From whole-body imaging to whole-body modeling of viral infection in zebrafish
Supervisor: Dr JP Levraud, co-supervisors: local: Dr E. Colucci, external: Pr R. Doursat (P8)
- In vivo study of early host cell response; parameters of alternative fates of interferon expression
- Understand viral dissemination by establishing the « genealogical tree » of successive infected cells at the wholebody level. For both, the ESR will use the neuroinvasive Sindbis virus infection model in zebrafish developed by P7.
- New Sindbis virus strain to report early infection, and new interferon response reporter transgenics
- Early response of cells to viral infection imaged in vivo.
- Library of viruses with many distinguishable colours (rainbow)
- Whole-body images of zebrafish larvae infected with the multicolour virus mix followed over several days
- Specific image analysis method to derive a dynamic statistical map of virus spread.
- Model of virus spreading tactics.
- Academic: P1, UM, G. Lutfalla, Design and injection of improved reporter transgenes; P5 STUBA K. Mikula; Generate the analysis software to track the viral spread through the organism
- Industrial: P14 (Union Biometrica) Dr D Strack, Testing flow whole-body multicolour imaging
Links to other projects: Collaborations with ESR1 for transgenic reporter lines; ESRs2&9 for imaging instrumentation; ESR7 to adopt dedicated image analysis software; ESR11 for modelling.