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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217809/-generation-and-phenotype-analysis-of-zebrafish-mutations-of-obesity-related-genes-lepr-and-mc4r
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Fei Fei, Shao-Yang Sun, Yu-Xiao Yao, Xu Wang
Obesity has become a severe public health problem across the world, and seriously affects the health and life quality of human beings. Here we generated lepr and mc4r mutant zebrafish via the CRISPR/Cas9 technique, and performed morphological and functional characterizations of those mutants. We observed that there was no significant phenotypic difference between homozygous mutants and wild-type controls before 2.5 months post-fertilization (mpf). However, the adult lepr(-/-) and mc4r(-/-) individuals displayed increased food intake, heavier weight, and higher body fat percentage, the characteristics of obesity phenotypes...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181494/microenvironment-derived-factors-driving-metastatic-plasticity-in-melanoma
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Isabella S Kim, Silja Heilmann, Emily R Kansler, Yan Zhang, Milena Zimmer, Kajan Ratnakumar, Robert L Bowman, Theresa Simon-Vermot, Myles Fennell, Ralph Garippa, Liang Lu, William Lee, Travis Hollmann, Joao B Xavier, Richard M White
Cellular plasticity is a state in which cancer cells exist along a reversible phenotypic spectrum, and underlies key traits such as drug resistance and metastasis. Melanoma plasticity is linked to phenotype switching, where the microenvironment induces switches between invasive/MITF(LO) versus proliferative/MITF(HI) states. Since MITF also induces pigmentation, we hypothesize that macrometastatic success should be favoured by microenvironments that induce a MITF(HI)/differentiated/proliferative state. Zebrafish imaging demonstrates that after extravasation, melanoma cells become pigmented and enact a gene expression program of melanocyte differentiation...
February 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158191/atp6v1h-deficiency-impairs-bone-development-through-activation-of-mmp9-and-mmp13
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Yihan Zhang, Haigen Huang, Gexin Zhao, Tadafumi Yokoyama, Hugo Vega, Yan Huang, Raman Sood, Kevin Bishop, Valerie Maduro, John Accardi, Camilo Toro, Cornelius F Boerkoel, Karen Lyons, William A Gahl, Xiaohong Duan, May Christine V Malicdan, Shuo Lin
ATP6V1H is a component of a large protein complex with vacuolar ATPase (V-ATPase) activity. We identified two generations of individuals in which short stature and osteoporosis co-segregated with a mutation in ATP6V1H. Since V-ATPases are highly conserved between human and zebrafish, we generated loss-of-function mutants in atp6v1h in zebrafish through CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene knockout. Homozygous mutant atp6v1h zebrafish exhibited a severe reduction in the number of mature calcified bone cells and a dramatic increase in the expression of mmp9 and mmp13...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141764/crispr-applications-in-ophthalmologic-genome-surgery
#4
Thiago Cabral, James E DiCarlo, Sally Justus, Jesse D Sengillo, Yu Xu, Stephen H Tsang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review seeks to summarize and discuss the application of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated systems (Cas) for genome editing, also called genome surgery, in the field of ophthalmology. RECENT FINDINGS: Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account the variability of an individual's genetic sequence. Various groups have used CRISPR-Cas genome editing to make significant progress in mammalian preclinical models of eye disease, the basic science of eye development in zebrafish, the in vivo modification of ocular tissue, and the correction of stem cells with therapeutic applications...
January 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132765/zebrafish-akt2-is-essential-for-survival-growth-bone-development-and-glucose-homeostasis
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Dawei Zhang, Jing Wang, Chi Zhou, Wuhan Xiao
As one of three akt isoforms, akt2 plays a key role in the regulation of widely divergent cellular processes in mammals. However, its role and underlying mechanisms in zebrafish remain largely unknown. To elucidate the function of akt2 in zebrafish, we generated zebrafish lacking akt2 gene via CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Akt2-null zebrafish exhibit partial lethality and severe growth deficiency, which is different from those observed in akt2-null mice. Furthermore, akt2-null zebrafish display deficiency in fin ray development, but their cartilage is not affected...
