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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638918/-generation-of-tnnt2a-knock-out-zebrafish-via-crispr-cas9-and-phenotypic-analysis
#1
Lian Liu, Ran-Ran Zhang, Qian Yang, Xu Wang, Yong-Hao Gui
Cardiac troponin T (cTnT) serves as a structural protein of myocardial fiber, and participates in heart excitation-contraction coupling process. Here, we generated tnnt2a (cTnT-coding gene) deletion mutant zebrafish via CRISPR/Cas9 technique, and performed phenotypic analysis of the identified tnnt2a mutants. We observed that there was no significant difference between heterozygous mutant and wild type zebrafish, and the homozygous mutants displayed significant malformations in heart, including cardiac arrest, atrium and ventricle enlargement, pericardium effusion, and the individuals usually died before 7 day post fertilization (dpf)...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632131/reciprocal-analyses-in-zebrafish-and-medaka-reveal-that-harnessing-the-immune-response-promotes-cardiac-regeneration
#2
Didier Yr Stainier, Shih-Lei Ben Lai, Rubén Marín-Juez, Pedro Luís Moura, Carsten Kuenne, Jason Kuan Han Lai, Ayele Taddese Tsedeke, Stefan Guenther, Mario Looso
Zebrafish display a distinct ability to regenerate their heart following injury. However, this ability is not shared by another teleost, the medaka. In order to identify cellular and molecular bases for this difference, we performed comparative transcriptomic analyses following cardiac cryoinjury. This comparison points to major differences in immune cell dynamics between these models. Upon closer examination, we observed delayed and reduced macrophage recruitment in medaka, along with delayed neutrophil clearance...
June 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627438/genome-wide-identification-phylogeny-and-expression-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-genes-in-tetraploidized-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio
#3
Lin Chen, Chuanju Dong, Shengnan Kong, Jiangfan Zhang, Xuejun Li, Peng Xu
Bone morphogenetic proteins (Bmps) are a group of signaling molecules known to play important roles during formation and maintenance of various organs, not only bone, but also muscle, blood and so on. Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is one of the most intensively studied fish due to its economic and environmental importance. Besides, common carp had encountered an additional round of whole genome duplication (WGD) compared with many closely related diploid teleost, which make it one of the most important models for genome evolutionary studies in teleost...
June 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623802/developmental-toxicity-of-glycine-coated-silica-nanoparticles-in-embryonic-zebrafish
#4
Eduard Dumitrescu, Dinusha P Karunaratne, Morgan K Prochaska, Xiaobo Liu, Kenneth N Wallace, Silvana Andreescu
Nanoparticle (NP) surface coatings are known to influence the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials. This work examines the effect of glycine functionalization on silica NPs and investigates changes in viability and developmental defects in the organs of zebrafish embryos upon exposure. Silica NPs and glycine-functionalized silica NPs are synthesized and characterized. Exposure of zebrafish embryos to glycine-silica NPs affects the mortality percentage in a similar manner to soluble glycine. Developmental defects are observed in embryos exposed to soluble glycine, glycine-silica NPs, or silica NPs in comparison with the unexposed embryos...
June 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621328/live-cell-screening-platform-identifies-ppar%C3%AE-as-a-regulator-of-cardiomyocyte-proliferation-and-cardiac-repair
#5
Ajit Magadum, Yishu Ding, Lan He, Teayoun Kim, Mohankrishna Dalvoy Vasudevarao, Qinqiang Long, Kevin Yang, Nadeera Wickramasinghe, Harsha V Renikunta, Nicole Dubois, Gilbert Weidinger, Qinglin Yang, Felix B Engel
Zebrafish can efficiently regenerate their heart through cardiomyocyte proliferation. In contrast, mammalian cardiomyocytes stop proliferating shortly after birth, limiting the regenerative capacity of the postnatal mammalian heart. Therefore, if the endogenous potential of postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation could be enhanced, it could offer a promising future therapy for heart failure patients. Here, we set out to systematically identify small molecules triggering postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation. By screening chemical compound libraries utilizing a Fucci-based system for assessing cell cycle stages, we identified carbacyclin as an inducer of postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation...
