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Zebrafish obesity

Cristina Salmerón
White adipose tissue (AT) is the main lipid storage depot in vertebrates. Initially considered to be a simple lipid store, AT has recently been recognized as playing a role as an endocrine organ that is implicated in processes such as energy homeostasis and as a rich source of stem cells. Interest in adipogenesis has increased not only because of the prevalence of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in humans, but also in aquaculture because of the excessive fat deposition experienced in some cultured fish species, which may compromise both their welfare and their final product quality...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Adrian J Green, Cathrine Hoyo, Carolyn J Mattingly, Yiwen Luo, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Susan K Murphy, David B Buchwalter, Antonio Planchart
OBJECTIVE: Human obesity is a complex metabolic disorder disproportionately affecting people of lower socioeconomic strata, and ethnic minorities, especially African Americans and Hispanics. Although genetic predisposition and a positive energy balance are implicated in obesity, these factors alone do not account for the excess prevalence of obesity in lower socioeconomic populations. Therefore, environmental factors, including exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants, are agents widely suspected to have obesogenic activity, and they also are spatially correlated with lower socioeconomic status...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Weiwei Wang, Xiaona Zhang, Zihao Wang, Jingyu Qin, Wei Wang, Hua Tian, Shaoguo Ru
It has been suggested that dramatic increase in obesity may be caused by growing exposure to environmental chemicals. In vitro data has suggested bisphenol S (BPS), a compound widely used in polycarbonate plastic production, can induce lipid accumulation in preadipocytes. However, the mechanisms responsible for BPS-induced obesity in vivo remain unclear. In this study, we used translucent zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae as a model to investigate the effect of environmentally relevant BPS exposure (1, 10, and 100 μg/L from 2 h to 15 d post fertilization) on lipid accumulation, triacylglycerol (TAG) and lipoproteins content, and mRNA expression of genes involved in the regulation of lipid synthesis, transport, degradation, and storage...
February 3, 2018: Chemosphere
Rossina Novas, Magdalena Cardenas-Rodriguez, Paola Lepanto, Matías Fabregat, Magela Rodao, María Inés Fariello, Mauricio Ramos, Camila Davison, Gabriela Casanova, Lucía Alfaya, Federico Lecumberry, Gualberto González-Sapienza, Florencia Irigoín, Jose L Badano
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a ciliopathy characterized by retinal degeneration, obesity, polydactyly, renal disease and mental retardation. CCDC28B is a BBS-associated protein that we have previously shown plays a role in cilia length regulation whereby its depletion results in shortened cilia both in cells and Danio rerio (zebrafish). At least part of that role is achieved by its interaction with the mTORC2 component SIN1, but the mechanistic details of this interaction and/or additional functions that CCDC28B might play in the context of cilia remain poorly understood...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Karilyn E Sant, Alicia R Timme-Laragy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Developmental toxicity assessments often focus on structural outcomes and overlook subtle metabolic differences which occur during the early embryonic period. Deviant embryonic nutrition can result in later-life disease, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Prior to placenta-mediated nutrient exchange, the human embryo requires maternally supplied nutritional substrates for growth, called yolk. Here, we compare the biology of the human and zebrafish yolk and review examples of toxicant-mediated perturbation of yolk defects, composition, and utilization...
February 7, 2018: Current Environmental Health Reports
Takuji Usui, Daniel W A Noble, Rose E O'Dea, Melissa L Fangmeier, Malgorzata Lagisz, Daniel Hesselson, Shinichi Nakagawa
Zebrafish are increasingly used as a vertebrate model organism for various traits including swimming performance, obesity and metabolism, necessitating high-throughput protocols to generate standardized phenotypic information. Here, we propose a novel and cost-effective method for exercising zebrafish, using a coffee plunger and magnetic stirrer. To demonstrate the use of this method, we conducted a pilot experiment to show that this simple system provides repeatable estimates of maximal swim performance (intra-class correlation [ICC] = 0...
2018: PeerJ
Renate Kopp, Irene Ozáez Martínez, Jessica Legradi, Juliette Legler
A growing body of evidence indicates that exposure to environmental chemicals can contribute to the etiology of obesity by inappropriately stimulating adipogenesis as well as perturbing lipid metabolism and energy balance. One potential mechanism by which chemical exposure can influence lipid metabolism is through disturbance of circadian rhythms, endogenously-driven cycles of roughly 24hr in length that coordinate biochemical, physiological, and behavioral processes in all organisms. Here we show for the first time that exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), including the pesticide tributyltin, two commercial flame retardants, and a UV-filter chemical found in sunscreens, can perturb both circadian clocks and lipid metabolism in vertebrates...
