McCormick Lab Publications


Jiang H, Yi J, Boavida LC, Chen Y, Becker JD, Köhler C, McCormick S. 2015. Intercellular communication in pollen discovered via AHG3 transcript movement from the vegetative cell to sperm. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112:13378-83. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510854112 


Gui, C., Dong, X., Liu, H., Huang, W., Zhang, D., Wang, S., Barberini, M.L., Gao, X., Muschietti, J., McCormick, S. and Tang, W. 2014.Overexpression of the tomato pollen receptor kinase LePRK1 rewires pollen tube growth to a blebbing modePlant Cell 26:3538-3555; 

Huang, W., Liu, H., McCormick, S. and Tang, W. 2014. Tomato pistil factor LeSTIG1 promotes in vivo pollen tube growth by binding to phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate and the extracellular domain of LePRK2Plant Cell 26:2505-2523; 

Zheng, B., He, H., Zheng, Y., Wu, W. and McCormick, S. 2014. An ARID domain-containing protein within nuclear bodies is required for sperm cell formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genetics: 


McCormick, S. 2013. PollenCurrent Biology 23: R988-R990; doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.08.016  pdf

Zhao X-Y, Wang Q, Li S, Ge F-R, Zhou L-Z, McCormick S, Zhang Y. 2013. The juxtamembrane and carboxy-terminal domains of Arabidopsis PRK2 are critical for ROP-induced growth in pollen tubes. J. Experimental Botany 64:5599-5610; doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert323  pdf

Boavida LC, Qin P, Broz M, Becker JD, McCormick S. 2013. Arabidopsis tetraspanins are confined to discrete expression domains and cell types in reproductive tissues and form homo- and hetero-dimers when expressed in yeast. Plant Physiology 163:696-712;doi:10.1104/pp.113.216598   pdf

Li S, Zhou L-Z, Feng Q-N, McCormick S, Zhang Y. 2013. The C-terminal hypervariable domain targets Arabidopsis ROP9 to the invaginated pollen tube plasma membrane. Molecular Plant 6:1362-4; doi: 10.1093/mp/sst098   pdf

Scarpin R, Sigaut L, Pietrasanta L, McCormick S, Zheng B, Muschietti J. 2013. Cajal bodies are developmentally regulated during pollen development and pollen tube growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant 6:1355-7; doi: 10.1093/mp/sst077   pdf

Loraine, A. E., McCormick, S., Estrada, A., Patel, K. and Qin, P. 2013. RNA-Seq of Arabidopsis pollen uncovers novel transcription and alternative splicingPlant Physiology 162:1092-1109; doi:10.​1104/​pp.​112.​211441 pdf

Li S, Ge FR, Xu M, Zhao XY, Huang GQ, Zhou LZ, Wang JG, Kombrink A, McCormick S, Zhang XS, Zhang Y. 2013. Arabidopsis COBRA-LIKE 10, a GPI-anchored protein, mediates directional growth of pollen tubePlant Journal 74:486-97; doi: 10.1111/tpj.12139   pdf


Qin, P., Ting, D., Shieh, A. and McCormick, S. 2012. Callose plug deposition patterns vary in pollen tubes of Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes and in tomato species. BMC Plant Biology 12:178; doi:10.1186/1471-2229-12-178

Zoulias, N., Koenig, D., Hamidi, A., McCormick, S. and Kim, M. 2012. A role for PHANTASTICA in medio-lateral regulation of adaxial domain developments in tomato and tobacco leaves. Annals Botany 109:407-418; doi: 10.1093/aob/mcr295


Zhang, Y., Li, S., Zhou, L-Z., Fox, E., Pao, J., Sun, W, Zhou, C. and McCormick, S. 2011. Overexpression of Arabidopsis thaliana PTEN caused accumulation of autophagic bodies in pollen tubes by disrupting phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate dynamics. Plant Journal68:1081-1092; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04761.x   pdf

