ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-160608-13
Using fluorescent lipids in live zebrafish larvae: From imaging whole animal physiology to subcellular lipid trafficking
Anderson, J.L., Carten, J.D., Farber, S.A.
Date: 2016
Source: Methods in cell biology   133: 165-178 (Chapter)
Registered Authors: Anderson, Jennifer, Carten, Juliana, Farber, Steven
Keywords: BODIPY, Cholesterol, Fat, Fatty acid, Intestine, Lipid drop, Liver, Triacylglycerol, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Larva/metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Lipids/analysis*
  • Optical Imaging/methods*
  • Zebrafish/growth & development*
  • Zebrafish/metabolism*
PubMed: 27263413 Full text @ Meth. Cell. Biol.
Lipids serve essential functions in cells as signaling molecules, membrane components, and sources of energy. Defects in lipid metabolism are implicated in a number of pandemic human diseases, including diabetes, obesity, and hypercholesterolemia. Many aspects of how fatty acids and cholesterol are absorbed and processed by intestinal cells remain unclear and present a hurdle to developing approaches for disease prevention and treatment. Numerous studies have shown that the zebrafish is an excellent model for vertebrate lipid metabolism. In this chapter, we review commercially available fluorescent lipids that can be deployed in live zebrafish to better understand lipid signaling and metabolism. In this chapter, we present criteria one should consider when selecting specific fluorescent lipids for the study of digestive physiology or lipid metabolism in larval zebrafish.