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Characterization of Hspb8 in Zebrafish

Department of Animal Developmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wroclaw, Poland
Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, the Polish Academy of Sciences, Rudolfa Weigla 12, 53-114 Wroclaw, Poland
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Cells 2020, 9(6), 1562;
Received: 13 May 2020 / Revised: 13 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 26 June 2020
Hspb8 is a member of the small heat shock protein (sHSP) family. Its expression is known to be upregulated under heat shock. This protein interacts with different partners and can, therefore, be involved in various processes relevant to tissue integrity and functioning. In humans, mutations in the gene encoding Hspb8 can lead to the development of various diseases such as myopathies and neuropathies. In our study, we aimed to perform an in-depth characterization of zebrafish Hspb8 during zebrafish development. We applied techniques such as RT-qPCR, Western blot, immunofluorescence, co-immunoprecipitation, LC-MS, and morpholino-mediated knockdown. We broadened the knowledge regarding zebrafish hspb8 expression during development under normal and heat shock conditions as well as its tissue- and subcellular-specific localization. A co-IP analysis allowed us to conclude that zebrafish Hspb8 can interact with proteins such as Bag3 and Hsc70, which are crucial for formation of an autophagy-inducing complex. We also demonstrated that hspb8 morpholino-mediated knockdown has an impact on zebrafish embryos’ morphology, muscle ultrastructure, and motility behavior. Our research provides a valuable resource for the potential use of the zebrafish as a model for studying pathological conditions associated with hspb8 disorders. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hspb8; Bag3; Hspb1; muscle; zebrafish; autophagy; sHSP Hspb8; Bag3; Hspb1; muscle; zebrafish; autophagy; sHSP
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Dubińska-Magiera, M.; Niedbalska-Tarnowska, J.; Migocka-Patrzałek, M.; Posyniak, E.; Daczewska, M. Characterization of Hspb8 in Zebrafish. Cells 2020, 9, 1562.

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