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    Looking through Brains with Fast Passive CLARITY: Zebrafish, Rodents, Non-human Primates and Humans
    Authors:  Farzad Mortazavi, Alexander J. Stankiewicz and Irina V. Zhdanova, date: 08/05/2019, view: 466, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recently developed CLARITY (Clear Lipid-exchanged Acrylamide-hybridized Rigid Imaging/Immunostaining/In situ-hybridization-compatible Tis-sue-hYdrogel) technique renders the tissue transparent by removing lipids in the tissue, while preserving and stabilizing the cellular and subcellular structures. This provides effective penetration of diverse ...
    A Standardized Tank Design for the Light Dark Task in Zebrafish
    Authors:  Amanda Facciol, Steven Tran and Robert Gerlai, date: 07/20/2019, view: 449, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The light dark paradigm is a common behavioral test used to screen a variety of pharmacological agents, including anxiogenics and anxiolytics. Although most often used in rodents, the light dark task has recently been adapted for use in zebrafish. However, a number of inconsistent findings have been reported for this species. Some have found ...
    Quantification of Cutaneous Ionocytes in Small Aquatic Organisms
    Authors:  Garfield T. Kwan, Shane H. Finnerty, Nicholas C. Wegner and Martin Tresguerres, date: 05/05/2019, view: 743, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Aquatic organisms have specialized cells called ionocytes that regulate the ionic composition, osmolarity, and acid/base status of internal fluids. In small aquatic organisms such as fishes in their early life stages, ionocytes are typically found on the cutaneous surface and their abundance can change to help cope with various metabolic and ...
    Detection of mRNA by Whole Mount in situ Hybridization and DNA Extraction for Genotyping of Zebrafish Embryos
    Authors:  Rachna Narayanan and Andrew C. Oates, date: 03/20/2019, view: 2294, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In situ hybridization is used to visualize the spatial distribution of gene transcripts in tissues and in embryos, providing important information about disease and development. Current methods involve the use of complementary riboprobes incorporating non-radioactive labels that can be detected by immunohistochemistry and coupled to ...
    Notochord Injury Assays that Stimulate Transcriptional Responses in Zebrafish Larvae
    [Abstract] Zebrafish have become an increasingly important model organism in the field of wound healing and regenerative medicine, due to their high regenerative capacity coupled with high-resolution imaging in living animals. In a recent study, we described multiple physical and chemical methods to induce notochord injury that led to highly specific ...
    Mosaic Labeling and 3-Dimensional Morphological Analysis of Single Cells in the Zebrafish Left-right Organizer
    Authors:  Agnik Dasgupta, Andrew E. Jacob and Jeffrey D. Amack, date: 11/20/2018, view: 1585, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] A transient epithelial structure called the left-right organizer (LRO) establishes left-right asymmetry in vertebrate embryos. Developmental defects that alter LRO formation result in left-right patterning errors that often lead to congenital heart malformations. However, little is known about mechanisms that regulate individual cell behaviors ...
    Microplastic Extraction from Marine Vertebrate Digestive Tracts, Regurgitates and Scats: A Protocol for Researchers from All Experience Levels
    Authors:  Amy L. Lusher and Gema Hernandez-Milian, date: 11/20/2018, view: 3063, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] It is essential to provide a protocol for the separation and identification of microplastics in marine vertebrates (mammals, birds, turtles and fish) that is easy to follow and adaptable depending on research infrastructure. Digesting organic material is an effective way to analyze samples for microplastics. Presented here is an optimized protocol ...
    Zebrafish Embryo Xenograft and Metastasis Assay
    Authors:  Ilkka Paatero, Sanni Alve, Silvia Gramolelli, Johanna Ivaska and Päivi M. Ojala, date: 09/20/2018, view: 3137, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Xenograft models, and in particular the mouse xenograft model, where human cancer cells are transplanted into immunocompromised mice, have been used extensively in cancer studies. Although these models have contributed enormously to our understanding of cancer biology, the zebrafish xenograft model offers several advantages over the mouse model. ...
    How to Catch a Smurf? – Ageing and Beyond…
    In vivo Assessment of Intestinal Permeability in Multiple Model Organisms
    [Abstract] The Smurf Assay (SA) was initially developed in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster where a dramatic increase of intestinal permeability has been shown to occur during aging (Rera et al., 2011). We have since validated the protocol in multiple other model organisms (Dambroise et al., 2016) and have utilized the ...
    Medaka-microinjection with an Upright Microscope
    Authors:  Yu Murakami and Masato Kinoshita, date: 02/05/2018, view: 2891, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We described a simple method for microinjecting DNA/RNA/Protein solutions into medaka eggs under an upright microscope. Medaka is an excellent vertebrate model for reverse genetics, because of its daily spawning, short generation time, and egg transparency. These features enable us to efficiently perform functional genomic analyses of transgenic ...



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