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Zebrafish drug screen

Adrian G Murphy, Rory Casey, Aoife Maguire, Miriam Tosetto, Clare T Butler, Emer Conroy, Alison L Reynolds, Kieran Sheahan, Diarmuid O'Donoghue, William M Gallagher, David Fennelly, Breandán N Kennedy, Jacintha O'Sullivan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer deaths. Molecularly targeted therapies (e.g. bevacizumab) have improved survival rates but drug resistance ultimately develops and newer therapies are required. We identified quininib as a small molecule drug with anti-angiogenic activity using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo screening models. Quininib (2-[(E)-2-(Quinolin-2-yl) vinyl] phenol), is a small molecule drug (molecular weight 283.75 g/mol), which significantly inhibited blood vessel development in zebrafish embryos (p < 0...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Harrison Liu, Steven Chen, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Kim, Han Mo, Raffael Iovine, Julie Gendre, Pauline Pascal, Qiang Li, Yaping Sun, Zhiqiang Dong, Michelle Arkin, Su Guo, Bo Huang
Drug discovery in whole-organisms such as zebrafish is a promising approach for identifying biologically-relevant lead compounds. However, high content imaging of zebrafish at cellular resolution is challenging due to the difficulty in orienting larvae en masse such that the cell type of interest is in clear view. We report the development of the multi-pose imaging method, which uses 96-well round bottom plates combined with a standard liquid handler to repose the larvae within each well multiple times, such that an image in a specific orientation can be acquired...
2016: PloS One
Charles H Williams, Charles C Hong
Target based chemical screens are a mainstay of modern drug discovery, but the effectiveness of this reductionist approach is being questioned in light of declines in pharmaceutical R & D efficiency. In recent years, phenotypic screens have gained increasing acceptance as a complementary/alternative approach to early drug discovery. We discuss the various model organisms used in phenotypic screens, with particular focus on zebrafish, which has emerged as a leading model of in vivo phenotypic screens. Additionally, we anticipate therapeutic opportunities, particularly in orphan disease space, in the context of rapid advances in human Mendelian genetics, electronic health record (EHR)-enabled genome-phenome associations, and genome editing...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
Adam P Deveau, Victoria L Bentley, Jason N Berman
Current treatment strategies for acute leukemias largely rely on nonspecific cytotoxic drugs that result in high therapy-related morbidity and mortality. Cost effective, pertinent animal models are needed to link in vitro studies with the development of new therapeutic agents in clinical trials on a high-throughput scale. However, targeted therapies have had limited success moving from bench-to-clinic, often due to unexpected off-target effects. The zebrafish has emerged as a reliable in vivo tool for modeling human leukemia...
October 6, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Yoshinobu Hirose, Kazuma Sugahara, Eiju Kanagawa, Yousuke Takemoto, Makoto Hashimoto, Hiroshi Yamashita
Eighteen supplement drugs were screened using hair cells to determine a protective effect against the adverse effects of neomycin by using the zebrafish lateral line. The zebrafish were administered the supplement drugs 1 h before neomycin exposure. One hour later, animals were fixed in paraformaldehyde. Dose-response curves were generated to evaluate the protective effect on hair cells. The screen identified 3 supplements (quercetin, catechin and tannic acid). Three minutes after exposure to neomycin, increased antioxidant activity was found in the lateral line hair cells, as determined by the analysis of oxidative stress...
October 4, 2016: Hearing Research
Vasudev Kantae, Elke H J Krekels, Anita Ordas, Oskar González, Rob C van Wijk, Amy C Harms, Peter I Racz, Piet H van der Graaf, Herman P Spaink, Thomas Hankemeier
Zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio) are increasingly used to translate findings regarding drug efficacy and safety from in vitro-based assays to vertebrate species, including humans. However, the limited understanding of drug exposure in this species hampers its implementation in translational research. Using paracetamol as a paradigm compound, we present a novel method to characterize pharmacokinetic processes in zebrafish larvae, by combining sensitive bioanalytical methods and nonlinear mixed effects modeling...
September 15, 2016: Zebrafish
R Richardson, D Tracey-White, A Webster, M Moosajee
Although human epidemiological and genetic studies are essential to elucidate the aetiology of normal and aberrant ocular development, animal models have provided us with an understanding of the pathogenesis of multiple developmental ocular malformations. Zebrafish eye development displays in depth molecular complexity and stringent spatiotemporal regulation that incorporates developmental contributions of the surface ectoderm, neuroectoderm and head mesenchyme, similar to that seen in humans. For this reason, and due to its genetic tractability, external fertilisation, and early optical clarity, the zebrafish has become an invaluable vertebrate system to investigate human ocular development and disease...
