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Miller KE, and Heald R. Glutamylation of Nap1 modulates histone H1 dynamics and chromosome condensation in Xenopus. J Cell Biol 2015 Apr 27: 209(2):211-20. PubMed PMID: 25897082. PDF

Strzelecka M, and Heald R. RUVs drive chromosome decondensation after mitosis. Dev Cell 2014 Nov 10: 31(3):259-60. PubMed PMID: 25453825. PDF

Helmke KJ, and Heald R. TPX2 levels modulate meiotic spindle size and architecture in Xenopus egg extracts. J Cell Biol 2014 Aug 4: 206(3):385-93. PubMed PMID: 25070954. PDF

Heald R, and Cohen-Fix, O. Morphology and function of membrane-bound organelles. Curr Opin Cell Biol 2014 Feb: 26:79-86. PubMed PMID: 24529249. PDF



Good MC, Vahey MD, Skandarajah A, Fletcher DA, Heald R. Cytoplasmic volume modulates spindle size during embryogenesis. Science 2013 Nov 15;342(6160):856-60. PubMed PMID:24233724. PDF

Schlaitz AL, Thompson J, Wong CC, Yates JR 3rd, Heald R. REEP3/4 ensure endoplasmic reticulum clearance from metaphase chromatin and proper nuclear envelope architecture. Dev. Cell 2013 Aug 12;26(3):315-23. PubMed PMID: 23911198l; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3745822.PDF

Wilbur JD and Heald R. Cryptic No longer: Arrays of CLASP1 TOG Domains. Structure 2013 Jun 4;21(6):869-70. PubMed PMID: 23747108. PDF

Bird SL, Heald R, Weis K. RanGTP and CLASP1 cooperate to position the mitotic spindle. Mol. Biol. Cell Aug;24(16):2506-14. PubMed PMID: 23783028; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC3744954. PDF

Helmke KJ, Heald R, Wilbur JD. Interplay between spindle architecture and function. Int'l Rev.of Cell and Mol. Biol. 2013. 306:83-125. PubMed PMID: 24016524.PDF

Wilbur JD, Heald R. Mitotic spindle scaling during Xenopus development by kif2a and importin α. Elife. 2013; 2:e00290. doi: 10.7554/eLife.00290. Epub 2013 Feb 19. PubMed PMID: 23425906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3576809.PDF

Whitehead E, Heald R, Wilbur JD. N-terminal phosphorylation of p60 katanin directly regulated microtubule severing. J Mol. Biol. 2013 Jan 23; 425(2):214-21. PubMed PMID:23178168; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3540178. PDF


Xiao B, Freedman BS, Miller KE, Jeald R, Marko JF. Histone H1 compact DNA under force and during chromatin assembly. Mol. Biol. Cell. 2012 Dec;23(24):4864-71. PubMed PMID: 23097493; PubMed Central PMID: 23097493. PDF

Levy DL, and Heald R. Mechanisms of intracellular scaling. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol 2012; 28:113-35. PubMed PMID: 22804576. PDF

Riggs B, Berhman ZJ, Heald R. Altering membrane topology with Sar1 does not impair spindle assembly in Xenopus egg extracts. Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). 2012 Aug;69(8):591-9. PubMed PMID: 22605651. PDF

