Jozef Leo Van Herck

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The ubiquitin–proteasome system is involved in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether plaque composition is affected by proteasome function. In vitro, the potent and selective proteasome inhibitor bortezomib induced apoptosis in both cultured smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and activated macrophages.(More)
Rupture-prone and ruptured plaques are characterized by the presence of large numbers of macrophages. N1177 is a contrast agent consisting of iodinated nanoparticles that are selectively phagocytosed by macrophages. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of N1177 on the CT attenuation of rupture-prone and ruptured plaques in rabbits. In(More)
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