Stopping traitors before they turn could provide new therapies for atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a chronic arterial disease characterised by the build-up of lipid-containing materials (plaques) that can clog arteries. Over the last few decades, evidence has shown that immunity-associated chronic inflammation can trigger events leading to severe atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Some cells in the immune system recognise a protein in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It appears that they normally serve a protective function against atherosclerosis but they can become pathogenic during the course of the disease. ANIMATE is looking for evidence of this process using a variety of techniques and systems. Characterising the immune cells' changing functions in time and space could point to novel mechanisms to prevent the protective cell pools from changing their focus.
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Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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