[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Javanese medaka, Oryzias javanicus, is a fish highly adaptable to various environmental salinities. Here, we investigated the effects of the environmental pollutant bisphenol A (BPA; an endocrine disrupting chemical) on gene expression levels in this species acclimated to different salinities. Using cDNA microarrays, we detected the induction of differential expression of genes by BPA, and compared the transcriptional changes caused by chemical exposure at different salinities. There were marked transcriptional changes induced by BPA between treatments. While 533 genes were induced by a factor of more than two when O. javanicus was exposed to BPA in seawater, only 215 genes were induced in freshwater. Among those genes, only 78 were shared and changed significantly their expression in both seawater and freshwater. Those genes were mainly involved in cellular processes and signaling pathway. We then categorized by functional group genes specifically induced by BPA exposure in seawater or freshwater. Gene expression changes were further confirmed in O. javanicus exposed to various concentrations of BPA, using quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR based on primer sets for 28 selected genes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the most persistent organic pollutants in worldwide aquatic environments. The extensive isolation of genes responsive to PAH pollution in soft coral (Scleronephthya gracillimum) is described herein. Soft coral colonies were exposed to 100 μg/L of a standard mixture of PAHs. Gene candidates with transcript levels that changed in response to PAH exposure were identified by differential display polymerase chain reaction (DD-PCR). There were 37 types of candidate genes identified, of which 20 were upregulated in expression and 17 were downregulated. The functions of the genes identified included oxidative stress response, ribosomal structure maintenance, molecular chaperone activity, protein kinase activation and tumorigenesis, defense mechanisms, transcription, and other biological responses. mRNA quantification was carried out using real-time quantitative PCR in eight selected genes: cytosolic malate dehydrogenase, protein disulfide isomerase, ribosomal protein L6, ral guanine nucleotide dissociation stimulator-like 1, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 4, peptidylglycine α-hydroxylating monooxygenase, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM) metallopeptidase protein, and eukaryotic initiation factor 4 gamma 3. Changes in transcript levels were consistent with DD-PCR results. The gene candidates isolated in this study were differentially expressed and therefore have potential as molecular biomarkers for understanding coral responses to environmental stressors.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research 01/2014; 21(2):901-910. · 2.62 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: In this study, we investigated transcription and enzyme level responses of mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to hypoxic conditions. Genes for catalase (CAT), cytochrome P450, glutathione S-transferase (GST), metallothionein, superoxide dismutase (SOD), cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COX-1), and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 were selected for study. Transcriptional changes were investigated in mussels exposed to hypoxia for 24 and 48 h and were compared to changes in control mussels maintained at normal oxygen levels. Activities of CAT, GST, and SOD enzymes, and lipid peroxidation (LPO) were also investigated in mussels following exposure to hypoxia for 24, 48, and 72 h. Results: Relative to the control group, the CAT activity decreased in all hypoxia treatments, while the activity of GST significantly increased in mussels exposed to hypoxia for 24 and 48 h, but decreased in those exposed for 72 h. The LPO levels were significantly higher in mussels in the 24-and 48-h hypoxia treatments than those in the control mussels, but there was no significant change in the SOD activities among all hypoxia treatments. Messenger RNA levels for the CAT, cytochrome P450, GST, metallothionein, and SOD genes were not significantly affected by hypoxic conditions for 48 h, but the expressions of the COX-1 and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 genes were significantly repressed in mussels in both the 24-and 48-h exposure treatments. Conclusions: These results demonstrate the transcriptional stability and changes among several genes related to oxidative stress under oxygen-depletion conditions in M. galloprovincialis and provide useful information about the modulation of antioxidant enzyme activities induced by hypoxia in a marine animal.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiling was performed using cDNA microarray hybridization on the hepatic tissue of the marine medaka (Oryzias javanicus) after exposure to toxaphene, which is classified as a persistent organic pollutant. Ninety-seven differentially expressed candidate genes were identified; 40 were induced and 57 were repressed (P<0.05). The genes were assembled into 18 groups based mainly on the Eukaryotic Orthologous Groups classification. These isolated gene candidates were differentially expressed and therefore have great potential as molecular biomarkers for identifying environmental stressors and prognosis for the biological effects of the toxicant. Some of the genes were closely related to endocrine disruption, renal and cardiovascular disease, tumorigenesis, immune responses, and detoxification. Our results will allow future studies to assess the molecular mechanisms of toxaphene toxicity and to develop a systems biology approach to environmental stress biology.
