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Flat Mount Preparation for Observation and Analysis of Zebrafish Embryo Specimens Stained by Whole Mount In situ Hybridization
Cheng, C.N., Li, Y., Marra, A.N., Verdun, V., Wingert, R.A.
Date: 2014
Source: Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE   (89): (Journal)
Registered Authors: Cheng, Christina, Li, Yue, Marra, Amanda, Verdun, Valerie, Wingert, Rebecca
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Embryo Culture Techniques/methods*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression
  • In Situ Hybridization/methods*
  • Male
  • Yolk Sac/embryology
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
PubMed: 25078510 Full text @ J. Vis. Exp.
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ABSTRACT
The zebrafish embryo is now commonly used for basic and biomedical research to investigate the genetic control of developmental processes and to model congenital abnormalities. During the first day of life, the zebrafish embryo progresses through many developmental stages including fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, segmentation, and the organogenesis of structures such as the kidney, heart, and central nervous system. The anatomy of a young zebrafish embryo presents several challenges for the visualization and analysis of the tissues involved in many of these events because the embryo develops in association with a round yolk mass. Thus, for accurate analysis and imaging of experimental phenotypes in fixed embryonic specimens between the tailbud and 20 somite stage (10 and 19 hours post fertilization (hpf), respectively), such as those stained using whole mount in situ hybridization (WISH), it is often desirable to remove the embryo from the yolk ball and to position it flat on a glass slide. However, performing a flat mount procedure can be tedious. Therefore, successful and efficient flat mount preparation is greatly facilitated through the visual demonstration of the dissection technique, and also helped by using reagents that assist in optimal tissue handling. Here, we provide our WISH protocol for one or two-color detection of gene expression in the zebrafish embryo, and demonstrate how the flat mounting procedure can be performed on this example of a stained fixed specimen. This flat mounting protocol is broadly applicable to the study of many embryonic structures that emerge during early zebrafish development, and can be implemented in conjunction with other staining methods performed on fixed embryo samples.
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