Human atherosclerotic plaque alternative macrophages display low cholesterol handling but high phagocytosis because of distinct activities of the PPARγ and LXRα pathways

  • Chinetti-Gbaguidi G
  • Baron M
  • Bouhlel M
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A crucial step in atherogenesis is the infiltration of the subendothelial space of large arteries by monocytes where they differentiate into macrophages and transform into lipid-loaded foam cells. Macrophages are heterogeneous cells that adapt their response to environmental cytokines. Th1 cytokines promote monocyte differentiation into M1 macrophages, whereas Th2 cytokines trigger an "alternative" M2 phenotype.

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  • atherosclerosis
  • cholesterol
  • macrophages
  • nuclear receptors

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  • Giulia Chinetti-Gbaguidi

  • Morgane Baron

  • Mohamed Amine Bouhlel

  • Jonathan Vanhoutte

  • Corinne Copin

  • Yasmine Sebti

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