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In vivo quantitative evaluation of the relationship between skull thickness and body length and age in zebrafish using OCT
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  • Yonghua Liao,
  • Xiang Xiang,
  • Lan Zhang,
  • Weijian Gao,
  • Dan Li,
  • Weilin Xie,
  • Zishan Yuan,
  • Jingyi Yang,
  • Fangyu Zhong,
  • Yuanhan Zhang,
  • Keer Chen,
  • Jian Zhang
Yonghua Liao
Guangzhou Medical University

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Xiang Xiang
Guangzhou Medical University
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Lan Zhang
Guangzhou Medical University
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Weijian Gao
Guangzhou Medical University
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Dan Li
Guangzhou Medical University
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Weilin Xie
Guangzhou Medical University
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Zishan Yuan
Guangzhou Medical University
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Jingyi Yang
Guangzhou Medical University
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Fangyu Zhong
Guangzhou Medical University
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Yuanhan Zhang
Guangzhou Medical University
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Keer Chen
Guangzhou Medical University
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Jian Zhang
Guangzhou Medical University
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Abstract

Zebrafish is widely used in bone research, but there is a lack of methods to assess its bone development in vivo. The objective of this study was to monitor skull growth of zebrafish and investigate whether a correlation exists between the bone thickness and body length and age. The skull of zebrafish with different body lengths or ages were evaluated using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and histology. There was a significant normal linear correlation between these two methods (r=0.9988, P<0.05). Both OCT and histology showed that the skull thicknesses of older zebrafish were markedly higher than younger zebrafish (P<0.05), but no significant difference was found between zebrafish with the same age but different body lengths (P>0.05). This study demonstrated the age of zebrafish, not their body length can represent their developmental stages.OCT providing a powerful tool for noninvasive and nondestructive procedures in analyzing bone growth processes in long-time studies.