Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Chair of Metabolic Biochemistry

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Genomic editing opens new avenues for zebrafish as a model for neurodegeneration

J Neurochem. 2013 Nov;127(4):461-70

Authors/Editors: Bettina Schmid
Christian Haass
Type of Publication: Review

Zebrafish has become a popular model organism to study human diseases. We will highlight the advantages and limitations of zebrafish as a model organism to study neurodegenerative diseases and introduce zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and the recently established clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat-associated system for genome editing. The efficiency of the novel genome editing tools now greatly facilitates knock-out and, importantly, also makes knock-in approaches feasible in zebrafish. Genome editing in zebrafish avoids unspecific phenotypes caused by off-target effects and toxicity as frequently seen in conventional knock-down approaches.

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