The International Journal of Molecular Sciences has just published the scientific paper titled “Transcriptional and Behavioral Responses of Zebrafish Larvae to Microcystin-LR Exposure”, in which the Study Director of Biobide (Bionaturis Group), Ainhoa Alzualde, has taken part. It is a collaboration with the Ioannina University (Greece) that determines how the zebrafish is affected by the exposure to this toxic substance generated by cyanobacteria (also know as blue-green algae). Among the results of this research, they could confirm alterations in the vision and behaviour of zebrafish, such as the hypoactivity in the dark.

Thanks to this research, the scientists have explored the metabolic pathways that can be affected by the microcystin-LR in sublethal concentrations. In other words, they have researched different ways this toxin can affect zebrafish and, in consecuence, also mammals.

Zebrafish is showing again that it is a suitable and profitable model to study toxicity in several substances.

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