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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340388/evaluation-of-cr-vi-reduction-mechanism-and-removal-by-cellulosimicrobium-funkei-strain-ar8-a-novel-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium
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Chinnannan Karthik, Selvaraj Barathi, Arivalagan Pugazhendhi, Vijayan Sri Ramkumar, Ngoc Bao Dung Thi, Padikasan Indra Arulselvi
The present study, a novel haloalkaliphilic Cr(VI) tolerant bacterial strain, Cellulosimicrobium funkei AR8, was isolated and characterized for its high Cr(VI) reduction. In batch experiments, Cr(VI) reduction was evaluated under different parametric conditions which include different pH (5-9), temperature (25-45°C), NaCl (0-3%) and Cr(VI) concentrations (100-250μg/ml). Variations in the cell surface functional groups and morphology of the bacterial cells after Cr(VI) reduction were characterized by FT-IR and SEM-EDX...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336914/inhibition-of-serum-and-glucocorticoid-regulated-kinase-1-as-novel-therapy-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-disorders
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Vassilios J Bezzerides, Aifeng Zhang, Ling Xiao, Bridget Simonson, Santosh A Khedkar, Shiro Baba, Filomena Ottaviano, Stacey Lynch, Katherine Hessler, Alan C Rigby, David Milan, Saumya Das, Anthony Rosenzweig
Alterations in sodium flux (INa) play an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiac arrhythmias and may also contribute to the development of cardiomyopathies. We have recently demonstrated a critical role for the regulation of the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.5 in the heart by the serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase-1 (SGK1). Activation of SGK1 in the heart causes a marked increase in both the peak and late sodium currents leading to prolongation of the action potential duration and an increased propensity to arrhythmia...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335857/modeling-syndromic-congenital-heart-defects-in-zebrafish
#3
Meagan G Grant, Victoria L Patterson, Daniel T Grimes, Rebecca D Burdine
Cardiac development is a dynamic process regulated by spatial and temporal cues that are integrated to effect molecular, cellular, and tissue-level events that form the adult heart. Disruption of these highly orchestrated events can be devastating for cardiac form and function. Aberrations in heart development result in congenital heart defects (CHDs), which affect 1 in 100 infants in the United States each year. Zebrafish have proven informative as a model organism to understand both heart development and the mechanisms associated with CHDs due to the similarities in heart morphogenesis among vertebrates, as well as their genetic tractability and amenability to live imaging...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334757/perturbations-in-cell-signaling-elicit-early-cardiac-defects-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii
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Roberto Costa, Andrea Urbani, Marika Salvalaio, Stefania Bellesso, Domenico Cieri, Ilaria Zancan, Mirella Filocamo, Paolo Bonaldo, Ildiko Szabò, Rosella Tomanin, Enrico Moro
Morphogens release and activity can be negatively affected by an impaired glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) turnover and proteoglycans assembly in the extracellular matrix, leading to altered tissue morphogenesis. In this work, we show that loss of Iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) activity, affecting GAGs catabolism and responsible for a life-threatening valvulopathy in mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPSII), triggers early Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) and Wnt/β-catenin signaling defects, leading to aberrant heart development and atrioventricular valve formation in a zebrafish model...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324817/developmental-toxicity-and-induction-of-vitellogenin-in-embryo-larval-stages-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-exposed-to-methyl-paraben
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Vrinda Yatin Dambal, Karthikeyan Ponnien Selvan, Christy Lite, S Barathi, Winkins Santosh
MethylParaben (MP), a methyl ester of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, is used as an anti-microbial preservative in foods, drugs and cosmetics for decades. It enters the aquatic environment, and can have toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Little is known on the developmental toxicity of MP exposure to zebrafish during early life stages. In this study, the developmental effects of MP were evaluated in embryo-larval zebrafish (at concentrations ranging from 100μM, 200μM, 400µM, 800μM and 1000μM for 96h post fertilization (hpf)...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284154/contribution-of-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-1-gper-to-17%C3%AE-estradiol-induced-developmental-toxicity-in-zebrafish
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Graciel Diamante, Norma Menjivar-Cervantes, Man Sin Leung, David C Volz, Daniel Schlenk
Exposure to 17β-estradiol (E2) influences the regulation of multiple signaling pathways, and E2-mediated disruption of signaling events during early development can lead to malformations such as cardiac defects. In this study, we investigated the potential role of the G-protein estrogen receptor 1 (GPER) in E2-induced developmental toxicity. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to E2 from 2h post fertilization (hpf) to 76 hpf with subsequent transcriptional measurements of heart and neural crest derivatives expressed 2 (hand2), leucine rich repeat containing 10 (lrrc10), and gper at 12, 28 and 76 hpf...
