Offices and Labs
|1995||PhD||Zoology||University of Washington|
|1988||BA||Biochemistry and Cellular Biology||University of California, San Diego|
Germline stem cells
We study mechanisms that regulate the development and function of germline stem cell in zebrafish, with a main focus on female germline stem cells. We study factors that function within the stem cells, as well as those that are required for the development of the somatic gonad, the germ cell niche.
Sex determination and maintenance of the adult sexual phenotype
Development of the early somatic gonad
The mechanisms mediating the development of the somatic gonad in vertebrates during the transition from the sexually bipotential state to the sex-specified state are well defined. In contrast, far less is known about the genes acting earlier during formation of the undifferentiated gonad primordium. We recently discovered that a mutation in a zebrafish Fgf ligand, fgf24, results in the rapid loss of germ cells during early larval development, at a time prior to gonad differentiation. Our results suggest that the primary function of fgf24 is to promote the development of early somatic gonad cells, and that the loss of germ cells in fgf24 mutants is secondary to this defect. We are currently investigating the role of fgf24 in regulating the development of the early somatic gonad.
Department and Center Affiliations
CBS Grad Group Affiliations
Specialties / Focus
- Reproductive Biology
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Cancer Biology
- Signal Transduction
- Stem Cell Biology
- Molecular Genetics
- Cellular Responses to Toxins and Stress
- Differentiation, Morphogenesis and Wound Healing
- Developmental Genetics
- Model Organism Genetics
Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS
Dena Leerberg (BMCDB)
Yana Blokhina (IGG)
Matthew McFaul (BMCDB)
Michelle Kossack (PTX)
Yulong Liu (BMCDB)
Rachel Hanz (Jr. Specialist)
Dranow, D.B., Hu, K., Bird, A.M., Lawry, S.T., Adams, M.T., Sanchez, A., Amatruda, J.F. and Draper, B.W. Bmp15 is an oocyte produced signal required for maintenance of the adult female sexual phenotype in zebrafish. PLoS Genetics 12: e1006323 .
Dranow, D.B., Tucker, R.P. and Draper, B.W. (2013) Germ cells are required to maintain a stable sexual phenotype in adult zebrafish. Dev. Biol. 376, 43-50.
Beer, RL and Draper, B.W. (2013) nanos3 maintains germline stem cells and expression of the conserved germline stem cell gene nanos2 in the zebrafish ovary. Dev. Biol.374, 308-318.
Huang, H.Y., Houwing, S., Kaaij, L.J., Meppelink, A., Redl, S., Gauci, S., Vos, H., Draper, B.W., Moens, C.B., Burgering, B.M., Ladurner, P., Krijgsveld, J., Berezikov, E., and Ketting, R.F. (2011) Tdrd1 acts as a molecular scaffold for Piwi proteins and piRNA targets in zebrafish. EMBO J. 30(16): 3298-308.
Wong, A.C., Draper, B.W., and Van Eenennaam, A.L. (2011) FLPe functions in zebrafish embryos. Transgenic. Res. 20(2): 409-415.
Leu, D.H. and Draper, B.W. (2010) The ziwi promoter drives germline-specific expression in zebrafish. Dev. Dyn. 239, 2714-2721.
Houwing, S., Kamminga, L. M., Berezikov, E., Cronembold, D. Girard, A., van der Elst, H., Filippov, D. V., Blaser, H., Raz, E., Moens, C. B., Plasterk, R. H., Hannon, G. J., Draper, B. W., Ketting, R. F. (2007) A role for Piwi and piRNAs in germ cell maintenance and transposon silencing in zebrafish. Cell 129, 69-82.
Draper, B. W., McCallum, C. M. and Moens, C. B. (2007) nanos1 is required to maintain oocyte production in adult zebrafish. Dev. Bio. 305, 589-598.
Draper, B.W., McCallum, C.M., Stout, J.L., Slade, A.J. and Moens, C.B. (2004) A High-Throughput method for identifying ENU-induced point mutations in zebrafish. Method Cell Biol. 77, 91-112.
Draper, B.W., Stock, D. W. and Kimmel, C.B. (2003). Zebrafish fgf24 functions with fgf8 to promote posterior mesoderm development and is required for pectoral fin formation. Development 130, 4639-4654.