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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346357/comparison-of-the-in-vivo-biotransformation-of-two-emerging-estrogenic-contaminants-bp2-and-bps-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-adults
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Vincent Le Fol, François Brion, Anne Hillenweck, Elisabeth Perdu, Sandrine Bruel, Selim Aït-Aïssa, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Daniel Zalko
Zebrafish embryo assays are increasingly used in the toxicological assessment of endocrine disruptors. Among other advantages, these models are 3R-compliant and are fit for screening purposes. Biotransformation processes are well-recognized as a critical factor influencing toxic response, but major gaps of knowledge exist regarding the characterization of functional metabolic capacities expressed in zebrafish. Comparative metabolic studies between embryos and adults are even scarcer. Using ³H-labeled chemicals, we examined the fate of two estrogenic emerging contaminants, benzophenone-2 (BP2) and bisphenol S (BPS), in 4-day embryos and adult zebrafish...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329724/accurate-predictions-of-postmortem-interval-using-linear-regression-analyses-of-gene-meter-expression-data
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M Colby Hunter, Alex E Pozhitkov, Peter A Noble
In criminal and civil investigations, postmortem interval is used as evidence to help sort out circumstances at the time of human death. Many biological, chemical, and physical indicators can be used to determine the postmortem interval - but most are not accurate. Here, we sought to validate an experimental design to accurately predict the time of death by analyzing the expression of hundreds of upregulated genes in two model organisms, the zebrafish and mouse. In a previous study, the death of healthy adults was conducted under strictly controlled conditions to minimize the effects of confounding factors such as lifestyle and temperature...
March 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274275/whole-exome-sequencing-coupled-with-unbiased-functional-analysis-reveals-new-hirschsprung-disease-genes
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Hongsheng Gui, Duco Schriemer, William W Cheng, Rajendra K Chauhan, Guillermo Antiňolo, Courtney Berrios, Marta Bleda, Alice S Brooks, Rutger W W Brouwer, Alan J Burns, Stacey S Cherny, Joaquin Dopazo, Bart J L Eggen, Paola Griseri, Binta Jalloh, Thuy-Linh Le, Vincent C H Lui, Berta Luzón-Toro, Ivana Matera, Elly S W Ngan, Anna Pelet, Macarena Ruiz-Ferrer, Pak C Sham, Iain T Shepherd, Man-Ting So, Yunia Sribudiani, Clara S M Tang, Mirjam C G N van den Hout, Herma C van der Linde, Tjakko J van Ham, Wilfred F J van IJcken, Joke B G M Verheij, Jeanne Amiel, Salud Borrego, Isabella Ceccherini, Aravinda Chakravarti, Stanislas Lyonnet, Paul K H Tam, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barceló, Robert M W Hofstra
BACKGROUND: Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), which is congenital obstruction of the bowel, results from a failure of enteric nervous system (ENS) progenitors to migrate, proliferate, differentiate, or survive within the distal intestine. Previous studies that have searched for genes underlying HSCR have focused on ENS-related pathways and genes not fitting the current knowledge have thus often been ignored. We identify and validate novel HSCR genes using whole exome sequencing (WES), burden tests, in silico prediction, unbiased in vivo analyses of the mutated genes in zebrafish, and expression analyses in zebrafish, mouse, and human...
