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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100783/dual-functional-roles-of-molecular-beacon-a-microrna-detector-and-inhibitor
#1
Wai Ming Li, Ching-Man Chan, Andrew L Miller, Chow H Lee
MicroRNAs are essential in many cellular processes. The ability to detect microRNAs is important for understanding its function and biogenesis. This study is aimed at using a molecular beacon to detect miR-430 in developing zebrafish embryos as a proof of principle. miR-430 is crucial for the clearance of maternal mRNA during maternal zygotic transition (MZT) in embryonic development. Despite its known function, the temporal and spatial expression of miR-430 remains unclear. We used various imaging techniques, including laser scanning confocal microscopy, spinning disk and lightsheet microscopy, to study the localization of miR-430 and any developmental defects possibly caused by the molecular beacon...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060344/visualizing-the-interrenal-steroidogenic-tissue-and-its-vascular-microenvironment-in-zebrafish
#2
Chih-Wei Chou, Jamie Lin, Hsin-Yu Hou, Yi-Wen Liu
This protocol introduces how to detect differentiated interrenal steroidogenic cells through a simple whole-mount enzymatic activity assay. Identifying differentiated steroidogenic tissues through chromogenic histochemical staining of 3-β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase /Δ(5-4) isomerase (3β-Hsd) activity-positive cells is critical for monitoring the morphology and differentiation of adrenocortical and interrenal tissues in mammals and teleosts, respectively. In the zebrafish model, the optical transparency and tissue permeability of the developing embryos and larvae allow for whole-mount staining of 3β-Hsd activity...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007903/autophagy-activators-suppress-cystogenesis-in-an-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-model
#3
Ping Zhu, Cynthia J Sieben, Xiaolei Xu, Peter C Harris, Xueying Lin
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is caused by mutations in either PKD1 or PKD2 It is one of the most common heritable human diseases with eventual development of renal failure; however, effective treatment is lacking. While inhibition of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) effectively slows cyst expansions in animal models, results from clinical studies are controversial, prompting further mechanistic studies of mTOR-based therapy. Here, we aim to establish autophagy, a downstream pathway of mTOR, as a new therapeutic target for PKD...
December 22, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996936/prostaglandin-signaling-regulates-nephron-segment-patterning-of-renal-progenitors-during-zebrafish-kidney-development
#4
Shahram Jevin Poureetezadi, Christina N Cheng, Joseph M Chambers, Bridgette E Drummond, Rebecca A Wingert
Kidney formation involves patterning events that induce renal progenitors to form nephrons with an intricate composition of multiple segments. Here, we performed a chemical genetic screen using zebrafish and discovered that prostaglandins, lipid mediators involved in many physiological functions, influenced pronephros segmentation. Modulating levels of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) or PGB2 restricted distal segment formation and expanded a proximal segment lineage. Perturbation of prostaglandin synthesis by manipulating Cox1 or Cox2 activity altered distal segment formation and was rescued by exogenous PGE2...
December 20, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991862/fluorescent-aminoglycosides-reveal-intracellular-trafficking-routes-in-mechanosensory-hair-cells
#5
Dale W Hailey, Robert Esterberg, Tor H Linbo, Edwin W Rubel, David W Raible
Aminoglycosides (AGs) are broad-spectrum antibiotics that are associated with kidney damage, balance disorders, and permanent hearing loss. This damage occurs primarily by killing of proximal tubule kidney cells and mechanosensory hair cells, though the mechanisms underlying cell death are not clear. Imaging molecules of interest in living cells can elucidate how molecules enter cells, traverse intracellular compartments, and interact with sites of activity. Here, we have imaged fluorescently labeled AGs in live zebrafish mechanosensory hair cells...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965016/cross-reactivity-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-cd4-1-and-cd8%C3%AE-of-ginbuna-crucian-carp-with-lymphocytes-of-zebrafish-and-other-cyprinid-species
#6
Ryuichiro Miyazawa, Yuta Matsuura, Yasuhiro Shibasaki, Shintaro Imamura, Teruyuki Nakanishi
We have monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against CD4-1 (6D1) and CD8α (2C3) in ginbuna crucian carp Carassius auratus langsdorfii. In our previous studies we showed that 2C3 mAb positive cells are the primary cell type showing specific cytotoxicity against allogeneic targets, suggesting that CD8α(+) lymphocytes in ginbuna are equivalent to cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in mammals. We further demonstrated the helper T cell function of 6D1 mAb positive cells by studying mixed leukocyte culture (MLC) and hapten/carrier effects...
December 11, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928463/renal-progenitors-roles-in-kidney-disease-and-regeneration
#7
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Brooke E Chambers, Rebecca A Wingert
Kidney disease is a devastating condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its prevalence is predicted to significantly increase. The kidney is a complex organ encompassing many diverse cell types organized in a elaborate tissue architecture, making regeneration a challenging feat. In recent years, there has been a surge in the field of stem cell research to develop regenerative therapies for various organ systems. Here, we review some recent progressions in characterizing the role of renal progenitors in development, regeneration, and kidney disease in mammals...
