Human Monocytes - CD14, CD16 - Ziegler-Heitbrock


Expression of monocyte subsets and angiogenic markers in relation to carotid plaque neovascularization in patients with pre-existing coronary artery disease and carotid stenosis.


Abstract Aim. To characterize blood monocyte subsets in patients with different degrees of carotid atherosclerosis and pathological carotid plaque neovascularization. Methods. Assessment of carotid plaque neovascularization using contrast ultrasonography and flow cytometric quantification of monocyte subsets and their receptors involved in inflammation, angiogenesis, and tissue repair was done in 40 patients with carotid stenosis ≥ 50% and CAD (CS > 50), 40 patients with carotid stenosis < 50% and documented CAD (CS < 50), 40 hypercholesterolaemic controls (HC group), and 40 normocholesterolaemic controls (NC). Results. CS > 50 and CS < 50 groups had increased counts of Mon1 (classical CD14++ CD16-CCR2 + cells) compared to HCs (P = 0.03, and P = 0.009). Mon3 (non-classical CD14 + CD16++ CCR2- cells) were only increased in CS < 50 compared with HCs (P < 0.01). Both CS>50 and CS < 50 groups showed increased expression of proinflammatory interleukin-6 receptor on Mon1 and Mon2 (intermediate CD14++ CD16 + CCR2+ cells); TLR4, proangiogenic Tie2 on all subsets (P < 0.01 for all). In multivariate regression analysis only high Mon1 count was a significant predictor of carotid stenosis (P = 0.04) and intima-media thickness (P = 0.02). In multivariate regression analysis only the Mon1 subset was significantly associated with severe, grade 2 neovascularization (P = 0.034). Conclusion. In this pilot study classical monocytes (Mon1) represent the only monocyte subset predictive of the severity of carotid and systemic atherosclerosis, such as carotid intima-media thickness, degree of carotid stenosis, and presence of carotid intraplaque neovascularization.

Authors: Jaipersad AS, Shantsila A, Lip GY, Shantsila E.
Journal: Ann Med. ;46:530-8
Year: 2014
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