Elimination of platelet factor 4 (PF4) from platelets reduces atherosclerosis in C57Bl/6 and apoE-/- mice.

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Activated platelets, which release platelet factor 4 (PF4) are present in patients with atherosclerosis. To date, no direct in-vivo evidence exists for the involvement of PF4 in atherogenesis. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that PF4 is atherogenic, and that genetic elimination of PF4 would protect mice from atherosclerosis. We have bred PF4… (More)

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