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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627438/genome-wide-identification-phylogeny-and-expression-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-genes-in-tetraploidized-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio
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Lin Chen, Chuanju Dong, Shengnan Kong, Jiangfan Zhang, Xuejun Li, Peng Xu
Bone morphogenetic proteins (Bmps) are a group of signaling molecules known to play important roles during formation and maintenance of various organs, not only bone, but also muscle, blood and so on. Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is one of the most intensively studied fish due to its economic and environmental importance. Besides, common carp had encountered an additional round of whole genome duplication (WGD) compared with many closely related diploid teleost, which make it one of the most important models for genome evolutionary studies in teleost...
June 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626029/a-homozygous-founder-mutation-in-trappc6b-associates-with-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-characterised-by-microcephaly-epilepsy-and-autistic-features
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Isaac Marin-Valencia, Gaia Novarino, Anide Johansen, Basak Rosti, Mahmoud Y Issa, Damir Musaev, Gifty Bhat, Eric Scott, Jennifer L Silhavy, Valentina Stanley, Rasim O Rosti, Jeremy W Gleeson, Farhad B Imam, Maha S Zaki, Joseph G Gleeson
BACKGROUND: Transport protein particle (TRAPP) is a multisubunit complex that regulates membrane trafficking through the Golgi apparatus. The clinical phenotype associated with mutations in various TRAPP subunits has allowed elucidation of their functions in specific tissues. The role of some subunits in human disease, however, has not been fully established, and their functions remain uncertain. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to expand the range of neurodevelopmental disorders associated with mutations in TRAPP subunits by exome sequencing of consanguineous families...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606834/greb1-regulates-convergent-extension-movement-and-pituitary-development-in-zebrafish
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Shi-Zhu Li, Wei Liu, Zhi Li, Wen-Hua Li, Yang Wang, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
greb1, growth regulation by estrogen in breast cancer 1, is an important estrogen response gene, which participates in breast cancer formation. However, the role of greb1 in development is largely unknown. In this study, we have characterized greb1 expression patterns and revealed its regulative role in convergent extension movement and pituitary development in zebrafish. In zebrafish adults, greb1 was revealed to be expressed mainly in pituitary, hypothalamus, liver, and gonads. During embryogenesis, RT-PCR and WISH revealed its spatial and temporal expression specific to embryonic margin during gastrulation, central nervous system during segmentation and brain ventricular regions from 24hpf...
June 9, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599354/a-profile-of-auditory-responsive-neurons-in-the-larval-zebrafish-brain
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Gilles Vanwalleghem, Lucy A Heap, Ethan K Scott
Many features of auditory processing are conserved among vertebrates, but the degree to which these pathways are established at early stages is not well explored. In this study, we have observed single cell activity throughout the brains of larval zebrafish with the goal of identifying the cellular responses, brain regions, and brain-wide pathways through which these larvae perceive and process auditory stimuli. Using GCaMP and selective plane illumination microscopy, we find strong responses to auditory tones ranging from 100 to 400Hz...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596596/optical-mapping-of-neuronal-activity-during-seizures-in-zebrafish
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L Turrini, C Fornetto, G Marchetto, M C Müllenbroich, N Tiso, A Vettori, F Resta, A Masi, G Mannaioni, F S Pavone, F Vanzi
Mapping neuronal activity during the onset and propagation of epileptic seizures can provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying this pathology and improve our approaches to the development of new drugs. Recently, zebrafish has become an important model for studying epilepsy both in basic research and in drug discovery. Here, we employed a transgenic line with pan-neuronal expression of the genetically-encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6s to measure neuronal activity in zebrafish larvae during seizures induced by pentylenetretrazole (PTZ)...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578928/functional-interactions-between-newborn-and-mature-neurons-leading-to-integration-into-established-neuronal-circuits
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Jonathan Boulanger-Weill, Virginie Candat, Adrien Jouary, Sebastián A Romano, Verónica Pérez-Schuster, Germán Sumbre
From development up to adulthood, the vertebrate brain is continuously supplied with newborn neurons that integrate into established mature circuits. However, how this process is coordinated during development remains unclear. Using two-photon imaging, GCaMP5 transgenic zebrafish larvae, and sparse electroporation in the larva's optic tectum, we monitored spontaneous and induced activity of large neuronal populations containing newborn and functionally mature neurons. We observed that the maturation of newborn neurons is a 4-day process...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577986/automated-analysis-of-brain-activity-for-seizure-detection-in-zebrafish-models-of-epilepsy
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Borbála Hunyadi, Aleksandra Siekierska, Jo Sourbron, Daniëlle Copmans, Peter A M de Witte