March 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278282/persistent-fibrosis-hypertrophy-and-sarcomere-disorganisation-after-endoscopy-guided-heart-resection-in-adult-xenopus
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Lindsey Marshall, Céline Vivien, Fabrice Girardot, Louise Péricard, Barbara A Demeneix, Laurent Coen, Norin Chai
Models of cardiac repair are needed to understand mechanisms underlying failure to regenerate in human cardiac tissue. Such studies are currently dominated by the use of zebrafish and mice. Remarkably, it is between these two evolutionary separated species that the adult cardiac regenerative capacity is thought to be lost, but causes of this difference remain largely unknown. Amphibians, evolutionary positioned between these two models, are of particular interest to help fill this lack of knowledge. We thus developed an endoscopy-based resection method to explore the consequences of cardiac injury in adult Xenopus laevis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278039/cardiovascular-toxicity-assessment-of-poly-ethylene-imine-based-cationic-polymers-on-zebrafish-model
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Qinglian Hu, Fengliang Guo, Fenghui Zhao, Guping Tang, Zhengwei Fu
Poly(ethylene imine)s (PEIs) have gained enormous attention in designing novel drug delivery systems for cancer treatment. High molecular weight of PEIs such as PEI 25 kD are promising for their drug carrying capacity. However, increased molecular weight is associated with toxicity. Currently, the toxicity evaluation of PEIs is mainly focused on the culture cell models, with very few studies investigating the risk assessment in vivo. Herein, the systemic evaluation of branched PEI 25 kD and PEI-CyD (PC) composed of low molecular PEI (Mw 600) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CyD) is performed in zebrafish model and endothelial cells...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267650/toxic-effects-of-56-fe-ion-radiation-on-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryonic-development
#9
Jing Si, Rong Zhou, Jing'e Song, Lu Gan, Xin Zhou, Cuixia Di, Yang Liu, Aihong Mao, Qiuyue Zhao, Yupei Wang, Hong Zhang
All living organisms and ecosystems are permanently exposed to ionizing radiation. Of all the types of ionizing radiation, heavy ions such as (56)Fe have the potential to cause the most severe biological effects. We therefore examined the effects and potential mechanisms of iron ion irradiation on the induction of developmental toxicity and apoptosis in zebrafish embryos. Zebrafish embryos at 4h post-fertilization (hpf) were divided into five groups: a control group; and four groups irradiated with 0.5, 1, 2, and 4Gy radiation, respectively...
February 28, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266909/exposure-to-1-2-propanediol-impacts-early-development-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-induces-hyperactivity
#10
Andrey Massarsky, Ayham Abdel, Lilah Glazer, Edward D Levin, Richard T Di Giulio
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is increasing as an alternative to tobacco burning cigarettes; however, their safety remains to be fully determined. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes are unknown, including the effects of maternal e-cigarette use on pre- and postnatal development. Additional research on the safety of e-cigarettes is needed. Especially useful would be information from high- and moderate-throughput economic model systems. This study investigates the effects of 1,2-propanediol, which was identified as the main component of e-cigarette liquid, on early development of zebrafish (an in vivo high-throughput model system that was recently proposed for the study of tobacco cigarette and e-cigarette toxicity)...
March 7, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258200/endogenous-natural-complement-inhibitor-regulates-cardiac-development
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Simon A Mortensen, Louise L Skov, Kasper Kjaer-Sorensen, Annette G Hansen, Søren Hansen, Frederik Dagnæs-Hansen, Jens C Jensenius, Claus Oxvig, Steffen Thiel, Søren E Degn
Congenital heart defects are a major cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity, affecting >1% of all live births in the Western world, yet a large fraction of such defects have an unknown etiology. Recent studies demonstrated surprising dual roles for immune-related molecules and their effector mechanisms during fetal development and adult homeostasis. In this article, we describe the function of an endogenous complement inhibitor, mannan-binding lectin (MBL)-associated protein (MAp)44, in regulating the composition of a serine protease-pattern recognition receptor complex, MBL-associated serine protease (MASP)-3/collectin-L1/K1 hetero-oligomer, which impacts cardiac neural crest cell migration...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254533/embryotoxic-and-genotoxic-effects-of-sewage-effluents-in-zebrafish-embryo-using-multiple-endpoint-testing
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Sanja Babić, Josip Barišić, Hrvoje Višić, Roberta Sauerborn Klobučar, Natalija Topić Popović, Ivančica Strunjak-Perović, Rozelindra Čož-Rakovac, Göran Klobučar
Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents are often complex mixtures of various organic and inorganic substances. Quality control of wastewaters and sludges has been regulated with measuring several physico-chemical parameters and sometimes using biological methods with non-specific responses, while synergistic action mechanisms of contaminants in such complex mixtures is still unknown. Toxic effects of wastewaters within and downstream of the WWTP in City of Virovitica, Croatia, were tested on zebrafish Danio rerio using a set of biomarkers that enabled an insight in wastewaters toxic potential on embryos at the cellular, tissue and the whole organism level during an early ontogenesis (24 and 48 hpf)...
February 23, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249360/heart-function-and-hemodynamics-analysis-for-zebrafish-embryos
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Huseyin C Yalcin, Armin Amindari, Jonathan T Butcher, Asma Althani, Magdi Yacoub
The zebrafish has emerged to become a powerful vertebrate animal model for cardiovascular research in recent years. Its advantages include easy genetic manipulation, transparency, small size, low cost, and the ability to survive without active circulation at early stages of development. Sequencing the whole genome and identifying orthologue genes with human genome enabled to induce clinically relevant cardiovascular defects via genetic approaches. Heart function and disturbed hemodynamics need to be assessed in a reliable manner for these disease models in order to reveal mechanobiology of induced defects...
