ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-120309-1
Nicholas Cole Lab
PI/Director: Cole, Nicholas
Contact Person: Cole, Nicholas
Email: nicholas.cole@mq.edu.au
URL: http://awc.alumni.mq.edu.au/s/1404/give/1col.aspx?sid=1404&gid=1&pgid=845
Address: Australian School of Advanced Medicine 75 Talavera Road, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
Country: Australia
Phone: + 61 (0) 2 9850 2740
Fax: +61 (0) 2 9812 3600
Line Designation: mq

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Dr Cole's research team is focused upon understanding and curing MND by generating zebrafish models of the disease. The fish models are created to understand how motor neurons die in MND patients. Zebrafish are an established research model organism that offers several advantages. In particular, zebrafish are transparent, allowing us to watch motor neurons degenerate in a living fish, providing a unique opportunity to visualise and understand MND as it actually happens. Several MND causing genes that produce incorrect proteins have been identified from MND patients. The Lab inserts these human genes into zebrafish which makes them produce the same proteins. His team can then try to understand the mechanism that results in motor neurone degeneration in MND/ALS. The hope is to make a breakthrough that will lead to an effective treatment or cure.

Aksoy, Yagiz Graduate Student Stoddart, Jack Graduate Student Syal, Dasha Fish Facility Staff

Aksoy, Y.A., Cole, A.J., Deng, W., Hesselson, D. (2024) Zebrafish CCNF and FUS Mediate Stress-Specific Motor Responses. Cells. 13(5):
Watchon, M., Luu, L., Robinson, K.J., Yuan, K.C., De Luca, A., Suddull, H.J., Tym, M.C., Guillemin, G.J., Cole, N.J., Nicholson, G.A., Chung, R.S., Lee, A., Laird, A.S. (2021) Sodium valproate increases activity of the sirtuin pathway resulting in beneficial effects for spinocerebellar ataxia-3 in vivo. Molecular brain. 14:128
Don, E.K., Maschirow, A., Radford, R.A.W., Scherer, N.M., Vidal-Itriago, A., Hogan, A., Maurel, C., Formella, I., Stoddart, J.J., Hall, T.E., Lee, A., Shi, B., Cole, N.J., Laird, A.S., Badrock, A.P., Chung, R.S., Morsch, M. (2021) In vivo Validation of Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) to Investigate Aggregate Formation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Molecular neurobiology. 58(5):2061-2074
Aksoy, Y.A., Yang, B., Chen, W., Hung, T., Kuchel, R.P., Zammit, N.W., Grey, S.T., Goldys, E.M., Deng, W. (2020) Spatial and Temporal Control of CRISPR-Cas9-Mediated Gene Editing Delivered via a Light-Triggered Liposome System. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 12(47):52433-52444
Aksoy, Y.A., Nguyen, D.T., Chow, S., Chung, R.S., Guillemin, G.J., Cole, N.J., Hesselson, D. (2019) Chemical reprogramming enhances homology-directed genome editing in zebrafish embryos. Communications biology. 2:198
Kumar, S.S., Tandberg, J.I., Penesyan, A., Elbourne, L.D.H., Suarez-Bosche, N., Don, E., Skadberg, E., Fenaroli, F., Cole, N., Winther-Larsen, H.C., Paulsen, I.T. (2018) Dual Transcriptomics of Host-Pathogen Interaction of Cystic Fibrosis Isolate Pseudomonas aeruginosa PASS1 With Zebrafish. Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology. 8:406
Hogan, A.L., Don, E.K., Rayner, S.L., Lee, A., Laird, A.S., Watchon, M., Winnick, C., Tarr, I.S., Morsch, M., Fifita, J.A., Gwee, S.S.L., Formella, I., Hortle, E., Yuan, K.C., Molloy, M.P., Williams, K.L., Nicholson, G.A., Chung, R.S., Blair, I.P., Cole, N.J. (2018) Expression of ALS/FTD-linked mutant CCNF in zebrafish leads to increased cell death in the spinal cord and an aberrant motor phenotype. Human molecular genetics. 28(4):698
Robinson, K.J., Yuan, K.C., Don, E.K., Hogan, A.L., Winnick, C.G., Tym, M.C., Lucas, C.W., Shahheydari, H., Watchon, M., Blair, I.P., Atkin, J.D., Nicholson, G.A., Cole, N.J., Laird, A.S. (2018) Motor Neuron Abnormalities Correlate with Impaired Movement in Zebrafish that Express Mutant Superoxide Dismutase 1. Zebrafish. 16(1):8-14
