Selected Publications and Recordings


Poccia, D.L. (2016) A Sea Urchin Cell-Free System to Study Male Pronuclear Assembly and Activation.  Int. J. Dev. Biol., doi: 10.1387/ijdb.160077dp.

Poccia, D.L. The Long-Term Potential of Marine OECD (2016) “Workshops” In, The Ocean Economy in 2030 OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI:

Byrne, R.D., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D.L. (2016)The Use of 2-Photon FLIM/FRET to Study Protein Interactions during Nuclear Envelope Fusion in Vivo and in Vitro.  In, The Nuclear Envelope: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology 1411: pp. 123-132 (S. Shackleton, P. Collas and E.C. Schirmer, eds.) Springer, doi 10.1007/978-1-4939-3530-7.

Larijani, B, Hamati, F., Kundu, A., Chung, G.C., Domart, M.-C., Collinson, L. and Poccia, D.L. (2014). Principle of Duality of Phospholipids: Regulators of Membrane Morphology and Dynamics. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 42: 1335-1342. Included in Essays in Biochemistry: Membrane Nanodomains (2015) I. Parmryd, ed., Portland Press.

Mooney, J., Thakur, J., Kahng, P., Trapani, J.G. and Poccia, D. (2014). Quantification of Exocytosis Kinetics by DIC Image Analysis of Cortical Lawns. J. Chem. Biol. 7: 43-55.  doi: 10.1007/s12154-013-0104-7.

Wang, A., Kundu, A., Fong, B., Fitzgerald, J., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2013). A Structural Role for Lipids in Organelle Shaping. Biol. Bulletin 224: 218-226.

Poccia, D. (2013). Cell Biology of Gametes and Embryos: Insights from Marine Invertebrates: Introduction to a Virtual Symposium in The Biological Bulletin. Biol. Bulletin 224: 123-126.

Domart, M.C., Hobday, T.M.C., Peddie, C.J., Chung,G.H.C., Wang, A., Yeh, K., Jethwa, N., Zhang, Q., Wakelam, M.J.O.,  Woscholski, R., Byrne, R.D., Collinson, L.M., Poccia, D.L. and Larijani, B. (2012). The function of diacylglycerol in controlling ER morphology and nuclear envelope fusion from echinoderms to mammals, PLoS ONE 7: e51150. doi:10.1371.

Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2012). Effects of Phosphoinositides and their Derivatives on Membrane Morphology andFunction,  Curr.Topics Microbiol Immunol. 362: 99-110 In, Phosphoinositides and Disease,. Chap 5, M. Falasca, ed., Springer.

Byrne RD, Applebee C, Poccia DL, Larijani B (2012) Dynamics of PLCγ and Src Family Kinase 1 Interactions during Nuclear Envelope Formation Revealed by FRET-FLIM. PLoS ONE 7: e40669. doi:10.1371

Dumas, F., Byrne, R.D., Vincent, B., Hobday, T.M.C., Poccia, D. and Larijani, B. (2010) Spatial Regulation of Membrane Fusion Controlled by Modification of Phosphoinositides, PLOS ONE 4 e12208. doi:10.1371.

Chatzidimitriadou,  Z. and Poccia, D. (2010). Localization of PLCγ and Nuclear Envelopes in Telophase of Sea Urchin Embryos. Molec. Reprod. Devel. 77: 737.

Byrne, R. Poccia, D. and Larijani, B. (2009). The Role of Phospholipase C in Nuclear Envelope Assembly. Clinical Lipidology 4:103-112.

Byrne, R. Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2009). Tyrosine Kinase Regulation of Nuclear Envelope Assembly.  Adv. Enzyme Regul.49:148-156.

Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2009). Nuclear Envelope Formation: Mind the Gaps.  Annu. Rev. Biophysics 38: 107-124.

Poccia, D. and Larijani, B. (2009). Phosphatidylinositol Metabolism and Membrane Fusion. Biochem J. 418: 233-246.

Garnier-Lhomme, M., Byrne, R.D., Hobday, T.M.C., Gschmeissner, S., Woscholski, R., Poccia, D., Dufourc, E.J. and Larijani, B. (2009) Nuclear Envelope Remnants: Fluid Membranes Enriched in Sterols and Polyphosphoinositides, PLoS One 4: e4255. doi:10.1371.

