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Role of Zebrafish in Human Disease Research

Submission deadline: 30 June 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Lucia Rocco, PhD
    Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy
    Interests: Genetic ecotoxicology; Cytogenetics; Systematics; Evolutionary biology; Genetic ecotoxicology; Animal and human Cytogenetics; Molecular cell biology
  • Filomena Mottola, PhD
    Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy
    Interests: Genotoxicity; Anti-genotoxicity; Ecotoxicology; Cytogenetics; Cellular and molecular biology; DNA integrity; GENE expression; ROS percentage evaluation
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite continuous development of new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, knowledge regarding the mechanisms that underlie various pathologies affecting humans is still limited. The study of human disorders is often limited to the use of in vivo and in vitro systems and there is an urgent need to develop experimental models that reduce the complexities associated with current mammalian animal models. These include complicated embryonic manipulations and fetal experiments, long developmental stages and life cycle, high cost of animal breeding and animal house facilities.

In this regard, the application of zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model organism offers the unique advantages of high fertility, low cost, well-characterized development stages, optical transparency and easy maintenance. Zebrafish represent an effective study model for human disease research as they share about 75% of their genome with humans and have similar molecular functions at the organ and cellular level as mammalians.

Recent applications of zebrafish as an excellent animal model for disease research include the toxicological evaluation of various cytotoxic and genotoxic substances such as heavy metals, metal oxides, toxins, nanoparticles and endocrine disruptors. In addition, zebrafish have been used for the development of new drugs, vaccines and antigenotoxic molecules.

Different end points are considered in these applications, including survival rate, hatching rate, morphological and behavioral changes, neurotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, teratogenesis, genotoxicity and immunotoxicity.

For this special issue, researchers are invited to contribute original manuscripts and reviews that increase knowledge on the use of zebrafish as a gold standard model for studies on environmental toxicology, for the investigation of novel genes involved in specific pathological mechanisms, for the modeling of human diseases, and for drug discovery and development. Contributions on the generation of zebrafish disease models using the latest genome editing technologies and on the development of new therapies for diseases based on high-throughput screening are particularly welcome.

Prof. Lucia Rocco and Filomena Mottola

Guest Editors

Danio rerio
Drug development
Pathological mechanisms
Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instruction for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) in this open access journal is 2500 USD. Submitted manuscripts should be well formatted in good English.

Planned Paper (3 Papers)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to IMR Press journals will subject to peer-review before acceptance

Cytotoxic and genotoxic effect of microplastic in adult zebrafish: advance for toxicological study

Filomena Mottola

Genoprotective action of tocopherol in zebrafish specimens exposed to nanocontaminant

Concetta Iovine

Role of vitamins in reproductive health: new evidence in zebrafish embryo development

Marianna Santonastaso

Published Paper (3 Papers)
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