Acosta, J.R., Watchon, M., Yuan, K.C., Fifita, J., Svahn, A.J., Don, E.K., Blair, I.P., Nicholson, G.A., Cole, N.J., Goldsbury, C., Laird, A.S. (2018) Neuronal cell culture from transgenic zebrafish models of neurodegenerative disease. Biology Open. 7(10):
Formella, I., Svahn, A.J., Radford, R.A.W., Don, E.K., Cole, N.J., Hogan, A., Lee, A., Chung, R.S., Morsch, M. (2018) Real-time visualization of oxidative stress-mediated neurodegeneration of individual spinal motor neurons in vivo. Redox Biology. 19:226-234
Svahn, A.J., Don, E.K., Badrock, A.P., Cole, N.J., Graeber, M.B., Yerbury, J.J., Chung, R., Morsch, M. (2018) Nucleo-cytoplasmic transport of TDP-43 studied in real time: impaired microglia function leads to axonal spreading of TDP-43 in degenerating motor neurons. Acta Neuropathologica. 136(3):445-459
Gwee, S.S.L., Radford, R.A.W., Chow, S., Syal, M.D., Morsch, M., Formella, I., Lee, A., Don, E.K., Badrock, A.P., Cole, N.J., West, A.K., Cheung, S.N.S., Chung, R.S. (2018) Aurora kinase B regulates axonal outgrowth and regeneration in the spinal motor neurons of developing zebrafish. Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS. 75(23):4269-4285
Chen, L., Watson, C., Morsch, M., Cole, N.J., Chung, R.S., Saunders, D.N., Yerbury, J.J., Vine, K.L. (2017) Improving the Delivery of SOD1 Antisense Oligonucleotides to Motor Neurons Using Calcium Phosphate-Lipid Nanoparticles. Frontiers in neuroscience. 11:476
Lee, A., Rayner, S.L., Gwee, S.S.L., De Luca, A., Shahheydari, H., Sundaramoorthy, V., Ragagnin, A., Morsch, M., Radford, R., Galper, J., Freckleton, S., Shi, B., Walker, A.K., Don, E.K., Cole, N.J., Yang, S., Williams, K.L., Yerbury, J.J., Blair, I.P., Atkin, J.D., Molloy, M.P., Chung, R.S. (2017) Pathogenic mutation in the ALS/FTD gene, CCNF, causes elevated Lys48-linked ubiquitylation and defective autophagy.. Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS. 75(2):335-354
Watchon, M., Yuan, K.C., Mackovski, N., Svahn, A.J., Cole, N.J., Goldsbury, C., Rinkwitz, S., Becker, T.S., Nicholson, G.A., Laird, A.S. (2017) Calpain inhibition is protective in Machado-Joseph disease zebrafish due to induction of autophagy. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 37(32):7782-7794
Hogan, A.L., Don, E.K., Rayner, S.L., Lee, A., Laird, A.S., Watchon, M., Winnick, C., Tarr, I.S., Morsch, M., Fifita, J.A., Gwee, S., Formella, I., Hortle, E., Yuan, K., Molloy, M.P., Williams, K.L., Nicholson, G.A., Chung, R.S., Blair, I.P., Cole, N.J. (2017) Expression of ALS/FTD-linked mutant CCNF in zebrafish leads to increased cell death in the spinal cord and an aberrant motor phenotype. Human molecular genetics. 26(14):2616-2626
Zhang, Y., Nguyen, D.T., Olzomer, E.M., Poon, G.P., Cole, N.J., Puvanendran, A., Phillips, B.R., Hesselson, D. (2017) Rescue of Pink1 Deficiency by Stress-Dependent Activation of Autophagy. Cell chemical biology. 24(4):471-480.e4
Keightley, M.C., Carradice, D.P., Layton, J.E., Pase, L., Bertrand, J.Y., Wittig, J.G., Dakic, A., Badrock, A.P., Cole, N.J., Traver, D., Nutt, S.L., McCoey, J., Buckle, A.M., Heath, J.K., Lieschke, G.J. (2017) The Pu.1 target gene Zbtb11 regulates neutrophil development through its integrase-like HHCC zinc finger. Nature communications. 8:14911
Morsch, M., Radford, R.A., Don, E.K., Lee, A., Hortle, E., Cole, N.J., Chung, R.S. (2017) Triggering Cell Stress and Death Using Conventional UV Laser Confocal Microscopy. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE. (120)
Don, E.K., Formella, I., Badrock, A.P., Hall, T.E., Morsch, M., Hortle, E., Hogan, A., Chow, S., Gwee, S.S., Stoddart, J.J., Nicholson, G., Chung, R., Cole, N.J. (2017) A Tol2 Gateway-Compatible Toolbox for the Study of the Nervous System and Neurodegenerative Disease. Zebrafish. 14(1):69-72
Masselink, W., Cole, N.J., Fenyes, F., Berger, S., Sonntag, C., Wood, A., Nguyen, P.D., Cohen, N., Knopf, F., Weidinger, G., Hall, T.E., Currie, P.D. (2016) A somitic contribution to the apical ectodermal ridge is essential for fin formation. Nature. 535(7613):542-6
