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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212399/instrument-design-and-protocol-for-the-study-of-light-controlled-processes-in-aquatic-organisms-and-its-application-to-examine-the-effect-of-infrared-light-on-zebrafish
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Marcus P S Dekens, Nicholas S Foulkes, Kristin Tessmar-Raible
The acquisition of reliable data strongly depends on experimental design. When studying the effects of light on processes such as behaviour and physiology it is crucial to maintain all environmental conditions constant apart from the one under study. Furthermore, the precise values of the environmental factors applied during the experiment should be known. Although seemingly obvious, these conditions are often not met when the effects of light are being studied. Here, we document and discuss the wavelengths and light intensities of natural and artificial light sources...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212397/a-targeted-gene-expression-platform-allows-for-rapid-analysis-of-chemical-induced-antioxidant-mrna-expression-in-zebrafish-larvae
#2
Margaret G Mills, Evan P Gallagher
Chemical-induced oxidative stress and the biochemical pathways that protect against oxidative damage are of particular interest in the field of toxicology. To rapidly identify oxidative stress-responsive gene expression changes in zebrafish, we developed a targeted panel of antioxidant genes using the Affymetrix QuantiGene Plex (QGP) platform. The genes contained in our panel include eight putative Nrf2 (Nfe2l2a)-dependent antioxidant genes (hmox1a, gstp1, gclc, nqo1, prdx1, gpx1a, sod1, sod2), a stress response gene (hsp70), an inducible DNA damage repair gene (gadd45bb), and three reference genes (actb1, gapdh, hprt1)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211985/a-girl-with-developmental-delay-ataxia-cranial-nerve-palsies-severe-respiratory-problems-in-infancy-expanding-ndst1-syndrome
#3
Linlea Armstrong, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Graham Sinclair, Kimberly I Seath, Wyeth W Wasserman, Colin J Ross, Clara D M van Karnebeek
NDST1 encodes an enzyme involved in the first steps in the synthesis of heparan sulfate chains, proteoglycans that are regulators found on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix. Eight individuals homozygous for one of four family-specific missense mutations in the sulfotransferase domain of the enzyme have been described. They have intellectual disability. Some additionally had hypotonia, ataxia. seizures, and/or short stature, but none had history of respiratory problems. No humans with homozygous null mutations are known...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211501/high-resolution-3d-imaging-of-whole-organ-after-clearing-taking-a-new-look-at-the-zebrafish-testis
#4
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/28211472/proteolysis-regulates-cardiomyocyte-maturation-and-tissue-integration
#5
Ryuichi Fukuda, Felix Gunawan, Arica Beisaw, Vanesa Jimenez-Amilburu, Hans-Martin Maischein, Sawa Kostin, Koichi Kawakami, Didier Y R Stainier
Tissue integrity is critical for organ formation and function. During heart development, cardiomyocytes differentiate and integrate to form a coherent tissue that contracts synchronously. However, the molecular mechanisms regulating cardiac tissue integrity are poorly understood. Here we show that proteolysis, via the E3 ubiquitin ligase ASB2, regulates cardiomyocyte maturation and tissue integrity. Cardiomyocytes in asb2b zebrafish mutants fail to terminally differentiate, resulting in reduced cardiac contractility and output...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211462/zebrafish-tracking-using-convolutional-neural-networks
#6
Zhiping Xu, Xi En Cheng
Keeping identity for a long term after occlusion is still an open problem in the video tracking of zebrafish-like model animals, and accurate animal trajectories are the foundation of behaviour analysis. We utilize the highly accurate object recognition capability of a convolutional neural network (CNN) to distinguish fish of the same congener, even though these animals are indistinguishable to the human eye. We used data augmentation and an iterative CNN training method to optimize the accuracy for our classification task, achieving surprisingly accurate trajectories of zebrafish of different size and age zebrafish groups over different time spans...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211327/results-from-a-round-robin-test-for-the-ecotoxicological-evaluation-of-construction-products-using-two-leaching-tests-and-an-aquatic-test-battery
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Stefan Gartiser, Ines Heisterkamp, Ute Schoknecht, Michael Burkhardt, Monika Ratte, Outi Ilvonen, Frank Brauer, Jan Brückmann, André Dabrunz, Philipp Egeler, Andrea-Maria Eisl, Ute Feiler, Ines Fritz, Sabina König, Herbert Lebertz, Pascal Pandard, Gabriele Pötschke, Dirk Scheerbaum, Frank Schreiber, Přemysl Soldán, Roland Weiß, Reinhilde Weltens
A European round robin test according to ISO 5725-2 was conceptually prepared, realised, and evaluated. The aim was to determine the inter-laboratory variability of the overall process for the ecotoxicological characterization of construction products in eluates and bioassays. To this end, two construction products BAM-G1 (granulate) and HSR-2 (roof sealing sheet), both made of EPDM polymers (rubber), were selected. The granular construction product was eluted in a one stage batch test, the planar product in the Dynamic Surface Leaching test (DSLT)...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209709/pathogenic-mutations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-2-predominantly-result-in-loss-of-rp2-protein-stability-in-human-and-zebrafish
