ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-130529-1
Mosimann Lab
PI/Director: Mosimann, Christian
Co-PI / Senior
Burger, Alexa
Contact Person: Mosimann, Christian
Email: christian.mosimann@cuanschutz.edu
URL: http://www.mosimannlab.org
Address: University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus 12801 E. 17th Avenue RC1 South, 12400 Aurora, CO 80045
Country: United States
Phone: +41 44 635 31 56
Line Designation: co

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We use zebrafish as our principal model system to study the mechanisms of cell fate determination in development, disease, and evolution. We focus in particular on the emergence, patterning, and cell fate partitioning of the lateral plate mesoderm towards its vast array of downstream cell fates. This includes cardiac, cardiovascular, hematopoietic, kidney, mesothelial and more lineages as also affected in numerous congenital diseases. We have been heavily investing into gene-regulatory element discovery such as enhancers using latest transgenesis approaches, which enables us to make mechanistic discoveries relevant to our understanding of mesoderm evolution, development, and congenital anomalies.

Moran, Hannah Graduate Student Kemmler, Cassie L. Technical Staff Chowdhury, Polina

Lalonde, R.L., Wells, H.H., Kemmler, C.L., Nieuwenhuize, S., Lerma, R., Burger, A., Mosimann, C. (2024) pIGLET: Safe harbor landing sites for reproducible and efficient transgenesis in zebrafish. Science advances. 10:eadn6603eadn6603
Kemmler, C.L., Smolikova, J., Moran, H.R., Mannion, B.J., Knapp, D., Lim, F., Czarkwiani, A., Hermosilla Aguayo, V., Rapp, V., Fitch, O.E., Bötschi, S., Selleri, L., Farley, E., Braasch, I., Yun, M., Visel, A., Osterwalder, M., Mosimann, C., Kozmik, Z., Burger, A. (2023) Conserved enhancers control notochord expression of vertebrate Brachyury. Nature communications. 14:65946594
Tzung, K.W., Lalonde, R.L., Prummel, K.D., Mahabaleshwar, H., Moran, H.R., Stundl, J., Cass, A.N., Le, Y., Lea, R., Dorey, K., Tomecka, M.J., Zhang, C., Brombacher, E.C., White, W.T., Roehl, H.H., Tulenko, F.J., Winkler, C., Currie, P.D., Amaya, E., Davis, M.C., Bronner, M.E., Mosimann, C., Carney, T.J. (2023) A median fin derived from the lateral plate mesoderm and the origin of paired fins. Nature. 618(7965):543-549
Kemmler, C.L., Moran, H.R., Murray, B.F., Scoresby, A., Klem, J.R., Eckert, R.L., Lepovsky, E., Bertho, S., Nieuwenhuize, S., Burger, S., D'Agati, G., Betz, C., Puller, A.C., Felker, A., Ditrychova, K., Bötschi, S., Affolter, M., Rohner, N., Lovely, C.B., Kwan, K.M., Burger, A., Mosimann, C. (2023) Next-generation plasmids for transgenesis in zebrafish and beyond. Development (Cambridge, England). 150(8):
Gaillard, A.L., Mohamad, T., Quan, F.B., de Cian, A., Mosimann, C., Tostivint, H., Pézeron, G. (2023) Urp1 and Urp2 act redundantly to maintain spine shape in zebrafish larvae. Developmental Biology. 496:36-51
Mattonet, K., Riemslagh, F.W., Guenther, S., Prummel, K.D., Kesavan, G., Hans, S., Ebersberger, I., Brand, M., Burger, A., Reischauer, S., Mosimann, C., Stainier, D.Y.R. (2022) Endothelial versus pronephron fate decision is modulated by the transcription factors Cloche/Npas4l, Tal1, and Lmo2. Science advances. 8:eabn2082