January 26, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132691/de-novo-disruption-of-the-proteasome-regulatory-subunit-psmd12-causes-a-syndromic-neurodevelopmental-disorder
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Sébastien Küry, Thomas Besnard, Frédéric Ebstein, Tahir N Khan, Tomasz Gambin, Jessica Douglas, Carlos A Bacino, Stephan J Sanders, Andrea Lehmann, Xénia Latypova, Kamal Khan, Mathilde Pacault, Stephanie Sacharow, Kimberly Glaser, Eric Bieth, Laurence Perrin-Sabourin, Marie-Line Jacquemont, Megan T Cho, Elizabeth Roeder, Anne-Sophie Denommé-Pichon, Kristin G Monaghan, Bo Yuan, Fan Xia, Sylvain Simon, Dominique Bonneau, Philippe Parent, Brigitte Gilbert-Dussardier, Sylvie Odent, Annick Toutain, Laurent Pasquier, Deborah Barbouth, Chad A Shaw, Ankita Patel, Janice L Smith, Weimin Bi, Sébastien Schmitt, Wallid Deb, Mathilde Nizon, Sandra Mercier, Marie Vincent, Caroline Rooryck, Valérie Malan, Ignacio Briceño, Alberto Gómez, Kimberly M Nugent, James B Gibson, Benjamin Cogné, James R Lupski, Holly A F Stessman, Evan E Eichler, Kyle Retterer, Yaping Yang, Richard Redon, Nicholas Katsanis, Jill A Rosenfeld, Peter-Michael Kloetzel, Christelle Golzio, Stéphane Bézieau, Paweł Stankiewicz, Bertrand Isidor
Degradation of proteins by the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is an essential biological process in the development of eukaryotic organisms. Dysregulation of this mechanism leads to numerous human neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders. Through a multi-center collaboration, we identified six de novo genomic deletions and four de novo point mutations involving PSMD12, encoding the non-ATPase subunit PSMD12 (aka RPN5) of the 19S regulator of 26S proteasome complex, in unrelated individuals with intellectual disability, congenital malformations, ophthalmologic anomalies, feeding difficulties, deafness, and subtle dysmorphic facial features...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129851/small-teleost-fish-provide-new-insights-into-human-skeletal-diseases
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P E Witten, M P Harris, A Huysseune, C Winkler
Small teleost fish such as zebrafish and medaka are increasingly studied as models for human skeletal diseases. Efficient new genome editing tools combined with advances in the analysis of skeletal phenotypes provide new insights into fundamental processes of skeletal development. The skeleton among vertebrates is a highly conserved organ system, but teleost fish and mammals have evolved unique traits or have lost particular skeletal elements in each lineage. Several unique features of the skeleton relate to the extremely small size of early fish embryos and the small size of adult fish used as models...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129844/studying-disorders-of-vertebrate-iron-and-heme-metabolism-using-zebrafish
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Lisa N van der Vorm, Barry H Paw
Iron is a crucial component of heme- and iron-sulfur clusters, involved in vital cellular functions such as oxygen transport, DNA synthesis, and respiration. Both excess and insufficient levels of iron and heme-precursors cause human disease, such as iron-deficiency anemia, hemochromatosis, and porphyrias. Hence, their levels must be tightly regulated, requiring a complex network of transporters and feedback mechanisms. The use of zebrafish to study these pathways and the underlying genetics offers many advantages, among others their optical transparency, ex-vivo development and high genetic and physiological conservations...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129840/infectious-disease-models-in-zebrafish
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C Sullivan, M A Matty, D Jurczyszak, K A Gabor, P J Millard, D M Tobin, C H Kim
In recent years, the zebrafish (Danio rerio) has developed as an important alternative to mammalian models for the study of hostpathogen interactions. Because they lack a functional adaptive immune response during the first 4-6weeks of development, zebrafish rely upon innate immune responses to protect against injuries and infections. During this early period of development, it is possible to isolate and study mechanisms of infection and inflammation arising from the innate immune response without the complications presented by the adaptive immune response...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122229/cilia-control-vascular-mural-cell-recruitment-in-vertebrates
#10
Xiaowen Chen, Dafne Gays, Carlo Milia, Massimo M Santoro
Vascular mural cells (vMCs) are essential components of the vertebrate vascular system, controlling blood vessel maturation and homeostasis. Discrete molecular mechanisms have been associated with vMC development and differentiation. The function of hemodynamic forces in controlling vMC recruitment is unclear. Using transgenic lines marking developing vMCs in zebrafish embryos, we find that vMCs are recruited by arterial-fated vessels and that the process is flow dependent. We take advantage of tissue-specific CRISPR gene targeting to demonstrate that hemodynamic-dependent Notch activation and the ensuing arterial genetic program is driven by endothelial primary cilia...
