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Laser cutting across the ventral furrowLaser incisions result in elastic recoil of the ventral furrow tissue, demonstrating high levels of tension. Video / Soline Chanet

Collective cell constrictionContraction pulses occurring across the tissue during tissue invagination. Video / Mimi Xie

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Vasquez C.G., Tworoger, M., A.C. Martin. Dynamic myosin phosphorylation regulates contractile pulses and tissue integrity during epithelial morphogenesis. J. Cell Biol. 2014. Aug 4;206(3):435-50.

Martin A.C., Goldstein B. Apical constriction: themes and variations on a cellular mechanism driving morphogenesis. Development, 2014. 141(10):1987-98.

Chanet S., Martin A.C. Mechanical force sensing in tissues. Prog. Mol. Biol. Transl. Sci. 2014;126:317-52.

Mason F.M., Tworoger M., Martin A.C., Apical domain polarization promotes actin-myosin assembly to drive ratchet-like apical constriction. Nat. Cell Biol. 2013. 15(8):926-36. DOI: 10.1038/ncb2796.

Gelbart M.A., He B., Martin A.C., Thiberge S., Wieschaus E.F., Kaschube M. Volume conservation principle involved in cell lengthening and nucleus movement during tissue morphogenesis. PNAS, 2012, 188(5):735-749.

Mason F.M., Martin A.C.. Tuning cell shape change with contractile ratchets, Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2011. 21(5):671-679. DOI:10.1016/j.gde.2011.08.002.

Martin A.C., M. Gelbart, R. Fernandez-Gonzalez, M. Kaschube, E.F. Wieschaus. Integration of contractile forces during tissue invagination. J. Cell Biol. 2010. 188(5):735-49.

Martin A.C., M. Kaschube, E.F. Wieschaus. Pulsed contractions of an actin-myosin network drive apical constriction. Nature. 2009. 457(7228):495-9.

Martin, A.C. Pulsation and stabilization: Contractile forces that underlie morphogenesis. Dev. Biol. 2010. 341(1):114-25.

Martin A.C., E.F. Wieschaus. Tensions divide. Nat. Cell Biol. 2010. 12(1):5-7.

*Sun Y., *A.C. Martin, D.G. Drubin. Endocytic internalization in budding yeast requires coordinated actin nucleation and myosin motor activity. Dev. Cell. 2006. 11(1):33-46.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.

Martin A.C., M.D. Welch, D.G. Drubin. Arp2/3 ATP hydrolysis-catalysed branch dissociation is critical for endocytic force generation. Nat. Cell Biol. 2006. 8(8):826-33.

Martin A.C., X-P. Xu, I. Rouiller, M. Kaksonen, Y. Sun, L. Belmont, N. Volkmann, D. Hanein, M. Welch, and D.G. Drubin. Effects of Arp2 and Arp3 nucleotide-binding pocket mutations on Arp2/3 complex function. J. Cell Biol. 2005. 168: 315-328.