Team:Evry/Tadpole injection1


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Plasmid injection in fertilized Xenopus tropicalis eggs

Plasmids injected:

We injected 2.3 nl of plasmid at 100ng.µl-1 - embryos were stored at 21°C during all the experiment

Pictures was taken with the Zeiss stereomicroscope: SteREO Lumar V12 with the camera AxioCamMR3
  1. pCS2+ GFP-aid: contains the constitutive promoter CMV and the aid sequenced of the aid system fusionned to GFP (Green Fluorescent Protein)(Nishimura et al., 2009).
  2. Number of Plasmids injected: ~ 3.78E+7

  3. pCS2+ citrine: contains the constitutive promoter CMV and the fluorescent protein citrin (yellow).
  4. Number of Plasmids injected: ~ 4.38E+7

  5. pCS2+ mCFP: contains the constitutive promoter CMV and the fluorescent protein mCFP (Cyan Fluorescent Protein).
  6. Number of Plasmids injected: ~ 4.37E+7

  1. pCS2+ GFP-aid

  2. 24h after injection

    Eggs are near stage 20, neural fold is visible
    z-stack of the embryo

    Some eggs expressed GFP-aid and some others not, it means that the injection did not work for some eggs or the eggs do not express GFP-aid

    48h after injection

    Embryos are at stage 34-38 and move by intermittence


    The expression of GFP-aid is localized in different tissue for each tadpole, in spite of the promoter is constitutive (CMV). We can think that the plasmid does not diffuse in the eggs because of the vitellus viscosity.

    3 days after injection

    Embryos are at stage 41-42 and swim

    perdu perdu

    z-stack pictures: pCS2+ CMV_GFP-aid, GFP expression is not in same tissue between tadpoles: for example the tadpole on the left picture bones of the tail produced GFP, on the right picture the GFP expression is localized in the skin. The only part of the tadpole moving is the heart beatting

  3. pCS2+ citrine

  4. pCS2+ mCFP


Nishimura, K. et al., 2009. An auxin-based degron system for the rapid depletion of proteins in nonplant cells. Nature Methods, 6(12), p.917-922.