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Julia I Tandberg, Leidy X Lagos, Petter Langlete, Eva Berger, Anne-Lise Rishovd, Norbert Roos, Deepa Varkey, Ian T Paulsen, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
Membrane vesicles (MVs) are spherical particles naturally released from the membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Bacterial MV production is associated with a range of phenotypes including biofilm formation, horizontal gene transfer, toxin delivery, modulation of host immune responses and virulence. This study reports comparative profiling of MVs from bacterial strains isolated from three widely disperse geographical areas. Mass spectrometry identified 119, 159 and 142 proteins in MVs from three different strains of Piscirickettsia salmonis isolated from salmonids in Chile (LF-89), Norway (NVI 5692) and Canada (NVI 5892), respectively...
2016: PloS One
Gina L O'Grady, Heather A Best, Tamar E Sztal, Vanessa Schartner, Myriam Sanjuan-Vazquez, Sandra Donkervoort, Osorio Abath Neto, Roger Bryan Sutton, Biljana Ilkovski, Norma Beatriz Romero, Tanya Stojkovic, Jahannaz Dastgir, Leigh B Waddell, Anne Boland, Ying Hu, Caitlin Williams, Avnika A Ruparelia, Thierry Maisonobe, Anthony J Peduto, Stephen W Reddel, Monkol Lek, Taru Tukiainen, Beryl B Cummings, Himanshu Joshi, Juliette Nectoux, Susan Brammah, Jean-François Deleuze, Viola Oorschot Ing, Georg Ramm, Didem Ardicli, Kristen J Nowak, Beril Talim, Haluk Topaloglu, Nigel G Laing, Kathryn N North, Daniel G MacArthur, Sylvie Friant, Nigel F Clarke, Robert J Bryson-Richardson, Carsten G Bönnemann, Jocelyn Laporte, Sandra T Cooper
This study establishes PYROXD1 variants as a cause of early-onset myopathy and uses biospecimens and cell lines, yeast, and zebrafish models to elucidate the fundamental role of PYROXD1 in skeletal muscle. Exome sequencing identified recessive variants in PYROXD1 in nine probands from five families. Affected individuals presented in infancy or childhood with slowly progressive proximal and distal weakness, facial weakness, nasal speech, swallowing difficulties, and normal to moderately elevated creatine kinase...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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
T Weber, K Namikawa, B Winter, K Müller-Brown, R Kühn, W Wurst, R W Köster
The zebrafish is a well-established model organism to study in vivo mechanisms of cell communication, differentiation and function. Existing cell ablation methods are either invasive thereby creating additional tissue damage and potential infection sites, or they rely on the cellular expression of prokaryotic enzymes and the use of antibiotic drugs as cell-death-inducing compounds. We have recently established a novel inducible genetic cell ablation system that is based on Tamoxifen-inducible Caspase8-activity, thereby exploiting mechanisms of cell death intrinsic to most cell types...
October 11, 2016: Development
K-H Lim, Y-C Chang, Y-H Chiang, H-C Lin, C-Y Chang, C-S Lin, L Huang, W-T Wang, C Gon-Shen Chen, W-C Chou, Y-Y Kuo
CALR mutations are identified in about 30% of JAK2/MPL-unmutated myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis. Although the molecular pathogenesis of CALR mutations leading to MPNs has been studied using in vitro cell lines models, how mutant CALR may affect developmental hematopoiesis remains unknown. Here we took advantage of the zebrafish model to examine the effects of mutant CALR on early hematopoiesis and model human CALR-mutated MPNs. We identified three zebrafish genes orthologous to human CALR, referred to as calr, calr3a and calr3b...
October 7, 2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Mauricio Cortes, Michael J Chen, David L Stachura, Sarah Y Liu, Wanda Kwan, Francis Wright, Linda T Vo, Lindsay N Theodore, Virginie Esain, Isaura M Frost, Thorsten M Schlaeger, Wolfram Goessling, George Q Daley, Trista E North
Vitamin D insufficiency is a worldwide epidemic affecting billions of individuals, including pregnant women and children. Despite its high incidence, the impact of active vitamin D3 (1,25(OH)D3) on embryonic development beyond osteo-regulation remains largely undefined. Here, we demonstrate that 1,25(OH)D3 availability modulates zebrafish hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) production. Loss of Cyp27b1-mediated biosynthesis or vitamin D receptor (VDR) function by gene knockdown resulted in significantly reduced runx1 expression and Flk1(+)cMyb(+) HSPC numbers...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Ching Man Chan, Jacqueline T M Aw, Sarah E Webb, Andrew L Miller
In zebrafish embryos, distinct Ca2+ transients are localized to the early cleavage furrows during the first few cell division cycles. These transients are generated mainly by release via IP3Rs in the endoplasmic reticulum, and they are necessary for furrow positioning, propagation, deepening and apposition. We previously showed, via the use of inhibitors, that store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) also appears to be essential for maintaining the IP3R-mediated elevated levels of [Ca2+]i for the extended periods required for the completion of successful furrow deepening and daughter cell apposition in these large embryonic cells...
