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Zebrafish brain development

Lloyd Hamilton, Katy R Astell, Gergana Velikova, Dirk Sieger
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastomas are infiltrated by a high number of microglia, which promote tumor growth and surrounding tissue invasion. However, it is unclear how microglia and glioma cells physically interact and if there are differences, depending on glioma cell type. Hence, we have developed a novel live imaging assay to study microglia-glioma interactions in vivo in the zebrafish brain. We transplanted well-established human glioblastoma cell lines, U87 and U251, into transgenic zebrafish lines with labelled macrophages/microglia...
October 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Yuan Ren, Nan Ji, Xixiong Kang, Renzhi Wang, Wenbin Ma, Zhenjun Hu, Xingfeng Liu, Yajie Wang
Glioblastoma is a highly vascularized brain tumor that causes high mortality. Kininogen-1 (KNG1) has demonstrated both tumor suppressor and antiangiogenesis properties in gliobastoma cells. We analyzed the microarray and proteomic profiles of tumor tissues from glioblastoma patients (N = 180), and identified potential RNA regulators of the KNG1. Validation experiments in U87 glioblastoma cells showed that the regulation of KNG1 by CTU1, KIAA1274, and RAX was mediated by miR-138. The siRNA-mediated knockdown of CTU1, KIAA1274, or RAX in U87 cells and immortalized human endothelial cells (iHECs) significantly reduced KNG1 expression (P < 0...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Nynke Oosterhof, Inge R Holtman, Laura E Kuil, Herma C van der Linde, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Tjakko J van Ham
Microglia are brain resident macrophages important for brain development, connectivity, homeostasis and disease. However, it is still largely unclear how microglia functions and their identity are regulated at the molecular level. Although recent transcriptomic studies have identified genes specifically expressed in microglia, the function of most of these genes in microglia is still unknown. Here, we performed RNA sequencing on microglia acutely isolated from healthy and neurodegenerative zebrafish brains...
October 19, 2016: Glia
Iliana Serifi, Eleni Tzima, Katerina Soupsana, Zoe Karetsou, Dimitris Beis, Thomais Papamarcaki
The oncoprotein SET/I2PP2A participates in various cellular mechanisms such as transcription, cell cycle regulation and cell migration. SET is also an inhibitor of the serine/threonine phosphatase PP2A, which is involved in the regulation of cell homeostasis. In zebrafish there are two paralogous set genes that encode Seta (269 aa) and Setb (275 aa) proteins which share 94% identity. We show here that seta and set b are similarly expressed in the eye, the otic vesicle, the brain and the lateral line system, as indicated by in situ hybridization labeling...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Idan Elbaz, David Zada, Adi Tovin, Tslil Braun, Tali Lerer-Goldshtein, Gordon Wang, Philippe Mourrain, Lior Appelbaum
Sleep is tightly regulated by the circadian clock and homeostatic mechanisms. Although the sleep/wake cycle is known to be associated with structural and physiological synaptic changes that benefit the brain, the function of sleep is still debated. The hypothalamic hypocretin/orexin (Hcrt) neurons regulate various functions including feeding, reward, sleep, and wake. Continuous imaging of single neuronal circuits in live animals is vital to understanding the role of sleep in regulating synaptic dynamics, and the transparency of the zebrafish model enables time-lapse imaging of single synapses during both day and night...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
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
Hongyuan Shen, Elke Bocksteins, Igor Kondrychyn, Dirk Snyders, Vladimir Korzh
The brain ventricular system is essential for neurogenesis and brain homeostasis. Its neuroepithelial lining effects these functions, but the underlying molecular pathways remain to be understood. We found that the K channels expressed in neuroepithelial cells determine formation of the ventricular system. The phenotype of a novel zebrafish mutant characterized by denudation of neuroepithelial lining of the ventricular system and hydrocephalus is mechanistically linked to Kcng4b, the homologue of the "silent" voltage-gated K channel alpha-subunit Kv6...
