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ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-150227-7
Neutrophils in host defense: new insights from zebrafish
Harvie, E.A., Huttenlocher, A.
Date: 2015
Source: Journal of Leukocyte Biology   98(4): 523-37 (Review)
Registered Authors: Huttenlocher, Anna
Keywords: infection, innate immunity
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Immunity, Innate*
  • Infections/immunology*
  • Neutrophils/immunology*
  • Zebrafish/immunology*
PubMed: 25717145
Neutrophils are highly motile phagocytic cells that play a critical role in the immune response to infection. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are increasingly used to study neutrophil function and host-pathogen interactions. The generation of transgenic zebrafish lines with fluorescently labeled leukocytes has made it possible to visualize the neutrophil response to infection in real time by use of optically transparent zebrafish larvae. In addition, the genetic tractability of zebrafish has allowed for the generation of models of inherited neutrophil disorders. In this review, we discuss several zebrafish models of infectious disease, both in the context of immunocompetent, as well as neutrophil-deficient hosts and how these models have shed light on neutrophil behavior during infection.