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Dr. Cornelius Gross

Deputy Head of Outstation and Senior Scientist
Gross Group Joint appointment: Developmental Biology Unit

EMBL Monterotondo, Adriano Buzzati-Traverso Campus, Via Ramarini 32, 00016 Monterotondo, Italy

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PhD 1995, Yale University.
Postdoctoral research at Columbia University.
Group leader at EMBL Monterotondo since 2003.
Deputy Head of Outstation and Senior Scientist since 2009.
ERC Advanced Investigator.


Total: 69 publication(s)


Baroncelli L, Alessandrì MG, Tola J, Putignano E, Migliore M, Amendola E, Gross C, Leuzzi V, Cioni G, Pizzorusso T. (2014)
A novel mouse model of creatine transporter deficiency.
F1000Res 3
Europe PMC

Carola V, Perlas E, Zonfrillo F, Soini HA, Novotny MV, Gross CT. (2014)
Modulation of social behavior by the agouti pigmentation gene
Front Behav Neurosci 8:259. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00259
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Fuchs C, Trazzi S, Torricella R, Viggiano R, De Franceschi M, Amendola E, Gross C, Calzà L, Bartesaghi R, Ciani E. (2014)
Loss of CDKL5 impairs survival and dendritic growth of newborn neurons by altering AKT/GSK-3β signaling
Neurobiol. Dis. 70:53-68. doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2014.06.006
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Amendola E, Zhan Y, Mattucci C, Castroflorio E, Calcagno E, Fuchs C, Lonetti G, Silingardi D, Vyssotski AL, Farley D, Ciani E, Pizzorusso T, Giustetto M, Gross CT. (2014)
Mapping Pathological Phenotypes in a Mouse Model of CDKL5 Disorder
PLoS ONE 9(5):e91613. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091613
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Zhan Y, Paolicelli RC, Sforazzini F, Weinhard L, Bolasco G, Pagani F, Vyssotski AL, Bifone A, Gozzi A, Ragozzino D, Gross CT. (2014)
Deficient neuron-microglia signaling results in impaired functional brain connectivity and social behavior
Nat. Neurosci. 17(3):400-406. doi:10.1038/nn.3641
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Silva BA, Mattucci C, Krzywkowski P, Murana E, Illarionova A, Grinevich V, Canteras NS, Ragozzino D, Gross CT. (2013)
Independent hypothalamic circuits for social and predator fear
Nat. Neurosci. 16(12):1731-1733. doi:10.1038/nn.3573
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Piszczek L, Schlax K, Wyrzykowska A, Piszczek A, Audero E, Thilo Gross C. (2013)
Serotonin 1A auto-receptors are not sufficient to modulate anxiety in mice
Eur. J. Neurosci. 38(4):2621-2627. doi:10.1111/ejn.12260
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Audero E, Mlinar B, Baccini G, Skachokova ZK, Corradetti R, Gross C. (2013)
Suppression of serotonin neuron firing increases aggression in mice
J. Neurosci. 33(20):8678-8688. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.2067-12.2013
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Kuhn M, Al Banchaabouchi M, Campillos M, Jensen LJ, Gross C, Gavin AC, Bork P. (2013)
Systematic identification of proteins that elicit drug side effects
Mol. Syst. Biol. 9:663. doi:10.1038/msb.2013.10
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Batti L, Mukhtarov M, Audero E, Ivanov A, Paolicelli O, Zurborg S, Gross C, Bregestovski P, Heppenstall PA. (2013)
Transgenic mouse lines for non-invasive ratiometric monitoring of intracellular chloride
Front Mol Neurosci 6:11. doi:10.3389/fnmol.2013.00011
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Gross CT, Canteras NS. (2012)
The many paths to fear
Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 13(9):651-658. doi:10.1038/nrn3301
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Ermakova O, Salimova E, Piszczek L, Gross C. (2012)
Construction and phenotypic analysis of mice carrying a duplication of the major histocompatibility class I (MHC-I) locus
Mamm. Genome 23(7-8):443-453. doi:10.1007/s00335-012-9401-7
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Troisi A, Frazzetto G, Carola V, Di Lorenzo G, Coviello M, Siracusano A, Gross C. (2012)
Variation in the μ-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) moderates the influence of early maternal care on fearful attachment
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 7(5):542-547. doi:10.1093/scan/nsr037
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Gozzi A, Jain A, Giovannelli A, Bertollini C, Crestan V, Schwarz AJ, Tsetsenis T, Ragozzino D, Gross CT, Bifone A. (2012)
A Neural Switch for Active and Passive Fear (vol 67, pg 656, 2010)
NEURON 73(4):854. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.02.007