December 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Chia-Chun Hsu, Chi-Yu Lai, Chiu-Ya Lin, Kun-Yun Yeh, Guor Mour Her
miR-27b has emerged as a regulatory hub in cholesterol and lipid metabolism, and as a potential therapeutic target for treating atherosclerosis and obesity. However, the impact of miR-27b on lipid levels in vivo remains to be determined. Zebrafish lipids are normally stored as triacylglycerols (TGs) and their main storage sites are visceral, intramuscular, and subcutaneous lipid depots, and not blood vessels and liver. In this study, we applied microRNA-sponge (miR-SP) technology and generated zebrafish expressing transgenic miR-27b-SP (C27bSPs), which disrupted endogenous miR-27b activity and induced intravascular lipid accumulation (hyperlipidemia) and the early onset of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Haydee M Jacobs, Karilyn E Sant, Aviraj Basnet, Larissa M Williams, Jennifer B Moss, Alicia R Timme-Laragy
Mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) is the bioactive metabolite of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, a plasticizing agent and persistent environmental contaminant associated with obesity, developmental abnormalities, and oxidative stress. Nrf2 (Nfe2l2) is a transcription factor that regulates cytoprotective genes as part of the adaptive antioxidant response. We previously identified the pancreas as a sensitive target of oxidative stress during embryonic development. The goals of this study were to 1) characterize the effects of MEHP exposure on pancreatic development, and 2) determine whether oxidative stress contributes to MEHP embryotoxicity...
December 15, 2017: Chemosphere
Marta Carnovali, Livio Luzi, Ileana Terruzzi, Giuseppe Banfi, Massimo Mariotti
An increase of visceral fat affects human bone health causing fragility, mechanical strength reduction, and increased propensity to fractures because of impaired bone matrix microstructure and aberrant bone cell function. Adult Danio rerio (zebrafish) represents a powerful model to study both metabolic diseases and bone metabolism. The aim of this study was to generate an obese adult zebrafish by high-fat diet and evaluate metabolic and bone tissue effects. Fish blood glucose and insulin levels were found to be altered in high-fat diet fish revealing a failure in β-cells insulin production...
December 22, 2017: Endocrine
Kun-Yun Yeh, Chi-Yu Lai, Chiu-Ya Lin, Chia-Chun Hsu, Chung-Ping Lo, Guor Mour Her
Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is constitutively expressed in a variety of tissues, and regulates several pathological features associated with metabolic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) and obesity. However, the role of ATF4 in animal model systems is poorly understood. To investigate ATF4 functions in zebrafish, we conditionally expressed ATF4 proteins, using a Tet-off transgenic system. We observed early-onset hyperlipidaemia and liver steatosis in ATF4 transgenic zebrafish (ATs) without doxycycline treatment (ATs - Dox)...
November 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tanguy Corre, Francisco J Arjona, Caroline Hayward, Sonia Youhanna, Jeroen H F de Baaij, Hendrica Belge, Nadine Nägele, Huguette Debaix, Maxime G Blanchard, Michela Traglia, Sarah E Harris, Sheila Ulivi, Rico Rueedi, David Lamparter, Aurélien Macé, Cinzia Sala, Stefania Lenarduzzi, Belen Ponte, Menno Pruijm, Daniel Ackermann, Georg Ehret, Daniela Baptista, Ozren Polasek, Igor Rudan, Toby W Hurd, Nicholas D Hastie, Veronique Vitart, Geràrd Waeber, Zoltán Kutalik, Sven Bergmann, Rosa Vargas-Poussou, Martin Konrad, Paolo Gasparini, Ian J Deary, John M Starr, Daniela Toniolo, Peter Vollenweider, Joost G J Hoenderop, René J M Bindels, Murielle Bochud, Olivier Devuyst
Magnesium (Mg2+) homeostasis is critical for metabolism. However, the genetic determinants of the renal handling of Mg2+, which is crucial for Mg2+ homeostasis, and the potential influence on metabolic traits in the general population are unknown. We obtained plasma and urine parameters from 9099 individuals from seven cohorts, and conducted a genome-wide meta-analysis of Mg2+ homeostasis. We identified two loci associated with urinary magnesium (uMg), rs3824347 (P=4.4×10-13) near TRPM6, which encodes an epithelial Mg2+ channel, and rs35929 (P=2...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Yu-Kyoung Park, Brice Wilfried Obiang-Obounou, Jinho Lee, Tae-Yun Lee, Myung-Ae Bae, Kyu-Seok Hwang, Kyung-Bok Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Byeong-Churl Jang
Tanshinone IIA is a diterpene quinone isolated from the roots of Salviamiltiorrhiza bunge that has traditionally been used in China for the treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders. Although there is recent evidence showing that tanshinone IIA has an anti-obesity effect, its underlying mechanism of anti-obesity effect is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the effect of tanshinone IIA on lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and zebrafish. Notably, tanshinone IIA at 10 μM concentration greatly reduced lipid accumulation and triglyceride (TG) contents during 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation, suggesting its anti-adipogenic effect...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jasmine M McCammon, Alicia Blaker-Lee, Xiao Chen, Hazel Sive
