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Julia I Tandberg, Leidy X Lagos, Petter Langlete, Eva Berger, Anne-Lise Rishovd, Norbert Roos, Deepa Varkey, Ian T Paulsen, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
Membrane vesicles (MVs) are spherical particles naturally released from the membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Bacterial MV production is associated with a range of phenotypes including biofilm formation, horizontal gene transfer, toxin delivery, modulation of host immune responses and virulence. This study reports comparative profiling of MVs from bacterial strains isolated from three widely disperse geographical areas. Mass spectrometry identified 119, 159 and 142 proteins in MVs from three different strains of Piscirickettsia salmonis isolated from salmonids in Chile (LF-89), Norway (NVI 5692) and Canada (NVI 5892), respectively...
2016: PloS One
Richard W Naylor, Rachel C Dodd, Alan J Davidson
The nephron is the functional unit of the kidney and is divided into distinct proximal and distal segments. The factors determining nephron segment size are not fully understood. In zebrafish, the embryonic kidney has long been thought to differentiate in situ into two proximal tubule segments and two distal tubule segments (distal early; DE, and distal late; DL) with little involvement of cell movement. Here, we overturn this notion by performing lineage-labelling experiments that reveal extensive caudal movement of the proximal and DE segments and a concomitant compaction of the DL segment as it fuses with the cloaca...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tongkai Chen, Chuwen Li, Ye Li, Yi Xiang, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, Ying Zheng
Schisantherin A (SA) is a promising anti-Parkinsonism Chinese herbal medicine but with poor water solubility and challenges to be delivered to the brain. We formulated SA as nanocrystals (SA-NC), aiming to improve its solubility, pharmacokinetic profile and thus provide a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). The rod-shaped SA-NC had a particle size of ~160 nm with 33.3% drug loading, and the nanocrystals exhibited a fast dissolution rate in vitro. The intact drug nanocrystals could be internalized into Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells, which were followed by rapid intracellular release, and most of the drug was transported to the basolateral side in its soluble form...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Shuvasree Sarkar, Sandip Mukherjee, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Shelley Bhattacharya
Zebrafish were exposed to a nonlethal dose (1/350LC50; 50µg/L) of As2O3 and sampled at 7, 15, 30, 60 and 90 days of treatment. The oxidative stress response was assessed in terms of time-dependent histopathological changes, lipid peroxidation, GSH status, activities of detoxification enzymes and expression of antioxidant genes in liver and kidney. As2O3 treatment enhanced lipid peroxidation except at day 90 in liver and day 30 in kidney. Glutathione depleted significantly in the liver except on day 30; whereas in kidney, it increased initially but thereafter depleted significantly...
October 10, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Meriam Boubakri, Taro Chaya, Hiromi Hirata, Naoko Kajimura, Ryusuke Kuwahara, Akiko Ueno, Jarema Malicki, Takahisa Furukawa, Yoshihiro Omori
In the retina, aberrant opsin transport from cell bodies to outer segments leads to retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. Opsin transport is facilitated by the intraflagellar transport (IFT) system which mediates the bidirectional movement of proteins within cilia. In contrast to functions of the anterograde transport executed by IFT complex B (IFT-B), the precise functions of the retrograde transport mediated by IFT complex A (IFT-A) have not been well studied in photoreceptor cilia. Here, we analyzed developing zebrafish larvae carrying a null mutation in ift122 encoding a component of IFT-A...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Valeria Cernaro, Alessandra Sfacteria, Claudia Rifici, Francesco Macrì, Giulia Maricchiolo, Antonio Lacquaniti, Carlo Alberto Ricciardi, Antoine Buemi, Giuseppe Costantino, Domenico Santoro, Michele Buemi
BACKGROUND: Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic widely used in the treatment of infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria. The main limitation to its therapeutic effectiveness is the potential nephrotoxicity. Erythropoietin has a tissue protective effect widely demonstrated in the kidney. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the renoprotective effects of erythropoietin in a model of zebrafish (Danio rerio) after administration of gentamicin. METHODS: Sixty adult zebrafish were subdivided into three groups: group A was treated with gentamicin; group B received gentamicin and, 24 h later, epoetin alpha; group C received drug diluent only...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Adef O Kordon, Matthew A Scott, Iman Ibrahim, Hossam Abdelhamed, Hamada Ahmed, Wes Baumgartner, Attila Karsi, Lesya M Pinchuk
Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most powerful antigen presenting cells (APCs) that have a critical role in bridging innate and adaptive immune responses in vertebrates. Dendritic cells have been characterized morphologically and functionally in the teleost fish models such as rainbow trout, salmonids, medaka, and zebrafish. The presence of DCs with remarkable similarities to human Langerhans cells (LCs) has been described in the spleen and anterior kidney of salmonids and rainbow trout. However, there is no evidence of the presence of DCs and their role in channel catfish immunity...