Lalonde, R.L., Kemmler, C.L., Riemslagh, F.W., Aman, A.J., Kresoja-Rakic, J., Moran, H.R., Nieuwenhuize, S., Parichy, D.M., Burger, A., Mosimann, C. (2022) Heterogeneity and genomic loci of ubiquitous transgenic Cre reporter lines in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 251(10):1754-1773
Prummel, K.D., Crowell, H.L., Nieuwenhuize, S., Brombacher, E.C., Daetwyler, S., Soneson, C., Kresoja-Rakic, J., Kocere, A., Ronner, M., Ernst, A., Labbaf, Z., Clouthier, D.E., Firulli, A.B., Sánchez-Iranzo, H., Naganathan, S.R., O'Rourke, R., Raz, E., Mercader, N., Burger, A., Felley-Bosco, E., Huisken, J., Robinson, M.D., Mosimann, C. (2022) Hand2 delineates mesothelium progenitors and is reactivated in mesothelioma. Nature communications. 13:1677
Ulloa, B.A., Habbsa, S.S., Potts, K.S., Lewis, A., McKinstry, M., Payne, S.G., Flores, J.C., Nizhnik, A., Feliz Norberto, M., Mosimann, C., Bowman, T.V. (2021) Definitive hematopoietic stem cells minimally contribute to embryonic hematopoiesis. Cell Reports. 36:109703
Pfefferli, C., Moran, H.R., Felker, A., Mosimann, C., Jaźwińska, A. (2021) Persistent Ventricle Partitioning in the Adult Zebrafish Heart. Journal of cardiovascular development and disease. 8(4):
Kemmler, C.L., Riemslagh, F.W., Moran, H.R., Mosimann, C. (2021) From Stripes to a Beating Heart: Early Cardiac Development in Zebrafish. Journal of cardiovascular development and disease. 8(2):
Prummel, K.D., Nieuwenhuize, S., Mosimann, C. (2020) The lateral plate mesoderm. Development (Cambridge, England). 147(12):
Prummel, K.D., Hess, C., Nieuwenhuize, S., Parker, H.J., Rogers, K.W., Kozmikova, I., Racioppi, C., Brombacher, E.C., Czarkwiani, A., Knapp, D., Burger, S., Chiavacci, E., Shah, G., Burger, A., Huisken, J., Yun, M.H., Christiaen, L., Kozmik, Z., Müller, P., Bronner, M., Krumlauf, R., Mosimann, C. (2019) A conserved regulatory program initiates lateral plate mesoderm emergence across chordates. Nature communications. 10:3857
Sagarin, K.A., Redgrave, A.C., Mosimann, C., Burke, A.C., Devoto, S.H. (2019) Anterior Trunk Muscle Shows Mix of Axial and Appendicular Developmental Patterns. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 248(10):961-968
D'Agati, G., Cabello, E.M., Frontzek, K., Rushing, E.J., Klemm, R., Robinson, M.D., White, R.M., Mosimann, C., Burger, A. (2019) Active receptor tyrosine kinases, but not Brachyury, are sufficient to trigger chordoma in zebrafish. Disease models & mechanisms. 12(7):
Parker, H.J., De Kumar, B., Green, S.A., Prummel, K.D., Hess, C., Kaufman, C.K., Mosimann, C., Wiedemann, L.M., Bronner, M.E., Krumlauf, R. (2019) A Hox-TALE regulatory circuit for neural crest patterning is conserved across vertebrates. Nature communications. 10:1189
Cantù, C., Felker, A., Zimmerli, D., Prummel, K.D., Cabello, E.M., Chiavacci, E., Méndez-Acevedo, K.M., Kirchgeorg, L., Burger, S., Ripoll, J., Valenta, T., Hausmann, G., Vilain, N., Aguet, M., Burger, A., Panáková, D., Basler, K., Mosimann, C. (2018) Mutations in Bcl9 and Pygo genes cause congenital heart defects by tissue-specific perturbation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling.. Genes & Development. 32(21-22):1443-1458
Kirchgeorg, L., Felker, A., van Oostrom, M., Chiavacci, E., Mosimann, C. (2018) Cre/lox-controlled spatio-temporal perturbation of FGF signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 247(10):1146-1159
