M De Reske

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von Willebrand factor (vWF) is synthesized by endothelial cells and stored in endothelium-specific granules, the Weibel-Palade (WP) bodies. The release of vWF from endothelial cells in vitro in response to secretagogues such as thrombin is considered to result in the loss of WP bodies through the fusion of the WP bodies with the plasma membrane. Biochemical(More)
The pathogenesis of atherosclerosis has been related to infection of the arterial wall, but it is not clear whether this occurs before or after the development of lipid-containing lesions. Respiratory bacterial infection increases the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). We therefore examined whether a similar infection would enhance(More)
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