Molecular and Cellular Toxicology 06/2013; 9(2). · 0.72 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiling was carried out using cDNA microarray hybridization on hepatic tissue from marine medaka (Oryzias javanicus) after exposure to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a representative polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon classified as a persistent organic pollutant. Forty-one differentially expressed candidate genes were identified; 18 were induced and 23 were repressed (P/0.05). The genes were assembled into 18 groups based mainly on the Eukaryotic Orthologous Groups classification. These differentially expressed gene candidates could have great potential as molecular biomarkers for identifying environmental stressors and prognosis for the biological effects of BaP. The candidate genes isolated in this study were grouped into endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, tumorigenesis, immune response, detoxification, energy production and conversion, and other biological responses. Our results could allow future studies to assess the molecular mechanisms of BaP toxicity and to develop a systems biology approach to environmental stress biology.
Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences. 01/2013; 5(3).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Countless species occur in the marine microalgal domain. Some are used as health functional foods or medical products but many species are harmful such as those that cause the red tide. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct prompt and accurate identification of microalgal species. As it is quite difficult to accurately distinguish all species in terms of morphology, we performed DNA barcoding analysis using molecular markers for more accurate and rapid screening. DNA barcoding analysis, i.e., DNA chip technology, is a powerful method for studies on microalgal taxonomy and biodiversity. We used the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (mtCOI) as a barcoding gene to identify microalgal species. In this study, the diversity and phylogenetic differences among different microalgae were analyzed. Additionally, a microalgal species-specific probe was screened by 21–23 bp and the result was printed on silylated slide for use in a robotic microarrayer. As a result, we performed a DNA chip assay for each of 25 microalgal species and determined that the COI barcode gene was suitable as a marker gene, as it could identify various microalgae from the Korean South Sea by species.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiling was performed by heterologous hybridization using a medaka cDNA microarray on the hepatic tissue of the marine medaka (Oryzias javanicus) after exposure to Arochlor 1260, a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), which is classified as a persistent organic pollutant. Twenty-eight differentially expressed candidate genes were identified; one was induced and 27 were repressed (P<0.01). The genes were assembled into 10 groups based mainly on the Eukaryotic Othologous Groups classification. These isolated gene candidates were differentially expressed and therefore have great potential as molecular biomarkers for identifying environmental stressors. The results obtained in this study will allow future studies to assess the molecular mechanisms of Arochlor 1260 toxicity and to develop a systems biology approach to PCB stress biology.
Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences. 06/2012; 4(2).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We evaluated toxaphene-induced acute toxicity in Hydra magnipapillata. The median lethal concentrations of the animals (LC(50)) were determined to be 34.5 mg/L, 25.0 mg/L and 12.0 mg/L after exposure to toxaphene for 24 h, 48 h and 72 h, respectively. Morphological responses of hydra polyps to a range of toxaphene concentrations suggested that toxaphene negatively affects the nervous system of H. magnipapillata. We used real-time quantitative PCR of RNA extracted from polyps exposed to two concentrations of toxaphene (0.3 mg/L and 3 mg/L) for 24 h to evaluate the differential regulation of levels of transcripts that encode six antioxidant enzymes (CAT, G6PD, GPx, GR, GST and SOD), two proteins involved in detoxification and molecular stress responses (CYP1A and UB), and two proteins involved in neurotransmission and nerve cell differentiation (AChE and Hym-355). Of the genes involved in antioxidant responses, the most striking changes were observed for transcripts that encode GPx, G6PD, SOD, CAT and GST, with no evident change in levels of transcripts encoding GR. Levels of UB and CYP1A transcripts increased in a dose-dependent manner following exposure to toxaphene. Given that toxaphene-induced neurotoxicity was not reflected in the level of AChE transcripts and only slight accumulation of Hym-355 transcript was observed only at the higher of the two doses of toxaphene tested, there remains a need to identify transcriptional biomarkers for toxaphene-mediated neurotoxicity in H. magnipapillata. Transcripts that respond to toxaphene exposure could be valuable biomarkers for stress levels in H. magnipapillata and may be useful for monitoring the pollution of aquatic environments.