In the past decade, laboratories around the world have produced tens of thousands of mutant, transgenic, and wild-type fish lines. Maintaining these valuable genotypes is expensive, risky, and beyond the capacity of even the largest stock centers. One of the major recommendations of the 2007 NCRR workshop 'Achieving High-Throughput Repositories for Biomedical Germplasm Preservation'was for performance of detailed studies to improve sperm cryopreservation for important aquarium fish models. Pursuant to this we propose to establish high-throughput processing of zebrafish sperm for stock centers and laboratories by extending a comprehensive cryopreservation pathway, and by intensifying efficiency and output to enable implementation of germplasm repositories.
The Specific Aims are to: 1) broaden the pathway to improve quality and provide multiple access points for samples produced by current approaches, 2) intensify the pathway for automated processing and repository development including use of industrial modeling and decision-making tools, and 3) implement two scalable cryopreservation protocols;the large-scale high throughput method for Resource Center use and, reverse-engineered from it, a small to intermediate scale application for other research laboratories to back up their own lines or submit them to the Resource Center. This will improve quality, reduce variability, and increase efficiency. We propose to improve broodstock conditioning, gamete quality, fertilization and reproduction, and to accommodate the variety of approaches, levels of application, and current and future needs of the research community. This will yield two complementary approaches: one at an industrial scale using automated equipment and pooling of samples to yield the highest level of intensity and efficiency;the other, less intensive but highly reliable, designed or dissemination to other laboratories. The materials generated from this external pathway will feed into the central pathway and will provide an additional form of throughput based on the aggregate production from multiple locations. A high level of standardization will be necessary for both approaches to merge efficiently to deliver high-quality samples into large comprehensive germplasm repositories. Thus, we envision this renewal as a funnel to improve and adapt the wide breadth of technical approaches available for zebrafish cryopreservation, and to focus these activities for repository development that can be eventually coupled with commercially available high-throughput equipment, supplies, and reagents specifically optimized for aquarium fish. This approach is practical and extremely feasible. This renewal proposal builds directly on the success of our established pathway and looks to couple efficiently with future advances.

Public Health Relevance

Aquarium fish models are rapidly transforming genetic research of disease. Thousands of new research models become available each year, and we must develop the abilities and resources necessary to preserve them in repositories for biomedical research and improvement of human health. The most significant problems constraining repository development for these fish are the lack of automated, high-throughput cryopreservation capabilities, and the lack of standardized protocols and terminology. These deficits prevent the coupling and integration of activities among different laboratories and stock centers.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
Type
Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)
Project #
5R24OD010441-05
Application #
8487474
Study Section
National Center for Research Resources Initial Review Group (RIRG)
Program Officer
Chang, Michael
Project Start
2007-04-01
Project End
2016-05-31
Budget Start
2013-06-01
Budget End
2014-05-31
Support Year
5
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$465,539
Indirect Cost
$54,870
Name
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Department
None
Type
Organized Research Units
DUNS #
783201833
City
Baton Rouge
State
LA
Country
United States
Zip Code
70803