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Editorial

Characterization of a novel and spontaneous mouse model of inflammatory arthritis

Salvatore Cuzzocrea

Author Affiliations

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Messina, Torre Biologica, Policlinico Universitario, Via C. Valeria, Gazzi, 98100 Messina, Italy

Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011, 13:126  doi:10.1186/ar3434


See related research by Adipue et al., http://arthritis-research.com/content/13/4/R114

Published: 16 September 2011

Abstract

Arthritis is a heterogeneous disease comprising a group of inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Mouse models of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been critical for identifying genetic and cellular mechanisms of RA and several new mouse models have been produced. Various methods have been applied to induce experimental models of arthritis in animals that would provide important insights into the etiopathogenetic mechanisms of human RA. Adipue and colleagues recently discovered that mice in their breeding colony spontaneously developed inflamed joints reminiscent of RA and may, therefore, have found a new model to examine pathogenic mechanisms and test new treatments for this human inflammatory disease.