ADAMTS-7 is associated with a high-risk plaque phenotype in human atherosclerosis

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Several large-scale genome-wide association studies have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the genomic region of A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase with ThromboSpondin type 1 repeats (ADAMTS)-7 and associations to coronary artery disease. Experimental studies have provided evidence for a functional role of ADAMTS-7 in both injury-induced vascular neointima formation and development of atherosclerotic lesions. However, whether ADAMTS-7 is associated with a specific plaque phenotype in humans has not been investigated. Carotid plaques (n = 206) from patients with and without cerebrovascular symptoms were analyzed for expression of ADAMTS-7 by immunohistochemistry and correlated to components associated with plaque vulnerability. Plaques from symptomatic patients showed increased levels of ADAMTS-7 compared with lesions from asymptomatic patients. High levels of ADAMTS-7 correlated with high levels of CD68-staining and lipid content, but with low smooth muscle cell and collagen content, which together are characteristics of a vulnerable plaque phenotype. ADAMTS-7 levels above median were associated with increased risk for postoperative cardiovascular events. Our data show that ADAMTS-7 is associated with a vulnerable plaque phenotype in human carotid lesions. These data support previous observations of a potential proatherogenic role of ADAMTS-7.


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Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Kardiologi
TidskriftScientific Reports
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2017 dec 1
Peer review utfördJa