The role of endothelial cell reactive antibodies in peripheral vascular disease.
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The mechanism by which a small but significant proportion of patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) rapidly progress to critical ischaemia is unclear. Both experimental and clinical data suggest a role for autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic disease, particularly in the accelerated atherosclerosis seen in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and the anti-phospholipid syndrome. This review examines the evidence for a role for endothelial cell reactive autoantibodies in PVD and the potential mechanisms by which these autoantibodies could contribute to the acceleration of atherosclerosis in a proportion of patients. The identification of such markers could lead to the identification of patients with PVD who are at risk of developing critical ischaemia and may warrant early an aggressive intervention. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Title:||The role of endothelial cell reactive antibodies in peripheral vascular disease|
|Keywords:||ischaemia, peripheral vascular disease, endothelial cells, CORONARY-ARTERY DISEASE, ISCHEMIC-HEART-DISEASE, FATTY-STREAK FORMATION, ANTIPHOSPHOLIPID ANTIBODIES, BETA(2)-GLYCOPROTEIN I, ANTICARDIOLIPIN ANTIBODIES, MYOCARDIAL-INFARCTION, SHOCK PROTEIN-65, ATHEROSCLEROSIS, BINDING|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
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