The zebrafish eye: developmental and genetic analysis

Results Probl Cell Differ. 2002:40:346-70. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-46041-1_17.


In this review, we have attempted to cover all the major points of zebrafish eye development, and have found that, for the most part, it has much in common with other eyes, in both vertebrates and the fly. In addition to the confirmation and extension of earlier studies, however, the work on zebrafish has provided some new insights that should be assessed for their applicability to the development of other vertebrates. Among these are the modulated cellular proliferation in the optic vesicle, the complex spatiotemporal pattern of central retinal neurogenesis, the emergence of spatial order among the photoreceptors, the genetic controls of cell fates, and the genetic mechanisms underlying retinal stratification. Substantial though it is, this contribution will grow rapidly in the next few years as the advances of zebrafish genetics are accelerated by progress of genomics, especially the zebrafish genome project.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Eye / embryology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
  • Lens, Crystalline / embryology
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Models, Biological
  • Mutation
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Retina / embryology*
  • Zebrafish / embryology*