent R, Wang ZW, Fukuda M, Nonet ML (2006). Regulation of synaptic transmission by RAB-3 and RAB-27 in Caenorhabditis elegans. Mol Biol Cell 17: 2617-2625.

Liu Q, Chen B, Gaier E, Joshi J, Wang ZW (2006). Low-conductance gap junctions mediate specific electrical coupling in body-wall muscle cells of C. elegans. J Biol Chem 281:7881-7889.

Liu, Q, Chen, B, Yankova, M, Morest, DK, Maryon E, Hand AR, Nonet ML, Wang ZW (2005). Presynaptic ryanodine receptors are required for normal quantal size at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction. J Neurosci 25, 6745-6754.

Deken SL, Vincent R, Hadwiger G, Liu Q, Wang ZW, and Nonet ML (2005). Redundant localization mechanisms of RIM and ELKS in C. elegans. J Neurosci 25, 5975-5983.

Books/Book Chapters/Reviews

Wang ZW (2010). Origin of quantal size variation and high-frequency minis at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction. J Neurosci Res 88: 3425-3432.

Wang Z. W. (2008) Regulation of synaptic transmission by presynaptic CaMKII and BK channels. Mol Neurobiol 38:153-166.

Wang ZW, Chen BJ, and Ge Q (2008). Roles and sources of calcium in synaptic exocytosis. In Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Release, ZW Wang, ed. (Totowa: Humana Press), pp. 61-84.

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Wang ZW (2008). Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Release (Totowa: Humana Press).

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