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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 110934, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888599

RESUMO

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are emerging contaminants that are increasingly detected in the environment worldwide. Certain classes of pharmaceuticals, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are a major environmental concern due to their widespread use and the fact that these compounds are designed to have biological effects at low doses. A complication in predicting toxic effects of SSRIs in nontarget organisms is that their mechanism of action is not fully understood. To better understand the potential toxic effects of SSRIs, we employed an ultra-low input RNA-sequencing method to identify potential pathways that are affected by early exposure to two SSRIs (fluoxetine and paroxetine). We exposed wildtype zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos to 100 µg/L of either fluoxetine or paroxetine for 6 days before extracting and sequencing mRNA from individual larval brains. Differential gene expression analysis identified 1550 genes that were significantly affected by SSRI exposure with a core set of 138 genes altered by both SSRIs. Weighted gene co-expression network analysis identified 7 modules of genes whose expression patterns were significantly correlated with SSRI exposure. Functional enrichment analysis of differentially expressed genes as well as network module genes repeatedly identified various terms associated with mitochondrial and neuronal structures, mitochondrial respiration, and neurodevelopmental processes. The enrichment of these terms indicates that toxic effects of SSRI exposure are likely caused by mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent neurodevelopmental effects. To our knowledge, this is the first effort to study the tissue-specific transcriptomic effects of SSRIs in developing zebrafish, providing specific, high resolution molecular data regarding the sublethal effects of SSRI exposure.


Assuntos
Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Captação de Serotonina/toxicidade , Transcriptoma/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Peixe-Zebra , Animais , Encéfalo/embriologia , Biologia Computacional , Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Larva/genética , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4505, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908148

RESUMO

Evidence for transgenerational inheritance of epigenetic information in vertebrates is scarce. Aberrant patterns of DNA methylation in gametes may set the stage for transmission into future generations. Here, we describe a viable hypomorphic allele of dnmt1 in zebrafish that causes widespread demethylation of CpG dinucleotides in sperm and somatic tissues. We find that homozygous mutants are essentially normal, with the exception of drastically impaired lymphopoiesis, affecting both larval and adult phases of T cell development. The phenotype of impaired larval (but not adult) T cell development is transmitted to subsequent generations by genotypically wildtype fish. We further find that about 200 differentially methylated regions in sperm DNA of transmitting and non-transmitting males, including hypermethylated sites associated with runx3 and rptor genes, whose reduced activities are associated with impaired larval T cell development. Our results indicate a particular sensitivity of larval T cell development to transgenerationally inherited epimutations.


Assuntos
Diferenciação Celular/genética , Genes Recessivos , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Linfopoese/genética , Linfócitos T/fisiologia , Alelos , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Subunidade alfa 3 de Fator de Ligação ao Core/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/genética , DNA (Citosina-5-)-Metiltransferase 1/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Feminino , Genética , Larva/citologia , Masculino , Mutação , Proteína Regulatória Associada a mTOR/genética , Espermatozoides/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237167, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764780

RESUMO

The zebrafish Danio rerio is a valuable and common model for scientists in the fields of genetics and developmental biology. Since zebrafish are also amenable to genetic manipulation, modelling of human diseases or behavioral experiments have moved into the focus of zebrafish research. Consequently, gene expression data beyond embryonic and larval stages become more important, yet there is a dramatic knowledge gap of gene expression beyond day four of development. Like in other model organisms, the visualization of spatial and temporal gene expression by whole mount in situ hybridization (ISH) becomes increasingly difficult when zebrafish embryos develop further and hence the growing tissues become dense and less permeable. Here we introduce a modified method for whole mount ISH, which overcomes these penetration and detection problem. The method is an all in one solution that enables the detection and visualization of gene expression patterns up to the late larval stage in a 3D manner without the need for tissue sectioning and offers a valuable extension for whole mount ISH by immunohistochemistry in the zebrafish field.


