In vivo high field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy of adult zebrafish

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In vivo high field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy of adult zebrafish

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: In vivo high field magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy of adult zebrafish
Author: Kabli, Samira
Publisher: Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-10-07
Keywords: Invivo imaging
Localized spectroscopy
Metabolic profile
Abstract: This thesis contains the results of imaging of adult zebrafish by using different MR approaches. We present the first high resolution mMR images of adult zebrafish. To achieve high spatial resolution we used a magnetic field of 9.4T, in combination with strong magnetic field gradients (1000 mT/m) and specialized radio frequency coils. To support imaging of living fish, we designed a special flow-through setup for continuous flow of aerated water to support living zebrafish inside the magnet. Clear morphological proton images were obtained by T2-weighted RARE sequences revealing many anatomical details in the entire intact zebrafish in vivo. We successfully implemented MRS at 9.4T and obtained for the first time detailed composition of zebrafish brain in vivo. Our results in this thesis suggest that zebrafish brain has similar metabolite profile as the human brain, which proves that zebrafish is a go od model organism to study human brain disorders. This thesis demonstrates also the application of high resolution mMRI methods to track spontaneous tumors in stable transgenic zebrafish models expressing a RAS oncoprotein and lacking P53 (mitf:Ras::mitf:GFP X p53-/-). Tumors were successfully visualized at different locations in live zebrafish.
Description: Promotor: H.J.M. de Groot, Co-promotor: A. Alia
With summary in Dutch
Citation: Kabli, S., 2009, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090245294

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