ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-050128-10
Time-lapse microscopy of brain development
Köster, R.W., and Fraser, S.E.
Date: 2004
Source: The Zebrafish: Cellular and Developmental Biology,2nd Ed. Methods Cell Biol.   76: 207-235 (Chapter)
Registered Authors: Fraser, Scott E., Köster, Reinhard W.
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Brain/embryology*
  • Fluorescent Dyes/chemistry
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism
  • Histocytological Preparation Techniques/methods
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted/methods
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional/methods
  • Luminescent Proteins/genetics
  • Luminescent Proteins/metabolism
  • Methylcellulose/chemistry
  • Microscopy, Confocal/instrumentation
  • Microscopy, Confocal/methods
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence/instrumentation
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence/methods
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins/genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins/metabolism
  • Sepharose/chemistry
  • Staining and Labeling/methods
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics
PubMed: 15602878
Zebrafish embryos represent an ideal vertebrate model organism for noninvasive intravital imaging because of their optical clarity, external embryogenesis, and fast development. Many different labeling techniques have been adopted from other model organisms or newly developed to address a wealth of different developmental questions directly inside the living organism. The parallel advancements in the field of optical imaging let us now observe dynamic processes at the cellular and subcellular resolution. Combined with the repertoire of available surgical and genetic manipulations, zebrafish embryos provide the powerful and almost unique possibility to observe the interplay of molecular signals with cellular, morphological, and behavioral changes directly within a living and developing vertebrate organism. A bright future for zebrafish is yet to come, let there be light.