The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 57: 365 - 373 (2013)

Vol 57, Issue 5

Trans-2-phenylcyclopropylamine regulates zebrafish lateral line neuromast development mediated by depression of LSD1 activity

Original Article | Published: 9 July 2013

Yingzi He1,2, Huiqian Yu2, Shan Sun2, Yunfeng Wang1, Liman Liu1, Zhengyi Chen3 and Huawei Li*,1,2

1Institutes of Biomedical Sciences of Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2Department of Otolaryngology, Affiliated Eye and ENT hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China and 3Department of Otolaryngology and Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School and Eaton Peabody Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, USA


The zebrafish mechanosensory lateral line (LL) is a model system for the study of hair cell development, survival and regeneration. Recently, histone modifications have attracted a considerable amount of interest because of their indispensable roles in various kinds of cellular processes including differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis and function. Lysine specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) is an important enzyme that regulates histone methylation. As a transcriptional regulator, this enzyme has broad functional activities and is involved in many biological processes. However, the effects of LSD1 on the early development of zebrafish sensory system have not been fully elucidated. Here, we have found that pharmacological inhibition of LSD1 with the monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor trans-2-phenylcyclopropylamine (referred to as 2-PCPA) reduced the numbers of both sensory hair cells and supporting cells of neuromasts during zebrafish development. Our results showed that the treatment of zebrafish larvae with 2-PCPA caused accumulation of histone methylation and suppressed proliferation of neuromast cells. Finally, acridine orange staining assay demonstrated that 2-PCPA treatment at high concentrations induced an enhancement of cellular apoptosis within neuromasts. Taken together, these results indicate that LSD1 demethylase activity is required for neuromast development in zebrafish larvae.


hair cell, LSD1, neuromast, trans-2-phenylcyclopropylamine, zebrafish

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