Mihaela G Ionita

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Innate immunity is important in the pathogenesis and progression of cardiovascular disease. Innate immune cells express various pattern-recognition receptors, among which also Toll-like receptors (TLRs). TLRs occur in atherosclerotic lesions where they are triggered by both exogenous (bacterial and viral pathogens) and endogenous (tissue damage-associated)(More)
OBJECTIVE To score the number of plaque neutrophils and relate the score to plaque morphology and inflammatory status. METHODS AND RESULTS Neutrophils are inflammatory cells with tissue destruction capabilities that have been found at the site of an atherosclerotic plaque rupture or erosion. Poor evidence exists for neutrophil infiltration in human(More)
OBJECTIVE Atherosclerotic plaque rupture can lead to severe complications such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Myeloid related protein (Mrp)-14, Mrp-8, and Mrp-8/14 complex are inflammatory markers associated with myocardial infarction. It is, however, unknown whether Mrps are associated with a rupture-prone plaque phenotype. In this study, we(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Myeloid-related protein (Mrp) 8/14 complex is the functional relevant form of Mrp-8 and Mrp-14. Mrp-8/14 complex is actively formed in the cytoplasm of circulating neutrophils and monocytes and then secreted. Plasma Mrp-8/14 complex is emerging as a new biomarker that may discriminate between patients with an acute coronary syndrome(More)
UNLABELLED During collateral artery growth, monocytes adhere to the endothelium and secrete cytokines from the perivascular space promoting arteriogenesis. Recently, the endothelial glycocalyx has been shown to modulate leucocyte infiltration in atherogenic regions. The role of this endothelial surface coating in arteriogenesis, however, has not been(More)
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