Zebrafish erythropoiesis and the utility of fish as models of anemia

Kasem Kulkeaw, Daisuke Sugiyama

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿総説査読

58 被引用数 (Scopus)


Erythrocytes contain oxygen-carrying hemoglobin to all body cells. Impairments in the generation of erythrocytes, a process known as erythropoiesis, or in hemoglobin synthesis alter cell function because of decreased oxygen supply and lead to anemic diseases. Thus, understanding how erythropoiesis is regulated during embryogenesis and adulthood is important to develop novel therapies for anemia. The zebrafish, Danio rerio, provides a powerful model for such study. Their small size and the ability to generate a large number of embryos enable large-scale analysis, and their transparency facilitates the visualization of erythroid cell migration. Importantly, the high conservation of hematopoietic genes among vertebrates and the ability to successfully transplant hematopoietic cells into fish have enabled the establishment of models of human anemic diseases in fish. In this review, we summarize the current progress in our understanding of erythropoiesis on the basis of zebrafish studies and highlight fish models of human anemias. These analyses could enable the discovery of novel drugs as future therapies.

ジャーナルStem Cell Research and Therapy
出版ステータス出版済み - 2012

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 医学(その他)
  • 分子医療
  • 生化学、遺伝学、分子生物学(その他)
  • 細胞生物学


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