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Xiaoyan Wen, Liyan Cui, Seth Morrisroe, Donald Maberry, David R Emlet, Simon C Watkins, Neil A Hukriede, John A Kellum
Sepsis-associated acute kidney injury (S-AKI) independently predicts mortality among critically ill patients. The role of innate immunity in this process is unclear, and there is an unmet need for S-AKI models to delineate the pathophysiological response. Mammals and zebrafish (Danio rerio) share a conserved nephron structure and homologous innate immune systems, making the latter suitable for sepsis-associated AKI research. We introduced Edwardsiella tarda (E.tarda) to the zebrafish. Systemic E. tarda bacteremia resulted in sustained bacterial infection and dose-dependent mortality...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Dechao Xu, Jiayi Lv, Liangliang He, Lili Fu, Ruikun Hu, Ying Cao, Changlin Mei
Polarity complexes, including the PAR (Partitioning-defective), CRB (Crumbs) and SCRIB (Scribble) complexes, are required for the physiologic establishment, stabilization, and maintenance of a functional apical-basolateral polarity. Inactivation of some of the polarity complexes results in cystic kidneys, and apical-basolateral polarity defects are commonly observed in autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD); however, little is known about the role that polarity complexes play in ADPKD. Here, we demonstrate that Scribble, a core protein of the SCRIB complex, is down-regulated in ADPKD cell lines and the zebrafish model of this disease ( pkd2 morphants)...
March 12, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Priya Outtandy, Claire Russell, Robert Kleta, Detlef Bockenhauer
Kidney disease is a global problem with around three million people diagnosed in the UK alone and the incidence is rising. Research is critical to develop better treatments. Animal models can help to better understand the pathophysiology behind the various kidney diseases and to screen for therapeutic compounds, but the use especially of mammalian models should be minimised in the interest of animal welfare. Zebrafish are increasingly used, as they are genetically tractable and have a basic renal anatomy comparable to mammalian kidneys with glomerular filtration and tubular filtration processing...
March 3, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Nicole Endlich, Felix Kliewe, Frances Kindt, Katharina Schmidt, Ahmed M Kotb, Nadine Artelt, Maja T Lindenmeyer, Clemens D Cohen, Franziska Döring, Andreas W Kuss, Kerstin Amann, Marcus J Moeller, Nazanin Kabgani, Antje Blumenthal, Karlhans Endlich
Dedifferentiation and loss of podocytes are the major cause of chronic kidney disease. Dach1, a transcription factor that is essential for cell fate, was found in genome-wide association studies to be associated with the glomerular filtration rate. We found that podocytes express high levels of Dach1 in vivo and to a much lower extent in vitro. Parietal epithelial cells (PECs) that are still under debate to be a type of progenitor cell for podocytes expressed Dach1 only at low levels. The transfection of PECs with a plasmid encoding for Dach1 induced the expression of synaptopodin, a podocyte-specific protein, demonstrated by immunocytochemistry and Western blot...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Oh Kwang Kwon, Sun Joo Kim, Sangkyu Lee
Zebrafish embryos are translucent and develop rapidly in individual eggs ex utero; they are widely used as models for embryogenesis and organ development for human diseases and drug discovery. Lysine crotonylation (Kcr) is a type of histone post-translational modifications discovered in 2011. Kcr dynamics are involved in gene expression regulation and acute kidney injury; however, little is known about the effects of Kcr on non-histone proteins. In the present study, we conducted the first proteome-wide profiling of Kcr in zebrafish larvae and identified 557 Kcr sites on 218 proteins, representing the Kcr event in zebrafish...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sebastien Andrew Rider, Finnius Austin Bruton, Richard George Collins, Bryan Ronald Conway, John James Mullins
Defects in the glomerular filtration barrier (GFB) play a major role in the onset of human renal diseases. Highly ramified glomerular cells named podocytes are a critical component of the GFB. Injury to podocytes results in abnormal excretion of plasma proteins, which can lead to chronic kidney disease. The conserved paired nephron of larval zebrafish is an excellent model for assessing glomerular function and injury. The efficacy of two known podocyte toxins was tested to refine models of acute podocyte injury in larval zebrafish...
February 26, 2018: Zebrafish
Kousuke Kasahara, Hiromasa Aoki, Tohru Kiyono, Shujie Wang, Harumi Kagiwada, Mizuki Yuge, Toshio Tanaka, Yuhei Nishimura, Akira Mizoguchi, Naoki Goshima, Masaki Inagaki
Ciliogenesis is generally inhibited in dividing cells, however, it has been unclear which signaling cascades regulate the phenomenon. Here, we report that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) kinase suppresses ciliogenesis by directly phosphorylating the deubiquitinase USP8 on Tyr-717 and Tyr-810 in RPE1 cells. These phosphorylations elevate the deubiquitinase activity, which then stabilizes the trichoplein-Aurora A pathway, an inhibitory mechanism of ciliogenesis. EGFR knockdown and serum starvation result in ciliogenesis through downregulation of the USP8-trichoplein-Aurora A signal...
