Gene Symbol: chata
Description: choline O-acetyltransferase a
Alias: chat, choline O-acetyltransferase, CHOACTase, baj, choline acetylase, choline acetyltransferase
Species: zebrafish
Products:     chata

Top Publications

  1. Tallafuss A, Eisen J. The Met receptor tyrosine kinase prevents zebrafish primary motoneurons from expressing an incorrect neurotransmitter. Neural Dev. 2008;3:18 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, in met MO-injected embryos primary motoneurons co-expressed mRNA encoding Choline acetyltransferase, the synthetic enzyme for their normal neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, and mRNA encoding Glutamate ..
  2. Sun J, Pan C, Chew T, Liang F, Burmeister M, Low B. BNIP-H Recruits the Cholinergic Machinery to Neurite Terminals to Promote Acetylcholine Signaling and Neuritogenesis. Dev Cell. 2015;34:555-68 pubmed publisher
    ..There, BNIP-H/ACL complex synergistically recruits another enzyme choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), leading to enhanced secretion of ACh...
  3. Seredick S, Hutchinson S, Van Ryswyk L, Talbot J, Eisen J. Lhx3 and Lhx4 suppress Kolmer-Agduhr interneuron characteristics within zebrafish axial motoneurons. Development. 2014;141:3900-9 pubmed publisher
    ..In conjunction with our previous work, these data reveal that distinct transcription factor families are deployed in post-mitotic MNs to unequivocally assign MN fate and suppress the development of alternative pMN-derived IN fates. ..
  4. Batista M, Lewis K. Pax2/8 act redundantly to specify glycinergic and GABAergic fates of multiple spinal interneurons. Dev Biol. 2008;323:88-97 pubmed publisher
  5. Hang C, Kitahashi T, Parhar I. Localization and characterization of val-opsin isoform-expressing cells in the brain of adult zebrafish. J Comp Neurol. 2014;522:3847-60 pubmed publisher
  6. Podlasz P, Sallinen V, Chen Y, Kudo H, Fedorowska N, Panula P. Galanin gene expression and effects of its knock-down on the development of the nervous system in larval zebrafish. J Comp Neurol. 2012;520:3846-62 pubmed publisher
    ..Galanin knockdown did not alter the expression of tyrosine hydroxylases 1 and 2, choline acetyltransferase, histidine decarboxylase, or orexin mRNA...
  7. Olsson C, Holmberg A, Holmgren S. Development of enteric and vagal innervation of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) gut. J Comp Neurol. 2008;508:756-70 pubmed publisher
    ..Further, the more detailed picture of how development proceeds at stages previously not examined suggests a correlation between increasing innervation and more regular and elaborated motility patterns. ..
  8. Nathan F, Ogawa S, Parhar I. Neuronal connectivity between habenular glutamate-kisspeptin1 co-expressing neurons and the raphe 5-HT system. J Neurochem. 2015;135:814-29 pubmed publisher
  9. Hong E, Santhakumar K, Akitake C, Ahn S, Thisse C, Thisse B, et al. Cholinergic left-right asymmetry in the habenulo-interpeduncular pathway. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:21171-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Through the discovery of a duplicated cholinergic gene locus, we now show that choline acetyltransferase and vesicular acetylcholine transporter homologs are preferentially expressed in the right dHb of larval ..

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  1. Seredick S, Van Ryswyk L, Hutchinson S, Eisen J. Zebrafish Mnx proteins specify one motoneuron subtype and suppress acquisition of interneuron characteristics. Neural Dev. 2012;7:35 pubmed publisher
    ..This is, to our knowledge, the first report of transcription factors that act to distinguish CaP and MiP subtype identities. Our results also suggest that MiP motoneurons are more similar to V2 interneurons than are CaP motoneurons. ..
  2. Yu Y, Cristofanilli M, Valiveti A, Ma L, Yoo M, Morellini F, et al. The extracellular matrix glycoprotein tenascin-C promotes locomotor recovery after spinal cord injury in adult zebrafish. Neuroscience. 2011;183:238-50 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results thus point to an advantageous role of tenascin-C in promoting spinal cord regeneration, by promoting axonal regrowth and synapse formation in the spinal cord caudal to the lesion site after injury. ..
  3. Ramesh T, Lyon A, Pineda R, Wang C, Janssen P, Canan B, et al. A genetic model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in zebrafish displays phenotypic hallmarks of motoneuron disease. Dis Model Mech. 2010;3:652-62 pubmed publisher
    ..These phenotypes were more severe in lines expressing higher levels of mutant Sod1 and were absent in lines overexpressing wild-type Sod1. Thus, we have generated a vertebrate model of ALS to complement existing mammal models...
  4. Lerebours A, Gonzalez P, Adam C, Camilleri V, Bourdineaud J, Garnier Laplace J. Comparative analysis of gene expression in brain, liver, skeletal muscles, and gills of zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to environmentally relevant waterborne uranium concentrations. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2009;28:1271-8 pubmed publisher
    ..During the depuration phase, uranium excretion was inefficient in brain and skeletal muscles, and expression of most of the tissue-specific genes was repressed or unchanged. ..
  5. Wang M, Wen H, Brehm P. Function of neuromuscular synapses in the zebrafish choline-acetyltransferase mutant bajan. J Neurophysiol. 2008;100:1995-2004 pubmed publisher
    ..line, bajan, in which compromised motility and fatigue result from a point mutation in the gene coding choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), the enzyme responsible for acetylcholine (ACh) synthesis...
  6. Yokogawa T, Marin W, Faraco J, Pezeron G, Appelbaum L, Zhang J, et al. Characterization of sleep in zebrafish and insomnia in hypocretin receptor mutants. PLoS Biol. 2007;5:e277 pubmed
    ..Our study validates the use of zebrafish for the study of sleep and indicates molecular diversity in sleep regulatory networks across vertebrates. ..
  7. Maurer C, Schonthaler H, Mueller K, Neuhauss S. Distinct retinal deficits in a zebrafish pyruvate dehydrogenase-deficient mutant. J Neurosci. 2010;30:11962-72 pubmed publisher
    ..The noir mutant provides a case for a systemic disease with ocular manifestation with a surprising specific effect on the retina given the ubiquitous requirement for the mutated gene...
  8. Reimer M, Sörensen I, Kuscha V, Frank R, Liu C, Becker C, et al. Motor neuron regeneration in adult zebrafish. J Neurosci. 2008;28:8510-6 pubmed publisher
    ..differentiated motor neurons, which are lost after a lesion, reappear at 6-8 weeks after lesion, and we detected ChAT+/BrdU+ motor neurons that were covered by contacts immunopositive for the synaptic marker SV2...
  9. Roy Carson S, Natukunda K, Chou H, Pal N, Farris C, Schneider S, et al. Defining the transcriptomic landscape of the developing enteric nervous system and its cellular environment. BMC Genomics. 2017;18:290 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus, our dataset suggests various potential mechanisms that drive ENS development facilitating characterization and discovery of novel therapeutic strategies to improve gastrointestinal disorders. ..
  10. Förster D, Arnold Ammer I, Laurell E, Barker A, Fernandes A, Finger Baier K, et al. Genetic targeting and anatomical registration of neuronal populations in the zebrafish brain with a new set of BAC transgenic tools. Sci Rep. 2017;7:5230 pubmed publisher
    ..Taken together, our study offers new tools for functional studies of specific neural circuits in zebrafish. ..