March 1, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245924/resolving-heart-regeneration-by-replacement-histone-profiling
#14
Joseph Aaron Goldman, Guray Kuzu, Nutishia Lee, Jaclyn Karasik, Matthew Gemberling, Matthew J Foglia, Ravi Karra, Amy L Dickson, Fei Sun, Michael Y Tolstorukov, Kenneth D Poss
Chromatin regulation is a principal mechanism governing animal development, yet it is unclear to what extent structural changes in chromatin underlie tissue regeneration. Non-mammalian vertebrates such as zebrafish activate cardiomyocyte (CM) division after tissue damage to regenerate lost heart muscle. Here, we generated transgenic zebrafish expressing a biotinylatable H3.3 histone variant in CMs and derived cell-type-specific profiles of histone replacement. We identified an emerging program of putative enhancers that revise H3...
February 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242613/notch-signalling-restricts-inflammation-and-serpine1-in-the-dynamic-endocardium-of-the-regenerating-zebrafish-heart
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Juliane Münch, Dimitrios Grivas, Álvaro González-Rajal, Rebeca Torregrosa-Carrión, José Luis de la Pompa
The zebrafish heart regenerates after ventricular damage through a process involving inflammation, fibrotic tissue deposition/removal and myocardial regeneration. Using 3D whole-mount imaging, we reveal a highly dynamic endocardium during cardiac regeneration, including changes in cell morphology, behaviour and gene expression. These events lay the foundation for an initial expansion of the endocardium that matures to form a coherent endocardial structure within the injury site. We studied two important endocardial molecules, Serpine1 and Notch, which are implicated in different aspects of endocardial regeneration...
February 27, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230770/vegfa-impacts-early-myocardium-development-in-zebrafish
#16
Diqi Zhu, Yabo Fang, Kun Gao, Jie Shen, Tao P Zhong, Fen Li
Vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa) signaling regulates cardiovascular development. However, the cellular mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in early cardiogenesis remain poorly understood. The present study aimed to understand the differential functions and mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in cardiac development. A loss-of-function approach was utilized to study the effect of Vegfa signaling in cardiogenesis. Both morphants and mutants for vegfaa display defects in cardiac looping and chamber formation, especially the ventricle...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217803/-natriuretic-peptide-precursor-c-coding-gene-contributes-to-zebrafish-angiogenesis
#17
Jing-Jing Zhang, Xin Wang, Dong Liu
This study aimed to investigate the expression of the natriuretic peptide precursor C coding gene nppc and its role in angiogenesis during embryonic period of the zebrafish. Whole mount in situ hybridization was performed to detect the expression pattern of nppc. nppc specific morpholino and nppc mRNA were injected respectively into the one-cell stage embryo to specifically knock-down and rescue the expression of nppc in Tg (flk1:GFP) and Tg (fli1a:nGFP) transgenic lines. The morphology and endothelial cell number of intersegmental vessel (ISV) were analyzed after imaging using the laser scanning confocal microscope...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215996/morphological-and-behavioral-responses-of-zebrafish-after-24h-of-ketamine-embryonic-exposure
#18
Luís M Félix, Cindy Serafim, Maria J Martins, Ana M Valentim, Luís M Antunes, Manuela Matos, Ana M Coimbra
Ketamine, one anesthetic used as an illicit drug, has been detected both in freshwater and marine ecosystems. However, knowledge of its impact on aquatic life is still limited. This study aimed to test its effects in zebrafish embryos by analyzing its time- and dose-dependent developmental toxicity and long-term behavioral changes. The 24h-LC50 was calculated from percent survival using probit analysis. Based on the 24h-LC50 (94.4mgL(-1)), embryos (2hour post-fertilization - hpf) were divided into four groups, including control, and exposed for 24h to ketamine concentrations of 50, 70 or 90mgL(-1)...
February 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211472/proteolysis-regulates-cardiomyocyte-maturation-and-tissue-integration
#19
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/28191018/thymosin-%C3%AE-4-improves-differentiation-and-vascularization-of-ehts
#20
Tilman Ziegler, Rabea Hinkel, Andrea Stöhr, Thomas Eschenhagen, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Ferdinand le Noble, Robert David, Arne Hansen, Christian Kupatt
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) constitute a powerful tool to study cardiac physiology and represents a promising treatment strategy to tackle cardiac disease. However, iPSCs remain relatively immature after differentiation. Additionally, engineered heart tissue (EHT) has been investigated as a therapy option in preclinical disease models with promising results, although their vascularization and functionality leave room for improvement. Thymosin β4 (Tβ4) has been shown to promote the differentiation of progenitor cell lines to cardiomyocytes while it also induces angiogenic sprouting and vascular maturation...
2017: Stem Cells International
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