Rodents as genetic models of obesity

Yumi Imai, Rexford S. Ahima

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There is a high demand for effective pharmacotherapy against obesity as its prevalence increases worldwide. Rodent models have advanced our knowledge of energy homeostasis and are widely used for obesity research. This review describes rodent models of obesity involving spontaneous mutations, knockout or overexpression of genes involved in energy balance and dietary intervention in polygenic rodents. Understanding of the characteristics of these models will facilitate development of therapies for obesity and related diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalDrug Discovery Today: Disease Models
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery


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