Danilova, N., Sakamoto, K.M., and Lin, S. (2008) Role of p53 family in birth defects: Lessons from zebrafish. Birth defects research. Part C, Embryo today : reviews. 84(3):215-227.
p53 protein family is an important teratologic suppressor, but in certain conditions it can cause congenital abnormalities. p53 family performs this dual role in development by integrating information from cell's interior with that from the environment to determine the choice between life and death. Understanding of p53 family developmental functions may lead to new therapeutic approaches for treatment and prevention of birth defects. Zebrafish is becoming the vertebrate system of choice for studying p53 family role in development.