Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
A role for pericytes in coronary no-reflow
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
  • Authors:
    O'Farrell FM, Attwell D
  • Publication date:
  • Pagination:
    427, 432
  • Journal:
    Nature Reviews Cardiology
  • Volume:
  • Issue:
  • Status:
  • Print ISSN:
Despite efforts to restore tissue perfusion after myocardial infarction, coronary no-reflow -a failure to achieve adequate reperfusion of the cardiac microcirculation -is a common complication, which correlates with an increased incidence of death and disability. The treatment of ischaemic stroke is also plagued by no-reflow and, in the brain, a major cause of this phenomenon has been shown to be contractile microvascular pericytes irreversibly constricting capillaries and dying. We propose that cardiac pericytes, which are the second most-common cell type in the heart, impede reperfusion of coronary capillaries in a similar fashion to those in the brain after a stroke. Pericyte constriction might contribute to morbidity in patients by causing microvascular obstruction, even after successful treatment of coronary artery block. The similarity of the no-reflow phenomenon in the brain and in the heart suggests that cardiac pericytes are a novel therapeutic target for coronary no-reflow after myocardial infarction. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers
Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by