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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088213/glycine-alanine-dipeptide-repeat-protein-contributes-to-toxicity-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-c9orf72-associated-neurodegeneration
#1
Yu Ohki, Andrea Wenninger-Weinzierl, Alexander Hruscha, Kazuhide Asakawa, Koichi Kawakami, Christian Haass, Dieter Edbauer, Bettina Schmid
BACKGROUND: The most frequent genetic cause of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the expansion of a GGGGCC hexanucleotide repeat in a non-coding region of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) locus. The pathological hallmarks observed in C9orf72 repeat expansion carriers are the formation of RNA foci and deposition of dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins derived from repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) translation. Currently, it is unclear whether formation of RNA foci, DPR translation products, or partial loss of C9orf72 predominantly drive neurotoxicity in vivo...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087763/circadian-kinetics-of-cell-cycle-progression-in-adult-neurogenic-niches-of-a-diurnal-vertebrate
#2
Veronica Akle, Alexander J Stankiewicz, Vasili Kharchenko, Lili Yu, Peter V Kharchenko, Irina V Zhdanova
: The circadian system may regulate adult neurogenesis via intracellular molecular clock mechanisms or by modifying the environment of neurogenic niches, with daily variation in growth factors or nutrients depending on the animal's diurnal or nocturnal life-style. In a diurnal vertebrate, zebrafish, we studied circadian distribution of immunohistochemical markers of the cell division cycle (CDC) in five of the sixteen neurogenic niches of adult brain, the dorsal telencephalon, habenula, preoptic area, hypothalamus and cerebellum...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087321/enteric-nervous-system-development-a-crest-cell-s-journey-from-neural-tube-to-colon
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Nandor Nagy, Allan M Goldstein
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is comprised of a network of neurons and glial cells that are responsible for coordinating many aspects of gastrointestinal (GI) function. These cells arise from the neural crest, migrate to the gut, and then continue their journey to colonize the entire length of the GI tract. Our understanding of the molecular and cellular events that regulate these processes has advanced significantly over the past several decades, in large part facilitated by the use of rodents, avians, and zebrafish as model systems to dissect the signals and pathways involved...
January 10, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080960/myogenic-regulatory-transcription-factors-regulate-growth-in-rhabdomyosarcoma
#4
Inês M Tenente, Madeline N Hayes, Myron S Ignatius, Karin McCarthy, Marielle Yohe, Sivasish Sindiri, Berkley Gryder, Mariana L Oliveira, Ashwin Ramakrishnan, Qin Tang, Eleanor Y Chen, G Petur Nielsen, Javed Khan, David M Langenau
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a pediatric malignacy of muscle with myogenic regulatory transcription factors MYOD and MYF5 being expressed in this disease. Consensus in the field has been that expression of these factors likely reflects the target cell of transformation rather than being required for continued tumor growth. Here, we used a transgenic zebrafish model to show that Myf5 is sufficient to confer tumor-propagating potential to RMS cells and caused tumors to initiate earlier and have higher penetrance...
January 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078497/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-naravelia-zeylanica-dc-via-suppression-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-carrageenan-induced-abdominal-oedema-in-zebrafish-model
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Sanmuga Priya Ekambaram, Senthamil Selvan Perumal, Selvaranjani Pavadai
The traditional herbal medicines are receiving great importance in the health care sector, especially in Indian system of medicine, i.e, Ayurveda. The present study focused on the standardization of Naravelia zeylanica (L.) DC in terms of its active phytochemicals and to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of ethanol extract of N. zeylanica (ENZ). An analytical method was developed by high-performance liquid chromatography for simultaneous determination of β-sitosterol, lupeol and oleanolic acid in ENZ...
