Plasma osteopontin levels are associated with the presence and extent of coronary artery disease.

Abstract

Recently, osteopontin (OPN) mRNA was reported to be highly expressed in atherosclerotic plaques, most strikingly in calcified plaques. We examined if plasma OPN levels are associated with coronary stenosis and calcification in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). We measured plasma OPN levels in 178 patients undergoing coronary angiography. Compared… (More)

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