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Biologia do Desenvolvimento/métodos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Animais , Embrião não Mamífero , Imuno-Histoquímica , Hibridização In Situ , Larva/genética , Larva/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Modelos Animais , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008941, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760060

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Apolipoprotein B-containing lipoproteins (B-lps) are essential for the transport of hydrophobic dietary and endogenous lipids through the circulation in vertebrates. Zebrafish embryos produce large numbers of B-lps in the yolk syncytial layer (YSL) to move lipids from yolk to growing tissues. Disruptions in B-lp production perturb yolk morphology, readily allowing for visual identification of mutants with altered B-lp metabolism. Here we report the discovery of a missense mutation in microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (Mtp), a protein that is essential for B-lp production. This mutation of a conserved glycine residue to valine (zebrafish G863V, human G865V) reduces B-lp production and results in yolk opacity due to aberrant accumulation of cytoplasmic lipid droplets in the YSL. However, this phenotype is milder than that of the previously reported L475P stalactite (stl) mutation. MTP transfers lipids, including triglycerides and phospholipids, to apolipoprotein B in the ER for B-lp assembly. In vitro lipid transfer assays reveal that while both MTP mutations eliminate triglyceride transfer activity, the G863V mutant protein unexpectedly retains ~80% of phospholipid transfer activity. This residual phospholipid transfer activity of the G863V mttp mutant protein is sufficient to support the secretion of small B-lps, which prevents intestinal fat malabsorption and growth defects observed in the mttpstl/stl mutant zebrafish. Modeling based on the recent crystal structure of the heterodimeric human MTP complex suggests the G865V mutation may block triglyceride entry into the lipid-binding cavity. Together, these data argue that selective inhibition of MTP triglyceride transfer activity may be a feasible therapeutic approach to treat dyslipidemia and provide structural insight for drug design. These data also highlight the power of yolk transport studies to identify proteins critical for B-lp biology.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Lipídeos/genética , Lipoproteínas/genética , Triglicerídeos/genética , Animais , Fígado Gorduroso/genética , Fígado Gorduroso/patologia , Trato Gastrointestinal/metabolismo , Humanos , Imunoprecipitação , Gotículas Lipídicas/metabolismo , Lipoproteínas/metabolismo , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Mutação Puntual/genética , Transporte Proteico/genética , Triglicerídeos/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008953, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776944

RESUMO

Apoptosis of cochlear hair cells is a key step towards age-related hearing loss. Although numerous genes have been implicated in the genetic causes of late-onset, progressive hearing loss, few show direct links to the proapoptotic process. By genome-wide linkage analysis and whole exome sequencing, we identified a heterozygous p.L183V variant in THOC1 as the probable cause of the late-onset, progressive, non-syndromic hearing loss in a large family with autosomal dominant inheritance. Thoc1, a member of the conserved multisubunit THO/TREX ribonucleoprotein complex, is highly expressed in mouse and zebrafish hair cells. The thoc1 knockout (thoc1 mutant) zebrafish generated by gRNA-Cas9 system lacks the C-startle response, indicative of the hearing dysfunction. Both Thoc1 mutant and knockdown zebrafish have greatly reduced hair cell numbers, while the latter can be rescued by embryonic microinjection of human wild-type THOC1 mRNA but to significantly lesser degree by the c.547C>G mutant mRNA. The Thoc1 deficiency resulted in marked apoptosis in zebrafish hair cells. Consistently, transcriptome sequencing of the mutants showed significantly increased gene expression in the p53-associated signaling pathway. Depletion of p53 or applying the p53 inhibitor Pifithrin-α significantly rescued the hair cell loss in the Thoc1 knockdown zebrafish. Our results suggested that THOC1 deficiency lead to late-onset, progressive hearing loss through p53-mediated hair cell apoptosis. This is to our knowledge the first human disease associated with THOC1 mutations and may shed light on the molecular mechanism underlying the age-related hearing loss.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Surdez/genética , Células Ciliadas Auditivas Internas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Animais , Apoptose/genética , Benzotiazóis/farmacologia , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/deficiência , Surdez/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Células Ciliadas Auditivas/metabolismo , Células Ciliadas Auditivas/patologia , Células Ciliadas Auditivas Internas/patologia , Humanos , Camundongos , Mutação , RNA Guia/genética , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Tolueno/análogos & derivados , Tolueno/farmacologia , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequenciamento Completo do Exoma , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3920, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764605

RESUMO

How the genome activates or silences transcriptional programmes governs organ formation. Little is known in human embryos undermining our ability to benchmark the fidelity of stem cell differentiation or cell programming, or interpret the pathogenicity of noncoding variation. Here, we study histone modifications across thirteen tissues during human organogenesis. We integrate the data with transcription to build an overview of how the human genome differentially regulates alternative organ fates including by repression. Promoters from nearly 20,000 genes partition into discrete states. Key developmental gene sets are actively repressed outside of the appropriate organ without obvious bivalency. Candidate enhancers, functional in zebrafish, allow imputation of tissue-specific and shared patterns of transcription factor binding. Overlaying more than 700 noncoding mutations from patients with developmental disorders allows correlation to unanticipated target genes. Taken together, the data provide a comprehensive genomic framework for investigating normal and abnormal human development.