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 04/2012; 156(1):37-41. · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hypoxic events affecting aquatic environments have been reported worldwide and the hypoxia caused by eutrophication is considered one of the serious threats to coastal marine ecosystems. To investigate the molecular-level responses of marine organisms exposed to oxygen depletion stress and to explore the differentially expressed genes induced or repressed by hypoxia, differential display polymerase chain reaction (DD-PCR) was used with mRNAs from the marine mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, under oxygen depletion and normal oxygen conditions. In total, 107 cDNA clones were differentially expressed under hypoxic conditions relative to the control mussel group. The differentially expressed genes were analyzed to determine the effects of hypoxia. They were classified into five functional categories: information storage and processing, cellular processes and signaling, metabolism, predicted general function only, and function unknown. The differentially expressed genes were predominantly associated with cellular processing and signaling, and they were particularly related to the signal transduction mechanism, posttranslational modification, and chaperone functions. The observed differences in the DD-PCR of 10 genes (encoding elongation factor 1 alpha, heat shock protein 90, calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II, GTPase-activating protein, 18S ribosomal RNA, cytochrome oxidase subunit 1, ATP synthase, chitinase, phosphoglycerate/bisphosphoglycerate mutase family protein, and the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor) were confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR and their transcriptional changes in the mussels exposed to hypoxic conditions for 24-72 h were investigated. These results identify biomarker genes for hypoxic stress and provide molecular-level information about the effects of oxygen depletion on marine bivalves.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D Genomics and Proteomics 07/2011; 6(4):348-56. · 2.88 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiles were established from the head and liver tissues of the marine medaka fish (Oryzias javanicus) after its exposure to toxaphene, a persistent organic pollutant and insecticide, using differential display polymerase chain reaction. Twenty-seven differentially expressed genes were identified, which were associated with the cytoskeleton, development, metabolism, nucleic acid/protein binding, and signal transduction. Among these genes, those encoding molecular biomarkers known to be involved in metabolism, ATP hydrolysis, and protein regulation were strongly induced at the transcription level, and genes encoding one structural protein subunit or involved in lipid metabolism were strongly downregulated. The same trends in gene expression changes were observed with real-time PCR analysis of 12 selected clones. The genes identified could be used as molecular biomarkers of biological responses to polychlorinated camphene contamination in aquatic environments.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 04/2011; 153(3):355-61. · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The construction of a subtractive cDNA library of organisms and the analysis thereof have proven meaningful in the search
for clones whose expressions are regulated by exterior changes. The principal objective of this study was to identify the
differentially expressed genes of marine medaka fish (Oryzias javanicus) under benzo[a]pyrene exposure conditions. Medaka fish were exposed to 100 μg/L of benzo[a]pyrene for 24 hr and its hepatic
RNA was extracted; RNA from the livers of non-exposed medaka fish was also extracted. Both RNAs were employed in the construction
of the subtractive cDNA library and the nucleotide sequences of differentially expressed clones were analyzed. Twenty-eight
genes of the total differentially expressed clones were considered significant; in particular, the transcription of the cytochrome
P450 1A gene was upregulated in a dose-dependent manner under various benzo[a]pyrene concentration exposure conditions. The
28 genes were then divided into 4 categories: (1) information storage and processing, (2) cellular processes and signaling,
(3) metabolism, and (4) poorly characterized. The data reported herein provide general information regarding the effects of
benzo[a]pyrene contamination on marine organisms, and constitute a primary step in the development of novel biomarkers for
marine environmental pollution.
–Benzo[a]pyrene–Subtractive cDNA library–Differentially expressed genes
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Java medaka (Oryzias javanicus) cDNA array was constructed and the microarray platform was used to compare the hepatic expression profiles of Java medaka
fish exposed to 17β-estradiol with those of unexposed controls. Data analysis demonstrated that the expression profiles were
strongly affected by 17β-estradiol exposure, with 655 genes up- or downregulated after 24 h, and 633 genes after 48 h. The
differentially expressed genes were analyzed to determine the effects of 17β-estradiol exposure on the liver tissue and were
classified into five functional categories: information storage and processing, cellular processes and signaling, metabolism,
general function prediction only, and function unknown. Genes whose expression was upregulated more than 10-fold were predominantly
associated with energy production/conversion and reproduction, and 30% of the genes whose expression was downregulated more
than 10-fold were associated with carbohydrate transport and metabolism. The observed differences in the expression profiles
of 7 genes (encoding apolipoprotein B, cytochrome P450 1A, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, glutamate dehydrogenase 1b,
vitellogenin, selenoprotein M, and transferrin) were confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR, and their transcriptional changes in
the livers of Java medaka induced by exposure to 10, 100, and 1,000 μg/L 17β-estradiol were investigated. These results should
allow the development of biomarkers for the identification of 17β-estradiol contamination in the environment and provide molecular
biological information on the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure on marine animals.