January 11, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076377/comparative-analysis-of-vertebrate-diurnal-circadian-transcriptomes
#6
Greg Boyle, Kerstin Richter, Henry D Priest, David Traver, Todd C Mockler, Jeffrey T Chang, Steve A Kay, Ghislain Breton
From photosynthetic bacteria to mammals, the circadian clock evolved to track diurnal rhythms and enable organisms to anticipate daily recurring changes such as temperature and light. It orchestrates a broad spectrum of physiology such as the sleep/wake and eating/fasting cycles. While we have made tremendous advances in our understanding of the molecular details of the circadian clock mechanism and how it is synchronized with the environment, we still have rudimentary knowledge regarding its connection to help regulate diurnal physiology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075592/total-syntheses-and-biological-activities-of-vinylamycin-analogs
#7
Jinghan Wang, Beijia Kuang, Xiaoqian Guo, Jianwei Liu, Yahui Ding, Jiangnan Li, Shende Jiang, Ying Liu, Fang Bai, Luyuan Li, Quan Zhang, Xiao-Yu Zhu, Bo Xia, Chun-Qi Li, Liang Wang, Guang Yang, Yue Chen
Natural depsipeptide vinylamycin was reported to be an antibiotic previously. Herein, we report vinylamycin to be active against K562 leukemia cells (IC50 = 4.86 μM), and be unstable in plasma (t1/2 = 0.54 h). A total of 24 vinylamycin analogs with modification of the OH group and chiral centers were generated via a combinatorial approach. The lead compound 1a was subsequently characterized as having: no anti-microbial activity, significantly higher plasma stability (t1/2 = 14.3 h), improved activity against K562 leukemia cells (IC50 = 0...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074300/solving-the-crystal-structure-of-human-calcium-free-s100z-the-siege-and-conquer-of-one-of-the-last-s100-family-strongholds
#8
V Calderone, M Fragai, G Gallo, C Luchinat
The X-ray structure of human apo-S100Z has been solved and compared with that of the zebrafish calcium-bound S100Z, which is the closest in sequence. Human apo-S100A12, which shows only 43% sequence identity to human S100Z, has been used as template model to solve the crystallographic phase problem. Although a significant buried surface area between the two physiological dimers is present in the asymmetric unit of human apo-S100Z, the protein does not form the superhelical arrangement in the crystal as observed for the zebrafish calcium-bound S100Z and human calcium-bound S100A4...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073927/new-insights-into-the-genetics-of-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-based-on-meta-analyses-of-intraocular-pressure-and-optic-disc-characteristics
#9
Henriët Springelkamp, Adriana I Iglesias, Aniket Mishra, René Höhn, Robert Wojciechowski, Anthony P Khawaja, Abhishek Nag, Ya Xing Wang, Jie Jin Wang, Gabriel Cuellar-Partida, Jane Gibson, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Eranga N Vithana, Puya Gharahkhani, Thibaud Boutin, Wishal D Ramdas, Tanja Zeller, Robert N Luben, Ekaterina Yonova-Doing, Ananth C Viswanathan, Seyhan Yazar, Angela J Cree, Jonathan L Haines, Jia Yu Koh, Emmanuelle Souzeau, James F Wilson, Najaf Amin, Christian Müller, Cristina Venturini, Lisa S Kearns, Jae Hee Kang, Neighborhood Consortium, Yih Chung Tham, Tiger Zhou, Elisabeth M van Leeuwen, Stefan Nickels, Paul Sanfilippo, Jiemin Liao, Herma van der Linde, Wanting Zhao, Leonieke M E van Koolwijk, Li Zheng, Fernando Rivadeneira, Mani Baskaran, Sven J van der Lee, Shamira Perera, Paulus T V M de Jong, Ben A Oostra, André G Uitterlinden, Qiao Fan, Albert Hofman, E- Shyong Tai, Johannes R Vingerling, Xueling Sim, Roger C W Wolfs, Yik Ying Teo, Hans G Lemij, Chiea Chuen Khor, Rob Willemsen, Karl J Lackner, Tin Aung, Nomdo M Jansonius, Grant Montgomery, Philipp S Wild, Terri L Young, Kathryn P Burdon, Pirro G Hysi, Louis R Pasquale, Tien Yin Wong, Caroline C W Klaver, Alex W Hewitt, Jost B Jonas, Paul Mitchell, Andrew J Lotery, Paul J Foster, Veronique Vitart, Norbert Pfeiffer, Jamie E Craig, David A Mackey, Christopher J Hammond, Janey L Wiggs, Ching-Yu Cheng, Cornelia M van Duijn, Stuart MacGregor
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common optic neuropathy, is a heritable disease. Siblings of POAG cases have a ten-fold increase risk of developing the disease. Intraocular pressure (IOP) and optic nerve head characteristics are used clinically to predict POAG risk. We conducted a genome-wide association meta-analysis of IOP and optic disc parameters and validated our findings in multiple sets of POAG cases and controls. Using imputation to the 1000 genomes (1000G) reference set, we identified 9 new genomic regions associated with vertical cup disc ratio (VCDR) and 1 new region associated with IOP...
