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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350027/evaluation-of-drug-exposure-and-metabolism-in-locust-and-zebrafish-brains-using-mass-spectrometry-imaging
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Marvin Villacrez, Karin Hellman, Tatsuya Ono, Yutaka Sugihara, Melinda Rezeli, Fredrik Ek, Gyorgy Marko-Varga, Roger Olsson
Studying how and where drugs are metabolized in the brain is challenging. In an entire organism, peripheral metabolism produces many of the same metabolites as those in the brain, and many of these metabolites can cross the blood-brain barrier from the periphery, thus making the relative contributions of hepatic and brain metabolism difficult to study in vivo. In addition, drugs and metabolites contained in ventricles and in the residual blood of capillaries in the brain may overestimate drugs' and metabolites' concentrations in the brain...
January 19, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344929/pla2g6-deficiency-in-zebrafish-leads-to-dopaminergic-cell-death-axonal-degeneration-increased-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-and-defects-in-brain-functions-and-pathways
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Elena Sánchez, Luis J Azcona, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
This study aimed to gain insights into the pathophysiology underlying PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration that is implicated in three different neurological disorders, suggesting that other, unknown genetic or environmental factors might contribute to its wide phenotypic expression. To accomplish this, we downregulated the function of pla2g6 in the zebrafish nervous system, performed parkinsonism-related phenotypic characterization, and determined the effects of gene regulation upon the loss of pla2g6 function by using RNA sequencing and downstream analyses...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338710/a-genetically-encoded-ca2-indicator-based-on-circularly-permutated-sea-anemone-red-fluorescent-protein-eqfp578
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Yi Shen, Hod Dana, Ahmed S Abdelfattah, Ronak Patel, Jamien Shea, Rosana S Molina, Bijal Rawal, Vladimir Rancic, Yu-Fen Chang, Lanshi Wu, Yingche Chen, Yong Qian, Matthew D Wiens, Nathan Hambleton, Klaus Ballanyi, Thomas E Hughes, Mikhail Drobizhev, Douglas S Kim, Minoru Koyama, Eric R Schreiter, Robert E Campbell
BACKGROUND: Genetically encoded calcium ion (Ca2+) indicators (GECIs) are indispensable tools for measuring Ca2+ dynamics and neuronal activities in vitro and in vivo. Red fluorescent protein (RFP)-based GECIs have inherent advantages relative to green fluorescent protein-based GECIs due to the longer wavelength light used for excitation. Longer wavelength light is associated with decreased phototoxicity and deeper penetration through tissue. Red GECI can also enable multicolor visualization with blue- or cyan-excitable fluorophores...
January 16, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327202/transient-disruption-of-adenosine-signaling-during-embryogenesis-triggers-a-pro-epileptic-phenotype-in-adult-zebrafish
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Fabiano Peres Menezes, Felipe Machado Torresini, Laura Roesler Nery, Rosane Souza da Silva
Adenosinergic signaling has important effects on brain function, anatomy, and physiology in both late and early stages of development. Exposure to caffeine, a non-specific blocker of adenosine receptor, has been indicated as a developmental risk factor. Disruption of adenosinergic signaling during early stages of development can change the normal neural network formation and possibly lead to an increase in susceptibility to seizures. In this work, morpholinos (MO) temporarily blocked the translation of adenosine receptor transcripts, adora1, adora2aa, and adora2ab, during the embryonic phase of zebrafish...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319231/temporal-and-spatial-expression-of-insulin-like-peptide-insl5a-and-insl5b-paralog-genes-during-the-embryogenesis-of-danio-rerio
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Massimo Venditti, Aldo Donizetti, Marcella Fiengo, Chiara Fasano, Alessandra Santillo, Francesco Aniello, Sergio Minucci
Relaxin (RLN) and insulin (INSL)-like peptides are member of the INSL/RLN superfamily, which are encoded by seven genes in humans and can activate the G-protein coupled receptor RXFP 1-4. These peptides evolved from a common ancestor, RLN3-like gene. Two rounds of whole genome duplication (WGD) in early vertebrate evolution, together with an additional WGD in the teleost lineage, caused an expansion of RLN genes set in the genome of Danio rerio. In particular, six RLN genes are present: a single copy of rln and insl3 genes, and two paralogs for the rln3 gene (rln3a and rln3b), and the insl5 gene (insl5a and insl5b)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317240/toxicity-and-cardiac-effects-of-acute-exposure-to-tryptophan-metabolites-on-the-kynurenine-pathway-in-early-developing-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos
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Michal Majewski, Natalia Kasica, Anna Jakimiuk, Piotr Podlasz
Defects in tryptophan metabolism on the l-kynurenine pathway (KP) are implicated in a number of human diseases, including chronic kidney disease, brain edema or injury, tuberculosis and malaria - as well as cancer, neurodegenerative and autoimmune disorders. However, it is unclear to what extent detrimental effects of exposure to tryptophan metabolites might impact the early development of organism. Thus, this study examined the effects of KP exposure in zebrafish embryos starting at the blastula period (4hpf) and the segmentation stage (24hpf)...
