A simple mouse model of pericardial adhesions

Ai Kojima, Tomohisa Sakaue, Mikio Okazaki, Fumiaki Shikata, Mie Kurata, Yuuki Imai, Hirotomo Nakaoka, Junya Masumoto, Shunji Uchita, Hironori Izutani

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Background: Postoperative pericardial adhesions are considered a risk factor for redo cardiac surgery. Several large- and medium-size animal models of pericardial adhesions have been reported, but small animal models for investigating the development of anti-adhesion materials and molecular mechanisms of this condition are lacking. In this study, we aimed to establish a simple mouse model of pericardial adhesions to address this gap. Methods: We administered blood, minocycline, picibanil, and talc into the murine pericardial cavity via one-shot injection. Micro-computed tomography analyses of contrast agent-injected mice were carried out for methodological evaluation. We investigated various dosages and treatment durations for molecules identified to be inducers of pericardial adhesion. The adhesive grade was quantified by scoring the strength and volume of adhesion tissues at sacrificed time points. Histological staining with hematoxylin and eosin and Masson's trichrome, and immunostaining for F4/80 or αSMA was performed to investigate the structural features of pericardial adhesions, and pathological features of the pericardial adhesion tissue were compared with human clinical specimens. Results: Administration of talc resulted in the most extensive pericardial adhesions. Micro-computed tomography imaging data confirmed that accurate injection into the pericardial cavity was achieved. We found the optimal condition for the formation of strong pericardial adhesions to be injection of 2.5 mg/g talc for 2 weeks. Furthermore, histological analysis showed that talc administration led to an invasion of myofibroblasts and macrophages in the pericardial cavity and epicardium, consistent with pathological findings in patients with left ventricular assistive devices. Conclusions: We successfully established a simple mouse model of talc-induced pericardial adhesions, which mimics human pathology and could contribute to solving the clinical issues related to pericardial adhesions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 28 2019


  • Mouse model
  • Pericardial adhesions
  • Talc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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