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Novel experimental model of enlarging abdominal aortic aneurysm in rabbits.
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PMID:  24726826     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: This study tested the hypothesis that an experimental model of abdominal aortic aneurysm in rabbits results in progressive enlargement when induced by a combination of periaortic elastase administration and aortic coarctation.
METHODS: Male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: (A) stenosis (n = 12), (B) elastase (n = 12), (C) aneurysm (n = 15), and (D) control (n = 12). The stenosis group received an extrinsic coarctation below the right renal artery, the elastase group received a 10-minute administration of 60 μL elastase (1 U/μL) in a 1.5-cm aortic segment, the aneurysm group received stenosis and elastase, and a sham operation was performed in the control group. The aortic diameter was measured after 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 weeks, and animals were subsequently euthanized for histopathologic and immunohistochemical studies.
RESULTS: All animals in the aneurysm group developed aneurysm by 2 weeks after treatment, with average diameters of 5.21 ± 0.74 mm by 2 weeks, 6.23 ± 1.10 mm by 4 weeks, 7.87 ± 0.50 mm by 8 weeks, and 9.40 ± 0.36 mm by 16 weeks. Aortic diameter dilated progressively, and all aneurysms developed by 4 weeks in the stenosis group (4.17 ± 0.22 mm). Only one aneurysm was seen in the elastase group by week 1 (3.60 ± 0.64 mm), and no aneurysm formed in the control group by week 8 (2.47 ± 0.38 mm). The aneurysm group exhibited less media thickness, elastin content, and endothelial recovery, but stronger expression of matrix metalloproteinase 2 and 9 and rabbit macrophage compared with the control group.
CONCLUSIONS: This novel rabbit abdominal aortic aneurysm model with a gradually enlarging diameter is simply and reliably induced, appropriately mimicking human aortic aneurysm disease.
Yonghua Bi; Hongshan Zhong; Ke Xu; Xun Qi; Zhen Zhang; Gang Wu; Xinwei Han
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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