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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822182/-acute-toxicity-of-euphorbiae-pekinensis-radix-and-vinegar-processing-euphorbiae-pekinensis-radix-on-zebrafish-embryo
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Kai-Cheng Zhang, Yu-Dan Cao, Fang Yao, Li Zhang, An-Wei Ding
The embryos of model organism zebrafish were used to evaluate the acute toxicity of the extracts of Euphorbiae Pekinensis Radix and vinegar-processing Euphorbiae Pekinensis Radix, and the total terpene content of each extract was determined by using euphol as the reference standards. Twenty-four h normally developed zebrafish embryos were chosen, and 8 concentrations were adopted for each extract. Then the growth and death of zebrafish embryos were observed at 96 h after administration, and median lethal concentrations (LC50) of the different samples on zebrafish embryos were calculated...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820978/concentration-addition-and-independent-action-model-which-is-better-in-predicting-the-toxicity-for-metal-mixtures-on-zebrafish-larvae
#2
Yongfei Gao, Jianfeng Feng, Lili Kang, Xin Xu, Lin Zhu
The joint toxicity of chemical mixtures has emerged as a popular topic, particularly on the additive and potential synergistic actions of environmental mixtures. We investigated the 24h toxicity of Cu-Zn, Cu-Cd, and Cu-Pb and 96h toxicity of Cd-Pb binary mixtures on the survival of zebrafish larvae. Joint toxicity was predicted and compared using the concentration addition (CA) and independent action (IA) models with different assumptions in the toxic action mode in toxicodynamic processes through single and binary metal mixture tests...
August 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819666/ph-responsive-prodrug-nanoparticles-based-on-a-sodium-alginate-derivative-for-selective-co-release-of-doxorubicin-and-curcumin-into-tumor-cells
#3
Cheng Gao, Fan Tang, Guiyi Gong, Jianxiang Zhang, Maggie P M Hoi, Simon M Y Lee, Ruibing Wang
In order to realize a combination of chemotherapy and selective drug release into tumor cells, novel pH-sensitive prodrugnanoparticles were designed and prepared via the self-assembly of a synthetic amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug for the selective co-delivery of doxorubicin (Dox) and curcumin (Cur). Dox was covalently conjugated to the oxidized sodium alginate through a Schiff base reaction to produce an amphiphilic macromolecular prodrug, and the prodrug was subsequently self-assembled into nanoparticles (Dox-NPs) in an aqueous solution, which were responsive to the acidic environment in tumor cells...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819303/automated-segmentation-of-light-sheet-fluorescent-imaging-to-characterize-experimental-doxorubicin-induced-cardiac-injury-and-repair
#4
René R Sevag Packard, Kyung In Baek, Tyler Beebe, Nelson Jen, Yichen Ding, Feng Shi, Peng Fei, Bong Jin Kang, Po-Heng Chen, Jonathan Gau, Michael Chen, Jonathan Y Tang, Yu-Huan Shih, Yonghe Ding, Debiao Li, Xiaolei Xu, Tzung K Hsiai
This study sought to develop an automated segmentation approach based on histogram analysis of raw axial images acquired by light-sheet fluorescent imaging (LSFI) to establish rapid reconstruction of the 3-D zebrafish cardiac architecture in response to doxorubicin-induced injury and repair. Input images underwent a 4-step automated image segmentation process consisting of stationary noise removal, histogram equalization, adaptive thresholding, and image fusion followed by 3-D reconstruction. We applied this method to 3-month old zebrafish injected intraperitoneally with doxorubicin followed by LSFI at 3, 30, and 60 days post-injection...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818741/identification-of-sterols-from-the-soft-coral-dendronephthya-gigantea-and-their-anti-inflammatory-potential
#5
I P Shanura Fernando, K K Asanka Sanjeewa, Hyun-Soo Kim, Seo-Young Kim, Seung-Hong Lee, Won Woo Lee, You-Jin Jeon
