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ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-101209-21
Zebrafish: an integrative System for Neurogenomics and Neurosciences
Rinkwitz, S., Mourrain, P., and Becker, T.S.
Date: 2011
Source: Prog. Neurobiol.   93(2): 231-243 (Review)
Registered Authors: Becker, Thomas S., Mourrain, Philippe, Rinkwitz, Silke
Keywords: Animal models, Transgenes, Optogenetics
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Gene Expression
  • Genomics*
  • Humans
  • Nerve Net/anatomy & histology
  • Nerve Net/physiology
  • Nervous System/anatomy & histology
  • Nervous System/embryology
  • Nervous System/growth & development
  • Neurobiology*
  • Neurotransmitter Agents/metabolism
  • Transgenes
  • Zebrafish/anatomy & histology
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 21130139 Full text @ Prog. Neurobiol.
Rapid technological advances over the past decade have moved us closer to a high throughput molecular approach to neurobiology, where we see the merging of neurogenetics, genomics, physiology, imaging and pharmacology. This is the case more in zebrafish than in any other model organism commonly used. Recent improvements in the generation of transgenic zebrafish now allow genetic manipulation and live imaging of neuronal development and function in early embryonic, larval, and adult animals. The sequenced zebrafish genome and comparative genomics give unprecedented insights into genome evolution and its relation to genome structure and function. There is now information on embryonic and larval expression of over 12000 genes and just under 1000 mutant phenotypes. We review the remarkable similarity of the zebrafish genetic blueprint for the nervous system to that of mammals and assess recent technological advances that make the zebrafish a model of choice for elucidating the development and function of neuronal circuitry, transgene based neuroanatomy, and small molecule neuropharmacology.