Assuntos
Deficiências do Desenvolvimento/genética , Epigênese Genética , Organogênese/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Código das Histonas/genética , Humanos , Modelos Genéticos , Mutação , Organogênese/fisiologia , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Distribuição Tecidual , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 205: 111165, 2020 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32836160

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a well-known xenobiotic endocrine disrupting chemical, with estrogenic activity and many other potential biological effects. Although multiple toxicities have been reported for BPA, molecular mechanisms underlying the transgenerational toxic effects of BPA are still underestimated. METHODS: Parental F0 fish were exposed to 1.0 µM BPA or control (0.1% DMSO, v/v) for 7 days. Eggs (F1) were collected and kept in control medium until 4.5 or 120 h post fertilization (hpf). RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) was conducted on embryos and larvae, to discover differentially expressed genes (DEGs), and then KEGG pathway, GO enrichment and GSEA were performed to interpret functional ontology. Histopathology was performed to explore the morphological and structural alterations in liver tissues of zebrafish larvae (120 hpf) after parental BPA exposure. RESULTS: Parental BPA exposure induced global transcriptomic changes in zebrafish embryos and larvae. For embryos, epigenetic regulation genes were decidedly affected, highlighted epigenotoxicity might involve in the transgenerational effects during embryogenesis and early development. By further investigation on its delayed effects, our RNA-Seq data of larvae suggested ROS metabolic process, apoptosis, p53 and MAPK signaling pathway were concentrated, indicating defensive cellular processes still involved in protecting against BPA toxicity. Furthermore, parental BPA-treated larvae manifested hepatic injury by histopathological analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Parental BPA exposure led to global transcriptomic changes involved in epigenetic regulation, oxidative stress, apoptosis and DNA damage of offspring. These findings advanced the field of the parental-mediated subsequent generational toxic effects of BPA.


Assuntos
Compostos Benzidrílicos/toxicidade , Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Fenóis/toxicidade , Transcriptoma/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Animais , Embrião não Mamífero/metabolismo , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Epigênese Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Larva/genética , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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Sci Total Environ ; 747: 141554, 2020 Dec 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32795812

RESUMO

Little is known about the molecular effects of progestins on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axes in fish prior to sexual differentiation. In this study, the effects of norethindrone (NET) on the ontogeny of HPG- and HPA-related genes in zebrafish embryo/early larvae prior to sexual differentiation were evaluated. Embryo/larvae were exposed to different concentrations (5, 50, 500 ng/L) of NET for 6 days. The levels of the transcripts of the genes closely related to the HPG and HPA axes were determined daily during 3 stages (embryo, embryo/larvae transition, and early larvae). The results showed that most genes were up-regulated and the ontogeny of genes in the HPA axis was earlier than that of HPG axis, especially for the upstream genes of both the HPG (gnrh2, gnrh3, fshb, lhb) and the HPA (crh, pomc, star) axes. In contrast, the transcriptional expressions of genes of the cortisol/stress pathway (cyp11b, mr) were inhibited and those of the progesterone pathway were not affected. More importantly, NET exposure induced the expressions of the genes (esr1, vtg1, hsd17b3, hsd11b2, ar) that are closely related to the steroid hormone pathways in the embryos/larvae stages, implying a precocious effects of NET in zebrafish. This study demonstrates that NET alters the expression of HPA- and HPG-axes related genes in zebrafish at early stages, pointing to the need for the same type of analysis during the zebrafish gonadal differentiation window.