March 8, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268202/adverse-effects-of-parental-zinc-deficiency-on-metal-homeostasis-and-embryonic-development-in-a-zebrafish-model
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Laura M Beaver, Yasmeen M Nkrumah-Elie, Lisa Truong, Carrie L Barton, Andrea L Knecht, Greg D Gonnerman, Carmen P Wong, Robert L Tanguay, Emily Ho
The high prevalence of zinc deficiency is a global public health concern, and suboptimal maternal zinc consumption has been associated with adverse effects ranging from impaired glucose tolerance to low birthweights. The mechanisms that contribute to altered development and poor health in zinc deficient offspring are not completely understood. To address this gap, we utilized the Danio rerio model and investigated the impact of dietary zinc deficiency on adults and their developing progeny. Zinc deficient adult fish were significantly smaller in size, and had decreases in learning and fitness...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143724/effects-of-chronic-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa-at-low-concentration-on-morphometrics-gene-expression-and-fecundity-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Carrie E Jantzen, Fatima Toor, Kate A Annunziato, Keith R Cooper
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a persistent, toxic, anthropogenic chemical recalcitrant to biodegradation. Based on previous studies in lower and higher vertebrates, it was hypothesized that chronic, sub-lethal, embryonic exposure to PFOA in zebrafish (Danio rerio) would adversely impact fish development, survival, and fecundity. Zebrafish embryo/sac-fry were water exposed to 2.0 or 0nM PFOA from 3 to 120hpf, and juvenile to adult cohorts were fed spiked food (8 pM) until 6 months. After chronic exposure, PFOA exposed fish were significantly smaller in total weight and length...
January 29, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098234/maternal-cortisol-stimulates-neurogenesis-and-affects-larval-behaviour-in-zebrafish
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Carol Best, Deborah M Kurrasch, Mathilakath M Vijayan
Excess glucocorticoid transferred from stressed mother to the embryo affects developing vertebrate offspring, but the underlying programming events are unclear. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that increased zygotic glucocorticoid deposition, mimicking a maternal stress scenario, modifies early brain development and larval behaviour in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Cortisol was microinjected into the yolk at one cell-stage, to mimic maternal transfer, and the larvae [96 hours post-fertilization (hpf)] displayed increased activity in light and a reduction in thigmotaxis, a behavioural model for anxiety, suggesting an increased propensity for boldness...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093472/social-status-dependent-shift-in-neural-circuit-activation-affects-decision-making
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Thomas Miller, Katie Clements, Sungwoo Ahn, Choongseok Park, Eoon Hye Ji, Fadi A Issa
In a social group, animals make behavioral decisions that fit their social ranks. These behavioral choices are dependent on the various social cues experienced during social interactions. In vertebrates, little is known of how social status affects the underlying neural mechanisms regulating decision-making circuits that drive competing behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that social status in zebrafish (Danio rerio) influences behavioral decisions by shifting the balance in neural circuit activation between two competing networks (escape and swim)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965017/structure-and-functionalities-of-the-human-c-reactive-protein-compared-to-the-zebrafish-multigene-family-of-c-reactive-like-proteins
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REVIEW
Melissa Bello-Perez, Alberto Falco, Regla Medina, Jose Antonio Encinar, Beatriz Novoa, Luis Perez, Amparo Estepa, Julio Coll
Because of the recent discovery of multiple c-reactive protein (crp)-like genes in zebrafish (Danio rerio) with predicted heterogeneous phospholipid-binding amino acid sequences and heterogeneous transcript expression levels in viral survivors and adaptive-deficient mutants, zebrafish constitute an attractive new model for exploring the evolution of these protein's functions, including their possible participation in fish trained immunity. Circulating human CRP belongs to the short pentraxin family of oligomeric proteins that are characteristic of early acute-phase innate responses and is widely used as a clinical inflammation marker...
