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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324048/demonstration-of-a-functional-kiss-kissr-system-in-amphioxus-with-implications-for-origin-of-neuroendocrine-regulation
#1
Peng Wang, Meng Wang, Guangdong Ji, Shuangshuang Yang, Shicui Zhang, Zhenhui Liu
Amphioxus belongs to the Cephalochordata, which is the most basal subphylum of the chordates. Despite many studies on the endocrine system of amphioxus, key information about its regulation remains ambiguous. Here we clearly demonstrated the presence of a functional kisspeptin/kisspeptin receptor (Kiss-Kissr) system, which is involved in the regulation of reproduction in amphioxus. Evolutionary analyses revealed large expansion of Kiss and Kissr (gpr54) genes in amphioxus and they might represent the ancestral type of the Kiss/gpr54 genes in chordates...
January 24, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295807/interaction-of-melatonin-and-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-on-the-zebrafish-brain-pituitary-reproductive-axis
#2
Thangal Yumnamcha, Zeeshan A Khan, Chongtham Rajiv, Sijagurumayum D Devi, Gopinath Mondal, Haobijam S Devi, Rupjyoti Bharali, Asamanja Chattoraj
Circadian cycles and photoperiod are known to influence reproductive physiology in several animals. Neuropeptides, such as gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GNIH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH), are influenced by melatonin in birds and mammals. The present study demonstrates the role of melatonin in oocyte maturation in the zebrafish (Danio rerio), via the brain-pituitary-reproductive axis, under different photic conditions. Melatonin was significantly higher both in the whole brain and ovary under continuous dark (DD) compared to continuous light (LL) conditions...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274763/developmental-and-reproductive-toxicity-of-pvp-pei-coated-silver-nanoparticles-to-zebrafish
#3
Amaia Orbea, Nagore González-Soto, José María Lacave, Irantzu Barrio, Miren P Cajaraville
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of toxicity of silver nanoparticles (NPs) and their toxicity to fish embryos after waterborne exposure have been widely investigated, but much less information is available regarding the effect of Ag NPs on physiological functions such as growth or reproduction. In this work, the effects of waterborne exposure of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) to PVP/PEI coated Ag NPs (~5nm) on reproduction (fecundity) were investigated. Moreover, the development of the embryos after parental exposure was compared with the development of embryos after direct waterborne exposure to the NPs...
March 6, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213303/diethylstilbestrol-flutamide-and-their-combination-impaired-the-spermatogenesis-of-male-adult-zebrafish-through-disrupting-hpg-axis-meiosis-and-apoptosis
#4
Pan Yin, Ying-Wen Li, Qi-Liang Chen, Zhi-Hao Liu
Both diethylstilbestrol (DES, an environmental estrogen) and flutamide (FLU, an anti-androgen) are found to impair spermatogenesis by disrupting hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis and altering androgen levels through different mechanisms/modes of action in fish with poorly understood underlying mechanisms. Furthermore, it is not known whether and how a combined exposure of DES and FLU has a stronger effect than the compounds alone. In this study, male zebrafish adults were exposed to DES, FLU and their combination (DES+FLU) for 30days, and their effects on histological structure and sperm count in testis, androgen level in plasma, as well as the mRNA levels of genes involved in HPG axis, meiotic regulation and apoptosis were analyzed...
April 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211501/high-resolution-3d-imaging-of-whole-organ-after-clearing-taking-a-new-look-at-the-zebrafish-testis
#5
Maxence Frétaud, Laurie Rivière, Élodie De Job, Stéphanie Gay, Jean-Jacques Lareyre, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Pierre Affaticati, Violette Thermes
Zebrafish testis has become a powerful model for reproductive biology of teleostean fishes and other vertebrates and encompasses multiple applications in applied and basic research. Many studies have focused on 2D images, which is time consuming and implies extrapolation of results. Three-dimensional imaging of whole organs recently became an important challenge to better understand their architecture and allow cell enumeration. Several protocols have thus been developed to enhance sample transparency, a limiting step for imaging large biological samples...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118999/reproductive-and-transcriptional-effects-of-the-antiandrogenic-progestin-chlormadinone-acetate-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#6
Patricia Franziska Siegenthaler, Yanbin Zhao, Kun Zhang, Karl Fent
Chlormadinone acetate (CMA) is a frequently used progestin with antiandrogenic activity in humans. Residues may enter the aquatic environment but potential adverse effects in fish are unknown. While our previous work focused on effects of CMA in vitro and in zebrafish eleuthero-embryos, the present study reports on reproductive and transcriptional effects in adult female and male zebrafish (Danio rerio). We performed a reproductive study using breeding groups of zebrafish. After 15 days of pre-exposure, we exposed zebrafish to different measured concentrations between 6...