Alandete-Saez, M., Ron, M., Leiboff, S. and McCormick, S. 2011. Arabidopsis thaliana GEX1 has dual functions in gametophyte development and early embryogenesis. Plant Journal 68:620-632; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04713.x   pdf

Zheng, B., Chen, X. and McCormick, S. 2011. The anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome is a dual integrator that regulates both miRNA-mediated transcriptional regulation of Cyclin B1 and degradation of Cyclin B1 during Arabidopsis male gametophyte development. Plant Cell 23:1033-1046; doi:10/1105/tpc.111.083980   pdf


Ron M, Alandete Saez M, Eshed Williams L, Fletcher JC, McCormick S.  2010.  Proper regulation of a sperm-specific cis-nat-siRNA is essential for double fertilization in Arabidopsis. Genes & Development 24:1010-21.   pdf
Joyard, J. and McCormick, S. 2010. Plant Systems Biology (editorial). Plant Physiology 152: 401.  pdf
Muschietti J, McCormick S.  2010.  Abscisic acid (ABA) receptors: light at the end of the tunnelF1000 Biology Reports 2  pdf
Zhang Y, He J, Lee D, McCormick S.  2010.  Interdependence of endomembrane trafficking and actin dynamics during polarized growth of Arabidopsis pollen tubesPlant Physiology 152:2200-10.   pdf
Wengier DL, Mazzella MA, Salem TM, McCormick S, Muschietti JP.  2010.  STIL, a peculiar molecule from styles, specifically dephosphorylates the pollen receptor kinase LePRK2 and stimulates pollen tube growth in vitro. BMC Plant Biology 10:33. 
Zhang Y, McCormick S.  2010.  The regulation of vesicle trafficking by small GTPases and phospholipids during pollen tube growth.Sexual Plant Reproduction 23:87-93. 


Zhang, Y. and McCormick, S. 2009. The regulation of vesicle trafficking by small GTPases and phospholipids during pollen tube growth.Sexual Plant Reprod  23: 87-93.

Zhang Y, McCormick S.  2009.  AGCVIII kinases: at the crossroads of cellular signalingTrends Plant Science 14:689-95.  pdf

Boavida LC, Shuai B, Yu H-J, Pagnussat GC, Sundaresan V, McCormick S.  2009.  A collection of Ds insertional mutants associated with defects in male gametophyte development and function in Arabidopsis thalianaGenetics 181:1369-85.   pdf
Zhang Y, He J, McCormick S.  2009.  Two Arabidopsis AGC kinases are critical for the polarized growth of pollen tubes. Plant Journal 58:474-84.  pdf


Wang H, Boavida LC, Ron M, McCormick S.  2008.  Truncation of a protein disulfide isomerase, PDIL2-1, delays embryo sac maturation and disrupts pollen tube guidance in Arabidopsis thalianaPlant Cell 20:3300-11.  pdf
Zhang D, Wengier D, Shuai B, Gui C-P, Muschietti J, McCormick S, Tang W-H.  2008.  The pollen receptor kinase LePRK2 mediates growth-promoting signals and positively regulates pollen germination and tube growth. Plant Physiology 148:1368-79.  pdf
Blanvillain R, Boavida LC, McCormick S, Ow DW.  2008.  Exportin1 genes are essential for development and function of the gametophytes in Arabidopsis thalianaGenetics 180:1493-500.   pdf
Borges F, Gomes G, Gardner R, Moreno N, McCormick S, Feijó JA, Becker JD.  2008.  Comparative transcriptomics of Arabidopsis sperm cellsPlant Physiology 148:1168-81.  pdf
Jasinski S, Tattersall A, Piazza P, Hay A, Martinez-Garcia JF, Schmitz G, Theres K, McCormick S, Tsiantis M.  2008.  PROCERA encodes a DELLA protein that mediates control of dissected leaf form in tomato. Plant Journal 56:603-12.   pdf
Alandete-Saez M, Ron M, McCormick S.  2008.  GEX3, expressed in the male gametophyte and in the egg cell of Arabidopsis thaliana, is essential for micropylar pollen tube guidance and plays a role during early embryogenesisMolecular Plant 1:586-98.  pdf
Zhang Y, McCormick S.  2008.  Regulation of pollen tube polarity: Feedback loops rulePlant Signaling & Behavior 3:345-7. 


