[Zbrafish] RE: Stability of zebrafish GFP transgenics

Burdine, Rebecca D via zbrafish%40net.bio.net (by rburdine from Princeton.EDU)
Thu Oct 28 13:52:07 EST 2010

Hi Alice,

Lines can undergo silencing across generations.  We always choose the brightest GFP carriers when we incross or outcross and only raise those.  See the paper below for some more details.


Transcriptional silencing and reactivation in transgenic zebrafish.<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19433629> Goll MG, Anderson R, Stainier DY, Spradling AC, Halpern ME.

Genetics. 2009 Jul;182(3):747-55. Epub 2009 May 11.

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From: zbrafish-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu [mailto:zbrafish-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Shia, Alice K H
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:59 AM
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Subject: [Zbrafish] Stability of zebrafish GFP transgenics

Hi all,

We have something weird going on in our lab at the moment. Homozygous transgenic lines have started to lose their gfp signal or some of the lines have become more and more heterogenous in their gfp expression in embryos.

Does everyone select their rearing embryos at every generation? These are published lines and were fine when we started using them. Some have been reared for 2-3 generations (inbreeding cross) and some have been outcrossed and reselected. The lines have arrived from different labs.

Any advice would be helpful.

Many thanks

Alice shia

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