April 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115725/heat-induced-masculinization-in-domesticated-zebrafish-is-family-specific-and-yields-a-set-of-different-gonadal-transcriptomes
#7
Laia Ribas, Woei Chang Liew, Noèlia Díaz, Rajini Sreenivasan, László Orbán, Francesc Piferrer
Understanding environmental influences on sex ratios is important for the study of the evolution of sex-determining mechanisms and for evaluating the effects of global warming and chemical pollution. Fishes exhibit sexual plasticity, but the underlying mechanisms of environmental effects on their reproduction are unclear even in the well-established teleost research model, the zebrafish. Here we established the conditions to study the effects of elevated temperature on zebrafish sex. We showed that sex ratio response to elevated temperature is family-specific and typically leads to masculinization (female-to-male sex reversal), resulting in neomales...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111318/in-silico-predicted-reproductive-endocrine-transcriptional-regulatory-networks-during-zebrafish-danio-rerio-development
#8
D Hala
The interconnected topology of transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs) readily lends to mathematical (or in silico) representation and analysis as a stoichiometric matrix. Such a matrix can be 'solved' using the mathematical method of extreme pathway (ExPa) analysis, which identifies uniquely activated genes subject to transcription factor (TF) availability. In this manuscript, in silico multi-tissue TRN models of brain, liver and gonad were used to study reproductive endocrine developmental programming in zebrafish (Danio rerio) from 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109900/microcystin-lr-retards-gonadal-maturation-through-disrupting-the-growth-hormone-insulin-like-growth-factors-system-in-zebrafish
#9
Jie Hou, Yujing Su, Wang Lin, Honghui Guo, Ping Xie, Jun Chen, Zemao Gu, Li Li
Recent studies have documented that microcystins (MCs) have potential toxic effects on growth and reproduction in fish. However, no systematic data exist on whether MCs cause gonadal development retardation through disrupting the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factors (GH/IGFs) system. To this end, zebrafish hatchlings (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30µg/L microcystin-LR (MC-LR) for 90 d until they reached sexual maturity. Life-cycle exposure to MC-LR caused delayed ovarian maturation and sperm development along with ultrapathological lesions in the brain and liver...
January 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067909/smchd1-mutations-associated-with-a-rare-muscular-dystrophy-can-also-cause-isolated-arhinia-and-bosma-arhinia-microphthalmia-syndrome
#10
Natalie D Shaw, Harrison Brand, Zachary A Kupchinsky, Hemant Bengani, Lacey Plummer, Takako I Jones, Serkan Erdin, Kathleen A Williamson, Joe Rainger, Alexei Stortchevoi, Kaitlin Samocha, Benjamin B Currall, Donncha S Dunican, Ryan L Collins, Jason R Willer, Angela Lek, Monkol Lek, Malik Nassan, Shahrin Pereira, Tammy Kammin, Diane Lucente, Alexandra Silva, Catarina M Seabra, Colby Chiang, Yu An, Morad Ansari, Jacqueline K Rainger, Shelagh Joss, Jill Clayton Smith, Margaret F Lippincott, Sylvia S Singh, Nirav Patel, Jenny W Jing, Jennifer R Law, Nalton Ferraro, Alain Verloes, Anita Rauch, Katharina Steindl, Markus Zweier, Ianina Scheer, Daisuke Sato, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Christina Jacobsen, Jeanie Tryggestad, Steven Chernausek, Lisa A Schimmenti, Benjamin Brasseur, Claudia Cesaretti, Jose E García-Ortiz, Tatiana Pineda Buitrago, Orlando Perez Silva, Jodi D Hoffman, Wolfgang Mühlbauer, Klaus W Ruprecht, Bart L Loeys, Masato Shino, Angela M Kaindl, Chie-Hee Cho, Cynthia C Morton, Richard R Meehan, Veronica van Heyningen, Eric C Liao, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, Janet E Hall, Stephanie B Seminara, Daniel Macarthur, Steven A Moore, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, James F Gusella, Joseph A Marsh, John M Graham, Angela E Lin, Nicholas Katsanis, Peter L Jones, William F Crowley, Erica E Davis, David R FitzPatrick, Michael E Talkowski
Arhinia, or absence of the nose, is a rare malformation of unknown etiology that is often accompanied by ocular and reproductive defects. Sequencing of 40 people with arhinia revealed that 84% of probands harbor a missense mutation localized to a constrained region of SMCHD1 encompassing the ATPase domain. SMCHD1 mutations cause facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 2 (FSHD2) via a trans-acting loss-of-function epigenetic mechanism. We discovered shared mutations and comparable DNA hypomethylation patterning between these distinct disorders...
