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A Technique to Quantify Fungal Infection in Zebrafish Larvae

This video demonstrates a method to quantify fungal infection in zebrafish larvae. Fungal spores are microinjected into the larval hindbrain ventricle, and the larvae are incubated to allow infection development. Infected larvae are harvested at defined intervals, and infection progress is assessed by enumerating colony-forming units.

All procedures involving animal models have been reviewed by the local institutional animal care committee and the JoVE veterinary review board.

1. Preparation of Aspergillus spores for injection

  1. From an Aspergillus spore suspension, calculate the volume needed to obtain 1 x 106 spores. The volume should be 20–100 μL; if not, produce a 10x dilution in 0.01% (v/v) sterile Tween-20 (Tween-water; Table of Materials

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