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Generation of a Transgenic Zebrafish Line for In Vivo Assessment of Hepatic Apoptosis

Patient-Derived Cancer Xenograft Zebrafish Model (PDXZ) for Drug Discovery Screening and Personalized Medicine

Quality Control Protocol for Zebrafish Developmental Toxicity Studies

Gap junction protein beta 4 plays an important role in cardiac function in humans, rodents, and zebrafish

A novel orexin antagonist from a natural plant was discovered using zebrafish behavioural analysis

tTarget validation in hypoxia-induced vascular remodeling using transcriptome/metabolome analysis.


H. Amano, K Maruyama, Michiko Naka, and T Tanaka
The Pharmacogenomics J,3(3):183-188 2003


The present study describes combined transcriptome and metabolome analysis for therapeutic target validation in hypoxia-induced vascular remodeling. Exposure to hypoxic conditions resulted in the upregulation of S100C mRNA and increased taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) content in the rat lung, as demonstrated by differential display and amino-acid content analysis. Hypoxia resulted in transcriptional activation of the S100C promoter through hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1). Taurine suppressed HIF-1-mediated increases in S100C transcription. Moreover, oral taurine administration attenuated vascular remodeling in hypoxic rat lung, whereas depletion of endogenous taurine by administration of beta-alanine resulted in increased vascular remodeling. Inhibition of HIF transcription by taurine may be of therapeutic benefit in preventing hypoxia-induced vascular remodeling. In conclusion, we used transcriptome and metabolome analysis to identify a therapeutic low-molecular-weight ligand that plays a critical role in hypoxia-induced vascular remodeling. These techniques provided an excellent strategy for screening and validation of targets.