November 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920155/sos2-and-acp1-loci-identified-through-large-scale-exome-chip-analysis-regulate-kidney-development-and-function
#8
Man Li, Yong Li, Olivia Weeks, Vladan Mijatovic, Alexander Teumer, Jennifer E Huffman, Gerard Tromp, Christian Fuchsberger, Mathias Gorski, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Teresa Nutile, Sanaz Sedaghat, Rossella Sorice, Adrienne Tin, Qiong Yang, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Dan E Arking, Nathan A Bihlmeyer, Carsten A Böger, Robert J Carroll, Daniel I Chasman, Marilyn C Cornelis, Abbas Dehghan, Jessica D Faul, Mary F Feitosa, Giovanni Gambaro, Paolo Gasparini, Franco Giulianini, Iris Heid, Jinyan Huang, Medea Imboden, Anne U Jackson, Janina Jeff, Min A Jhun, Ronit Katz, Annette Kifley, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Ashish Kumar, Markku Laakso, Ruifang Li-Gao, Kurt Lohman, Yingchang Lu, Reedik Mägi, Giovanni Malerba, Evelin Mihailov, Karen L Mohlke, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Antonietta Robino, Douglas Ruderfer, Erika Salvi, Ursula M Schick, Christina-Alexandra Schulz, Albert V Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Michela Traglia, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Wei Zhao, Mark O Goodarzi, Aldi T Kraja, Chunyu Liu, Jennifer Wessel, Eric Boerwinkle, Ingrid B Borecki, Jette Bork-Jensen, Erwin P Bottinger, Daniele Braga, Ivan Brandslund, Jennifer A Brody, Archie Campbell, David J Carey, Cramer Christensen, Josef Coresh, Errol Crook, Gary C Curhan, Daniele Cusi, Ian H de Boer, Aiko P J de Vries, Joshua C Denny, Olivier Devuyst, Albert W Dreisbach, Karlhans Endlich, Tõnu Esko, Oscar H Franco, Tibor Fulop, Glenn S Gerhard, Charlotte Glümer, Omri Gottesman, Niels Grarup, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris, Caroline Hayward, Lynne Hocking, Albert Hofman, Frank B Hu, Lise Lotte N Husemoen, Rebecca D Jackson, Torben Jørgensen, Marit E Jørgensen, Mika Kähönen, Sharon L R Kardia, Wolfgang König, Charles Kooperberg, Jennifer Kriebel, Lenore J Launer, Torsten Lauritzen, Terho Lehtimäki, Daniel Levy, Pamela Linksted, Allan Linneberg, Yongmei Liu, Ruth J F Loos, Antonio Lupo, Christine Meisinger, Olle Melander, Andres Metspalu, Paul Mitchell, Matthias Nauck, Peter Nürnberg, Marju Orho-Melander, Afshin Parsa, Oluf Pedersen, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Ozren Polasek, David Porteous, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Bruce M Psaty, Lu Qi, Olli T Raitakari, Alex P Reiner, Rainer Rettig, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Jacques E Rossouw, Frank Schmidt, David Siscovick, Nicole Soranzo, Konstantin Strauch, Daniela Toniolo, Stephen T Turner, André G Uitterlinden, Sheila Ulivi, Dinesh Velayutham, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Melanie Waldenberger, Jie Jin Wang, David R Weir, Daniel Witte, Helena Kuivaniemi, Caroline S Fox, Nora Franceschini, Wolfram Goessling, Anna Köttgen, Audrey Y Chu
Genome-wide association studies have identified >50 common variants associated with kidney function, but these variants do not fully explain the variation in eGFR. We performed a two-stage meta-analysis of associations between genotypes from the Illumina exome array and eGFR on the basis of serum creatinine (eGFRcrea) among participants of European ancestry from the CKDGen Consortium (nStage1: 111,666; nStage2: 48,343). In single-variant analyses, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms at seven new loci associated with eGFRcrea (PPM1J, EDEM3, ACP1, SPEG, EYA4, CYP1A1, and ATXN2L; PStage1<3...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882940/mdm2-prevents-spontaneous-tubular-epithelial-cell-death-and-acute-kidney-injury
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Dana Thomasova, Martrez Ebrahim, Kristina Fleckinger, Moying Li, Jakob Molnar, Bastian Popper, Helen Liapis, Ahmed M Kotb, Florian Siegerist, Nicole Endlich, Hans-Joachim Anders
Murine double minute-2 (MDM2) is an E3-ubiquitin ligase and the main negative regulator of tumor suppressor gene p53. MDM2 has also a non-redundant function as a modulator of NF-kB signaling. As such it promotes proliferation and inflammation. MDM2 is highly expressed in the unchallenged tubular epithelial cells and we hypothesized that MDM2 is necessary for their survival and homeostasis. MDM2 knockdown by siRNA or by genetic depletion resulted in demise of tubular cells in vitro. This phenotype was completely rescued by concomitant knockdown of p53, thus suggesting p53 dependency...