–Microarray–17β-estradiol–Gene expression–Gene ontology
Molecular and Cellular Toxicology 01/2011; 7(3):271-281. · 0.72 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Genes involved in defense mechanisms can be used as efficient biomarkers of physiological changes in organisms caused by both
endogenous and exogenous stress. Thus, the expression levels of such genes serve as a critical ‘early warning system’ for
the environmental assessment and health of biological organisms. In this study, the transcription levels of Hsp70 and vBPO in Undaria pinnatifida sporophytes were quantitatively compared between two distinct natural populations collected from uncontaminated Mijo (Namhae,
Korea) and industrially-polluted Myodo Is. (Yeosu, Korea) in order to verify their potential as biomarker genes and the applicability
of this macroalga for assessing the health status of a local marine ecosystem. The results found that the two tested genes
were highly expressed in the Myodo population. The results suggest that U. pinnatifida itself and the selected two genes could be applicable to monitoring of marine environments in coastal regions.
–Brown alga–Differential gene expression–
–Real-time quantitative PCR
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Benzo[k]fluoranthene (B[k]F) is one of numerous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which is a persistent environmental
contaminant in air and water. Upon B[k]F exposure, differential gene expression profiling was conducted in marine medaka fish
(Oryzias javanicus) using subtractive hybridization. As a result, forty two differentially expressed candidate genes were induced in B[k]F-exposed
fish as compared to control group, and the genes were associated with general metabolism, signal transduction, cell cycle,
immune response, cytoskeleton, development, nucleotide/protein binding and some were non-categorized. These identified gene
candidates have great potential to be developed as biomarkers for the identification of effects of B[k]F exposure in the environment.
The results obtained in this study will offer insight to the physiological change induced by B[k]F exposure and will help
assess the molecular mechanisms of B[k]F toxicity.
–Marine medaka–Benzo[k]fluoranthene–Differential gene expression
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiling was performed in the hepatic tissue of marine medaka fish (Oryzias javanicus) after exposure to an organophosphorous pesticide (OPP), Iprobenfos (IBP), a widely used pesticide in agri- and fish-culture,
by heterologous hybridization using a medaka cDNA microarray. Fifty differentially expressed candidate genes, of which 10
induced and 40 repressed (P<0.01), were identified. The genes were assembled into 19 groups mainly based on Eukaryotic Othologous Groups (KOG) classification.
These isolated gene candidates were differentially expressed and therefore have great potential as molecular biomarkers for
the identification of environmental stressors. The results obtained in this study will allow future studies to assess the
molecular mechanisms of IBP toxicity and the development of a systems biology approach to the stress biology of organophosphorous
–Heterologous hybridization–Organophosphorus pesticide–Iprobenfos (IBP)–Differential gene expression profile
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Differential gene expression profiling was performed with a cDNA microarray in the liver tissue of the medaka fish, Oryzias latipes, after exposure to Arochlor 1260, a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) mixture, which is used as a coolant and insulating fluid for transformers and capacitors and is classified as a persistent organic pollutant. Twenty-six differentially expressed candidate genes were identified. The expression of 12 genes was up-regulated and that of 14 genes was down-regulated. These genes are associated with the cytoskeleton, development, endocrine/reproduction, immunity, metabolism, nucleic acid/protein binding, and signal transduction, or are uncategorized. The transcription of molecular biomarkers known to be involved in endocrine disruption (e.g., vitellogenins, choriogenins, and estrogen receptor alpha) was highly up-regulated. The same tendencies in gene expression changes were observed with real-time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis, which was conducted to examine 12 selected candidate genes. These genes could be used as molecular biomarkers for biological responses to toxic chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic chemical contamination in aquatic environments.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 09/2009; 151(1):51-6. · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The differential expression of a set of genes encoding antioxidant enzymes and stress-responsive proteins was investigated by real-time quantitative PCR in intestine, liver, and muscle tissues extracted from Oryzias javanicus after exposure to the organophosphorus pesticide, Iprobenfos (IBP). After IBP exposure, transcriptional changes in all the tested genes were prominent in the liver and moderate in the intestine, but unpredictable in the muscle. In the liver, CAT transcription increased after exposure to IBP at all concentrations (P < 0.05). CYP1A mRNA was induced in the intestine and liver at the two higher concentrations. G6PD transcription was induced in the liver at the three higher IBP concentrations, but was suppressed in muscle at the same concentrations. GPx expression in the liver increased at three higher concentrations of IBP. In the intestine and liver, GR expression was induced at two higher and three higher concentrations, respectively. However, no significant changes were observed in the muscle. GST and SOD transcription was induced in the liver at all IBP concentrations. IBP exposure induced UB expression in the intestine and liver in a concentration-dependent manner. The transcriptional changes in these genes in the liver could be good biomarkers for stress levels in O.javanicus, and be used as critical biomarkers for environmental quality assessment.