Zoological Research ›› 2017, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (3): 127-137.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.033

Special Issue: Tree shrew biology Animal models Genetics & evolution

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Tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri) as a novel laboratory disease animal model

Ji Xiao1,2, Rong Liu2, Ce-Shi Chen2   

  1. 1 Medical Faculty of Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming Yunnan 650500, China;
    2 Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Yunnan Province, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China
  • Received:2017-03-14 Revised:2017-05-03 Online:2017-05-18 Published:2017-05-18
  • Contact: Ce-Shi Chen,E-mail:chenc@mail.kiz.ac.cn E-mail:chenc@mail.kiz.ac.cn
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    This study was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (81325016, U1602221, 81322038 and U1502222)

Abstract: The tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri) is a promising laboratory animal that possesses a closer genetic relationship to primates than to rodents. In addition, advantages such as small size, easy breeding, and rapid reproduction make the tree shrew an ideal subject for the study of human disease. Numerous tree shrew disease models have been generated in biological and medical studies in recent years. Here we summarize current tree shrew disease models, including models of infectious diseases, cancers, depressive disorders, drug addiction, myopia, metabolic diseases, and immune-related diseases. With the success of tree shrew transgenic technology, this species will be increasingly used in biological and medical studies in the future.

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