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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224711/ratiometric-photoacoustic-molecular-imaging-for-methylmercury-detection-in-living-subjects
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Yi Liu, Sheng Wang, Ying Ma, Jing Lin, Hai-Yan Wang, Yueqing Gu, Xiaoyuan Chen, Peng Huang
Photoacoustic molecular imaging is an emerging and promising diagnostic tool for heavy metal ions detection. Methylmercury (MeHg(+) ) is one of the most potent neurotoxins, which damages the brain and nervous system of human beings through fish consumption. The development of a selective and sensitive method for MeHg(+) detection is highly desirable. In this Communication, we develope a chemoselective photoacoustic sensor (LP-hCy7) composed of the liposome (LP) and MeHg(+) -responsive near-infrared (NIR) cyanine dye (hCy7) for MeHg(+) detection within living subjects, such as zebrafish and mouse...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217866/zebrafish-models-in-neuropsychopharmacology-and-cns-drug-discovery
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REVIEW
Kanza M Khan, Adam D Collier, Darya A Meshalkina, Elana V Kysil, Sergey L Khatsko, Tatyana Kolesnikova, Yury Yu Morzherin, Jason E Warnick, Allan V Kalueff, David J Echevarria
Despite high prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders, their etiology and molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is increasingly utilized as a powerful animal model in neuropharmacology research and in-vivo drug screening. Collectively, this makes zebrafish a useful tool for drug discovery and the identification of disordered molecular pathways. Here, we discuss zebrafish models of selected human neuropsychiatric disorders and drug-induced phenotypes. Covering a broad range of brain disorders (from anxiety and psychoses to neurodegeneration), we also summarize recent developments in zebrafish genetics and small molecule screening, which markedly enhance the disease modeling and the discovery of novel drug targets...
February 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217803/-natriuretic-peptide-precursor-c-coding-gene-contributes-to-zebrafish-angiogenesis
#3
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/28204887/determination-of-monoamine-neurotransmitters-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-by-gas-chromatography-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry-with-a-two-step-derivatization
#4
Alvaro Aragon, Jessica Legradi, Ana Ballesteros-Gómez, Juliette Legler, Martin van Velzen, Jacob de Boer, Pim Leonards
A sensitive analytical method for the determination of monoamine neurotransmitters (MNTs) in zebrafish larvae was developed using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Six MNTs were selected as target compounds for neurotoxicity testing. MNTs underwent a two-step derivatization with hexamethyldisilazane (HDMS) for O-silylation followed by N-methyl-bis-heptafluorobutyramide (MBHFBA) for N-perfluoroacylation. Derivatization conditions were optimized by an experimental design approach. Method validation showed linear calibration curves (r (2) > 0...
February 15, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192925/two-photon-ratiometric-fluorescence-probe-with-enhanced-absorption-cross-section-for-imaging-and-biosensing-of-zinc-ions-in-hippocampal-tissue-and-zebrafish
#5
Wanying Li, Bingqing Fang, Ming Jin, Yang Tian
Zinc ion (Zn(2+)) not only plays an important function in the structural, catalytic, transcription, and regulatory of proteins, but is also an essential ionic signal to regulate brain neurotransmitters pass process. In this work, we designed and synthesized an intramolecular charge transfer-based ratiometric two-photon fluorescence probe, P-Zn, for imaging and biosensing of Zn(2+) in live cell, hippocampal tissue, and zebrafish. The developed probe demonstrated high two-photon absorption cross section (δ) of 516 ± 77 GM, which increased to 958 ± 144 GM after the probe was coordinated with Zn(2+)...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163161/zebrafish-models-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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REVIEW
Daria A Meshalkina, Marina N Kizlyk, Elana V Kysil, Adam D Collier, David J Echevarria, Murilo S Abreu, Leonardo J G Barcellos, Cai Song, Jason E Warnick, Evan J Kyzar, Allan V Kalueff
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by motor, social and cognitive deficits that develop early during childhood. The pathogenesis of ASD is not well characterized and involves a multifaceted interaction between genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors. Animal (experimental) models possess evolutionarily conserved behaviors and molecular pathways that are highly relevant for studying ASD. The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a relatively new animal model with promise for understanding the pathogenesis of complex brain disorders and discovering novel treatments...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154937/spatiotemporal-expression-of-foxo4-foxo6a-and-foxo6b-in-the-developing-brain-and-retina-are-transcriptionally-regulated-by-pi3k-signaling-in-zebrafish
#7
Sheng-Jia Lin, Ming-Chang Chiang, Hung-Yu Shih, Kun-Chun Chiang, Yi-Chuan Cheng
The forkhead box subclass O (FoxO) family of proteins is a group of highly evolutionary conserved transcription factors that regulate various cellular processes and embryonic development. Dysregulated expressions of FOXO genes have been identified in numerous tumors and genetic disorders. The expression of FOXO/Foxo, particularly FOXO4/Foxo4 and FOXO6/Foxo6, in the developing nervous system has not been fully characterized. Here, we identified zebrafish foxo4, foxo6a, and foxo6b homologs and demonstrated that all three genes were expressed in the developing nervous system...
