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Auletta A, Rue MCP, Harley CM, & Mesce KA. 2019. Tyrosine hydroxylase immunolabeling reveals the distribution of catecholaminergic neurons in the central nervous systems of the spiders Hogna lenta (Araneae: Lycosidae) and Phidippus regius (Araneae: Salticidae). Journal of Comparative Neurology 2019:1-20.

Northcutt AJ, Fischer EK, Puhl JG, Mesce KA, Schulz DJ. 2018. An annotated CNS transcriptome of the medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana: De novo sequencing to characterize genes associated with nervous system activity. PLoS ONE 13:e0201206.

Puhl JG*, Bigelow AW*, Rue MCP, Mesce KA. 2018. Functional recovery of a locomotor network after injury: plasticity beyond the central nervous system. eNeuro 2018:10.1523/ENEURO.0195-18.2018.  (* = co-first authors)

Mesce KA, Alania M, Gaudry Q, Puhl JG. 2018. The stomatogastric nervous system of the medicinal leech: its anatomy, physiology and associated aminergic neurons. Journal of Experimental Biology 221:jeb175687.

Tedjakumala SR, Rouquette J, Boizeau ML, Mesce KA, Hotier L, Massou I, Giurfa M. 2017. A tyrosine-hydroxylase characterization of dopaminergic neurons in the honey bee brain. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11:47.

Thompson KT, Harley CM, Barthel GM, Sanders MA, Mesce KA. 2015. Plasmon resonance and the imaging of metal-impregnated neurons with the laser scanning confocal microscope. eLIFE 4:e09388.

Harley CMReilly MG, Stewart C, Schlegel CMorley EPuhl JG, Nagel CCrisp KMMesce KA. 2015. Compensatory plasticity restores locomotion following chronic removal of descending projections. Journal of Neurophysiology 113:3610-3622.

Olson JF, Moon RD, Kells SA, Mesce KA. 2014. Morphology, ultrastructure and functional role of antennal sensilla in off-host aggregation by the bed bug Cimex lectularius. Arthropod Structure & Development 43:117-122.

Puhl JG, Masino MA, Mesce KA. 2012. Necessary, sufficient and permissive: a single locomotor command neuron important for intersegmental coordination. Journal of Neuroscience 32:17646-17657.

Crisp KM, Gallagher BR, Mesce KA. 2012. Mechanisms contributing to the dopamine induction of crawl-like bursting in leech motoneurons. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:3028-3036.

Ferguson JE, Boldt C, Puhl JG, Stigen TW, Jackson JC, Crisp KMMesce KA, Netoff TI, Redish AD. 2012. Nanowires precisely grown on the ends of microwire electrodes permit the recording of intracellular action potentials within deeper neural structures. Nanomedicine 7:847-853.

Mustard JA, Vergoz V, Mesce KAKlukas KA, Beggs KT, Geddes LH, McQuillan HJ, Mercer AR. 2012. Dopamine signaling in the bee. In: Galizia CG, Eisenhardt D, Giurfa M (eds). Honeybee Neurobiology and Behavior. Springer, New York. pp. 199-209.

Mesce KA, Pierce-Shimomura JT. 2010. Shared Strategies for behavioral switching: understanding how locomotor patterns are turned on and off. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 4:49.

Puhl JGMesce KA. 2010. Keeping it together: mechanisms of intersegmental coordination for a flexible locomotor behavior. Journal of Neuroscience 30:2373-2383.

Swanson JAI, Torto B, Kells SA, Mesce KA, Tumlinson JH, Spivak M. 2009. Odorants that induce hygienic behavior in honeybees: identification of volatile compounds in chalkbrood-infected honeybee larvae. Journal of Chemical Ecology 35:1108-1116.

Himes KEKlukas KA, Fahrbach SE, Mesce KA. 2008. Hormone-dependent expression of fasciclin II during ganglionic migration and fusion in the ventral nerve cord of the moth Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Neurology 509:319-339.

Mesce KA, Esch T, Kristan WB. 2008. Cellular substrates of action selection: a cluster of higher-order descending neurons shapes body posture and locomotion. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 194:469-481.

Puhl JGMesce KA. 2008. Dopamine activates the motor pattern for crawling in the medicinal leech. Journal of Neuroscience 28:4192-4200.

Crisp KMMesce KA. 2006. Beyond the central pattern generator: amine modulation of decision-making neural pathways descending from the brain of the medicinal leech. Journal of Experimental Biology 209:1746-1756.

Goode K, Huber Z, Mesce KA, Spivak M. 2006. Hygienic behavior in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) is independent of sucrose responsiveness and foraging ontogeny. Hormones and Behavior 49:391-397.