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 01/2009; · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The differential expression of eight genes encoding stressor biomarkers was investigated by real-time quantitative PCR in liver tissue extracted from Javanese medaka after exposure to six heavy metals for 24 h. OjaCAT transcription increased in a dose-dependent manner during exposure to Cd, Cu, and Zn, but significantly decreased after exposure to Ag, Cr, and Ni. OjaCYP1A transcription decreased drastically on exposure to all heavy metals tested. OjaG6PD transcription increased dramatically after exposure to low doses of Cu and Zn, but decreased at high concentrations of these elements. No prominent changes in OjaG6PD transcription were observed after exposure to Ag, Cd, Cr, or Ni. OjaGPx mRNA expression was induced in the liver following exposure to Ag, Cd, Cu, and Zn, but suppressed following exposure to Cr and Ni. Exposure to all heavy metals increased transcription of OjaGR and OjaGST in a dose-dependent manner. OjaSOD transcription increased during exposure to Ag, Cd, Zn, and Cr, but showed no change in response to Cu and Ni exposure. OjaUB expression was induced by all doses of exposure. The transcriptional responses of these genes to heavy metal exposure will provide the basis for a multi-biomarker system that can be used for the biomonitoring of aquatic environments.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 01/2009; · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To investigate the genotoxic effect of marine sediments on aquatic organism, sediment samples were collected from 13 sites along the coast of Gwangyang Bay (Korea). Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments were determined and the relationship between exposure of flounder blood cells to sediment extracts and DNA single-strand breakage in the blood cells was examined using the comet assay. Levels of DNA damage were proportionally increased by exposure concentration and the highest sediment-associated DNA damage was observed at the station showing the highest PAHs contamination. DNA damage in blood cells exposed to five types of PAHs (benzo[a]pyrene, fluoranthene, anthracene, pyrene and phenanthrene) and in flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) exposed to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) for 0, 2 and 4 days were assessed by measuring comet tail length. The tail lengths of five PAHs-exposed groups at 50 and 100 ppb were significantly different from the non-exposed group, and the genotoxic effect of BaP correlated with both concentration and duration of exposure. Throughout the study, significant differences in DNA breakage were recorded between cells exposed to sediment extracts or PAHs and non-exposed control. This study demonstrated the comet assay as a successful tool in monitoring contamination of marine sediments and assessing genotoxicity of PAHs in marine organisms, either in vitro or in vivo.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Benzo[a]pyrene is a representative ecotoxicant in marine environment and a model compound of polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons, which has an ability to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms. This study aimed to identify molecular biomarkers suitable for assessing environmental pollution using a microarray technique. We examined the effects of benzo [a]pyrene on gene expressions in the rockfish, Sebastes schlegeli. We constructed the subtractive cDNA library with hepatic RNA from benzo[a]pyreneexposed and non-exposed control fish. From the library 10,000 candidate clones were selected randomly and cDNA microarray was constructed. We determined benzo[a]pyrene-responsive genes using a high-density microarray. Statistical analysis showed that approximately 400 genes are significantly induced or reduced by benzo[a]pyrene treatment (2 μM). Especially gene expression changes of 4 candidate clones among the up- or down-regulated genes were investigated in 6, 12 and 24 hr BaP-exposed fish groups. Many methods have been developed to
monitor marine environmental status, which depend on quantifying the levels of the toxic components in polluted seawater or on ecological accessing, such as species diversity or richness. However, those methods could not provide information on physiological or genetic changes induced by such environmental stresses. Comparing with the conventional methods, these data will propose that benzo[a] pyrene-responsive genes can be useful for biological risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on marine organism at molecular level.
Molecular and Cellular Toxicology 07/2006; 2(2):114-119. · 0.72 Impact Factor