June 16, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618356/developmental-neurotoxic-effects-of-graphene-oxide-exposure-in-zebrafish-larvae-danio-rerio
#6
J C Soares, Tcb Pereira, K M Costa, T Maraschin, N R Basso, M R Bogo
Although graphene oxide (GO), a nanomaterial with hexagonal planar layer, has been widely studied due to its applications in neurobiology that include drug delivery and tissue engineering, additional studies to assess its potential toxic effects are still needed. Thus, this study evaluated the effects of GO exposure (at 5, 10, 50 or 100mg/L) during six consecutive days on mortality, hatching, spontaneous movement, heart rate, morphology, locomotion behavior, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity, dopamine levels and relative gene expression of developmental neurology-related genes using zebrafish larvae...
June 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615160/nkx2-5-is-essential-to-establish-normal-heart-rate-variability-in-the-zebrafish-embryo
#7
Jamie K Harrington, Robert Sorabella, Abigail Tercek, Joseph R Isler, Kimara L Targoff
Heart rate variability (HRV) has become an important clinical marker of cardiovascular health and a research measure for the study of the cardiac conduction system and its autonomic controls. While zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an ideal vertebrate model for understanding heart development, HRV has only recently been investigated in this system. We have previously demonstrated that nkx2.5 and nkx2.7, two homologues of Nkx2-5 expressed in zebrafish cardiomyocytes, play vital roles in maintaining cardiac chamber-specific characteristics...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611029/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-truncating-variants-in-nuclear-envelope-genes-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
#8
Gloria T Haskell, Brian C Jensen, Leigh Ann Samsa, Daniel Marchuk, Wei Huang, Cecile Skrzynia, Christian Tilley, Bryce A Seifert, Edgar A Rivera-Muñoz, Beverly Koller, Kirk C Wilhelmsen, Jiandong Liu, Hassan Alhosaini, Karen E Weck, James P Evans, Jonathan S Berg
BACKGROUND: The genetic variation underlying many heritable forms of cardiovascular disease is incompletely understood, even in patients with strong family history or early age at onset. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used whole exome sequencing to detect pathogenic variants in 55 patients with suspected monogenic forms of cardiovascular disease. Diagnostic analysis of established disease genes identified pathogenic variants in 21.8% of cases and variants of uncertain significance in 34...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598372/evaluation-of-the-cardiotoxicity-of-evodiamine-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#9
Weifeng Yang, Lina Ma, Sidi Li, Kaiyu Cui, Lei Lei, Zuguang Ye
Evodiamine is a bioactive alkaloid that is specified as a biomarker for the quality assessment of Evodia rutaecarpa (E. rutaecarpa) and for traditional Chinese medicines containing this plant. We previously reported that quantitative structure-activity modeling indicated that evodiamine may cause cardiotoxicity. However, previous investigations have indicated that evodiamine has beneficial effects in patients with cardiovascular diseases and there are no previous in vitro or in vivo reports of evodiamine-induced cardiotoxicity...
June 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594399/essential-but-partially-redundant-roles-for-pou4f1-brn-3a-and-pou4f2-brn-3b-transcription-factors-in-the-developing-heart
#10
Lauren J Maskell, Kashif Qamar, Aram A Babakr, Thomas A Hawkins, Richard J Heads, Vishwanie S Budhram-Mahadeo
Congenital heart defects contribute to embryonic or neonatal lethality but due to the complexity of cardiac development, the molecular changes associated with such defects are not fully understood. Here, we report that transcription factors (TFs) Brn-3a (POU4F1) and Brn-3b (POU4F2) are important for normal cardiac development. Brn-3a directly represses Brn-3b promoter in cardiomyocytes and consequently Brn-3a knockout (KO) mutant hearts express increased Brn-3b mRNA during mid-gestation, which is linked to hyperplastic growth associated with elevated cyclin D1, a known Brn-3b target gene...
