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Associate Professor Julia Horsfield

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology (DSM)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD DipAppSci
Research summaryDevelopmental biology, genetics and epigenetics

Research

Julia Horsfield is the Principal Investigator of the Chromosome Structure and Development Group, and the Director of the Otago Zebrafish Facility.

Research Detail
  • Understanding the roles of sister chromatid cohesin proteins in animal development.
  • Exploring a link between cohesin subunit RAD21 and cancer.
  • Investigating oxidative stress and ageing using the zebrafish model.

We are interested in how proteins necessary for normal chromosome architecture during the cell cycle can also contribute to gene expression, animal development and cancer. The main focus of our research is exploring alternative roles for proteins needed for sister chromatid cohesion during mitosis. To do most of our research, we are using the genetically amenable vertebrate animal model, the zebrafish.

Publications

Leask, M., Dowdle, A., Salvesen, H., Topless, R., Fadason, T., Wei, W., … Marsman, J., … Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2019). Functional urate-associated genetic variants influence expression of lincRNAs LINC01229 and MAFTRR. Frontiers in Genetics, 9, 733. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00733

Mehta, S. Y., Morten, B. C., Antony, J., Henderson, L., Lasham, A., Campbell, H., Cunliffe, H., Horsfield, J. A., … Braithwaite, A. W. (2018). Regulation of the interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) pathway by p63 and Δ133p53 isoform in different breast cancer subtypes. Oncotarget, 9(49), 29146-29161. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.25635

Ketharnathan, S., Leask, M., Boocock, J., Phipps-Green, A. J., Antony, J., O'Sullivan, J. M., Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2018). A non-coding genetic variant maximally associated with serum urate levels is functionally linked to HNF4A-dependent PDZK1 expression. Human Molecular Genetics, ddy295. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy295

Meier, M., Grant, J., Dowdle, A., Thomas, A., Gerton, J., Collas, P., … Horsfield, J. A. (2018). Cohesin facilitates zygotic genome activation in zebrafish. Development, 145, dev156521. doi: 10.1242/dev.156521

Cukrov, D., Newman, T., Leask, M., Leeke, B., Sarogni, P., Patimo, A., … Horsfield, J., & Musio, A. (2018). Antioxidant treatment ameliorates phenotypic features of SMC1A-mutated Cornelia de Lange syndrome in vitro and in vivo. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy203

Journal - Research Article

Leask, M., Dowdle, A., Salvesen, H., Topless, R., Fadason, T., Wei, W., … Marsman, J., … Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2019). Functional urate-associated genetic variants influence expression of lincRNAs LINC01229 and MAFTRR. Frontiers in Genetics, 9, 733. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00733

Mehta, S. Y., Morten, B. C., Antony, J., Henderson, L., Lasham, A., Campbell, H., Cunliffe, H., Horsfield, J. A., … Braithwaite, A. W. (2018). Regulation of the interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) pathway by p63 and Δ133p53 isoform in different breast cancer subtypes. Oncotarget, 9(49), 29146-29161. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.25635

Cukrov, D., Newman, T., Leask, M., Leeke, B., Sarogni, P., Patimo, A., … Horsfield, J., & Musio, A. (2018). Antioxidant treatment ameliorates phenotypic features of SMC1A-mutated Cornelia de Lange syndrome in vitro and in vivo. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy203

Meier, M., Grant, J., Dowdle, A., Thomas, A., Gerton, J., Collas, P., … Horsfield, J. A. (2018). Cohesin facilitates zygotic genome activation in zebrafish. Development, 145, dev156521. doi: 10.1242/dev.156521

Ketharnathan, S., Leask, M., Boocock, J., Phipps-Green, A. J., Antony, J., O'Sullivan, J. M., Merriman, T. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2018). A non-coding genetic variant maximally associated with serum urate levels is functionally linked to HNF4A-dependent PDZK1 expression. Human Molecular Genetics, ddy295. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddy295

Kaur, G., Li, C. G., Chantry, A., Stayner, C., Horsfield, J., & Eccles, M. R. (2018). SMAD proteins directly suppress PAX2 transcription downstream of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) signalling in renal cell carcinoma. Oncotarget, 9(42), 26852-26867. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.25516

Lee, S. L. J., Horsfield, J. A., Black, M. A., Rutherford, K., & Gemmell, N. J. (2018). Identification of sex differences in zebrafish (Danio rerio) brains during early sexual differentiation and masculinisation using 17α-methyltestoterone. Biology of Reproduction, 99(2), 446-460. doi: 10.1093/biolre/iox175

Schierding, W., Antony, J., Karhunen, V., Vääräsmäki, M., Franks, S., Elliott, P., … Horsfield, J. A., … Cutfield, W. S. (2018). GWAS on prolonged gestation (post-term birth): Analysis of successive Finnish birth cohorts. Journal of Medical Genetics, 55(1), 55-63. doi: 10.1136/jmedgenet-2017-104880

Lee, S. L. J., Horsfield, J. A., Black, M. A., Rutherford, K., Fisher, A., & Gemmell, N. J. (2017). Histological and transcriptomic effects of 17α-methyltestosterone on zebrafish gonad development. BMC Genomics, 18, 557. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3915-z

McKinlay, P., Keller, C., & Horsfield, J. (2017). It’s written in your DNA: Or is it? Junctures, 2017(18), 81-87.

