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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917662/successful-optic-nerve-regeneration-in-the-senescent-zebrafish-despite-age-related-decline-of-cell-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-response-processes
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Jessie Van Houcke, Ilse Bollaerts, Emiel Geeraerts, Benjamin Davis, An Beckers, Inge Van Hove, Kim Lemmens, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons
Dysfunction of the central nervous system (CNS) in neurodegenerative diseases or after brain lesions seriously affects life quality of a growing number of elderly, since the adult CNS lacks the capacity to replace or repair damaged neurons. Despite intensive research efforts, full functional recovery after CNS disease and/or injury remains challenging, especially in an aging environment. As such, there is a rising need for an aging model in which the impact of aging on successful regeneration can be studied...
August 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912673/improving-the-delivery-of-sod1-antisense-oligonucleotides-to-motor-neurons-using-calcium-phosphate-lipid-nanoparticles
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Liyu Chen, Clare Watson, Marco Morsch, Nicholas J Cole, Roger S Chung, Darren N Saunders, Justin J Yerbury, Kara L Vine
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting the upper and lower motor neurons in the motor cortex and spinal cord. Abnormal accumulation of mutant superoxide dismutase I (SOD1) in motor neurons is a pathological hallmark of some forms of the disease. We have shown that the orderly progression of the disease may be explained by misfolded SOD1 cell-to-cell propagation, which is reliant upon its active endogenous synthesis. Reducing the levels of SOD1 is therefore a promising therapeutic approach...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911205/a-zebrafish-model-of-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-recapitulates-key-disease-features-and-demonstrates-a-developmental-requirement-for-abcd1-in-oligodendrocyte-patterning-and-myelination
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Lauren R Strachan, Tamara J Stevenson, Briana Freshner, Matthew D Keefe, D Miranda Bowles, Joshua L Bonkowsky
X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a devastating inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by defects in the ABCD1 gene and affecting peripheral and central nervous system myelin. ABCD1 encodes a peroxisomal transmembrane protein required for very long chain fatty acid (VLCFA) metabolism. We show that zebrafish (Danio rerio) Abcd1 is highly conserved at the amino acid level with human ABCD1, and during development is expressed in homologous regions including the central nervous system and adrenal glands...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876356/a-versatile-upconversion-surface-evaluation-platform-for-bio-nano-surface-selection-for-the-nervous-system
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Libing Fu, Marco Morsch, Bingyang Shi, Guoying Wang, Albert Lee, Rowan Radford, Yiqing Lu, Dayong Jin, Roger Chung
There is considerable interest in developing diagnostic nanotools for early detection and delivery of various therapeutic agents for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. However, a key challenge remains in the selection of suitable surfaces to overcome the nano-bio interface issue, namely that many nanoparticle surfaces demonstrate instability when administered into biological environments and show substantial cytotoxicity to the central nervous system. In this study, we fabricated an evaluation platform for bio-nano surface selection based on the combination of upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs), cultured neural cells and zebra fish, and systemically demonstrated how it can evaluate the suitability of nanoparticle surfaces for applications in the central nervous system...
September 6, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780589/development-of-brain-ventricular-system
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REVIEW
Vladimir Korzh
The brain ventricular system (BVS) consists of brain ventricles and channels connecting ventricles filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The disturbance of CSF flow has been linked to neurodegenerative disease including hydrocephalus, which manifests itself as an abnormal expansion of BVS. This relatively common developmental disorder has been observed in human and domesticated animals and linked to functional deficiency of various cells lineages facing BVS, including the choroid plexus or ependymal cells that generate CSF or the ciliated cells that cilia beating generates CSF flow...
August 5, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770388/parkinson-s-disease-pathogenesis-from-the-viewpoint-of-small-fish-models
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REVIEW
Hideaki Matsui, Ryosuke Takahashi
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that involves movement discloses, degeneration of dopaminergic neurons, and presence of cytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Various animal models have been developed and small fish including zebrafish and medaka fish have recently been employed as a new model for Parkinson disease. In this review, we summarize fish models of Parkinson's disease mainly using our own findings and explain two major hypotheses of PD: lysosome dysfunction theory and mitochondrial dysfunction theory...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761418/the-interaction-of-genetics-and-environmental-toxicants-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-results-from-animal-models
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REVIEW
Roger B Sher
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that results in the progressive death of motor neurons, leading to paralysis and eventual death. There is presently no cure for ALS, and only two drugs are available, neither of which provide significant extension of life. The wide variation in onset and progression of the disease, both in sporadic and even in strongly penetrant monogenic familial forms of ALS, indicate that in addition to background genetic variation impacting the disease process, environmental exposures are likely contributors...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719799/mesencephalic-astrocyte-derived-neurotrophic-factor-manf-a-new-player-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-diseases-structure-biology-and-therapeutic-roles
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REVIEW
Yeawon Kim, Sun-Ji Park, Ying Maggie Chen
Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF), a newly identified 18-kDa soluble protein, localizes to the luminal endoplasmic reticulum (ER), whose stress can stimulate MANF expression and secretion. In Drosophila and zebrafish, MANF regulates dopaminergic neuron development. In contrast, in mice, MANF deficiency leads to diabetes and activation of the unfolded protein response. Recent studies in rodent models have demonstrated that MANF mitigates diabetes, exerts neurotrophic function in neurodegenerative disease, protects cardiomyocytes and neurons in myocardial infarction and cerebral ischemia, respectively, and promotes immune cell phenotype switch from proinflammatory macrophages to prorepair anti-inflammatory macrophages...
