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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230770/vegfa-impacts-early-myocardium-development-in-zebrafish
#1
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
#2
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
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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 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211472/proteolysis-regulates-cardiomyocyte-maturation-and-tissue-integration
#4
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187362/6-2-chlorinated-polyfluorinated-ether-sulfonate-a-pfos-alternative-induces-embryotoxicity-and-disrupts-cardiac-development-in-zebrafish-embryos
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Guohui Shi, Qianqian Cui, Yitao Pan, Nan Sheng, Sujie Sun, Yong Guo, Jiayin Dai
As an alternative to perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), 6:2 chlorinated polyfluorinated ether sulfonate (commercial name: F-53B) has been used as a mist suppressant in Chinese electroplating industries for over 30 years. It has been found in the environment and fish, and one acute assay indicated F-53B was moderately toxic. However, the toxicological information on this compound was incomplete and insufficient for assessment of their environment impact. The object of this study was to examine the developmental toxicity of F-53B using zebrafish embryos...
February 3, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182631/zebrafish-atoh8-mutants-do-not-recapitulate-morpholino-phenotypes
#7
Elsie S Place, James C Smith
Atoh8 is a bHLH transcription factor expressed in pancreas, skeletal muscle, the nervous system, and cardiovascular tissues during embryological development. Although it has been implicated in the regulation of pancreatic and endothelial cell differentiation, the phenotypic consequences of Atoh8 loss are uncertain. Conclusions from knockout studies in the mouse differ widely depending on the targeting strategy used, while atoh8 knockdown by interfering morpholino oligonucleotides (morpholinos) in zebrafish has led to a range of developmental defects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180938/compound-heterozygous-gata5-mutations-in-a-girl-with-hydrops-fetalis-congenital-heart-defects-and-genital-anomalies
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Maja Hempel, Teresa Casar Tena, Thilo Diehl, Martina S Burczyk, Tim M Strom, Christian Kubisch, Melanie Philipp, Davor Lessel
GATA5 belongs to the GATA family of transcription factors characterized by highly evolutionarily conserved zinc-finger DNA-binding domains. Mouse models have implicated a role of GATA5 during mammalian embryogenesis, including proper heart development and gender-specific regulation of female genitourinary tract formation. Previous studies have found an association of heterozygous missense alterations in GATA5 with a broad variety of heart diseases; however, the clinical relevance of the identified susceptibility variants has remained unclear...
February 8, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174241/development-of-a-human-cardiac-organoid-injury-model-reveals-innate-regenerative-potential
#9
Holly K Voges, Richard J Mills, David A Elliott, Robert G Parton, Enzo R Porrello, James E Hudson
The adult human heart possesses a limited regenerative potential following an ischemic event, and undergoes a number of pathological changes in response to injury. While cardiac regeneration has been documented in zebrafish and neonatal mouse hearts, it is currently unknown whether the immature human heart is capable of undergoing complete regeneration. Combined progress in pluripotent stem cell differentiation and tissue engineering has facilitated the development of human cardiac organoids (hCO), which resemble fetal heart tissue and can be used to address this important knowledge gap...
February 7, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167492/disruption-of-pdgfra-alters-endocardial-and-myocardial-fusion-during-zebrafish-cardiac-assembly
#10
Suzan El-Rass, Shahram Eisa-Beygi, Edbert Khong, Koroboshka Brand-Arzamendi, Antonio Mauro, Haibo Zhang, Karl J Clark, Stephen C Ekker, Xiao-Yan Wen
Cardiac development in vertebrates is a finely tuned process regulated by a set of conserved signaling pathways. Perturbations of these processes are often associated with congenital cardiac malformations. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) is a highly conserved tyrosine kinase receptor, which is essential for development and organogenesis. Disruption of Pdgfrα function in murine models are embryonic lethal due to severe cardiovascular defects, suggesting a role in cardiac development, thus necessitating the use of alternative models to explore its precise function...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145902/redirecting-cardiac-growth-mechanisms-for-therapeutic-regeneration
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Ravi Karra, Kenneth D Poss
Heart failure is a major source of morbidity and mortality. Replacing lost myocardium with new tissue is a major goal of regenerative medicine. Unlike adult mammals, zebrafish and neonatal mice are capable of heart regeneration following cardiac injury. In both contexts, the regenerative program echoes molecular and cellular events that occur during cardiac development and morphogenesis, notably muscle creation through division of cardiomyocytes. Based on studies over the past decade, it is now accepted that the adult mammalian heart undergoes a low grade of cardiomyocyte turnover...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138518/decellularized-zebrafish-cardiac-extracellular-matrix-induces-mammalian-heart-regeneration
#12
William C W Chen, Zhouguang Wang, Maria Azzurra Missinato, Dae Woo Park, Daniel Ward Long, Heng-Jui Liu, Xuemei Zeng, Nathan A Yates, Kang Kim, Yadong Wang
Heart attack is a global health problem that leads to significant morbidity, mortality, and health care burden. Adult human hearts have very limited regenerative capability after injury. However, evolutionarily primitive species generally have higher regenerative capacity than mammals. The extracellular matrix (ECM) may contribute to this difference. Mammalian cardiac ECM may not be optimally inductive for cardiac regeneration because of the fibrotic, instead of regenerative, responses in injured adult mammalian hearts...
