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Aquat Toxicol. 2010 Jun 1;98(1):74-82. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2010.01.008. Epub 2010 Feb 4.

Induction of cytochrome P450 1 genes and stress response genes in developing zebrafish exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

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  • 1Biology Department, Redfield 352 MS-32, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA.


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages cell molecules, and has been suggested to up-regulate mammalian cytochrome P4501 (CYP1) genes through an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) mediated mechanism. In this study, embryos and larvae of zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to UV to determine the effects on expression of CYP1 and stress response genes in vivo in these fish. Zebrafish embryos were exposed for varying times to UV on two consecutive days, with exposure beginning at 24 and 48h post-fertilization (hpf). Embryos exposed for 2, 4 or 6h twice over 2 days to UVB (0.62 W/m(2); 8.9-26.7 kJ/m(2)) plus UVA (2.05 W/m(2); 29.5-144.6 kJ/m(2)) had moderately (2.4+/-0.8-fold) but significantly up-regulated levels of CYP1A. UVA alone had no effect on CYP1A expression. Proliferating cellular nuclear antigen (PCNA) and Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) transcript levels were induced (2.1+/-0.2 and 2.3+/-0.5-fold, respectively) in embryos exposed to two 6-h pulses of 0.62 W/m(2) UVB (26.8 kJ/m(2)). CYP1A was induced also in embryos exposed to higher intensity UVB (0.93 W/m(2)) for two 3-h or two 4-h pulses (20.1 or 26.8 kJ/m(2)). CYP1B1, SOD1 and PCNA expression was induced by the two 3-h pulses of the higher intensity UVB, but not after two 4-h pulses of the higher intensity UVB, possibly due to impaired condition of surviving embryos, reflected in a mortality of 34% at that UVB dose. A single 8-h long exposure of zebrafish larvae (8dpf) to UVB at 0.93 W/m(2) (26.8 kJ/m(2)) significantly induced CYP1A and CYP1B1 expression, but other CYP1 genes (CYP1C1, CYP1C2 and CYP1D1) showed no significant increase. The results show that UVB can induce expression of CYP1 genes as well stress response genes in developing zebrafish, and that UVB intensity and duration influence the responses.

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