Zebrafish larvae show no muscle dedifferentiation phenotype. Micrographs from semithin sections showed that larval tail myofibres have a well organized sarcomeric structure that do not show signs of dedifferentiation during regeneration (arrows). (a, b) At 0 dpa and 1 dpa, distal most fibres show altered sarcomeric striations, characteristic of damaged or dying myofibre (arrowheads). (c) At 3 dpa this phenotype was not observed (neither at 2 dpa, not shown), instead, less muscle is observed close to the amputation plane (asterisk). (d) At 6 dpa, new myofibres are visible in the regenerate (left arrow). Notochord (N) is visible as an oval at 3 and 6 dpa because of the slight dorsal curvature that regenerating tails acquire (see Figure 8h). Dashed lines: amputation planes. n ≥ four sections per animal, three animals per time point.
Rodrigues et al. BMC Developmental Biology 2012 12:9 doi:10.1186/1471-213X-12-9