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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526577/changes-in-tumor-cell-heterogeneity-after-chemotherapy-treatment-in-a-xenograft-model-of-glioblastoma
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Alessandra M Welker, Brian D Jaros, Min An, Christine E Beattie
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain cancer with limited treatments and poor patient survival. GBM tumors are heterogeneous containing a complex mixture of dividing cells, differentiated cells, and cancer stem cells. It is unclear, however, how these different cell populations contribute to tumor growth or whether they exhibit differential responses to chemotherapy. Here we set out to address these questions using a zebrafish xenograft transplant model (Welker et al., 2016). We found that a small population of differentiated vimentin-positive tumor cells, but a majority of Sox2-positive putative cancer stem cells, were dividing during tumor growth...
May 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518096/invasive-behavior-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-in-embryonic-zebrafish
#2
Jiang Ren, Sijia Liu, Chao Cui, Peter Ten Dijke
In many cases, cancer patients do not die of a primary tumor, but rather because of metastasis. Although numerous rodent models are available for studying cancer metastasis in vivo, other efficient, reliable, low-cost models are needed to quickly access the potential effects of (epi)genetic changes or pharmacological compounds. As such, we illustrate and explain the feasibility of xenograft models using human breast cancer cells injected into zebrafish embryos to support this goal. Under the microscope, fluorescent proteins or chemically labeled human breast cancer cells are transplanted into transgenic zebrafish embryos, Tg (fli:EGFP), at the perivitelline space or duct of Cuvier (Doc) 48 h after fertilization...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518092/isolation-of-the-side-population-in-myc-induced-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-zebrafish
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Margaret M Pruitt, Wilfredo Marin, Michael R Waarts, Jill L O de Jong
Heterogeneous cell populations, from either healthy or malignant tissues, may contain a population of cells characterized by a differential ability to efflux the DNA-binding dye Hoechst 33342. This "side population" of cells can be identified using flow cytometric methods after the Hoechst 33342 dye is excited by an ultraviolet (UV) laser. The side population of many cell types contains stem- or progenitor-like cells. However, not all cell types have an identifiable side population. Danio rerio, zebrafish, have a robust in vivo model of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but whether these zebrafish T-ALLs have a side population is unknown...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472305/recessive-taf1a-mutations-reveal-ribosomopathy-in-siblings-with-end-stage-pediatric-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Pamela A Long, Jeanne L Theis, Yu-Huan Shih, Joseph J Maleszewski, Patrice C Abell Aleff, Jared M Evans, Xiaolei Xu, Timothy M Olson
Non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) has been recognized as a heritable disorder for over 25 years, yet clinical genetic testing is non-diagnostic in > 50% of patients, underscoring the ongoing need for DCM gene discovery. Here, whole exome sequencing uncovered a novel molecular basis for idiopathic end-stage heart failure in two sisters who underwent cardiac transplantation at three years of age. Compound heterozygous recessive mutations in TAF1A, encoding an RNA polymerase I complex protein, were associated with marked fibrosis of explanted hearts and gene-specific nucleolar segregation defects in cardiomyocytes, indicative of impaired ribosomal RNA synthesis...
May 2, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408455/cell-therapy-trials-in-congenital-heart-disease
#5
REVIEW
Hidemasa Oh
Dramatic evolution in medical and catheter interventions and complex surgeries to treat children with congenital heart disease (CHD) has led to a growing number of patients with a multitude of long-term complications associated with morbidity and mortality. Heart failure in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome predicated by functional single ventricle lesions is associated with an increase in CHD prevalence and remains a significant challenge. Pathophysiological mechanisms contributing to the progression of CHD, including single ventricle lesions and dilated cardiomyopathy, and adult heart disease may inevitably differ...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394883/pdgf-signalling-guides-neural-crest-contribution-to-the-haematopoietic-stem-cell-specification-niche
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Erich W Damm, Wilson K Clements
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) support maintenance of the haematopoietic and immune systems throughout the life of vertebrates, and are the therapeutic component of bone marrow transplants. Understanding native specification of HSCs, to uncover key signals that might help improve in vitro directed differentiation protocols, has been a long-standing biomedical goal. The current impossibility of specifying true HSCs in vitro suggests that key signals remain unknown. We speculated that such signals might be presented by surrounding 'niche' cells, but no such cells have been defined...