Exploration of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals has received tremendous attention worldwide owing to the rapid increase in inflammatory diseases. Current study reveals the identification of eight 3β-hydroxy-Δ(5)-steroidal congeners from a nonpolar column fraction of the ethanol solubles from the soft coral Dendronephthya gigantea collected from Jeju Island South Korea, using GC-MS/MS analysis. The sterol-rich fraction (DGEH21) showed a significant anti-inflammatory activity as exhibited by the inhibition of NO production (IC50 4...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818669/notch-and-fgf-signaling-during-electrosensory-versus-mechanosensory-lateral-line-organ-development-in-a-non-teleost-ray-finned-fish
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Melinda S Modrell, Olivia R A Tidswell, Clare V H Baker
The lateral line system is a useful model for studying the embryonic and evolutionary diversification of different organs and cell types. In jawed vertebrates, this ancestrally comprises lines of mechanosensory neuromasts over the head and trunk, flanked on the head by fields of electrosensory ampullary organs, all innervated by lateral line neurons in cranial lateral line ganglia. Both types of sense organs, and their afferent neurons, develop from cranial lateral line placodes. Current research primarily focuses on the posterior lateral line primordium in zebrafish, which migrates as a cell collective along the trunk; epithelial rosettes form in the trailing zone and are deposited as a line of neuromasts, within which hair cells and supporting cells differentiate...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818592/the-impact-of-chemosensitisation-on-bioaccumulation-and-sediment-toxicity
#7
Denise Kurth, Stefan Lips, Riccardo Massei, Martin Krauss, Till Luckenbach, Tobias Schulze, Werner Brack
Cellular multixenobiotic resistance (MXR) transport proteins enhance the efflux of numerous organic pollutants. However, MXR proteins may be blocked or saturated by xenobiotic compounds, acting as inhibitors - also called chemosensitisers. Although effective on a cellular level, the environmental relevance of chemosensitisers has not been conclusively demonstrated. Since sediments are an important source of bioaccumulating compounds in aquatic ecosystems, sediments and sediment-associated hydrophobic pollutants were investigated for their potential to increase exposure and toxicity in the presence of chemosensitisation...
August 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818407/effects-of-copper-oxide-nanoparticles-and-copper-ions-to-zebrafish-danio-rerio-cells-embryos-and-fry
#8
Amalie Thit, Lars M Skjolding, Henriette Selck, Joachim Sturve
The use of engineered metal nanoparticles (NPs) is continuously increasing and so is the need for information regarding their toxicity. This study compares the toxicity of CuO NPs with ionic Cu in three zebrafish model systems; zebrafish hepatoma cell line (ZFL), fish embryo toxicity test (FET) and fry locomotion. In the ZFL tests, no significant cytotoxicity (cell death, decreased metabolic or cell membrane integrity) was detected for either treatment, though both significantly affected reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
August 14, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817785/diving-into-the-world-of-alcohol-teratogenesis-a-review-of-zebrafish-models-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#9
Yohaan Fernandes, Desirè M Buckley, Johann K Eberhart
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) refer to the entire suite of deleterious outcomes resulting from embryonic alcohol exposure. Along with other reviews in this edition, we provide insight into how animal models, specifically the zebrafish; have informed our understanding of FASD. We first provide a brief introduction to FASD. We discuss the zebrafish as a model organism and its strengths for alcohol research. We detail how zebrafish has been used to model some of the major defects present in FASD. These include behavioral defects, such as social behavior as well as learning and memory, and structural defects, disrupting organs such as the brain, sensory organs, heart and craniofacial skeleton...
