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AIM Drug-eluting stents are widely used to prevent restenosis but are associated with late endothelial damage. To understand the basis for this effect, we have studied the consequences of a prolonged incubation with rapamycin on the viability and functions of endothelial cells. METHODS AND RESULTS Human umbilical vein or aorta endothelial cells were(More)
The expression of the chemokine CC-chemokine ligand 20 (CCL20)/macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-3alpha and its receptor CC-chemokine receptor 6 (CCR6) by multiple myeloma (MM) and microenvironment cells and their potential relationship with osteoclast (OC) formation and osteolytic bone lesions in MM patients was investigated in this study. First, we(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence suggests that the PPARγ-agonist insulin sensitizer pioglitazone, may provide potential beneficial cardiovascular (CV) effects beyond its anti-hyperglycaemic function. A reduced endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) number is associated with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or diabetes, conditions characterised by increased CV risk. AIM To(More)
Multiple myeloma (MM) has the highest incidence of bone involvement amongst malignant diseases (1). Myeloma bone disease (MMBD) is characterized by osteoclast (OCL) activation with suppressed or absent osteoblast (OBL) function resulting in local bone destruction without new bone formation (2). IL-3 is a bifunctional cytokine that is upregulated in MM(More)
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