ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-201002-71
Fast, easy and early (larval) identification of transparent mutant zebrafish using standard fluorescence microscopy
Wenz, R., Conibear, E., Bugeon, L., Dallman, M.
Date: 2020
Source: F1000Research   9: 963 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Bugeon, Laurence, Dallman, Maggie
Keywords: Zebrafish, casper, iridophore, nac, screening, tra, trab6/b6nacw2/w2, translucent, transparent
MeSH Terms: none
PubMed: 32934809 Full text @ F1000Res
The availability of transparent zebrafish mutants (either TraNac: tra b6/b6; nac w2/w2 or casper: roy a9/a9; nac w2/w2 ) for live imaging studies together with the ease of generating transgenic lines are two of the strengths of the zebrafish model organism. The fact that transparent casper ( roy a9/a9;nac w2/w2) and silver nacre ( nac w2/w2) mutants are indistinguishable by eye at early stages (1-5 days post-fertilization; dpf) means many fish must be raised and later culled if they are not transparent. To identify translucent mutants early and easily at the early larval stage (≤5 dpf) before they are classified as protected animals, we developed a simple screening method using standard fluorescence microscopy. We estimate that this procedure could annually save 60,000 animals worldwide.