Quarto, N., and Longaker, M.T. (2005) The zebrafish (Danio rerio): a model system for cranial suture patterning. Cells, tissues, organs. 181(2):109-118.
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an alluring model system currently used to study early embryonic development, organogenesis and gene functional analysis. However, few studies have been devoted to post-embryonic development. We have explored the possibility of using this organism to analyze how cranial suture patterning occurs. This study reports on the establishment of the zebrafish skull vault anatomy, calvarial osteogenesis, and cranial suture morphology. Our results demonstrate that the anatomy of the zebrafish cranial vault and cranial sutures is very similar to that of mammalian organisms. Indeed, the zebrafish represents a versatile and valuable model system for the study of the biogenesis of cranial sutures.