February 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053068/alternative-models-of-developmental-and-reproductive-toxicity-in-pharmaceutical-risk-assessment-and-the-3rs
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Kimberly C Brannen, Robert E Chapin, Abigail C Jacobs, Maia L Green
In the pharmaceutical industry, preclinical developmental and reproductive toxicity studies are conducted in laboratory animals in order to predict and prevent adverse effects of drugs on human reproductive health and development. However, these studies require a relatively large number of animals and are usually conducted late in the drug development process. Early, simple, and inexpensive screening assays could facilitate smarter decisions, reductions in animal use, and development of safe drugs. The current state and future needs for alternative models of developmental and reproductive toxicity are reviewed here...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007532/role-of-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-gper-gpr30-in-maintenance-of-meiotic-arrest-in-fish-oocytes
#12
REVIEW
Peter Thomas
An essential role for GPER (formerly known as GPR30) in regulating mammalian reproduction has not been identified to date, although it has shown to be involved in the regulation a broad range of other estrogen-dependent functions. In contrast, an important reproductive role for GPER in the maintenance of oocyte meiotic arrest has been identified in teleost fishes, which is briefly reviewed here. Recent studies have clearly shown that ovarian follicle production of estradiol-17β (E2) maintains meiotic arrest in several teleost species through activation of GPER coupled to a stimulatory G protein (Gs) on oocyte plasma membranes resulting in stimulation of cAMP production and maintenance of elevated cAMP levels...
March 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988227/methods-for-the-analysis-of-early-oogenesis-in-zebrafish
#13
Yaniv M Elkouby, Mary C Mullins
Oocyte differentiation is a highly dynamic and intricate developmental process whose mechanistic understanding advances female reproduction, fertility, and ovarian cancer biology. Despite the many attributes of the zebrafish model, it has yet to be fully exploited for the investigation of early oocyte differentiation and ovarian development. This is partly because the properties of the adult zebrafish ovary make it technically challenging to access early stage oocytes. As a result, characterization of these stages has been lacking and tools for their analysis have been insufficient...
December 14, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912163/reproduction-impairment-and-endocrine-disruption-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-after-waterborne-exposure-to-tboep
#14
Qinglong Xu, Ding Wu, Yao Dang, Liqin Yu, Chunsheng Liu, Jianghua Wang
Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) is widely used as a substitute of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). It has been frequently measured at concentrations of micrograms per liter (μg/L) in surface waters and waste water. However, limited information is available about the reproduction toxicology of TBOEP. In this study, adult zebrafish pairs were exposed to TBOEP at concentrations of 0, 5, 50, and 500μg/L for 21days. The effects on reproduction, hormone concentration, transcription of genes along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, and gonadal development were investigated...
January 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880925/developmental-bisphenol-a-exposure-impairs-sperm-function-and-reproduction-in-zebrafish
#15
Jiangfei Chen, Katerine S Saili, Yueqin Liu, Lelin Li, Yuxin Zhao, Yinhang Jia, Chenglian Bai, Robert L Tanguay, Qiaoxiang Dong, Changjiang Huang
The developmental and reproductive toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA) has been demonstrated in a variety of model systems. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) were waterborne-exposed to BPA during three different developmental stages: embryonic period:6 h post fertilization (hpf) to 5 months post fertilization (mpf); larval period: 6 days post fertilization (dpf) to 5 mpf; and sexually mature period: 3 mpf to 5 mpf. Evaluations included F0 adult growth, reproduction parameters, and F1 offspring development. BPA exposure did not affect zebrafish growth in any of exposure groups...
