Zebrafish as a model of neurodevelopmental disorders

Murilo S. De Abreu, Rafael Genario, Ana C.V.V. Giacomini, Konstantin A. Demin, Anton M. Lakstygal, Tamara G. Amstislavskaya, Barbara Dotto Fontana, Matthew O. Parker, Allan V. Kalueff

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Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) caused by aberrant brain growth and development are life-long, debilitating illnesses that markedly impair the quality of life. Animal models are a valuable tool for studying NDD pathobiology and therapies. Mounting evidence suggests the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a useful model organism to study NDDs with high physiological homology to humans and sensitivity to pharmacological and genetic manipulations. Here, we summarize experimental models of NDDs in zebrafish and highlight the growing translational significance of zebrafish NDD-related phenotypes. We also emphasize the need in further development of zebrafish models of NDDs to improve our understanding of their pathogenesis and therapeutic treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date29 Aug 2019
Publication statusEarly online - 29 Aug 2019


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