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Christina H Stuelten, Carole A Parent, Denise J Montell
Metastasis remains the greatest challenge in the clinical management of cancer. Cell motility is a fundamental and ancient cellular behaviour that contributes to metastasis and is conserved in simple organisms. In this Review, we evaluate insights relevant to human cancer that are derived from the study of cell motility in non-mammalian model organisms. Dictyostelium discoideum, Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster and Danio rerio permit direct observation of cells moving in complex native environments and lend themselves to large-scale genetic and pharmacological screening...
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cancer
Ivan Bozic, Xiaoyue Li, Yuankai Tao
The zebrafish is a robust model for studying human ophthalmic function and disease because of its fecundity, life-cycle, and similarities between its retinal structure and the human retina. Here, we demonstrate longitudinal in vivo imaging of retinal structure using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and noninvasive retinal vascular perfusion imaging using OCT angiography (OCT-A) in zebrafish. In addition, we present methods for retinal vascular segmentation and biometry to quantify vessel branch length, curvature, and angle...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Narahari Rishitha, Arunachalam Muthuraman
BACKGROUND: Quercetin is a major flavonoid in various plants. It possesses the multiple pharmacological actions like vascular integrity and regulatory action of the blood-brain barrier. AIMS: The present study is focused on evaluating the role of solid lipid nanoparticle of quercetin in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) induced cognitive impairment of Danio rerio species. MAIN METHODS: The memory impairment of zebrafish was induced by exposing of PTZ in 7...
March 6, 2018: Life Sciences
Jennifer C Hocking, Jakub K Famulski, Kevin H Yoon, Sonya A Widen, Cassidy S Bernstein, Sophie Koch, Omri Weiss, Seema Agarwala, Adi Inbal, Ordan J Lehmann, Andrew J Waskiewicz
The eye primordium arises as a lateral outgrowth of the forebrain, with a transient fissure on the inferior side of the optic cup providing an entry point for developing blood vessels. Incomplete closure of the inferior ocular fissure results in coloboma, a disease characterized by gaps in the inferior eye and recognized as a significant cause of pediatric blindness. Here, we identify eight patients with defects in tissues of the superior eye, a congenital disorder that we term superior coloboma. The embryonic origin of superior coloboma could not be explained by conventional models of eye development, leading us to reanalyze morphogenesis of the dorsal eye...
March 9, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Chien-Yu Huang, Chia-Hwa Lee, Chao-Chiang Tu, Chih-Hsiung Wu, Ming-Te Huang, Po-Li Wei, Yu-Jia Chang
Esophageal cancer is a worldwide health problem with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, new diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic strategies for identifying and managing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are urgently needed. Glucose-regulated protein 94 (GRP94) is one of major endoplasmic reticulum-stress response proteins that plays a key role in cancer progression and therapeutic responses. However, the role of GRP94 in ESCC progression and metastasis remains unclear. The tissue array results indicated that higher GRP94 expression levels were associated with lower overall survival and higher lympho-node metastasis...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Chao Xu, Xinfang Li, Meiqing Jin, Xiaohui Sun, Lili Niu, Chunmian Lin, Weiping Liu
Ecotoxicological studies have revealed the association between synthetic pyrethroid (SP) exposure and aquatic toxicity in fish; however, research on the toxic effects of SP metabolites is still limited. In this study, the toxicity of two SPs (permethrin (PM) and β-cypermethrin (β-CP)) and their three metabolites (3-phenoxybenzoic alcohol (PBCOH), 3-phenoxybenzaldehyde (PBCHO), and 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (PBCOOH)) towards zebrafish embryos and larvae was evaluated. Both SPs and their metabolites exhibited significant developmental toxicities, caused abnormal vascular development, and changed locomotor activities in larvae...
February 26, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xing Yuan, Lin Han, Peng Fu, Huawu Zeng, Chao Lv, Wanlin Chang, R Scott Runyon, Momoko Ishii, Liwen Han, Kechun Liu, Taiping Fan, Weidong Zhang, Runhui Liu
The bark of Cinnamomum cassia (C. cassia) has been used for the management of coronary heart disease (CHD) and diabetes mellitus. C. cassia may target the vasculature, as it stimulates angiogenesis, promotes blood circulation and wound healing. However, the active components and working mechanisms of C. cassia are not fully elucidated. The Shexiang Baoxin pill (SBP), which consists of seven medicinal materials, including C. cassia etc., is widely used as a traditional Chinese patent medicine for the treatment of CHD...