Jain A, Dvorkin A, Fonio E, Golani I, Gross CT. (2012)
Validation of the dimensionality emergence assay for the measurement of innate anxiety in laboratory mice
Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 22(2):153-163. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2011.07.001
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Baccini G, Mlinar B, Audero E, Gross CT, Corradetti R. (2012)
Impaired chemosensitivity of mouse dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons overexpressing serotonin 1A (Htr1a) receptors
PLoS ONE 7(9):e45072. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045072
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Carola V, Gross C. (2012)
Mouse Models of the 5-HTTLPR × Stress Risk Factor for Depression
Curr Top Behav Neurosci 12:59-72. doi:10.1007/7854_2011_190
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Carnevali L, Mastorci F, Audero E, Graiani G, Rossi S, Macchi E, Callegari S, Bartolomucci A, Nalivaiko E, Quaini F, Gross C, Sgoifo A. (2012)
Stress-induced susceptibility to sudden cardiac death in mice with altered serotonin homeostasis
PLoS ONE 7(7):e41184. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041184
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Paolicelli RC, Bolasco G, Pagani F, Maggi L, Scianni M, Panzanelli P, Giustetto M, Ferreira TA, Guiducci E, Dumas L, Ragozzino D, Gross CT. (2011)
Synaptic pruning by microglia is necessary for normal brain development
Science 333(6048):1456-1458. doi:10.1126/science.1202529
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Kas MJ, Krishnan V, Gould TD, Collier DA, Olivier B, Lesch KP, Domenici E, Fuchs E, Gross C, Castrén E. (2011)
Advances in multidisciplinary and cross-species approaches to examine the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders
Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 21(7):532-544. doi:10.1016/j.euroneuro.2010.12.001
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Cero C, Carola V, Palanza P, Gross C, Zukowska Z, Bartolomucci A. (2011)
Fat Depot-Specific Expression of the NPY System, Sympathetic-related and Adipogenic Markers in a Mouse Model of Chronic Psychosocial Stress