Assuntos
Noretindrona , Peixe-Zebra , Animais , Gônadas , Sistema Hipotálamo-Hipofisário , Sistema Hipófise-Suprarrenal , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Environ Pollut ; 265(Pt B): 114496, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32806437

RESUMO

Microbiome community structure is intimately involved in key biological functions in the gastrointestinal (GI) system including nutrient absorption and lipid metabolism. Recent evidence suggests that disruption of the GI microbiome is a contributing factor to metabolic disorders and obesity. Poor diet and chemical exposure have been independently shown to cause disruption of the GI microbiome community structure and function. We hypothesized that the addition a chemical exposure to overfeeding exacerbates adverse effects on the GI microbiome community structure and function. To test this hypothesis, adult zebrafish were fed a normal feeding regime (Control), an overfeeding regime (OF), or an overfeeding regime contaminated with diethylhexyl phthalate (OF + DEHP), a suspected obesogen-inducing chemical. After 60 days, fecal matter was collected for sequencing, identification, and quantification of the GI microbiome using the 16s rRNA hypervariable region. Analysis of beta diversity indicated distinct microbial profiles between treatments with the largest divergence between Control and OF + DEHP groups. Based upon functional predictions, OF + DEHP treatment altered carbohydrate metabolism, while both OF and OF + DEHP affected biosynthesis of fatty acids and lipid metabolism. Co-occurrence network analysis revealed decreases in cluster size and a fracturing of the microbial community network into unconnected components and a loss of keystone species in the OF + DEHP treatment when compared to Control and OF treatments. Data suggest that the addition of DEHP in the diet may exacerbate microbial dysbiosis, a consequence that may explain in part its role as an obesogenic chemical.


Assuntos
Dietilexilftalato , Trato Gastrointestinal , Animais , Disbiose , RNA Ribossômico 16S , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0232559, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32658922

RESUMO

PRESENILIN 2 (PSEN2) is one of the genes mutated in early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (EOfAD). PSEN2 shares significant amino acid sequence identity with another EOfAD-related gene PRESENILIN 1 (PSEN1), and partial functional redundancy is seen between these two genes. However, the complete range of functions of PSEN1 and PSEN2 is not yet understood. In this study, we performed targeted mutagenesis of the zebrafish psen2 gene to generate a premature termination codon close downstream of the translation start with the intention of creating a null mutation. Homozygotes for this mutation, psen2S4Ter, are viable and fertile, and adults do not show any gross psen2-dependent pigmentation defects, arguing against significant loss of γ-secretase activity. Also, assessment of the numbers of Dorsal Longitudinal Ascending (DoLA) interneurons that are responsive to psen2 but not psen1 activity during embryogenesis did not reveal decreased psen2 function. Transcripts containing the S4Ter mutation show no evidence of destabilization by nonsense-mediated decay. Forced expression in zebrafish embryos of fusions of psen2S4Ter 5' mRNA sequences with sequence encoding enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) indicated that the psen2S4Ter mutation permits utilization of cryptic, novel downstream translation start codons. These likely initiate translation of N-terminally truncated Psen2 proteins lacking late endosomal/lysosomal localization sequences and that obey the "reading frame preservation rule" of PRESENILIN EOfAD mutations. Transcriptome analysis of entire brains from a 6-month-old family of wild type, heterozygous and homozygous psen2S4Ter female siblings revealed profoundly dominant effects on gene expression likely indicating changes in ribosomal, mitochondrial, and anion transport functions.


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Códon de Terminação/genética , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Mitocôndrias/genética , Mutação , Presenilina-2/genética , Ribossomos/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Alelos , Animais , Contagem de Células , Homozigoto , Hipóxia/genética , Neurônios/citologia , Estabilidade de RNA/genética , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3698, 2020 07 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32703943

RESUMO

Intellectual disability (ID) is a heterogeneous clinical entity and includes an excess of males who harbor variants on the X-chromosome (XLID). We report rare FAM50A missense variants in the original Armfield XLID syndrome family localized in Xq28 and four additional unrelated males with overlapping features. Our fam50a knockout (KO) zebrafish model exhibits abnormal neurogenesis and craniofacial patterning, and in vivo complementation assays indicate that the patient-derived variants are hypomorphic. RNA sequencing analysis from fam50a KO zebrafish show dysregulation of the transcriptome, with augmented spliceosome mRNAs and depletion of transcripts involved in neurodevelopment. Zebrafish RNA-seq datasets show a preponderance of 3' alternative splicing events in fam50a KO, suggesting a role in the spliceosome C complex. These data are supported with transcriptomic signatures from cell lines derived from affected individuals and FAM50A protein-protein interaction data. In sum, Armfield XLID syndrome is a spliceosomopathy associated with aberrant mRNA processing during development.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Deficiência Intelectual/genética , Retardo Mental Ligado ao Cromossomo X/genética , Mutação/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Spliceossomos/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Adulto , Animais , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Família , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto/genética , Células NIH 3T3 , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Transporte Proteico , Processamento de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , RNA Nuclear Pequeno/genética , Síndrome , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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Aquat Toxicol ; 226: 105555, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32645607