Deletion of the 16p11.2 CNV affects 25 core genes and is associated with multiple symptoms affecting brain and body, including seizures, hyperactivity, macrocephaly, and obesity. Available data suggest that most symptoms are controlled by haploinsufficiency of two or more 16p11.2 genes. To identify interacting 16p11.2 genes, we used a pairwise partial loss of function antisense screen for embryonic brain morphology, using the accessible zebrafish model. fam57ba, encoding a ceramide synthase, was identified as interacting with the doc2a gene, encoding a calcium-sensitive exocytosis regulator, a genetic interaction not previously described...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Patricia Blanchet, Martina Bebin, Shaam Bruet, Gregory M Cooper, Michelle L Thompson, Benedicte Duban-Bedu, Benedicte Gerard, Amelie Piton, Sylvie Suckno, Charu Deshpande, Virginia Clowes, Julie Vogt, Peter Turnpenny, Michael P Williamson, Yves Alembik, Eric Glasgow, Alisdair McNeill
Deletions at chromosome 2p25.3 are associated with a syndrome consisting of intellectual disability and obesity. The smallest region of overlap for deletions at 2p25.3 contains PXDN and MYT1L. MYT1L is expressed only within the brain in humans. We hypothesized that single nucleotide variants (SNVs) in MYT1L would cause a phenotype resembling deletion at 2p25.3. To examine this we sought MYT1L SNVs in exome sequencing data from 4, 296 parent-child trios. Further variants were identified through a genematcher-facilitated collaboration...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
Yi-Lin Yan, Thomas Desvignes, Ruth Bremiller, Catherine Wilson, Danielle Dillon, Samantha High, Bruce Draper, Charles Loren Buck, John Postlethwait
BACKGROUND: Aberrant signaling between germ cells and somatic cells can lead to reproductive disease and depends on diffusible signals, including transforming growth factor-beta (TGFB) -family proteins. The TGFB-family protein Gsdf (gonadal soma derived factor) controls sex determination in some fish and is a candidate for mediating germ cell/soma signaling. RESULTS: Zebrafish expressed gsdf in somatic cells of bipotential gonads and expression continued in ovarian granulosa cells and testicular Sertoli cells...
August 30, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Rafael Vargas, Isabel Cristina Vásquez
Obesity is a complex global health problem because it is a risk factor for multiple chronic pathologies such as cardiovascular, endocrine, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases. It is considered a multicausal disease, and one of the determining factors is nutritional imbalances, which include high-fat diets. In this paper, we use the zebrafish model to assess the impact of overfeeding and a high-fat diet in somatic and cardiac parameters in young and adult zebrafish. The results show that fish receiving a high-fat diet showed greater weight gain compared to fish receiving a standard fat diet...
December 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Silvia Falcinelli, Ana Rodiles, Azadeh Hatef, Simona Picchietti, Lina Cossignani, Daniel L Merrifield, Suraj Unniappan, Oliana Carnevali
In the present study, we explored whether dietary lipid content influences the gut microbiome in adult zebrafish. Diets containing three different lipid levels (high [HFD], medium [MFD], and low [LFD]) were administered with or without the supplementation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (P) to zebrafish in order to explore how the dietary lipid content may influence the gut microbiome. Dietary lipid content shifted the gut microbiome structure. The addition of L. rhamnosus in the diets, induced transcriptional reduction of orexigenic genes, upregulation of anorexigenic genes, and transcriptional decrease of genes involved in cholesterol and triglyceride (TAG) metabolism, concomitantly with lower content of cholesterol and TAG...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Gai Ran, Li Ying, Lin Li, Qiaoqiao Yan, Weijie Yi, Chenjiang Ying, Hongmei Wu, Xiaolei Ye
Defective lipid metabolism is associated with increased risk of various chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Resveratrol (RSV), a natural polyphenol, has been shown the potential of ameliorating disregulations of lipid metabolism. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of feed intake and RSV on lipid metabolism in zebrafish (Danio rerio). The adult males were randomly allocated to 6 groups: control (Con, 8 mg cysts/fish/day), control with 20 μmol/L RSV (Con+RSV), calorie restriction (CR, 5 mg cysts/fish/day), calorie restriction with RSV (CR+RSV), overfeed (OF, 60 mg cysts/fish/day), and overfeed with RSV (OF+RSV) groups...
2017: PloS One
Rebecca Wafer, Panna Tandon, James E N Minchin
The tropical freshwater zebrafish has recently emerged as a valuable model organism for the study of adipose tissue biology and obesity-related disease. The strengths of the zebrafish model system are its wealth of genetic mutants, transgenic tools, and amenability to high-resolution imaging of cell dynamics within live animals. However, zebrafish adipose research is at a nascent stage and many gaps exist in our understanding of zebrafish adipose physiology and metabolism. By contrast, adipose research within other, closely related, teleost species has a rich and extensive history, owing to the economic importance of these fish as a food source...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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