Watson GM, Pham L, Graugnard EM, Mire P  (2008) Cadherin 23-like polypeptide in hair bundle mechanoreceptors of sea anemones. Journal of Comparative Physiology Series A 194:811-820.
Watson GM, Graugnard EM, Mire P  (2007)  The involvement of Arl-5b in the repair of hair cells in sea anemones.  Journal Association for Research in Otolaryngology 8:183-193.
Watson GM, Mire P, Kinler KM  (2009) Mechanosensitivity in the model sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.  Marine Biology 156:2129-2137
Krayesky SL, Mahoney JL, Kinler KM, Peltier S, Calais W, Allaire K, Watson GM  (2010)  Regulation of spirocyst discharge in the model sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.  Marine Biology 157:1041-1047.
Some recent references appear below.  This research was supported by the National Science Foundation as well as by the NOHR Foundation for Deafness Research (  We appreciate their support.
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Mire-Thibodeaux P, Watson GM  (1994)  Morphodynamic hair bundles arising from sensory cell/supporting cell complexes frequency-tune nematocyst discharge in sea anemones.  J Exp Zool 268:282-292
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Watson GM, Mire P, Hudson RR  (1998)  Frequency specificity of vibration dependent discharge of nematocysts in sea anemones. J Exp Zool 281: 582-593
Watson GM, Hessinger DA  (1989)  Cnidocyte mechanoreceptors are tuned to the movements of swimming prey by chemoreceptors.  Science 243:1589-1591
Watson GM, Hudson RR  (1994)  Frequency and amplitude tuning of nematocyst discharge by proline. J Exp Zool 268:177-185
Tang PC, Watson GM (2014) Cadherin23 may be dynamic in hair bundles of the model sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. PLoS ONE DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0086084
Mire-Thibodeaux P, Watson GM  (1993)  Direct monitoring of intracellular calcium ions in sea anemone tentacles suggests regulation of nematocyst discharge by remote, rare epidermal cells.  Biol Bull 185:335-345
Mahoney JL, Graugnard EM, Mire P, Watson GM  (2011) Evidence for involvement of TRPA1 in the detection of vibrations by hair bundle mechanoreceptors in sea anemones. Journal of Comparative Physiology Series A 197:729-742.
Mire P, Watson GM  (1997)  Mechanotransduction of hair bundles from multicellular complexes in anemones.  Hear Res 113: 224-234
Todaro D, Watson GM  (2012)  Force-dependent discharge of nematocysts in the sea anemone Haliplanella luciae (Verrill).  Biology Open   (
Suli A, Watson GM, Rubel EW, Raible DW  (2012)  Rheotaxis in larval zebrafish is mediated by lateral line mechanosensory hair cells.  PLoS ONE 7:e29727. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029727
Allaire KM, Watson GM  (2013) Rho participates in chemoreceptor-induced changes to morphology in hair bundle mechanoreceptors of the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, A 165:139-148.