Notable Publications

J. Van Ryzin,  A.E. Marquardt, K.J. Argue, H.A. Vecchiarelli,  S.E. Ashton,  S.E. Arambula, M.N. Hill, M.M. McCarthy. (2019) Microglial phagocytosis of newborn cells is induced by endocannabinoids and sculpts sex differences in juvenile rat social play. Neuron

M.M. McCarthy , Nugent BM and Lenz KM (2017) Neuroimmunology and neuroepigenetics in the establishment of sex differences in the brain. Nature Neuroscience Reviews 18: 471-484. PMID:28638119

Hoffman JF, Wright CL, McCarthy MM. (2016) A critical period in Purkinje cell development is mediated by local estradiol synthesis, disrupted by inflammation, and has enduring consequences only for males. Journal of Neuroscience 36(39): 10039-10049. PMID: 27683901

Nugent BM, Wright CL, Shetty AC, Hodes GE, Lenz KM, Mahurkar A, Russo SJ, Devine SE, McCarthy MM. (2015) Brain feminization requires active repression of masculinization via DNA methylation. Nature Neuroscience 18(5):690-7. PMCID: PMC4519828 

McCarthy MM and B.M. Nugent (2013) Epigenetic contributions to hormonally mediated sexual differentiation of the brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 25(11); 1133-40, PMID: 23919286 PMCID n/a

D.L. Krebs-Kraft, M.N. Hill, C.J. Hillard, and M.M. McCarthy (2010) Cannabinoids mediate a sex difference in cell proliferation in the developing amygdala with implications for social behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107:20535-20540. PMCID: PMC2996668

  

D.L. Krebs-Kraft, M.N. Hill, C.J. Hillard, and M.M. McCarthy (2010) Sex difference in cell proliferation in developing rat amygdala mediated by endocannabinoids has implications for social behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2010) Nov 23;107(47):20535-40. PMCID:PMC2996668

J.M. Schwarz, S.-L. Liang, S.M Thompson and M.M. McCarthy (2008) Estradiol induces hypothalamic dendritic spines by enhancing glutamate release:  A mechanism for organizational sex differences.  Neuron, 58: 584-598. PMCID: PMC2570057

S.K. Amateau and M.M. McCarthy (2004) Induction of PGE2 by estradiol mediates developmental masculinization of sex behavior. Nature Neuroscience 7:643-650 PMID: 15156148

Notable Appearances

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The McCarthy Lab sits at the intersection of neuroscience and endocrinology, utilizing the latest scientific techniques to elucidate the origins and mechanisms of sex differences in the developing brain. We are affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, located in Downtown Baltimore, Maryland.