New Zebrafish Models of Neurodegeneration

Rebeca Martín-Jiménez, Michelangelo Campanella, Claire Russell

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In modern biomedicine, the increasing need to develop experimental models to further our understanding of disease conditions and delineate innovative treatments has found in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) an experimental model, and indeed a valuable asset, to close the gap between in vitro and in vivo assays. Translation of ideas at a faster pace is vital in the field of neurodegeneration, with the attempt to slow or prevent the dramatic impact on the society’s welfare being an essential priority. Our research group has pioneered the use of zebrafish to contribute to the quest for faster and improved understanding and treatment of neurodegeneration in concert with, and inspired by, many others who have primed the study of the zebrafish to understand and search for a cure for disorders of the nervous system. Aware of the many advantages this vertebrate model holds, here, we present an update on the recent zebrafish models available to study neurodegeneration with the goal of stimulating further interest and increasing the number of diseases and applications for which they can be exploited. We shall do so by citing and commenting on recent breakthroughs made possible via zebrafish, highlighting their benefits for the testing of therapeutics and dissecting of disease mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Danio rerio
  • Disease model
  • Drug testing
  • Mechanism
  • Neurodegenerative
  • Therapeutic testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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