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Title: Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish

Abstract

Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Report of an unbiased quantification of the birefringence of muscle of fish larvae. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantification method readily identifies level of overall muscle damage. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compare zebrafish muscle mutants for level of phenotype severity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proposed tool to survey treatments that aim to ameliorate muscular dystrophy. -- Abstract: Muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic disorders that progressively weaken and degenerate muscle. Many zebrafish models for human muscular dystrophies have been generated and analysed, including dystrophin-deficient zebrafish mutants dmd that model Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Under polarised light the zebrafish muscle can be detected as a bright area in an otherwise dark background. This light effect, called birefringence, results from the diffraction of polarised light through the pseudo-crystalline array of the muscle sarcomeres. Muscle damage, as seen in zebrafish models for muscular dystrophies, can readily be detected by a reduction in the birefringence. Therefore, birefringence is a very sensitive indicator of overall muscle integrity within larval zebrafish. Unbiased documentation of the birefringence followed by densitometric measurement enables the quantification of the birefringence of zebrafish larvae. Thereby, the overall level of muscle integrity can be detected, allowing the identification and categorisation of zebrafish muscle mutants. In addition, we propose that themore » establish protocol can be used to analyse treatments aimed at ameliorating dystrophic zebrafish models.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [1]
  1. Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, EMBL Australia, Monash University, Clayton (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22207943
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 423; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2012 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0006-291X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; BIREFRINGENCE; DAMAGE; LARVAE; MUSCLES; MUTANTS; PHENOTYPE; VISIBLE RADIATION

Citation Formats

Berger, Joachim, E-mail: Joachim.Berger@Monash.edu, Sztal, Tamar, and Currie, Peter D.. Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1016/J.BBRC.2012.06.040.
Berger, Joachim, E-mail: Joachim.Berger@Monash.edu, Sztal, Tamar, & Currie, Peter D.. Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish. United States. doi:10.1016/J.BBRC.2012.06.040.
Berger, Joachim, E-mail: Joachim.Berger@Monash.edu, Sztal, Tamar, and Currie, Peter D.. Fri . "Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish". United States. doi:10.1016/J.BBRC.2012.06.040.
@article{osti_22207943,
title = {Quantification of birefringence readily measures the level of muscle damage in zebrafish},
author = {Berger, Joachim, E-mail: Joachim.Berger@Monash.edu and Sztal, Tamar and Currie, Peter D.},
abstractNote = {Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Report of an unbiased quantification of the birefringence of muscle of fish larvae. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantification method readily identifies level of overall muscle damage. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compare zebrafish muscle mutants for level of phenotype severity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Proposed tool to survey treatments that aim to ameliorate muscular dystrophy. -- Abstract: Muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic disorders that progressively weaken and degenerate muscle. Many zebrafish models for human muscular dystrophies have been generated and analysed, including dystrophin-deficient zebrafish mutants dmd that model Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Under polarised light the zebrafish muscle can be detected as a bright area in an otherwise dark background. This light effect, called birefringence, results from the diffraction of polarised light through the pseudo-crystalline array of the muscle sarcomeres. Muscle damage, as seen in zebrafish models for muscular dystrophies, can readily be detected by a reduction in the birefringence. Therefore, birefringence is a very sensitive indicator of overall muscle integrity within larval zebrafish. Unbiased documentation of the birefringence followed by densitometric measurement enables the quantification of the birefringence of zebrafish larvae. Thereby, the overall level of muscle integrity can be detected, allowing the identification and categorisation of zebrafish muscle mutants. In addition, we propose that the establish protocol can be used to analyse treatments aimed at ameliorating dystrophic zebrafish models.},
doi = {10.1016/J.BBRC.2012.06.040},
journal = {Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications},
issn = {0006-291X},
number = 4,
volume = 423,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {7}
}