September 16, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Atish Ray, Asani Bhaduri, Nidhi Srivastava, Shibnath Mazumder
Arsenic poisoning is a serious global issue. Apart from causing developmental and systemic toxicity, arsenic has recently been reported for its ability to hinder immune responses. The present study is designed to identify the global expression profile associated with arsenic-induced immune alterations at the organismic level. Adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to 20, 40 and 80ppb of arsenic trioxide for 30days, sacrificed and global gene expression profile studied. Microarray data suggested 65 immune related genes were commonly affected in the three treatment regimens...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
John C Moore, Timothy S Mulligan, Nora Torres Yordán, Daniel Castranova, Van N Pham, Qin Tang, Riadh Lobbardi, Anthony Anselmo, Robert S Liwski, Jason N Berman, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Brant M Weinstein, David M Langenau
The zeta-chain (TCR) associated protein kinase 70kDa (ZAP70) is required for T-cell activation. ZAP70 deficiencies in humans and null mutations in mice lead to severe combined immunodeficiency. Here, we describe a zap70 loss-of-function mutation in zebrafish (zap70(y442)) that was created using TALENs. In contrast to what has been reported in morphant zebrafish, zap70(y442) homozygous mutant zebrafish displayed normal development of blood and lymphatic vasculature. Hematopoietic cell development was also largely unaffected in mutant larvae...
September 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Beina Teng, Patricia Schroder, Janina Müller-Deile, Heiko Schenk, Lynne Staggs, Irini Tossidou, Ivan Dikic, Hermann Haller, Mario Schiffer
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the major cause of end stage renal disease worldwide. Podocytes are important for glomerular filtration barrier function and maintenance of size selectivity in protein filtration in the kidney. Podocyte damage is the basis of many glomerular diseases characterized by loss of interdigitating foot processes and decreased expression of components of the slit diaphragm. Nephrin, a podocyte specific protein, is the main component of the slit diaphragm. Loss of nephrin is observed in human and rodent models of diabetic kidney disease...
August 16, 2016: Diabetes
L Pu, L C Zhang, J S Zhang, X Song, L G Wang, J Liang, Y B Zhang, X Liu, H Yan, T Zhang, J W Yue, N Li, Q Q Wu, L X Wang
Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 5 (MAP3K5) is essential for apoptosis, proliferation, differentiation, and immune responses, and is a candidate marker for residual feed intake (RFI) in pig. We cloned the full-length cDNA sequence of porcine MAP3K5 by rapid-amplification of cDNA ends. The 5451-bp gene contains a 5'-untranslated region (UTR) (718 bp), a coding region (3738 bp), and a 3'-UTR (995 bp), and encodes a peptide of 1245 amino acids, which shares 97, 99, 97, 93, 91, and 84% sequence identity with cattle, sheep, human, mouse, chicken, and zebrafish MAP3K5, respectively...
2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Ivan Mihaljevic, Marta Popovic, Roko Zaja, Tvrtko Smital
BACKGROUND: SLC22 protein family is a member of the SLC (Solute carriers) superfamily of polyspecific membrane transporters responsible for uptake of a wide range of organic anions and cations, including numerous endo- and xenobiotics. Due to the lack of knowledge on zebrafish Slc22 family, we performed initial characterization of these transporters using a detailed phylogenetic and conserved synteny analysis followed by the tissue specific expression profiling of slc22 transcripts. RESULTS: We identified 20 zebrafish slc22 genes which are organized in the same functional subgroups as human SLC22 members...
