Mechanical properties of suprarenal and infrarenal abdominal aorta: Implications for mouse models of aneurysms

M. J. Collins, M. Bersi, E. Wilson, J. D. Humphrey

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Multiple mouse models have been developed to increase our understanding of the natural history of abdominal aortic aneurysms. An advantage of such models is that one can quantify the time course of changes in geometry, histology, cell biology, and mechanics as a lesion develops. One of the most commonly used mouse models yields lesions in the suprarenal abdominal aorta whereas most other models target the infrarenal abdominal aorta, consistent with the clinical observation that nearly all abdominal aneurysms in humans occur in the infrarenal aorta. Understanding reasons for similarities and differences between diverse mouse models and human lesions may provide increased insight that would not be possible studying a single situation alone. Toward this end, however, we must first compare directly the native structure and properties of these two portions of the abdominal aorta in the mouse. In this paper, we present the first biaxial mechanical data and nonlinear constitutive descriptors for the suprarenal and infrarenal aorta in mice, which reveals only subtle mechanical differences despite marked morphological and histological differences. Such data promise to increase our ability to understand and model the natural history of these deadly lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1262-1269
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • AAA
  • Murine models
  • Stiffness
  • Strain
  • Stress


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