ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-131218-1
RNA-Sequencing Analysis of TCDD-Induced Responses in Zebrafish Liver Reveals High Relatedness to In Vivo Mammalian Models and Conserved Biological Pathways
Li, Z.H., Xu, H., Zheng, W., Lam, S.H., and Gong, Z.
Date: 2013
Source: PLoS One   8(10): e77292 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Gong, Zhiyuan, Lam, Siew Hong, Li, Zhi
Keywords: none
Microarrays: GEO:GSE49915
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle/genetics
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Environmental Pollutants/toxicity*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate/genetics
  • Liver/drug effects*
  • Liver/metabolism
  • Male
  • Mammals/genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA
  • Signal Transduction
  • Transcription Factors/genetics*
  • Transcriptome*
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics*
PubMed: 24204792 Full text @ PLoS One

TCDD is one of the most persistent environmental toxicants in biological systems and its effect through aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) has been well characterized. However, the information on TCDD-induced toxicity in other molecular pathways is rather limited. To fully understand molecular toxicity of TCDD in an in vivo animal model, adult zebrafish were exposed to TCDD at 10 nM for 96 h and the livers were sampled for RNA-sequencing based transcriptomic profiling. A total of 1,058 differently expressed genes were identified based on fold-change>2 and TPM (transcripts per million) >10. Among the top 20 up-regulated genes, 10 novel responsive genes were identified and verified by RT-qPCR analysis on independent samples. Transcriptomic analysis indicated several deregulated pathways associated with cell cycle, endocrine disruptors, signal transduction and immune systems. Comparative analyses of TCDD-induced transcriptomic changes between fish and mammalian models revealed that proteomic pathway is consistently up-regulated while calcium signaling pathway and several immune-related pathways are generally down-regulated. Finally, our study also suggested that zebrafish model showed greater similarity to in vivo mammalian models than in vitro models. Our study indicated that the zebrafish is a valuable in vivo model in toxicogenomic analyses for understanding molecular toxicity of environmental toxicants relevant to human health. The expression profiles associated with TCDD could be useful for monitoring environmental dioxin and dioxin-like contamination.