November 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138039/amplified-pathogenic-actions-of-angiotensin-ii-in-cysteine-rich-lim-only-protein-4-negative-mouse-hearts
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Julia Straubinger, Karsten Boldt, Anna Kuret, Lisa Deng, Diana Krattenmacher, Nadja Bork, Matthias Desch, Robert Feil, Susanne Feil, Mona Nemer, Marius Ueffing, Peter Ruth, Steffen Just, Robert Lukowski
LIM domain proteins have been identified as essential modulators of cardiac biology and pathology; however, it is unclear which role the cysteine-rich LIM-only protein (CRP)4 plays in these processes. In studying CRP4 mutant mice, we found that their hearts developed normally but lack of CRP4 exaggerated multiple parameters of the cardiac stress response to the neurohormone angiotensin II (Ang II). Aiming to dissect the molecular details we find a link between CRP4 and the cardioprotective cGMP pathway, as well as a multiprotein complex comprising well-known hypertrophy-associated factors...
January 30, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124705/responsive-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-sensing-of-hydrogen-peroxide-and-simultaneous-treatment-toward-heart-failure
#14
Si Yu Tan, Cathleen Teh, Chung Yen Ang, Menghuan Li, Peizhou Li, Vladimir Korzh, Yanli Zhao
Chronic heart failure is often characterized by the elevated amounts of reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the heart. Thus, it is of importance that selective release of therapeutic drugs occurs at the heart failure site to maximize therapeutic effects. In this work, functional mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNPs) were developed for detection of H2O2, selective drug release and controlled treatment toward heart failure. The H2O2-sensitive probe was attached to the surface of the MSNPs, and a therapeutic drug of heart failure, captopril, was loaded within the pores of the MSNPs and retained by the binding of α-cyclodextrin to the probe...
January 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121514/genetic-drivers-of-kidney-defects-in-the-digeorge-syndrome
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Esther Lopez-Rivera, Yangfan P Liu, Miguel Verbitsky, Blair R Anderson, Valentina P Capone, Edgar A Otto, Zhonghai Yan, Adele Mitrotti, Jeremiah Martino, Nicholas J Steers, David A Fasel, Katarina Vukojevic, Rong Deng, Silvia E Racedo, Qingxue Liu, Max Werth, Rik Westland, Asaf Vivante, Gabriel S Makar, Monica Bodria, Matthew G Sampson, Christopher E Gillies, Virginia Vega-Warner, Mariarosa Maiorana, Donald S Petrey, Barry Honig, Vladimir J Lozanovski, Rémi Salomon, Laurence Heidet, Wassila Carpentier, Dominique Gaillard, Alba Carrea, Loreto Gesualdo, Daniele Cusi, Claudia Izzi, Francesco Scolari, Joanna A E van Wijk, Adela Arapovic, Mirna Saraga-Babic, Marijan Saraga, Nenad Kunac, Ali Samii, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Terrence B Crowley, Elaine H Zackai, Dorota Drozdz, Monika Miklaszewska, Marcin Tkaczyk, Przemyslaw Sikora, Maria Szczepanska, Malgorzata Mizerska-Wasiak, Grazyna Krzemien, Agnieszka Szmigielska, Marcin Zaniew, John M Darlow, Prem Puri, David Barton, Emilio Casolari, Susan L Furth, Bradley A Warady, Zoran Gucev, Hakon Hakonarson, Hana Flogelova, Velibor Tasic, Anna Latos-Bielenska, Anna Materna-Kiryluk, Landino Allegri, Craig S Wong, Iain A Drummond, Vivette D'Agati, Akira Imamoto, Jonathan M Barasch, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Krzysztof Kiryluk, Richard P Lifton, Bernice E Morrow, Cecile Jeanpierre, Virginia E Papaioannou, Gian Marco Ghiggeri, Ali G Gharavi, Nicholas Katsanis, Simone Sanna-Cherchi
Background The DiGeorge syndrome, the most common of the microdeletion syndromes, affects multiple organs, including the heart, the nervous system, and the kidney. It is caused by deletions on chromosome 22q11.2; the genetic driver of the kidney defects is unknown. Methods We conducted a genomewide search for structural variants in two cohorts: 2080 patients with congenital kidney and urinary tract anomalies and 22,094 controls. We performed exome and targeted resequencing in samples obtained from 586 additional patients with congenital kidney anomalies...