January 6, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300740/neurotransmitter-mediated-activity-spatially-controls-neuronal-migration-in-the-zebrafish-cerebellum
#7
Ulrike Theisen, Christian Hennig, Tobias Ring, Ralf Schnabel, Reinhard W Köster
Neuronal migration during embryonic development contributes to functional brain circuitry. Many neurons migrate in morphologically distinct stages that coincide with differentiation, requiring tight spatial regulation. It had been proposed that neurotransmitter-mediated activity could exert this control. Here, we demonstrate that intracellular calcium transients occur in cerebellar neurons of zebrafish embryos during migration. We show that depolarization increases and hyperpolarization reduces the speed of tegmental hindbrain neurons using optogenetic tools and advanced track analysis optimized for in vivo migration...
January 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298861/hypersensitive-assessment-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-transcriptional-activity-using-a-novel-truncated-cyp1a-promoter-in-zebrafish
#8
Juan-Juan Luo, Dong-Sheng Su, Shao-Lin Xie, Yi Liu, Pei Liu, Xiao-Jun Yang, De-Sheng Pei
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a persistent organic pollutant (POP), an unintentional byproduct of various industrial processes, and a human carcinogen. The expression of the cytochrome P450 1A (cyp1a) gene is upregulated in the presence of TCDD through activating the aryl hydrocarbon receptor pathway in a dose-dependent manner. Several essential response elements, including the 8 potential xenobiotic response elements in the cyp1a promoter region, have been identified to be the main functional parts for the response to TCDD...
January 3, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290337/kiaa1109-variants-are-associated-with-a-severe-disorder-of-brain-development-and-arthrogryposis
#9
Lucie Gueneau, Richard J Fish, Hanan E Shamseldin, Norine Voisin, Frédéric Tran Mau-Them, Egle Preiksaitiene, Glen R Monroe, Angeline Lai, Audrey Putoux, Fabienne Allias, Qamariya Ambusaidi, Laima Ambrozaityte, Loreta Cimbalistienė, Julien Delafontaine, Nicolas Guex, Mais Hashem, Wesam Kurdi, Saumya Shekhar Jamuar, Lim J Ying, Carine Bonnard, Tommaso Pippucci, Sylvain Pradervand, Bernd Roechert, Peter M van Hasselt, Michaël Wiederkehr, Caroline F Wright, Ioannis Xenarios, Gijs van Haaften, Charles Shaw-Smith, Erica M Schindewolf, Marguerite Neerman-Arbez, Damien Sanlaville, Gaëtan Lesca, Laurent Guibaud, Bruno Reversade, Jamel Chelly, Vaidutis Kučinskas, Fowzan S Alkuraya, Alexandre Reymond
Whole-exome and targeted sequencing of 13 individuals from 10 unrelated families with overlapping clinical manifestations identified loss-of-function and missense variants in KIAA1109 allowing delineation of an autosomal-recessive multi-system syndrome, which we suggest to name Alkuraya-Kučinskas syndrome (MIM 617822). Shared phenotypic features representing the cardinal characteristics of this syndrome combine brain atrophy with clubfoot and arthrogryposis. Affected individuals present with cerebral parenchymal underdevelopment, ranging from major cerebral parenchymal thinning with lissencephalic aspect to moderate parenchymal rarefaction, severe to mild ventriculomegaly, cerebellar hypoplasia with brainstem dysgenesis, and cardiac and ophthalmologic anomalies, such as microphthalmia and cataract...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289755/the-role-of-gastrulation-brain-homeobox-2-gbx2-in-the-development-of-the-ventral-telencephalon-in-zebrafish-embryos
#10
Zhe Wang, Yukiko Nakayama, Sachiko Tsuda, Kyo Yamasu
During vertebrate brain development, the gastrulation brain homeobox 2 gene (gbx2) is expressed in the forebrain, but its precise roles are still unknown. In this study, we addressed this issue in zebrafish (Danio rerio) first by carefully examining gbx2 expression in the developing forebrain. We showed that gbx2 was expressed in the telencephalon during late somitogenesis, from 18h post-fertilization (hpf) to 24 hpf, and in the thalamic primordium after 26 hpf. In contrast, another gbx gene, gbx1, was expressed in the anterior-most ventral telencephalon after 36 hpf...
December 21, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285825/targeted-copy-number-screening-highlights-an-intragenic-deletion-of-wdr63-as-the-likely-cause-of-human-occipital-encephalocele-and-abnormal-cns-development-in-zebrafish
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Wolfgang Hofmeister, Maria Pettersson, Deniz Kurtoglu, Miriam Armenio, Jesper Eisfeldt, Nikos Papadogiannakis, Peter Gustavsson, Anna Lindstrand
Congenital malformations affecting the neural tube can present as isolated malformations or occur in association with other developmental abnormalities and syndromes. Using high resolution copy number screening in 66 fetuses with neural tube defects we identified 6 fetuses with likely pathogenic mutations, three aneuploidies (one trisomy 13 and two trisomy 18) and three deletions previously reported in NTDs (one 22q11.2 deletion and two 1p36 deletions) corresponding to 9% of the cohort. In addition, we identified five rare deletions and two duplications of uncertain significance including a rare intragenic heterozygous in-frame WDR63 deletion in a fetus with occipital encephalocele...
December 28, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276941/rnf152-is-essential-for-neurod-expression-and-delta-notch-signaling-in-the-zebrafish-embryos
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Ajeet Kumar, Tae-Lin Huh, Joonho Choe, Myungchull Rhee
We report the biological functions of a zebrafish homologue of RING-finger protein 152 (rnf152) during embryogenesis. rnf152 was initially identified as a brain-enriched E3 ligase involved in early embryogenesis of zebrafish. Expression of rnf152 was ubiquitous in the brain at 24 hpf but restricted to the eyes, midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB), and rhombomeres at 48 hpf. Knockdown of rnf152 in zebrafish embryos caused defects in the eyes, MHB, and rhombomeres (r1-7) at 24 hpf. These defects in rnf152-deficient embryos were analyzed by whole-mount in situ hybridization (WISH) using neuroD, deltaD, notch1a, and notch3 probes...
December 22, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241697/opening-the-black-box-of-endocrine-disruption-of-brain-development-lessons-from-the-characterization-of-bisphenol-a
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Dinushan Nesan, Laronna C Sewell, Deborah M Kurrasch
Bisphenol A (BPA) is among the best-studied endocrine disrupting chemicals, known to act via multiple steroid hormone receptors to mediate a myriad of cellular effects. Pre-, peri-, and postnatal BPA exposure have been linked to a variety of altered behaviors in multiple model organisms, ranging from zebrafish to frogs to mammalian models. Given that BPA can cross the human placental barrier and has been found in the serum of human fetuses during gestation, BPA has been postulated to adversely affect ongoing neurodevelopment, ultimately leading to behavioral disorders later in life...
December 11, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235648/anatomical-map-of-the-cranial-vasculature-and-sensory-ganglia
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Laura Taberner, Aitor Bañón, Berta Alsina
There is growing evidence of a direct influence of vasculature on the development of neurons in the brain. The development of the cranial vasculature has been well described in zebrafish but its anatomical relationship with the adjacent developing sensory ganglia has not been addressed. Here, by 3D imaging of fluorescently labelled blood vessels and sensory ganglia, we describe for the first time the spatial organization of the cranial vasculature in relation to the cranial ganglia during zebrafish development...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235100/embryonic-exposure-to-valproic-acid-affects-the-histaminergic-system-and-the-social-behavior-of-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Diego Baronio, Henri A J Puttonen, Maria Sundvik, Svetlana Semenova, Essi Lehtonen, Pertti Panula
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Histamine modulates several behaviors and physiological functions and its deficiency is associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. Gestational intake of valproic acid (VPA) is linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is characterized by impaired sociability and stereotypies. VPA effects on the neurochemistry and functional morphology of the histaminergic system in ASD are unclear. Zebrafish are highly social and given the similarities between zebrafish and human neurotransmitter systems, we decided to use zebrafish to study VPA effects on histamine...
