3D light-sheet assay assessing novel valproate-associated cardiotoxicity and folic acid relief in zebrafish embryogenesis.

A new interesting article has been published in Chemosphere. 2019 Jul;227:551-560. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.04.061. Epub 2019 Apr 11. and titled:

3D light-sheet assay assessing novel valproate-associated cardiotoxicity and folic acid relief in zebrafish embryogenesis.

Authors of this article are:

Ki S, Kwon SH, Eum J, Raslan AA, Kim KN, Hwang BJ, Kee Y.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Precise in vivo toxicological assays to determine the cardiotoxicity of pharmaceuticals and their waste products are essential in order to evaluate their risks to humans and the environment following industrial release. In the present study, we aimed to develop the sensitive imaging-based cardiotoxicity assay and combined 3D light-sheet microscopy with a zebrafish model to identify hidden cardiovascular anomalies induced by valproic acid (VPA) exposure. The zebrafish model is advantageous for this assessment because its embryos remain transparent. The 3D spatial localization of fluorescence-labeled cardiac cells in and around the heart using light-sheet technology revealed dislocalization of the heart from the outflow tract in two-day-old zebrafish embryos treated with 50 μM and 100 μM VPA (P < 0.01) and those embryos exposed to 20 μM VPA presented hypoplastic distal ventricles (P < 0.01). These two observed phenotypes are second heart field-derived cardiac defects. Quantitative analysis of the light-sheet imaging demonstrated that folic acid (FA) supplementation significantly increased the numbers of endocardial and myocardial cells (P < 0.05) and the accretion of second heart field-derived cardiomyocytes to the arterial pole of the outflow tract. The heart rate increased in response to the cellular changes occurring in embryonic heart development (P < 0.05). The present study disclosed the cellular mechanism underlying the role of FA in spontaneous cellular changes in cardiogenesis and in VPA-associated cardiotoxicity. The 3D light-sheet assay may be the next-generation test to evaluate the risks of previously undetected pharmaceutical and environmental cardiotoxicities in both humans and animals.Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Animals;Biological Assay;Cardiotoxicity;Diagnostic Imaging;Embryo, Nonmammalian;Embryonic Development;Folic Acid;Heart Defects, Congenital;Intravital Microscopy;Myocytes, Cardiac;Valproic Acid;Zebrafish.

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