October 5, 2016: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
Christopher T Dee, Raghavendar T Nagaraju, Emmanouil I Athanasiadis, Caroline Gray, Laura Fernandez Del Ama, Simon A Johnston, Christopher J Secombes, Ana Cvejic, Adam F L Hurlstone
CD4(+) T cells are at the nexus of the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. However, little is known about the evolutionary history of CD4(+) T cells, and it is unclear whether their differentiation into specialized subsets is conserved in early vertebrates. In this study, we have created transgenic zebrafish with vibrantly labeled CD4(+) cells allowing us to scrutinize the development and specialization of teleost CD4(+) leukocytes in vivo. We provide further evidence that CD4(+) macrophages have an ancient origin and had already emerged in bony fish...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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
Berta Alsina, Tanya T Whitfield
The vertebrate inner ear is a precision sensory organ, acting as both a microphone to receive sound and an accelerometer to detect gravity and motion. It consists of a series of interlinked, fluid-filled chambers containing patches of sensory epithelia, each with a specialised function. The ear contains many different differentiated cell types with distinct morphologies, from the flask-shaped hair cells found in thickened sensory epithelium, to the thin squamous cells that contribute to non-sensory structures, such as the semicircular canal ducts...
September 26, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Menachem Fromer, Panos Roussos, Solveig K Sieberts, Jessica S Johnson, David H Kavanagh, Thanneer M Perumal, Douglas M Ruderfer, Edwin C Oh, Aaron Topol, Hardik R Shah, Lambertus L Klei, Robin Kramer, Dalila Pinto, Zeynep H Gümüş, A Ercument Cicek, Kristen K Dang, Andrew Browne, Cong Lu, Lu Xie, Ben Readhead, Eli A Stahl, Jianqiu Xiao, Mahsa Parvizi, Tymor Hamamsy, John F Fullard, Ying-Chih Wang, Milind C Mahajan, Jonathan M J Derry, Joel T Dudley, Scott E Hemby, Benjamin A Logsdon, Konrad Talbot, Towfique Raj, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager, Jun Zhu, Bin Zhang, Patrick F Sullivan, Andrew Chess, Shaun M Purcell, Leslie A Shinobu, Lara M Mangravite, Hiroyoshi Toyoshiba, Raquel E Gur, Chang-Gyu Hahn, David A Lewis, Vahram Haroutunian, Mette A Peters, Barbara K Lipska, Joseph D Buxbaum, Eric E Schadt, Keisuke Hirai, Kathryn Roeder, Kristen J Brennand, Nicholas Katsanis, Enrico Domenici, Bernie Devlin, Pamela Sklar
Over 100 genetic loci harbor schizophrenia-associated variants, yet how these variants confer liability is uncertain. The CommonMind Consortium sequenced RNA from dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of people with schizophrenia (N = 258) and control subjects (N = 279), creating a resource of gene expression and its genetic regulation. Using this resource, ∼20% of schizophrenia loci have variants that could contribute to altered gene expression and liability. In five loci, only a single gene was involved: FURIN, TSNARE1, CNTN4, CLCN3 or SNAP91...
September 26, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
Dong-Yang Guo, Chao Cao, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Li-Xin Xiang, Jian-Zhong Shao
Scavenger receptor class A member 5 (SCARA5) and high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein have become increasingly attractive for their critical functions in innate inflammatory reactions and disorders. However, the functional relevance between these two molecules has never been described. This study discovered that SCARA5 is an HMGB1 recognition receptor that is negatively involved in HMGB1-mediated inflammation in pufferfish (Tetraodon nigroviridis) and zebrafish (Danio rerio) models. Hence, SCARA5 is added as a new member to the HMGB1 receptor family...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Daniel B Dranow, Kevin Hu, April M Bird, S Terese Lawry, Melissa T Adams, Angelica Sanchez, James F Amatruda, Bruce W Draper
Although the zebrafish is a major model organism, how they determine sex is not well understood. In domesticated zebrafish, sex determination appears to be polygenic, being influenced by multiple genetic factors that may vary from strain to strain, and additionally can be influenced by environmental factors. However, the requirement of germ cells for female sex determination is well documented: animals that lack germ cells, or oocytes in particular, develop exclusively as males. Recently, it has been determined that oocytes are also required throughout the adult life of the animal to maintain the differentiated female state...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
Augustine T Nkembo, Elizabeth Ntantie, Olufisayo O Salako, Felix Amissah, Rosemary A Poku, Lekan M Latinwo, Nazarius S Lamango
Angiogenesis is essential for solid tumor growth, therapeutic resistance and metastasis, the latest accounting for 90% of cancer deaths. Although angiogenesis is essential for the malignant transformations in solid tumors and therefore is an attractive target, few drugs are available that block tumor angiogenesis. The focus has been to block signaling by receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), such as for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), whose activation abrogate apoptosis and promote angiogenesis. The polyisoprenylated cysteinyl amide inhibitors (PCAIs) were designed to modulate aberrant polyisoprenylated small G-proteins such as mutant Ras whose constitutive activation promotes RTKs signaling...
