ZFIN ID: ZDB-PERS-020814-3
Sumanas, Saulius
Email: saulius.sumanas@cchmc.org
Affiliation: Sumanas Lab
Address: Division of Developmental Biology Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center MLC 7007 3333 Burnet Ave Cincinnati, OH 45230 USA
Country: United States
Phone: 513-636-9944
Fax: 513-636-4317

Our lab utilizes zebrafish as a model to study molecular mechanisms of vasculature formation and as well as the mechanisms that regulate the fate choices between the vascular endothelial, cardiac and hematopoietic cell lineages. We are investigating detailed mechanisms of endothelial cell formation, specification, differentiation and proliferation and identifying new genes participating in these processes. That includes making novel transgenic zebrafish lines, which will allow us to observe and study formation, migration and differentiation of endothelial progenitor cells in live zebrafish embryos. We are also dissecting transcriptional cascade which controls vasculature formation by utilizing microarray analysis combined with overexpression and gene knockdown studies. And finally, we are performing screens for novel potential regulators of vasculature formation followed by their characterization and functional studies.

Gurung, S., Restrepo, N.K., Chestnut, B., Klimkaite, L., Sumanas, S. (2022) Single-cell transcriptomic analysis of vascular endothelial cells in zebrafish embryos. Scientific Reports. 12:13065
Metikala, S., Warkala, M., Casie Chetty, S., Chestnut, B., Rufin Florat, D., Plender, E., Nester, O., Koenig, A.L., Astrof, S., Sumanas, S. (2022) Integration of vascular progenitors into functional blood vessels represents a distinct mechanism of vascular growth. Developmental Cell. 57(6):767-782.e6
Pecquet, A.M., Maier, A., Kasper, S., Sumanas, S., Yadav, J. (2020) Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) decreases neutrophil migration response to injury in zebrafish embryos. BMC research notes. 13:408
Schumacher, J.A., Wright, Z.A., Owen, M., Bredemeier, N.O., Sumanas, S. (2020) Integrin α5 and Integrin α4 cooperate to promote endocardial differentiation and heart morphogenesis. Developmental Biology. 465(1):46-57
Chetty, S.C., Sumanas, S. (2020) Ets1 functions partially redundantly with Etv2 to promote embryonic vasculogenesis and angiogenesis in zebrafish. Developmental Biology. 465(1):11-22
Chestnut, B., Casie Chetty, S., Koenig, A.L., Sumanas, S. (2020) Single-cell transcriptomic analysis identifies the conversion of zebrafish Etv2-deficient vascular progenitors into skeletal muscle. Nature communications. 11:2796
Chestnut, B., Sumanas, S. (2019) Zebrafish etv2 knock-in line labels vascular endothelial and blood progenitor cells. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 249(2):245-261
Pociute, K., Schumacher, J.A., Sumanas, S. (2019) Clec14a genetically interacts with Etv2 and Vegf signaling during vasculogenesis and angiogenesis in zebrafish. BMC Developmental Biology. 19:6
Ton, Q.V., Leino, D., Mowery, S.A., Bredemeier, N.O., Lafontant, P.J., Lubert, A., Gurung, S., Farlow, J.L., Foroud, T.M., Broderick, J., Sumanas, S. (2018) Collagen COL22A1 maintains vascular stability and mutations in COL22A1 are potentially associated with intracranial aneurysms. Disease models & mechanisms. 11(12):
Davis, J.A., Koenig, A.L., Lubert, A., Chestnut, B., Liu, F., Desai, S.P., Winkler, T., Pociute, K., Choi, K., Sumanas, S. (2018) ETS transcription factor Etsrp / Etv2 is required for lymphangiogenesis and directly regulates vegfr3 / flt4 expression. Developmental Biology. 440(1):40-52
Hübner, K., Grassme, K.S., Rao, J., Wenke, N.K., Zimmer, C.L., Korte, L., Mu Ller, K., Sumanas, S., Greber, B., Herzog, W. (2017) Wnt Signaling Positively Regulates Endothelial Cell Fate Specification in the Fli1a-Positive Progenitor Population via Lef1. Developmental Biology. 430(1):142-155
Baltrunaite, K., Craig, M.P., Palencia Desai, S., Chaturvedi, P., Pandey, R.N., Hegde, R.S., Sumanas, S. (2017) ETS transcription factors Etv2 and Fli1b are required for tumor angiogenesis. Angiogenesis. 20(3):307-323
Chetty, S.C., Rost, M.S., Enriquez, J.R., Schumacher, J.A., Baltrunaite, K., Rossi, A., Stainier, D.Y., Sumanas, S. (2017) Vegf Signaling Promotes Vascular Endothelial Differentiation by Modulating etv2 Expression. Developmental Biology. 424(2):147-161
Sumanas, S. (2017) Inducible Inhibition of Gene Function with Photomorpholinos. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.). 1565:51-57
Koenig, A.L., Baltrunaite, K., Bower, N.I., Rossi, A., Stainier, D.Y., Hogan, B.M., Sumanas, S. (2016) Vegfa signaling promotes zebrafish intestinal vasculature development through endothelial cell migration from the posterior cardinal vein. Developmental Biology. 411(1):115-27