December 10, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884602/a-data-driven-weighting-scheme-for-multivariate-phenotypic-endpoints-recapitulates-zebrafish-developmental-cascades
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Guozhu Zhang, Kyle R Roell, Lisa Truong, Robert L Tanguay, David M Reif
Zebrafish have become a key alternative model for studying health effects of environmental stressors, partly due to their genetic similarity to humans, fast generation time, and the efficiency of generating high-dimensional systematic data. Studies aiming to characterize adverse health effects in zebrafish typically include several phenotypic measurements (endpoints). While there is a solid biomedical basis for capturing a comprehensive set of endpoints, making summary judgments regarding health effects requires thoughtful integration across endpoints...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870856/dietary-intake-influences-adult-fertility-and-offspring-fitness-in-zebrafish
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Trent Newman, Noel Jhinku, Michael Meier, Julia Horsfield
The burden of malnutrition, including both over- and undernutrition, is a major public health concern. Here we used a zebrafish model of diet-induced obesity to analyze the impact of dietary intake on fertility and the phenotype of the next generation. Over an eight-week period, one group received 60 mg of food each day (60 mg arm), while another received 5 mg (5 mg arm). At the end of the diet, the body mass index of the 60 mg arm was 1.5 fold greater than the 5 mg arm. The intervention also had a marked impact on fertility; breeding success and egg production in the 60 mg arm were increased 2...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824910/3d-finite-element-electrical-model-of-larval-zebrafish-ecg-signals
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James Crowcombe, Sundeep Singh Dhillon, Rhiannon Mary Hurst, Stuart Egginton, Ferenc Müller, Attila Sík, Edward Tarte
Assessment of heart function in zebrafish larvae using electrocardiography (ECG) is a potentially useful tool in developing cardiac treatments and the assessment of drug therapies. In order to better understand how a measured ECG waveform is related to the structure of the heart, its position within the larva and the position of the electrodes, a 3D model of a 3 days post fertilisation (dpf) larval zebrafish was developed to simulate cardiac electrical activity and investigate the voltage distribution throughout the body...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761109/saccadic-and-postsaccadic-disconjugacy-in-zebrafish-larvae-suggests-independent-eye-movement-control
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Chien-Cheng Chen, Christopher J Bockisch, Dominik Straumann, Melody Ying-Yu Huang
Spontaneous eye movements of zebrafish larvae in the dark consist of centrifugal saccades that move the eyes from a central to an eccentric position and postsaccadic centripetal drifts. In a previous study, we showed that the fitted single-exponential time constants of the postsaccadic drifts are longer in the temporal-to-nasal (T->N) direction than in the nasal-to-temporal (N->T) direction. In the present study, we further report that saccadic peak velocities are higher and saccadic amplitudes are larger in the N->T direction than in the T->N direction...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737769/behavioural-plasticity-across-social-contexts-is-regulated-by-the-directionality-of-inter-individual-differences
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REVIEW
Olivia L Guayasamin, Iain D Couzin, Noam Y Miller
An individual's behavioural phenotype is a combination of its unique behavioural propensities and its responsiveness to environmental variation, also known as behavioural plasticity. In social species, we must not only explore how individuals respond to variations in the physical environment but also how they react to changes in their social environment. A growing body of work has demonstrated that the behavioural heterogeneity of a group can alter its responsiveness, decision making, and fitness. Whether an individual is more or less extreme than a partner - what we term its 'relative personality' - may also alter individual behavioural responses...
October 11, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27503357/transcriptional-regulation-during-zygotic-genome-activation-in-zebrafish-and-other-anamniote-embryos
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J Wragg, F Müller
Embryo development commences with the fusion of two terminally differentiated haploid gametes into the totipotent fertilized egg, which through a series of major cellular and molecular transitions generate a pluripotent cell mass. The activation of the zygotic genome occurs during the so-called maternal to zygotic transition and prepares the embryo for zygotic takeover from maternal factors, in the control of the development of cellular lineages during differentiation. Recent advances in next generation sequencing technologies have allowed the dissection of the genomic and epigenomic processes mediating this transition...