January 10, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071731/in-silico-experiments-of-zebrafish-behaviour-modeling-swimming-in-three-dimensions
#10
Violet Mwaffo, Sachit Butail, Maurizio Porfiri
Zebrafish is fast becoming a species of choice in biomedical research for the investigation of functional and dysfunctional processes coupled with their genetic and pharmacological modulation. As with mammals, experimentation with zebrafish constitutes a complicated ethical issue that calls for the exploration of alternative testing methods to reduce the number of subjects, refine experimental designs, and replace live animals. Inspired by the demonstrated advantages of computational studies in other life science domains, we establish an authentic data-driven modelling framework to simulate zebrafish swimming in three dimensions...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070857/a-small-organic-compound-mimicking-the-l1-cell-adhesion-molecule-promotes-functional-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-in-zebrafish
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Sudhanshu Sahu, Zhihua Zhang, Rong Li, Junkai Hu, Huifan Shen, Gabriele Loers, Yanqin Shen, Melitta Schachner
Tacrine is a small organic compound that was discovered to mimic the functions of the neural cell adhesion molecule L1 by promoting the cognate functions of L1 in vitro, such as neuronal survival, neuronal migration, neurite outgrowth, and myelination. Based on studies indicating that L1 enhances functional recovery in different central and peripheral nervous system disease paradigms of rodents, it deemed interesting to investigate the beneficial role of tacrine in the attractive zebrafish animal model, by evaluating functional recovery after spinal cord injury...
January 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069987/transgenic-zebrafish-reporter-lines-as-alternative-in-vivo-organ-toxicity-models
#12
Kar Lai Poon, Xingang Wang, Serene Gp Lee, Ashley S Ng, Wei Huang Goh, Zhonghua Zhao, Muthafar Al-Haddawi, Haishan Wang, Sinnakaruppan Mathavan, Phillip W Ingham, Claudia Mcginnis, Tom J Carney
Organ toxicity, particularly liver toxicity, remains one of the major reasons for termination of drug candidates in the development pipeline as well as withdrawal or restrictions of marketed drugs. A screening-amenable alternative in vivo model such as zebrafish would therefore find immediate application in the early prediction of unacceptable organ toxicity. To identify highly upregulated genes as biomarkers of toxic responses in the zebrafish model, a set of well-characterized reference drugs that cause drug induced liver injury (DILI) in the clinic were applied to zebrafish larvae and adults...
January 9, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067629/standardized-echocardiographic-assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-normal-adult-zebrafish-and-heart-disease-models
#13
Louis W Wang, Inken G Huttner, Celine F Santiago, Scott H Kesteven, Ze-Yan Yu, Michael P Feneley, Diane Fatkin
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an increasingly popular model organism in cardiovascular research. Major insights into cardiac developmental processes have been gained by studies of embryonic zebrafish. However, the utility of zebrafish for modeling adult-onset heart disease has been limited by a lack of robust methods for in vivo evaluation of cardiac function. We established a physiological protocol for underwater zebrafish echocardiography using high frequency ultrasound, and evaluated its reliability in detecting altered cardiac function in two disease models...
January 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065741/essential-roles-for-cdx-in-murine-primitive-hematopoiesis
#14
Travis Brooke-Bisschop, Joanne G A Savory, Tanya Foley, Randy Ringuette, David Lohnes
The Cdx transcription factors play essential roles in primitive hematopoiesis in the zebrafish where they exert their effects, in part, through regulation of hox genes. Defects in hematopoiesis have also been reported in Cdx mutant murine embryonic stem cell models, however, to date no mouse model reflecting the zebrafish Cdx mutant hematopoietic phenotype has been described. This is likely due, in part, to functional redundancy among Cdx members and the early lethality of Cdx2 null mutants. To circumvent these limitations, we used Cre-mediated conditional deletion to assess the impact of concomitant loss of Cdx1 and Cdx2 on murine primitive hematopoiesis...