November 24, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882921/a-mutation-in-vps15-pik3r4-causes-a-ciliopathy-and-affects-ift20-release-from-the-cis-golgi
#10
Corinne Stoetzel, Séverine Bär, Johan-Owen De Craene, Sophie Scheidecker, Christelle Etard, Johana Chicher, Jennifer R Reck, Isabelle Perrault, Véronique Geoffroy, Kirsley Chennen, Uwe Strähle, Philippe Hammann, Sylvie Friant, Hélène Dollfus
Ciliopathies are a group of diseases that affect kidney and retina among other organs. Here, we identify a missense mutation in PIK3R4 (phosphoinositide 3-kinase regulatory subunit 4, named VPS15) in a family with a ciliopathy phenotype. Besides being required for trafficking and autophagy, we show that VPS15 regulates primary cilium length in human fibroblasts, as well as ciliary processes in zebrafish. Furthermore, we demonstrate its interaction with the golgin GM130 and its localization to the Golgi. The VPS15-R998Q patient mutation impairs Golgi trafficking functions in humanized yeast cells...
November 24, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852607/ion-transport-in-the-zebrafish-kidney-from-a-human-disease-angle-possibilities-considerations-and-future-perspectives
#11
Simone Kersten, Francisco J Arjona
Unique experimental advantages, such as its embryonic/larval transparency, high-throughput nature and ease of genetic modification, underpin the rapid emergence of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a preeminent model in biomedical research. Particularly in the field of nephrology, the zebrafish provides a promising model for studying the physiological implications of human solute transport processes along consecutive nephron segments. However, while the zebrafish might be considered a valuable model for numerous renal ion transport diseases and functional studies of many channels and transporters, not all human renal electrolyte transport mechanisms and human diseases can be modeled in the zebrafish...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849017/elmo1-protects-renal-structure-and-ultrafiltration-in-kidney-development-and-under-diabetic-conditions
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Krishna Rakesh Sharma, Karl Heckler, Sandra J Stoll, Jan-Luuk Hillebrands, Katharina Kynast, Esther Herpel, Stefan Porubsky, Marlies Elger, Boris Hadaschik, Karen Bieback, Hans-Peter Hammes, Peter P Nawroth, Jens Kroll
Engulfment and cell motility 1 (ELMO1) functions as a guanine exchange factor for Rac1 and was recently found to protect endothelial cells from apoptosis. Genome wide association studies suggest that polymorphisms within human elmo1 act as a potential contributing factor for the development of diabetic nephropathy. Yet, the function of ELMO1 with respect to the glomerulus and how this protein contributes to renal pathology was unknown. Thus, this study aimed to identify the role played by ELMO1 in renal development in zebrafish, under hyperglycaemic conditions, and in diabetic nephropathy patients...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805568/hand2-inhibits-kidney-specification-while-promoting-vein-formation-within-the-posterior-mesoderm
#13
Elliot A Perens, Zayra V Garavito-Aguilar, Gina P Guio-Vega, Karen T Peña, Yocheved L Schindler, Deborah Yelon
Proper organogenesis depends upon defining the precise dimensions of organ progenitor territories. Kidney progenitors originate within the intermediate mesoderm (IM), but the pathways that set the boundaries of the IM are poorly understood. Here, we show that the bHLH transcription factor Hand2 limits the size of the embryonic kidney by restricting IM dimensions. The IM is expanded in zebrafish hand2 mutants and is diminished when hand2 is overexpressed. Within the posterior mesoderm, hand2 is expressed laterally adjacent to the IM...
November 2, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800707/characterization-of-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-aldehyde-reductase-akr1a1-gene-promoter-and-expression-pattern-in-benzo-a-pyrene-exposed-fish
#14
Abeer Hassanin, Yoshio Kaminishi, Takao Itakura
This study planned to isolation and characterization of AKR1A1 cDNA from Bap injected nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), comparison of its characteristic structures with those of other species, characterization of AKR1A1 gene and promoter, and investigation of AKR1A1 mRNA expression in various organs of Bap injected tilapia. The cDNA was 1172 bp long which includes an open reading frame of 975 bp encoding a 324 amino acids protein and a stop codon. The sequence showed 3' and 5' non-coding regions of 179 and 18 bp...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764198/comparative-analysis-of-membrane-vesicles-from-three-piscirickettsia-salmonis-isolates-reveals-differences-in-vesicle-characteristics
#15
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759103/caudal-migration-and-proliferation-of-renal-progenitors-regulates-early-nephron-segment-size-in-zebrafish
#16
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740776/oral-delivery-of-a-nanocrystal-formulation-of-schisantherin-a-with-improved-bioavailability-and-brain-delivery-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Tongkai Chen, Chuwen Li, Ye Li, Xiang Yi, 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 and 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...
November 7, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736677/differential-modulation-of-cellular-antioxidant-status-in-zebrafish-liver-and-kidney-exposed-to-low-dose-arsenic-trioxide
#18
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...
January 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681595/loss-of-ift122-a-retrograde-intraflagellar-transport-ift-complex-component-leads-to-slow-progressive-photoreceptor-degeneration-due-to-inefficient-opsin-transport
#19
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 that 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...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27679401/renoprotective-effect-of-erythropoietin-in-zebrafish-after-administration-of-gentamicin-an-immunohistochemical-study-for-%C3%AE-catenin-and-c-kit-expression
#20
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
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