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Ann Kristin Frøyset, Amanda J Edson, Naouel Gharbi, Essa A Khan, Daniel Dondorp, Qing Bai, Ettore Tiraboschi, Maximiliano L Suster, Joanne B Connolly, Edward A Burton, Kari E Fladmark
DJ-1, a Parkinson's disease-associated protein, is strongly up-regulated in reactive astrocytes in Parkinson's disease. This is proposed to represent a neuronal protective response, although the mechanism has not yet been identified. We have generated a transgenic zebrafish line with increased astroglial DJ-1 expression driven by regulatory elements from the zebrafish GFAP gene. Larvae from this transgenic line are protected from oxidative stress-induced injuries as caused by MPP+ , a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor shown to induce dopaminergic cells death...
February 17, 2018: Redox Biology
Narahari Rishitha, Arunachalam Muthuraman
BACKGROUND: Quercetin is a major flavonoid in various plants. It possesses the multiple pharmacological actions like vascular integrity and regulatory action of the blood-brain barrier. AIMS: The present study is focused on evaluating the role of solid lipid nanoparticle of quercetin in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) induced cognitive impairment of Danio rerio species. MAIN METHODS: The memory impairment of zebrafish was induced by exposing of PTZ in 7...
March 6, 2018: Life Sciences
Georgios Kellaris, Kamal Khan, Shahid M Baig, I-Chun Tsai, Francisca Millan Zamora, Paul Ruggieri, Marvin R Natowicz, Nicholas Katsanis
BACKGROUND: Intellectual disability (ID) is a common condition with a population prevalence frequency of 1-3% and an enrichment for males, driven in part by the contribution of mutant alleles on the X-chromosome. Among the more than 500 genes associated with ID, DDX3X represents an outlier in sex specificity. Nearly all reported pathogenic variants of DDX3X are de novo, affect mostly females, and appear to be loss of function variants, consistent with the hypothesis that haploinsufficiency at this locus on the X-chromosome is likely to be lethal in males...
March 1, 2018: Human Genomics
Amir Reza Peimani, Georg Zoidl, Pouya Rezai
The zebrafish is a lower vertebrate model organism offering multiple applications for both fundamental and biomedical research into the nervous system from genes to behaviour. Investigation of zebrafish larvae's movement in response to various stimuli, which involves the dopaminergic system, is of interest in the field of sensory-motor integration. Nevertheless, the conventional methods of movement screening in Petri dishes and multi-well plates are mostly qualitative, uncontrollable, and inaccurate in terms of stimulus delivery and response analysis...
January 2018: Biomicrofluidics
Shijiao Cai, Yang Chen, Yue Shang, Jianlin Cui, Zongjin Li, Yuhao Li
Interleukin 7 receptor (il7r), a transmembrane receptor, belongs to the type I cytokine receptor family. Il7r is involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, such as multiple sclerosis. Targeted knockdown of il7r leads to delayed myelination, highlighting the potential role of il7r in the development of the nervous system. Zebrafish is an ideal model for the study of neurogenesis; moreover, the il7r gene is highly conserved between zebrafish and human. The aim of the present study was to investigate the novel function of il7r in neurogenesis...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Shelly Sorrells, Sara Nik, Mattie Casey, Rosannah C Cameron, Harold Truong, Cristhian Toruno, Michelle Gulfo, Albert Lowe, Cicely Jette, Rodney A Stewart, Teresa V Bowman
RNA splicing factors are essential for the viability of all eukaryotic cells; however, in metazoans some cell types are exquisitely sensitive to disruption of splicing factors, such as neuronal cells which can lead to neurodegenerative diseases. The basis for this tissue selectivity is not well understood due to difficulties in analyzing the consequences of splicing factor defects in whole animal systems. Here, we use zebrafish mutants to show that loss of spliceosomal components, including splicing factor 3b, subunit 1 (sf3b1), caused increased DNA double-strand breaks and apoptosis in embryonic neurons with a concomitant accumulation of R-loops, which are non-canonical nucleic acid structures that promote genomic instability...
January 29, 2018: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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
Antonio Monaco, Teresa Capriello, Maria C Grimaldi, Valentina Schiano, Ida Ferrandino
Cadmium is a biologically non-essential metal. It is also toxic to many organs including the brain. The aim of this study was to analyse the neurodegenerative effects of this metal in embryos and adults of zebrafish exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of cadmium. The study was performed by cytochemical stainings. Six hours after fertilisation (hpf) zebrafish embryos were treated for 24 hours with 9 μM of cadmium and subsequently stained with Acridine orange in whole mount to detect apoptosis in the brain...
October 19, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Qiwen Liao, Shengnan Li, Shirley Weng In Siu, Binrui Yang, Chen Huang, Judy Yuet-Wa Chan, Jean-Étienne Morlighem, Clarence Tsun Ting Wong, Gandhi Radis-Baptista, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee
Palythoa caribaeorum (class Anthozoa) is a zoanthid that together jellyfishes, hydra, and sea anemones, which are venomous and predatory, belongs to the Phyllum Cnidaria. The distinguished feature in these marine animals is the cnidocytes in the body tissues, responsible for toxin production and injection that are used majorly for prey capture and defense. With exception for other anthozoans, the toxin cocktails of zoanthids have been scarcely studied and are poorly known. Here, based on the analysis of P. caribaeorum transcriptome, numerous predicted venom-featured polypeptides were identified, including allergens, neurotoxins, membrane-active and Kunitz-like peptides (PcKuz)...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
Romain Madelaine, Philippe Mourrain
In humans, optic nerve injuries and associated neurodegenerative diseases are often followed by permanent vision loss. Consequently, an important challenge is to develop safe and effective methods to replace retinal neurons and thereby restore neuronal functions and vision. Identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms allowing to replace damaged neurons is a major goal for basic and translational research in regenerative medicine. Contrary to mammals, the zebrafish has the capacity to fully regenerate entire parts of the nervous system, including retina...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
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
Adrian J Green, Antonio Planchart
The causes of neurodegenerative diseases are complex with likely contributions from genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures over an organism's lifetime. In this review, we examine the role that aquatic models, especially zebrafish, have played in the elucidation of mechanisms of heavy metal toxicity and nervous system function over the last decade. Focus is applied to cadmium, lead, and mercury as significant contributors to central nervous system morbidity, and the application of numerous transgenic zebrafish expressing fluorescent reporters in specific neuronal populations or brain regions enabling high-resolution neurodevelopmental and neurotoxicology research...
