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Identification of a transparent mutant tiger barb Puntius tetrazona and its use for in vivo observation of a Pleistophora sp. (Microsporidia) infection

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A transparent mutant tiger barb Puntius tetrazona was identified and characterized by its transparent body, which allows clear visualization of internal organs. Hybridization of this mutant with the albino variant produces a transparent and albinoid double phenotype, and the transparency of this mutant is controlled by a recessive allele. Light microscopic and ultrastructural examinations show that in contrast to normal individuals, transparent mutants lack iridophores, and light penetrates unimpeded through the body. Pleistophora sp. infection was observed in vivo, allowing live observation of parasite dissemination and the consequent pathological alterations in the fish body as well as the simultaneous acquisition of data on the dynamics and spatial pattern of pathogenic invasion. It is superior to common fish models, as dynamic experimental data can be obtained from individual fish.

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Publication date: June 1, 2012


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