Journal article

Endothelial Dysfunction in Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Diseases and Beyond: From Mechanism to Pharmacotherapies.

Suowen Xu, Iqra Ilyas, Peter J Little, Hong Li, Danielle Kamato, Xueying Zheng, Sihui Luo, Zhuoming Li, Peiqing Liu, Jihong Han, Ian C Harding, Eno E Ebong, Scott J Cameron, Alastair G Stewart, Jianping Weng

Pharmacol Rev | Published : 2021

Abstract

The endothelium, a cellular monolayer lining the blood vessel wall, plays a critical role in maintaining multiorgan health and homeostasis. Endothelial functions in health include dynamic maintenance of vascular tone, angiogenesis, hemostasis, and the provision of an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antithrombotic interface. Dysfunction of the vascular endothelium presents with impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation, heightened oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, leukocyte adhesion and hyperpermeability, and endothelial cell senescence. Recent studies have implicated altered endothelial cell metabolism and endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition as new features of endothelial dysfu..

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