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition, with over 30% of cases unresponsive to treatment. Zebrafish larvae show great potential to serve as an animal model of epilepsy in drug discovery. Thanks to their high fecundity and relatively low cost, they are amenable to high-throughput screening. However, the assessment of seizure occurrences in zebrafish larvae remains a bottleneck, as visual analysis is subjective and time-consuming. NEW METHOD: For the first time, we present an automated algorithm to detect epileptic discharges in single-channel local field potential (LFP) recordings in zebrafish...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570545/transplantation-of-zebrafish-pediatric-brain-tumors-into-immune-competent-hosts-for-long-term-study-of-tumor-cell-behavior-and-drug-response
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Mattie J Casey, Katarzyna Modzelewska, Daniela Anderson, James Goodman, Elena F Boer, Laura Jimenez, Douglas Grossman, Rodney A Stewart
Tumor cell transplantation is an important technique to define the mechanisms controlling cancer cell growth, migration, and host response, as well as to assess potential patient response to therapy. Current methods largely depend on using syngeneic or immune-compromised animals to avoid rejection of the tumor graft. Such methods require the use of specific genetic strains that often prevent the analysis of immune-tumor cell interactions and/or are limited to specific genetic backgrounds. An alternative method in zebrafish takes advantage of an incompletely developed immune system in the embryonic brain before 3 days, where tumor cells are transplanted for use in short-term assays (i...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562620/reprimo-tissue-specific-expression-pattern-is-conserved-between-zebrafish-and-human
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Ricardo J Figueroa, Gonzalo Carrasco-Avino, Ignacio A Wichmann, Martin Lange, Gareth I Owen, Arndt F Siekmann, Alejandro H Corvalán, Juan C Opazo, Julio D Amigo
Reprimo (RPRM), a member of the RPRM gene family, is a tumor-suppressor gene involved in the regulation of the p53-mediated cell cycle arrest at G2/M. RPRM has been associated with malignant tumor progression and proposed as a potential biomarker for early cancer detection. However, the expression and role of RPRM, as well as its family, are poorly understood and their physiology is as yet unstudied. In this scenario, a model system like the zebrafish could serve to dissect the role of the RPRM family members in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554511/induction-of-cardiac-dysfunction-in-developing-and-adult-zebrafish-by-chronic-isoproterenol-stimulation
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Mandy Kossack, Selina Hein, Lonny Juergensen, Mauro Siragusa, Alexander Benz, Hugo A Katus, Patrick Most, David Hassel
Zebrafish is a widely used model to evaluate genetic variants and modifiers that can cause heart muscle diseases. Surprisingly, the β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) pathway in zebrafish is not well characterized, although abnormal β-AR signaling is a major contributor to human heart failure (HF). Chronic β-AR activation in the attempt to normalize heart function in the failing heart results in a reduction of the β-ARs expression and receptor desensitization, largely mediated through G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) upregulation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547762/dopamine-system-cerebellum-and-nucleus-ruber-in-fish-and-mammals
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REVIEW
Hideaki Matsui
Small teleost fish including zebrafish and medaka have been used as animal models for research because of their small body size, vast amounts of eggs produced, their rapid development, low husbandry costs, and transparency during embryogenesis. Although the body size and appearance seem different, fish and mammals including human still possess anatomical and functional similarities in their brains. This review summarizes the similarities of brain structures and functions between teleost fish and mammalian brains, focusing on the dopamine system, functional regionalization of the cerebellum, and presence of the nucleus ruber...
May 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544957/zebrafish-as-a-visual-and-dynamic-model-to-study-the-transport-of-nanosized-drug-delivery-systems-across-the-biological-barriers
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Ye Li, Xiaoqing Miao, Tongkai Chen, Xiang Yi, Ruibing Wang, Haitao Zhao, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Xueqing Wang, Ying Zheng
With the wide application of nanotechnology to drug delivery systems, a simple, dynamic and visual in vivo model for high-throughput screening of novel formulations with fluorescence markers across biological barriers is desperately needed. In vitro cell culture models have been widely used, although they are far from a complimentary in vivo system. Mammalian animal models are common predictive models to study transport, but they are costly and time consuming. Zebrafish (Danio rerio), a small vertebrate model, have the potential to be developed as an "intermediate" model for quick evaluations...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542524/ectopically-expressed-slc34a2a-sense-antisense-transcripts-cause-a-cerebellar-phenotype-in-zebrafish-embryos-depending-on-rna-complementarity-and-dicer
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Monica J Piatek, Victoria Henderson, Amy Fearn, Bill Chaudhry, Andreas Werner
Natural antisense transcripts (NATs) are complementary to protein coding genes and potentially regulate their expression. Despite widespread occurrence of NATs in the genomes of higher eukaryotes, their biological role and mechanism of action is poorly understood. Zebrafish embryos offer a unique model system to study sense-antisense transcript interplay at whole organism level. Here, we investigate putative antisense transcript-mediated mechanisms by ectopically co-expressing the complementary transcripts during early zebrafish development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531178/zebrafish-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentration-of-depleted-uranium-impairs-progeny-development-at-the-molecular-and-histological-levels
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Olivier Armant, Kewin Gombeau, Sophia Murat El Houdigui, Magali Floriani, Virginie Camilleri, Isabelle Cavalie, Christelle Adam-Guillermin