Patel K, Nogales E, Heald R. Multiple domains of human CLASP contribute to
microtubule dynamics and organization in vitro and in Xenopus egg extracts.
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Loughlin R, Wilbur JD, McNally FJ, Nédélec FJ, Heald R. Katanin contributes to
interspecies spindle length scaling in Xenopus. Cell. 2011 Dec 9;147(6):1397-407.
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Halpin D, Kalab P, Wang J, Weis K, Heald R. Mitotic spindle assembly around
RCC1-coated beads in Xenopus egg extracts. PLoS Biol. 2011 Dec;9(12):e1001225.
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Kieserman EK, Heald R. Mitotic chromosome size scaling in Xenopus. Cell Cycle.
2011 Nov 15;10(22):3863-70. Epub 2011 Nov 15. PubMed PMID: 22071695; PubMed
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Soderholm JF, Bird SL, Kalab P, Sampathkumar Y, Hasegawa K, Uehara-Bingen M,
Weis K, Heald R. Importazole, a small molecule inhibitor of the transport
receptor importin-β. ACS Chem Biol. 2011 Jul 15;6(7):700-8. Epub 2011 Apr 21.
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Fu H, Freedman BS, Lim CT, Heald R, Yan J. Atomic force microscope imaging of 
chromatin assembled in Xenopus laevis egg extract. Chromosoma. 2011
Jun;120(3):245-54. doi: 10.1007/s00412-010-0307-4. Epub 2011 Jan 11. PubMed PMID: 21369955. PDF

Ridley A, Heald R. Cell structure and dynamics. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2011
Feb;23(1):1-3. Epub 2010 Dec 27. PubMed PMID: 21190823.


Loughlin R, Heald R, Nédélec F. A computational model predicts Xenopus meiotic
spindle organization. J Cell Biol. 2010 Dec 27;191(7):1239-49. Epub 2010 Dec 20. 
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Levy DL, Heald R. Nuclear size is regulated by importin α and Ntf2 in Xenopus.
Cell. 2010 Oct 15;143(2):288-98. PubMed PMID: 20946986; PubMed Central PMCID:
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Freedman BS, Miller KE, Heald R. Xenopus egg extracts increase dynamics of
histone H1 on sperm chromatin. PLoS One. 2010 Sep 29;5(9). pii: e13111. PubMed
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Heald R. Rebecca Heald. Curr Biol. 2010 Jun 22;20(12):R503-4. PubMed PMID:

Freedman BS, Heald R. Functional comparison of H1 histones in Xenopus reveals
isoform-specific regulation by Cdk1 and RanGTP. Curr Biol. 2010 Jun
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Srsen V, Fant X, Heald R, Rabouille C, Merdes A. Centrosome proteins form an 
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Heald R. Rebecca Heald: passionate about cycles. Interview by Caitlin
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Loughlin R, Riggs B, Heald R. SnapShot: motor proteins in spindle assembly.
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Kalab P, Heald R. The RanGTP gradient - a GPS for the mitotic spindle. J Cell
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Andersen CB, Wan Y, Chang JW, Riggs B, Lee C, Liu Y, Sessa F, Villa F,
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selective aminothiazole aurora kinase inhibitors. ACS Chem Biol. 2008 Mar
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Walczak CE, Heald R. Mechanisms of mitotic spindle assembly and function. Int
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Blower MD, Feric E, Weis K, Heald R. Genome-wide analysis demonstrates
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Heald R. Brinkley-fest of mitosis. Dev Cell. 2007 Aug;13(2):168-76. PubMed
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Brown KS, Blower MD, Maresca TJ, Grammer TC, Harland RM, Heald R. Xenopus
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Yan J, Maresca TJ, Skoko D, Adams CD, Xiao B, Christensen MO, Heald R, Marko 
JF. Micromanipulation studies of chromatin fibers in Xenopus egg extracts reveal 
ATP-dependent chromatin assembly dynamics. Mol Biol Cell. 2007 Feb;18(2):464-74. 
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Kenney RD, Heald R. Essential roles for cohesin in kinetochore and spindle
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Kaláb P, Pralle A, Isacoff EY, Heald R, Weis K. Analysis of a
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Maresca TJ, Heald R. The long and the short of it: linker histone H1 is
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Soderholm J, Uehara-Bingen M, Weis K, Heald R. Challenges facing the
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Heald R. Cell biology. Serving up a plate of chromosomes. Science. 2006 Jan
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Hannak E, Heald R. Xorbit/CLASP links dynamic microtubules to chromosomes in 
the Xenopus meiotic spindle. J Cell Biol. 2006 Jan 2;172(1):19-25. PubMed PMID:
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Budde PP, Desai A, Heald R. Analysis of microtubule polymerization in vitro
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Maresca TJ, Heald R. Methods for studying spindle assembly and chromosome
condensation in Xenopus egg extracts. Methods Mol Biol. 2006;322:459-74. Review. 
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Hannak E, Heald R. Investigating mitotic spindle assembly and function in
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Maresca TJ, Niederstrasser H, Weis K, Heald R. Xnf7 contributes to spindle
integrity through its microtubule-bundling activity. Curr Biol. 2005 Oct
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Maresca TJ, Heald R. Chromosome congression: another fine mesh we've gotten
into. Dev Cell. 2005 Sep;9(3):314-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 16139222.