January 24, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067909/smchd1-mutations-associated-with-a-rare-muscular-dystrophy-can-also-cause-isolated-arhinia-and-bosma-arhinia-microphthalmia-syndrome
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Natalie D Shaw, Harrison Brand, Zachary A Kupchinsky, Hemant Bengani, Lacey Plummer, Takako I Jones, Serkan Erdin, Kathleen A Williamson, Joe Rainger, Alexei Stortchevoi, Kaitlin Samocha, Benjamin B Currall, Donncha S Dunican, Ryan L Collins, Jason R Willer, Angela Lek, Monkol Lek, Malik Nassan, Shahrin Pereira, Tammy Kammin, Diane Lucente, Alexandra Silva, Catarina M Seabra, Colby Chiang, Yu An, Morad Ansari, Jacqueline K Rainger, Shelagh Joss, Jill Clayton Smith, Margaret F Lippincott, Sylvia S Singh, Nirav Patel, Jenny W Jing, Jennifer R Law, Nalton Ferraro, Alain Verloes, Anita Rauch, Katharina Steindl, Markus Zweier, Ianina Scheer, Daisuke Sato, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Christina Jacobsen, Jeanie Tryggestad, Steven Chernausek, Lisa A Schimmenti, Benjamin Brasseur, Claudia Cesaretti, Jose E García-Ortiz, Tatiana Pineda Buitrago, Orlando Perez Silva, Jodi D Hoffman, Wolfgang Mühlbauer, Klaus W Ruprecht, Bart L Loeys, Masato Shino, Angela M Kaindl, Chie-Hee Cho, Cynthia C Morton, Richard R Meehan, Veronica van Heyningen, Eric C Liao, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, Janet E Hall, Stephanie B Seminara, Daniel Macarthur, Steven A Moore, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, James F Gusella, Joseph A Marsh, John M Graham, Angela E Lin, Nicholas Katsanis, Peter L Jones, William F Crowley, Erica E Davis, David R FitzPatrick, Michael E Talkowski
Arhinia, or absence of the nose, is a rare malformation of unknown etiology that is often accompanied by ocular and reproductive defects. Sequencing of 40 people with arhinia revealed that 84% of probands harbor a missense mutation localized to a constrained region of SMCHD1 encompassing the ATPase domain. SMCHD1 mutations cause facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy type 2 (FSHD2) via a trans-acting loss-of-function epigenetic mechanism. We discovered shared mutations and comparable DNA hypomethylation patterning between these distinct disorders...
February 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002843/loss-of-zebrafish-mfrp-causes-nanophthalmia-hyperopia-and-accumulation-of-subretinal-macrophages
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Ross F Collery, Peter J Volberding, Jonathan R Bostrom, Brian A Link, Joseph C Besharse
Purpose: Mutations in membrane frizzled-related protein (MFRP) are associated with nanophthalmia, hyperopia, foveoschisis, irregular patches of RPE atrophy, and optic disc drusen in humans. Mouse mfrp mutants show retinal degeneration but no change in eye size or refractive state. The goal of this work was to generate zebrafish mutants to investigate the loss of Mfrp on eye size and refractive state, and to characterize other phenotypes observed. Methods: Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 methods were used to generate multiple frameshift mutations in zebrafish mfrp causing premature translational stops in Mfrp...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993986/tael-a-zebrafish-optimized-optogenetic-gene-expression-system-with-fine-spatial-and-temporal-control
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Anna Reade, Laura B Motta-Mena, Kevin H Gardner, Didier Y Stainier, Orion D Weiner, Stephanie Woo
Here, we describe an optogenetic gene expression system optimized for use in zebrafish. This system overcomes the limitations of current inducible expression systems by enabling robust spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression in living organisms. Because existing optogenetic systems show toxicity in zebrafish, we re-engineered the blue-light-activated EL222 system for minimal toxicity while exhibiting a large range of induction, fine spatial precision and rapid kinetics. We validate several strategies to spatially restrict illumination and thus gene induction with our new TAEL (TA4-EL222) system...
January 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979830/molecular-insights-into-adgra2-gpr124-and-reck-intracellular-trafficking
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Naguissa Bostaille, Anne Gauquier, Laure Twyffels, Benoit Vanhollebeke
Adgra2, formerly known as Gpr124, is a key regulator of cerebrovascular development in vertebrates. Together with the GPI-anchored glycoprotein Reck, this adhesion GPCR (aGPCR) stimulates Wnt7-dependent Wnt/β-catenin signaling to promote brain vascular invasion in an endothelial cell-autonomous manner. Adgra2 and Reck have been proposed to assemble a receptor complex at the plasma membrane, but the molecular modalities of their functional synergy remain to be investigated. In particular, as typically found in aGPCRs, the ectodomain of Adgra2 is rich in protein-protein interaction motifs whose contributions to receptor function are unknown...
