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Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2009 Nov 27;312(1-2):24-30. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2009.04.018. Epub 2009 May 27.

Zebrafish pancreas development.

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Dipartimento di Biologia, Universita' degli Studi di Padova, Via Ugo Bassi 58b, I-35121 Padova, Italy.


An accurate understanding of the molecular events governing pancreas development can have an impact on clinical medicine related to diabetes, obesity and pancreatic cancer, diseases with a high impact in public health. Until 1996, the main animal models in which pancreas formation and differentiation could be studied were mouse and, for some instances related to early development, chicken and Xenopus. Zebrafish has penetrated this field very rapidly offering a new model of investigation; by joining functional genomics, genetics and in vivo whole mount visualization, Danio rerio has allowed large scale and fine multidimensional analysis of gene functions during pancreas formation and differentiation.

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