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Genesis. 2002 Jan;32(1):27-31.

High-efficiency gene transfer into adult fish: a new tool to study fin regeneration.

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  • 1Laboratoire de biologie moléculaire de la différenciation, Université Paris 7, Paris, France.


Zebrafish represents an excellent model to study the function of vertebrate genes (e.g., well-developed genetics, large number of mutants, and genomic sequencing in progress), inasmuch as we have tools to manipulate gene expression. Recent use of injected morpholinos in eggs provides a good method to " knockdown " gene expression in early development (Nasevicius and Ekker, 2000), and the "caged" RNA injected in eggs allows to overexpress a gene in a specific set of cells (Ando et al., 2001). However, a method to specifically modify gene expression in the juvenile or in the adult is still missing. Such a method would be a very powerful tool to understand gene function in differentiated tissues. We describe here an electroporation-based approach, which allows gene transfer in adult tissues. Its efficiency was assessed using a GFP (green fluorescent protein) dependent assay. We then used this method to disrupt the Fgf signalling pathway during the process of regeneration.

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