A Method for Zebrafish Follicle Transplantation into Recipient Mothers for the Generation of Fertilizable Eggs and Viable Offspring

  • Zsolt Csenki
  • Ferenc MuellerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1920)


In zebrafish and other externally developing animals, maternal effect gene products significantly contribute to embryonic and larval development. Several methods exist for both forward and reverse genetic manipulation of maternal gene products, yet it remains technically difficult to interfere with maternal gene products. Therefore, alternative methods to manipulate maternal factors in oocytes remain of interest. Here we describe a method which allows manipulation and subsequent transplantation of stage I–II follicles of zebrafish into recipient mothers where donor oocytes can develop into mature eggs and produce viable offspring. Additionally, we describe a simple microinjection protocol for injecting reporter constructs into follicles as a proxy for manipulating maternal effect genes.

Key words

Oogenesis Follicle Transplantation Transgenic Maternal effect 



The publication of this chapter is supported by the EFOP-3.6.3-VEKOP-16-2017-00008 project co-financed by the European Union and the European Social Fund. The authors thank Francisco J. Pelegri for critical reading of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of AquacultureInstitute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety, Szent István UniversityGödöllőHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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