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BACKGROUND An elevated serum inorganic phosphate (Pi) level is a major risk factor for kidney disease and downstream vascular complications. We focused on the effect of Pi levels on human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), with an emphasis on the role of microRNAs (miRNAs). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Exposure of human primary VSMCs in vitro(More)
BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis and vascular calcification (VC) progression in chronic kidney disease is favored by disturbances of mineral metabolism. We compared the effect of phosphate binder lanthanum (La) carbonate with sevelamer-HCl on atherosclerosis, VC and bone structure and function in mice with chronic renal failure (CRF). METHODS Apolipoprotein(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is generally associated with disturbances of mineral and bone metabolism. They contribute to the development of vascular calcification (VC), a strong, independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. Pyrophosphate (PPi), an endogenous inhibitor of hydroxyapatite formation, has been shown to slow the progression of VC in uremic(More)
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