Zebrafish tumor xenograft models

Tumor growth/regression and metastasis in zebrafish

We are unique in offering zebrafish tumor xenograft models based on implanting human or mouse tumor cells into zebrafish embryos. Small molecule drugs can be added to the water or larger therapeutic agents or cells can be co-injected with the tumor cells. These models can be combined with radiation therapy, immune-modulatory therapy, genetic interference or editing, tumor stroma analyses, molecular analyses, ADME analysis and many other services depending on your needs.

Tumor regression

Tumor growth/regression and metastasis rates are determined over three days. IC50 values and therapeutic windows are determined comparing anti-tumor efficacy with toxicity in the same animal.


Metastatic potential and early both local and distal dissemination (through tumor vessels) are quantified three days after tumor implantation.


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