February 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106108/isl2b-regulates-anterior-second-heart-field-development-in-zebrafish
#16
Hagen R Witzel, Sirisha Cheedipudi, Rui Gao, Didier Y R Stainier, Gergana D Dobreva
After initial formation, the heart tube grows by addition of second heart field progenitor cells to its poles. The transcription factor Isl1 is expressed in the entire second heart field in mouse, and Isl1-deficient mouse embryos show defects in arterial and venous pole development. The expression of Isl1 is conserved in zebrafish cardiac progenitors; however, Isl1 is required for cardiomyocyte differentiation only at the venous pole. Here we show that Isl1 homologues are expressed in specific patterns in the developing zebrafish heart and play distinct roles during cardiac morphogenesis...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100783/dual-functional-roles-of-molecular-beacon-a-microrna-detector-and-inhibitor
#17
Wai Ming Li, Ching-Man Chan, Andrew L Miller, Chow H Lee
MicroRNAs are essential in many cellular processes. The ability to detect microRNAs is important for understanding its function and biogenesis. This study is aimed at using a molecular beacon to detect miR-430 in developing zebrafish embryos as a proof of principle. miR-430 is crucial for the clearance of maternal mRNA during maternal zygotic transition (MZT) in embryonic development. Despite its known function, the temporal and spatial expression of miR-430 remains unclear. We used various imaging techniques, including laser scanning confocal microscopy, spinning disk and lightsheet microscopy, to study the localization of miR-430 and any developmental defects possibly caused by the molecular beacon...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098558/platelet-derived-growth-factor-pdgf-signaling-directs-cardiomyocyte-movement-toward-the-midline-during-heart-tube-assembly
#18
Joshua Bloomekatz, Reena Singh, Owen Wj Prall, Ariel C Dunn, Megan Vaughan, Chin-San Loo, Richard P Harvey, Deborah Yelon
Communication between neighboring tissues plays a central role in guiding organ morphogenesis. During heart tube assembly, interactions with the adjacent endoderm control the medial movement of cardiomyocytes, a process referred to as cardiac fusion. However, the molecular underpinnings of this endodermal-myocardial relationship remain unclear. Here, we show an essential role for platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (Pdgfra) in directing cardiac fusion. Mutation of pdgfra disrupts heart tube assembly in both zebrafish and mouse...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097653/prolongation-of-somitogenesis-in-two-anguilliform-species-the-japanese-eel-anguilla-japonica-and-pike-eel-muraenesox-cinereus-with-refined-descriptions-of-their-early-development
#19
T Kawakami, Y Yamada, S Tanaka, K Tsukamoto
The embryonic development of the Japanese eel Anguilla japonica and pike eel Muraenesox cinereus was morphologically investigated with laboratory-reared specimens to clarify the characteristics of somitogenesis. In A. japonica, somites were first observed at 18 h post fertilization (hpf) when epiboly reached 90%. Somitogenesis progressed at a rate of 1·6 h(-1) at mean ± s.d. 22·6 ± 0·7° C and completed at 107 hpf (3 days post hatching; dph) when total number of somites (ST) reached 114, which corresponds to the species' number of vertebrae (112-119)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087459/wnt-signaling-balances-specification-of-the-cardiac-and-pharyngeal-muscle-fields
#20
Amrita Mandal, Andrew Holowiecki, Yuntao Charlie Song, Joshua S Waxman
Canonical Wnt/β-catenin (Wnt) signaling plays multiple conserved roles during fate specification of cardiac progenitors in developing vertebrate embryos. Although lineage analysis in ascidians and mice has indicated there is a close relationship between the cardiac second heart field (SHF) and pharyngeal muscle (PM) progenitors, the signals underlying directional fate decisions of the cells within the cardio-pharyngeal muscle field in vertebrates are not yet understood. Here, we examined the temporal requirements of Wnt signaling in cardiac and PM development...
January 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
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