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Endothelial progenitor cells: the promise of cell-based therapies for acute lung injury.
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PMID:  23138575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are defined as a special type of stem cell that have been found to directly incorporate into injured vessels and that participate in angiogenesis and reconstruction by differentiation into endothelial cells. EPCs are widely used to therapeutically treat cardiovascular disease, limb ischemia and vascular repair. However, the role of EPCs in inflammatory diseases, especially in lung injury, is less studied. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the application of EPCs to vascular repair, and the role of EPCs in acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). METHODS: A computer-based online search was performed in the PubMed database and Web of Science database for articles published, concerning EPCs, angiogenesis, ALI/ARDS and stem cell transplantation CONCLUSION: EPCs have a therapeutic potential for vascular regeneration and may emerge as novel strategy for the diseases that are associated with ALI/ARDS.
Mei Mao; Xilin Xu; Yong Zhang; Bo Zhang; Zu-Hong Fu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Inflammation research : official journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et al.]     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1420-908X     ISO Abbreviation:  Inflamm. Res.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9508160     Medline TA:  Inflamm Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Respiratory Medicine, No 324 Hospital of PLA, Chongqing, 400020, China,
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