The promise of zebrafish as a chemical screening tool in cancer therapy

Xiayang Xie, James L. Ross, John K. Cowell, Yong Teng

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Cancer progression in zebrafish recapitulates many aspects of human cancer and as a result, zebrafish have been gaining popularity for their potential use in basic and translational cancer research. Human cancer can be modeled in zebrafish by induction using chemical mutagens, xenotransplantation or by genetic manipulation. Chemical screens based on zebrafish cancer models offer a rapid, powerful and inexpensive means of evaluating the potential of suppression or prevention on cancer. The identification of small molecules through such screens will serve as ideal entry points for novel chemical therapies for cancer treatment. This article outlines advances that have been made within the growing field of zebrafish cancer models and presents their advantages for chemical drug screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1395-1405
Number of pages11
JournalFuture Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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