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Fish strongly rely on olfaction as a variety of essential behaviors such as foraging and predator avoidance are mediated by the olfactory system. Cadmium (Cd) is known to impair olfaction and accumulate in the olfactory epithelium (OE) and bulb (OB) of fishes. In the present study, the acute toxicity of Cd on olfaction in zebrafish (Danio rerio) was characterized on the molecular and behavioral level. To this end, quantitative real-time PCR was performed in order to analyze the expression of selected genes in both the OE and OB. Moreover, the response of zebrafish to an alarm cue was investigated. Following 24 h of exposure to Cd, the expression of genes associated with olfactory sensory neurons was reduced in the OE. Furthermore, the antioxidant genes peroxiredoxin 1 (prdx1) and heme oxygenase 1 (hmox1), as well as the metallothionein 2 gene (mt2) were upregulated in the OE, whereas hmox1 and the stress-inducible heat shock protein 70 gene (hsp70) were upregulated in the OB upon exposure to Cd. Following stimulation with a conspecific skin extract, zebrafish displayed a considerable disruption of the antipredator behavior with increasing Cd concentration. Taken together, Cd impaired olfaction in zebrafish, thereby disrupting the antipredator response, which is crucial for the survival of individuals. Cellular stress followed by disruption of olfactory sensory neurons may have contributed to the observed behavioral deficits.


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Comportamento Animal/efeitos dos fármacos , Cádmio/toxicidade , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Olfato/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Peixe-Zebra , Animais , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Proteínas de Choque Térmico HSP70/metabolismo , Metalotioneína/genética , Metalotioneína/metabolismo , Mucosa Olfatória/efeitos dos fármacos , Olfato/genética , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/fisiologia
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Environ Pollut ; 266(Pt 2): 115090, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32693326

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Microplastics (MPs) are a ubiquitous pollutant detected not only in marine and freshwater bodies, but also in tap and bottled water worldwide. While MPs have been extensively studied, the toxicity of their smaller counterpart, nanoplastics (NPs), is not well documented. Despite likely large-scale human and animal exposure to NPs, the associated health risks remain unclear, especially during early developmental stages. To address this, we investigated the health impacts of exposures to both 50 and 200 nm polystyrene NPs in larval zebrafish. From 6 to 120 h post-fertilization (hpf), developing zebrafish were exposed to a range of fluorescent NPs (10-10,000 parts per billion). Dose-dependent increases in accumulation were identified in exposed larval fish, potentially coinciding with an altered behavioral response as evidenced through swimming hyperactivity. Notably, exposures did not impact mortality, hatching rate, or deformities; however, transcriptomic analysis suggests neurodegeneration and motor dysfunction at both high and low concentrations. Furthermore, results of this study suggest that NPs can accumulate in the tissues of larval zebrafish, alter their transcriptome, and affect behavior and physiology, potentially decreasing organismal fitness in contaminated ecosystems. The uniquely broad scale of this study during a critical window of development provides crucial multidimensional characterization of NP impacts on human and animal health.