September 9, 2016: Eye
Matheus Marcon, Ana P Herrmann, Ricieri Mocelin, Cassiano L Rambo, Gessi Koakoski, Murilo S Abreu, Greicy M M Conterato, Luiza W Kist, Maurício R Bogo, Leila Zanatta, Leonardo J G Barcellos, Angelo L Piato
RATIONALE: Several model organisms have been employed to study the impacts of stress on biological systems. Different models of unpredictable chronic stress (UCS) have been established in rodents; however, these protocols are expensive, long-lasting, and require a large physical structure. Our group has recently reported an UCS protocol in zebrafish with several advantages compared to rodent models. We observed that UCS induced behavioral, biochemical, and molecular changes similar to those observed in depressed patients, supporting the translational relevance of the protocol...
October 2016: Psychopharmacology
Raphaël Turcotte, Danette J Rutledge, Erik Bélanger, Dorothy Dill, Wendy B Macklin, Daniel C Côté
Myelin plays an essential role in the nervous system and its disruption in diseases such as multiple sclerosis may lead to neuronal death, thus causing irreversible functional impairments. Understanding myelin biology is therefore of fundamental and clinical importance, but no tools currently exist to describe the fine spatial organization of myelin sheaths in vivo. Here we demonstrate intravital quantification of the myelin molecular structure using a microscopy method based on polarization-resolved coherent Raman scattering...
2016: Scientific Reports
Rene Christena Lowrence, Thiagarajan Raman, Himesh V Makala, Venkatasubramanian Ulaganathan, Selva Ganesan Subramaniapillai, Ashok Ayyappa Kuppuswamy, Anisha Mani, Sundaresan Chittoor Neelakantan, Saisubramanian Nagarajan
Multi drug resistant (MDR) pathogens pose a serious threat to public health since they can easily render most potent drugs ineffective. Efflux pump inhibitors (EPI) can be used to counter the MDR phenotypes arising due to increased efflux. In the present study, a series of dithiazole thione derivatives were synthesized and checked for its antibacterial and efflux pump inhibitory (EPI) activity. Among 10 dithiazole thione derivatives, real-time efflux studies revealed that seven compounds were potent EPIs relative to CCCP...
November 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
K C Cheng, S R Katz, A Y Lin, X Xin, Y Ding
Phenotype is defined as the state of an organism resulting from interactions between genes, environment, disease, molecular mechanisms, and chance. The purpose of the emerging field of phenomics is to systematically determine and measure phenotypes across biology for the sake of understanding. Phenotypes can affect more than one cell type and life stage, so ideal phenotyping would include the state of every cell type within the context of both tissue architecture and the whole organism at each life stage. In medicine, high-resolution anatomic assessment of phenotype is obtained from histology...
2016: Advances in Genetics
Despina Bournele, Dimitris Beis
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The most significant risk factors associated with the development of heart diseases include genetic and environmental factors such as hypertension, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking, and obesity. Coronary artery disease accounts for the highest percentage of CVD deaths and stroke, cardiomyopathies, congenital heart diseases, heart valve defects and arrhythmias follow. The causes, prevention, and treatment of all forms of cardiovascular disease remain active fields of biomedical research, with hundreds of scientific studies published on a weekly basis...
August 8, 2016: Heart Failure Reviews
Robert A McKee, Rebecca A Wingert
The kidneys are susceptible to harm from exposure to chemicals they filter from the bloodstream. This can lead to organ injury associated with a rapid decline in renal function and development of the clinical syndrome known as acute kidney injury (AKI). Pharmacological agents used to treat medical circumstances ranging from bacterial infection to cancer, when administered individually or in combination with other drugs, can initiate AKI. Zebrafish are a useful animal model to study the chemical effects on renal function in vivo, as they form an embryonic kidney comprised of nephron functional units that are conserved with higher vertebrates, including humans...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Kar Lai Poon, Xingang Wang, Ashley S Ng, Wei Huang Goh, Claudia McGinnis, Stephen Fowler, Tom J Carney, Haishan Wang, Phillip W Ingham
Understanding and predicting whether new drug candidates will be safe in the clinic is a critical hurdle in pharmaceutical development, that relies in part on absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicology studies in vivo. Zebrafish is a relatively new model system for drug metabolism and toxicity studies, offering whole organism screening coupled with small size and potential for high-throughput screening. Through toxicity and absorption analyses of a number of drugs, we find that zebrafish is generally predictive of drug toxicity, although assay outcomes are influenced by drug lipophilicity which alters drug uptake...