Garnier-Lhomme, M., Dufourc, E., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2009).Lipid Quantification and Structure Determination of  Nuclear Envelope Precursor Membranes in the Sea Urchin  In, Lipid Signaling Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, B. Larijani, R. Wolchoski and C. Rosser, eds. Humana Press, Chap. 6, pp. 89-110.

Byrne, R., Zhandre, V., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2008). Nuclear Envelope Formation In Vitro: A Sea Urchin Egg Cell-Free System. In, The Nucleus: Physical Properties and Imaging Methods, Principles and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol 2. R. Hancock, ed., Humana Press, Chap. 12, pp. 205-220.

Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2007). Protein and Lipid Signaling in Membrane Fusion: Nuclear Envelope Assembly.  Signal Transduction 7: 142-153.

Poccia, D. (ed.) (2007). The Sea Urchin as a Model System for Investigation of Signaling Mechanisms.  Signal Transduction, 7: 99-101.

Byrne, R., Garnier-Lhomme, M., Han, K., Dowicki, M., Michael, N., Totty, N., Zhendre, V., Cho, A., Pettitt, T.R.,Wakelam, M.J.O., Poccia, D and Larijani, B. (2007). PLCg is Enriched on Poly-phosphoinositide-rich Vesicles to Control Nuclear Envelope Assembly, Cellular Signalling 19: 913-922.

Poccia, D. (2006).  Editorial: Beyond the Model Organism.  J. Exp. Zool. 305A, 537.

Barona, T., Byrne, R., Pettitt, R., Wakelam, M.J.O., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2005). Diacylglycerol Induces Fusion of Nuclear Envelope Membrane Precursor Vesicles, J. Biol. Chem. 280: 41171-41177.

Barona, T., Larijani, B. and Poccia, D. (2005). Dynamics of Nuclear Envelope Formation. Endocrinologia Metabolismo & Nutrição. 14: 107-114.

Byrne, R., Barona, T., Garnier, M., Koster, G., Katan, M., Poccia, D. and Larijani, B. (2005). Nuclear Envelope Assembly is Promoted by Phosphoinositide-Specific PLC with Selective Recruitment of Phosphatidylinositol Enriched Membranes. Biochem. J. 387: 393-400.

Stephens, S. Beyer, B. Balthazar-Stablein, U., Duncan, R., Kostacos, M., Lukoma, M., Green, G.R. and Poccia, D. (2002). Two Kinase Activities are Sufficient for Sea Urchin Sperm Chromatin Decondensation In Vitro, Molec. Reprod. Devel. 62: 496-503.

Poccia, D., Barona, T., Collas, P. and Larijani, B. (2002). Nuclear Envelope Assembly in Gametes and Pronuclei. In, Nuclear Envelope Assembly in Embryos and Somatic Cells. (P. Collas, ed.) Klewer/Plenum, New York, pp 111-130.

Green G.R., Ferlitta R.R., Walkenhorst W.F. and Poccia D.L. (2001). Linker DNA Destabilizes Condensed Chromatin Structure. Biochem. Cell Biol. 79: 349-363.

Larijani, B., Barona, T. and Poccia, D. (2001). Role for Phosphatidylinositol in Nuclear Envelope Formation. Biochem. J. 356: 495-501.

Larijani, B., Poccia, D.L. and Dickinson, L.C. (2000). Phospholipid Identification and Quantification of Membrane Vesicle Subfractions by Two-dimensional 31P-1H NMR Spectroscopy with Isotropic Protein Mixing, Lipids 35: 1289-97.

Collas, P., Barona, T. and Poccia, D. (2000). Rearrangements of Sea Urchin Egg Cytoplasmic Membrane Domains at Fertilization. Eur. J. Cell Biol. 79: 10-16.

Collas, P. and Poccia, D. (2000). Membrane Fusion Events during Nuclear Envelope Assembly. Subcellular Biochem. 34: 273-302.

Collas, P. and Poccia, D. (1998). Remodeling the Sperm Nucleus into a Male Pronucleus at Fertilization. Theriogenology 49: 67-81

Collas, P. and Poccia, D. (1998). Methods for Studying In Vitro Assembly of Male Pronuclei Using Extracts from Marine Invertebrates: Sea Urchins and Surf Clams. Meth. Cell Biol. 53: 417-452.

Poccia, D. and Collas, P. (1997). Nuclear Envelope Dynamics During Male Pronuclear Development, Devel. Growth Differ. 39: 541-550.

