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give three systems that model physiology

1. cardiovascular
2. CNS function
3. gastrointestinal


give four systems that model pathology

1. genetic manipulation
2. drug induced
3. infection
4. surgically induced


what must be done before a person is allowed to test on animals?

a license must be held, obtained from the home office: animals (scientific procedures) act 1986


what are the steps to getting a drug to pre-clincal trials?

1. observation - people are dying
2. basic research - gain an understanding of the cause of the disease
3. discover a target
4. find a drug that can at at this target
5. pre-clinical trials


why are animal models used?

to discern physiology as well as the cause of disease, leading to novel therapeutics


name a long-standing treatment for chronic inflammatory condition



what are the therapeutic effects of glucocorticoids

1. decreased vasodilation
2. decreased leukocyte migration/ activation
3. decreased fibrosis
4. decreased clonal expansion of B and T cells
5. decreased production of interleukins, TNF-alpha
6. decreased generation of prostaglandins


side-effects of prolonged use of glucocorticoids

1. suppresion of response to injury and infection
2. cataracts
3. increased abdominal fat
4. skin thinning
5. oesteoporosis
6. increased appetite
7. hyperglycemia
8. moon face
9. buffalo hump
10. peptic ulceration


what effects do glucocorticoids have on mono/ poly nuclear phagocytosis

1. decreased chemotaxis
2. decreased diapedesis
3. decreased adhesion
4. decreased spreading
5. decreased endocytosis
6. decreased cytotoxicity


what effects do glucocorticoids have on T cells?

1. increased lysis (not human)
2. increased apoptosis (immature)

1. decreased proliferation
2. decreased growth differentiation
3. decreased cytotoxicity
4. decreased cytokine production


what effects do glucocorticoids have on B cells?

1. increased plasma cell formation
2. increased antibody production (low dose GC)

1. decreased antibody body production (high dose GC)
2. decreased antigen prensentation


where is TNF-alpha secreted from?

activated macrophages


what does TNF-alpha do?

1. increases adhesion molecues on endothelial cells
2. t-cell activation
3. cytokine production (IL-6, IL-1)
4. VEGF anf angiogenesis
5. increased body temperature


what does TNF-alpha do i arthritis

activates T-cells as well as generating a cytokine cascade resulting in inflammation and bone and cartilage destruction


what was done to model rheumatoid arthritis?

an injection of an emulsion of collagen in complete Freund's adjuvant induces an immune response against collagen

the collagen induced arthritis was scored from 0-4 where
0 was no evidence of erthema and swelling
4 was erytheme and sever swelling of joints


what results were concluded from the animal model of RA in mice?

TNF-alpha was shown to ameliorate and portect collagen in CIA

human trials of infliximab (human/mouse antibodies) was highly successful


what is MS?

multiple sclerosis

inflammatory demyelinating disease of the CNS


how many people does CNS affect in the UK?



what is the average MS onset age



what is the gender ratio of people with MS?



What are the standard disease modifying treatments for MS?

type 1 interferon


what was done to model MS?

experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)

an injection of MOG in complete Freund's adjuvant followed by an injection of pertussis toxin

severity was scored from 0-4 where
0 was normal
4 was complete hind limb paralysis
5 was moribund state / sacrifice for human reasons


what is atherosclerosis?

chronic disease of the arteries


what is the average onset of atherosclerosis in men?

>45 but begins in childhood


what is the result of coronary atherosclerosis?

partial occlusion of coronary vessels by atheromatous deposits results in:

1. angina - insufficient oxygen supply to myocardium
2. myocardial infarction - death of an area of the myocardium due to the sudden block of a thrombosis


what are knockout mice used for?

study of the role of gene function
therapeutic development
disease research


what is apoliprotein E?


a glycoprotein synthesis mainly in the brain and liver
a constituent of all lipoproteins except LDL
synthesised by mononuclear phagocytes in blood vessels and has local effects on cholesterol homeostasis


how is a cre/loxP system made

a mouse with a gene insertion in between two loxP sites is crossed with a cre mouse

the lox p has binding sites for cre, which is a DNA recombinase so is useful for splicing and DNA recombination

the two are crossed to circumvent the embryonic lethality of changing too many genes


why is the cre/loxP system useful

it allows the examination of the role of a particular gene in a specific cell


give two examples of animal models

1. ob/ob mice; obesity
2. carbon tetrachloride poisoning - liver fibrosis