The ability of cells to detect and respond to nucleotide signals in the local microenvironment is essential for vascular homeostasis. The enzyme ectonucleotide tri(di)phosphohydrolase-1 (ENTPD1, also known as CD39) on the surface of leukocytes and endothelial cells metabolizes locally released, intravascular ATP and ADP, thereby eliminating these prothrombotic and proinflammatory stimuli. Here, we evaluated the contribution of CD39 to atherogenesis in the apolipoprotein E–deficient (ApoE-deficient) mouse model of atherosclerosis. Compared with control ApoE-deficient animals, plaque burden was markedly increased along with circulating markers of platelet activation in
Yogendra Kanthi, Matthew C. Hyman, Hui Liao, Amy E. Baek, Scott H. Visovatti, Nadia R. Sutton, Sascha N. Goonewardena, Mithun K. Neral, Hanjoong Jo, David J. Pinsky
CD39 function and expression over atherosclerotic plaque.