February 20, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Lara Al-Olabi, Satyamaanasa Polubothu, Katherine Dowsett, Katrina A Andrews, Paulina Stadnik, Agnel P Joseph, Rachel Knox, Alan Pittman, Graeme Clark, William Baird, Neil Bulstrode, Mary Glover, Kristiana Gordon, Darren Hargrave, Susan M Huson, Thomas S Jacques, Gregory James, Hannah Kondolf, Loshan Kangesu, Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Amjad Khan, Marjorie J Lindhurst, Mark Lipson, Sahar Mansour, Justine O'Hara, Caroline Mahon, Anda Mosica, Celia Moss, Aditi Murthy, Juling Ong, Victoria E Parker, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Julie C Sapp, Neil J Sebire, Rahul Shah, Branavan Sivakumar, Anna Thomas, Alex Virasami, Regula Waelchli, Zhiqiang Zeng, Leslie G Biesecker, Alex Barnacle, Maya Topf, Robert K Semple, E Elizabeth Patton, Veronica A Kinsler
BACKGROUND: Sporadic vascular malformations (VMs) are complex congenital anomalies of blood vessels that lead to stroke, life-threatening bleeds, disfigurement, overgrowth, and/or pain. Therapeutic options are severely limited and multi-disciplinary management remains challenging, particularly for high-flow arteriovenous malformations (AVM). METHODS: To investigate the pathogenesis of sporadic intracranial and extracranial VMs in 160 children in which known genetic causes had been excluded, we sequenced DNA from affected tissue and optimised analysis for detection of low mutant allele frequency...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Alysha D Cypher, Bryce Fetterman, Brian Bagatto
How fish respond to hypoxia, a common stressor, can be altered by simultaneous exposure to pollutants like bisphenol A (BPA), a plasticizer. BPA is cardiotoxic and interferes with the hypoxia inducible factor pathway (HIF-1α), therefore disrupting the hypoxic response. Co-exposure to hypoxia and BPA also causes severe bradycardia and reduced cardiac output in zebrafish larvae. The purpose of this work was to determine how the cardiovascular effects of co-exposure vary with BPA concentration and persist beyond exposure...
February 15, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Zaheer Ali, Anik Islam, Peter Sherrell, Mark Le-Moine, Georgios Lolas, Konstantinos Syrigos, Mehrdad Rafat, Lasse D Jensen
Therapeutic induction of blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) in ischemic tissues holds great potential for treatment of myocardial infarction and stroke. Achieving sustained angiogenesis and vascular maturation has, however, been highly challenging. Here we demonstrate that collagen:alginate hydrogels containing therapeutic, pro-angiogenic FGF-2, and formulated as microspheres, is a promising and clinically relevant vehicle for therapeutic angiogenesis. By titrating the amount of readily dissolvable and degradable collagen with more slowly degradable alginate in the hydrogel mixture, the degradation rates of the biomaterial controlling the release kinetics of embedded pro-angiogenic FGF-2 can be adjusted...
February 15, 2018: Biology Open
Alexandre Vivanti, Augustin Ozanne, Cynthia Grondin, Guillaume Saliou, Loic Quevarec, Helène Maurey, Patrick Aubourg, Alexandra Benachi, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Jelena Martinovic, Marie Victoire Sénat, Marcel Tawk, Judith Melki
Vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation is a congenital anomaly of the cerebral vasculature representing 30% of all paediatric vascular malformations. We conducted whole exome sequencing in 19 unrelated patients presenting this malformation and subsequently screened candidate genes in a cohort of 32 additional patients using either targeted exome or Sanger sequencing. In a cohort of 51 patients, we found five affected individuals with heterozygous mutations in EPHB4 including de novo frameshift (p.His191Alafs*32) or inherited deleterious splice or missense mutations predicted to be pathogenic by in silico tools...
February 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Cristian A Pocognoni, Ekaterina G Viktorova, John Wright, Justyna M Meissner, Garrett Sager, Eunjoo Lee, George A Belov, Elizabeth Sztul
Cellular life requires the activation of the ADP-ribosylation factors (ARFs) by GBF1, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) with a highly conserved catalytic Sec7 domain (Sec7d). In addition to the Sec7d, GBF1 contains other conserved domains whose functions remain unclear. Here, we focus on HDS2 (homology downstream of the Sec7d 2) domain because the L1246R substitution within the HDS2 α-helix 5 of the zebrafish GBF1 ortholog causes vascular hemorrhaging and embryonic lethality (13). To dissect the structure/function relationships within HDS2, we generated six variants, in which the most conserved residues within α-helices 1, 2, 4 and 6 were mutated to alanines...