August 17, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817700/the-loss-and-recovery-of-vertebrate-vision-examined-in-microplates
#10
Robert J Thorn, Danielle E Clift, Oladele Ojo, Ruth M Colwill, Robbert Creton
Regenerative medicine offers potentially ground-breaking treatments of blindness and low vision. However, as new methodologies are developed, a critical question will need to be addressed: how do we monitor in vivo for functional success? In the present study, we developed novel behavioral assays to examine vision in a vertebrate model system. In the assays, zebrafish larvae are imaged in multiwell or multilane plates while various red, green, blue, yellow or cyan objects are presented to the larvae on a computer screen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816544/animal-inflammation-based-models-of-depression-and-their-application-to-drug-discovery
#11
Li Ma, Konstantin A Demin, Tatyana O Kolesnikova, Sergey L Kharsko, Xiaokang Zhu, Xiaodong Yuan, Cai Song, Darya A Meshalkina, Brian E Leonard, Li Tian, Allan V Kalueff
Depression, anxiety and other affective disorders are globally widespread and severely debilitating human brain diseases. Despite their high prevalence and mental health impact, affective pathogenesis is poorly understood, and often remains recurrent and resistant to treatment. The lack of efficient antidepressants and presently limited conceptual innovation necessitate novel approaches and new drug targets in the field of antidepressant therapy. Areas covered: Herein, the authors discuss the emerging role of neuro-immune interactions in affective pathogenesis, which can become useful targets for CNS drug discovery, including modulating neuroinflammatory pathways to alleviate affective pathogenesis...
August 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816367/the-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antiangiogenic-effects-of-flavokawain-b
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Mariana C Rossette, Débora C Moraes, Erika K Sacramento, Marco Aurélio Romano-Silva, Juliana L Carvalho, Dawidson A Gomes, Hanna Caldas, Eitan Friedman, Luciana Bastos-Rodrigues, Luiz De Marco
Angiogenesis is implicated in the development of a variety of pathological processes, most commonly cancer. It is essential for tumor growth and metastasis, making it an important cancer therapeutic target. Naturally occurring substances have led to the discovery of anticancer agents. Flavokawain B (FKB), a chalcone isolated from the root extracts of kava-kava plant, inhibits proliferation and causes apoptosis in vitro and in vivo of various cancer cell lines. The antimetastatic potential of FKB has also been suggested...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816107/fishing-anti-inflammatories-from-known-drugs-in-silico-repurposing-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-bisacodyl-analogues
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Maité Sylla-Iyarreta Veitía, Dany Siverio Mota, Vanessa Lerari, Marta Marín, Rosa M Giner, Liliana Vicet Muro, Yankier Rivero Guerra, Françoise Dumas, Clotilde Ferroud, Peter A M de Witte, Alexander D Crawford, Vicente J Arán, Yovani Marrero Ponce
Herein is described in silico repositioning, design, synthesis, biological evaluation and structure-activity relationship (SAR) of an original class of anti-inflammatory agents based on a polyaromatic pharmacophore structurally related to bisacodyl (BSL) drug used in therapeutic as laxative. We describe the potential of TOMOCOMD-CARDD methods to find out new anti-inflammatory drug-like agents from a diverse series of compounds using the total and local atom based bilinear indices as molecular descriptors. The models obtained were validated by biological studies, identifying BSL as the first anti-inflammatory lead-like using in silico repurposing from commercially available drugs...
August 17, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815806/evaluation-in-zebrafish-model-of-the-toxicity-of-rhodamine-b-conjugated-crotamine-a-peptide-potentially-useful-for-diagnostics-and-therapeutics
#14
Judy Yuet-Wa Chan, Hefeng Zhou, Yiu Wa Kwan, Shun Wan Chan, Gandhi Radis-Baptista, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
Crotamine is defensin-like cationic peptide from rattlesnake venom that possesses anticancer, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. Despite these promising biological activities, toxicity is a major concern associated with the development of venom-derived peptides as therapeutic agents. In the present study, we used zebrafish as a system model to evaluate the toxicity of rhodamine B-conjugated (RhoB) crotamine derivative. The lethal toxic concentration of RhoB-crotamine was as low as 4 μM, which effectively kill zebrafish larvae in less than 10 min...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814609/tail-regeneration-and-other-phenomena-of-wound-healing-and-tissue-restoration-in-lizards
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REVIEW
