Toll-like receptors 4 induces expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in human aortic smooth muscle cells

Recent evidence supports a role of Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling in the development of atherosclerotic lesions. It was confirmed that the presence of functional TLR4 promotes a proinflammatory phenotype and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Here we tested whether designed TLR4 small interfering RNAs (TLR4 siRNAs) is capable of… (More)