ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-190905-5
Sodium nitroprusside prevents the detrimental effects of glucose on the neurovascular unit and behaviour in zebrafish
Chhabria, K., Vouros, A., Gray, C., MacDonald, R.B., Jiang, Z., Wilkinson, R.N., Plant, K., Vasilaki, E., Howarth, C., Chico, T.J.A.
Date: 2019
Source: Disease models & mechanisms   12(9): (Journal)
Registered Authors: Chico, Tim J., Gray, Caroline, MacDonald, Ryan, Wilkinson, Robert
Keywords: Behaviour, Hyperglycemia, Neurovascular unit, Nitric oxide, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal*/drug effects
  • Brain/blood supply*
  • Calcium Signaling/drug effects
  • Endothelial Cells/drug effects
  • Endothelial Cells/metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation/drug effects
  • Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein/metabolism
  • Glucose/toxicity*
  • Glutamate-Ammonia Ligase/metabolism
  • Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors/genetics
  • Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors/metabolism
  • Larva/drug effects
  • Locomotion/drug effects
  • Mannitol/pharmacology
  • Models, Biological
  • Nitric Oxide/metabolism
  • Nitroprusside/pharmacology*
  • Superior Colliculi/drug effects
  • Superior Colliculi/metabolism
  • TRPV Cation Channels/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish/metabolism*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
PubMed: 31481433 Full text @ Dis. Model. Mech.
Diabetes is associated with dysfunction of the neurovascular unit, although the mechanisms of this are incompletely understood, and currently no treatment exists to prevent these negative effects. We previously found that the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) prevents the detrimental effect of glucose on neurovascular coupling in zebrafish. We therefore sought to establish the wider effects of glucose exposure on both the neurovascular unit and on behaviour in zebrafish and the ability of SNP to prevent these.We incubated 4 days post fertilisation (dpf) zebrafish embryos in 20mM glucose or mannitol for five days until 9dpf, with or without 0.1mM SNP co-treatment for 24h (8-9dpf), and quantified vascular nitric oxide reactivity, vascular mural cell number, expression of a klf2a reporter, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and TRPV4, as well as spontaneous neuronal activation at 9dpf, all in the optic tectum. We also assessed the effect on light/dark preference and locomotory characteristics during free-swimming studies.We find that glucose exposure significantly reduced nitric oxide reactivity, klf2a reporter expression, vascular mural cell number and TRPV4 expression, while significantly increasing spontaneous neuronal activation and GFAP expression (all in the optic tectum). Furthermore, when we examined larval behaviour we found glucose exposure significantly altered light/dark preference and high and low speed locomotion while in light. Co-treatment with SNP reversed all these molecular and behavioural effects of glucose exposure.Our findings comprehensively describe the negative effects of glucose exposure on the vascular anatomy, molecular phenotype, and function of the optic tectum and on whole organism behaviour. We also show that SNP or other NO donors may represent a therapeutic strategy to ameliorate the complications of diabetes on the neurovascular unit.