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Fei Liu, Yayun Qin, Shanshan Yu, Dinesh C Soares, Lifang Yang, Jun Weng, Chang Li, Meng Gao, Zhaojing Lu, Xuebin Hu, Xiliang Liu, Tao Jiang, Jing Y Liu, Xinhua Shu, Zhaohui Tang, Mugen Liu
Mutations in retinitis pigmentosa 2 (RP2) account for 10-20% of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (RP) cases. The encoded RP2 protein is implicated in ciliary trafficking of myristoylated and prenylated proteins in photoreceptor cells. To date, over 70 mutations in RP2 have been identified. How these mutations disrupt the function of RP2 is not fully understood. Here, we report a novel in-frame 12-bp deletion (c.357_368del, p.Pro120_Gly123del) in zebrafish rp2 The mutant zebrafish shows reduced rod phototransduction proteins and progressive retinal degeneration...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209639/a-macrophage-relay-for-long-distance-signaling-during-postembryonic-tissue-remodeling
#9
Dae Seok Eom, David M Parichy
Macrophages have diverse functions in immunity as well as development and homeostasis. Here we identify a function for these cells in long distance communication during postembryonic tissue remodeling. Ablation of macrophages in zebrafish prevented melanophores from coalescing into adult pigment stripes. Melanophore organization depends on signals provided by cells of the yellow xanthophore lineage via airinemes, long filamentous projections with vesicles at their tips. We show that airineme extension from originating cells, and vesicle deposition on target cells, depend on interactions with macrophages...
February 16, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209406/endocrine-and-physiological-effects-of-linuron-and-s-metolachlor-in-zebrafish-developing-embryos
#10
C Quintaneiro, D Patrício, S C Novais, A M V M Soares, M S Monteiro
Evaluation of the effects of linuron and S-metolachlor on apical, biochemical and transcriptional endpoints in zebrafish (Danio rerio) early life stages was the main purpose of this work. Embryos were exposed for 96h to a range of concentrations of each herbicide to determine lethal and sub-lethal effects on apical (e.g. malformations, hatching) and biochemical parameters (cholinesterase, ChE; catalase, CAT; glutathione S-transferase, GST; lipid peroxidation, LPO and lactate dehydrogenase, LDH). To evaluate endocrine disruption effects, embryos were exposed during 96h to 0...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208772/transcriptional-and-behavioral-responses-of-zebrafish-larvae-to-microcystin-lr-exposure
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Eleni Tzima, Iliana Serifi, Ioanna Tsikari, Ainhoa Alzualde, Ioannis Leonardos, Thomais Papamarcaki
Microcystins are cyclic heptapeptides that constitute a diverse group of toxins produced by cyanobacteria. One of the most toxic variants of this family is microcystin-LR (MCLR) which is a potent inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) and induces cytoskeleton alterations. In this study, zebrafish larvae exposed to 500 μg/L of MCLR for four days exhibited a 40% reduction of PP2A activity compared to the controls, indicating early effects of the toxin. Gene expression profiling of the MCLR-exposed larvae using microarray analysis revealed that keratin 96 (krt96) was the most downregulated gene, consistent with the well-documented effects of MCLR on cytoskeleton structure...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208716/cell-imaging-counting-as-a-novel-ex-vivo-approach-for-investigating-drug-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-zebrafish-larvae
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Xuan-Bac Nguyen, Stanislav Kislyuk, Duc-Hung Pham, Angela Kecskés, Jan Maes, Deirdre Cabooter, Pieter Annaert, Peter De Witte, Annelii Ny
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is the most common reason for failures during the drug development process and for safety-related withdrawal of drugs from the pharmaceutical market. Therefore, having tools and techniques that can detect hepatotoxic properties in drug candidates at an early discovery stage is highly desirable. In this study, cell imaging counting was used to measure in a fast, straightforward, and unbiased way the effect of paracetamol and tetracycline, (compounds known to cause hepatotoxicity in humans) on the amount of DsRed-labeled hepatocytes recovered by protease digestion from Tg(fabp10a:DsRed) transgenic zebrafish...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208665/effect-of-photon-hormesis-on-dose-responses-to-alpha-particles-in-zebrafish-embryos
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Candy Yuen Ping Ng, Shuk Han Cheng, Kwan Ngok Yu
Photon hormesis refers to the phenomenon where the biological effect of ionizing radiation with a high linear energy transfer (LET) value is diminished by photons with a low LET value. The present paper studied the effect of photon hormesis from X-rays on dose responses to alpha particles using embryos of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as the in vivo vertebrate model. The toxicity of these ionizing radiations in the zebrafish embryos was assessed using the apoptotic counts at 20, 24, or 30 h post fertilization (hpf) revealed through acridine orange (AO) staining...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207787/hyaluronic-acid-synthesis-is-required-for-zebrafish-tail-fin-regeneration