Zhang Y, McCormick S.  2007.  A distinct mechanism regulating a pollen-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPase Rop in Arabidopsis thalianaProc Natl Acad Sci USA 104:18830-5.   pdf
McCormick, S.  2007.  From seed to seed (book review)BioEssays 29:504-505.  pdf
McCormick S.  2007.  Reproductive dialog (Perspective). Science 317:606-7.   pdf
Boavida LC, McCormick S.  2007.  Temperature as a determinant factor for increased and reproducible in vitro pollen germination inArabidopsis thalianaPlant Journal 52:570-82.  pdf


Yang H, Kaur N, Kiriakopolos S, McCormick S.  2006.  EST generation and analyses towards identifying female gametophyte-specific genes in Zea mays L. Planta 224:1004-14. pdf


Engel ML, Holmes-Davis R, McCormick S.  2005.  Green sperm. Identification of male gamete promoters in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 138:2124-33.  pdf
Kaothien P, Ok S H, Shuai B, Wengier D, Cotter R, Kelley D, Kiriakopolos S, Muschietti J, McCormick S.  2005.  Kinase partner protein interacts with the LePRK1 and LePRK2 receptor kinases and plays a role in polarized pollen tube growth. Plant Journal 42:492-503.pdf
Holmes-Davis R, Tanaka CK, Vensel WH, Hurkman WJ, McCormick S.  2005.  Proteome mapping of mature pollen of Arabidopsis thaliana. Proteomics 5:4864-84. pdf
McCormick S, Yang H.  2005.  Is there more than one way to attract a pollen tube? Trends Plant Science 10:260-3. pdf 


Guyon V, Tang W-H, Monti MM, Raiola A, Lorenzo G D, McCormick S, Taylor LP.  2004.  Antisense phenotypes reveal a role for SHY, a pollen-specific leucine-rich repeat protein, in pollen tube growth. Plant Journal 39:643-54.  pdf
Johnson-Brousseau SA, McCormick S.  2004.  A compendium of methods useful for characterizing Arabidopsis pollen mutants and gametophytically-expressed genesPlant Journal 39:761-75. pdf
McCormick S.  2004.  Control of male gametophyte developmentPlant Cell 16 Suppl:S142-53. pdf
Tang W, Kelley D, Ezcurra I, Cotter R, McCormick S.  2004.  LeSTIG1, an extracellular binding partner for the pollen receptor kinases LePRK1 and LePRK2, promotes pollen tube growth in vitroPlant Journal 39:343-53. pdf 
Wang Y, Magnard J-L, McCormick S, Yang M.  2004.  Progression through meiosis I and meiosis II in Arabidopsis anthers is regulated by an A-type cyclin predominately expressed in prophase I. Plant Physiology 136:4127-35. pdf



Kim M, McCormick S, Timmermans M, Sinha N.  2003.  The expression domain of PHANTASTICA determines leaflet placement in compound leavesNature 424:438-443. 
Wengier D, Valsecchi I, Cabanas M L, Tang W-H, McCormick S, Muschietti J.  2003.  The receptor kinases LePRK1 and LePRK2 associate in pollen and when expressed in yeast, but dissociate in the presence of style extract. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100:6860-6865. pdf
Kim M, Pham T, Hamidi A, McCormick S, Kuzoff RK, Sinha N.  2003.  Reduced leaf complexity in tomato wiry mutants suggests a role for PHAN and KNOX genes in generating compound leaves. Development 130:4405-4415. 
Engel ML, Chaboud A, Dumas C, McCormick S.  2003.  Sperm cells of Zea mays have a complex complement of mRNAsPlant Journal34:697-707.  pdf
McCormick S.  2003.  Writing: the clear choice. Nature 424:128.  pdf


