Yu X and Khakh BS (2022) SnapShot: Astrocyte interactions. Cell. 2022 Jan 6; 185(1): 220-220.E1. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.09.029


Nagai JBellafard A, Qu ZYu XOllivier MGangwani MR, Diaz-Castro B, Coppola G, Schumacher SM, Golshani PGradinaru V, Khakh BS (2021) Specific and behaviorally consequential astrocyte Gq GPCR signaling attenuation in vivo with iβARK. Neuron. 2021 Jul 21;109(14):2256-2274.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2021.05.023.

Yu X, Moye SL and Khakh BS (2021) Local and CNS-wide astrocyte intracellular calcium signalling attenuation in vivo with CalExflox mice. Journal of Neuroscience. 26 April 2021, JN-RM-0085-21; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0085-21.2021

Nagai J*, Yu X*, Papouin T, Cheong E, Freeman MR, Monk KR, Hastings MH, Haydon PG, Rowitch D, Shaham S, Khakh BS (2021) Behaviorally consequential astrocytic regulation of neural circuits. Neuron. 2021 Feb 17;109(4):576-596. (* Equal contribution)

Yu X*, Nagai J*, Marti-Solano M, Soto JS, Coppola G, Babu MM and Khakh BS (2020) Context-specific striatal astrocyte molecular responses are phenotypically exploitable. Neuron. 2020 Oct 9:S0896-6273(20)30745-5. (* Equal contribution)


Yu X*, Nagai J* and Khakh BS (2020) Improved tools to study astrocytes. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 2020 Mar;21(3):121-138. (* Equal contribution)


Diaz-Castro B, Gangwani MR. Yu X, Coppola G and Khakh BS (2019) Astrocyte molecular signatures in Huntington’s disease. Science Translational Medicine. 2019 Oct 16;11(514).


Yu X, Taylor AMW, Nagai J, Golshani P, Evans CJ, Coppola G and Khakh BS (2018) Reducing astrocyte calcium signaling in vivo alters striatal microcircuits and causes repetitive behavior. Neuron. 99(6):1170-1187


Chai H, Diaz-Castro B, Shigetomi E, Monte E, Octeau JC, Yu X, Cohn W, Rajendran PS, Vondriska TM, Whitelegge JP, Coppola G and Khakh BS (2017) Neural circuit-specialized astrocytes: transcriptomic, proteomic, morphological, and functional evidence. Neuron. 95(3):531-549.


Tjia M, Yu X, Jammu LS, Lu J and Zuo Y (2017) Pyramidal neurons in different cortical layers exhibit distinct dynamics and plasticity of apical dendritic spines. Frontier in Neural Circuits. 11:43.


Hodges JL*, Yu X*, Gilmore A, Bennett H, Tjia M, Perna JF, Chen CC, Li X, Lu J and Zuo Y (2017) Astrocytic contributions to synaptic and learning abnormalities in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome. Biological Psychiatry. 82(2): 139-149. (* Equal contribution)


Zemmar A, Weinmann O, Kellner Y, Yu X, Vicente R, Gullo M, Kasper H, Lussi K, Ristic Z, Luft AR, Rioult-Pedotti M, Zuo Y, Zagrebelsky M and Schwab ME (2014) Neutralization of Nogo-A enhances synaptic plasticity in the rodent motor cortex and improves motor learning in vivo. Journal of Neuroscience. 25;34(26):8685-98.


Yu X, Zuo Y (2014) Two-photon in vivo imaging of dendritic spines in the mouse cortex using a thinned-skull preparation. Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE. 2014 May 12;(87)


Yu X, Wang G, Gilmore A, Yee AX, Li X, Xu T, Smith SJ, Chen L and Zuo Y (2013) Accelerated experience-dependent pruning of cortical synapses in ephrin-A2 knockout mice. Neuron. 80(1):64-71.


Zuo Y, Yu X, Tennant K and Jones T (2013) In vivo imaging of synapse plasticity in the mouse motor cortex. Methods in Molecular Biology. 1010:45-57.


Fu M, Yu X, Lu J and Zuo Y (2012) Repetitive motor learning induces coordinated formation of clustered dendritic spines in vivo. Nature. 483(7387):92-5.


Yu X, Zuo Y (2011) Spine plasticity in the motor cortex. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 21(1):169-74.


Xu T*, Yu X*, Perlik A, Tobin W, Zweig J and Zuo Y (2009) Rapid formation and selective stabilization of synapses for enduring motor memories. Nature. 462(7275):915-9. (* Equal contribution)

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