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ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-160923-9
See-Thru-Gonad zebrafish line: developmental and functional validation
Presslauer, C., Bizuayehu, T.T., Razmi, K., Fernandes, J.M., Babiak, I.
Date: 2016
Source: Reproduction (Cambridge, England)   152: 507-17 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Babiak, Igor, Fernandes, Jorge
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/cytology*
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/metabolism
  • Fluorescent Dyes/metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Germ Cells/cytology*
  • Germ Cells/metabolism
  • Gonads/growth & development*
  • Gonads/metabolism*
  • Life Cycle Stages
  • MicroRNAs/genetics*
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 27655215 Full text @ Reproduction
Zebrafish are an important model species in developmental biology. However, their potential in reproductive biology research has yet to be realized. In this study, we established See-Thru-Gonad zebrafish, a transparent line with fluorescently labeled germ cells visible throughout the life cycle, validated its gonadal development features, and demonstrated its applicability by performing a targeted gene knockdown experiment using vivo-morpholinos (VMOs). To establish the line, we crossed the zf45Tg and mitfa(w2/w2); mpv17(b18/b18) zebrafish lines. We documented the in vivo visibility of the germline-specific fluorescent signal throughout development, from gametes through embryonic and juvenile stages up to sexual maturity, and validated gonadal development with histology. We performed targeted gene knockdown of the microRNA (miRNA) miR-92a-3p through injection of VMOs directly to maturing ovaries. After the treatment, zebrafish were bred naturally. Embryos from miR-92a-3p knockdown ovaries had a significant reduction in relative miR-92a-3p expression and a higher percentage of developmental arrest at the 1-cell stage as compared with 5-base mismatch-treated controls. The experiment demonstrates that See-Thru-Gonad line can be successfully used for vertical transmission of the effects of targeted gene knockdown in ovaries into their offspring.