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2015 Guidelines for Establishing Genetically Modified Rat Models for Cardiovascular Research. J Cardiovasc Transl Res 2015 Jun;8(4):269-77



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The rat has long been a key physiological model for cardiovascular research, most of the inbred strains having been previously selected for susceptibility or resistance to various cardiovascular diseases (CVD). These CVD rat models offer a physiologically relevant background on which candidates of human CVD can be tested in a more clinically translatable experimental setting. However, a diverse toolbox for genetically modifying the rat genome to test molecular mechanisms has only recently become available. Here, we provide a high-level description of several strategies for developing genetically modified rat models of CVD.

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Flister MJ, Prokop JW, Lazar J, Shimoyama M, Dwinell M, Geurts A, International Committee on Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Mice, Rat Genome and Nomenclature Committee


Melinda R. Dwinell PhD Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Aron Geurts PhD Associate Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mary E. Shimoyama PhD Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Biomedical Research
Cardiovascular Diseases
Disease Models, Animal
Gene Expression Regulation
Genetic Markers
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Genetic Techniques
Rats, Transgenic
Species Specificity
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