Callahan, S.J., Tepan, S., Zhang, Y.M., Lindsay, H., Burger, A., Campbell, N.R., Kim, I.S., Hollmann, T.J., Studer, L., Mosimann, C., White, R.M. (2018) Cancer modeling by Transgene Electroporation in Adult Zebrafish (TEAZ). Disease models & mechanisms. 11(9):
Merks, A.M., Swinarski, M., Meyer, A.M., Müller, N.V., Özcan, I., Donat, S., Burger, A., Gilbert, S., Mosimann, C., Abdelilah-Seyfried, S., Panáková, D. (2018) Planar cell polarity signalling coordinates heart tube remodelling through tissue-scale polarisation of actomyosin activity. Nature communications. 9:2161
Felker, A., Prummel, K.D., Merks, A.M., Mickoleit, M., Brombacher, E.C., Huisken, J., Panáková, D., Mosimann, C. (2018) Continuous addition of progenitors forms the cardiac ventricle in zebrafish. Nature communications. 9:2001
Carney, T.J., Mosimann, C. (2018) Switch and Trace: Recombinase Genetics in Zebrafish. Trends in genetics : TIG. 34(5):362-378
Sánchez-Iranzo, H., Galardi-Castilla, M., Minguillón, C., Sanz-Morejón, A., González-Rosa, J.M., Felker, A., Ernst, A., Guzmán-Martínez, G., Mosimann, C., Mercader, N. (2018) Tbx5a lineage tracing shows cardiomyocyte plasticity during zebrafish heart regeneration. Nature communications. 9:428
Norris, M.L., Pauli, A., Gagnon, J.A., Lord, N.D., Rogers, K.W., Mosimann, C., Zon, L.I., Schier, A.F. (2017) Toddler signaling regulates mesodermal cell migration downstream of Nodal signaling. eLIFE. 6
D'Agati, G., Beltre, R., Sessa, A., Burger, A., Zhou, Y., Mosimann, C., White, R.M. (2017) A defect in the mitochondrial protein mpv17 underlies the transparent casper zebrafish. Developmental Biology. 430(1):11-17
Hockman, D., Burns, A., Schlosser, G., Gates, K.P., Jevans, B., Mongera, A., Fisher, S., Unlu, G., Knapik, E.W., Kaufman, C.K., Mosimann, C., Zon, L.I., Lancman, J.J., Dong, P.D., Lickert, H., Tucker, A.S., Baker, C.V. (2017) Evolution of the hypoxia-sensitive cells involved in amniote respiratory reflexes. eLIFE. 6
Gays, D., Hess, C., Camporeale, A., Ala, U., Provero, P., Mosimann, C., Santoro, M.M. (2017) An exclusive cellular and molecular network governs intestinal smooth muscle cell differentiation in vertebrates. Development (Cambridge, England). 144(3):464-478
Henninger, J., Santoso, B., Hans, S., Durand, E., Moore, J., Mosimann, C., Brand, M., Traver, D., Zon, L. (2017) Clonal fate mapping quantifies the number of haematopoietic stem cells that arise during development. Nature cell biology. 19(1):17-27
Lindsay, H., Burger, A., Biyong, B., Felker, A., Hess, C., Zaugg, J., Chiavacci, E., Anders, C., Jinek, M., Mosimann, C., Robinson, M. D. (2016) CrispRVariants charts the mutation spectrum of genome engineering experiments. Nat. Biotechnol.. 34:701-702
Burger, A., Lindsay, H., Felker, A., Hess, C., Anders, C., Chiavacci, E., Zaugg, J., Weber, L.M., Catena, R., Jinek, M., Robinson, M.D., Mosimann, C. (2016) Maximizing mutagenesis with solubilized CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoprotein complexes. Development (Cambridge, England). 143(11):2025-37
Felker, A., Nieuwenhuize, S., Dolbois, A., Blazkova, K., Hess, C., Low, L.W., Burger, S., Samson, N., Carney, T.J., Bartunek, P., Nevado, C., Mosimann, C. (2016) In Vivo Performance and Properties of Tamoxifen Metabolites for CreERT2 Control. PLoS One. 11:e0152989
