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Kohler KM¶, Kutsch M¶, Piro AS¶, Wallace G, Coers J*, Barber MF* A rapidly evolving polybasic motif modulates bacterial detection by guanylate binding proteins. Preprint available on bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/689554.

Choby JE, Buechi HB, Farrand AJ, Skaar EP*, Barber MF* (2018) Molecular basis for the evolution of species-specific hemoglobin capture by Staphylococcus aureus mBio. DOI: 10.1128/mbio.01524-18.

Prior Publications

Barber MF, Lee EM, Griffin H, Elde NC (2017) Rapid evolution of primate type 2 immune response factors linked to asthma susceptibility. Genome Biology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evx120.

Pilla-Moffett D, Barber MF, Taylor GA, Coers J (2016) Interferon-inducible GTPases in host resistance, inflammation, and disease. Journal of Molecular Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmb.2016.04.032.

Barber MF, Kronenberg Z, Yandell M, Elde NC (2016) Antimicrobial functions of lactoferrin promote genetic conflicts in ancient primates and modern humans. PLoS Genetics. 12(5): e1006063. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006063.

Barber MF, Elde NC (2015) Buried Treasure: Evolutionary Perspectives on Microbial Iron Piracy. Trends in Genetics. 31(11):627–636. DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2015.09.001.

Barber MF, Elde NC (2014) Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin. Science. 346(6215):1362-1366. DOI: 10.1126/science.1259329.
– Carl Zimmer: An evolutionary battle against bacteria. 
– Ed Yong: The long war against the iron pirates.
– Perspective: Science. 346(6215):1299-1300.
– Research Highlight: Nature. 516: 290-291.
– Faculty of 1000 recommended.

Barber MF, Elde NC (2013) Evolutionary genetics: Mimicry all the way down. Nature (News & Views). 501(7465):38-9. DOI: 10.1038/501038a.

Barber MF¶, Michishita E¶, Xi Y¶, Tasselli L, Kioi M, Moqtaderi Z, Tennen RI, Paredes S, Young N, Chen K, Struhl K, Garcia BA, Gozani O, Li W, Chua KF (2012) SIRT7 links H3K18 deacetylation to maintenance of oncogenic transformation. Nature. 487(7405):114-8. DOI: 10.1038/nature11043.
Preview: Cancer Cell.
Research Highlight: Cell Res.

Michishita E, McCord RA, Boxer LD, Barber MF, Hong T, Gozani O, Chua KF (2009) Cell cycle-dependent deacetylation of telomeric histone H3 lysine K56 by human SIRT6. Cell Cycle. 8(16):2664-6. DOI: 10.4161/cc.8.16.9367.

¶ these authors contributed equally to this work.
* co-corresponding authors.