February 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846271/igg-containing-isoforms-of-neuregulin-1-are-dispensable-for-cardiac-trabeculation-in-zebrafish
#16
Leigh Ann Samsa, Cade Ellis Ito, Daniel Ross Brown, Li Qian, Jiandong Liu
The Neuregulin-1 (Nrg1) signaling pathway has been widely implicated in many aspects of heart development including cardiac trabeculation. Cardiac trabeculation is an important morphogenetic process where clusters of ventricular cardiomyocytes extrude and expand into the lumen of the ventricular chambers. In mouse, Nrg1 isoforms containing an immunoglobulin-like (IgG) domain are essential for cardiac trabeculation through interaction with heterodimers of the epidermal growth factor-like (EGF-like) receptors ErbB2/ErbB4...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815423/zebrafish-foxo3b-negatively-regulates-antiviral-response-through-suppressing-the-transactivity-of-irf3-and-irf7
#17
Xing Liu, Xiaolian Cai, Dawei Zhang, Chenxi Xu, Wuhan Xiao
Forkhead box O (FOXO)3, a member of the FOXO family of transcription factors, plays key roles in various cellular processes, including development, longevity, reproduction, and metabolism. Recently, FOXO3 has also been shown to be involved in modulating the immune response. However, how FOXO3 regulates immunity and the underlying mechanisms are still largely unknown. In this study, we show that zebrafish (Danio rerio) foxo3b, an ortholog of mammalian FOXO3, is induced by polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid stimulation and spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) infection...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814544/chemical-and-toxicological-characterisation-of-anticancer-drugs-in-hospital-and-municipal-wastewaters-from-slovenia-and-spain
#18
Marina Isidori, Margherita Lavorgna, Chiara Russo, Michael Kundi, Bojana Žegura, Matjaž Novak, Metka Filipič, Miroslav Mišík, Siegfried Knasmueller, Miren López de Alda, Damià Barceló, Božo Žonja, Marjeta Česen, Janez Ščančar, Tina Kosjek, Ester Heath
Anticancer drugs are continuously released into hospital and urban wastewaters, where they, most commonly, undergo conventional treatment in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Wastewaters contain complex mixtures of substances including parent compounds, their metabolites and transformation products (TPs). In this study, samples of hospital effluents and WWTP influents and effluents from Slovenia and Spain were analyzed for twenty-two selected anticancer drugs, their metabolites and transformation products...
December 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743222/reproductive-parameters-of-double-transgenic-zebrafish-danio-rerio-males-overexpressing-both-the-growth-hormone-gh-and-its-receptor-ghr
#19
Ana Cecilia Gomes Silva, Daniela Volcan Almeida, Bruna Felix Nornberg, Jessica Ribeiro Pereira, Diego Martins Pires, Carine Dahl Corcini, Antonio Sergio Varela Junior, Luis Fernando Marins
Growth hormone (GH) transgenesis presents a high potential application in aquaculture. However, excess GH may have serious consequences due to pleiotropic actions. In order to study these effects in zebrafish (Danio rerio), two transgenic lines were developed. The first expresses GH ubiquitously and constitutively (F0104 line), while the second expresses the GH receptor in a muscle-specific manner (Myo-GHR line). Results from the F0104 line showed accelerated growth but increased reproductive difficulties, while Myo-GHR did not show the expected increase in muscle mass...
February 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728887/vitellogenin-induction-and-reduced-fecundity-in-zebrafish-exposed-to-effluents-from-the-city-of-bulawayo-zimbabwe
#20
Charles Teta, Yogeshkumar S Naik
Industrial and municipal effluents regularly pollute water bodies and cause various toxic effects to aquatic life. Because of the diverse nature of industrial processes and domestic products, urban effluents are often tainted with various anthropogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals that may interfere with the reproductive physiology of aquatic fauna. In this study, we tested effluents from the City of Bulawayo for the presence of estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effects on fish gonads and fecundity...
January 2017: Chemosphere
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