Modelling COPD in mice Academic Article uri icon


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by persistent airflow limitation, neutrophilic inflammation, macrophage accumulation, and the production of cytokines, chemokines and proteases. Cigarette smoking is the major cause of COPD and there is currently no satisfactory therapy to help treat individuals with this disease. A better understanding of the cellular and molecular responses triggered by cigarette smoke may provide new molecular targets for the development of therapeutic agents. This brief review highlights some of the mouse models used to define the cellular, molecular and pathological consequences of cigarette smoke exposure.


  • Vlahos, R
  • Bozinovski, S
  • Gualano, RC
  • Ernst, M
  • Anderson, GP

publication date

  • February 2006