Carola V, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Cabib S, Gross C. (2011)
Effect of the interaction between the serotonin transporter gene and maternal environment on developing mouse brain
Behav. Brain Res. 217(1):188-194. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2010.10.020
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Paolicelli RC, Gross CT. (2011)
Microglia in development: linking brain wiring to brain environment
Neuron Glia Biol. 7(1):77-83. doi:10.1017/s1740925x12000105
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Carola V, Mirabeau O, Gross CT. (2011)
Hidden Markov model analysis of maternal behavior patterns in inbred and reciprocal hybrid mice
PLoS ONE 6(3):e14753. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014753
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Ermakova O, Piszczek L, Luciani L, Cavalli FM, Ferreira T, Farley D, Rizzo S, Paolicelli RC, Al-Banchaabouchi M, Nerlov C, Moriggl R, Luscombe NM, Gross C. (2011)
Sensitized phenotypic screening identifies gene dosage sensitive region on chromosome 11 that predisposes to disease in mice
EMBO Mol Med 3(1):50-66. doi:10.1002/emmm.201000112
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Troisi A, Frazzetto G, Carola V, Di Lorenzo G, Coviello M, D'Amato FR, Moles A, Siracusano A, Gross C. (2011)
Social hedonic capacity is associated with the A118G polymorphism of the mu-opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) in adult healthy volunteers and psychiatric patients
Soc Neurosci 6(1):88-97. doi:10.1080/17470919.2010.482786
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Gozzi A, Jain A, Giovannelli A, Bertollini C, Crestan V, Schwarz AJ, Tsetsenis T, Ragozzino D, Gross CT, Bifone A. (2010)
A neural switch for active and passive fear
Neuron 67(4):656-666. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2010.07.008
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Ferreira TA, Iacono LL, Gross CT. (2010)
Serotonin receptor 1A modulates actin dynamics and restricts dendritic growth in hippocampal neurons
Eur. J. Neurosci. 32(1):18-26. doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07283.x
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Carola V, Gross C. (2010)
BDNF moderates early environmental risk factors for anxiety in mouse
Genes Brain Behav. 9(4):379-389. doi:10.1111/j.1601-183x.2010.00572.x
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Reuveni E, Birney E, Gross CT. (2010)
The consequence of natural selection on genetic variation in the mouse
Genomics 95(4):196-202. doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2010.02.004
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Zanettini C, Carola V, Lo Iacono L, Moles A, Gross C, D'Amato FR. (2010)
Postnatal handling reverses social anxiety in serotonin receptor 1A knockout mice
Genes Brain Behav. 9(1):26-32. doi:10.1111/j.1601-183x.2009.00531.x
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Audero E, Mlinar B, Skachokova Z, Corradetti R, Gross C. (2010)
Altered aggressive behaviour following genetic and pharmacological manipulation of serotonin autoinhibition
Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 20:S167.
Europe PMC

Bartolomucci A, Carola V, Pascucci T, Puglisi-Allegra S, Cabib S, Lesch KP, Parmigiani S, Palanza P, Gross C. (2010)
Increased vulnerability to psychosocial stress in heterozygous serotonin transporter knockout mice
Dis Model Mech 3(7-8):459-470. doi:10.1242/dmm.004614
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Audero E, Gross C. (2009)
Could serotonin play a role in sudden infant death?
Pediatr. Res. 65(2):131. doi:10.1203/pdr.0b013e318197b954
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Gross C, Audero E. (2008)
Homing In on a SIDS Model Response
SCIENCE 322(5903):856-857.

