Atherosclerosis is the pathological process that underlies the development of cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of mortality. Atherosclerotic plaque formation is driven by the recruitment of inflammatory monocytes into the artery wall, their differentiation into macrophages and the subsequent transformation of macrophages into cholesterol-laden foam cells. Models of hypercholesterolaemia such as the ApoE (apolipoprotein E)-/- mouse and the application of transgenic technologies have all...Expand abstract
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Inflammatory cell recruitment in cardiovascular disease: murine models and potential clinical applications.
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