Progressive alterations in microstructural organization and biomechanical response in the ApoE mouse model of aneurysm

Darren Haskett, Mohamad Azhar, Urs Utzinger, Jonathan P Vande Geest

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AAA is a complex disease that leads to a localized dilation of the infrarenal aorta that develops over years. Longitudinal information in humans has been difficult to obtain for this disease, therefore mouse models have become increasingly used to study the development of AAAs. The objective of this study was to determine any changes that occur in the biomechanical response and fiber microstructure in the ApoE(-/-) AngII mouse model of aneurysm during disease progression. Adult ApoE(-/-) AngII infused mice along with wild-type controls were taken at 14 and 28 d. Aortas were excised and tested simultaneously for biaxial mechanical response and ECM organization. Data sets were fit to a Fung-type constitutive model to give peak strains and stiffness values. Images from two photon microscopy were quantified in order to assess the preferred fiber alignment and degree of fiber orientation. Biomechanical results found significant differences that were present at 14 d had returned to normal by 28 d along with significant changes in fiber orientation and dispersion indicating remodeling occurring within the aneurysmal wall. This return of some of the normal biomechanical function, in addition the continuing changes that occur in the microstructure suggest a restorative response that occurs in the ApoE(-/-) AngII infused model after the initial aneurysm formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • AAA
  • AngII
  • ApoE
  • aneurysm
  • mechanical
  • microstructure
  • mouse model
  • two-photon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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