Collas, P., Thompson, L., Fields, A.P., Poccia, D.L. and Courvalin, J.-C. (1997). PKC-Mediated Interphase Lamin B Phosphorylation and Solubilization, J. Biol. Chem. 272: 21274-21280.

Collas, P., Courvalin, J.-C. and Poccia, D. (1996). Targeting of Membranes to Sea Urchin Sperm Chromatin is Mediated by an LBR-like Integral Membrane Protein, J. Cell Biol., 135: 1715-1725.

Poccia. D. and Collas, P. (1996). Transforming Sperm Nuclei into Male Pronuclei In Vivo and In Vitro. Curr. Topics Develop. Biol. 34: 25-88.

Collas, P. and Poccia, D.L. (1996). Conserved Binding Recognition Elements of Sperm Chromatin, Sperm Lipophilic Structures and Nuclear Envelope Precursor Vesicles. Eur. J. Cell Biol. 71: 22-32.

Collas, P. and Poccia, D.L. (1996). Distinct Egg Cytoplasmic Membrane Vesicles Differing in Binding and Fusion Properties Contribute to Sea Urchin Male Pronuclear Envelopes Formed In Vitro. J. Cell Sci. 109:.1275-1283.

Vafa, O., Goetzl, L., Poccia, D. and Nishioka, D. (1996).  Localization and Characterization of Blastocoelic Extracellular Matrix Antigens in Early Sea Urchin Embryos and Evidence for Their Proteolytic Modification during Gastrulation. Differentiation 60: 129-138.

Poccia, D. (1995). Male Germ Line Specific Histones of Sea Urchins and Sea Stars. In, Advances in Spermatozoal Taxonomy and Phylogeny, (B.G.M. Jamieson, J. Ausio and J.-L. Justine, eds.), Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), pp. 475-490.

Collas, P., Pinto-Correia, C. and Poccia, D. (1995). Lamin Dynamics during Sea Urchin Male Pronucleus Formation In Vitro. Exp. Cell Res. 219: 687-698.                     

Collas, P. and Poccia, D. (1995). Formation of the Sea Urchin Male Pronucleus In Vitro: Membrane-Independent Chromatin Decondensation and Nuclear Envelope-Dependent Nuclear Swelling. Molec. Reprod Devel. 42: 106-113.

Collas, P. and Poccia, D.L. (1995). Lipophilic Organizing Structures of Sperm Nuclei Target Membrane Vesicle Binding And Are Incorporated into the Nuclear Envelope. Devel. Biol. 169: 123-135.

Green, G.R., Collas, P., Burrell, A. and Poccia, D.L.  (1995).  Histone Phosphorylation During Sea Urchin Development, Seminars in Cell Biology 6: 219-227.

Pinto-Correia, C., Poccia, D.L., Chang,T. and Robl, J.M. (1994). Dephosphorylation of Sperm Midpiece Antigens Initiates Aster Formation in Rabbit Oocytes.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 91: 7894-7898.

Poccia, D.L. (1994).  Molecular Aspects of Spermatogenesis. R.G. Landes, Austin.

Cameron, L.A. and Poccia, D.L. (1994).  In Vitro Development of the Sea Urchin Male Pronucleus.  Devel. Biol. 162: 568-578.

Green, G.R., Balhorn, R., Poccia, D.L. and Hecht, N.B. (1994).  Synthesis and Processing of Mammalian Protamines and Transition Proteins.  Molec. Reprod. Develop. 37: 255-263.

Green, G.R., Lee, H.-J. and Poccia, D.L. (1993).  Phosphorylation Weakens DNA Binding by Peptides Containing Multiple "SPKK" Sequences.  J. Biol. Chem. 268:11247-11255.

Cothren, C.C. and Poccia, D.L. (1993).  Two Steps Required for Male Pronucleus Formation in the Sea Urchin Egg.  Exp. Cell Res. 205:126-133.

Poccia, D.L. and Green, G.R. (1992).  Packaging and Unpackaging the Sea Urchin Sperm Genome.  Trends in Biochem. Sci. 17:223-227.

Poccia, D. (1991).  Sp Histones and Chromatin Structure in Male Germ Line Nuclei and Male Pronuclei of the Sea Urchin.  In, Comparative Spermatology: 20 Years After.  (B. Baccetti, ed.), Raven Press, NY, pp. 61-66.

