Evidence of apoptosis in human carotid atheroma.


PURPOSE Apoptosis is a morphologically distinct form of programmed cell death that plays a major role in cellular development and homeostasis. In this study, we examined the role that apoptosis may have in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. METHODS We examined immunohistochemically 20 normal carotid arteries and the carotid arteries of 86 patients (mean… (More)