Skeletal muscle tissue clearing for LacZ and fluorescent reporters, and immunofluorescence staining

Mayank Verma, Bhavani Sr Murkonda, Yoko Asakura, Atsushi Asakura

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Skeletal muscle is a highly ordered yet complex tissue containing several cell types that interact with each other in order to maintain structure and homeostasis. It is also a highly regenerative tissue that responds to damage in a highly intricate but stereotypic manner, with distinct spatial and temporal kinetics. Proper examination of this process requires one to look at the three-dimensional orientation of the cellular and subcellular components, which can be accomplished through tissue clearing. While there has been a recent surge of protocols to study biology in whole tissue, it has primarily focused on the nervous system. This chapter describes the workflow for whole mount analysis of murine skeletal muscle for LacZ reporters, fluorescent reporters and immunofluorescence staining. Using this technique, we are able to visualize LacZ reporters more effectively in deep tissue samples, and to perform fluorescent imaging with a depth greater than 1700 μm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Green fluorescence protein (GFP)
  • LacZ reporter
  • Satellite cell
  • Skeletal muscle
  • TdTomato
  • Tissue clearing
  • Tissue imaging


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