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Somatic cell nuclear transfer in zebrafish


We developed a method for somatic cell nuclear transfer in zebrafish using laser-ablated metaphase II eggs as recipients, the micropyle for transfer of the nucleus and an egg activation protocol after nuclear reconstruction. We produced clones from cells of both embryonic and adult origins, although the latter did not give rise to live adult clones.

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Figure 1: Protocol for SCNT.
Figure 2: Phenotype of cloned zebrafish and its offspring.


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We thank K. Kawakami (National Institute of Genetics, Japan) for kindly donating transgenic TuLF zebrafish, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and egg takers at the little Manistee weir for facilitating CSOF collection; A. Busta, A. Mckay, S. Murthy, S. Helma and S. Fredline for maintaining the zebrafish facility; and the Royal Thai government and Kasetsart University for studentship of K.S. This project was supported by the College of Veterinary Medicine–endowed genetic research fund, the Michigan State University Experiment Station, the office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the Michigan State University foundation, and the Naylor Family Foundation.

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J.B.C. initiated and supervised the whole project. K.S. and J.B.C. conceived the cloning methodology, designed the experiments, analyzed data, and wrote the manuscript. K.S. and B.P. performed the SCNT experiment. The SNP genotyping was designed by P.J.V. and K.S. and performed by K.S. The cell culture protocol was optimized by K.S. under supervision of C.-C.C. The zebrafish facility was maintained by B.P. and K.S.

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Correspondence to Jose B Cibelli.

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Siripattarapravat, K., Pinmee, B., Venta, P. et al. Somatic cell nuclear transfer in zebrafish. Nat Methods 6, 733–735 (2009).

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