Study of host-microbe interactions in zebrafish.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

All animals are ecosystems, home to diverse microbial populations. Animal-associated microbes play important roles in the normal development and physiology of their hosts, but can also be agents of infectious disease. Traditionally, mice have been used to study pathogenic and beneficial associations between microbes and vertebrate animals. The zebrafish is emerging as a valuable new model system for host-microbe interaction studies, affording researchers with the opportunity to survey large populations of hosts and to visualize microbe-host associations at a cellular level in living animals. This chapter provides detailed protocols for the analysis of zebrafish-associated microbial communities, the derivation and husbandry of germ-free zebrafish, and the modeling of infectious disease in different stages of zebrafish development via different routes of inoculation. These protocols offer a starting point for researchers to address a multitude of questions about animals' coexistence with microorganisms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Milligan-Myhre, K; Charette, JR; Phennicie, RT; Stephens, WZ; Rawls, JF; Guillemin, K; Kim, CH

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 /

Start / End Page

  • 87 - 116

PubMed ID

  • 21951527

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4700925

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-679X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/B978-0-12-381320-6.00004-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States