Inherited Ventricular Arrhythmia in Zebrafish: Genetic Models and Phenotyping Tools

Ewa Sieliwonczyk, Vladimir V Matchkov, Bert Vandendriessche, Maaike Alaerts, Jeroen Bakkers, Bart Loeys, Dorien Schepers

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In the last years, the field of inheritable ventricular arrhythmia disease modelling has changed significantly with a push towards the use of novel cellular cardiomyocyte based models. However, there is a growing need for new in vivo models to study the disease pathology at the tissue and organ level. Zebrafish provide an excellent opportunity for in vivo modelling of inheritable ventricular arrhythmia syndromes due to the remarkable similarity between their cardiac electrophysiology and that of humans. Additionally, many state-of-the-art methods in gene editing and electrophysiological phenotyping are available for zebrafish research. In this review, we give a comprehensive overview of the published zebrafish genetic models for primary electrical disorders and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. We summarise and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different technical approaches for the generation of genetically modified zebrafish disease models, as well as the electrophysiological approaches in zebrafish phenotyping. By providing this detailed overview, we aim to draw attention to the potential of the zebrafish model for studying arrhythmia syndromes at the organ level and as a platform for personalised medicine and drug testing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalReviews of physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Sept 2021


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