October 11, 2016: Development
Balachandar Radhakrishnan, A Alwin Prem Anand
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small regulatory RNAs involved in gene regulation. The regulation is effected by either translational inhibition or transcriptional silencing. In vertebrates, the importance of miRNA in development was discovered from mice and zebrafish dicer knockouts. The miRNA-9 (miR-9) is one of the most highly expressed miRNAs in the early and adult vertebrate brain. It has diverse functions within the developing vertebrate brain. In this article, the role of miR-9 in the developing forebrain (telencephalon and diencephalon), midbrain, hindbrain, and spinal cord of vertebrate species is highlighted...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
Gianfranco Matrone, John J Mullins, Carl S Tucker, Martin A Denvir
CDK9 is a known regulator of cellular transcription, growth and proliferation. Small molecule inhibitors are currently being developed and assessed in clinical trials as anti-cancer drugs. The zebrafish embryo provides an ideal model to explore the effects of CDK9 inhibition in-vivo. This has not been adequately explored previously at the level of a whole organism. We have compared and contrasted the effects of pharmacological and molecular inhibition of CDK9 on somatic growth, apoptosis and cellular proliferation in zebrafish larvae between 0 to 120 hours post fertilisation (hpf) using flavopiridol, a selective CDK9 antagonist, and CDK9-targeting morpholino...
October 7, 2016: Cell Cycle
Kristien A Van Camp, Geert Baggerman, Ronny Blust, Steven J Husson
: (Neuro)peptides are small messenger molecules that are derived from larger, inactive precursor proteins by the highly controlled action of processing enzymes. These biologically active peptides can be found in all metazoan species where they orchestrate a wide variety of physiological processes. Obviously, detailed knowledge on the actual peptide sequences, including the potential existence of truncated versions or presence of post-translation modifications, is of high importance when studying their function...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Hani Bagheri, Chansonette Badduke, Ying Qiao, Rita Colnaghi, Iga Abramowicz, Diana Alcantara, Christopher Dunham, Jiadi Wen, Robert S Wildin, Malgorzata J M Nowaczyk, Jennifer Eichmeyer, Anna Lehman, Bruno Maranda, Sally Martell, Xianghong Shan, Suzanne M E Lewis, Mark O'Driscoll, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans, Evica Rajcan-Separovic
The 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome has a core phenotype consisting of intellectual disability, microcephaly, hypotonia, delayed growth, common craniofacial features, and digital anomalies. So far, more than 20 cases of 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature; however, the size of the deletions and their breakpoints vary, making it difficult to identify the candidate genes. Recent reports pointed to 4 genes (XPO1, USP34, BCL11A, and REL) that were included, alone or in combination, in the smallest deletions causing the syndrome...
March 17, 2016: JCI Insight
Ariel F Martinez, Yu Abe, Sungkook Hong, Kevin Molyneux, David Yarnell, Heiko Löhr, Wolfgang Driever, Maria T Acosta, Mauricio Arcos-Burgos, Maximilian Muenke
BACKGROUND: Genetic factors predispose individuals to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Previous studies have reported linkage and association to ADHD of gene variants within ADGRL3. In this study, we functionally analyzed noncoding variants in this gene as likely pathological contributors. METHODS: In silico, in vitro, and in vivo approaches were used to identify and characterize evolutionary conserved elements within the ADGRL3 linkage region (~207 Kb)...
July 14, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
Andrew Holowiecki, Britton O'Shields, Matthew J Jenny
While heme is an important cofactor for numerous proteins, it is highly toxic in its unbound form and can perpetuate the formation of reactive oxygen species. Heme oxygenase enzymes (HMOX1 and HMOX2) degrade heme into biliverdin and carbon monoxide, with biliverdin subsequently being converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase (BVRa or BVRb). As a result of the teleost-specific genome duplication event, zebrafish have paralogs of hmox1 (hmox1a and hmox1b) and hmox2 (hmox2a and hmox2b). Expression of all four hmox paralogs and two bvr isoforms were measured in adult tissues (gill, brain and liver) and sexually dimorphic differences were observed, most notably in the basal expression of hmox1a, hmox2a, hmox2b and bvrb in liver samples...
September 23, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Alejandro Pinzon-Olejua, Cornelia Welte, Avinash Chekuru, Viktoria Bosak, Michael Brand, Stefan Hans, Claudia A O Stuermer
BACKGROUND: The conditional Cre/lox system has recently emerged as a valuable tool for studies on both embryonic and adult Zebrafish. Temporal control and site-specific recombination are achieved by using the ligand-inducible CreER(T2) and administration of the drug tamoxifen (TAM) or its active metabolite, 4-Hydroxytamoxifen (4-OHT). RESULTS: Here we report the generation of a transgenic Zebrafish line, which expresses an mCherry-tagged variant of CreER(T2) under the control of the myelin basic protein a (mbpa) promoter...
September 26, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
David Zada, Adi Tovin, Tali Lerer-Goldshtein, Lior Appelbaum
Hypomyelination is a key symptom of the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome (AHDS), a psychomotor retardation associated with mutations in the thyroid-hormone (TH) transporter MCT8. AHDS is characterized by severe intellectual deficiency, neuromuscular impairment, and brain hypothyroidism. In order to understand the mechanism for TH-dependent hypomyelination, we developed an mct8 mutant (mct8-/-) zebrafish model. The quantification of genetic markers for oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) and mature oligodendrocytes revealed reduced differentiation of OPCs into oligodendrocytes in mct8-/- larvae and adults...
September 23, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Li Yao, Shi-Xiao Peng, Yi-Da Xu, Stanley Li Lin, Yu-Hong Li, Chun-Jie Liu, Hou-De Zhao, Lin-Fang Wang, Yan-Qin Shen
1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6 tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), which induces the pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease in rodents, also specifically targets dopaminergic neurons in zebrafish embryos and larvae. Loganin, a traditional Chinese drug, was reported to regulate immune function and possess anti-inflammatory and anti-shock effects. Here, we investigate the role of loganin in MPTP-induced Parkinson-like abnormalities in zebrafish. MPTP treatment-induced abnormal development, in larvae, such as pericardium edema, increased yolk color, yolk sac edema, and retarded yolk sac resorption, as well as defects in brain development...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Adrien Jouary, Mathieu Haudrechy, Raphaël Candelier, German Sumbre
Animals continuously rely on sensory feedback to adjust motor commands. In order to study the role of visual feedback in goal-driven navigation, we developed a 2D visual virtual reality system for zebrafish larvae. The visual feedback can be set to be similar to what the animal experiences in natural conditions. Alternatively, modification of the visual feedback can be used to study how the brain adapts to perturbations. For this purpose, we first generated a library of free-swimming behaviors from which we learned the relationship between the trajectory of the larva and the shape of its tail...
2016: Scientific Reports
Victoria McCutcheon, Eugene Park, Elaine Liu, Pooya Sobhe Bidari, Jahan Tavakkoli, Xiao-Yan Wen, Andrew J Baker
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and morbidity in industrialized countries with considerable associated healthcare costs. The cost and time associated with preclinical development of TBI therapeutics is lengthy and expensive with a poor track record of successful translation to the clinic. The zebrafish is an emerging model organism in research with unique technical and genomic strengths in the study of disease and development. Its high degree of genetic homology and cell signaling pathways relative to mammalian species and amenability to high and medium throughput assays has potential to accelerate the rate of therapeutic drug identification...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Andrew G Engel, Duygu Selcen, Xin-Ming Shen, Margherita Milone, C Michel Harper
OBJECTIVE: To identify the molecular basis of a fatal syndrome of microcephaly, cortical hyperexcitability, and myasthenia. METHODS: We performed clinical and in vitro microelectrode studies of neuromuscular transmission, examined neuromuscular junctions cytochemically and by electron microscopy (EM), and searched for mutations by Sanger and exome sequencing. RESULTS: Neuromuscular transmission was severely compromised by marked depletion of the readily releasable pool of quanta, but the probability of quantal release was normal...
October 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Rodrigo J De Marco, Theresa Thiemann, Antonia H Groneberg, Ulrich Herget, Soojin Ryu
The anterior pituitary is the major link between nervous and hormonal systems, which allow the brain to generate adequate and flexible behaviour. Here, we address its role in mediating behavioural adjustments that aid in coping with acutely threatening environments. For this we combine optogenetic manipulation of pituitary corticotroph cells in larval zebrafish with newly developed assays for measuring goal-directed actions in very short timescales. Our results reveal modulatory actions of corticotroph cell activity on locomotion, avoidance behaviours and stimulus responsiveness directly after the onset of stress...
September 20, 2016: Nature Communications
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