For the first time, scientists have discovered how C-reactive protein, or CRP, is able to access endothelial cells. The UC Davis researchers findings will be published in the July issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, one of the American Heart Associations leading journals.
CRP is a known risk marker for heart disease and, in a study published earlier this year, UC Davis researchers Ishwarlal Jialal and Sridevi Devaraj found that endothelial cells also produce CRP, which is increased 100-fold when cytokines are secreted by human macrophages, a key finding that helps to explain how plaque formation is initiated.
Devaraj and Jialal have now discovered how CRP affects endothelial cells, cells that line the cerebral and coronary arteries, and promotes plaque rupture, leading to heart attacks and strokes. CRP appears to bind to a family of immunoglobulin-processing receptors known as Fc-gamma receptors.
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