February 22, 2018: Nature Communications
Olivier Simon, Béatrice Gagnaire, Virginie Camilleri, Isabelle Cavalié, Magali Floriani, Christelle Adam-Guillermin
This study investigated the accumulation pattern and biological effects (genotoxicity and histopathology) to adult zebrafish (male and female) exposed to a nominal waterborne concentration of 20 μg L-1 of depleted uranium (DU) for 28 days followed by 27 days of depuration. Accumulation pattern showed that (i) DU accumulated in brain, (ii) levels in digestive tract were higher than those measured in gills and (iii) levels remained high in kidney, brain and ovary despite the 27 days of depuration period...
December 30, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
Yalan Wei, Ling Huang, Jinghui Cao, Chenghui Wang, Jizhou Yan
Genetic engineering, also called genetic modification, is facing with growing demands of aquaculture and aquatic products. Although various genetically modified (GM) aquatics have been generated, it is important to evaluate biosafety of GM organisms on the human health before entering into our food chain. For this purpose, we establish a zebrafish wild adult feeding Flk1-transgenic larvae model to examine the predatory fish's histology in multiple tissues, and the global gene expression profile in the liver...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Sheng-Han Wu, Hong-Jie Lin, Wen-Fu Lin, Jen-Leih Wu, Hong-Yi Gong
Progranulin (PGRN) is a multi-functional growth factor that mediates cell proliferation, survival, migration, tumorigenesis, wound healing, development, and anti-inflammation activity. A novel alternatively spliced transcript from the short-form PGRN1 gene encoding a novel, secreted GRN peptide composed of 20-a.a. signal peptide and 41-a.a. GRN named GRN-41 was identified to be abundantly expressed in immune-related organs including spleen, head kidney, and intestine of Mozambique tilapia. The expression of GRN-41 and PGRN1 were further induced in the spleen of tilapia challenged with Vibrio vulnificus at 3 h post infection (hpi) and 6 hpi, respectively...
February 2, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Marion F Haug, Matthias Gesemann, Manuela Berger, Stephan C F Neuhauss
Conventional protein kinases - consisting of α, β, and γ family members - play key roles in numerous signal transduction events. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated the existence of five prkcs (the genes representing PKCs) in zebrafish, two paralogous forms of prkca and -b and one prkcg variant. mRNA expression analysis showed distinct, mainly nervous system specific expression, for all five prkc genes. For prkca and prkcb paralogs prominent expression can be seen in the telencephalon, in diencephalic regions such as the habenula or the optic tectum, in hypothalamic areas and in distinct cerebellar structures...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Michal Majewski, Natalia Kasica, Anna Jakimiuk, Piotr Podlasz
Defects in tryptophan metabolism on the l-kynurenine pathway (KP) are implicated in a number of human diseases, including chronic kidney disease, brain edema or injury, tuberculosis and malaria - as well as cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. However, it is unclear to what extent detrimental effects of exposure to tryptophan metabolites might impact the early development of organism. Thus, this study examined the effects of KP exposure in zebrafish embryos starting at the blastula period (4hpf) and the segmentation stage (24hpf)...
January 6, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Amanda N Marra, Marisa Ulrich, Audra White, Meghan Springer, Rebecca A Wingert
In recent years, the zebrafish embryo has emerged as a popular model to study developmental biology due to traits such as ex utero embryo development and optical transparency. In particular, the zebrafish embryo has become an important organism to study vertebrate kidney organogenesis as well as multiciliated cell (MCC) development. To visualize MCCs in the embryonic zebrafish kidney, we have developed a combined protocol of whole-mount fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) and whole mount immunofluorescence (IF) that enables high resolution imaging...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Delin Qi, Yan Chao, Yongli Zhao, Mingzhe Xia, Rongrong Wu
Myoglobin (Mb) is an oxygen-binding hemoprotein that was once thought to be exclusively expressed in oxidative myocytes of skeletal and cardiac muscle where it serves in oxygen storage and facilitates intracellular oxygen diffusion. In this study, we cloned the coding sequence of the Mb gene from four species, representing three groups, of the schizothoracine fish endemic to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP), then conducted molecular evolution analyses. We also investigated tissue expression patterns of Mb and the expression response to moderate and severe hypoxia at the mRNA and protein levels in a representative of the highly specialized schizothoracine fish species, Schizopygopsis pylzovi...
