ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-001113-2
Nicolson Lab
PI/Director: Nicolson, Teresa
Contact Person: Nicolson, Teresa
Email: nicolson@ohsu.edu
URL: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/vollum/faculty/faculty-profile.cfm?facultyID=269
Address: Oregon Hearing and Research Center and Vollum Institute Oregon Health & Science University 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road Portland, Oregon 97239 USA
Phone: (503) 494-2928
Fax: (503) 494-9612
Line Designation: vo


Defects in sensory hair cells are thought to account for most forms of hereditary deafness. We aim to identify the components involved in hair-cell function by using a genetic approach. By screening over 7000 genomes (Tuebingen Screens I & II), we have identified a total of 24 genes that are required for balance and hearing in zebrafish. These circler mutants are analogous to the mouse shaker-waltzer mutants and can serve as alternative models for the study of human deafness. We are currently developing new ways of analyzing our mutants such stably expressing hair-cell specific markers, creating behavioral tests for auditory and vestibular function, and measuring physiological responses in hair cells and acousticolateralis nerves.

Erickson, Tim Post-Doc Maeda, Reo Post-Doc Pacentine, Itallia Graduate Student
Hayashi, Lisa Fish Facility Staff Gibson, Daniel Technical Staff

Erickson, T., Nicolson, T. (2016) Cell type-specific transcriptomic analysis by thiouracil tagging in zebrafish. Methods in cell biology. 135:309-28
Tallafuss, A., Kelly, M., Gay, L., Gibson, D., Batzel, P., Karfilis, K.V., Eisen, J., Stankunas, K., Postlethwait, J.H., Washbourne, P. (2015) Transcriptomes of post-mitotic neurons identify the usage of alternative pathways during adult and embryonic neuronal differentiation. BMC Genomics. 16:1100
Toro, C., Trapani, J.G., Pacentine, I., Maeda, R., Sheets, L., Mo, W., Nicolson, T. (2015) Dopamine Modulates the Activity of Sensory Hair Cells. J. Neurosci.. 35(50):16494-16503
Nicolson, T. (2015) Ribbon Synapses in Zebrafish Hair Cells. Hearing Research. 330(Pt B):170-7
Sheets, L., Hagen, M.W., Nicolson, T. (2014) Characterization of Ribeye Subunits in Zebrafish Hair Cells Reveals That Exogenous Ribeye B-Domain and CtBP1 Localize to the Basal Ends of Synaptic Ribbons. PLoS One. 9:e107256
Maeda, R., Kindt, K.S., Mo, W., Morgan, C.P., Erickson, T., Zhao, H., Clemens-Grisham, R., Barr-Gillespie, P.G., Nicolson, T. (2014) Tip-link protein protocadherin 15 interacts with transmembrane channel-like proteins TMC1 and TMC2. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 111(35):12907-12
Grisham, R.C., Kindt, K., Finger-Baier, K., Schmid, B., and Nicolson, T. (2013) Mutations in ap1b1 Cause Mistargeting of the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase Pump in Sensory Hair Cells. PLoS One. 8(4):e60866
Kalueff, A.V., Gebhardt, M., Stewart, A.M., Cachat, J.M., Brimmer, M., Chawla, J.S., Craddock, C., Kyzar, E.J., Roth, A., Landsman, S., Gaikwad, S., Robinson, K., Baatrup, E., Tierney, K., Shamchuk, A., Norton, W., Miller, N., Nicolson, T., Braubach, O., Gilman, C.P., Pittman, J., Rosemberg, D.B., Gerlai, R., Echevarria, D., Lamb, E., Neuhauss, S.C., Weng, W., and Bally-Cuif, L. (2013) Towards a comprehensive catalog of zebrafish behavior 1.0 and beyond. Zebrafish. 10(1):70-86
Sheets, L., Kindt, K.S., and Nicolson, T. (2012) Presynaptic CaV1.3 Channels Regulate Synaptic Ribbon Size and Are Required for Synaptic Maintenance in Sensory Hair Cells. J. Neurosci.. 32(48):17273-17286
