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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423017/auxotonic-to-isometric-contraction-transitioning-in-a-beating-heart-causes-myosin-step-size-to-down-shift
#1
Thomas P Burghardt, Xiaojing Sun, Yihua Wang, Katalin Ajtai
Myosin motors in cardiac ventriculum convert ATP free energy to the work of moving blood volume under pressure. The actin bound motor cyclically rotates its lever-arm/light-chain complex linking motor generated torque to the myosin filament backbone and translating actin against resisting force. Previous research showed that the unloaded in vitro motor is described with high precision by single molecule mechanical characteristics including unitary step-sizes of approximately 3, 5, and 8 nm and their relative step-frequencies of approximately 13, 50, and 37%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422649/visual-servoed-three-dimensional-rotation-control-in-zebrafish-larva-heart-microinjection-system
#2
Songlin Zhuang, Weiyang Lin, Jie Zhong, Gefei Zhang, Li Li, Jianbin Qiu, Huijun Gao
OBJECTIVE: Zebrafish larva heart microinjection is a widely used technique in cardiac disease study. Compared with intensively researched rotation control of spherical or nearly spherical targets with clear structures, such as cells and embryos, 3-D rotation control of zebrafish larva demands new techniques due to its non-transparent structures and irregular outlines. METHODS: In this paper, we present a vision-servo system to automate the rotation process of zebrafish larva body...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419104/further-characterisation-of-differences-between-tl-and-ab-zebrafish-danio-rerio-gene-expression-physiology-and-behaviour-at-day-5-of-the-larval-stage
#3
Ruud van den Bos, Wouter Mes, Pietro Galligani, Anthony Heil, Jan Zethof, Gert Flik, Marnix Gorissen
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have become popular as model organism in research. Many strains are readily available, which not only differ morphologically, but also genetically, physiologically and behaviourally. Here, we focus on the AB and Tupfel long-fin (TL) strain for which we have previously shown that adults differ in baseline hypothalamus-pituitary-interrenal (HPI)-axis activity (AB higher than TL) affecting inhibitory avoidance behaviour (absent in AB). To assess whether strain differences are already present in early life stages, we compared baseline HPI-axis related gene expression as well as cortisol levels, (neuro)development related as well as (innate) immune system related gene expression, and light-dark as well as startle behaviour in larvae 5 days post fertilisation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417904/zebrafish-as-an-alternative-vertebrate-model-for-investigating-developmental-toxicity-the-triadimefon-example
#4
Maria Zoupa, Kyriaki Machera
Triadimefon is a widely used triazole fungicide known to cause severe developmental defects in several model organisms and in humans. The present study evaluated in detail the developmental effects seen in zebrafish embryos exposed to triadimefon, confirmed and expanded upon previous phenotypic findings and compared them to those observed in other traditional animal models. In order to do this, we exposed embryos to 2 and 4 µg/mL triadimefon and evaluated growth until 120 h post-fertilization (hpf) through gross morphology examination...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412217/dalbergia-odorifera-extract-promotes-angiogenesis-through-upregulation-of-vegfrs-and-pi3k-mapk-signaling-pathways
#5
Zhu-Ming Fan, Da-Ying Wang, Jian-Mei Yang, Zhi-Xiu Lin, Ai-Lin Yang, Hua Fan, Min Cao, Su-Yun Yuan, Zong-Jun Liu, Xin Zhou, You-Hua Wang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The heart wood of Dalbergia odorifera is a Chinese herbal medicine commonly used for the treatment of various ischemic diseases in Chinese medicine practice. AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study, therapeutic angiogenesis effects of the Dalbergia odorifera extract (DOE) were investigated on transgenic zebrafish in vivo and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pro-angiogenic effects of DOE on zebrafish were examined by subintestinal vessels (SIVs) sprouting assay and intersegmental vessels (ISVs) injury assay...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408455/cell-therapy-trials-in-congenital-heart-disease
#6
REVIEW
Hidemasa Oh
Dramatic evolution in medical and catheter interventions and complex surgeries to treat children with congenital heart disease (CHD) has led to a growing number of patients with a multitude of long-term complications associated with morbidity and mortality. Heart failure in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome predicated by functional single ventricle lesions is associated with an increase in CHD prevalence and remains a significant challenge. Pathophysiological mechanisms contributing to the progression of CHD, including single ventricle lesions and dilated cardiomyopathy, and adult heart disease may inevitably differ...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398466/novel-nesprin-1-mutations-associated-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-cause-nuclear-envelope-disruption-and-defects-in-myogenesis
#7
Can Zhou, Chen Li, Bin Zhou, Huaqin Sun, Victoria Koullourou, Ian Holt, Megan J Puckelwartz, Derek T Warren, Robert Hayward, Ziyuan Lin, Lin Zhang, Glenn E Morris, Elizabeth M McNally, Sue Shackleton, Li Rao, Catherine M Shanahan, Qiuping Zhang
Nesprins-1 and -2 are highly expressed in skeletal and cardiac muscle and together with SUN (Sad1p/UNC84)-domain containing proteins and lamin A/C form the LInker of Nucleoskeleton-and-Cytoskeleton (LINC) bridging complex at the nuclear envelope (NE). Mutations in nesprin-1/2 have previously been found in patients with autosomal dominant Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD) as well as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In this study, three novel rare variants (R8272Q, S8381C and N8406K) in the C-terminus of the SYNE1 gene (nesprin-1) were identified in seven DCM patients by mutation screening...