Audero E, Coppi E, Mlinar B, Rossetti T, Caprioli A, Banchaabouchi MA, Corradetti R, Gross C. (2008)
Sporadic autonomic dysregulation and death associated with excessive serotonin autoinhibition
Science 321(5885):130-133. doi:10.1126/science.1157871
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Lo Iacono L, Gross C. (2008)
Alpha-Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II contributes to the developmental programming of anxiety in serotonin receptor 1A knock-out mice
Paper presented at the 10th Regional Meeting of the European-College-of-Neuropsychopharmacology, Tallinn, ESTONIA, APR 23-25, 2009.J. Neurosci. 28(24):6250-6257. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.5219-07.2008
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Depino AM, Tsetsenis T, Gross C. (2008)
GABA homeostasis contributes to the developmental programming of anxiety-related behavior
Brain Res. 1210:189-199. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2008.03.006
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Carola V, Frazzetto G, Pascucci T, Audero E, Puglisi-Allegra S, Cabib S, Lesch KP, Gross C. (2008)
Identifying molecular substrates in a mouse model of the serotonin transporter x environment risk factor for anxiety and depression
Biol. Psychiatry 63(9):840-846. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2007.08.013
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Carola V, Scalera E, Brunamonti E, Gross C, D'Amato F. (2008)
Mating-related interactions share common features with anxiety in the mouse
Behav. Brain Res. 186(2):185-190. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2007.08.006
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Reuveni E, Carola V, Banchaabouchi MA, Rosenthal N, Hancock JM, Gross C. (2007)
Phenostat: visualization and statistical tool for analysis of phenotyping data
Mamm. Genome 18(9):677-681. doi:10.1007/s00335-007-9042-4
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Frazzetto G, Gross C. (2007)
Beyond susceptibility. Behavioural genetics can advance our understanding of psychiatric disorders, but might not meet the expectations for new cures
EMBO Rep. 8 Spec No:S3-6. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7401013
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Tsetsenis T, Ma XH, Lo Iacono L, Beck SG, Gross C. (2007)
Suppression of conditioning to ambiguous cues by pharmacogenetic inhibition of the dentate gyrus
Nat. Neurosci. 10(7):896-902. doi:10.1038/nn1919
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Gutknecht L, Jacob C, Strobel A, Kriegebaum C, Müller J, Zeng Y, Markert C, Escher A, Wendland J, Reif A, Mössner R, Gross C, Brocke B, Lesch KP. (2007)
Tryptophan hydroxylase-2 gene variation influences personality traits and disorders related to emotional dysregulation
Int. J. Neuropsychopharmacol. 10(3):309-320. doi:10.1017/S1461145706007437
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Mirabeau O, Perlas E, Severini C, Audero E, Gascuel O, Possenti R, Birney E, Rosenthal N, Gross C. (2007)
Identification of novel peptide hormones in the human proteome by hidden Markov model screening
Genome Res. 17(3):320-327. doi:10.1101/gr.5755407
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Depino AM, Gross C. (2007)
Simultaneous assessment of autonomic function and anxiety-related behavior in BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice
Behav. Brain Res. 177(2):254-260. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2006.11.025
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Stark KL, Gross C, Richardson-Jones J, Zhuang X, Hen R. (2007)
A novel conditional knockout strategy applied to serotonin receptors
Handb Exp Pharmacol (178):347-363. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-35109-2_14
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Frazzetto G, Di Lorenzo G, Carola V, Proietti L, Sokolowska E, Siracusano A, Gross C, Troisi A. (2007)
Early trauma and increased risk for physical aggression during adulthood: the moderating role of MAOA genotype
PLoS ONE 2(5):e486. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000486
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Reuveni E, Ramensky VE, Gross C. (2007)
Mouse SNP Miner: an annotated database of mouse functional single nucleotide polymorphisms
BMC Genomics 8:24. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-8-24
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Frazzetto G, Di Lorenzo G, Carola V, Proietti L, Siracusano A, Gross C, Troisi A. (2006)
Interactions between early traumatic life events, and MAO-Agenotype associated with increased physical aggression in adulthood
AM J MED GENET B 141B(7):743-744.

Ragozzino D, Di Angelantonio S, Trettel F, Bertollini C, Maggi L, Gross C, Charo IF, Limatola C, Eusebi F. (2006)
Chemokine fractalkine/CX3CL1 negatively modulates active glutamatergic synapses in rat hippocampal neurons
J. Neurosci. 26(41):10488-10498. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3192-06.2006
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Bertollini C, Ragozzino D, Gross C, Limatola C, Eusebi F. (2006)
Fractalkine/CX3CL1 depresses central synaptic transmission in mouse hippocampal slices
Neuropharmacology 51(4):816-821. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2006.05.027
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Carola V, Frazzetto G, Gross C. (2006)
Identifying interactions between genes and early environment in the mouse
Genes Brain Behav. 5(2):189-199. doi:10.1111/j.1601-183x.2005.00152.x
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Klemenhagen KC, Gordon JA, David DJ, Hen R, Gross CT. (2006)
Increased fear response to contextual cues in mice lacking the 5-HT1A receptor
Neuropsychopharmacology 31(1):101-111. doi:10.1038/sj.npp.1300774
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Walitza S, Renner TJ, Dempfle A, Konrad K, Wewetzer Ch, Halbach A, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Remschmidt H, Smidt J, Linder M, Flierl L, Knölker U, Friedel S, Schäfer H, Gross C, Hebebrand J, Warnke A, Lesch KP. (2005)
Transmission disequilibrium of polymorphic variants in the tryptophan hydroxylase-2 gene in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Mol. Psychiatry 10(12):1126-1132. doi:10.1038/
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Wolff M, Costet P, Gross C, Hen R, Segu L, Buhot MC. (2004)
Age-dependent effects of serotonin-1A receptor gene deletion in spatial learning abilities in mice
Brain Res. Mol. Brain Res. 130(1-2):39-48. doi:10.1016/j.molbrainres.2004.07.012
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Gross C, Hen R. (2004)
The developmental origins of anxiety
Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 5(7):545-552. doi:10.1038/nrn1429
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Gross CT. (2004)
Book Review of Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human
N. Engl. J. Med. 350(4):422.
Europe PMC