February 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Ryota L Matsuoka, Didier Y R Stainier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Zebrafish has provided a powerful platform to study vascular biology over the past 25 years, owing to their distinct advantages for imaging and genetic manipulation. In this review, we summarize recent progress in vascular biology with particular emphasis on vascular development in zebrafish. RECENT FINDINGS: The advent of transcription activator-like effector nuclease and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 genome-editing technologies has dramatically facilitated reverse genetic approaches in zebrafish, as in other models...
February 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
Aniket V Gore, Laura M Pillay, Marina Venero Galanternik, Brant M Weinstein
Hematopoiesis is a complex process with a variety of different signaling pathways influencing every step of blood cell formation from the earliest precursors to final differentiated blood cell types. Formation of blood cells is crucial for survival. Blood cells carry oxygen, promote organ development and protect organs in different pathological conditions. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) are responsible for generating all adult differentiated blood cells. Defects in HSPCs or their downstream lineages can lead to anemia and other hematological disorders including leukemia...
February 13, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
Andrey Massarsky, Ayham Abdel, Lilah Glazer, Edward D Levin, Richard T Di Giulio
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is increasing despite insufficient information concerning their long-term effects, including the effects of maternal e-cigarette use on pre- and postnatal development. Our previous study demonstrated that developmental exposure to 1,2-propanediol (a principal component of e-cigarette liquid) affected early development of zebrafish, causing reduced growth, deformities, and hyperactive swimming behavior in larvae. The current study extends assessment of the developmental toxicity of 1,2-propanediol by examining additional long-term behavioral effects...
February 9, 2018: Neurotoxicology
Matthew S Yan, Paul J Turgeon, Hon Sum Jeffrey Man, Michelle K Dubinsky, Jr Jyun David Ho, Suzan El-Rass, You-Dong Wang, Xiao-Yan Wen, Philip A Marsden
Although the functional role of chromatin marks at promoters in mediating cell-restricted gene expression has been well characterized, the role of intragenic chromatin marks is not well understood, especially in endothelial cell (EC) gene expression. Here, we characterized the histone H3 and H4 acetylation profiles of 19 genes with EC-enriched expression via loci-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by ultra high resolution (5 bp) tiling array analysis in ECs versus non-ECs throughout their genomic loci...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sanjay Sinha, Massimo Mattia Santoro
A key question in vascular biology is how the diversity of origin of vascular mural cells, namely smooth muscle cells and pericytes influences vessel properties, in particular the regional propensity to vascular diseases. This review therefore first describes the role and regulation of mural cells during vascular formation, with a focus on embryonic origin. We then consider the evidence that connects heterogeneities in smooth muscle cell and pericyte origins with disease. Since this idea has major implications for understanding and modelling human disease, then there is a pressing need for new model systems to investigate mural cell development and the consequences of heterogeneity...
January 27, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Patricia Molina-Ortiz, Tanguy Orban, Maud Martin, Audrey Habets, Franck Dequiedt, Stéphane Schurmans
Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets R-Ras and Rap1. Although catalytic inactivation or deletion of Rasa3 in mice leads to severe hemorrhages and embryonic lethality, the biological function and cellular location of Rasa3 underlying these defects remains unknown. Here, using a combination of loss of function studies in mouse and zebrafish as well as in vitro cell biology approaches, we identify a key role for Rasa3 in endothelial cells and vascular lumen integrity. Specific ablation of Rasa3 in the mouse endothelium, but not in megakaryocytes and platelets, lead to embryonic bleeding and death at mid-gestation, recapitulating the phenotype observed in full Rasa3 knock-out mice...
January 30, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Clay Patton, Gist H Farr, Ding An, Paolo G V Martini, Lisa Maves
Lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) are an attractive platform for the delivery of therapeutic RNA molecules because LNPs are versatile, have been validated in clinical trials, and are well tolerated. Here, we test whether LNPs can be used to deliver a reporter green fluorescent protein (gfp) mRNA to different tissues in zebrafish embryos. We show that LNP-packaged gfp mRNA can be delivered, through injection, and taken up by cells in multiple tissues in zebrafish embryos without any apparent detrimental effects on embryonic health or survival...
January 25, 2018: Zebrafish
Lucas Moritz Wiggenhauser, Katharina Kohl, Nadine Dietrich, Hans-Peter Hammes, Jens Kroll
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among middle-aged adults. The rising prevalence of diabetes worldwide will make the prevention of diabetic microvascular complications one of the key research fields of the next decades. Specialized, targeted therapy and novel therapeutic drugs are needed to manage the increasing number of patients at risk of vision-loss. The zebrafish is an established animal model for developmental research questions with increasing relevance for modeling metabolic multifactorial disease processes...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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