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The Hemostasis System in Murine Atherosclerosis

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Atherosclerosis is a self-sustaining inflammatory fibroproliferative disease that progresses in discrete stages and involves a number of cell types and effector molecules. The potential importance of the coagulation, anticoagulation, and fibrinolytic systems in atherosclerosis is based on the observation that fibrin deposits and fibrin degradation products are resident in atherosclerotic plaques. A number of investigations have been conducted to probe the relationships between components of the hemostasis system and atherosclerosis; and these types of studies proliferated after the availability of mice genetically manipulated to emphasize the impact of genes of interest. In order to summarize recent progress in this area, this review is focused on mice lacking individual hemostasis genes and their contributions to steps of the atherosclerotic process.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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  • Current Drug Targets aims to cover the latest and most outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry and pharmacology of molecular drug targets e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes. Each issue of the journal will be devoted to a single timely topic, with series of in-depth reviews, written by leaders in the field, covering a range of current topics on drug targets. These issues will be organized and led by a guest editor who is a recognized expert in the overall topic. As the discovery, identification, characterisation and validation of novel human drug targets for drug discovery continues to grow; this journal will be essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.
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