Marsman, J., Thomas, A., Osato, M., O'Sullivan, J. M., & Horsfield, J. A. (2017). A DNA contact map for the mouse Runx1 gene identifies novel haematopoietic enhancers. Scientific Reports, 7, 13347. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13748-8

Stayner, C., Poole, C. A., McGlashan, S. R., Pilanthananond, M., Brauning, R., Markie, D., … Slobbe, L., … Parker, K., Wiles, A., … Leichter, A., Leask, M., … Jennings, M., Horsfield, J. A., Walker, R. J., & Eccles, M. R. (2017). An ovine hepatorenal fibrocystic model of a Meckel-like syndrome associated with dysmorphic primary cilia and TMEM67 mutations. Scientific Reports, 7, 1601. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-01519-4

McKinlay, P., Pickery, J.-J., & Horsfield, J. (2017). The GENE-ration game. Junctures, 2017(18), 71-80.

Newman, T., Jhinku, N., Meier, M., & Horsfield, J. (2016). Dietary intake influences adult fertility and offspring fitness in zebrafish. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e01663394. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166394

Dasgupta, T., Antony, J., Braithwaite, A. W., & Horsfield, J. A. (2016). HDAC8 inhibition blocks SMC3 deacetylation and delays cell cycle progression without affecting cohesin-dependent transcription in MCF7 cancer cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291(24), 12761-12770. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.704627

Schierding, W., Antony, J., Cutfield, W. S., Horsfield, J. A., & O'Sullivan, J. M. (2016). Intergenic GWAS SNPs are key components of the spatial and regulatory network for human growth. Human Molecular Genetics, 25(15), 3372-3382. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddw165

Chatterjee, A., Lagisz, M., Rodger, E. J., Zhen, L., Stockwell, P. A., Duncan, E. J., Horsfield, J. A., … Nakagawa, S. (2016). Sex differences in DNA methylation and expression in zebrafish brain: A test of an extended ‘male sex drive’ hypothesis. Gene, 590, 307-316. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2016.05.042

Antony, J., Dasgupta, T., Rhodes, J. M., McEwan, M. V., Print, C. G., O'Sullivan, J. M., & Horsfield, J. A. (2015). Cohesin modulates transcription of estrogen-responsive genes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1849(3), 257-269. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2014.12.011

Schuster, K., Leeke, B., Meier, M., Wang, Y., Newman, T., Burgess, S., & Horsfield, J. A. (2015). A neural crest origin for cohesinopathy heart defects. Human Molecular Genetics, 24(24), 7005-7016. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddv402

Newman, T. A. C., Carleton, C. R., Leeke, B., Hampton, M. B., & Horsfield, J. A. (2015). Embryonic oxidative stress results in reproductive impairment for adult zebrafish. Redox Biology, 6, 648-655. doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2015.10.010

O'Sullivan, J. M., Doynova, M. D., Antony, J., Pichlmuller, F., & Horsfield, J. A. (2014). Insights from space: Potential role of diet in the spatial organization of chromosomes. Nutrients, 6(12), 5724-5739. doi: 10.3390/nu6125724

Leeke, B., Marsman, J., O'Sullivan, J. M., & Horsfield, J. A. (2014). Cohesin mutations in myeloid malignancies: Underlying mechanisms. Experimental Hematology & Oncology, 3, 13. doi: 10.1186/2162-3619-3-13

Marsman, J., O'Neill, A. C., Kao, B. R.-Y., Rhodes, J. M., Meier, M., Antony, J., Mönnich, M., & Horsfield, J. A. (2014). Cohesin and CTCF differentially regulate spatiotemporal runx1 expression during zebrafish development. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1839(1), 50-61. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2013.11.007

Chatterjee, A., Ozaki, Y., Stockwell, P. A., Horsfield, J. A., Morison, I. M., & Nakagawa, S. (2013). Mapping the zebrafish brain methylome using reduced representation bisulfite sequencing. Epigenetics, 8(9), 979-989. doi: 10.4161/epi.25797