May 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362422/in-vivo-imaging-of-transgenic-gene-expression-in-individual-retinal-progenitors-in-chimeric-zebrafish-embryos-to-study-cell-nonautonomous-influences
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Stefanie Dudczig, Peter D Currie, Lucia Poggi, Patricia R Jusuf
The genetic and technical strengths have made the zebrafish vertebrate a key model organism in which the consequences of gene manipulations can be traced in vivo throughout the rapid developmental period. Multiple processes can be studied including cell proliferation, gene expression, cell migration and morphogenesis. Importantly, the generation of chimeras through transplantations can be easily performed, allowing mosaic labeling and tracking of individual cells under the influence of the host environment...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351983/cxcr1-remodels-the-vascular-niche-to-promote-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-engraftment
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Bradley W Blaser, Jessica L Moore, Elliott J Hagedorn, Brian Li, Raquel Riquelme, Asher Lichtig, Song Yang, Yi Zhou, Owen J Tamplin, Vera Binder, Leonard I Zon
The microenvironment is an important regulator of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) biology. Recent advances marking fluorescent HSPCs have allowed exquisite visualization of HSPCs in the caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT) of the developing zebrafish. Here, we show that the chemokine cxcl8 and its receptor, cxcr1, are expressed by zebrafish endothelial cells, and we identify cxcl8/cxcr1 signaling as a positive regulator of HSPC colonization. Single-cell tracking experiments demonstrated that this is a result of increases in HSPC-endothelial cell "cuddling," HSPC residency time within the CHT, and HSPC mitotic rate...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304136/zebrafish-models-of-non-canonical-wnt-planar-cell-polarity-signalling-fishing-for-valuable-insight-into-vertebrate-polarized-cell-behavior
#9
REVIEW
Maria Jussila, Brian Ciruna
Planar cell polarity (PCP) coordinates the uniform orientation, structure and movement of cells within the plane of a tissue or organ system. It is beautifully illustrated in the polarized arrangement of bristles and hairs that project from specialized cell surfaces of the insect abdomen and wings, and pioneering genetic studies using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, have defined a core signalling network underlying PCP. This core PCP/non-canonical Wnt signalling pathway is evolutionarily conserved, and studies in zebrafish have helped transform our understanding of PCP from a peculiarity of polarized epithelia to a more universal cellular property that orchestrates a diverse suite of polarized cell behaviors that are required for normal vertebrate development...
March 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170201/concise-review-hematopoietic-stem-cell-origins-lessons-from-embryogenesis-for-improving-regenerative-medicine
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Adriana De La Garza, Arpan Sinha, Teresa V Bowman
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have extensive regenerative capacity to replace all blood cell types, an ability that is harnessed in the clinic for bone marrow transplantation. Finding appropriate donors remains a major limitation to more extensive usage of HSC-based therapies. Derivation of patient-specific HSCs from pluripotent stem cells offers great promise to remedy this problem if scientists could crack the code on how to make robust, transplantable HSCs in a dish. Studies delving into the native origins of HSC production during embryonic development should supply the necessary playbook...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141764/crispr-applications-in-ophthalmologic-genome-surgery
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REVIEW
Thiago Cabral, James E DiCarlo, Sally Justus, Jesse D Sengillo, Yu Xu, Stephen H Tsang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review seeks to summarize and discuss the application of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated systems (Cas) for genome editing, also called genome surgery, in the field of ophthalmology. RECENT FINDINGS: Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account the variability of an individual's genetic sequence. Various groups have used CRISPR-Cas genome editing to make significant progress in mammalian preclinical models of eye disease, the basic science of eye development in zebrafish, the in vivo modification of ocular tissue, and the correction of stem cells with therapeutic applications...
May 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129861/transplantation-in-zebrafish
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J M Gansner, M Dang, M Ammerman, L I Zon
Tissue or cell transplantation is an invaluable technique with a multitude of applications including studying the developmental potential of certain cell populations, dissecting cell-environment interactions, and identifying stem cells. One key technical requirement for performing transplantation assays is the capability of distinguishing the transplanted donor cells from the endogenous host cells and tracing the donor cells over time. The zebrafish has emerged as an excellent model organism for performing transplantation assays, thanks in part to the transparency of embryos and even adults when pigment mutants are employed...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129857/discovering-novel-oncogenic-pathways-and-new-therapies-using-zebrafish-models-of-sarcoma
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M N Hayes, D M Langenau
Sarcoma is a type of cancer affecting connective, supportive, or soft tissue of mesenchymal origin. Despite rare incidence in adults (<1%), over 15% of pediatric cancers are sarcoma. Sadly, both adults and children with relapsed or metastatic disease have devastatingly high rates of mortality. Current treatment options for sarcoma include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy; however, significant limitations exist with respect to the efficacy of these strategies. Strong impetus has been placed on the development of novel therapies and preclinical models for uncovering mechanisms involved in the development, progression, and therapy resistance of sarcoma...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129855/a-zebrafish-xenograft-model-for-studying-human-cancer-stem-cells-in-distant-metastasis-and-therapy-response
