Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 3821–3828 | Cite as

The effects of simvastatin on angiogenesis: studied by an original model of atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction in rabbit

  • Wei Shen
  • Hai-Ming Shi
  • Wei-Hu Fan
  • Xin-Ping Luo
  • Bo Jin
  • Yong Li


Statins have shown pleiotropic effects, many of them independent of their impact on lipids. Angiogenesis can be beneficial in the acute myocardial infarction to improve circulation. However, it also can be harmful due to worsening of atherosclerosis. Here, we established a new minimal invasive rabbit model to study ischemic myocardium and atherosclerosis together to mimic clinical scenario. We demonstrated that simvastatin has the effect of pro-angiogenesis and further improve cardiac function in ischemic myocardium, as well as the effect of anti-angiogenesis to improve atherosclerosis in aorta vessels.


Statins Angiogenesis Myocardial infarction Atherosclerosis 



We are grateful of Dr. Shao-Hua Chen’s advice of study design and manuscript and Dr. Xiao-Long Zhang for his technical help. This study is supported by the funding of the Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 30873350) and the City Health Administration Project of Shanghai (no. 2009006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Shen
    • 1
  • Hai-Ming Shi
    • 1
  • Wei-Hu Fan
    • 1
  • Xin-Ping Luo
    • 1
  • Bo Jin
    • 1
  • Yong Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Huashan HospitalFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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