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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 13 (2004), Issue 5-6, Pages 335-341

Deranged aortic intima-media thickness, plasma triglycerides and granulopoiesis in Sl/Sld mice

1Division of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA
2Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO 64110, USA
3Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA

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STUDIES were carried out to evaluate the impact of a high-fat dietary regimen on aortic wall thickness, peripheral blood leukocyte profile, and plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the mast cell-deficient Sl/Sld mouse. The results demonstrated that the mean aortic wall thickness of Sl/Sld mice was significantly higher than their normal littermates, and were increased in both genotypes after a 17-day high-fat regimen. In comparison with normal littermates, Sl/Sld genotypes had elevated levels of plasma triglycerides with normal levels of plasma cholesterol, and the high-fat diet markedly lowered the triglyceride levels. Total peripheral blood leukocytes, the monocyte and granulocyte counts, and hemoglobin levels were significantly lower in Sl/Sld mice, although the number of lymphocytes, eosinophils and basophils were the same in both genotypes. Interestingly, the high-fat diet regimen elevated leukocyte counts and the number of monocytes and granulocytes in Sl/Sld mice.