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Xiaohu Ouyang, Nicholas J Panetta, Maya D Talbott, Alexander Y Payumo, Caroline Halluin, Michael T Longaker, James K Chen
Using genome-wide transcriptional profiling and whole-mount expression analyses of zebrafish larvae, we have identified hyaluronan synthase 3 (has3) as an upregulated gene during caudal fin regeneration. has3 expression is induced in the wound epithelium within hours after tail amputation, and its onset and maintenance requires fibroblast growth factor, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, and transforming growth factor-ß signaling. Inhibition of hyaluronic acid (HA) synthesis by the small molecule 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) impairs tail regeneration in zebrafish larvae by preventing injury-induced cell proliferation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207737/the-enteric-nervous-system-promotes-intestinal-health-by-constraining-microbiota-composition
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Annah S Rolig, Erika K Mittge, Julia Ganz, Josh V Troll, Ellie Melancon, Travis J Wiles, Kristin Alligood, W Zac Stephens, Judith S Eisen, Karen Guillemin
Sustaining a balanced intestinal microbial community is critical for maintaining intestinal health and preventing chronic inflammation. The gut is a highly dynamic environment, subject to periodic waves of peristaltic activity. We hypothesized that this dynamic environment is a prerequisite for a balanced microbial community and that the enteric nervous system (ENS), a chief regulator of physiological processes within the gut, profoundly influences gut microbiota composition. We found that zebrafish lacking an ENS due to a mutation in the Hirschsprung disease gene, sox10, develop microbiota-dependent inflammation that is transmissible between hosts...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205556/hrgfish-a-database-of-hypoxia-responsive-genes-in-fishes
#16
Iliyas Rashid, Naresh Sahebrao Nagpure, Prachi Srivastava, Ravindra Kumar, Ajey Kumar Pathak, Mahender Singh, Basdeo Kushwaha
Several studies have highlighted the changes in the gene expression due to the hypoxia response in fishes, but the systematic organization of the information and the analytical platform for such genes are lacking. In the present study, an attempt was made to develop a database of hypoxia responsive genes in fishes (HRGFish), integrated with analytical tools, using LAMPP technology. Genes reported in hypoxia response for fishes were compiled through literature survey and the database presently covers 818 gene sequences and 35 gene types from 38 fishes...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204887/determination-of-monoamine-neurotransmitters-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-by-gas-chromatography-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry-with-a-two-step-derivatization
#17
Alvaro Aragon, Jessica Legradi, Ana Ballesteros-Gómez, Juliette Legler, Martin van Velzen, Jacob de Boer, Pim Leonards
A sensitive analytical method for the determination of monoamine neurotransmitters (MNTs) in zebrafish larvae was developed using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Six MNTs were selected as target compounds for neurotoxicity testing. MNTs underwent a two-step derivatization with hexamethyldisilazane (HDMS) for O-silylation followed by N-methyl-bis-heptafluorobutyramide (MBHFBA) for N-perfluoroacylation. Derivatization conditions were optimized by an experimental design approach. Method validation showed linear calibration curves (r (2) > 0...
February 15, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203731/expression-analysis-of-growth-differentiation-factor-9-gdf9-gdf9-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-amh-and-aromatase-cyp19a1a-cyp19a1a-during-gonadal-differentiation-of-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio%C3%A2
#18
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203046/neuroinflammation-as-fuel-for-axonal-regeneration-in-the-injured-vertebrate-central-nervous-system
#19
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Ilse Bollaerts, Jessie Van Houcke, Lien Andries, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons
Damage to the central nervous system (CNS) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in elderly, as repair after lesions or neurodegenerative disease usually fails because of the limited capacity of CNS regeneration. The causes underlying this limited regenerative potential are multifactorial, but one critical aspect is neuroinflammation. Although classically considered as harmful, it is now becoming increasingly clear that inflammation can also promote regeneration, if the appropriate context is provided...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202512/tumor-associated-neutrophils-and-macrophages-promote-gender-disparity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-zebrafish
#20
Chuan Yan, Qiqi Yang, Zhiyuan Gong
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) occurs more frequently and aggressively in men than women, but the mechanistic basis of this gender disparity is obscure. Chronic inflammation is a major etiological factor in HCC, so we investigated the role of cortisol in gender discrepancy in a zebrafish model of HCC. Inducible expression of oncogenic KrasV12 in hepatocytes of transgenic zebrafish resulted in accelerated liver tumor progression in males. These tumors were more heavily infiltrated with tumor-associated neutrophils (TAN) and macrophages (TAM) versus females, and they both showed pro-tumor gene expression and promoted tumor progression...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
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