BIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
ZFIN ID: ZDB-PERS-990910-13
Our laboratory is interested in understanding how naïve progenitor cells segregate to give rise to diverse cell types that eventually form an organ. The question of organ formation is even more profound and challenging when applied to a vertebrate nervous system, where hundreds of cell types exist. We address this question in the context of cranial placodes, placode-derived sensory ganglia, and zebrafish lateral line system. The improper development of placode-derived sensory components of the peripheral nervous system, which are essential for the formation of cranial sensory systems such as somatosensation, and taste, have been implicated in many human disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, migraines, bladder overactivity, erectile dysfunction, heart failure, arrhythmia, and others. Thus, uncovering genes that specify cranial placodes and ganglia should provide better understanding for the mechanisms underlying these disorders.
In addition to cranial placodes and ganglia, we also study development of mechanosensory organ system, called lateral line. The mechanosensory lateral line system of aquatic vertebrates is used to detect displacement of water and controls various types of swimming behavior. Lateral line provides an excellent system for studying basic biological processes, such as collective migration, cell specification, morphogenesis, patterning, and proliferation in the genetically-tractable model system such as zebrafish.
Herbert, A.L., Fu, M.M., Drerup, C.M., Gray, R.S., Harty, B.L., Ackerman, S.D., O'Reilly-Pol, T., Johnson, S.L., Nechiporuk, A.V., Barres, B.A., Monk, K.R. (2017) Dynein/dynactin is necessary for anterograde transport of Mbp mRNA in oligodendrocytes and for myelination in vivo.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 114:E9153-E9162
Erickson, T., Morgan, C.P., Olt, J., Hardy, K., Busch-Nentwich, E.M., Maeda, R., Clemens-Grisham, R., Krey, J.F., Nechiporuk, A.V., Barr-Gillespie, P.G., Marcotti, W., Nicolson, T. (2017) Integration of Tmc1/2 into the mechanotransduction complex in zebrafish hair cells is regulated by Transmembrane O-methyltransferase (Tomt). eLIFE. 6
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 (Cambridge, England). 139(22):4280-4290
McCarroll, M.N., Lewis, Z.R., Culbertson, M.D., Martin, B.L., Kimelman, D., and Nechiporuk, A.V. (2012) Graded levels of Pax2a and Pax8 regulate cell differentiation during sensory placode formation. Development (Cambridge, England). 139(15):2740-2750
Dalgin, G., Ward, A.B., Hao le, T., Beattie, C.E., Nechiporuk, A., and Prince, V.E. (2011) Zebrafish mnx1 controls cell fate choice in the developing endocrine pancreas. Development (Cambridge, England). 138(21):4597-4608
McGraw, H.F., Drerup, C.M., Culbertson, M.D., Linbo, T., Raible, D.W., and Nechiporuk, A.V. (2011) Lef1 is required for progenitor cell identity in the zebrafish lateral line primordium. Development (Cambridge, England). 138(18):3921-3930
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. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 28(9):2110-2118
Pyati, U.J., Cooper, M.S., Davidson, A.J., Nechiporuk, A., and Kimelman, D. (2006) Sustained Bmp signaling is essential for cloaca development in zebrafish. Development (Cambridge, England). 133(11):2275-2284
Poss, K.D., Nechiporuk, A., Hillam, A.M., Johnson, S.L., and Keating, M.T. (2002) Mps1 defines a proximal blastemal proliferative compartment essential for zebrafish fin regeneration. Development (Cambridge, England). 129(22):5141-5149
Poss, K.D., Shen, J., Nechiporuk, A., McMahon, G., Thisse, B., Thisse, C., and Keating, M.T. (2000) Roles for Fgf signaling during zebrafish fin regeneration. Developmental Biology. 222(2):347-358