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Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Jul;111(1):16-26. Epub 2006 Feb 13.

Myeloperoxidase and its contributory role in inflammatory vascular disease.

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Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany.


Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a heme protein abundantly expressed in polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN), has long been viewed to function primarily as a bactericidal enzyme centrally linked to innate host defense. Recent observations now extend this perspective and suggest that MPO is profoundly involved in the regulation of cellular homeostasis and may play a central role in initiation and propagation of acute and chronic vascular inflammatory disease. For example, low levels of MPO-derived hypochlorous acid (HOCl) interfere with intracellular signaling events, MPO-dependent oxidation of lipoproteins modulates their affinity to macrophages and the vessel wall, MPO-mediated depletion of endothelial-derived nitric oxide (NO) impairs endothelium-dependent vasodilatation, and nitrotyrosine (NO(2)Tyr) formation by MPO sequestered into the vessel wall may affect matrix protein structure and function. Future studies are needed to further elucidate the significance of MPO in the development of acute and chronic vascular disease and to evaluate MPO as a potential target for treatment.

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