ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-140513-110
Zebrafish as a model of cardiac disease
Wilkinson, R.N., Jopling, C., van Eeden, F.J.
Date: 2014
Source: Progress in molecular biology and translational science   124: 65-91 (Chapter)
Registered Authors: Jopling, Chris, Wilkinson, Robert
Keywords: Arrhythmia, Cardiac disease, Cardiomyopathy, Congenital heart defects, Disease model, Heart development, Heart regeneration, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Electrophysiological Phenomena
  • Heart/embryology
  • Heart/physiology
  • Heart Diseases/pathology*
  • Regeneration/physiology
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 24751427 Full text @ Prog. Mol. Biol. Transl. Sci.
The zebrafish has been rapidly adopted as a model for cardiac development and disease. The transparency of the embryo, its limited requirement for active oxygen delivery, and ease of use in genetic manipulations and chemical exposure have made it a powerful alternative to rodents. Novel technologies like TALEN/CRISPR-mediated genome engineering and advanced imaging methods will only accelerate its use. Here, we give an overview of heart development and function in the fish and highlight a number of areas where it is most actively contributing to the understanding of cardiac development and disease. We also review the current state of research on a feature that we only could wish to be conserved between fish and human; cardiac regeneration.