Poccia, D.L. (1991).  George Emile Palade.  In, The Nobel Prize Winners: Physiology or Medicine.  (F.N. Magill, ed.), Salem Press, Pasadena, pp. 1190-1199.

Poccia, D.L. (1991).  Christian De Duve.  In, The Nobel Prize Winners: Physiology or Medicine.  (F.N. Magill, ed.), Salem Press, Pasadena, pp. 1178-1187.

Green, G.R., Patel, J.C., Hecht, N.B. and Poccia, D.L. (1991).  A Complex Pattern of H2A Phosphorylation in the Mouse Testis.  Exp. Cell Res. 195:8-12.

Poccia, D.L. (1991).  In Situ Hybridization.  In, Magill's Survey of Science: Life Sciences.  (F.N. Magill, ed.), Salem Press, Pasadena, pp. 1408-1413.


Poccia, D., Pavan, W. and Green, G.R. (1990).  6DMAP Inhibits Chromatin Decondensation but Not Sperm Histone Kinase in Sea Urchin Male Pronuclei.  Exp. Cell Res. 188:226-234.

Green, G.R., Gustavson, L. and Poccia, D. (1990).  Phosphorylation of Plant H2A Histones.  Plant Physiol. 93:1241-1245.

Vodicka, M., Green, G.R. and Poccia, D.L. (1990).  Sperm Histones and Chromatin Structure of the "Primitive" Sea Urchin Eucidaris tribuloidesJ. Exp. Zool. 256:179-188.

Nishioka, D., Ward, R.D., Poccia, D., Kostacos, C. and Minor, J.E. (1990).  Localization of Bindin Expression During Sea Urchin Spermatogenesis.  Molec. Reprod. Devel. 27:181-190.

Green, G.R. and Poccia, D.L. (1989).  Phosphorylation of Sea Urchin Histone CS H2A.  Devel. Biol. 134:413-419.

Poccia, D., Lieber, T. and Childs, G. (1989).  Histone Gene Expression During Sea Urchin Spermatogenesis: An in situ Hybridization Study.  Molec. Reprod. Devel. 1:219-229.

Poccia, D. (1989).  Reactivation and Remodeling of the Sperm Nucleus Following Fertilization.  In, The Molecular Biology of Fertilization.  (H. Schatten and G. Schatten, eds.), Acad. Press, NY, pp. 115-135.

Poccia, D. (1988).  In Vitro Differentiation of Male Germ Line Cells from Sea Urchin Testis.  J. Exp. Zool. 246:57-64.

Green, G.R. and Poccia, D. (1988).  Interaction of Sperm Histone Variants and Linker DNA During Spermiogenesis in the Sea Urchin.  Biochemistry 27:619-625.

Nishioka, D., Trimmer, J.S., Poccia, D. and Vacquier, V.D. (1987).  Changing Localizations of Site-Specific Surface Antigens During Sea Urchin Spermiogenesis.  Exp. Cell Res. 173:606-617.

Simpson, M.V. and Poccia, D. (1987).  Sea Urchin Testicular Cells Evaluated by Fluorescence Microscopy of Unfixed Tissue.  Gamete Res. 17:131-144.

Poccia, D.L., Simpson, M.V. and Green, G.R. (1987).  Transitions in Histone Variants During Sea Urchin Spermatogenesis.  Devel. Biol. 121:445-453.

Poccia, D. (1987).  Regulation of Chromatin Condensation and Decondensation in Sea Urchin Pronuclei.  In, Molecular Regulation of Nuclear Events in Mitosis and Meiosis.  (R.A. Schlegel, M.S. Halleck and P.N. Rao, eds.), Acad. Press, NY, Chap. 6, pp. 149-177.

Poccia, D. (1986).  Remodeling of Nucleoproteins During Gametogenesis, Fertilization, and Early Development.  Inter. Rev. Cytol. 105:1-65.

Poccia, D.L. and Green, G.R. (1986).  Nuclei and Chromosomal Proteins.  Meth. Cell Biol. 27, Chap 9, pp.153-173.

Poccia, D., Wolff, R., Kragh, S. and Williamson, P. (1985).  RNA Synthesis in Male Pronuclei of the Sea Urchin.  Biochim. Biophys. Acta 824:349-356.

