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Embryo exposure to elevated cortisol level leads to cardiac performance dysfunction in zebrafish.
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PMID:  22842336     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In zebrafish (Danio rerio), de novo cortisol synthesis commences only after hatching, providing an interesting model to study the effects of maternal stress and abnormal cortisol deposition on embryo development and performance. We hypothesized that elevated cortisol levels during pre-hatch embryogenesis compromise cardiac performance in developing zebrafish. Cortisol was microinjected into one-cell embryos to elevate basal cortisol levels during embryogenesis. Elevated embryo cortisol content increased heart deformities, including pericardial edema and malformed chambers, and lowered resting heartbeat post-hatch. This phenotype coincided with suppression of key cardiac genes, including nkx2.5, cardiac myosin light chain 1, cardiac troponin type T2A, and calcium transporting ATPase, underpinning a mechanistic link to heart malformation. The attenuation of the heartbeat response to a secondary stressor post-hatch also confirms a functional reduction in cardiac performance. Altogether, high cortisol content during embryogenesis, mimicking increased deposition due to maternal stress, decreases cardiac performance and may reduce zebrafish offspring survival.
Dinushan Nesan; Mathilakath M Vijayan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Molecular and cellular endocrinology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-8057     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7500844     Medline TA:  Mol Cell Endocrinol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Department of Biology University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada N2L 3G1.
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