2016: BMC Genomics
Opeyemi Olabisi, Khaldoun Al-Romaih, Joel Henderson, Ritu Tomar, Iain Drummond, Calum MacRae, Martin Pollak
BACKGROUND: Risk variant Apolipoprotein L1 (G1/G2) are strongly associated with a spectrum of kidney disease in people of recent African descent. The mechanism of ApoL1 nephropathy is unknown. Podocytes and/or endothelial cells are the presumed target kidney cells. Given the close homology in structure and function of zebrafish (ZF) pronephros and human nephron, we studied the effect of podocyte-specific or endothelium-specific expression of ApoL1 (G0, G1, or G2) on the structure and function of ZF pronephros...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
R Kreutz, A Schulz, A M Meyer, T Lorenzen, M Stoll, D Panakova
OBJECTIVE: The Munich Wistar Frömter (MWF) rat represents a rat model for chronic kidney disease (CKD) with the development of albuminuria, hypertension and structural kidney damage. By genomic analysis in MWF we have recently identified a novel candidate gene for albuminuria, i.e. transmembrane protein 63c (tmem63c). We set out to test the relevance of tmem63c by analysing its role for the functional integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier (GFB) in zebrafish. DESIGN AND METHOD: The transgenic zebrafish line Tg(fabp10a:gc-EGFP) expressing the vitamin D binding protein tagged with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was used for analysis of GFB function...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Robert A McKee, Rebecca A Wingert
The kidneys are susceptible to harm from exposure to chemicals they filter from the bloodstream. This can lead to organ injury associated with a rapid decline in renal function and development of the clinical syndrome known as acute kidney injury (AKI). Pharmacological agents used to treat medical circumstances ranging from bacterial infection to cancer, when administered individually or in combination with other drugs, can initiate AKI. Zebrafish are a useful animal model to study the chemical effects on renal function in vivo, as they form an embryonic kidney comprised of nephron functional units that are conserved with higher vertebrates, including humans...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Haley R Noonan, Ana M Metelo, Caramai N Kamei, Randall T Peterson, Iain A Drummond, Othon Iliopoulos
Patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease harbor a germline mutation in the VHL gene leading to the development of several tumor types including clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). In addition, the VHL gene is inactivated in over 90% of sporadic ccRCC cases. 'Clear cell' tumors contain large, proliferating cells with 'clear cytoplasm', and a reduced number of cilia. VHL inactivation leads to the stabilization of hypoxia inducible factors 1a and 2a [HIF1a and HIF2a (HIF2a is also known as EPAS1)] with consequent up-regulation of specific target genes involved in cell proliferation, angiogenesis and erythropoiesis...
August 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Chih-Wei Chou, Hsiao-Chu Hsu, May-Su You, Jamie Lin, Yi-Wen Liu
Integration of blood vessels and organ primordia determines organ shape and function. The head kidney in the zebrafish interacts with the dorsal aorta (DA) and the posterior cardinal vein (PCV) to achieve glomerular filtration and definitive hematopoiesis, respectively. How the head kidney co-develops with both the axial artery and vein remains unclear. We found that in endodermless sox32-deficient embryos, the head kidney associated with the PCV but not the DA. Disrupted convergent migration of the PCV and the head kidney in sox32-deficient embryos was rescued in a highly coordinated fashion through the restoration of endodermal cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ivan Jakovlić, Wei-Min Wang
Hox genes encode transcription factors that play a key role in specifying the body plan in most metazoans. HoxPG13 genes most probably played an important role in body length variation during the evolution of animals. This is the first report of the mRNA expression patterns of the entire Hox paralog group 13 (HoxA13a, HoxA13b, HoxB13a, HoxC13a, HoxC13b, HoxD13a) in fish. Expression was studied by qPCR in five tissues of adult Megalobrama amblycephala specimens (spleen, liver, kidney, intestine and gills) and during development (17 stages: fertilised egg to 90 days-old juveniles)...
July 2016: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Rakesh K Raghupathy, Xun Zhang, Reem H Alhasani, Xinzhi Zhou, Margaret Mullin, James Reilly, Wenchang Li, Mugen Liu, Xinhua Shu
Photoreceptors are highly specialized sensory neurons that possess a modified primary cilium called the outer segment. Photoreceptor outer segment formation and maintenance require highly active protein transport via a process known as intraflagellar transport. Anterograde transport in outer segments is powered by the heterotrimeric kinesin II and coordinated by intraflagellar transport proteins. Here, we describe a new zebrafish model carrying a nonsense mutation in the kinesin II family member 3A (kif3a) gene...
August 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
S Kuusela, H Wang, A A Wasik, H Suleiman, S Lehtonen
Inappropriate activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been indicated in podocyte dysfunction and injury, and shown to contribute to the development and progression of nephropathy. Tankyrases, multifunctional poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) superfamily members with features of both signaling and cytoskeletal proteins, antagonize Wnt/β-catenin signaling. We found that tankyrases interact with CD2-associated protein (CD2AP), a protein essential for kidney ultrafiltration as CD2AP-knockout (CD2AP-/-) mice die of kidney failure at the age of 6-7 weeks...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
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