Don, E.K., de Jong-Curtain, T.A., Doggett, K., Hall, T.E., Heng, B., Badrock, A.P., Winnick, C., Nicholson, G.A., Guillemin, G.J., Currie, P.D., Hesselson, D., Heath, J.K., Cole, N.J. (2016) Genetic basis of hindlimb loss in a naturally occurring vertebrate model. Biology Open. 5(3):359-66
Morsch, M., Radford, R., Lee, A., Don, E.K., Badrock, A.P., Hall, T.E., Cole, N.J., Chung, R. (2015) In vivo characterization of microglial engulfment of dying neurons in the zebrafish spinal cord. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 9:321
Nguyen, P.D., Hollway, G.E., Sonntag, C., Miles, L.B., Hall, T.E., Berger, S., Fernandez, K.J., Gurevich, D.B., Cole, N.J., Alaei, S., Ramialison, M., Sutherland, R.L., Polo, J.M., Lieschke, G.J., Currie, P.D. (2014) Haematopoietic stem cell induction by somite-derived endothelial cells controlled by meox1. Nature. 512(7514):314-8
Acosta, J.R., Goldsbury, C., Winnick, C., Badrock, A.P., Fraser, S.T., Laird, A.S., Hall, T.E., Don, E.K., Fifita, J.A., Blair, I.P., Nicholson, G.A., Cole, N.J. (2014) Mutant Human FUS Is Ubiquitously Mislocalized and Generates Persistent Stress Granules in Primary Cultured Transgenic Zebrafish Cells. PLoS One. 9(6):e90572
Veilleux, H.D., Van Herwerden, L., Cole, N.J., Don, E.K., De Santis, C., Dixson, D.L., Wenger, A.S., and Munday, P.L. (2013) Otx2 expression and implications for olfactory imprinting in the anemonefish, Amphiprion percula. Biology Open. 2(9):907-915
Don, E.K., Currie, P.D., Cole, N.J. (2013) The evolutionary history of the development of the pelvic fin/hindlimb. Journal of anatomy. 222:114-133
Bower, N.I., Castillo, D.G., Cole, N.J., Hollway, G.E., Lee, H.T., Assinder, S., and Johnston, I.A. (2012) STAC3 is required for myotube formation and myogenic differentiation in vertebrate skeletal muscle. The Journal of biological chemistry. 287(52):43936-43949
Cole, N.J., Currie, P. (2012) Shaping muscle bioarchitecture for the fin to limb transition.. Bioarchitecture. 2(3):98-103
Cole, N.J., Hall, T.E., Don, E.K., Berger, S., Boisvert, C.A., Neyt, C., Ericsson, R., Joss, J., Gurevich, D.B., and Currie, P.D. (2011) Development and evolution of the muscles of the pelvic fin. PLoS Biology. 9(10):e1001168
Don, E.K., Hall, T.E., Currie, P.D., and Cole, N.J. (2011) Morphology of pelvic fin loss in a zebrafish strain (Danio rerio). Journal of morphology. 272(5):583-589
Cole, N.J., Currie, P.D. (2007) Insights from sharks: evolutionary and developmental models of fin development.. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 236(9):2421-31
Bryson-Richardson, R.J., Berger, S., Schilling, T.F., Hall, T.E., Cole, N.J., Gibson, A.J., Sharpe, J., and Currie, P.D. (2007) FishNet: an online database of zebrafish anatomy. BMC Biology. 5(1):34
Hall, T.E., Bryson-Richardson, R.J., Berger, S., Jacoby, A.S., Cole, N.J., Hollway, G.E., Berger, J., and Currie, P.D. (2007) The zebrafish candyfloss mutant implicates extracellular matrix adhesion failure in laminin {alpha}2-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 104(17):7092-7097
Hollway, G.E., Bryson-Richardson, R.J., Berger, S., Cole, N.J., Hall, T.E., and Currie, P.D. (2007) Whole-somite rotation generates muscle progenitor cell compartments in the developing zebrafish embryo. Developmental Cell. 12(2):207-219
Cole, N.J., Neyt, C., Currie, P.D. (2005) Morphogenesis and evolution of vertebrate appendicular muscle formation. Mechanisms of Development. 122:S160
Hall, T.E., Bryson-Richardson, R.J., Cole, N.J., Currie, P.D. (2005) Muscle stem cells and regeneration in zebrafish models of muscular dystrophies. Mechanisms of Development. 122:S131
Haines, L., Neyt, C., Gautier, P., Keenan, D.G., Bryson-Richardson, R.J., Hollway, G.E., Cole, N.J., Currie, P.D. (2004) Met and Hgf signaling controls hypaxial muscle and lateral line development in the zebrafish. Development (Cambridge, England). 131(19):4857-4869