ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-130709-52
Zebrabow: multispectral cell labeling for cell tracing and lineage analysis in zebrafish
Pan, Y.A., Freundlich, T., Weissman, T.A., Schoppik, D., Wang, X.C., Zimmerman, S., Ciruna, B., Sanes, J.R., Lichtman, J.W., and Schier, A.F.
Date: 2013
Source: Development (Cambridge, England)   140(13): 2835 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Ciruna, Brian, Pan, Y. Albert, Schier, Alexander, Schoppik, David, Zimmerman, Steve
Keywords: brainbow, zebrafish, clonal analysis, in vivo imaging, lineage, microscopy
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified/embryology
  • Animals, Genetically Modified/metabolism
  • Cell Lineage
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism
  • Integrases/genetics
  • Integrases/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/metabolism
PubMed: 23757414 Full text @ Development
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ABSTRACT

Advances in imaging and cell-labeling techniques have greatly enhanced our understanding of developmental and neurobiological processes. Among vertebrates, zebrafish is uniquely suited for in vivo imaging owing to its small size and optical translucency. However, distinguishing and following cells over extended time periods remains difficult. Previous studies have demonstrated that Cre recombinase-mediated recombination can lead to combinatorial expression of spectrally distinct fluorescent proteins (RFP, YFP and CFP) in neighboring cells, creating a ‘Brainbow’ of colors. The random combination of fluorescent proteins provides a way to distinguish adjacent cells, visualize cellular interactions and perform lineage analyses. Here, we describe Zebrabow (Zebrafish Brainbow) tools for in vivo multicolor imaging in zebrafish. First, we show that the broadly expressed ubi:Zebrabow line provides diverse color profiles that can be optimized by modulating Cre activity. Second, we find that colors are inherited equally among daughter cells and remain stable throughout embryonic and larval stages. Third, we show that UAS:Zebrabow lines can be used in combination with Gal4 to generate broad or tissue-specific expression patterns and facilitate tracing of axonal processes. Fourth, we demonstrate that Zebrabow can be used for long-term lineage analysis. Using the cornea as a model system, we provide evidence that embryonic corneal epithelial clones are replaced by large, wedge-shaped clones formed by centripetal expansion of cells from the peripheral cornea. The Zebrabow tool set presented here provides a resource for next-generation color-based anatomical and lineage analyses in zebrafish.

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