Association between plasma pigment epithelium-derived factor levels and tissue characteristics of coronary plaque using integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound.

OBJECTIVE Recent evidence has strongly suggested that atherosclerosis is an angiogenic disease, and PEDF may play a significant role in determining the balance of angiogenesis/antiangiogenesis during atherogenesis. Therefore, we assessed the associations among plasma levels of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein… CONTINUE READING