September 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Bei Xu, Quansheng Jin, Jun Zeng, Ting Yu, Yan Chen, Shuangzhi Li, Daoqiong Gong, Lili He, Xiaoyue Tan, Li Yang, Gu He, Jinhui Wu, Xiangrong Song
A rational combination is critical to achieve efficiently synergistic therapeutic efficacy for tumor treatment. Hence, we designed novel antitumor combinations (T-NPs) by integrating the tumor vascular and tumor cells dual-targeting ligand with antiangiogenesis/antitumor agents. The truncated bFGF peptide (tbFGF), which could effectively bind to FGFR1 overexpressed on tumor neovasculature endothelial cells and tumor cells, was selected to modify PLGA nanoparticles (D/P-NPs) simultaneously loaded with PEDF gene and paclitaxel in this study...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
John C Moore, Timothy S Mulligan, Nora Torres Yordán, Daniel Castranova, Van N Pham, Qin Tang, Riadh Lobbardi, Anthony Anselmo, Robert S Liwski, Jason N Berman, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Brant M Weinstein, David M Langenau
The zeta-chain (TCR) associated protein kinase 70kDa (ZAP70) is required for T-cell activation. ZAP70 deficiencies in humans and null mutations in mice lead to severe combined immunodeficiency. Here, we describe a zap70 loss-of-function mutation in zebrafish (zap70(y442)) that was created using TALENs. In contrast to what has been reported in morphant zebrafish, zap70(y442) homozygous mutant zebrafish displayed normal development of blood and lymphatic vasculature. Hematopoietic cell development was also largely unaffected in mutant larvae...
September 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
I C R M Kolder, S J van der Plas-Duivesteijn, G Tan, G F Wiegertjes, M Forlenza, A T Guler, D Y Travin, M Nakao, T Moritomo, I Irnazarow, J T den Dunnen, S Y Anvar, H J Jansen, R P Dirks, M Palmblad, B Lenhard, C V Henkel, H P Spaink
BACKGROUND: The common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is the oldest, most domesticated and one of the most cultured fish species for food consumption. Besides its economic importance, the common carp is also highly suitable for comparative physiological and disease studies in combination with the animal model zebrafish (Danio rerio). They are genetically closely related but offer complementary benefits for fundamental research, with the large body mass of common carp presenting possibilities for obtaining sufficient cell material for advanced transcriptome and proteome studies...
2016: BMC Genomics
M Shin, T Beane, A Quillien, I Male, L J Zhu, N D Lawson
Vascular endothelial growth factor a (Vegfa) is essential for blood vessel formation and can induce activation of numerous signaling effectors in endothelial cells. However, it is unclear how and where these function in developmental contexts during vascular morphogenesis. To address this issue, we have visualized activation of presumptive Vegfa effectors at single cell resolution in zebrafish blood vessels. From these studies, we find that phosphorylation of the serine/threonine kinase ERK (pERK) preferentially occurs in endothelial cells undergoing angiogenesis, but not in committed arterial endothelial cells...
August 30, 2016: Development
Matthew B Tucker, Sarah H MacKenzie, Joseph J Maciag, Hayley Dirscherl Ackerman, Paul Swartz, Jeffrey A Yoder, Paul T Hamilton, A Clay Clark
The regulation of caspase-3 enzyme activity is a vital process in cell fate decisions leading to cell differentiation and tissue development or to apoptosis. The zebrafish, Danio rerio, has become an increasingly popular animal model to study several human diseases because of their transparent embryos, short reproductive cycles, and ease of drug administration. While apoptosis is an evolutionarily conserved process in metazoans, little is known about caspases from zebrafish, particularly regarding substrate specificity and allosteric regulation compared to the human caspases...
August 31, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
M M Torvund, T S Ma, V P Connaughton, F Ono, R F Nelson
Strata within the inner plexiform layer (IPL) of vertebrate retinas are suspected to be distinct signaling regions. Functions performed within adult zebrafish IPL strata were examined through microelectrode recording and staining of stratified amacrine types. The stimulus protocol and analysis discriminated the pattern of input from red, green, blue, and UV cones as well as the light-response waveforms in this tetrachromatic species. A total of 36 cells were analyzed. Transient depolarizing waveforms at ON and OFF originated with bistratified amacrine types, whose dendritic planes branched either in IPL sublaminas a & b, or only within sublamina a...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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