Tang W, Ezcurra I, Muschietti J, McCormick S.  2002.  A cysteine-rich extracellular protein, LAT52, interacts with the extracellular domain of the pollen receptor kinase LePRK2. Plant Cell 14:2277-87. pdf
Kim H U, Cotter R, Johnson S, Senda M, Dodds P, Kulikauska R, Tang W, Ezcura I, Herzmark P, McCormick S.  2002.  New pollen-specific receptor kinases identified in tomato, maize and Arabidopsis: the tomato kinases show overlapping but distinct localization patterns on pollen tubes. Plant Molecular Biology 50:1-16.  pdf


Johnson, S. A. and McCormick, S. 2001. Pollen germinates precociously in the anthers of raring-to-go, an Arabidopsis gametophytic mutant. Plant Physiology 126:685-695. pdf

Cock, J.M. and McCormick, S. 2001. A large family of genes that share homology with Clavata3Plant Physiology 126: 939-943.  pdf
Magnard, J-M., Yang, M., Chen, Y-C. S., Leary, M. and McCormick, S. 2001. The Arabidopsis thaliana gene Tardy Asynchronous Meiosis(TAM) is required for the normal pace and synchrony of cell division during male meiosisPlant Physiology 127: 1157-1166.
Stratford, S. Barnes, W.,  Hohorst, D.L., Sagert, J.G., Cotter, R., Golubiewski, A., Showalter, A., McCormick, S. and Bedinger, P.  2001. A leucine-rich repeat is conserved in pollen extensin-like (Pex) proteins in monocots and dicotsPlant Molecular Biology 46:43-56.


Bedinger, P., Stratford, S., Barnes, W.,  Hohorst, D.L., Sagert, J.G., Cotter, R., Golubiewski, A., Anderson, J.R. and McCormick, S.  2000.Extensin chimeras in the pollen extracellular matrix: possible roles in cell-cell communication, In Geitmann, A., Cresti, M., Heath, I.B. (eds.), NATO Science Series "Cell Biology of Plant and Fungal Tip Growth",  IOS Press, Amsterdam. 


Gaude,T. and McCormick, S. 1999. Signaling in pollen-pistil interactionsSem Cell Dev Biol 10:139-147.
Ylstra, B. and McCormick, S.  1999. Analysis of mRNA stabilities during pollen development and in BY2 cellsPlant Journal 20:101-108.  pdf


McCormick, S. 1998. Self-incompatibility and other pollen-pistil interactionsCurr Opin Pl Biol 1: 18-25.  pdf

Muschietti, J.P., Eyal, Y. and McCormick, S. 1998. Pollen tube localization implies a role in pollen-pistil interactions for the tomato receptor-like protein kinases LePRK1 and  LePRK2. Plant Cell 10: 319-330.  pdf


Gorman, S.W. and McCormick, S. 1997. Male sterile genes of tomatoCrit Rev Plant Sci 16: 31-53.

Kulikauskas, R. and McCormick, S. 1997. Identification of the tobacco and Arabidopsis homologs of the pollen-expressed LAT59 gene of tomato. Plant Mol Biol 34: 809-814.

Curie, C. and McCormick, S. 1997. A strong inhibitor of gene expression in the 5'-untranslated region of the pollen-specific LAT59 gene of tomato.  Plant Cell 9: 2025-2036.  pdf


Chen, Y-C.S. and McCormick, S. 1996.  side-car pollen, an Arabidopsis thaliana male gametophytic mutant with aberrant cell divisions during pollen development. Development 122: 3243-3253.

Dircks, L., Vancanneyt, G. and McCormick, S. 1996. Biochemical characterization and baculovirus expression of the pectate lyase-like LAT56 and LAT59 pollen proteins of tomatoPlant Physiol Biochem 34: 509-520.

Gorman, S.W., Banasiak, D., Fairley, C. and McCormick, S. 1996. A 610 kb YAC clone harbors 7 cM of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) DNA that includes the male sterile 14 gene and a hotspot for recombination. Mol Gen Genet 251: 52-59.