December 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899582/the-zebrafish-model-organism-database-new-support-for-human-disease-models-mutation-details-gene-expression-phenotypes-and-searching
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Douglas G Howe, Yvonne M Bradford, Anne Eagle, David Fashena, Ken Frazer, Patrick Kalita, Prita Mani, Ryan Martin, Sierra Taylor Moxon, Holly Paddock, Christian Pich, Sridhar Ramachandran, Leyla Ruzicka, Kevin Schaper, Xiang Shao, Amy Singer, Sabrina Toro, Ceri Van Slyke, Monte Westerfield
The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN; http://zfin.org) is the central resource for zebrafish (Danio rerio) genetic, genomic, phenotypic and developmental data. ZFIN curators provide expert manual curation and integration of comprehensive data involving zebrafish genes, mutants, transgenic constructs and lines, phenotypes, genotypes, gene expressions, morpholinos, TALENs, CRISPRs, antibodies, anatomical structures, models of human disease and publications. We integrate curated, directly submitted, and collaboratively generated data, making these available to zebrafish research community...
January 4, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898262/characterization-of-genetic-loss-of-function-of-fus-in-zebrafish
#16
Svetlana Lebedeva, António M de Jesus Domingues, Falk Butter, René F Ketting
The RNA-binding protein FUS is implicated in transcription, alternative splicing of neuronal genes and DNA repair. Mutations in FUS have been linked to human neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). We genetically disrupted fus in zebrafish (Danio rerio) using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. The fus knockout animals are fertile and did not show any distinctive phenotype. Mutation of fus induces mild changes in gene expression on the transcriptome and proteome level in the adult brain...
January 2, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895053/utilising-polymorphisms-to-achieve-allele-specific-genome-editing-in-zebrafish
#17
Samuel J Capon, Gregory J Baillie, Neil I Bower, Jason A da Silva, Scott Paterson, Benjamin M Hogan, Cas Simons, Kelly A Smith
The advent of genome editing has significantly altered genetic research, including research using the zebrafish model. To better understand the selectivity of the commonly used CRISPR/Cas9 system, we investigated single base pair mismatches in target sites and examined how they affect genome editing in the zebrafish model. Using two different zebrafish strains that have been deep sequenced, CRISPR/Cas9 target sites containing polymorphisms between the two strains were identified. These strains were crossed (creating heterozygotes at polymorphic sites) and CRISPR/Cas9 complexes that perfectly complement one strain injected...
January 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876832/knockout-of-zebrafish-ovarian-aromatase-gene-cyp19a1a-by-talen-and-crispr-cas9-leads-to-all-male-offspring-due-to-failed-ovarian-differentiation
#18
Esther Shuk-Wa Lau, Zhiwei Zhang, Mingming Qin, Wei Ge
Sexual or gonadal differentiation is a complex event and its mechanism remains elusive in teleosts. Despite its complexity and plasticity, the process of ovarian differentiation is believed to involve gonadal aromatase (cyp19a1a) in nearly all species studied. However, most data concerning the role of aromatase have come from gene expression analysis or studies involving pharmacological approaches. There has been a lack of genetic evidence for the importance of aromatase in gonadal differentiation, especially the timing when the enzyme starts to exert its effect...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875093/autolysosome-biogenesis-and-developmental-senescence-are-regulated-by-both-spns1-and-v-atpase
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Tomoyuki Sasaki, Shanshan Lian, Alam Khan, Jesse R Llop, Andrew V Samuelson, Wenbiao Chen, Daniel J Klionsky, Shuji Kishi
Spns1 (Spinster homolog 1 [Drosophila]) in vertebrates, as well as Spin (Spinster) in Drosophila, is a hypothetical lysosomal H(+)-carbohydrate transporter, which functions at a late stage of macroautophagy (hereafter autophagy). The Spin/Spns1 defect induces aberrant autolysosome formation that leads to developmental senescence in the embryonic stage and premature aging symptoms in adulthood. However, the molecular mechanism by which loss of Spin/Spns1 leads to the specific pathogenesis remains to be elucidated...
February 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866707/a-functional-variant-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-regulates-pitx2c-expression-through-tfap2a
#20
Jiangchuan Ye, Nathan R Tucker, Lu-Chen Weng, Sebastian Clauss, Steven A Lubitz, Patrick T Ellinor
The most significantly associated genetic locus for atrial fibrillation (AF) is in chromosomal region 4q25, where four independent association signals have been identified. Although model-system studies suggest that altered PITX2c expression might underlie the association, the link between specific variants and the direction of effect on gene expression remains unknown for all four signals. In the present study, we analyzed the AF-associated region most proximal to PITX2 at 4q25. First, we identified candidate regulatory variants that might confer AF risk through a combination of mammalian conservation, DNase hypersensitivity, and histone modification from ENCODE and the Roadmap Epigenomics Project, as well as through in vivo analysis of enhancer activity in embryonic zebrafish...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
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