Maresca TJ, Freedman BS, Heald R. Histone H1 is essential for mitotic
chromosome architecture and segregation in Xenopus laevis egg extracts. J Cell
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Blower MD, Nachury M, Heald R, Weis K. A Rae1-containing ribonucleoprotein
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Soderholm J, Heald R. Scratch n' screen for inhibitors of cell migration.
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Banks JD, Heald R. Adenomatous polyposis coli associates with the
microtubule-destabilizing protein XMCAK. Curr Biol. 2004 Nov 23;14(22):2033-8.
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Gadde S, Heald R. Mechanisms and molecules of the mitotic spindle. Curr Biol.
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Deehan R, Heald R. Centromere glue provides spindle cue. Cell. 2004 Sep
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Skop AR, Liu H, Yates J 3rd, Meyer BJ, Heald R. Dissection of the mammalian
midbody proteome reveals conserved cytokinesis mechanisms. Science. 2004 Jul
2;305(5680):61-6. Epub 2004 May 27. PubMed PMID: 15166316.

Krauss SW, Lee G, Chasis JA, Mohandas N, Heald R. Two protein 4.1 domains
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Heald RW. Cell division: burning the spindle at both ends. Nature. 2004 Jan
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Wignall SM, Gray NS, Chang YT, Juarez L, Jacob R, Burlingame A, Schultz PG,
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Wignall SM, Heald R. The role of chromosome architecture in spindle assembly 
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Krauss SW, Chen C, Penman S, Heald R. Nuclear actin and protein 4.1:
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Wignall SM, Deehan R, Maresca TJ, Heald R. The condensin complex is required 
for proper spindle assembly and chromosome segregation in Xenopus egg extracts. J
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Budde PP, Heald R. Centrosomes and kinetochores, who needs 'Em? The role of
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Krauss SW, Heald R, Lee G, Nunomura W, Gimm JA, Mohandas N, Chasis JA. Two
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Kalab P, Weis K, Heald R. Visualization of a Ran-GTP gradient in interphase
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Heald R, Nogales E. Microtubule dynamics. J Cell Sci. 2002 Jan 1;115(Pt
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Chang YT, Wignall SM, Rosania GR, Gray NS, Hanson SR, Su AI, Merlie J Jr,
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Van Hooser AA, Heald R. Kinetochore function: the complications of becoming
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Merlie J Jr, Heald R. Mitotic spindle assembly in vitro. Curr Protoc Cell
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Budde PP, Kumagai A, Dunphy WG, Heald R. Regulation of Op18 during spindle
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Banks JD, Heald R. Chromosome movement: dynein-out at the kinetochore. Curr
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Nachury MV, Maresca TJ, Salmon WC, Waterman-Storer CM, Heald R, Weis K.
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Wignall SM, Heald R. Methods for the study of centrosome-independent spindle 
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Merdes A, Heald R, Samejima K, Earnshaw WC, Cleveland DW. Formation of
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Heald R, Weis K. Spindles get the ran around. Trends Cell Biol. 2000
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Rosania GR, Merlie J Jr, Gray N, Chang YT, Schultz PG, Heald R. A
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Walczak CE, Vernos I, Mitchison TJ, Karsenti E, Heald R. A model for the
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