Transport of Macromolecules Across the Artery Wall

  • Elspeth B. Smith
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Unlike most organs, arteries have two distinct characteristics: they are tubes that are subjected to external haemodynamic stresses and pulsatile bombardment with plasma constituents under pressure, and they are also metabolizing tissues that may face special problems in the supply of nutrients and oxygen and in changes in cellular environment resulting from accumulation of abnormal quantities of plasma macromolecules. In this workshop we have experts in both these areas, and I hope that this will lead to a stimulating interchange of ideas. I would like to start the discussion by considering some of the information available on transport of plasma proteins and lipoproteins into and across arterial wall.


Arterial Wall Internal Elastic Lamina Rabbit Aorta Aortic Intima Rabbit Thoracic Aorta 
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