Obholzer, N., Swinburne, I.A., Schwab, E., Nechiporuk, A.V., Nicolson, T., and Megason, S.G. (2012) Rapid positional cloning of zebrafish mutations by linkage and homozygosity mapping using whole-genome sequencing. Development. 139(22):4280-4290
Glover, G., Mueller, K.P., Söllner, C., Neuhauss, S.C., and Nicolson, T. (2012) The Usher gene cadherin 23 is expressed in the zebrafish brain and a subset of retinal amacrine cells. Molecular Vision. 18:2309-2322
Einhorn, Z., Trapani, J.G., Liu, Q., and Nicolson, T. (2012) Rabconnectin3alpha promotes stable activity of the H+ pump on synaptic vesicles in hair cells. J. Neurosci.. 32(32):11144-11156
Kindt, K.S., Finch, G., and Nicolson, T. (2012) Kinocilia mediate mechanosensitivity in developing zebrafish hair cells. Developmental Cell. 23(2):329-341
Mo, W., and Nicolson, T. (2011) Both pre- and postsynaptic activity of nsf prevents degeneration of hair-cell synapses. PLoS One. 6(11):e27146
Erickson, T., Pillay, L.M., and Waskiewicz, A.J. (2011) Zebrafish Tshz3b negatively regulates Hox function in the developing hindbrain. Genesis. 49(9):725-42
Sheets, L., Trapani, J.G., Mo, W., Obholzer, N., and Nicolson, T. (2011) Ribeye is required for presynaptic CaV1.3a channel localization and afferent innervation of sensory hair cells. Development. 138(7):1309-1319
Trapani, J.G., and Nicolson, T. (2011) Mechanism of spontaneous activity in afferent neurons of the zebrafish lateral-line organ. J. Neurosci.. 31(5):1614-1623
Trapani, J.G., and Nicolson, T. (2010) Chapter 8 - Physiological recordings from zebrafish lateral-line hair cells and afferent neurons. Meth. Cell. Biol.. 100:219-231
Mo, W., Chen, F., Nechiporuk, A., and Nicolson, T. (2010) Quantification of vestibular-induced eye movements in zebrafish larvae. BMC Neuroscience. 11:110
Wright, M.A., Mo, W., Nicolson, T., and Ribera, A.B. (2010) In vivo evidence for transdifferentiation of peripheral neurons. Development. 137(18):3047-3056
Trapani, J.G., Obholzer, N., Mo, W., Brockerhoff, S.E., and Nicolson, T. (2009) Synaptojanin1 is required for temporal fidelity of synaptic transmission in hair cells. PLoS Genetics. 5(5):e1000480
Obholzer, N., Wolfson, S., Trapani, J.G., Mo, W., Nechiporuk, A., Busch-Nentwich, E., Seiler, C., Sidi, S., Söllner, C., Duncan, R.N., Boehland, A., and Nicolson, T. (2008) Vesicular glutamate transporter 3 is required for synaptic transmission in zebrafish hair cells. J. Neurosci.. 28(9):2110-2118
Geisler, R., Rauch, G.J., Geiger-Rudolph, S., Albrecht, A., van Bebber, F., Berger, A., Busch-Nentwich, E., Dahm, R., Dekens, M.P., Dooley, C., Elli, A.F.,Gehring, I., Geiger, H., Geisler, M., Glaser, S., Holley, S., Huber, M., Kerr, A., Kirn, A., Knirsch, M., Konantz, M., Kuchler, A.M., Maderspacher, F., Neuhauss, S.C., Nicolson, T., Ober, E.A., Praeg, E., Ray, R., Rentzsch, B., Rick, J.M., Rief, E., Schauerte, H.E., Schepp, C.P., Schonberger, U., Schonthaler, H.B., Seiler, C., Sidi, S., Söllner, C., Wehner, A., Weiler, C., Nüsslein-Volhard, C. (2007) Large-scale mapping of mutations affecting zebrafish development. BMC Genomics. 8(1):11
Nicolson, T. (2005) The genetics of hearing and balance in zebrafish. Annu. Rev. Genet.. 39:9-22
Söllner, C., and Nicolson, T. (2005) The Zebrafish as a Genetic Model to Study Otolith Formation. Biomineralization (2nd Edition). null:229-242
Seiler, C., Finger-Baier, K.C., Rinner, O., Makhankov, Y.V., Schwarz, H., Neuhauss, S.C., and Nicolson, T. (2005) Duplicated genes with split functions: independent roles of protocadherin15 orthologues in zebrafish hearing and vision. Development. 132(3):615-623
