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On to the road to degradation: atherosclerosis and the proteasome

Joerg Herrmann, Lilach O. Lerman, Amir Lerman
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvp333 291-302 First published online: 8 October 2009


Protein metabolism is a central element of every living cell. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is an integral part of the protein metabolism machinery mediating post-transcriptional processing and degradation of the majority of intracellular proteins. Over the past few years, remarkable progress has been made in our understanding of the role of the UPS in vascular biology and pathobiology, particularly atherosclerosis. This review reflects on the recent developments from the effects on endothelial cells and the initial stage of atherosclerosis to the effects on vascular smooth muscle and the progression stage of atherosclerosis and finally to the effects on cell viability and the complication stage of atherosclerosis. It will conclude with the integration of the available information in a synoptic view of the involvement of the UPS in atherosclerosis.

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Proteasome
  • Ubiquitin
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