December 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230019/metabolic-profiling-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos-by-nmr-spectroscopy-reveals-multifaceted-toxicity-of-%C3%AE-methylamino-l-alanine-bmaa
#16
Upasana Roy, Laura Conklin, Jürgen Schiller, Jörg Matysik, John P Berry, A Alia
β-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been linked to several interrelated neurodegenerative diseases. Despite considerable research, specific contributions of BMAA toxicity to neurodegenerative diseases remain to be fully resolved. In the present study, we utilized state-of-the-art high-resolution magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (HRMAS NMR), applied to intact zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos, as a model of vertebrate development, to elucidate changes in metabolic profiles associated with BMAA exposure...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221954/total-particulate-matter-from-cigarette-smoke-disrupts-vascular-development-in-zebrafish-brain-danio-rerio
#17
Andrey Massarsky, G L Prasad, Richard T Di Giulio
Several studies have demonstrated zebrafish as a useful high-throughput in-vivo model to study the effects of cigarette smoke on early development. It has been shown previously that exposure of zebrafish to cigarette smoke total particulate matter (TPM) leads to several adverse physiological aberrations, including heart deformities and improper angiogenesis. Consequently, this study investigated the effects of TPM on cardiovascular development in zebrafish that were exposed to increasing concentrations of TPM based upon nicotine content from 6h post fertilization (hpf) up to 72hpf...
December 5, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220613/fully-automated-pipetting-sorting-system-for-different-morphological-phenotypes-of-zebrafish-embryos
#18
Helmut Breitwieser, Thomas Dickmeis, Marcel Vogt, Marco Ferg, Christian Pylatiuk
Systems biology methods, such as transcriptomics and metabolomics, require large numbers of small model organisms, such as zebrafish embryos. Manual separation of mutant embryos from wild-type embryos is a tedious and time-consuming task that is prone to errors, especially if there are variable phenotypes of a mutant. Here we describe a zebrafish embryo sorting system with two cameras and image processing based on template-matching algorithms. In order to evaluate the system, zebrafish rx3 mutants that lack eyes due to a patterning defect in brain development were separated from their wild-type siblings...
December 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216270/generation-and-characterization-of-kctd15-mutations-in-zebrafish
#19
Alison Heffer, Gregory D Marquart, Allisan Aquilina-Beck, Nabil Saleem, Harold A Burgess, Igor B Dawid
Potassium channel tetramerization domain containing 15 (Kctd15) was previously found to have a role in early neural crest (NC) patterning, specifically delimiting the region where NC markers are expressed via repression of transcription factor AP-2a and inhibition of Wnt signaling. We used transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) to generate null mutations in zebrafish kctd15a and kctd15b paralogs to study the in vivo role of Kctd15. We found that while deletions producing frame-shift mutations in each paralog showed no apparent phenotype, kctd15a/b double mutant zebrafish are smaller in size and show several phenotypes including some affecting the NC, such as expansion of the early NC domain, increased pigmentation, and craniofacial defects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197232/uptake-tissue-distribution-and-toxicity-of-polystyrene-nanoparticles-in-developing-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#20
Jordan A Pitt, Jordan S Kozal, Nishad Jayasundara, Andrey Massarsky, Rafael Trevisan, Nick Geitner, Mark Wiesner, Edward D Levin, Richard T Di Giulio
Plastic pollution is a critical environmental concern and comprises the majority of anthropogenic debris in the ocean, including macro, micro, and likely nanoscale (less than 100nm in at least one dimension) plastic particles. While the toxicity of macroplastics and microplastics is relatively well studied, the toxicity of nanoplastics is largely uncharacterized. Here, fluorescent polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) were used to investigate the potential toxicity of nanoplastics in developing zebrafish (Danio rerio), as well as to characterize the uptake and distribution of the particles within embryos and larvae...
November 24, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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