October 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687604/calpain-inhibition-is-protective-in-machado-joseph-disease-zebrafish-due-to-induction-of-autophagy
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Maxinne Watchon, Kristy C Yuan, Nick Mackovski, Adam J Svahn, Nicholas J Cole, Claire Goldsbury, Silke Rinkwitz, Thomas S Becker, Garth A Nicholson, Angela S Laird
The neurodegenerative disease Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), also known as spinocerebellar ataxin-3, affects neurons of the brain and spinal cord, disrupting control of the movement of muscles. We have successfully established the first transgenic zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of MJD by expressing human ataxin-3 protein containing either 23 glutamines (23Q, wild-type) or 84Q (MJD-causing) within neurons. Phenotypic characterization of the zebrafish (male and female) revealed that the ataxin-3-84Q zebrafish have decreased survival compared with ataxin-3-23Q and develop ataxin-3 neuropathology, ataxin-3 cleavage fragments and motor impairment...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656156/the-effects-of-aging-on-amyloid-%C3%AE-42-induced-neurodegeneration-and-regeneration-in-adult-zebrafish-brain
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Prabesh Bhattarai, Alvin Kuriakose Thomas, Yixin Zhang, Caghan Kizil
Alzheimer disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease and is associated with aggregation of Amyloid-β42 peptides. In mammals, Amyloid-β42 causes impaired neural stem/progenitor cell (NSPC) proliferation and neurogenesis, which exacerbate with aging. The molecular programs necessary to enhance NSPC proliferation and neurogenesis in our brains to mount successful regeneration are largely unknown. Therefore, to identify the molecular basis of effective brain regeneration, we previously established an Amyloid-β42 model in adult zebrafish that displayed Alzheimer-like phenotypes reminiscent of humans...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621416/all-in-one-integrating-cell-polarity-meiosis-mitosis-and-mechanical-forces-in-early-oocyte-differentiation-in-vertebrates
#11
Yaniv M Elkouby
While the differentiation of oocytes is key for embryonic development, and its investigation is crucial for advancing our understanding of human reproduction and fertility, many fundamental questions in oogenesis have been long standing. However, recent technical advances have led to several breakthroughs mainly in mice and zebrafish. Here I review these recent findings, including regulation and organization of the germline cyst, the mechanistics of chromosomal pairing, establishment of cell polarity, and formation of a universal mRNA-protein (mRNP) granule called the Balbiani body...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621412/the-not-so-long-history-of-zebrafish-research-in-israel
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Janna Blechman, Gil Levkowitz, Yoav Gothilf
The zebrafish has become a model of choice in fundamental and applied life sciences and is widely used in various fields of biomedical research as a human disease model for cancer, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, and regenerative medicine. The transparency of the zebrafish embryo allows real-time visualization of the development and morphogenesis of practically all of its tissues and organs. Zebrafish are amenable to genetic manipulation, for which innovative genetic and molecular techniques are constantly being introduced...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478735/gene-therapy-of-adult-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinoses-with-crispr-cas9-in-zebrafish
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Xiaomin Yao, Xiaowei Liu, Yaguang Zhang, Yuhao Li, Chenjian Zhao, Shaohua Yao, Yuquan Wei
Adult-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (ANCL), one of the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCLs), is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder with progressive neuronal dysfunction. Recently, mutations in the DNAJC5 gene that encodes cysteine-string protein alpha (CSPα) have been reported to be associated with familial autosomal-dominant ANCL (AD-ANCL). This study constructed an ANCL transgenic zebrafish model expressing the human mutant DNAJC5 (mDNAJC5) gene under the control of a zebrafish neuron-specific promoter...
July 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444311/expression-of-als-ftd-linked-mutant-ccnf-in-zebrafish-leads-to-increased-cell-death-in-the-spinal-cord-and-an-aberrant-motor-phenotype
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Alison L Hogan, Emily K Don, Stephanie L Rayner, Albert Lee, Angela S Laird, Maxinne Watchon, Claire Winnick, Ingrid S Tarr, Marco Morsch, Jennifer A Fifita, Serene S L Gwee, Isabel Formella, Elinor Hortle, Kristy C Yuan, Mark P Molloy, Kelly L Williams, Garth A Nicholson, Roger S Chung, Ian P Blair, Nicholas J Cole
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease characterised by the death of upper and lower motor neurons. Approximately 10% of cases have a known family history of ALS and disease-linked mutations in multiple genes have been identified. ALS-linked mutations in CCNF were recently reported, however the pathogenic mechanisms associated with these mutations are yet to be established. To investigate possible disease mechanisms, we developed in vitro and in vivo models based on an ALS-linked missense mutation in CCNF...
