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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2020 May 29

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4725.20.05145-2


lingua: Inglese

The role of sialic acids in the initiation of atherosclerosis

Anastasia V. POZNYAK 1, Dongwei ZHANG 2, Andrey V. GRECHKO 3, Wei-Kai WU 4, Alexander N. OREKHOV 1, 5, 6

1 Institute for Atherosclerosis Research, Skolkovo Innovative Center, Moscow, Russia; 2 Diabetes Research Center, Traditional Chinese Medicine School, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China; 3 Federal Research and Clinical Center of Intensive Care Medicine and Rehabilitology, Moscow, Russia; 4 Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Bei-Hu Branch, Taipei, Taiwan; 5 Laboratory of Angiopathology, Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology, Moscow, Russia; 6 Institute of Human Morphology, Moscow, Russia


Atherosclerosis is a major cause of disease-related mortality around the globe. The main characteristic of the disease is an accumulation of plaque on the arterial wall and subsequent erosion or rupture of some plaques. Atherosclerosis often leads to cardiovascular disease and such acute complications as myocardial infarction or ischaemic stroke due to thrombus formation. Most recent advances in atherosclerotic research state that the modifications of low- density lipoprotein (LDL) are one of the most significant stages in the disease initiation, and among these modifications desialylation is of particular interest. Sialic acids are widely expressed on all types of cells of many organisms and participate in numerous biological processes. Regarding atherosclerosis, sialidases that are responsible for the regulation of the sialic component of different molecules, are probably one of the most crucial enzymatic families. Sufficient sialylation of vascular endothelium defines its susceptibility to an atherogenic plaque formation. Moreover, the desialylation of LDL provokes an accumulation of cholesterol and lipids in the arterial walls. According to the multiple involvements of sialic acids and related enzymes, sialidases, in the initiation and development of atherosclerosis, the deeper understanding of their exact role, as well as cellular and molecular mechanisms, will allow creating more targeted and effective therapeutic and diagnostic approaches.

KEY WORDS: Atherosclerosis; Sialidase; Neuroaminidase; Sialic acid; Cardiovascular diseases

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