Uranium is an actinide naturally found in the environment. Anthropogenic activities lead to the release of increasing amounts of uranium and depleted uranium (DU) in the environment, posing potential risks to aquatic organisms due to radiological and chemical toxicity of this radionucleide. Although environmental contaminations with high levels of uranium have already been observed, chronic exposures of non-human species to levels close to the environmental quality standards remain scarcely characterized. The present study focused on the identification of the molecular pathways impacted by a chronic exposure of zebrafish to 20 μg/L of DU during 10 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521132/linking-neurons-to-network-function-and-behavior-by-two-photon-holographic-optogenetics-and-volumetric-imaging
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Marco Dal Maschio, Joseph C Donovan, Thomas O Helmbrecht, Herwig Baier
We introduce a flexible method for high-resolution interrogation of circuit function, which combines simultaneous 3D two-photon stimulation of multiple targeted neurons, volumetric functional imaging, and quantitative behavioral tracking. This integrated approach was applied to dissect how an ensemble of premotor neurons in the larval zebrafish brain drives a basic motor program, the bending of the tail. We developed an iterative photostimulation strategy to identify minimal subsets of channelrhodopsin (ChR2)-expressing neurons that are sufficient to initiate tail movements...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498105/intracellular-uptake-of-macromolecules-by-brain-lymphatic-endothelial-cells-during-zebrafish-embryonic-development
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Max van Lessen, Shannon Shibata-Germanos, Andreas van Impel, Thomas A Hawkins, Jason Rihel, Stefan Schulte-Merker
The lymphatic system controls fluid homeostasis and the clearance of macromolecules from interstitial compartments. In mammals brain lymphatics were only recently discovered, with significant implications for physiology and disease. We examined zebrafish for the presence of brain lymphatics and found loosely connected endothelial cells with lymphatic molecular signature covering parts of the brain without forming endothelial tubular structures. These brain lymphatic endothelial cells (BLECs) derive from venous endothelium, are distinct from macrophages, and are sensitive to loss of Vegfc...
May 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493069/comparison-of-molecular-marker-expression-in-early-zebrafish-brain-development-following-chronic-ethanol-or-morpholino-treatment
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Chengjin Zhang, Oswald Boa-Amponsem, Gregory J Cole
This study was undertaken to ascertain whether defined markers of early zebrafish brain development are affected by chronic ethanol exposure or morpholino knockdown of agrin, sonic hedgehog, retinoic acid, and fibroblast growth factors, four signaling molecules that are suggested to be ethanol sensitive. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to 2% ethanol from 6 to 24 hpf or injected with agrin, shha, aldh1a3, or fgf8a morpholinos. In situ hybridization was employed to analyze otx2, pax6a, epha4a, krx20, pax2a, fgf8a, wnt1, and eng2b expression during early brain development...
May 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488249/uptake-and-utilization-of-selenium-from-selenoprotein-p
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Sumangala Shetty, John R Marsicano, Paul R Copeland
Selenoprotein P (SELENOP) is a serum glycoprotein that is required for proper selenium distribution in mammals, particularly in supplying selenium to the brain and testes. As the sole mechanism for providing essential selenium to developing spermatozoa, SELENOP metabolism is central to male fertility in all mammals. In addition, this process is important for proper brain function, especially under conditions of limited dietary selenium. Several specific and nonspecific mechanisms for SELENOP uptake in target tissues have been described, but the utilization of SELENOP as a source of selenium for intracellular selenoprotein production has not been systematically characterized...
May 9, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487628/acute-exposure-to-fluoxetine-alters-aggressive-behavior-of-zebrafish-and-expression-of-genes-involved-in-serotonergic-system-regulation
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Antonia Theodoridi, Aleka Tsalafouta, Michail Pavlidis
Zebrafish, Danio rerio, is an emerging model organism in stress and neurobehavioral studies. In nature, the species forms shoals, yet when kept in pairs it exhibits an agonistic and anxiety-like behavior that leads to the establishment of dominant-subordinate relationships. Fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, is used as an anxiolytic tool to alter aggressive behavior in several vertebrates and as an antidepressant drug in humans. Pairs of male zebrafish were held overnight to develop dominant-subordinate behavior, either treated or non-treated for 2 h with fluoxetine (5 mg L(-1)), and allowed to interact once more for 1 h...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479339/lineage-tracing-of-dlx1a-2a-and-dlx5a-6a-expressing-cells-in-the-developing-zebrafish-brain
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Cynthia M Solek, Shengrui Feng, Sofia Perin, Hellen Weinschutz Mendes, Marc Ekker
Lineage tracing of specific populations of progenitor cells provides crucial information about developmental programs. Four members of the Dlx homeobox gene family, Dlx1,2, 5 and 6, are involved in the specification of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic neurons in the vertebrate forebrain. Orthologous genes in mammals and teleost show similarities in expression patterns and transcriptional regulation mechanisms. We have used lineage tracing to permanently label dlx-expressing cells in the zebrafish and have characterized the progeny of these cells in the larva and in the juvenile and adult brain...
May 4, 2017: Developmental Biology
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