Atherosclerosis Model

As a vertebrate, zebrafish

Thus, becoming a fast, cost-effective and biologically-relevant model for the study of cholesterol accumulation.


  • Whole body measurement: Zebrafish juveniles at 21dpf are processed via enzymatic colorimetric kits.
  • Vascular tissue accumulation: Treated larvae are processed via Bodipy labelling.

Method description

An evaluation of potential cholesterol-regulatory molecules.

Early-life embryos are subjected to Non-Cholesterol (NCD) and High Cholesterol (HCD) diets during 15 days in the presence and absence of the compound of interest.
Cholesterol quantification: In-vivo confocal visualization of  cholesterol is possible by  Bodipy fluorescent dye.

Figure: Ezetimibe is a low toxic drug that reduces efficiently the levels of cholesterol