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Poluentes Químicos da Água , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Animais , Ecossistema , Embrião não Mamífero , Humanos , Larva , Microplásticos , Plásticos , Transcriptoma
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Am J Hum Genet ; 107(2): 293-310, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32707087

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We identified ten persons in six consanguineous families with distal arthrogryposis (DA) who had congenital contractures, scoliosis, and short stature. Exome sequencing revealed that each affected person was homozygous for one of two different rare variants (c.470G>T [p.Cys157Phe] or c.469T>C [p.Cys157Arg]) affecting the same residue of myosin light chain, phosphorylatable, fast skeletal muscle (MYLPF). In a seventh family, a c.487G>A (p.Gly163Ser) variant in MYLPF arose de novo in a father, who transmitted it to his son. In an eighth family comprised of seven individuals with dominantly inherited DA, a c.98C>T (p.Ala33Val) variant segregated in all four persons tested. Variants in MYLPF underlie both dominant and recessively inherited DA. Mylpf protein models suggest that the residues associated with dominant DA interact with myosin whereas the residues altered in families with recessive DA only indirectly impair this interaction. Pathological and histological exam of a foot amputated from an affected child revealed complete absence of skeletal muscle (i.e., segmental amyoplasia). To investigate the mechanism for this finding, we generated an animal model for partial MYLPF impairment by knocking out zebrafish mylpfa. The mylpfa mutant had reduced trunk contractile force and complete pectoral fin paralysis, demonstrating that mylpf impairment most severely affects limb movement. mylpfa mutant muscle weakness was most pronounced in an appendicular muscle and was explained by reduced myosin activity and fiber degeneration. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that partial loss of MYLPF function can lead to congenital contractures, likely as a result of degeneration of skeletal muscle in the distal limb.


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Artrogripose/genética , Músculo Esquelético/patologia , Anormalidades Musculoesqueléticas/genética , Mutação/genética , Adolescente , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Criança , Contratura/genética , Extremidades/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Miosinas/genética , Linhagem , Adulto Jovem , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8374-8392, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32619237

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The core-promoter, a stretch of DNA surrounding the transcription start site (TSS), is a major integration-point for regulatory-signals controlling gene-transcription. Cellular differentiation is marked by divergence in transcriptional repertoire and cell-cycling behaviour between cells of different fates. The role promoter-associated gene-regulatory-networks play in development-associated transitions in cell-cycle-dynamics is poorly understood. This study demonstrates in a vertebrate embryo, how core-promoter variations define transcriptional output in cells transitioning from a proliferative to cell-lineage specifying phenotype. Assessment of cell proliferation across zebrafish embryo segmentation, using the FUCCI transgenic cell-cycle-phase marker, revealed a spatial and lineage-specific separation in cell-cycling behaviour. To investigate the role differential promoter usage plays in this process, cap-analysis-of-gene-expression (CAGE) was performed on cells segregated by cycling dynamics. This analysis revealed a dramatic increase in tissue-specific gene expression, concurrent with slowed cycling behaviour. We revealed a distinct sharpening in TSS utilization in genes upregulated in slowly cycling, differentiating tissues, associated with enhanced utilization of the TATA-box, in addition to Sp1 binding-sites. In contrast, genes upregulated in rapidly cycling cells carry broad distribution of TSS utilization, coupled with enrichment for the CCAAT-box. These promoter features appear to correspond to cell-cycle-dynamic rather than tissue/cell-lineage origin. Moreover, we observed genes with cell-cycle-dynamic-associated transitioning in TSS distribution and differential utilization of alternative promoters. These results demonstrate the regulatory role of core-promoters in cell-cycle-dependent transcription regulation, during embryo-development.


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Redes Reguladoras de Genes/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Sítio de Iniciação de Transcrição , Transcrição Genética , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Ciclo Celular/genética , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Proliferação de Células/genética , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Humanos , Morfogênese/genética , Fator de Transcrição Sp1/genética , TATA Box/genética , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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Aquat Toxicol ; 226: 105562, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32668346

