Zebrafish xenotransplantation as a tool for in vivo cancer study

Beibei Zhang, Chao Xuan, Yunxi Ji, Weiming Zhang, Daogang Wang
Familial Cancer 2015, 14 (3): 487-93
Zebrafish represents a powerful model for cancer research. Particularly, the xenotransplantation of human cancer cells into zebrafish has enormous potential for further evaluation of cancer progression and drug discovery. Various cancer models have been established in adults, juveniles and embryos of zebrafish. This xenotransplantation zebrafish model provides a unique opportunity to monitor cancer proliferation, tumor angiogenesis, metastasis, self-renewal of cancer stem cells, and drug response in real time in vivo. This review summarizes the use of zebrafish as a model for cancer xenotransplantation, and highlights its advantages and disadvantages.

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