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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 0,752
Online ISSN 1827-1618
Leukocytes play a key role in the defense of human organism from bacterial and fungal infections, taking part in the host defense mechanism against viral and neoplastic diseases. The purpose of this article is to underline the interaction between leukocytes and endothelial cells in atherosclerosis vascular damage. Actually, new evidences suggest a primary role for leukocytes, adhesion molecules, citokines and proteases to promote vascular endothelial cell injury by inflammatory process, the first step in atheromatic plaque formation.