Kaufman, C.K., Mosimann, C., Fan, Z.P., Yang, S., Thomas, A.J., Ablain, J., Tan, J.L., Fogley, R.D., van Rooijen, E., Hagedorn, E.J., Ciarlo, C., White, R.M., Matos, D.A , Puller, A.C., Santoriello, C., Liao, E.C., Young, R.A., and Zon, L.I. (2016) A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science (New York, N.Y.). 351(6272):aad2197
Felker, A., Mosimann, C. (2016) Contemporary zebrafish transgenesis with Tol2 and application for Cre/lox recombination experiments. Methods in cell biology. 135:219-44
Musso, G., Mosimann, C., Panáková, D., Burger, A., Zhou, Y., Zon, L.I., MacRae, C.A. (2015) Generating and evaluating a ranked candidate gene list for potential vertebrate heart field regulators. Genomics Data. 6:199-201
Mosimann, C., Panáková, D., Werdich, A.A., Musso, G., Burger, A., Lawson, K.L., Carr, L.A., Nevis, K.R., Sabeh, M.K., Zhou, Y., Davidson, A.J., DiBiase, A., Burns, C.E., Burns, C.G., MacRae, C.A., Zon, L.I. (2015) Chamber identity programs drive early functional partitioning of the heart. Nature communications. 6:8146
Briona, L.K., Poulain, F.E., Mosimann, C., Dorsky, R.I. (2015) Wnt/ß-catenin signaling Is required for radial glial neurogenesis following spinal cord injury. Developmental Biology. 403(1):15-21
Butko, E., Distel, M., Pouget, C., Weijts, B., Kobayashi, I., Ng, K., Mosimann, C., Poulain, F.E., McPherson, A., Ni, C.W., Stachura, D.L., Del Cid, N., Espín-Palazón, R., Lawson, N.D., Dorsky, R., Clements, W.K., Traver, D. (2015) Gata2b is a restricted early regulator of hemogenic endothelium in the zebrafish embryo. Development (Cambridge, England). 142:1050-61
Musso, G., Tasan, M., Mosimann, C., Beaver, J.E., Plovie, E., Carr, L.A., Chua, H.N., Dunham, J., Zuberi, K., Rodriguez, H., Morris, Q., Zon, L., Roth, F.P., and MacRae, C.A. (2014) Novel cardiovascular gene functions revealed via systematic phenotype prediction in zebrafish. Development (Cambridge, England). 141(1):224-235
Paik, E.J., Mahony, S., White, R.M., Price, E.N., Dibiase, A., Dorjsuren, B., Mosimann, C., Davidson, A.J., Gifford, D., and Zon, L.I. (2013) A cdx4-sall4 regulatory module controls the transition from mesoderm formation to embryonic hematopoiesis. Stem Cell Reports. 1(5):425-436
Mosimann, C., Puller, A.C., Lawson, K.L., Tschopp, P., Amsterdam, A., and Zon, L.I. (2013) Site-directed zebrafish transgenesis into single landing sites with the phiC31 integrase system. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 242(8):949-63
Zhou, Y., Cashman, T.J., Nevis, K.R., Obregon, P., Carney, S.A., Liu, Y., Gu, A., Mosimann, C., Sondalle, S., Peterson, R.E., Heideman, W., Burns, C.E., and Burns, C.G. (2011) Latent TGF-β binding protein 3 identifies a second heart field in zebrafish. Nature. 474(7353):645-8
Mosimann, C., and Zon, L.I. (2011) Advanced Zebrafish Transgenesis with Tol2 and Application for Cre/lox Recombination Experiments. Methods in cell biology. 104:173-194
Mosimann, C., Kaufman, C.K., Li, P., Pugach, E.K., Tamplin, O.J., and Zon, L.I. (2011) Ubiquitous transgene expression and Cre-based recombination driven by the ubiquitin promoter in zebrafish. Development (Cambridge, England). 138(1):169-177