Liedl, B.E., McCormick, S. and Mutschler, M.A. 1996. Unilateral incongruity in crosses involving Lycopersicon pennellii andL.esculentum is distinct from self-incompatibility in expression, timing and locationSexual Plant Reprod 9: 299-308.

Whitham, S., McCormick, S. and Baker, B. 1996. The N gene of tobacco confers resistance to tobacco mosaic virus in transgenic tomato. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 93: 8776-8781.


Eyal, Y., Curie, C. and McCormick, S. 1995. Pollen specificity elements reside in 30 bp of the proximal promoters of two pollen-expressed genesPlant Cell 7: 373-384.

Gorman, S.W. and McCormick, S. 1995. Identification of the RFLP markers flanking male sterile 7 (ms7) on chromosome 11. Tomato Genetics Cooperative 45: 25.

Kulikauskas, R., Hou, A., Muschietti, J. and McCormick, S. 1995. Comparisons of diverse plant species reveal that only grasses show drastically reduced levels of ubiquitin monomer in mature pollen. Sexual Plant Reproduction 8: 326-332.

McCormick, S. 1995. Edward H. Coe, Jr., An appreciation. Maydica 40: 3-6.


McCormick, S. 1994. Molecular and functional analysis of pollen-active genes. in Genetic Control of Self-Incompatibility and Reproductive Development in Flowering Plants, E.G. Williams, R.B. Knox and A.E. Clarke (eds), pp. 360-371, Kluwer.

McCormick, S., Chen, S., Curie, C., Eyal, Y. and Kulikauskas, R. 1994. Molecular and genetic analyses of pollen development. in Pollen-pistil interactions and pollen tube growth, Current Topics in Plant Physiology, an ASPP Series, Vol. 12, A. Stephenson and T-H. Kao (eds), pp. 29-38.

McCormick, S., Curie, C., Eyal, Y., Muschietti, J., Dircks, L. and Kulikauskas, R. 1994. Molecular biology of male gametogenesis.Euphytica 79: 245-250.

Muschietti, J., Dircks, L., Vancanneyt, G. and McCormick, S. 1994. LAT52 protein is essential for tomato pollen development: Pollen expressing antisense LAT52 RNA hydrates and germinates abnormally and cannot achieve fertilizationPlant Journal 6: 321-338.


Liedl, B.E., McCormick, S. and Mutschler, M.A. 1993. A clearing technique for the study of GUS activity in pollen tubes and ovules of LycopersiconPlant Mol Biol Reporter 11: 194-201.

McCormick, S. 1993. Molecular analysis of gene regulation and function during pollen development. in Molecular Biology of Tomato, J. Yoder (ed), pp. 153-159, Technomic.

McCormick, S. 1993. Male gametophyte development Plant Cell 5: 1265-1275.


McCormick, S. 1991. Molecular analysis of male gametogenesis in plantsTrends Genetics 7: 298-302.

McCormick, S. 1991. Transformation of tomato with Agrobacterium Plant Tissue Culture Manual, Fundamentals and Applications, K. Lindsey (ed), Kluwer, Volume B6: 1-9.

McCormick, S., Yamaguchi, J. and Twell, D. 1991.  Deletion analysis of pollen-expressed promotersIn Vitro Cell Devel Biol 27P: 15-20.

McCormick, S., Twell, D., Vancanneyt, G. and Yamaguchi, J. 1991.  Molecular analysis of gene regulation and function during male gametophyte development. in Proceedings of SEB Symposium on Molecular Biology of Plant Development, G. Jenkins and W. Schuch (eds), pp. 229-244.

Osborne, B.I., Corr, C.A., Prince, J.P., Hehl, R., Tanksley, S.D., McCormick, S. and Baker, B. 1991. Ac transposition from a T-DNA can generate linked and unlinked clusters in the tomato genomeGenetics 129: 833-844.