January 5, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064023/identification-and-characterization-of-a-gamma-interferon-inducible-lysosomal-thiol-reductase-homolog-from-guinea-pig-cavia-porcellus-that-exhibits-thiol-reductase-activity-in-vitro
#15
Lei Ma, Fang Cao, Runze Tang, Jiaxin Zhang, Shuangquan Zhang
Gamma-interferon-inducible lysosomal thiol reductase (GILT) is a key enzyme in the antigen processing and presentation pathway whereby it reduces disulfide bonds at an acidic pH. In this study, a homolog of GILT from guinea pigs (designated gpGILT) was identified and characterized using bioinformatic methods and bioactivity assays. The open reading frame of gpGILT is 705bp in length and encodes 234 amino acids, with a putative molecular weight of about 25.85kDa. The structure of gpGILT is similar to those of humans and zebrafish, containing six introns and seven exons...
December 28, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063836/inhibiting-effects-of-rhynchophylline-on-methamphetamine-dependent-zebrafish-are-related-with-the-expression-of-tyrosine-hydroxylase-th
#16
Chen Zhu, Wei Liu, Chaohua Luo, Yi Liu, Chan Li, Miao Fang, Yingbo Lin, Jinying Ou, Minting Chen, Daoqi Zhu, Ken Kin-Lam Yung, Zhixian Mo
In this study, to study the effect of rhynchophylline on TH in midbrain of methamphetamine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) adult zebrafish, place preference adult zebrafish models were established by methamphetamine (40μg/g) and the expression of TH was observed by immunohistochemistry technique and Western blot. Ketamine (150μg/g), high dose of rhynchophylline (100μg/g) group can significantly reduce the place preference; immunohistochemistry results showed that the number of TH-positive neurons in midbrain was increased in the methamphetamine model group, whereas less TH-positive neurons were found in the ketamine group and high dosage rhynchophylline group...
January 4, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063053/oxazolone-induced-intestinal-inflammation-in-adult-zebrafish
#17
Sylvia Brugman, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis
Zebrafish are an excellent model for the study of intestinal immunity. The availability of several transgenic reporter fish for different innate and adaptive immune cells and the high homology in terms of gut function and morphology enables in depth analysis of the process of intestinal inflammation. Here, we describe a method to induce intestinal inflammation by intra-rectal injection of the hapten oxazolone in adult zebrafish.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062374/proteomic-analysis-of-the-rett-syndrome-experimental-model-mecp2-q63x-mutant-zebrafish
#18
Alessio Cortelazzo, Thomas Pietri, Claudio De Felice, Silvia Leoncini, Roberto Guerranti, Cinzia Signorini, Anna Maria Timperio, Lello Zolla, Lucia Ciccoli, Joussef Hayek
: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe genetic disorder resulting from mutations in the X-linked methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene. Recently, a zebrafish carrying a mecp2-null mutation has been developed with the resulting phenotypes exhibiting defective sensory and thigmotactic responses, and abnormal motor behavior reminiscent of the human disease. Here, we performed a proteomic analysis to examine protein expression changes in mecp2-null vs. wild-type larvae and adult zebrafish...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060344/visualizing-the-interrenal-steroidogenic-tissue-and-its-vascular-microenvironment-in-zebrafish
#19
Chih-Wei Chou, Jamie Lin, Hsin-Yu Hou, Yi-Wen Liu
This protocol introduces how to detect differentiated interrenal steroidogenic cells through a simple whole-mount enzymatic activity assay. Identifying differentiated steroidogenic tissues through chromogenic histochemical staining of 3-β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase /Δ(5-4) isomerase (3β-Hsd) activity-positive cells is critical for monitoring the morphology and differentiation of adrenocortical and interrenal tissues in mammals and teleosts, respectively. In the zebrafish model, the optical transparency and tissue permeability of the developing embryos and larvae allow for whole-mount staining of 3β-Hsd activity...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060270/building-finite-element-models-to-investigate-zebrafish-jaw-biomechanics
#20
Lucy H Brunt, Karen A Roddy, Emily J Rayfield, Chrissy L Hammond
Skeletal morphogenesis occurs through tightly regulated cell behaviors during development; many cell types alter their behavior in response to mechanical strain. Skeletal joints are subjected to dynamic mechanical loading. Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computational method, frequently used in engineering that can predict how a material or structure will respond to mechanical input. By dividing a whole system (in this case the zebrafish jaw skeleton) into a mesh of smaller 'finite elements', FEA can be used to calculate the mechanical response of the structure to external loads...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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