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Fish are exposed to steroids of different classes in contaminated waters, but their effects are not sufficiently understood. Here we employed an anti-sense technique using morpholino oligonucleotides to knockdown the glucocorticoid receptors (GRs, GRα and GRß) and androgen receptor (AR) to investigate their role in physiological and transcriptional responses. To this end, zebrafish embryos were exposed to clobetasol propionate (CLO), androstenedione (A4) and mixtures containing different classes of steroids. CLO caused a decrease of spontaneous muscle contraction and increase of heart rate, as well as transcriptional induction of pepck1, fkbp5, sult2st3 and vitellogenin (vtg1) at 24 and/or 48 h post fertilization (hpf). Knockdown of GRs eliminated these effects, while knockdown of AR decreased the ar transcript but caused no expressional changes, except induction of sult2st3 after exposure to A4 at 24 hpf. Exposure to a mixture of 6 steroids comprising progesterone (P4) and three progestins, cyproterone acetate, dienogest, drospirenone, 17ß-estradiol (E2) and CLO caused a significant induction of pepck1, sult2st3, vtg1 and per1a. Knockdown of GRs eliminated the physiological effects and the up-regulation of vtg1, sult2st3, pepck1, fkbp5 and per1a. Thus, as with CLO, responses in mixtures were regulated by GRs independently from the presence of other steroids. Exposure to a mixture comprising A4, CLO, E2 and P4 caused induction of vtg1, cyp19b, sult2st3 and fkbp5. Knockdown of AR had no effect, indicating that regulation of these genes occurred by the GRs and estrogen receptor (ER). Our findings show that in early embryos GRs cause vtg1 and sult2st3 induction in addition to known glucocorticoid target genes. Each steroid receptor regulated its own target genes in steroid mixtures independently from other steroids. However, enhanced expressional induction occurred for vtg1 and fkbp5 in steroid mixtures, indicating an interaction/cross-talk between GRs and ER. These findings have importance for the understanding of molecular effects of steroid mixtures.


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Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Receptores Androgênicos/metabolismo , Receptores de Glucocorticoides/metabolismo , Esteroides/toxicidade , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , Animais , Embrião não Mamífero/metabolismo , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/efeitos dos fármacos , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Receptores Androgênicos/genética , Receptores de Glucocorticoides/genética , Transdução de Sinais , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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PLoS Biol ; 18(7): e3000561, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32702011

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Maternal ß-catenin activity is essential and critical for dorsal induction and its dorsal activation has been thoroughly studied. However, how the maternal ß-catenin activity is suppressed in the nondorsal cells remains poorly understood. Nanog is known to play a central role for maintenance of the pluripotency and maternal -zygotic transition (MZT). Here, we reveal a novel role of Nanog as a strong repressor of maternal ß-catenin signaling to safeguard the embryo against hyperactivation of maternal ß-catenin activity and hyperdorsalization. In zebrafish, knockdown of nanog at different levels led to either posteriorization or dorsalization, mimicking zygotic or maternal activation of Wnt/ß-catenin activities, and the maternal zygotic mutant of nanog (MZnanog) showed strong activation of maternal ß-catenin activity and hyperdorsalization. Although a constitutive activator-type Nanog (Vp16-Nanog, lacking the N terminal) perfectly rescued the MZT defects of MZnanog, it did not rescue the phenotypes resulting from ß-catenin signaling activation. Mechanistically, the N terminal of Nanog directly interacts with T-cell factor (TCF) and interferes with the binding of ß-catenin to TCF, thereby attenuating the transcriptional activity of ß-catenin. Therefore, our study establishes a novel role for Nanog in repressing maternal ß-catenin activity and demonstrates a transcriptional switch between ß-catenin/TCF and Nanog/TCF complexes, which safeguards the embryo from global activation of maternal ß-catenin activity.


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Desenvolvimento Embrionário/genética , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/metabolismo , Transativadores/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/genética , beta Catenina/metabolismo , Animais , Padronização Corporal/genética , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Masculino , Mutação/genética , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/química , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/genética , Ligação Proteica , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética , Via de Sinalização Wnt/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/química , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Zigoto/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(27): 15799-15808, 2020 07 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32571908

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The transcriptome of eukaryotic cells is constantly monitored for errors to avoid the production of undesired protein variants. The evolutionarily conserved nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) pathway degrades aberrant mRNAs, but also functions in the regulation of transcript abundance in response to changed physiological states. Here, we describe a zebrafish mutant of upf1, encoding the central component of the NMD machinery. Fish homozygous for the upf1 t20450 allele (Y163X) survive until day 10 after fertilization, presenting with impaired T cell development as one of the most conspicuous features of the mutant phenotype. Analysis of differentially expressed genes identified dysregulation of the pre-mRNA splicing pathway, accompanied by perturbed autoregulation of canonical splicing activators (SRSF) and repressors (HNRNP). In upf1-deficient mutants, NMD-susceptible transcripts of ribosomal proteins that are known for their role as noncanonical splicing regulators were greatly increased, most notably, rpl10a When the levels of NMD-susceptible rpl10a transcripts were artificially increased in zebrafish larvae, T cell development was significantly impaired, suggesting that perturbed autoregulation of rpl10a splicing contributes to failing T cell development in upf1 deficiency. Our results identify an extraribosomal tissue-specific function to rpl10a in the immune system, and thus exemplify the advantages of the zebrafish model to study the effects of upf1-deficiency in the context of a vertebrate organism.


