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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814724/pathogenic-bacteria-enhance-dispersal-through-alteration-of-drosophila-social-communication
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Ian W Keesey, Sarah Koerte, Mohammed A Khallaf, Tom Retzke, Aurélien Guillou, Ewald Grosse-Wilde, Nicolas Buchon, Markus Knaden, Bill S Hansson
Pathogens and parasites can manipulate their hosts to optimize their own fitness. For instance, bacterial pathogens have been shown to affect their host plants' volatile and non-volatile metabolites, which results in increased attraction of insect vectors to the plant, and, hence, to increased pathogen dispersal. Behavioral manipulation by parasites has also been shown for mice, snails and zebrafish as well as for insects. Here we show that infection by pathogenic bacteria alters the social communication system of Drosophila melanogaster...
August 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698378/haploid-selection-within-a-single-ejaculate-increases-offspring-fitness
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Ghazal Alavioon, Cosima Hotzy, Khriezhanuo Nakhro, Sandra Rudolf, Douglas G Scofield, Susanne Zajitschek, Alexei A Maklakov, Simone Immler
An inescapable consequence of sex in eukaryotes is the evolution of a biphasic life cycle with alternating diploid and haploid phases. The occurrence of selection during the haploid phase can have far-reaching consequences for fundamental evolutionary processes including the rate of adaptation, the extent of inbreeding depression, and the load of deleterious mutations, as well as for applied research into fertilization technology. Although haploid selection is well established in plants, current dogma assumes that in animals, intact fertile sperm within a single ejaculate are equivalent at siring viable offspring...
July 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696918/gold-nanorods-induce-early-embryonic-developmental-delay-and-lethality-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Bárbara Mesquita, Isabel Lopes, Susana Silva, Maria João Bessa, Maksim Starykevich, Jorge Carneiro, Tiago L P Galvão, Mário G S Ferreira, João Tedim, João Paulo Teixeira, Sónia Fraga
Due to their unique electronic and optical features, gold nanoparticles (AuNP) have received a great deal of attention for application in different fields such as catalysis, electronics, and biomedicine. The large-volume manufacturing predicted for future decades and the inevitable release of these substances into the environment necessitated an assessment of potential adverse human and ecological risks due to exposure to AuNP. Accordingly, this study aimed to examine the acute and developmental toxicity attributed to a commercial suspension of Au nanorods stabilized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB-AuNR) using early embryonic stages of zebrafish (Danio rerio), a well-established model in ecotoxicology...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673261/paternal-personality-and-social-status-influence-offspring-activity-in-zebrafish
#4
Susanne Zajitschek, James E Herbert-Read, Nasir M Abbasi, Felix Zajitschek, Simone Immler
BACKGROUND: Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents and their offspring have been studied extensively, the importance of behavioural and social circumstances has only recently been recognised. Behavioural traits such as personality characteristics can be relatively stable, and partly comprise a genetic component but we know little about the non-genetic transmission of plastic behavioural traits from parents to offspring...
July 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663543/nr3c1-null-mutant-zebrafish-are-viable-and-reveal-dna-binding-independent-activities-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor
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N Facchinello, T Skobo, G Meneghetti, E Colletti, A Dinarello, N Tiso, R Costa, G Gioacchini, O Carnevali, F Argenton, L Colombo, L Dalla Valle
Glucocorticoids (GCs) play important roles in developmental and physiological processes through the transcriptional activity of their cognate receptor (Gr). Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, we established a zebrafish null Gr mutant line and compared its phenotypes with wild type and a zebrafish line with partially silenced gr (gr (s357/s357) ). Homozygous gr (-/-) larvae are morphologically inconspicuous and, in contrast to GR (-/-) knockout mice, viable through adulthood, although with reduced fitness and early life survival...
June 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657312/molecular-dynamics-flexible-fitting-simulations-identify-new-models-of-the-closed-state-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-protein
#6
Luba Simhaev, Nael A McCarty, Robert C Ford, Hanoch Senderowitz
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a lethal, genetic disease found in particular in humans of European origin which is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) chloride channel. The search for CF therapies acting by modulating the impaired function of mutant CFTR will be greatly advanced by high resolution structures of CFTR in different states. To date, two medium resolution electron microscopy (EM) structures of CFTR are available (one of a distant zebrafish (Danio rerio) CFTR ortholog and one of human CFTR)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620015/genetic-editing-of-the-androgen-receptor-contributes-to-impaired-male-courtship-behavior-in-zebrafish
#7
Lengxob Yong, Zayer Thet, Yong Zhu
Elucidating the genes that contribute to behavioral variation has become an important endeavor in behavioral studies. While advances in genomics have narrowed down candidate genes, functionally validating them has been lagging, partly because of challenges associated with rapid gene manipulations. Consequently, few studies have demonstrated causal genetic changes linked to behaviors. The 'gene editing revolution' has offered unprecedented opportunities to interrogate candidate genes responsible for critical behaviors...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601762/warming-modulates-the-effects-of-the-endocrine-disruptor-progestin-levonorgestrel-on-the-zebrafish-fitness-ovary-maturation-kinetics-and-reproduction-success
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P G Cardoso, D Rodrigues, T V Madureira, N Oliveira, M J Rocha, E Rocha
Interactive effects between multiple stressors, namely climate drivers (e.g., temperature) and chemical pollution (e.g., endocrine disruptors) are poorly studied. Here, it was for the first time evaluated the combinatory effects of temperature and a synthetic progestin, levonorgestrel (LNG), on the fitness and reproductive-related endpoints of zebrafish (Danio rerio). A multi-factorial design was implemented by manipulating both temperature [setting as baseline an ambient temperature of 27 °C, against warming (+3 °C)] and LNG levels (10 ngL(-1) and 1000 ngL(-1))...
June 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512313/a-rapid-capillary-pressure-driven-micro-channel-to-demonstrate-newtonian-fluid-behavior-of-zebrafish-blood-at-high-shear-rates
#9
Juhyun Lee, Tzu-Chieh Chou, Dongyang Kang, Hanul Kang, Junjie Chen, Kyung In Baek, Wei Wang, Yichen Ding, Dino Di Carlo, Yu-Chong Tai, Tzung K Hsiai
Blood viscosity provides the rheological basis to elucidate shear stress underlying developmental cardiac mechanics and physiology. Zebrafish is a high throughput model for developmental biology, forward-genetics, and drug discovery. The micro-scale posed an experimental challenge to measure blood viscosity. To address this challenge, a microfluidic viscometer driven by surface tension was developed to reduce the sample volume required (3μL) for rapid (<2 min) and continuous viscosity measurement. By fitting the power-law fluid model to the travel distance of blood through the micro-channel as a function of time and channel configuration, the experimentally acquired blood viscosity was compared with a vacuum-driven capillary viscometer at high shear rates (>500 s(-1)), at which the power law exponent (n) of zebrafish blood was nearly 1 behaving as a Newtonian fluid...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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
#10
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
#11
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...
May 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
#15
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
#16
Thomas H 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)...
February 22, 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
#17
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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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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