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Metabolism. 1985 Dec;34(12 Suppl 1):51-9.

Nonhuman primate models of atherosclerosis: potential for the study of diabetes mellitus and hyperinsulinemia.


Nonhuman primates have been used for many years to investigate the pathogenesis and progression of atherosclerosis. The use of these animal models has resulted in a better understanding of the risk factors associated with atherosclerosis. Nonhuman primates that have consumed an atherogenic diet for several years develop lesions that are comparable to those found in human beings. Diabetes, both spontaneous and chemically induced, has been described in a number of nonhuman primate species. These diabetic models may be used to understand the accelerated progression and vascular complications of atherosclerosis in diabetic human beings.

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