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  1. McCutcheon JP. (2021) The genomics and cell biology of host-beneficial intracellular infections. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol, in press..

  2. Tagirdzhanova G, McCutcheon JP, Spribille T. (2021) Lichen fungi do not depend on the alga for ATP production. bioRxiv,

  3. Garber AI, Kupper M, Laetsch DR, Weldon SR, Ladinsky MS, Bjorkman PJ, McCutcheon JP. (2021) The evolution of interdependence in a four-way mealybug symbiosis. bioRxiv,

  4. Milhaven M, Hastings E, Brister D, Cevallos L, Chilukuri S, Diyya A, Garg A, Hernandez R, Kelly D, Lazo K, Le J, Maag G, Marfatia PD, Mehta R, Nejad A, Porche J, Queiroz A, Sackett D, Santos Molina P, Slade T, So M, Thakur K, Urquidez Negrete A, Wackett S, Weiss S, McCarthy L, Wheaton K, Rudner AD, McCutcheon JP, Pfeifer SP. (2021) Complete genome sequence of Microbacterium Bacteriophage Erla. Microbiol Resour Announc 10:e01354-20. 


  1. Simon C, Gordon ERL, Moulds MS, Cole JA, Haji D, Lemmon AR, Moriarty-Lemmon E, Kortyna M, Nazario K, Wade EJ, Meister RC, Goemans G, Chiswell SM, Pessacq P, Veloso C, McCutcheon JP, Łukasik P. (2019) Off-target capture data, endosymbiont genes and morphology reveal a relict lineage sister to all other singing cicadas. Biol J Linnean Soc 128:865–886.

  2. Bublitz DC, Chadwick GL, Magyar JS, Sandoz KM, Brooks DM, Mesnage S, Ladinsky MS, Garber AI, Bjorkman PJ, Orphan VJ, McCutcheon JP. (2019) Peptidoglycan production by an insect-bacterial mosaic. Cell 179:703–712. 

  3. Van Leuven JT, Mao M, Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP. (2019) Cicada endosymbionts have tRNAs that are correctly processed despite having genomes that do not encode all of the tRNA processing machinery. mBio 10:e01950-18.

  4. McCutcheon JP and Lekberg Y. (2019) Symbiosis: fungi as shrewd trade negotiators. Curr Biol 29:R570-R572. 

  5. McCutcheon JP, Boyd B, Dale C. (2019) The life of an insect endosymbiont from the cradle to the grave. Curr Biol 29:R485–R495.

  6. Richards TA and McCutcheon JP. (2019) Coral symbiosis is a three-player game. Nature 568:41-2.


  1. Łukasik P, Chong RA, Nazario K, Matsuura Y, Bublitz D, Campbell MA, Meyer M, Van Leuven JT, Pessacq P, Veloso C, Simon C, McCutcheon JP. (2018) One hundred mitochondrial genomes of cicadas. J Hered 110:247–56.

  2. Campbell MA, Łukasik P, Meyer MM, Buckner M, Simon C, Veloso C, Michalik A, McCutcheon JP. (2018) Changes in endosymbiont complexity drive host-level compensatory adaptations in cicadas. mBio 9:e02104-18.

  3. Matsuura Y, Moriyama M, Łukasik P, Vanderpool D, Tanahashi M, Meng X-Y, McCutcheon JP, Fukatsu T. (2018) Recurrent symbiont recruitment from fungal parasites in cicadas. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 115:E5970-E5979.

  4. McCutcheon JP. (2018) Nancy A. Moran: The Winding Path of a Brilliant Scientific Life, p 213-217. In Whitaker RJ, Barton HA (ed), Women in Microbiology. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC.


  1. Łukasik P, Nazario K, Van Leuven JT, Campbell MA, Meyer M, Michalik A, Pessacq P, Simon C, Veloso C, McCutcheon JP. (2017) Multiple origins of interdependent endosymbiotic complexes in a genus of cicadas. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 115:E226–E235.

