Production of Zebrafish Offspring From Cultured Female Germline Stem Cells

PLoS One. 2013 May 3;8(5):e62660. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062660. Print 2013.

Abstract

Zebrafish female germline stem cell (FGSC) cultures were generated from a transgenic line of fish that expresses Neo and DsRed under the control of the germ cell specific promoter, ziwi [Tg(ziwi:neo);Tg(ziwi:DsRed)]. Homogeneous FGSC cultures were established by G418 selection and continued to express ziwi for more than 6 weeks along with the germ cell markers nanos3, dnd, dazl and vasa. A key component of the cell culture system was the use of a feeder cell line that was initiated from ovaries of a transgenic line of fish [Tg(gsdf:neo)] that expresses Neo controlled by the zebrafish gonadal soma derived factor (gsdf) promoter. The feeder cell line was selected in G418 and engineered to express zebrafish leukemia inhibitory factor (Lif), basic fibroblast growth factor (Fgf2) and glial-cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (Gdnf). These factors were shown to significantly enhance FGSC growth, survival and germline competency in culture. Results from cell transplantation experiments revealed that the cultured FGSCs were able to successfully colonize the gonad of sterile recipient fish and generate functional gametes. Up to 20% of surviving recipient fish that were injected with the cultured FGSCs were fertile and generated multiple batches of normal offspring for at least 6 months. The FGSC cultures will provide an in vitro system for studies of zebrafish germ cell growth and differentiation and their high frequency of germline transmission following transplantation could form the basis of a stem cell-mediated strategy for gene transfer and manipulation of the zebrafish genome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Adult Stem Cells / transplantation
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Coculture Techniques
  • Feeder Cells
  • Female
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / metabolism
  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor / metabolism
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor / metabolism
  • Male
  • Spermatozoa / metabolism
  • Zebrafish / genetics*
  • Zebrafish Proteins / metabolism

Substances

  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Leukemia Inhibitory Factor
  • Zebrafish Proteins
  • m17 protein, zebrafish
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2