Söllner, C., Schwarz, H., Geisler, R., and Nicolson, T. (2004) Mutated otopetrin 1 affects the genesis of otoliths and the localization of Starmaker in zebrafish. Dev. Genes Evol.. 214(12):582-590
Seiler, C., Ben-David, O., Sidi, S., Hendrich, O., Rusch, A., Burnside, B., Avraham, K.B., and Nicolson, T. (2004) Myosin VI is required for structural integrity of the apical surface of sensory hair cells in zebrafish. Developmental Biology. 272(2):328-338
Paukert, M., Sidi, S., Russell, C., Siba, M., Wilson, S.W., Nicolson, T., and Grunder, S. (2004) A family of acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) from the zebrafish: Widespread expression in the central nervous system suggests a conserved role in neuronal communication. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 279(18):18783-18791
Söllner, C., Rauch, G-J., Siemens, J., Geisler, R., Schuster, S.C., The Tübingen 2000 Screen Consortium, Müller, U., and Nicolson, T. (2004) Mutations in cadherin 23 affect tip links in zebrafish sensory hair cells. Nature. 428(6986):955-959
Sidi, S., Busch-Nentwich, E., Friedrich, R., Schoenberger, U., and Nicolson, T. (2004) gemini encodes a zebrafish L-type calcium channel that localizes at sensory hair cell ribbon synapses. J. Neurosci.. 24(17):4213-4223
Busch-Nentwich, E., Söllner, C., Roehl, H., and Nicolson, T. (2004) The deafness gene dfna5 is crucial for ugdh expression and HA production in the developing ear in zebrafish. Development. 131(4):943-951
Söllner, C., Burghammer, M., Busch-Nentwich, E., Berger, J., Schwarz, H., Riekel, C., and Nicolson, T. (2003) Control of crystal size and lattice formation by starmaker in otolith biomineralization. Science. 302(5643):282-286
Concha, M.L., Russell, C., Regan, J.C., Tawk, M., Sidi, S., Gilmour, D.T., Kapsimali, M., Sumoy, L., Goldstone, K., Amaya, E., Kimelman, D., Nicolson, T., Gründer, S., Gomperts, M., Clarke, J.D.W., and Wilson, S.W. (2003) Local tissue interactions across the dorsal midline of the forebrain establish CNS laterality. Neuron. 39(3):423-438
Sidi, S., Friedrich, R.W., and Nicolson, T. (2003) NompC TRP channel required for vertebrate sensory hair cell mechanotransduction. Science. 301(5629):96-99
Ernest, S., Rauch, G.J., Haffter, P., Geisler, R., Petit, C., and Nicolson, T. (2000) Mariner is defective in myosin VIIA: a zebrafish model for human hereditary deafness. Hum. Mol. Genet.. 9(14):2189-2196
Nicolson, T., Ernest, S., Rauch, J., Petit, C., Söllner, C., Seiler, C., and Busch, E. (2000) Isolation of the genes responsible for hearing disorders in zebrafish. Eur. J. Neurosci.. 12:316
Seiler, C. and Nicolson, T. (1999) Defective calmodulin-dependent rapid apical endocytosis in zebrafish sensory hair cell mutants. J. Neurobiol.. 41(3):424-434
Geisler, R., Rauch, G.J., Baier, H., van Bebber, F., Brobeta, L., Dekens, M.P., Finger, K., Fricke, C., Gates, M.A., Geiger, H., Geiger-Rudolph, S., Gilmour, D., Glaser, S., Gnugge, L., Habeck, H., Hingst, K., Holley, S., Keenan, J., Kirn, A., Knaut, H., Lashkari, D., Maderspacher, F., Martyn, U., Neuhauss, S., Neumann, C., Nicolson, T., Pelegri, F., Ray, R., Rick, J.M., Roehl, H., Roeser, T., Schauerte, H.E., Schier, A.F., Schönberger, U., Schönthaler, H.-B., Schulte-Merker, S., Seydler, C., Talbot, W.S., Weiler, C., Nüsslein-Volhard, C., and Haffter, P. (1999) A radiation hybrid map of the zebrafish genome. Nature Genetics. 23(1):86-89
Nicolson, T., Rüsch, A., Friedrich, R.W., Granato, M., Ruppersberg, J.P., and Nüsslein-Volhard, C. (1998) Genetic analysis of vertebrate sensory hair cell mechanosensation: the zebrafish circler mutants. Neuron. 20:271-283