Use of Reporter Genes to Analyze Estrogen Response: The Transgenic Zebrafish Model

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1366)


In vivo models to detect estrogenic compounds are very valuable for screening for endocrine disruptors. Here we describe the use of transgenic estrogen reporter zebrafish as an in vivo model for identification of estrogenic properties of compounds. Live imaging of these transgenic fish provides knowledge of estrogen receptor specificity of different ligands as well as dynamics of estrogen signaling. Coupled to image analysis, the model can provide quantitative dose-response information on estrogenic activity of chemical compounds.

Key words

Transgeniczebrafish Estrogen Xenoestrogens Fluorescence microscopy Image analysis 



The data presented here were generated in projects funded by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (R834289), NIH (F32HD061119) and startup funds from Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and ToxicologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, Department of Biology and BiochemistryUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical SciencesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.DuPont Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental SciencesNewarkUSA

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