RRC ID 51264
Author Moreno RL, Josey M, Ribera AB.
Title Zebrafish In Situ Spinal Cord Preparation for Electrophysiological Recordings from Spinal Sensory and Motor Neurons.
Journal J Vis Exp
Abstract Zebrafish, first introduced as a developmental model, have gained popularity in many other fields. The ease of rearing large numbers of rapidly developing organisms, combined with the embryonic optical clarity, served as initial compelling attributes of this model. Over the past two decades, the success of this model has been further propelled by its amenability to large-scale mutagenesis screens and by the ease of transgenesis. More recently, gene-editing approaches have extended the power of the model. For neurodevelopmental studies, the zebrafish embryo and larva provide a model to which multiple methods can be applied. Here, we focus on methods that allow the study of an essential property of neurons, electrical excitability. Our preparation for the electrophysiological study of zebrafish spinal neurons involves the use of veterinarian suture glue to secure the preparation to a recording chamber. Alternative methods for recording from zebrafish embryos and larvae involve the attachment of the preparation to the chamber using a fine tungsten pin1,2,3,4,5. A tungsten pin is most often used to mount the preparation in a lateral orientation, although it has been used to mount larvae dorsal-side up4. The suture glue has been used to mount embryos and larvae in both orientations. Using the glue, a minimal dissection can be performed, allowing access to spinal neurons without the use of an enzymatic treatment, thereby avoiding any resultant damage. However, for larvae, it is necessary to apply a brief enzyme treatment to remove the muscle tissue surrounding the spinal cord. The methods described here have been used to study the intrinsic electrical properties of motor neurons, interneurons, and sensory neurons at several developmental stages6,7,8,9.
Volume (122)
Published 2017-4-18
DOI 10.3791/55507
PMID 28448016
PMC PMC5564991
MeSH Animals Dissection / instrumentation Dissection / methods* Embryo, Nonmammalian / cytology Interneurons / cytology Interneurons / physiology Larva Motor Neurons / cytology Motor Neurons / physiology Neurons / cytology Neurons / physiology* Patch-Clamp Techniques / methods* Sensory Receptor Cells / cytology Sensory Receptor Cells / physiology Spinal Cord / cytology* Spinal Cord / embryology Spinal Cord / physiology Zebrafish* / embryology
IF 1.163
Times Cited 2
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