Kathy Jacyniak, Rebecca P McDonald, Matthew K Vickaryous
Wound healing is a fundamental evolutionary adaptation with two possible outcomes: scar formation or reparative regeneration. Scars participate in re-forming the barrier with the external environment and restoring homeostasis to injured tissues, but are well understood to represent dysfunctional replacements. In contrast, reparative regeneration is a tissue-specific program that near-perfectly replicates that which was lost or damaged. Although regeneration is best known from salamanders (including newts and axolotls) and zebrafish, it is unexpectedly widespread among vertebrates...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814510/a-heterologous-model-of-thrombospondin-type-1-domain-containing-7a-associated-membranous-nephropathy
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Nicola M Tomas, Catherine Meyer-Schwesinger, Hanning von Spiegel, Ahmed M Kotb, Gunther Zahner, Elion Hoxha, Udo Helmchen, Nicole Endlich, Friedrich Koch-Nolte, Rolf A K Stahl
Thrombospondin type 1 domain-containing 7A (THSD7A) is a target for autoimmunity in patients with membranous nephropathy (MN). Circulating autoantibodies from patients with THSD7A-associated MN have been demonstrated to cause MN in mice. However, THSD7A-associated MN is a rare disease, preventing the use of patient antibodies for larger experimental procedures. Therefore, we generated antibodies against the human and mouse orthologs of THSD7A in rabbits by coimmunization with the respective cDNAs. Injection of these anti-THSD7A antibodies into mice induced a severe nephrotic syndrome with proteinuria, weight gain, and hyperlipidemia...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812418/neurotoxicity-of-cgmp-in-the-vertebrate-retina-from-the-initial-research-on-rd-mutant-mice-to-zebrafish-genetic-approaches
#17
Maria Iribarne, Ichiro Masai
Zebrafish are an excellent animal model for research on vertebrate development and human diseases. Sophisticated genetic tools including large-scale mutagenesis methodology make zebrafish useful for studying neuronal degenerative diseases. Here, we review zebrafish models of inherited ophthalmic diseases, focusing on cGMP metabolism in photoreceptors. cGMP is the second messenger of phototransduction, and abnormal cGMP levels are associated with photoreceptor death. cGMP concentration represents a balance between cGMP phosphodiesterase 6 (PDE6) and guanylate cyclase (GC) activities in photoreceptors...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812061/behavioral-comorbidities-and-drug-treatments-in-a-zebrafish-scn1lab-model-of-dravet-syndrome
#18
Brian P Grone, Tiange Qu, Scott C Baraban
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN1A cause Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic childhood epilepsy in which patients experience comorbid behavioral conditions, including movement disorders, sleep abnormalities, anxiety, and intellectual disability. To study the functional consequences of voltage-gated sodium channel mutations, we use zebrafish with a loss-of-function mutation in scn1lab, a zebrafish homolog of human SCN1A. Homozygous scn1lab(s552/s552) mutants exhibit early-life seizures, metabolic deficits, and early death...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811180/development-of-an-opioid-self-administration-assay-to-study-drug-seeking-in-zebrafish
#19
Gabriel D Bossé, Randall T Peterson
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) has become an excellent tool to study mental health disorders, due to its physiological and genetic similarity to humans, ease of genetic manipulation, and feasibility of small molecule screening. Zebrafish have been shown to exhibit characteristics of addiction to drugs of abuse in non-contingent assays, including conditioned place preference, but contingent assays have been limited to a single assay for alcohol consumption. Using inexpensive electronic, mechanical, and optical components, we developed an automated opioid self-administration assay for zebrafish, enabling us to measure drug seeking and gain insight into the underlying biological pathways...
August 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808961/zebrafish-as-a-model-for-the-study-of-host-virus-interactions
#20
Peng Fei Zou, Pin Nie
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) has become an increasingly important model for in vivo and in vitro studies on host-pathogen interaction, offering scientists with optical accessibility and genetic tractability, and a vertebrate-type immunity that can be separated into innate and adaptive ones. Although it is shown in previous studies that few species of viruses can naturally infect zebrafish, the spring viraemia of carp virus (SVCV), a rhabdovirus that causes contagious acute hemorrhagic viraemia in a variety of cyprinid fishes, can infect zebrafish by both injection and static immersion methods in laboratory conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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