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Open Access Rodent Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The study of rheumatoid arthritis is greatly facilitated by animal models that enable investigation of a complex system involving inflammation, immunological tolerance, and autoimmunity. Although the models cover several species and pathogenetic mechanisms and can be classified as induced or spontaneous, all converge on arthritis. However, because each model features a different mechanism driving disease expression, the merits of each should be evaluated carefully in making the appropriate choice for the scientific question to be addressed. In addition, because the incidence and kinetics of disease vary by model, careful thought should be given to protocol design to minimize animal use.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Research Service (151), 1030 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104, and the Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee 38163.

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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