June 8, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592901/high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-regenerating-adult-zebrafish-heart
#11
Jana Koth, Mahon L Maguire, Darryl McClymont, Leonie Diffley, Victoria L Thornton, John Beech, Roger K Patient, Paul R Riley, Jürgen E Schneider
The adult zebrafish is a well-established model for studying heart regeneration, but due to its tissue opaqueness, repair has been primarily assessed using destructive histology, precluding repeated investigations of the same animal. We present a high-resolution, non-invasive in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method incorporating a miniature respiratory and anaesthetic perfusion set-up for live adult zebrafish, allowing for visualization of scar formation and heart regeneration in the same animal over time at an isotropic 31 µm voxel resolution...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588485/beneficial-effects-and-toxicity-studies-of-xian-ling-gu-bao-on-bone-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
#12
Hao Wu, Qingxiang Zhong, Jing Wang, Man Wang, Fang Fang, Zhi Xia, Rongling Zhong, Houcai Huang, Zhongcheng Ke, Yingjie Wei, Liang Feng, Ziqi Shi, E Sun, Jie Song, Xiaobin Jia
Xian-ling-gu-bao (XLGB) is a well-known patented traditional Chinese prescription widely used to treat osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, aseptic bone necrosis, or climacteric syndrome. However, recent reports have suggested that XLGB may cause liver injury in humans. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of XLGB in the prevention of osteoporosis in the zebrafish and ovariectomized (OVX) rats, both of which have been used as osteoporosis models. The safety of XLGB after long-term administration to OVX rats was also assessed...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578380/the-zebrafish-ventricle-a-hub-of-cardiac-endothelial-cells-for-in-vitro-cell-behavior-studies
#13
Chinmoy Patra, Zacharias Kontarakis, Harmandeep Kaur, Amey Rayrikar, Debanjan Mukherjee, Didier Y R Stainier
Despite our increasing understanding of zebrafish heart development and regeneration, there is limited information about the distribution of endothelial cells (ECs) in the adult zebrafish heart. Here, we investigate and compare the distribution of cardiac ECs (cECs) in adult mouse and zebrafish ventricles. Surprisingly, we find that (i) active coronary vessel growth is present in adult zebrafish, (ii) ~37 and ~39% of cells in the zebrafish heart are ECs and cardiomyocytes, respectively, a composition similar to that seen in mouse...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573481/copper-pyrithione-a-booster-biocide-induces-abnormal-muscle-and-notochord-architecture-in-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#14
Kelly M Almond, Louis D Trombetta
The metal pyrithiones, principally zinc (ZnPT) and copper (CuPT), are replacing tributyltin (TBT) as antifouling agents. Zebrafish embryos were exposed within the first hour after fertilization to 12 and 64 µg/L of CuPT for 24 h. Morphological abnormalities in notochord and muscle architecture were observed at 96 h post fertilization (hpf). TEM revealed abnormal electron dense deposits in the notochord sheath and muscle fiber degeneration in animals treated with 12 µg/L of CuPT. Embryos that were exposed to 64 µg/L of CuPT displayed severe muscle fiber degeneration including abnormal A and I band patterning and altered z disk arrangement...
June 1, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570901/hypoxia-exacerbates-the-cardiotoxic-effect-of-the-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-phenanthrene-in-danio-rerio
#15
Alysha D Cypher, Joanna Consiglio, Brian Bagatto
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 released a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into the Gulf of Mexico presenting a complex exposure regime for native species. Concurrently, the Gulf has experienced an increase in hypoxic events due to agricultural runoff from the Mississippi River outflow. This combination presents a unique physiological challenge to native species and a challenge for researchers. The purpose of this study was to determine how the cardiotoxic PAH, phenanthrene interacts with hypoxia to affect the cardiovascular system of larval zebrafish (Danio rerio)...