Twell, D., Yamaguchi, J., Wing, R.A., Ushiba, J. and McCormick, S. 1991.  Promoter analysis of genes that are coordinately expressed during pollen development reveals pollen-specific enhancer sequences and shared regulatory elementsGenes & Development 5: 496-507.

Twell, D., Klein, T.M., and McCormick, S. 1991.  Transformation of pollen by particle bombardment. in Plant Tissue Culture Manual, Fundamentals and Applications, K. Lindsey (ed), Kluwer, Volume D1: 1-12.


Twell, D., Yamaguchi, J. and McCormick, S. 1990. Pollen-specific gene expression in transgenic plants: coordinate regulation of two different tomato gene promoters during microsporogenesisDevelopment 109: 705-713.


Duck, N., McCormick, S. and Winter, J. 1989.  Hsp70 cognate expression in  vegetative and reproductive organs of Lycopersicon esculentum. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 86: 3674-3678.

McCormick, S., Twell, D., Wing, R., Ursin, V., Yamaguchi, J. and Larabell, S. 1989. Anther-specific genes: molecular characterization and promoter analysis in transgenic plants. in Plant reproduction: from floral induction to pollination, Symposium in Plant Physiology, E. Lord and G. Bernier (eds.) pp. 128-135.

Twell, D., Klein, T.M., Fromm, M.E. and McCormick, S. 1989.  Transient expression of chimeric genes delivered into pollen by microprojectile bombardmentPlant Physiology 91: 1270-1274.

Twell, D., Wing, R., Yamaguchi, J. and McCormick, S. 1989.  Isolation and  expression of an anther-specific gene from tomatoMol. Gen Genetics 217: 240-245.

Ursin, V., Yamaguchi, J. and McCormick, S. 1989.  Gametophytic and sporophytic expression of anther-specific genes in developing tomato anthersPlant Cell 1: 727-736.

Wing, R., Yamaguchi, J., Larabell, S., Ursin, V. and McCormick, S. 1989. Molecular and genetic characterization of two pollen-expressed genes that have sequence similarity to pectate lyases of the plant pathogen ErwiniaPlant Mol Biol 14: 17-28.


Catlin, D., Ochoa, O., McCormick, S. and Quiros, C. 1988.  Celery transformation by Agrobacterium tumefaciens: cytological and genetic analysis of transgenic plants. Plant Cell Reports 7: 100-103.

Nelson, R., McCormick, S., Delannay, X., Dube, P., Layton, J., Anderson, E., Kaniewska, M., Proksch, R., Horsch, R., Rogers, S., Fraley, R. and Beachy, R. 1988.  Virus tolerance, plant growth, and field performance of transgenic tomato plants expressing coat protein from tobacco mosaic virus. Biotechnology 6: 403-409.


Fischhoff, D., Bowdish, K., Perlak, F., Marrone, P., McCormick, S., Niedermeyer, J., Dean, D., Kusano-Kretzmer, K., Mayer, E., Rochester, D., Rogers, S., and Fraley, R. 1987.  Insect tolerant transgenic tomato plants. Biotechnology 5: 807-813.

McCormick, S., Smith, A., Gasser, C., Sachs, K., Hinchee, M., Horsch, R. and Fraley, R. 1987.  Identification of genes specifically expressed in reproductive organs of tomato. Biotechnology, D.Nevins and R. Jones, eds. Alan R.Liss, pp. 255-265.

1986 and earlier

McCormick, S., Niedermeyer, J., Fry, J., Barnason, A., Horsch, R. and Fraley, R. 1986. Leaf disc transformation of cultivated tomato (L.esculentum) using Agrobacterium tumefaciensPlant Cell Reports 5: 81-84. 

McCormick, S., Mauvais, J and Fedoroff, N. 1982. Evidence that the two sucrose synthetase genes in maize are relatedMolec Gen Genet 187: 494-500.

Coe, .H., McCormick, S. and Modena, S. 1981. White pollen in maizeJ Hered 72: 318-320.

McCormick, S. 1978. Pigment synthesis in maize aleurone from precursors fed to anthocyanin mutantsBiochem Genet 16: 777-785.