Development and characterization of an endotoxemia model in zebra fish

Alan Y. Hsu, Theodore Gurol, Tiago J.P. Sobreira, Sheng Zhang, Natalie Moore, Chufan Cai, Zhong Yin Zhang, Qing Deng

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Endotoxemia is a condition in which endotoxins enter the blood stream and cause systemic and sometimes lethal inflammation. Zebra fish provides a genetically tractable model organism for studying innate immunity, with additional advantages in live imaging and drug discovery. However, a bona fide endotoxemia model has not been established in zebra fish. Here, we have developed an acute endotoxemia model in zebra fish by injecting a single dose of LPS directly into the circulation. Hallmarks of human acute endotoxemia, including systemic inflammation, extensive tissue damage, circulation blockade, immune cell mobilization, and emergency hematopoiesis, were recapitulated in this model. Knocking out the adaptor protein Myd88 inhibited systemic inflammation and improved zebra fish survival. In addition, similar alternations of pathways with human acute endotoxemia were detected using global proteomic profiling and MetaCore™ pathway enrichment analysis. Furthermore, treating zebra fish with a protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 11 (Shp2) inhibitor decreased systemic inflammation, immune mobilization, tissue damage, and improved survival in the endotoxemia model. Together, we have established and characterized the phenotypic and gene expression changes of a zebra fish endotoxemia model, which is amenable to genetic and pharmacological discoveries that can ultimately lead to a better mechanistic understanding of the dynamics and interplay of the innate immune system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number607
JournalFrontiers in immunology
Issue numberMAR
StatePublished - Mar 29 2018


  • Endotoxemia
  • Endotoxin
  • Inflammation
  • Innate immunity
  • Lipopolysaccharide
  • Zebra fish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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