Vaccination against atherosclerosis

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Vaccination against atherosclerosis

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Vaccination against atherosclerosis
Author: Es, Thomas van
Publisher: Division Biopharmaceutics, Leiden / Amsterdam Center for Drug Research (LACDR)
Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-01-29
Keywords: Atherosclerosis
Abstract: Atherosclerosis, the predominantly underlying pathology of cardiovascular events, is the consequence of lipid deposition in the arterial wall, mostly as consequence of high levels of serum cholesterol. Treatment of atherosclerosis is mainly focused at the reduction of cholesterol levels by lipid lowering medication, such as statins. Despite the use of statins and prophylactic treatments, such as a reduction in blood pressure and a reduction in risk factors to prevent atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease is still the major cause of death in the Western world.1-3 As the struggle against atherosclerosis continues and its prevalence is increasing in the world, it is pivotal to find new targets for implementing new strategies against atherosclerosis. Inflammation is considered to be a major component in the process of atherosclerosis and is involved in initiation, progression and destabilization of the atherosclerotic lesion. Although the beneficial effects of statins on atherosclerosis may partly be ascribed to their anti-inflammatory properties, relatively little is known about the exact mechanism and contribution of different inflammatory cells and products in atherosclerosis. The aim of this thesis was to further elucidate the contribution of various components of the inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and thereby finding new intervention points to reduce the incidence and the consequences of atherosclerosis.
Description: Promotores: Th. J.C. van Berkel, J. Kuiper
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: van Es, T., 2009, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090238531

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