Blockade of platelet-derived growth factor or its receptors transiently delays but does not prevent fibrous cap formation in ApoE null mice.


Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is a potent stimulant of smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation in culture. To test the role of PDGF in the accumulation of smooth muscle cells in vivo, we evaluated ApoE -/- mice that develop complex lesions of atherosclerosis. Fetal liver cells from PDGF-B-deficient embryos were used to replace the circulating… (More)