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L Chen, A Groenewoud, C Tulotta, E Zoni, M Kruithof-de Julio, G van der Horst, G van der Pluijm, B Ewa Snaar-Jagalska
Lethal and incurable bone metastasis is one of the main causes of death in multiple types of cancer. A small subpopulation of cancer stem/progenitor-like cells (CSCs), also known as tumor-initiating cells from heterogenetic cancer is considered to mediate bone metastasis. Although over the past decades numerous studies have been performed in different types of cancer, it is still difficult to track small numbers of CSCs during the onset of metastasis. With use of noninvasive high-resolution imaging, transparent zebrafish embryos can be employed to dynamically visualize cancer progression and reciprocal interaction with stroma in a living organism...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129842/studying-the-adaptive-immune-system-in-zebrafish-by-transplantation-of-hematopoietic-precursor-cells
#15
N Iwanami, I Hess, M Schorpp, T Boehm
Traditionally, transplantation has been a major experimental procedure to study the development and function of hematopoietic and immune systems. Here, we describe the use of a zebrafish strain lacking definitive hematopoiesis (cmyb(I181N)) for interspecific analysis of hematopoietic and immune cell development. Without conditioning prior to transplantation, allogeneic and xenogeneic hematopoietic progenitor cells stably engraft in adult zebrafish homozygous for the cmyb mutation. This unique animal model can be used to genetically and functionally disentangle universal and species-specific contributions of the microenvironment to hematopoietic progenitor cell maintenance and development...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041876/a-functional-bioluminescent-zebrafish-screen-for-enhancing-hematopoietic-cell-homing
#16
Yuliana Astuti, Ashley C Kramer, Amanda L Blake, Bruce R Blazar, Jakub Tolar, Mandy E Taisto, Troy C Lund
To discover small molecules that modulate hematopoietic cell homing after adoptive transfer, we created a transgenic zebrafish expressing firefly luciferase downstream of the ubiquitin promoter (ubi:luc) to serve as a hematopoietic donor. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) was used to detect and follow ubi:luc hematopoietic cells that homed to the marrow as early as 1 day post-transplant. BLI was able to detect the biological effect of prostaglandin E2 on early homing/engraftment of donor hematopoietic cells. This system was utilized in a functional screen of small molecules to enhance homing/engraftment...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959755/multisystem-anomalies-in-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-with-mutant-bcl11b
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Divya Punwani, Yong Zhang, Jason Yu, Morton J Cowan, Sadhna Rana, Antonia Kwan, Aashish N Adhikari, Carlos O Lizama, Bryce A Mendelsohn, Shawn P Fahl, Ajithavalli Chellappan, Rajgopal Srinivasan, Steven E Brenner, David L Wiest, Jennifer M Puck
BACKGROUND: Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is characterized by arrested T-lymphocyte production and by B-lymphocyte dysfunction, which result in life-threatening infections. Early diagnosis of SCID through population-based screening of newborns can aid clinical management and help improve outcomes; it also permits the identification of previously unknown factors that are essential for lymphocyte development in humans. METHODS: SCID was detected in a newborn before the onset of infections by means of screening of T-cell-receptor excision circles, a biomarker for thymic output...
December 1, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870830/clonal-fate-mapping-quantifies-the-number-of%C3%A2-haematopoietic-stem-cells-that-arise-during%C3%A2-development
#18
Jonathan Henninger, Buyung Santoso, Stefan Hans, Ellen Durand, Jessica Moore, Christian Mosimann, Michael Brand, David Traver, Leonard Zon
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) arise in the developing aorta during embryogenesis. The number of HSC clones born has been estimated through transplantation, but experimental approaches to assess the absolute number of forming HSCs in a native setting have remained challenging. Here, we applied single-cell and clonal analysis of HSCs in zebrafish to quantify developing HSCs. Targeting creER(T2) in developing cd41:eGFP(+) HSCs enabled long-term assessment of their blood contribution. We also applied the Brainbow-based multicolour Zebrabow system with drl:creER(T2) that is active in early haematopoiesis to induce heritable colour barcoding unique to each HSC and its progeny...
January 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811851/establishment-of-a-congenital-amegakaryocytic-thrombocytopenia-model-and-a-thrombocyte-specific-reporter-line-in-zebrafish
#19
Q Lin, Y Zhang, R Zhou, Y Zheng, L Zhao, M Huang, X Zhang, A Y H Leung, W Zhang, Y Zhang
Mutations in the human myeloproliferative leukemia (MPL) protein gene are known to cause congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia (CAMT). The prognosis of this heritable disorder is poor and bone marrow transplantation is the only effective treatment. Here, by using the TALEN (transcription activator-like effector nuclease) technology, we created a zebrafish mpl mutant to model human CAMT. Disruption of zebrafish mpl lead to a severe reduction in thrombocytes and a high bleeding tendency, as well as deficiencies in adult hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells...
November 29, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810924/single-cell-imaging-of-normal-and-malignant-cell-engraftment-into-optically-clear-prkdc-null-scid-zebrafish
#20
John C Moore, Qin Tang, Nora Torres Yordán, Finola E Moore, Elaine G Garcia, Riadh Lobbardi, Ashwin Ramakrishnan, Dieuwke L Marvin, Anthony Anselmo, Ruslan I Sadreyev, David M Langenau
Cell transplantation into immunodeficient mice has revolutionized our understanding of regeneration, stem cell self-renewal, and cancer; yet models for direct imaging of engrafted cells has been limited. Here, we characterize zebrafish with mutations in recombination activating gene 2 (rag2), DNA-dependent protein kinase (prkdc), and janus kinase 3 (jak3). Histology, RNA sequencing, and single-cell transcriptional profiling of blood showed that rag2 hypomorphic mutant zebrafish lack T cells, whereas prkdc deficiency results in loss of mature T and B cells and jak3 in T and putative Natural Killer cells...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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