2016: Advances in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27489962/an-optimized-small-tissue-handling-system-for-immunohistochemistry-and-in-situ-hybridization
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Giovanni Anthony, Ju-Ahng Lee
Recent development in 3D printing technology has opened an exciting possibility for manufacturing 3D devices on one's desktop. We used 3D modeling programs to design 3D models of a tissue-handling system and these models were "printed" in a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer to create precision histology devices that are particularly useful to handle multiple samples with small dimensions in parallel. Our system has been successfully tested for in situ hybridization of zebrafish embryos. Some of the notable features include: (1) A conveniently transferrable chamber with 6 mesh-bottomed wells, each of which can hold dozens of zebrafish embryos...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27489304/zebrafish-p54-rna-helicases-are-cytoplasmic-granule-residents-that-are-required-for-development-and-stress-resilience
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Cecilia Zampedri, Maryana Tinoco-Cuellar, Samantha Carrillo-Rosas, Abigail Diaz-Tellez, Jose Luis Ramos-Balderas, Francisco Pelegri, Ernesto Maldonado
Stress granules are cytoplasmic foci that directly respond to the protein synthesis status of the cell. Various environmental insults, such as oxidative stress or extreme heat, block protein synthesis; consequently, mRNA will stall in translation, and stress granules will immediately form and become enriched with mRNAs. P54 DEAD box RNA helicases are components of RNA granules such as P-bodies and stress granules. We studied the expression, in cytoplasmic foci, of both zebrafish P54 RNA helicases (P54a and P54b) during development and found that they are expressed in cytoplasmic granules under both normal conditions and stress conditions...
October 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27470083/dual-nrf2-paralogs-in-coho-salmon-and-their-antioxidant-response-element-targets
#17
Richard Ramsden, Evan P Gallagher
The transcription factor NFE2L2 (Nuclear Factor, Erythroid 2-Like 2, or NRF2) plays a key role in maintaining the redox state within cells. Characterization of this pathway has extended to fish, most notably zebrafish (Danio rerio), in which two paralogs of the transcription factor exist: Nrf2a, an activator, and Nrf2b, a negative regulator during embryogenesis. Only one ARE target has been thoroughly delineated in zebrafish, and this deviated from the canonical sequence derived from studies in mammals. In general, the mechanistic pathway has not been characterized in non-model aquatic organisms that are commonly exposed to environmental pollutants...
October 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27464804/construction-of-the-inbred-strain
#18
Minori Shinya
Genetically homogeneous populations such as inbred strains are valuable experimental tools in various fields of biomedical analyses. In many animals, inbred strains are established by consecutive sib-pair mating for a minimum of 20 generations. As the generation proceeds, fitness of the population reduces usually. Therefore, in order to establish inbred strains, the important point is the selection of pairs in good condition at each generation. Here, I describe the procedure and tips for generating inbred strains in zebrafish...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27443940/a-scientist-s-guide-for-submitting-data-to-zfin
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D G Howe, Y M Bradford, A Eagle, D Fashena, K Frazer, P Kalita, P Mani, R Martin, S T Moxon, H Paddock, C Pich, S Ramachandran, L Ruzicka, K Schaper, X Shao, A Singer, S Toro, C Van Slyke, M Westerfield
The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN; zfin.org) serves as the central repository for genetic and genomic data produced using zebrafish (Danio rerio). Data in ZFIN are either manually curated from peer-reviewed publications or submitted directly to ZFIN from various data repositories. Data types currently supported include mutants, transgenic lines, DNA constructs, gene expression, phenotypes, antibodies, morpholinos, TALENs, CRISPRs, disease models, movies, and images. The rapidly changing methods of genomic science have increased the production of data that cannot readily be represented in standard journal publications...
2016: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27420737/design-and-characterization-of-superpotent-bivalent-ligands-targeting-oxytocin-receptor-dimers-via-a-channel-like-structure
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Marta Busnelli, Gunnar Kleinau, Markus Muttenthaler, Stoytcho Stoev, Maurice Manning, Lucka Bibic, Lesley A Howell, Peter J McCormick, Simona Di Lascio, Daniela Braida, Mariaelvina Sala, G Enrico Rovati, Tommaso Bellini, Bice Chini
Dimeric/oligomeric states of G-protein coupled receptors have been difficult to target. We report here bivalent ligands consisting of two identical oxytocin-mimetics that induce a three order magnitude boost in G-protein signaling of oxytocin receptors (OTRs) in vitro and a 100- and 40-fold gain in potency in vivo in the social behavior of mice and zebrafish. Through receptor mutagenesis and interference experiments with synthetic peptides mimicking transmembrane helices (TMH), we show that such superpotent behavior follows from the binding of the bivalent ligands to dimeric receptors based on a TMH1-TMH2 interface...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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