August 2, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Yoshifumi Ashikawa, Yuhei Nishimura, Shiko Okabe, Shota Sasagawa, Soichiro Murakami, Mizuki Yuge, Koki Kawaguchi, Reiko Kawase, Toshio Tanaka
Oligodendrocytes are major myelin-producing cells and play essential roles in the function of a healthy nervous system. However, they are also one of the most vulnerable neural cell types in the central nervous system (CNS), and myelin abnormalities in the CNS are found in a wide variety of neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, adrenoleukodystrophy, and schizophrenia. There is an urgent need to identify small molecular weight compounds that can stimulate myelination. In this study, we performed comparative transcriptome analysis to identify pharmacodynamic effects common to miconazole and clobetasol, which have been shown to stimulate myelination by mouse oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs)...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Alexander McGown, Dame Pamela J Shaw, Tennore Ramesh
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with death on average within 2-3 years of symptom onset. Mutations in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) have been identified to cause ALS. Riluzole, the only neuroprotective drug for ALS provides life extension of only 3 months on average. Thishighlights the need for compound screening in disease models to identify new neuroprotective therapies for this disease. Zebrafish is an emerging model system that is well suited for the study of diseasepathophysiology and also for high throughput (HT) drug screening...
2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
Robert A Kozol, Alexander J Abrams, David M James, Elena Buglo, Qing Yan, Julia E Dallman
Zebrafish are a unique cell to behavior model for studying the basic biology of human inherited neurological conditions. Conserved vertebrate genetics and optical transparency provide in vivo access to the developing nervous system as well as high-throughput approaches for drug screens. Here we review zebrafish modeling for two broad groups of inherited conditions that each share genetic and molecular pathways and overlap phenotypically: neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID) and Schizophrenia (SCZ), and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Cerebellar Ataxia (CATX), Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) and Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
W Liu, M Wu, Z Huang, J Lian, J Chen, T Wang, A Y H Leung, Y Liao, Z Zhang, Q Liu, K Yen, S Lin, L I Zon, Z Wen, Y Zhang, W Zhang
The c-MYB transcription factor is a key regulator of hematopoietic cell proliferation and differentiation, and dysregulation of c-MYB activity often associates with various hematological disorders. Yet, its pathogenic role remains largely unknown due to lack of suitable animal models. Here, we report a detail characterization of a c-myb-gfp transgenic zebrafish harboring c-Myb hyperactivity (named c-myb(hyper)). This line exhibits abnormal granulocyte expansion that resembles human myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) from embryonic stage to adulthood...
July 26, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Lisa Truong, Sean M Bugel, Anna Chlebowski, Crystal Y Usenko, Michael T Simonich, Staci L Massey Simonich, Robert L Tanguay
The use of zebrafish for high throughput screening (HTS) for chemical bioactivity assessments is becoming routine in the fields of drug discovery and toxicology. Here we report current recommendations from our experiences in zebrafish HTS. We compared the effects of different high throughput chemical delivery methods on nominal water concentration, chemical sorption to multi-well polystyrene plates, transcription responses, and resulting whole animal responses. We demonstrate that digital dispensing consistently yields higher data quality and reproducibility compared to standard plastic tip-based liquid handling...
October 2016: Reproductive Toxicology
Shaunna L Beedie, Chris Mahony, Heather M Walker, Cindy H Chau, William D Figg, Neil Vargesson
Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, is essential for tumor growth, stabilization and progression. Angiogenesis inhibitors are now widely used in the clinic; however, there are relatively few published studies on the mechanism of their presumed teratogenic effects. To address this issue, we screened a variety of angiogenesis inhibitors in developing zebrafish and chicken embryo models to assess for developmental defects and potential teratogenic effects. We confirmed previous reports that sunitinib, sorafenib and TNP-470 are teratogenic and demonstrate that axitinib, pazopanib, vandetanib, and everolimus are also teratogens in these models...
2016: Scientific Reports
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