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zWEDGI: Wounding and Entrapment Device for Imaging Live Zebrafish Larvae
Huemer, K., Squirrell, J.M., Swader, R., LeBert, D.C., Huttenlocher, A., Eliceiri, K.W.
Date: 2017
Source: Zebrafish   14(1): 42-50 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Huttenlocher, Anna
Keywords: device, live imaging, microscopy, wounding
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Developmental Biology/instrumentation
  • Developmental Biology/methods
  • Equipment Design
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted/methods
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional/methods*
  • Larva/physiology
  • Microscopy, Confocal/instrumentation*
  • Microscopy, Confocal/methods
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence, Multiphoton/instrumentation*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence, Multiphoton/methods
  • Wound Healing
  • Zebrafish/growth & development
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 27676647 Full text @ Zebrafish
Zebrafish, an established model organism in developmental biology, is also a valuable tool for imaging wound healing in space and time with cellular resolution. However, long-term imaging of wound healing poses technical challenges as wound healing occurs over multiple temporal scales. The traditional strategy of larval encapsulation in agarose successfully limits sample movement but impedes larval development and tissue regrowth and is therefore not amenable to long-term imaging of wound healing. To overcome this challenge, we engineered a functionally compartmentalized device, the zebrafish Wounding and Entrapment Device for Growth and Imaging (zWEDGI), to orient larvae for high-resolution microscopy, including confocal and second harmonic generation (SHG), while allowing unrestrained tail development and regrowth. In this device, larval viability was maintained and tail regrowth was improved over embedding in agarose. The quality of tail fiber SHG images collected from larvae in the device was similar to fixed samples but provided the benefit of time lapse data collection. Furthermore, we show that this device was amenable to long-term (>24 h) confocal microscopy of the caudal fin. Finally, the zWEDGI was designed and fabricated using readily available techniques so that it can be easily modified for diverse experimental imaging protocols.