ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-020913-7
Vascular cell biology in vivo: a new piscine paradigm?
Weinstein, B.
Date: 2002
Source: Trends in cell biology   12(9): 439-445 (Review)
Registered Authors: Weinstein, Brant M.
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Angiography/methods
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors
  • Blood Vessels/anatomy & histology
  • Blood Vessels/physiology*
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/anatomy & histology
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/physiology
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Larva/anatomy & histology
  • Larva/physiology
  • Luminescent Proteins/genetics
  • Luminescent Proteins/metabolism
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic*
  • Proteins/genetics
  • Proteins/metabolism
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins/genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/anatomy & histology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
  • Zebrafish Proteins*
PubMed: 12220865 Full text @ Trends Cell Biol.
Understanding how blood vessels form has become increasingly important in recent years yet remains difficult to study. The architecture and context of blood vessels are difficult to reproduce in vitro, and most developing blood vessels in vivo are relatively inaccessible to observation and experimental manipulation. Zebrafish, however, provide several advantages. They have small, accessible, transparent embryos and larvae, facilitating high-resolution imaging in vivo. In addition, genetic and experimental tools and methods are available for functional manipulation of the entire organism, vascular tissues or even single vascular- or non-vascular cells. Together, these features make the fish amenable to 'in vivo vascular cell biology'.