December 11, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Jianqing She, Zuyi Yuan, Yue Wu, Junfang Chen, Jens Kroll
OBJECTIVE: Adult human kidneys produce erythropoietin (EPO), which regulates red blood cell formation; however, whether EPO also functions directly on kidney development and controls diabetic kidney disease remains unknown. Here we analyzed the role of EPO in kidney development and under hyperglycemic conditions in zebrafish and in humans. METHODS: Diabetic patients and respective controls were enrolled in two cohorts. Serum EPO level and urine protein change upon human EPO administration were then analyzed...
February 2018: Molecular Metabolism
Mariana Moysés-Oliveira, Giuliana Giannuzzi, Richard J Fish, Jill A Rosenfeld, Florence Petit, Maria de Fatima Soares, Leslie Domenici Kulikowski, Adriana Di-Battista, Malú Zamariolli, Fan Xia, Thomas Liehr, Nadezda Kosyakova, Gianna Carvalheira, Michael Parker, Eleanor G Seaby, Sarah Ennis, Rodney D Gilbert, R Tanner Hagelstrom, Maria L Cremona, Wenhui L Li, Alka Malhotra, Anjana Chandrasekhar, Denise L Perry, Ryan J Taft, Julie McCarrier, Donald G Basel, Joris Andrieux, Taiza Stumpp, Fernanda Antunes, Gustavo José Pereira, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez, Vera Ayres Meloni, Margaret Drummond-Borg, Maria Isabel Melaragno, Alexandre Reymond
We report five individuals with loss-of-function of the X-linked AMMECR1: a girl with a balanced X-autosome translocation and inactivation of the normal X-chromosome; two boys with maternally inherited and de novo nonsense variants; and two half-brothers with maternally inherited microdeletion variants. They present with short stature, cardiac and skeletal abnormalities, and hearing loss. Variants of unknown significance in AMMECR1 in four male patients from two families with partially overlapping phenotypes were previously reported...
February 2018: Human Mutation
Yuding Fan, Yong Zhou, Lingbing Zeng, Nan Jiang, Wenzhi Liu, Jianqing Zhao, Qiwang Zhong
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are important components of innate immunity. TLRs recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and initiate downstream signaling pathways in response. In present study, we report the identification of two TLRs from gibel carp (Carassius auratus gibelio), TLR2 and TLR3 (designated CagTLR2 and CagTLR3, respectively). We report on the genomic structures and mRNA expression patterns of CagTLR2 and CagTLR3. Five exons and four introns were identified from the genomic DNA sequence of CagTLR3 (4749 bp in total length); this genomic organization is similar to that of TLR3 in zebrafish and human...
January 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Jana Blahova, Lenka Divisova, Lucie Plhalova, Vladimira Enevova, Martin Hostovsky, Veronika Doubkova, Petr Marsalek, Petr Fictum, Zdenka Svobodova
Synthetic polycyclic musks, widely used as additives in personal care products, are present in both biotic and abiotic matrices of the aquatic environment at concentrations of ng/l to µg/l. Although they are determined at comparatively low concentrations, these levels are biologically relevant and pose a significant growing risk as stressors to aquatic organisms. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the effects of 28-day-long exposure to polycyclic musk tonalide in zebrafish juvenile stages (Danio rerio) using selected biomarkers...
November 24, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Elisabeth O Lampe, Carl Zingmark, Julia I Tandberg, Ida Marie P Thrane, Espen Brudal, Anders Sjöstedt, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
BACKGROUND: Francisella noatunensis ssp. noatunensis (F.n.n.) is the causative agent of francisellosis in Atlantic cod and constitutes one of the main challenges for future aquaculture on this species. A facultative intracellular bacterium like F.n.n. exert an immunologic challenge against which live attenuated vaccines in general are most effective. Thus, we constructed a deletion in the F.n.n. clpB gene as ΔclpB mutants are among the most promising vaccine candidates in human pathogenic Francisella...
December 19, 2017: Vaccine
Jian Zheng, Tao Lin, Wei Chen
N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) is one of the emerging nitrogenous disinfection byproducts with probable cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and carcinogenesis. Its potential toxicological effects have received extensive attention but remain to be poorly understood. In this study, changes in NDEA precursors in drinking water treatment process were studied using the trial of its formation potential (FP), and the toxicity induced by NDEA to adult zebrafish was investigated. NDEA FP in the raw water of Taihu Lake ranged from 46...
January 2018: Chemosphere
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