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Glutationa/análogos & derivados , Degradação do RNAm Mediada por Códon sem Sentido/genética , Processamento de RNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Animais , Códon sem Sentido/genética , Fertilização/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/genética , Glutationa/genética , Homozigoto , Humanos , Degradação do RNAm Mediada por Códon sem Sentido/imunologia , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Transcriptoma/genética , Peixe-Zebra/genética
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PLoS Genet ; 16(6): e1008869, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32569302

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We investigate mutations in trß2, a splice variant of thrb, identifying changes in function, structure, and behavior in larval and adult zebrafish retinas. Two N-terminus CRISPR mutants were identified. The first is a 6BP+1 insertion deletion frameshift resulting in a truncated protein. The second is a 3BP in frame deletion with intact binding domains. ERG recordings of isolated cone signals showed that the 6BP+1 mutants did not respond to red wavelengths of light while the 3BP mutants did respond. 6BP+1 mutants lacked optomotor and optokinetic responses to red/black and green/black contrasts. Both larval and adult 6BP+1 mutants exhibit a loss of red-cone contribution to the ERG and an increase in UV-cone contribution. Transgenic reporters show loss of cone trß2 activation in the 6BP+1 mutant but increase in the density of cones with active blue, green, and UV opsin genes. Antibody reactivity for red-cone LWS1 and LWS2 opsin was absent in the 6BP+1 mutant, as was reactivity for arrestin3a. Our results confirm a critical role for trß2 in long-wavelength cone development.


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Visão de Cores/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Genes erbA/genética , Retina/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Receptores beta dos Hormônios Tireóideos/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Opsinas dos Cones/genética , Opsinas dos Cones/metabolismo , Mutação da Fase de Leitura , Mutação INDEL , Larva , Modelos Animais , Células Fotorreceptoras de Invertebrados/patologia , Retina/citologia , Retina/patologia , Deleção de Sequência , Transativadores/genética , Transativadores/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/genética , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(6): e1008830, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32502192

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Many post-transcriptional mechanisms operate via mRNA 3'UTRs to regulate protein expression, and such controls are crucial for development. We show that homozygous mutations in two zebrafish exon junction complex (EJC) core genes rbm8a and magoh leads to muscle disorganization, neural cell death, and motor neuron outgrowth defects, as well as dysregulation of mRNAs subjected to nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) due to translation termination ≥ 50 nts upstream of the last exon-exon junction. Intriguingly, we find that EJC-dependent NMD also regulates a subset of transcripts that contain 3'UTR introns (3'UI) < 50 nts downstream of a stop codon. Some transcripts containing such stop codon-proximal 3'UI are also NMD-sensitive in cultured human cells and mouse embryonic stem cells. We identify 167 genes that contain a conserved proximal 3'UI in zebrafish, mouse and humans. foxo3b is one such proximal 3'UI-containing gene that is upregulated in zebrafish EJC mutant embryos, at both mRNA and protein levels, and loss of foxo3b function in EJC mutant embryos significantly rescues motor axon growth defects. These data are consistent with EJC-dependent NMD regulating foxo3b mRNA to control protein expression during zebrafish development. Our work shows that the EJC is critical for normal zebrafish development and suggests that proximal 3'UIs may serve gene regulatory function in vertebrates.


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Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Neurogênese/genética , Degradação do RNAm Mediada por Códon sem Sentido/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Proteínas de Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo , Regiões 3' não Traduzidas/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Axônios/fisiologia , Códon de Terminação , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Embrião não Mamífero , Éxons/genética , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/genética , Homozigoto , Humanos , Íntrons/genética , Camundongos , Músculo Esquelético/inervação , Mutagênese , Mutação , Crescimento Neuronal/genética , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Terminação Traducional da Cadeia Peptídica , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , RNA-Seq , Alinhamento de Sequência , Regulação para Cima , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Peixe-Zebra/crescimento & desenvolvimento
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