Levels of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in systemic sclerosis.

  title={Levels of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in systemic sclerosis.},
  author={Yannick Allanore and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Batteux and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Avouac and No{\'e}mie Assous and Bernard Weill and Andr{\'e} Kahan},
  journal={Clinical and experimental rheumatology},
  volume={25 1},
OBJECTIVE Contradictory results have been reported regarding vasculogenesis in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Our aim was to investigate bone marrow-derived circulating endothelial precursors (EPCs) and activated circulating endothelial cells (CECs) in SSc patients. METHODS Peripheral blood from consecutive patients with SSc hospitalised for systemic follow-up was analysed and compared with blood from patients with active refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). EPCs were… CONTINUE READING