Fahrbach SE, Mesce KA. 2005. “Neuroethoendocrinology”: integration of field and laboratory studies in insect neuroendocrinology. Hormones and Behavior 48:352-359.

Crisp KMMesce KA. 2005. A cephalic projection neuron involved in locomotion is dye coupled to the dopaminergic neural network in the medicinal leech. Journal of Experimental Biology 207:4535-4542.

Crisp KMMesce KA. 2003. To swim or not to swim: regional effects of serotonin, octopamine, and amine in medicinal leech. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 189:461-470.

Spivak M, Masterman R, Ross R, Mesce KA. 2003. Hygienic behavior in the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) and the modulatory role of octopamine. Journal of Neurobiology 55:341-354.

Esch T, Mesce KA, Kristan WB. 2003. Evidence for sequential decision making in the medicinal leech. Journal of Neuroscience 22:11045-11054.

Honegger HW, Market D, Pierce LA, Dewey EM, Kostron B, Wilson M, Choi D, Klukas KAMesce KA. 2002. Cellular localization of bursicon using antisera against partial peptide sequences of this insect cuticle-sclerotizing neurohormone. Journal of Comparative Neurology 452:163-177.

Mesce KA, Fahrbach SE. 2002. Integration of endocrine signals that regulate insect ecdysis. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 23:179-199.

Mesce KA. 2002. Metamodulation of the biogenic amines: second-order modulation by steroid hormones and amine cocktails. Brain Behavior and Evolution 60:339-349.

Crisp KMKlukas KAGilchrist LS, Nartey AJ, Mesce KA. 2002. Distribution and development of dopamine- and octopamine-synthesizing neurons in the medicinal leech. Journal of Comparative Neurology 442:115-129.

Masterman R, Ross R, Mesce KA, Spivak M. 2001. Olfactory and behavioral response thresholds to odors of diseased brood differ between hygienic and non-hygienic honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Journal of Comparative Physiology A 187:441-452.

Mesce KACrisp KMGilchrist LS. 2001. Mixtures of octopamine and serotonin have nonadditive effects on the CNS of the medicinal leech. Journal of Neurophysiology 85:2039-2046.

Mesce KADeLorme AW, Brelje TC, Klukas KA. 2001. Dopamine-synthesizing neurons include the putative H-cell homologue in the moth Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Neurology 430:501-517.;2-U

Lehman HK, Klukas KAGilchrist LSMesce KA. 2000. Steroid regulation of octopamine expression during metamorphic development of the moth Manduca sexta. Journal of Comparative Neurology 424:283-296.;2-Z

DeLorme AWMesce KA. 1999. Programmed cell death of an identified motoneuron examined in vivo: electrophysiological and morphological correlates. Journal of Neurobiology 39:307-322.;2-9

Ewer J, Wang CM, Klukas KAMesce KA, Truman JW, Fahrbach SE. 1998. Programmed cell death of identified peptidergic neurons involved in ecdysis behavior in the moth Manduca sexta. Journal of Neurobiology 37:265-280.;2-C

Gilchrist LSMesce KA. 1997. Coactivation of putative octopamine-and serotonin-containing interneurons in the medicinal leech. Journal of Neurophysiology 78:2108-2115.

Klukas KA, Brelje TC, Mesce KA. 1996. Novel mouse IgG-like immunoreactivity expressed by neurons in the moth Manduca sexta: Developmental regulation and colocalization with crustacean cardioactive peptide. Microscopy Research and Technique 35:242-264.;2-P

Amos TM, Gelman DB, Mesce KA. 1996. Steroid hormone fluctuations regulate ganglionic fusion during metamorphosis of the moth Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology 42:579-591.

Fahrbach SE, DeLorme AWKlukas KAMesce KA. 1995. A motoneuron spared from steroid-activated developmental death by removal of descending neural inputs exhibits stable electrophysiological properties and morphology. Journal of Neurobiology 26:511-522.

Gilchrist LSKlukas KA, Jellies J, Rapus J, Eckert M, Mesce KA. 1995. Distribution and developmental expression of octopamine-immunoreactive neurons in the central nervous system of the leech. Journal of Comparative Neurology 353:451-463.

Amos TMMesce KA. 1994. Reorganization of the ventral nerve cord in the moth Manduca sexta (L.) (Lepidoptera : Sphingidae). International Journal of Insect Morphology and Embryology 23:21-37.

Mesce KAAmos TM, Clough SM. 1993. A light insensitive method for contrast enhancement of insect neurons filled with a cobalt-lysine complex. Biotechnic and Histochemistry 68:222-228.

Mesce KAKlukas KA, Brelje TC. 1993. Improvements for the anatomical characterization of insect neurons in whole mount: the use of cyanine-derived fluorophores and laser scanning confocal microscopy. Cell and Tissue Research 271:381-397.