New Ways to Target Vasa Vasorum for the Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerosis



Given that vasa vasorum and their dysfunction are involved in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis, several new therapeutic opportunities can be envisioned. In particular, prevention or treatment of microthrombus formation and inhibiting maladaptive angiogenesis are of primary interest. To maintain microvascular endothelial cells in a quiescent state, cell-specific and cell-state-specific signaling events are being investigated in an effort to regulate endothelial cell differentiation, integrity, metabolism, or inflammatory/angiogenic responses. Novel concepts aimed at drugging the microbiome in an effort to modulate its effect on the hemostatic balance as well as novel drugs targeting newly recognized thrombotic components (e.g., neutrophil extracellular traps) are also discussed. Together with nanomedicine drug delivery, these strategies will allow for new atherosclerosis treatments that permit effective and safe targeting of vasa vasorum.


Atherosclerosis Vasa vasorum Maladaptive angiogenesis Nanomedicine Endothelial metabolism Endothelial quiescence Epigenetic modifications MicroRNAs Intestinal microbiota 


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  1. 1.Hannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany

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