Published in Blood Weekly, August 4th, 2005
"The maintenance of endothelial integrity plays a critical role in preventing atherosclerotic disease progression. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were experimentally shown to incorporate into sites of neovascularization and home to sites of endothelial denudation," scientists in Germany report.
"Circulating EPCs may thus provide an endogenous repair mechanism to counteract ongoing risk factor-induced endothelial injury and to replace dysfunctional endothelium. In 120 individuals (43 control subjects, 44 patients with stable coronary artery disease, and 33 patients...
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