  2. Vanderpool D, Bracewell R, McCutcheon JP. (2017) Know your farmer: ancient origins and multiple independent domestications of ambrosia beetle fungal cultivars. Mol Ecol 27:2077–2094. 

  3. Husník F, McCutcheon JP. (2017) Functional horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to eukaryotes. Nat Rev Microbiol 16:67–79. 

  4. Campbell MA, Łukasik P, Simon C, McCutcheon JP. (2017) Idiosyncratic genome degradation in a bacterial endosymbiont of periodical cicadas. Curr Biol 27:3568–3575. 

  5. Keeling PJ, McCutcheon JP. (2017) Endosymbiosis: the feeling is not mutual. J Theor Biol 434:75–79.


  1. Spribille T, McCutcheon JP. (2016) Principles of systems biology, No. 8: Inferring the microbial building blocks of the lichen symbiosis. Cell Syst 3:111. 

  2. Husník F, McCutcheon JP. (2016) Repeated replacement of an intrabacterial symbiont in the tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113: E5416–E5424.

  3. Spribille T, Tuovinen V, Resl P, Vanderpool D, Wolinski H, Aime MC, Schneider K, Toome-Heller M, Mayrhofer H, Thor G, Johannesson H, McCutcheon JP. (2016) Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens. Science 353:488–492.

  4. McCutcheon JP. (2016) From microbiology to cell biology: when an intracellular bacterium becomes part of its host cell. Curr Opin Cell Biol 41:132–136.


  1. Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, Moran NA. (2015) Lineage-specific patterns of genome deterioration in obligate symbionts of sharpshooter leafhoppers. Genome Biol Evol 8:296-301.

  2. Keeling PJ, McCutcheon JP, Doolittle WF. (2015) Symbiosis becoming permanent: survival of the luckiest. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112:10101-10103. 

  3. Campbell MA, Van Leuven JT, Meister RC, Carey KM, Simon C, McCutcheon JP. (2015) Genome expansion via lineage splitting and genome reduction in the cicada endosymbiont Hodgkinia. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112:10192-10199.

  4. Hallam SJ and McCutcheon JP. (2015) Microbes don’t play solitaire: how cooperation trumps isolation in the microbial world. Environ Microbiol Rep 7: 26-28.


  1. Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, Romanovicz D, Moran NA. (2014) Differential genome evolution between companion symbionts in an insect-bacteria symbiosis. mBio 5: e01697-14. 

  2. Van Leuven JT, Meister RC, Simon C, McCutcheon JP. (2014) Sympatric speciation in a bacterial endosymbiont results in two genomes with the functionality of one. Cell 158: 1270-1280.

  3. McCutcheon JP and Keeling, PJ. (2014) Endosymbiosis: protein targeting further erodes the organelle/symbiont distinction. Curr Biol 24: R654–R655.


  1. Duncan RP, Husnik F, Van Leuven JT, Gilbert D, Davalos, L, McCutcheon JP, Wilson ACC. (2013) Dynamic recruitment of amino acid transporters to the insect-symbiont interface. Mol Ecol 23: 1608–1623.

  2. McCutcheon JP. (2013) Genome evolution: a bacterium with a Napoleon complex. Curr Biol 23: R657–R659.

  3. Brown AMV, Nelson K, Bolender C, McCutcheon JP. (2013) Population genomics of a symbiont in the early stages of a pest invasion. Mol Ecol 23: 1516–1530.

  4. Husnik F, Nikoh N, Koga R, Ross L, Duncan RP, Fujie M, Tanaka M, Satoh N, Bachtrog D, Wilson ACC, von Dohlen CD, Fukatsu T, McCutcheon JP. (2013) Horizontal gene transfer from diverse bacteria to an insect genome enables a tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis Cell 153: 1567–1578. 


  1. Van Leuven JT and McCutcheon JP (2012) An AT mutational bias in the tiny GC-rich endosymbiont genome of Hodgkinia. Genome Biol Evol 4: 24-27.

