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      Large animal models of cardiovascular disease

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          The human cardiovascular system is a complex arrangement of specialized structures with distinct functions. The molecular landscape, including the genome, transcriptome and proteome, is pivotal to the biological complexity of both normal and abnormal mammalian processes. Despite our advancing knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD) through the principal use of rodent models, this continues to be an increasing issue in today's world. For instance, as the ageing population increases, so does the incidence of heart valve dysfunction. This may be because of changes in molecular composition and structure of the extracellular matrix, or from the pathological process of vascular calcification in which bone‐formation related factors cause ectopic mineralization. However, significant differences between mice and men exist in terms of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology and pathology. In contrast, large animal models can show considerably greater similarity to humans. Furthermore, precise and efficient genome editing techniques enable the generation of tailored models for translational research. These novel systems provide a huge potential for large animal models to investigate the regulatory factors and molecular pathways that contribute to CVD in vivo. In turn, this will help bridge the gap between basic science and clinical applications by facilitating the refinement of therapies for cardiovascular disease. 2016 The Authors. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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                Cell Biochem Funct
                Cell Biochem. Funct
                Cell Biochemistry and Function
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                24 February 2016
                April 2016
                : 34
                : 3 ( doiID: 10.1002/cbf.v34.3 )
                : 113-132
                [ 1 ] The Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary StudiesThe University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Midlothian SCTUK
                [ 2 ] Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary StudiesThe University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Midlothian SCTUK
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                [* ]Correspondence to: Vicky MacRae, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Midlothian, EH25 9RG, UK. E‐mail: vicky.macrae@
                CBF3173 CBF-15-0175.R2
                2016 The Authors. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Pages: 20
                Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
                Award ID: BB/J004316/1
                Funded by: Institute Career Path Fellowship
                Award ID: BB/F023928/1
                Funded by: East of Scotland BioScience Doctoral Training Partnership
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