Osteocalcin positive CD133+/CD34-/KDR+ progenitor cells as an independent marker for unstable atherosclerosis
European Heart Journal, 08/21/2012
Flammer AJ et al. – Circulating OCN+ ‘early’ endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are strongly associated with unstable coronary artery disease (CAD). Therefore, this particular subset of EPCs could mediate abnormal vascular repair and may help identifying patients with a more unstable phenotype of atherosclerosis.