Green, G.R. and Poccia, D.L. (1985).  Phosphorylation of Sea Urchin Sperm H1 and H2B Histones Precedes Chromatin Decondensation and H1 Exchange During Pronuclear Formation.  Devel. Biol. 108:235-245.

Poccia, D., Greenough, T., Green, G.R., Nash, E., Erickson, J. and Gibbs, M. (1984).  Remodeling of Sperm Chromatin Following Fertilization: Nucleosome Repeat Length and Histone Variant Transitions in the Absence of DNA Synthesis.  Devel. Biol. 104:274-286.

Poccia, D.L. (1982).  Biochemical Aspects of Sperm Nucleus Activation by Egg Cytoplasm.  J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 72: 24‑34.

Green, G.R., Poccia, D. and Herlands, L. (1982).  A Multisample Device for Electroelution, Concentration, and Dialysis of Proteins from Fixed and Stained Gel Slices.  Anal. Biochem. 123:66-73.

Herlands, L., Allfrey, V.G. and Poccia, D. (1982).  Translational Regulation of Histone Synthesis in the Sea Urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratusJ. Cell Biol. 94:219-223.

Salik, J., Herlands, L., Hoffman, H.-P. and Poccia, D. (1981).  Electrophoretic Analysis of the Stored Histone Pool of Unfertilized Sea Urchin Eggs: Quantification and Identification by Antibody Binding.  J. Cell Biol. 90:385-395.

Krystal, G.W. and Poccia, D.L. (1981).  Phosphorylation of Cleavage Stage Histone H1 in Mitotic and Prematurely Condensed Chromosomes.  Exp. Cell Res. 134:41-48.

Savic, A., Richman, P., Williamson, P. and Poccia, D. (1981).  Alterations in Chromatin Structure During Early Sea Urchin Embryogenesis.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 78:3706-3710.

Poccia, D., Salik, J. and Krystal, G. (1981).  Transitions in Histone Variants of the Male Pronucleus Following Fertilization and Evidence for a Maternal Store of Cleavage-Stage Histones in the Sea Urchin Egg.  Devel. Biol. 82:287-296.

Krystal, G.W. and Poccia, D. (1979).  Control of Chromosome Condensation in the Sea Urchin Egg.  Exp. Cell Res. 123:207-219.

Poccia, D.L., Palevitz, B.A., Campisi, J. and Lyman, H. (1979).  Fluorescence Staining of Living Cells with Fluorescamine.  Protoplasma 98:91-113.

Savic, A. and Poccia, D. (1978).  Separation of Histones from Contaminating Ribosomal Proteins by Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis.  Anal. Biochem. 88:573-579.

Poccia, D., Krystal, G., Nishioka, D. and Salik, J. (1978).  Control of Sperm Chromatin Structure by Egg Cytoplasm in the Sea Urchin.  In, ICN-UCLA Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology: Cell Reproduction.  (E.R. Dirksen, D. Prescott and C.F. Fox, eds.), Acad. Press, NY, Chap. 17, pp. 197-206.

Poccia, D.L., LeVine, D. and Wang, J.C. (1978).  Activity of a DNA Topoisomerase (Nicking-Closing Enzyme) During Sea Urchin Development and the Cell Cycle.  Devel. Biol. 64:273-283.

Maller, J., Poccia, D., Nishioka, D., Kidd, P., Gerhart, J. and Hartman, H. (1976).  Spindle Formation and Cleavage in Xenopus Eggs Injected with Centriole Containing Fractions from Sperm.  Exp. Cell Res. 99:285-294.

Poccia, D.L. and Hinegardner, R.T. (1975).  Developmental Changes in Chromatin Proteins of the Sea Urchin from Blastula to Mature Larva.  Devel. Biol. 45:81-89.

Hill, R.J., Poccia, D.L. and Doty, P. (1971).  Towards a Total Macromolecular Analysis of Sea Urchin Embryo Chromatin.  J. Mol. Biol. 61:445-462.

Chetsanga, C., Poccia, D.L., Hill, R.J. and Doty, P. (1970).  Stage Specific RNA Transcription in Developing Sea Urchins and Their Chromatins.  Cold Spr. Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol. 35:629-634.

Samis, H.V., Poccia, D.L. and Wulff, V.J. (1968).  The Effect of Salt Extraction and Heat Denaturation on the Behavior of Rat Liver Chromatin.  Biochim. Biophys. Acta 166:410-418.



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