December 1, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Rodrigo Castañeda, Isabel Rodriguez, Youn Hee Nam, Bin Na Hong, Tong Ho Kang
BACKGROUND: Protection of cochlear function and reconstruction of neuronal networks in damaged auditory sensory structures is crucial for therapeutic treatment of diabetic hearing loss. Nerve growth factor (NGF) has been used as a novel therapeutic target to protect against the neurodegenerative effects of Diabetes Mellitus (DM). PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the potential effect of trigonelline (TRG) on reducing auditory damage produced by DM using NGF as a potential marker...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Prabesh Bhattarai, Alvin Kuriakose Thomas, Mehmet Ilyas Cosacak, Christos Papadimitriou, Violeta Mashkaryan, Yixin Zhang, Caghan Kizil
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease in which accumulation of toxic amyloid-β42 (Aβ42) peptides leads to synaptic degeneration, inflammation, neuronal death, and learning deficits. Humans cannot regenerate lost neurons in the case of AD in part due to impaired proliferative capacity of the neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) and reduced neurogenesis. Therefore, efficient regenerative therapies should also enhance the proliferation and neurogenic capacity of NSPCs. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a regenerative organism, and we can learn the basic molecular programs with which we could design therapeutic approaches to tackle AD...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Joel C Watts, Matthew E C Bourkas, Hamza Arshad
The essential role of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) in prion disorders such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is well documented. Moreover, evidence is accumulating that PrPC may act as a receptor for protein aggregates and transduce neurotoxic signals in more common neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Although the pathological roles of PrPC have been thoroughly characterized, a general consensus on its physiological function within the brain has not yet been established. Knockout studies in various organisms, ranging from zebrafish to mice, have implicated PrPC in a diverse range of nervous system-related activities that include a key role in the maintenance of peripheral nerve myelination as well as a general ability to protect against neurotoxic stimuli...
November 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
Aileen Cronin, Maura Grealy
Parkinson's disease is a common, debilitating, neurodegenerative disorder for which the current gold standard treatment, levodopa (L-DOPA) is symptomatic. There is an urgent, unmet need for neuroprotective or, ideally, neuro-restorative drugs. We describe a 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) zebrafish model to screen drugs for neuroprotective and neuro-restorative capacity. Zebrafish larvae at two days post fertilization were exposed to 6-OHDA for three days, with co-administration of test drugs for neuroprotection experiments, or for 32 h, with subsequent treatment with test drugs for neuro-restoration experiments...
December 26, 2017: Neuroscience
Janina Leyk, Conor Daly, Ulrike Janssen-Bienhold, Breandán N Kennedy, Christiane Richter-Landsberg
Retinal diseases, such as hereditary retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, are characterized by the progressive loss of photoreceptors. Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) is considered as a stress surveillance factor and a potential target for neuroprotection and regeneration. Overexpression of HDAC6 has been connected to neurodegenerative disorders, and its suppression may provide protection. Here we show that HDAC6 is constitutively present in the mouse retina, and in the cone-like mouse cell line 661W...
August 31, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
Xiao H Wang, Christopher L Souders, Yuan H Zhao, Christopher J Martyniuk
The dipyridyl herbicide paraquat induces oxidative stress in cells and is implicated in adult neurodegenerative diseases. However, less is known about paraquat toxicity in early stages of vertebrate development. To address this gap, zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos were exposed to 1, 10 and 100 μM paraquat for 96 h. Paraquat did not induce significant mortality nor deformity in embryos and larvae, but it did accelerate time to hatch. To evaluate whether mitochondrial respiration was related to earlier hatch times, oxygen consumption rate was measured in whole embryos...
January 2018: Chemosphere
Pablo Ricardo Bertelli, Renata Biegelmeyer, Eduardo Pacheco Rico, Luiz Carlos Klein-Junior, Natally S B Toson, Luciane Minetto, Sergio A L Bordignon, André L Gasper, Sidnei Moura, Diogo L de Oliveira, Amélia T Henriques
Palicourea genus is chemically and taxonomically close to Psychotria genus, a well-known source of neuroactive alkaloids. It has been previously reported the pharmacological potential of these alkaloids in some targets related to the neurodegenerative process. In this context, this study was carried out in order to evaluate the toxic effects and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory potential of Palicourea deflexa fraction of total alkaloids (FTA). P. deflexa FTA was analyzed by means of HPLC-DAD and HRMS-ESI...
September 20, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Zhan-Ying Hu, Bo Chen, Jing-Pu Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Ma
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most epidemic neurodegenerative diseases and is characterized by movement disorders arising from loss of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Recently, the relationship between PD and autophagy has received considerable attention, but information about the mechanisms involved is lacking. Here, we report that autophagy-related gene 5 ( ATG5 ) is potentially important in protecting dopaminergic neurons in a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced PD model in zebrafish...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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