April 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391552/effect-of-empagliflozin-on-cardiac-biomarkers-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-heart-failure-clues-to-the-empa-reg-outcome-trial
#8
Xingjuan Shi, Subodh Verma, Junghwa Yun, Koroboshka Brand-Arzamendi, Krishna K Singh, Xiangdong Liu, Ankit Garg, Adrian Quan, Xiao-Yan Wen
The sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin was recently reported to reduce heart failure-associated hospitalizations and cardiovascular mortality amongst individuals with type 2 diabetes at high cardiovascular risk. We sought to elucidate the underlying mechanism(s) for these protective effects using a validated zebrafish heart failure model to evaluate the impact of empagliflozin on the expression of biomarkers of heart failure and mortality. We used aristolochic acid (AA) to induce heart failure in developing cmlc2::GFP transgenic zebrafish embryos and monitored BNP signaling in nppb::Luc transgenic zebrafish with a luciferase reporter assay...
April 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391149/multi-organ-toxicity-induced-by-fine-particulate-matter-pm2-5-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-model
#9
Junchao Duan, Hejing Hu, Yannan Zhang, Lin Feng, Yanfeng Shi, Mark R Miller, Zhiwei Sun
The fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in air pollution is a major public health concern and now known to contribute to severe diseases, therefore, a comprehensive understanding of PM2.5-induced adverse effects in living organisms is needed urgently. This study was aimed to evaluate the toxicity of PM2.5 on multi-organ systems in a zebrafish (Danio rerio) model. The embryonic toxicity induced by PM2.5 was demonstrated by an increase in mortality and inhibition of hatching rate, in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385952/dieldrin-augments-mtor-signaling-and-inhibits-lysosomal-acidification-in-the-adult-zebrafish-heart-danio-rerio
#10
Logan Slade, Andrew Cowie, Chris J Martynuik, Petra C Kienesberger, Thomas Pulinilkunnil
Dieldrin is a legacy organochlorine pesticide that is persistent in the environment, despite being discontinued from use in North America since the 1970s. Some epidemiological studies suggest that exposure to dieldrin is associated with increased risks of neurodegenerative disease and breast cancer by inducing inflammatory responses in tissues as well as oxidative stress. However, the direct effects of organochlorine pesticides on the heart have not been adequately addressed to date given that these chemicals are detectable in human serum and are environmentally persistent, thus individuals may show latent adverse effects in the cardiovasculature system due to chronic, low dose exposure over time...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385905/in-vivo-characterization-of-an-ahr-dependent-long-non-coding-rna-required-for-proper-sox9b-expression
#11
Gloria R Garcia, Britton C Goodale, Michelle W Wiley, Jane K La Du, David A Hendrix, Robert L Tanguay
Xenobiotic activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) prevents the proper formation of craniofacial cartilage and the heart in developing zebrafish. Downstream molecular targets responsible for AHR-dependent adverse effects remain largely unknown; however, in zebrafish sox9b has been identified as one of the most reduced transcripts in several target organs and is hypothesized to have a causal role in TCDD-induced toxicity. The reduction of sox9b expression in TCDD-exposed zebrafish embryos has been shown to contribute to heart and jaw malformation phenotypes...
April 6, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382067/spatial-allocation-and-specification-of-cardiomyocytes-during-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#12
REVIEW
Hajime Fukui, Ayano Chiba, Takahiro Miyazaki, Haruko Takano, Hiroyuki Ishikawa, Toyonori Omori, Naoki Mochiuzki
Incomplete development and severe malformation of the heart result in miscarriage of embryos because of its malfunction as a pump for circulation. During cardiogenesis, development of the heart is precisely coordinated by the genetically-primed program that is revealed by the sequential expression of transcription factors. It is important to investigate how spatial allocation of the heart containing cardiomyocytes and other mesoderm-derived cells is determined. In addition, the molecular mechanism underlying cardiomyocyte differentiation still remains elusive...
March 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372944/histone-demethylases-kdm6ba-and-kdm6bb-redundantly-promote-cardiomyocyte-proliferation-during-zebrafish-heart-ventricle-maturation
#13
Alexander A Akerberg, Astra Henner, Scott Stewart, Kryn Stankunas
Trimethylation of lysine 27 on histone 3 (H3K27me3) by the Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) contributes to localized and inherited transcriptional repression. Kdm6b (Jmjd3) is a H3K27me3 demethylase that can relieve repression-associated H3K27me3 marks, thereby supporting activation of previously silenced genes. Kdm6b is proposed to contribute to early developmental cell fate specification, cardiovascular differentiation, and/or later steps of organogenesis, including endochondral bone formation and lung development...