Palencia-Desai, S., Rost, M.S., Schumacher, J.A., Ton, Q.V., Craig, M.P., Baltrunaite, K., Koenig, A.L., Wang, J., Poss, K.D., Chi, N.C., Stainier, D.Y., Sumanas, S. (2015) Myocardium and BMP signaling are required for endocardial differentiation. Development (Cambridge, England). 142(13):2304-15
Schumacher, J.A., Zhao, E.J., Kofron, M.J., Sumanas, S. (2014) Two-color fluorescent in situ hybridization using chromogenic substrates in zebrafish. Biotechniques. 57:254-6
Glenn, N.O., Schumacher, J.A., Kim, H.J., Zhao, E.J., Skerniskyte, J., Sumanas, S. (2014) Distinct regulation of the anterior and posterior myeloperoxidase expression by Etv2 and Gata1 during primitive Granulopoiesis in zebrafish. Developmental Biology. 393(1):149-59
Rost, M.S., Sumanas, S. (2014) Hyaluronic acid receptor Stabilin-2 regulates Erk phosphorylation and arterial--venous differentiation in zebrafish. PLoS One. 9:e88614
Kohli, V., Schumacher, J.A., Desai, S.P., Rehn, K., and Sumanas, S. (2013) Arterial and venous progenitors of the major axial vessels originate at distinct locations. Developmental Cell. 25(2):196-206
Glenn, N.O., McKane, M., Kohli, V., Wen, K.K., Rubenstein, P.A., Bartmanm, T., and Sumanas, S. (2012) The W-Loop of Alpha-Cardiac Actin Is Critical for Heart Function and Endocardial Cushion Morphogenesis in Zebrafish. Molecular and cellular biology. 32(17):3527-3540
Wong, K.S., Rehn, K., Palencia-Desai, S., Kohli, V., Hunter, W., Uhl, J.D., Rost, M.S., and Sumanas, S. (2012) Hedgehog signaling is required for differentiation of endocardial progenitors in zebrafish. Developmental Biology. 361(2):377-91
Tadjuidje, E., Wang, T.S., Pandey, R.N., Sumanas, S., Lang, R.A., and Hegde, R.S. (2012) The EYA Tyrosine Phosphatase Activity Is Pro-Angiogenic and Is Inhibited by Benzbromarone. PLoS One. 7(4):e34806
Palencia-Desai, S., Kohli, V., Kang, J., Chi, N.C., Black, B.L., and Sumanas, S. (2011) Vascular endothelial and endocardial progenitors differentiate as cardiomyocytes in the absence of Etsrp/Etv2 function. Development (Cambridge, England). 138(21):4721-4732
Kohli, V., Rehn, K., and Sumanas, S. (2011) Single cell fate mapping in zebrafish. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE. (56)
Rehn, K., Wong, K.S., Balciunas, D., and Sumanas, S. (2011) Zebrafish enhancer trap line recapitulates embryonic aquaporin 1a expression pattern in vascular endothelial cells. The International journal of developmental biology. 55(6):613-618
Proulx, K., Lu, A., and Sumanas, S. (2010) Cranial vasculature in zebrafish forms by angioblast cluster-derived angiogenesis. Developmental Biology. 348(1):34-46
Wong, K.S., Proulx, K., Rost, M.S., and Sumanas, S. (2009) Identification of vasculature-specific genes by microarray analysis of etsrp/etv2 overexpressing zebrafish embryos. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 238(7):1836-1850
Sumanas, S., Gomez, G., Zhao, Y., Park, C., Choi, K., and Lin, S. (2008) Interplay between Etsrp/ER71, scl and alk8 signaling controls endothelial and myeloid cell formation. Blood. 111(9):4500-4510
Kim, H.J., Sumanas, S., Palencia-Desai, S., Dong, Y., Chen, J.N., and Lin, S. (2006) Genetic analysis of early endocrine pancreas formation in zebrafish. Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.). 20(1):194-203
Sumanas, S., and Lin, S. (2006) Ets1-Related Protein Is a Key Regulator of Vasculogenesis in Zebrafish. PLoS Biology. 4(1):e10
Kim, H.J., Schleiffarth, J.R., Jessurun, J., Sumanas, S., Petryk, A., Lin, S., and Ekker, S.C. (2005) Wnt5 signaling in vertebrate pancreas development. BMC Biology. 3:23
Sumanas, S., Jorniak, T., and Lin, S. (2005) Identification of novel vascular endothelial-specific genes by the microarray analysis of the zebrafish cloche mutants. Blood. 106(2):534-541
Sumanas, S., Zhang, B., Dai, R., and Lin, S. (2005) 15-Zinc finger protein Bloody Fingers is required for zebrafish morphogenetic movements during neurulation. Developmental Biology. 283(1):85-96
Sumanas, S., Larson, J.D., and Miller Bever, M. (2003) Zebrafish chaperone protein GP96 is required for otolith formation during ear development. Developmental Biology. 261(2):443-455
Sumanas, S., and Larson, J.D. (2002) Morpholino phosphorodiamidate oligonucleotides in zebrafish: A recipe for functional genomics?. Briefings in functional genomics & proteomics. 1(3):239-256
Sumanas, S., Kim, H.J., Hermanson, S.B., and Ekker, S.C. (2002) Lateral line, nervous system, and maternal expression of Frizzled 7a during zebrafish embryogenesis. Mechanisms of Development. 115(1-2):107-111
Sumanas, S., Kim, H.J., Hermanson, S., and Ekker, S.C. (2001) Zebrafish frizzled-2 morphant displays defects in body axis elongation. Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000). 30(3):114-118
Nasevicius, A., Hyatt, T., Kim, H., Guttman, J., Walsh, E., Sumanas, S., Wang, Y.S., and Ekker, S.C. (1998) Evidence for a fizzled-mediated wnt pathway required for zebrafish dorsal mesoderm formation. Development (Cambridge, England). 125:4283-4292