  2. McCutcheon JP and Moran NA (2012) Extreme genome reduction in symbiotic bacteria. Nat Rev Microbiol 10: 13-26. 


McCutcheon JP and von Dohlen CD (2011) An interdependent metabolic patchwork in the nested symbiosis of mealybugs. Curr Biol 21: 1366-72.


  1. McCutcheon JP and Moran NA (2010) Functional convergence in reduced genomes of bacterial symbionts spanning 200 million years of evolution. Genome Biol Evol 2: 708-718.

  2. Woyke T, Tighe D, Mavromatis K, Clum A, Copeland A, Schackwitz W, Lapidus A, Wu D, McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, Moran NA, Bristow J, Cheng J. (2010) One bacterial cell, one complete genome. PLoS ONE 5: e10314.

  3. International Aphid Genomics Consortium (2010) Genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. PLoS Biol 8: e1000313.

  4. Nikoh N, McCutcheon JP, Kudo T, Miyagishima S, Moran NA, Nakabachi A. (2010) Bacterial genes in the aphid genome: absence of functional gene transfer from Buchnera to its host. PLoS Genet 6: e1000827.

  5. McCutcheon JP (2010) The bacterial essence of tiny symbiont genomes. Curr Opin Microbiol 13: 73-8.


  1. McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, and Moran NA (2009) Convergent evolution of metabolic roles in bacterial co-symbionts of insects. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106: 15394-9.

  2. McCutcheon JP, McDonald BR, and Moran NA (2009) Origin of an alternative genetic code in the extremely small and GC-rich genome of a bacterial symbiont. PLoS Genet 5: e1000565.


Moran NA, McCutcheon JP, and Nakabachi A (2008) Genomics and evolution of heritable bacterial symbionts. Annu Rev Genet 42: 165-90.


McCutcheon JP and Moran NA (2007) Parallel genomic evolution and metabolic interdependence in an ancient symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 104: 19392-7.


Shendure J, Porreca GJ, Reppas NB, Lin X, McCutcheon JP, Rosenbaum AM, Wang MD, Zhang K, Mitra RD, and Church GM (2005) Accurate multiplex polony sequencing of an evolved bacterial genome. Science 309: 1728-32.


McCutcheon JP and Eddy SR (2003) Computational identification of non-coding RNAs in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by comparative genomics. Nucleic Acids Res 31: 4119-28.


Clemons WM Jr, Broderson DE, McCutcheon JP, May JL, Carter AP, Morgan-Warren RJ, Wimberly BT, and Ramakrishnan V (2001) Crystal structure of the 30 S ribosomal subunit from Thermus thermophilus: purification, crystallization and structure determination. J Mol Biol 310: 827-43.


  1. Clemons WM Jr, Wimberly BT, May JL, McCutcheon JP, Capel MS, and Ramakrishnan V (1999) Structure of a bacterial 30S ribosomal subunit at 5.5 Angstrom resolution. Nature 400: 833-40.

  2. Wimberly BT, Guymon R, McCutcheon JP, White SW, and Ramakrishnan V (1999) A detailed view of a ribosomal active site: the structure of the L11-RNA complex. Cell 97: 491-502.

  3. McCutcheon JP, Agrawal RK, Philips SM, Grassucci RA, Gerchman SE, Clemons WM Jr, Ramakrishnan V, and Frank J. (1999) Location of translational initiation factor IF3 on the small ribosomal subunit. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 96: 4301-6.


  1. Gamble TR, Yoo S, Vajdos FF, von Schwedler UK, Worthylake DK, Wang H, McCutcheon JP, Sundquist WI, and Hill CP (1997) Structure of the carboxyl-terminal dimerization domain of the HIV-1 capsid protein. Science 278: 849-53.

  2. Felden B, Himeno H, Muto A, McCutcheon JP, Atkins JF, and Gesteland RF (1997) Probing the structure of the Escherichia coli 10Sa RNA (tmRNA). RNA 3: 89-103.