May 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559182/time-dependent-effect-of-chronic-embryonic-exposure-to-ethanol-on-zebrafish-morphology-biochemical-and-anxiety-alterations
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Nurul Farhana Ramlan, Nurul Syafida Asma Mohd Sata, Siti Norhidayah Hassan, Noraini Abu Bakar, Syahida Ahmad, Syaizwan Zahmir Zulkifli, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Wan Norhamidah Wan Ibrahim
Exposure to ethanol during critical period of development can cause severe impairments in the central nervous system (CNS). This study was conducted to assess the neurotoxic effects of chronic embryonic exposure to ethanol in the zebrafish, taking into consideration the time dependent effect. Two types of exposure regimen were applied in this study. Withdrawal exposure group received daily exposure starting from gastrulation until hatching, while continuous exposure group received daily exposure from gastrulation until behavioural assessment at 6dpf (days post fertilization)...
May 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555938/assessment-of-the-lethal-and-sublethal-effects-of-20-environmental-chemicals-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-larvae-by-using-oecd-tg-212
#17
Yoshifumi Horie, Takahiro Yamagishi, Hiroko Takahashi, Youko Shintaku, Taisen Iguchi, Norihisa Tatarazako
Fish embryo toxicity tests are used to assess the lethal and sublethal effects of environmental chemicals in aquatic organisms. Previously, we used a short-term toxicity test published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (test no. 212: Fish, Short-term Toxicity Test on Embryo and Sac-Fry Stages [OECD TG 212]) to assess the lethal and sublethal effects of aniline and several chlorinated anilines in zebrafish embryos and larvae. To expand upon this previous study, we used OECD TG 212 in zebrafish embryos and larvae to assess the lethal and sublethal effects of 20 additional environmental chemicals that included active pharmaceutical ingredients, pesticides, metals, aromatic compounds or chlorinated anilines...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554511/induction-of-cardiac-dysfunction-in-developing-and-adult-zebrafish-by-chronic-isoproterenol-stimulation
#18
Mandy Kossack, Selina Hein, Lonny Juergensen, Mauro Siragusa, Alexander Benz, Hugo A Katus, Patrick Most, David Hassel
Zebrafish is a widely used model to evaluate genetic variants and modifiers that can cause heart muscle diseases. Surprisingly, the β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) pathway in zebrafish is not well characterized, although abnormal β-AR signaling is a major contributor to human heart failure (HF). Chronic β-AR activation in the attempt to normalize heart function in the failing heart results in a reduction of the β-ARs expression and receptor desensitization, largely mediated through G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) upregulation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551771/synergistic-effects-of-chuanxiong-chishao-herb-pair-on-promoting-angiogenesis-at-network-pharmacological-and-pharmacodynamic-levels
#19
Yan Wang, Gang Guo, Bin-Rui Yang, Qi-Qi Xin, Qi-Wen Liao, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Yuan-Jia Hu, Ke-Ji Chen, Wei-Hong Cong
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the synergistic effects of Chuanxiong-Chishao herb-pair (CCHP) on promoting angiogenesis in silico and in vivo. METHODS: The mechanisms of action of an herb-pair, Chuanxiong- Chishao, were investigated using the network pharmacological and pharmacodynamic strategies involving computational drug target prediction and network analysis, and experimental validation. A set of network pharmacology methods were created to study the herbs in the context of targets and diseases networks, including prediction of target profiles and pharmacological actions of main active compounds in Chuanxiong and Chishao...
May 27, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550304/electronic-supplementary-materialidentification-of-a-na-k-atpase-inhibition-independent-proarrhythmic-ionic-mechanisms-of-cardiac-glycosides
#20
Cai Hong Koh, Jianjun Wu, Ying Ying Chung, Zhenfeng Liu, Rong-Rong Zhang, Ketpin Chong, Vladimir Korzh, Sherwin Ting, Steve Oh, Winston Shim, Hai-Yan Tian, Heming Wei
The current study explored the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase (NKA) inhibition-independent proarrhythmic mechanisms of cardiac glycosides (CGs) which are well-known NKA inhibitors. With the cytosolic Ca(2+) chelated by EGTA and BAPTA or extracellular Ca(2+) replaced by Ba(2+), effects of bufadienolides (bufalin (BF) and cinobufagin (CBG)) and cardenolides (ouabain (Oua) and pecilocerin A (PEA)) on the L-type calcium current (I Ca,L) were recorded in heterologous expression Cav1.2-CHO cells and human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs)...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
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