Deardorff, M. A., Wilde, J. J., Albrecht, M., Dickinson, E., Tennstedt, S., Braunholz, D., Mönnich, M., … Horsfield, J. A., & Kaiser, F. J. (2012). RAD21 mutations cause a human cohesinopathy. American Journal of Human Genetics, 90(6), 1014-1027. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2012.04.019

Marsman, J., & Horsfield, J. A. (2012). Long distance relationships: Enhancer-promoter communication and dynamic gene transcription. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1819(11-12), 1217-1227. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2012.10.008

Horsfield, J. A., Print, C. G., & Mönnich, M. (2012). Diverse developmental disorders from The One Ring: Distinct molecular pathways underlie the cohesinopathies. Frontiers in Genetics, 3, 171. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2012.00171

McEwan, M. V., Eccles, M. R., & Horsfield, J. A. (2012). Cohesin is required for activation of MYC by estradiol. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e49160. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049160

Rhodes, J. M., McEwan, M., & Horsfield, J. A. (2011). Gene regulation by cohesin in cancer: Is the ring an unexpected party to proliferation? Molecular Cancer Research, 9(12), 1587-1607. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.mcr-11-0382

Mönnich, M., Kuriger, Z., Print, C. G., & Horsfield, J. A. (2011). A zebrafish model of Roberts syndrome reveals that Esco2 depletion interferes with development by disrupting the cell cycle. PLoS ONE, 6(5), e20051. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020051

Rhodes, J. M., Bentley, F. K., Print, C. G., Dorsett, D., Misulovin, Z., Dickinson, E. J., … Horsfield, J. A. (2010). Positive regulation of c-Myc by cohesin is direct, and evolutionarily conserved. Developmental Biology, 344, 637-649. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2010.05.493

Mönnich, M., Banks, S., Eccles, M., Dickinson, E., & Horsfield, J. (2009). Expression of cohesin and condensin genes during zebrafish development supports a non-proliferative role for cohesin. Gene Expression Patterns, 9(8), 586-594. doi: 10.1016/j.gep.2009.08.004

Horsfield, J. A., Anagnostou, S. H., Hu, J. K.-H., Cho, K. H. Y., Geisler, R., Lieschke, G., … Crosier, P. S. (2007). Cohesin-dependent regulation of Runx genes. Development, 134, 2639-2649. doi: 10.1242/dev.002485

Brumby, A., Secombe, J., Horsfield, J., Coombe, M., Amin, N., Coates, D., … Richardson, H. (2004). A genetic screen for dominant modifiers of a cyclin E hypomorphic mutation identifies novel regulators of S-phase entry in drosophilia. Genetics, 168(1), 227-251. doi: 10.1534/genetics.104.026617

Kalev-Zylinska, M. L., Horsfield, J. A., Flores, M. V., Postlethwait, J. H., Chau, J. Y., Cattin, P. M., … Crosier, K. E. (2003). Runx3 is required for hematopoietic development in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics, 228(3), 323-336. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.10388

Crosier, P. S., Kalev-Zylinska, M. L., Hall, C. J., Flores, M. V. C., Horsfield, J. A., & Crosier, K. E. (2002). Pathways in blood and vessel development revealed through zebrafish genetics. International Journal of Developmental Biology, 46, 493-502.

Horsfield, J., Ramachandran, A., Reuter, K., Lavallie, E., Collins-Racie, L., Crosier, K., & Crosier, P. (2002). Cadherin-17 is required to maintain pronephric duct integrity during zebrafish development. Mechanisms of Development, 115, 15-26. doi: 10.1016/S0925-4773(02)00094-1

Brumby, A. M., Zraly, C. B., Horsfield, J. A., Secombe, J., Saint, R., Dingwall, A. K., & Richardson, H. (2002). Drosophila cyclin E interacts with components of the Brahma complex. EMBO Journal, 21(13), 3377-3389. doi: 10.1093/emboj/cdf334

Irvine, J., Horsfield, J. A., McKinney, C. Z., & Tate, W. P. (1998). A novel strategy to interfere with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 propagation. New Zealand Medical Journal, 111, 222-224.

Tate, W. P., Poole, E. S., Horsfield, J. A., Mannering, S. A., Brown, C. M., Moffat, J. G., Dalphin, M. E., … Major, L. L., & Wilson, D. N. (1995). Translational termination efficiency in both bacteria and mammals is regulated by the base following the stop codon. Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 73, 1095-1103. doi: 10.1139/o95-118

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Chatterjee, A., Stockwell, P. A., Horsfield, J. A., Morison, I. M., & Nakagawa, S. (2014). Base-resolution DNA methylation landscape of zebrafish brain and liver [Data in brief]. Genomics Data, 2, 342-344. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2014.10.008

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