Phenotyping Cardiac Gene Therapy in Mice

  • Brian Bostick
  • Yongping Yue
  • Dongsheng DuanEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 709)


Heart disease is the leading health problem of industrialized countries. The development of gene therapies tailored towards the heart has grown exponentially over the past decade. Murine models of heart diseases have played a pivotal role in testing novel cardiac gene therapy approaches. Unfortunately, the small body size and rapid heart rate of mice present a great challenge to heart function evaluation. Here we outline the commonly used cardiac phenotyping methods of treadmill exercise regimen, full 12-lead electrocardiographic assay and left ventricular catheterization hemodynamic assay. Application of these protocols will allow critical testing of gene therapy efficacy in mouse models of heart diseases.

Key words

Heart Electrocardiography Treadmill Left ventricular catheterization Heart disease Cardiomyopathy PV loop Cardiac hemodynamics 



This work is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health HL-91883 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (DD). We thank Mr. Nate Marschalk and Dr. Dejia Li for helpful discussion on treadmill function assay.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of MedicineThe University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of MedicineThe University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of MedicineThe University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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