Gross C, Hen R. (2004)
Genetic and environmental factors interact to influence anxiety
Paper presented at the Meeting of the Fundacion-Cerebro-y-Mentre, SPAIN, 2003.Neurotox Res 6(6):493-501. doi:10.1007/bf03033286
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Santarelli L, Saxe M, Gross C, Surget A, Battaglia F, Dulawa S, Weisstaub N, Lee J, Duman R, Arancio O, Belzung C, Hen R. (2003)
Requirement of hippocampal neurogenesis for the behavioral effects of antidepressants
Science 301(5634):805-809. doi:10.1126/science.1083328
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Gross C, Zhuang X, Stark K, Ramboz S, Oosting R, Kirby L, Santarelli L, Beck S, Hen R. (2002)
Serotonin1A receptor acts during development to establish normal anxiety-like behaviour in the adult
Nature 416(6879):396-400. doi:10.1038/416396a
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Gross C, Santarelli L, Brunner D, Zhuang X, Hen R. (2000)
Altered fear circuits in 5-HT(1A) receptor KO mice
Paper presented at the Conference on Genetics and Brain Function - Implications for the Treatment of Anxiety, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAR 22-23, 2000.Biol. Psychiatry 48(12):1157-1163. doi:10.1016/s0006-3223(00)01041-6
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Pederson JA, LaFollette JW, Gross C, Veraksa A, McGinnis W, Mahaffey JW. (2000)
Regulation by homeoproteins: a comparison of deformed-responsive elements
Genetics 156(2):677-686.
Europe PMC

Dulawa SC, Gross C, Stark KL, Hen R, Geyer MA. (2000)
Knockout mice reveal opposite roles for serotonin 1A and 1B receptors in prepulse inhibition
Neuropsychopharmacology 22(6):650-659. doi:10.1016/s0893-133x(99)00164-5
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Zhuang X, Gross C, Santarelli L, Compan V, Trillat AC, Hen R. (1999)
Altered emotional states in knockout mice lacking 5-HT1A or 5-HT1B receptors
Paper presented at the 50th Serotonin Anniversary Symposium, PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, SEP 25-26, 1998.Neuropsychopharmacology 21(2 Suppl):52S-60S. doi:10.1016/S0893-133X(99)00047-0
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Gross CT, McGinnis W. (1996)
DEAF-1, a novel protein that binds an essential region in a Deformed response element
EMBO J. 15(8):1961-1970.
Europe PMC

Gross CT, McGinnis W. (1996)
The function of homeodomain proteins in Drosophila development
In: Goodbourn S (ed.), Eukaryotic Gene Transcription. Frontiers in Molecular Biology, vol 12. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.


Dessain S, Gross CT, Kuziora MA, McGinnis W. (1992)
Antp-type homeodomains have distinct DNA binding specificities that correlate with their different regulatory functions in embryos
EMBO J. 11(3):991-1002.
Europe PMC


Gross CT, Salamon H, Hunt AJ, Macey RI, Orme F, Quintanilha AT. (1991)
Hemoglobin polymerization in sickle cells studied by circular polarized light scattering
Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1079(2):152-160. doi:10.1016/0167-4838(91)90120-o
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