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Formation of the liver in zebrafish has been analyzed during normal embryogenesis using ceruloplasmin (Cp) as a specific marker. The asymmetric expression of Cp has been detected in dorsal endoderm at 16 hpf and later in the early hepatic cells in the yolk sac. The liver primordium can be detected after 32 hpf. In oep-/- mutant, which lacks dorsal endoderm,(More)
The swimbladder is a hydrostatic organ in fish postulated as a homolog of the tetrapod lung. While lung development has been well studied, the molecular mechanism of swimbladder development is essentially uncharacterized. In the present study, swimbladder development in zebrafish was analyzed by using several molecular markers: hb9 (epithelium), fgf10a and(More)
Mercury is a prominent environmental contaminant that causes detrimental effects to human health. Although the liver has been known to be a main target organ, there is limited information on in vivo molecular mechanism of mercury-induced toxicity in the liver. By using transcriptome analysis, phenotypic anchoring and validation of targeted gene expression(More)
Early events in vertebrate liver development have been the major focus in previous studies, however, late events of liver organogenesis remain poorly understood. Liver vasculogenesis in vertebrates occurs through the interaction of endoderm-derived liver epithelium and mesoderm-derived endothelial cells (ECs). In zebrafish, although it has been found that(More)
Arsenic is a prominent environmental toxicant and carcinogen; however, its molecular mechanism of toxicity and carcinogenicity remains poorly understood. In this study, we performed microarray-based expression profiling on liver of zebrafish exposed to 15 parts/million (ppm) arsenic [As(V)] for 8-96 h to identify global transcriptional changes and(More)
We identified a zebrafish caudal-related homeobox (cdx1b) gene, which shares syntenic conservation with both human and mouse Cdx1. Zebrafish cdx1b transcripts are maternally deposited. cdx1b is uniformly expressed in both epiblast and hypoblast cells from late gastrulation to the 1-2s stages and can be identified in the retinas, brain and somites during(More)
We have developed a multi-channel microfluidic perfusion platform for culturing zebrafish embryos and capturing live images of various tissues and organs inside the embryo. The Fish and Chips was micro-fabricated in silicon and glass for reproducibility and accuracy of the microfluidic structure. The microfluidic platform consists of three parts: a(More)
Recently we have performed a detailed analysis of early development of zebrafish swimbladder, a homologous organ of tetrapod lung; however, the events of swimbladder development are still poorly characterized. Many studies have implicated the role of vascular system in development of many organs in vertebrates. As the swimbladder is lined with an intricate(More)
Betaine homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT, EC is a key enzyme in the methionine cycle and is highly expressed in the liver. Despite its important biochemical function, it is not known whether BHMT plays a role during organ development. In this report, we showed that early in development of zebrafish before endoderm organogenesis, bhmt is first(More)
The aim of the work was to examine immunotropic features of celluroplasmine++ (Cp) and estimate its capacity as radioprotector. The pulse radiolysis method was used to set the mechanism of elementary reactions, which were responsible for antioxidant activity, and to demonstrate a particular role of reversible oxycomplexis, Cp...O2. Within in vitro(More)