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Specific microRNAs promote inflammation

Atherosclerosis, an inflammatory reaction, is at the root of the most common forms of cardiovascular disease. LMU researchers have now identified a microRNA that...

Multiple sclerosis is not a disease of the immune system?

An article to be published Friday (Dec. 23) in the December 2011 issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology argues that multiple sclerosis, long...

Where the fat’s at

In real estate, location is everything. The same might be said of lipids -- those crucial cellular fats and oils that serve as building blocks for cells and as key energy sources for the body. In a paper published in the September issue of...

By Repairing Vessels, Marrow Cells Slow Atherosclerosis in Mice

Researchers have shown that an age-related loss of specific stem cells that continually repair damage to blood vessels is critical to determining the onset and progression of atherosclerosis. Stem cells are immature cells that have the potential to mature into a variety of different cells. This novel view of the disease, based on experiments in mice, constitutes a potential new avenue in the treatment of one of the leading causes of death and illness in the U.S., the researchers said.

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