February 2, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148893/stem-cell-cultures-derived-from-pediatric-brain-tumors-accurately-model-the-originating-tumors
#8
Anna Wenger, Susanna Larsson, Anna Danielsson, Kirstine Juul Elbæk, Petronella Kettunen, Magnus Tisell, Magnus Sabel, Birgitta Lannering, Claes Nordborg, Elizabeth Schepke, Helena Carén
Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children but high-grade gliomas in children and adolescents have remained a relatively under-investigated disease despite this. A better understanding of the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of the diseases is required in order to improve the outcome for these children. In vitro-cultured primary tumor cells from patients are indispensable tools for this purpose by enabling functional analyses and development of new therapies. However, relevant well-characterized in vitro cultures from pediatric gliomas cultured under serum-free conditions have been lacking...
January 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148823/spatial-distribution-and-characterization-of-non-apical-progenitors-in-the-zebrafish-embryo-central-nervous-system
#9
Rebecca McIntosh, Joseph Norris, Jon D Clarke, Paula Alexandre
Studies of non-apical progenitors (NAPs) have been largely limited to the developing mammalian cortex. They are postulated to generate the increase in neuron numbers that underlie mammalian brain expansion. Recently, NAPs have also been reported in the retina and central nervous system of non-mammalian species; in the latter, however, they remain poorly characterized. Here, we characterize NAP location along the zebrafish central nervous system during embryonic development, and determine their cellular and molecular characteristics and renewal capacity...
February 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148780/pth4-an-ancient-parathyroid-hormone-lost-in-eutherian-mammals-reveals-a-new-brain-to-bone-signaling-pathway
#10
Paula Suarez-Bregua, Eva Torres-Nuñez, Ankur Saxena, Pedro Guerreiro, Ingo Braasch, David A Prober, Paloma Moran, Jose Miguel Cerda-Reverter, Shao Jun Du, Fatima Adrio, Deborah M Power, Adelino V M Canario, John H Postlethwait, Marianne E Bronner, Cristian Cañestro, Josep Rotllant
Regulation of bone development, growth, and remodeling traditionally has been thought to depend on endocrine and autocrine/paracrine modulators. Recently, however, brain-derived signals have emerged as key regulators of bone metabolism, although their mechanisms of action have been poorly understood. We reveal the existence of an ancient parathyroid hormone (Pth)4 in zebrafish that was secondarily lost in the eutherian mammals' lineage, including humans, and that is specifically expressed in neurons of the hypothalamus and appears to be a central neural regulator of bone development and mineral homeostasis...
February 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148688/extl3-mutations-cause-skeletal-dysplasia-immune-deficiency-and-developmental-delay
#11
Stefano Volpi, Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Patrick M Brauer, Ellen van Rooijen, Atsuko Hayashida, Anne Slavotinek, Hye Sun Kuehn, Maja Di Rocco, Carlo Rivolta, Ileana Bortolomai, Likun Du, Kerstin Felgentreff, Lisa Ott de Bruin, Kazutaka Hayashida, George Freedman, Genni Enza Marcovecchio, Kelly Capuder, Prisni Rath, Nicole Luche, Elliott J Hagedorn, Antonella Buoncompagni, Beryl Royer-Bertrand, Silvia Giliani, Pietro Luigi Poliani, Luisa Imberti, Kerry Dobbs, Fabienne E Poulain, Alberto Martini, John Manis, Robert J Linhardt, Marita Bosticardo, Sergio Damian Rosenzweig, Hane Lee, Jennifer M Puck, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Leonard Zon, Pyong Woo Park, Andrea Superti-Furga, Luigi D Notarangelo
We studied three patients with severe skeletal dysplasia, T cell immunodeficiency, and developmental delay. Whole-exome sequencing revealed homozygous missense mutations affecting exostosin-like 3 (EXTL3), a glycosyltransferase involved in heparan sulfate (HS) biosynthesis. Patient-derived fibroblasts showed abnormal HS composition and altered fibroblast growth factor 2 signaling, which was rescued by overexpression of wild-type EXTL3 cDNA. Interleukin-2-mediated STAT5 phosphorylation in patients' lymphocytes was markedly reduced...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148652/calcium-signals-drive-cell-shape-changes-during-zebrafish-midbrain-hindbrain-boundary-formation
#12
Srishti U Sahu, Mike R Visetsouk, Ryan J Garde, Leah Hennes, Constance Kwas, Jennifer H Gutzman
One of the first morphogenetic events in the vertebrate brain is the formation of the highly conserved midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB). Specific cell shape changes occur at the point of deepest constriction of the MHB, the midbrain-hindbrain boundary constriction (MHBC), and are critical for proper MHB formation. These cell shape changes are controlled by non-muscle myosin II (NMII) motor proteins which are tightly regulated via the phosphorylation of their associated myosin regulatory light chains (MRLC)...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129859/investigating-microglia-brain-tumor-cell-interactions-in-vivo-in-the-larval-zebrafish-brain
#13
K R Astell, D Sieger
Glioblastoma is the most frequent and aggressive primary malignant brain tumor. Gliomas exhibit high genetic diversity in addition to complex and variable clinical features. Glioblastoma tumors are highly resistant to multimodal therapies and there is significant patient mortality within the first two years after prognosis. At present clinical treatments are palliative, not curative. Glioblastomas contain a high number of microglia and infiltrating macrophages, which are positively correlated with glioma grade and invasiveness...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129614/effects-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-exposure-on-parkinsonism-in-zebrafish-larvae-and-pc12
#14
Qinglian Hu, Fengliang Guo, Fenghui Zhao, Zhengwei Fu
Nanomaterials hold significant potential for industrial and biomedical application these years. Therefore, the relationship between nanoparticles and neurodegenerative disease is of enormous interest. In this contribution, zebrafish embryos and PC12 cell lines were selected for studying neurotoxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs). After exposure of different concentrations of TiO2 NPs to embryos from fertilization to 96 hpf, the hatching time of zebrafish was decreased, accompanied by an increase in malformation rate...
