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Applying refinement to the use of mice and rats in rheumatoid arthritis research.

Hawkins P, Armstrong R, Boden T, Garside P, Knight K, Lilley E, Seed M, Wilkinson M, Williams RO - Inflammopharmacology (2015)

Bottom Line: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic disorder and there is currently an unmet need for effective therapies that will benefit a wide range of patients.The research and development process for therapies and treatments currently involves in vivo studies, which have the potential to cause discomfort, pain or distress.This Working Group report focuses on identifying causes of suffering within commonly used mouse and rat 'models' of RA, describing practical refinements to help reduce suffering and improve welfare without compromising the scientific objectives.

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Affiliation: Research Animals Department, RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9RS, UK, penny.hawkins@rspca.org.uk.

ABSTRACT
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic disorder and there is currently an unmet need for effective therapies that will benefit a wide range of patients. The research and development process for therapies and treatments currently involves in vivo studies, which have the potential to cause discomfort, pain or distress. This Working Group report focuses on identifying causes of suffering within commonly used mouse and rat 'models' of RA, describing practical refinements to help reduce suffering and improve welfare without compromising the scientific objectives. The report also discusses other, relevant topics including identifying and minimising sources of variation within in vivo RA studies, the potential to provide pain relief including analgesia, welfare assessment, humane endpoints, reporting standards and the potential to replace animals in RA research.

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Degrees of paw swelling in FCA adjuvant arthritic rats, measured using plethysmography. This illustrates significant, but well controlled, paw swelling to 2.5 mL. Volumes above this are likely to cause severe pain and debilitation and should be considered a humane end point, as in the top paw. (From Bolon et al. (2011), reproduced by kind permission of Hindawi Publications Corp.)
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Fig1: Degrees of paw swelling in FCA adjuvant arthritic rats, measured using plethysmography. This illustrates significant, but well controlled, paw swelling to 2.5 mL. Volumes above this are likely to cause severe pain and debilitation and should be considered a humane end point, as in the top paw. (From Bolon et al. (2011), reproduced by kind permission of Hindawi Publications Corp.)

Mentions: Animals should be very gently caught and handled, and paws checked daily, from around day 14 following the initial induction (or from the point of inflammation). The digits and joints should be examined, and if there is swelling it should be noted how high up the limb this is present. Swelling may be measured with (preferably non-spring) callipers or by plethysmometry, as swollen paws are painful (Bolon et al. 2011) (Fig. 1). Swollen paws and digits may also be accompanied by reddening of the skin (Fig. 2).Fig. 1


Applying refinement to the use of mice and rats in rheumatoid arthritis research.

Hawkins P, Armstrong R, Boden T, Garside P, Knight K, Lilley E, Seed M, Wilkinson M, Williams RO - Inflammopharmacology (2015)

Degrees of paw swelling in FCA adjuvant arthritic rats, measured using plethysmography. This illustrates significant, but well controlled, paw swelling to 2.5 mL. Volumes above this are likely to cause severe pain and debilitation and should be considered a humane end point, as in the top paw. (From Bolon et al. (2011), reproduced by kind permission of Hindawi Publications Corp.)
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Fig1: Degrees of paw swelling in FCA adjuvant arthritic rats, measured using plethysmography. This illustrates significant, but well controlled, paw swelling to 2.5 mL. Volumes above this are likely to cause severe pain and debilitation and should be considered a humane end point, as in the top paw. (From Bolon et al. (2011), reproduced by kind permission of Hindawi Publications Corp.)
Mentions: Animals should be very gently caught and handled, and paws checked daily, from around day 14 following the initial induction (or from the point of inflammation). The digits and joints should be examined, and if there is swelling it should be noted how high up the limb this is present. Swelling may be measured with (preferably non-spring) callipers or by plethysmometry, as swollen paws are painful (Bolon et al. 2011) (Fig. 1). Swollen paws and digits may also be accompanied by reddening of the skin (Fig. 2).Fig. 1

Bottom Line: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic disorder and there is currently an unmet need for effective therapies that will benefit a wide range of patients.The research and development process for therapies and treatments currently involves in vivo studies, which have the potential to cause discomfort, pain or distress.This Working Group report focuses on identifying causes of suffering within commonly used mouse and rat 'models' of RA, describing practical refinements to help reduce suffering and improve welfare without compromising the scientific objectives.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Research Animals Department, RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9RS, UK, penny.hawkins@rspca.org.uk.

ABSTRACT
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic disorder and there is currently an unmet need for effective therapies that will benefit a wide range of patients. The research and development process for therapies and treatments currently involves in vivo studies, which have the potential to cause discomfort, pain or distress. This Working Group report focuses on identifying causes of suffering within commonly used mouse and rat 'models' of RA, describing practical refinements to help reduce suffering and improve welfare without compromising the scientific objectives. The report also discusses other, relevant topics including identifying and minimising sources of variation within in vivo RA studies, the potential to provide pain relief including analgesia, welfare assessment, humane endpoints, reporting standards and the potential to replace animals in RA research.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus