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222 animal models of heart attack

  1. 1. Editorial Slides VP Watch, January 9, 2002, Volume 2, Issue 1 Animal Models of Heart Attack?
  2. 2.  Cell culture is a convenient way to ask mechanistic questions, but it lacks complexity of a real disease thus limiting the scope of testable hypotheses. Human observations provide rich soil for making hypotheses, but for obvious ethical reasons our ability to test these hypotheses in men is very limited. Animal models are essential for testing mechanistic hypotheses in a controlled manner.1  Ideal animal model is situated in the middle of this range. 1
  3. 3. 1- Japanese quail 2- Pigeon 3- Chicken Reported Animal Models for Atherosclerosis 4- Dog 5- Monkey 6- Pig 7- Rat 8- Rabbit 9- Mouse
  4. 4.  Quail: - Studies on Japanese quail have shown that the RES birds were resistant to the disease and developed little atherosclerosis on a diet containing 1% cholesterol. The SUS birds were sensitive and developed severe atherosclerosis in 8-9 wks on a diet containing only 0.5% cholesterol. 14,15,16
  5. 5.  Pigeon: - Tesar and Kottke showed that two distinct types of fatty streaks can be identified in white Carneau pigeon and their biologic features can be defined and related to their propensity for atherogenesis.6
  6. 6.  Chicken: - Wong discussed that chicken is a good animal model for the study of atherosclerosis research because it is able to develop spontaneous atherosclerosis and capable of producing atherosclerosis after cholesterol feeding with elevated hypercholesterolemia. There is no essential difference between vascular lesions seen in chickens as a result of cholesterol diet and that of atherosclerosis observed in man.2,3
  7. 7.  Dog: - Reducing platelet accumulation at sites of balloon angioplasty may attenuate restenosis. Willerson, et al. tested this hypothesis by inducing repetitive platelet aggregation at coronary angioplasty sites in cholesterol sensitive dogs and measured subsequent neointima formation. 4,5
  8. 8.  Monkey: - Blaton and Peeters discussed that the chimpanzee lipoproteins are useful models for understanding the relationship between function and structure of the plasma lipoproteins in health and disease. Baboon and rhesus monkeys show similar results, but more differences to the human lipoproteins in health and disease were observed.8,9
  9. 9.  Swine: - Massmann, and others showed relations between spontaneous and induced arterial lesions in swine and arteriosclerosis in humans. 7,21
  10. 10.  Rat: - Bennani-Kabchi et al. showed the potential of the sand rat to develop atherosclerotic lesions at different stages which opens the field to therapeutic tests of new anti-atherogenic agents. - More recently Herrera et al. demonstrated that cholesteryl ester transfer protein can be proatherogenic. The interaction of polygenic hypertension and hyperlipidemia in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis in Tg [hCETP] DS rats substantiates epidemiological observations in humans.10,11
  11. 11.  Rabbit: - Hereditary Watanabe rabbit - Clubb et al. evaluated temporal distribution of leukocytes, macrophages, foam cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and subendothelial lipid in Watanabe heritable hyperlipedimic (WHHL) rabbit aortas.19 - Cholesterol fed New Zealand rabbit - Atherosclerotic plaques were produced in New Zealand White rabbits by intermittent cholesterol feeding.20
  12. 12.  Rekhter, et al. have developed a rabbit model in which an atherosclerotic plaque can be ruptured at will after an inflatable balloon becomes embedded into the plaque. This model as well can be used for induction of thrombi associated with plaque rupture. 17
  13. 13.  Mouse: - The apoE-deficient mouse contains the entire spectrum of lesions observed during atherogenesis and is the first mouse model to develop lesions similar to those in humans. 12,13
  14. 14.  As highlighted in this week of VP Watch, Braun, Krieger, et al. showed that mice with homozygous null mutations in the genes for both the LDL and apoE receptors (SR-BI/apoE double knockout mice) exhibit morphological and functional defects with similarities to those seen in human coronary heart disease.22  The SR-BI/apoE dKO mice are distinct because they have extensive coronary artery lesions with fibrin deposition and spontaneously develop extensive MIs on a standard chow diet at a very young age (5 weeks).22
  15. 15.  The authors indicated that severe occlusive, fibrin-containing coronary arterial lesions, probable ischemia, multiple MIs, enlarged hearts, and cardiac dysfunction in very young ('5 weeks old), low-fat/ low-cholesterol fed SR-BI/apoE dKO mice provide a novel model of CHD.22  Fibrin deposits were found in the core regions of 8 of 10 lesions in 3 of 3 dKO mice.22  However, clear evidence for plaque rupture was not found in these animals neither was thin fibrous cap.22
  16. 16. Conclusion: I. Comparing to the previous animal models of atherosclerosis, double knockout LDL/apoE mice seem to offer an improvement in studying the clinical complications of atherosclerosis closer to human ischemic heart disease. II. However, it is unclear as to what degree the new model simulates the pathophysiology and pathology characteristic of human vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques.
  17. 17. Questions: 1. Which one the following animal models more closely resembles human coronary artery disease? - Watanabe rabbits - New Zealand cholesterol fed rabbits - CETP/DS transgenic rat - Apo-E deficient mice - LDL deficient mice - Double KO LDL/apoE mice
  18. 18. Questions: 2. Since clinical atherosclerosis is predominantly an athero-thrombotic disease, besides the plaque characteristics in these animals, the question is how closely their blood factors and coagulation system resembles of those in human? 3. Since transgenic animal models of atherosclerosis do not live long, knowing the major role of age in the natural history of human atherosclerosis and its complications such as plaque rupture, can we find a representative model of repeated plaque rupture in these animals.
  19. 19. Suggestion: Editorial Suggestion: - Please email your thoughts to: or
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