July 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426725/dynamic-regulation-of-pin1-expression-and-function-during-zebrafish-development
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Maria Solange Ibarra, Carla Borini Etichetti, Carolina Di Benedetto, Germán L Rosano, Ezequiel Margarit, Giannino Del Sal, Marina Mione, Javier Girardini
The prolyl isomerase Pin1 plays a key role in the modulation of proline-directed phosphorylation signaling by inducing local conformational changes in phosphorylated protein substrates. Extensive studies showed different roles for Pin1 in physiological processes and pathological conditions such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. However, there are still several unanswered questions regarding its biological role. Notably, despite evidences from cultured cells showing that Pin1 expression and activity may be regulated by different mechanisms, little is known on their relevance in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385952/dieldrin-augments-mtor-signaling-and-regulates-genes-associated-with-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-adult-zebrafish-heart-danio-rerio
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Logan Slade, Andrew Cowie, Chris J Martyniuk, Petra C Kienesberger, Thomas Pulinilkunnil
Dieldrin is a legacy organochlorine pesticide that is persistent in the environment, despite being discontinued from use in North America since the 1970s. Some epidemiologic studies suggest that exposure to dieldrin is associated with increased risks of neurodegenerative disease and breast cancer by inducing inflammatory responses in tissues as well as oxidative stress. However, the direct effects of organochlorine pesticides on the heart have not been adequately addressed to date given that these chemicals are detectable in human serum and are environmentally persistent; thus, individuals may show latent adverse effects in the cardiovascular system due to long-term, low-dose exposure over time...
June 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366621/rescue-of-pink1-deficiency-by-stress-dependent-activation-of-autophagy
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Yuxi Zhang, David T Nguyen, Ellen M Olzomer, Gin P Poon, Nicholas J Cole, Anita Puvanendran, Brigitte R Phillips, Daniel Hesselson
Stimulating autophagy is a promising therapeutic strategy for slowing the progression of neurodegenerative disease. Neurons are insensitive to current approaches based on mTOR inhibition for activating autophagy, and instead may rely on the Parkinson's disease-associated proteins PINK1 and PARKIN to activate the autophagy-lysosomal pathway in response to mitochondrial damage. We developed a multifactorial zebrafish drug-screening platform combining Pink1 deficiency with an environmental toxin to compromise mitochondrial function and trigger dopaminergic neuron loss...
April 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358904/neurotrophic-effects-of-progranulin-in-vivo-in-reversing-motor-neuron-defects-caused-by-over-or-under-expression-of-tdp-43-or-fus
#18
Babykumari P Chitramuthu, Denis G Kay, Andrew Bateman, Hugh P J Bennett
Progranulin (PGRN) is a glycoprotein with multiple roles in normal and disease states. Mutations within the GRN gene cause frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The affected neurons display distinctive TAR DNA binding protein 43 (TDP-43) inclusions. How partial loss of PGRN causes TDP-43 neuropathology is poorly understood. TDP-43 inclusions are also found in affected neurons of patients with other neurodegenerative diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease. In ALS, TDP-43 inclusions are typically also immunoreactive for fused in sarcoma (FUS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334843/a152t-tau-allele-causes-neurodegeneration-that-can-be-ameliorated-in-a-zebrafish-model-by-autophagy-induction
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Ana Lopez, Suzee E Lee, Kevin Wojta, Eliana Marisa Ramos, Eric Klein, Jason Chen, Adam L Boxer, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Daniel H Geschwind, Lars Schlotawa, Nikolay V Ogryzko, Eileen H Bigio, Emily Rogalski, Sandra Weintraub, Marsel M Mesulam, Angeleen Fleming, Giovanni Coppola, Bruce L Miller, David C Rubinsztein
Mutations in the gene encoding tau (MAPT) cause frontotemporal dementia spectrum disorders. A rare tau variant p.A152T was reported as a risk factor for frontotemporal dementia spectrum and Alzheimer's disease in an initial case-control study. Such findings need replication in an independent cohort. We analysed an independent multinational cohort comprising 3100 patients with neurodegenerative disease and 4351 healthy control subjects and found p.A152T associated with significantly higher risk for clinically defined frontotemporal dementia and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome...
April 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329817/early-life-benzo-a-pyrene-exposure-causes-neurodegenerative-syndromes-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-the-mechanism-involved
#20
Dongxu Gao, Chonggang Wang, Zhihui Xi, Yixi Zhou, Yuanchuan Wang, Zhenghong Zuo
There is increasing recognition of the importance of early-life environmental exposures in health disorders at later-life stages. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether early-life exposure to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) could induce neurodegenerative syndromes at later-life stages in zebrafish. Embryos were exposed to BaP at doses of 0, 0.05, 0.5, 5, and 50 nM from early embryogenesis to 96 h post-fertilization (hpf), then transferred to clean water and maintained for 365 days. We found that BaP decreased locomotor and cognitive ability, neurotransmitter levels of dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and norepinephrine; and induced loss of dopaminergic neurons and resulted in neurodegeneration...
May 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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