January 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111318/in-silico-predicted-reproductive-endocrine-transcriptional-regulatory-networks-during-zebrafish-danio-rerio-development
#15
D Hala
The interconnected topology of transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs) readily lends to mathematical (or in silico) representation and analysis as a stoichiometric matrix. Such a matrix can be 'solved' using the mathematical method of extreme pathway (ExPa) analysis, which identifies uniquely activated genes subject to transcription factor (TF) availability. In this manuscript, in silico multi-tissue TRN models of brain, liver and gonad were used to study reproductive endocrine developmental programming in zebrafish (Danio rerio) from 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109900/microcystin-lr-retards-gonadal-maturation-through-disrupting-the-growth-hormone-insulin-like-growth-factors-system-in-zebrafish
#16
Jie Hou, Yujing Su, Wang Lin, Honghui Guo, Ping Xie, Jun Chen, Zemao Gu, Li Li
Recent studies have documented that microcystins (MCs) have potential toxic effects on growth and reproduction in fish. However, no systematic data exist on whether MCs cause gonadal development retardation through disrupting the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factors (GH/IGFs) system. To this end, zebrafish hatchlings (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30µg/L microcystin-LR (MC-LR) for 90 d until they reached sexual maturity. Life-cycle exposure to MC-LR caused delayed ovarian maturation and sperm development along with ultrapathological lesions in the brain and liver...
January 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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/28098234/maternal-cortisol-stimulates-neurogenesis-and-affects-larval-behaviour-in-zebrafish
#18
Carol Best, Deborah M Kurrasch, Mathilakath M Vijayan
Excess glucocorticoid transferred from stressed mother to the embryo affects developing vertebrate offspring, but the underlying programming events are unclear. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that increased zygotic glucocorticoid deposition, mimicking a maternal stress scenario, modifies early brain development and larval behaviour in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Cortisol was microinjected into the yolk at one cell-stage, to mimic maternal transfer, and the larvae [96 hours post-fertilization (hpf)] displayed increased activity in light and a reduction in thigmotaxis, a behavioural model for anxiety, suggesting an increased propensity for boldness...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092494/zebrafish-are-able-to-detect-ethanol-in-their-environment
#19
Steven Tran, Hayden Chow, Benjamin Tsang, Amanda Facciol, Prabhlene Gandhi, Priyanka Desai, Robert Gerlai
Zebrafish have become a popular animal model for studying the development of alcohol addiction. Several behavioral paradigms for studying alcohol addiction have been developed for zebrafish, including conditioned place preference, alcohol-induced tolerance, and withdrawal. However, alcohol choice preference tasks have not been established in zebrafish as of yet. The ability of zebrafish to detect alcohol in their environment is required in alcohol choice or preference tasks. To our knowledge, it is currently unknown whether zebrafish are able to detect alcohol in their environment immediately following bath immersion...
January 16, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065605/early-commissural-diencephalic-neurons-control-habenular-axon-extension-and-targeting
#20
Carlo A Beretta, Nicolas Dross, Luca Guglielmi, Peter Bankhead, Marina Soulika, Jose A Gutierrez-Triana, Alessio Paolini, Lucia Poggi, Julien Falk, Soojin Ryu, Marika Kapsimali, Ulrike Engel, Matthias Carl
Most neuronal populations form on both the left and right sides of the brain. Their efferent axons appear to grow synchronously along similar pathways on each side, although the neurons or their environment often differ between the two hemispheres [1-4]. How this coordination is controlled has received little attention. Frequently, neurons establish interhemispheric connections, which can function to integrate information between brain hemispheres (e.g., [5]). Such commissures form very early, suggesting their potential developmental role in coordinating ipsilateral axon navigation during embryonic development [4]...
January 23, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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