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Laboratory of Developmental Biology, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine, Sorbonne University, 9 quai Saint Bernard, 75252 Paris CEDEX, France
Dr. Pengfei Xu
School of Medicine, Zijingang Campus Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Applications of the Zebrafish Model

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30 April 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

Zebrafish has become an increasingly important model organsim for studying a wide variety of biological processes. Since being identified as a genetic model animal in the 1980s, it has been used for deciphering developmental mechanisms with great success. Importantly, more than 70% of human genes have at least one zebrafish orthologue, and 84% of human disease genes have an equivalent in zebrafish. Therefore, the application of zebrafish model in biomedical researches has rapidly expanded over the past two decades. This Topic welcomes submissions of original research and review manuscripts focusing on the application of zebrafish model for understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying physiological and pathological processes. It covers large aspects of studies by taking advantage of the zebrafish model, including but not limited to early development, morphogenesis, organogenesis, tissue regeneration, neural function, reproduction, behaviors, disease modeling, drug screening, toxicology, live Imaging, multiomics and gene mutations by genome-editing approach. The aim is to provide an overview of the strong potential in applying the zebrafish model for understanding development and disease.

Dr. De-Li Shi
Dr. Pengfei Xu
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Keywords

  • zebrafish
  • organogenesis
  • regeneration
  • reproduction
  • disease modeling
  • gene mutation and function
  • behavior
  • toxicology
  • drug screening
  • multiomics

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Biology
biology
4.2 4.0 2012 18.7 Days CHF 2700 Submit
BioMed
biomed
- - 2021 27 Days CHF 1000 Submit
Cells
cells
6.0 9.0 2012 16.6 Days CHF 2700 Submit
Genes
genes
3.5 5.1 2010 16.5 Days CHF 2600 Submit

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Evaluation of Tacrolimus’ Adverse Effects on Zebrafish in Larval and Adult Stages by Using Multiple Physiological and Behavioral Endpoints
Biology 2024, 13(2), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/biology13020112 - 10 Feb 2024
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Tacrolimus (FK506) is a common immunosuppressant that is used in organ transplantation. However, despite its importance in medical applications, it is prone to adverse side effects. While some studies have demonstrated its toxicities to humans and various animal models, very few studies have [...] Read more.
Tacrolimus (FK506) is a common immunosuppressant that is used in organ transplantation. However, despite its importance in medical applications, it is prone to adverse side effects. While some studies have demonstrated its toxicities to humans and various animal models, very few studies have addressed this issue in aquatic organisms, especially zebrafish. Here, we assessed the adverse effects of acute and chronic exposure to tacrolimus in relatively low doses in zebrafish in both larval and adult stages, respectively. Based on the results, although tacrolimus did not cause any cardiotoxicity and respiratory toxicity toward zebrafish larvae, it affected their locomotor activity performance in light–dark locomotion tests. Meanwhile, tacrolimus was also found to slightly affect the behavior performance, shoaling formation, circadian rhythm locomotor activity, and color preference of adult zebrafish in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, alterations in the cognitive performance of the fish were also displayed by the treated fish, indicated by a loss of short-term memory. To help elucidate the toxicity mechanism of tacrolimus, molecular docking was conducted to calculate the strength of the binding interaction between tacrolimus to human FKBP12. The results showed a relatively normal binding affinity, indicating that this interaction might only partly contribute to the observed alterations. Nevertheless, the current research could help clinicians and researchers to further understand the toxicology of tacrolimus, especially to zebrafish, thus highlighting the importance of considering the toxicity of tacrolimus prior to its usage. Full article
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The Effects of Aging on Rod Bipolar Cell Ribbon Synapses
Cells 2023, 12(19), 2385; https://doi.org/10.3390/cells12192385 - 29 Sep 2023
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The global health concern posed by age-related visual impairment highlights the need for further research focused on the visual changes that occur during the process of aging. To date, multiple sensory alterations related to aging have been identified, including morphological and functional changes [...] Read more.
The global health concern posed by age-related visual impairment highlights the need for further research focused on the visual changes that occur during the process of aging. To date, multiple sensory alterations related to aging have been identified, including morphological and functional changes in inner hair cochlear cells, photoreceptors, and retinal ganglion cells. While some age-related morphological changes are known to occur in rod bipolar cells in the retina, their effects on these cells and on their connection to other cells via ribbon synapses remain elusive. To investigate the effects of aging on rod bipolar cells and their ribbon synapses, we compared synaptic calcium currents, calcium dynamics, and exocytosis in zebrafish (Danio rerio) that were middle-aged (MA,18 months) or old-aged (OA, 36 months). The bipolar cell terminal in OA zebrafish exhibited a two-fold reduction in number of synaptic ribbons, an increased ribbon length, and a decrease in local Ca2+ signals at the tested ribbon location, with little change in the overall magnitude of the calcium current or exocytosis in response to brief pulses. Staining of the synaptic ribbons with antibodies specific for PKCa revealed shortening of the inner nuclear and plexiform layers (INL and IPL). These findings shed light on age-related changes in the retina that are related to synaptic ribbons and calcium signals. Full article
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