Christina Ullström

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OBJECTIVE Macrophage-mediated oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) by enzymes, such as the lipoxygenases, is considered of major importance for the formation of oxidized LDL during atherogenesis. Macrophages have been identified in hypoxic areas in atherosclerotic plaques. METHODS AND RESULTS To investigate the role of hypoxia in macrophage-mediated(More)
This study tested the hypothesis that human macrophages have the ability to modify oxidation products in LDL and oxidized LDL (oxLDL) via a cellular antioxidant defence system. While many studies have focused on macrophage LDL oxidation in atherosclerosis development, less attention has been given to the cellular antioxidant capacity of these cells.(More)
Consecutive patients (n=964) undergoing coronary angiography were studied and compared with a random population sample regarding serum lipids and lipoproteins with focus on lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) levels and apo(a) isoforms. The patients were also followed for 5 years after the angiography, and the prognostic value of serum lipoproteins were analyzed. The(More)
BACKGROUND We determined previously that hypoxia results in increased 15-lipoxygenase type 2 (15-LOX-2) expression and CXCL8 secretion in macrophages. This study sought to determine whether 15-LOX-2 expression links directly with the secretion of inflammatory molecules in macrophages and also investigated its subsequent effects on T cell migration. (More)
Inflammation in the vascular wall is important for the development of atherosclerosis. We have previously shown that inflammatory macrophages are more abundant in human atherosclerotic lesions than in healthy arteries. Activated macrophages produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) that promote local inflammation in atherosclerotic lesions. Here, we(More)
CD14 is a predictor of inflammation and associated with atherosclerosis. We analyzed 118 carotid plaques from patients with symptomatic carotid artery stenosis for expression of the macrophage markers CD14, CD68 and the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1-R). CD14 staining was significantly increased in thrombotic carotid plaques. AT1-R staining was found(More)
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