July 2009 - The Rawls lab publication, "Ontogeny and nutritional control of adipogenesis in zebrafish (Danio rerio)," has been selected as the cover article in the August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research.
[at left: The optical transparency of the zebrafish provides new opportunities to study adipocyte biology. We have developed methods for visualizing zebrafish adipocytes in vivo by labeling neutral lipid droplets with Nile Red (yellow fluorescence). Zebrafish fed normally into early adulthood develop multiple adipose depots (top). When this same individual was starved, all depots were reduced after 4 days (middle) and depleted after 7 days (bottom). (See Flynn et al., p. 1641.) ]