March 31, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372585/multiple-gene-variations-contributed-to-congenital-heart-disease-via-gata-family-transcriptional-regulation
#14
Yanyan Qian, Deyong Xiao, Xiao Guo, Hongbo Chen, Lili Hao, Xiaojing Ma, Guoying Huang, Duan Ma, Huijun Wang
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a common birth defect, and most cases occur sporadically. Mutations in key genes that are responsible for cardiac development could contribute to CHD. To date, the genetic causes of CHD remain largely unknown. METHODS: In this study, twenty-nine candidate genes in CHD were sequenced in 106 patients with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) using target exome sequencing (TES). The co-immunoprecipitation (CO-IP) and luciferase reporter gene assays were performed in HEK293T cells, and wild-type and mutant mRNA of ZFPM2 were microinjected into zebrafish embryos...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371822/elabela-apj-axis-protects-from-pressure-overload-heart-failure-and-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-damage
#15
Teruki Sato, Chitose Sato, Ayumi Kadowaki, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Lena Ho, Junji Ishida, Tomokazu Yamaguchi, Akinori Kimura, Akiyoshi Fukamizu, Josef M Penninger, Bruno Reversade, Hiroshi Ito, Yumiko Imai, Keiji Kuba
Aims: : Elabela/Toddler/Apela (ELA) has been identified as a novel endogenous peptide ligand for APJ/Apelin receptor/Aplnr. ELA plays a crucial role in early cardiac development of zebrafish as well as in maintenance of self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells. Apelin was the first identified APJ ligand, and exerts positive inotropic heart effects and regulates the renin-angiotensin system. The aim of this study was to investigate the biological effects of ELA in the cardiovascular system...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369938/40-mhz-high-frequency-ultrafast-ultrasound-imaging
#16
Chih-Chung Huang, Pei-Yu Chen, Po-Hsun Peng, Po-Yang Lee
PURPOSE: Ultrafast high-frame-rate ultrasound imaging based on coherent-plane-wave compounding has been developed for many biomedical applications. Most coherent-plane-wave compounding systems typically operate at 3-15 MHz, and the image resolution for this frequency range is not sufficient for visualizing microstructure tissues. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to implement a high-frequency ultrafast ultrasound imaging operating at 40 MHz. METHODS: The plane-wave compounding imaging and conventional multifocus B-mode imaging were performed using the Field II toolbox of MATLAB in simulation study...
March 30, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360383/cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-zygote-arrest-1-zar1-in-new-zealand-white-rabbits
#17
Dan Wang, Shu-Yu Xie, Wei Zhang, Cai-Xia Sun, Tao Huang, An-Si Wang, Xue-Lei Han, Gui-Rong Sun, Ming Li
Zygote arrest 1 (Zar1) is an oocyte-specific maternal-effect gene. Previous studies indicate that Zar1 plays important role in early embryo development, but little is known about its function in rabbit. The objectives of this study were to clone the New Zealand white rabbit Zar1 gene and to investigate its expression in various organs in groups of animals with different reproductive traits.We obtained a 709-bp Zar1 cDNA fragment consisting of an 8-bp exon 1, 161-bp exon 2, 75-bp exon 3, 271-bp exon 4 and 194-bp 3'sequences...
March 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353145/mapk-erk-signalling-is-required-for-zebrafish-cardiac-regeneration
#18
Peiyun Liu, Tao P Zhong
OBJECTIVES: To better understand the molecular mechanisms of regeneration and explore the potential signalling pathways as therapeutic targets for heart attacks. RESULTS: After treatment with the MEK inhibitor AZD6244 upon cardiac injury, the core members in MAPK/ERK signalling-mek and erk-demonstrate elevated expression, and these proteins are deposited at the injury site in zebrafish. pERK is also induced in non-cardiomyocytes near the injury site. Furthermore, the induced expression of a dominant-negative form of MEK1 inhibits zebrafish cardiac regeneration, characterized by increased cardiac fibrosis (a hallmark of regenerative failure), reduced or delayed production of regenerative myocardium, and migration of FLI1(+) endothelial cells, without direct inhibition of cardiomyocyte proliferation...
March 28, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341635/sept7b-is-required-for-the-subcellular-organization-of-cardiomyocytes-and-cardiac-function-in-zebrafish
#19
Surjya Narayan Dash, Suneeta Narumanchi, Jere Paavola, Sanni Perttunen, Hong Wang, Päivi Lakkisto, Ilkka Tikkanen, Sanna Lehtonen
Myofibrils made up of actin and myosin and associated proteins generate the contractile force in muscle and consequently, mutations in these proteins may lead to heart failure. Septins are a conserved family of small GTPases that associate with actin filaments, microtubules and cellular membranes. Despite the importance of septins in cytoskeleton organization, their role in cardiomyocyte organization and function is poorly characterized. Here we show that septin 7 is expressed in both embryonic and adult zebrafish heart, and elucidate the physiological significance of sept7b, the zebrafish ortholog of human septin 7, in the heart in embryonic and larval zebrafish...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340388/evaluation-of-cr-vi-reduction-mechanism-and-removal-by-cellulosimicrobium-funkei-strain-ar8-a-novel-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium
#20
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
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