Baker AB, Groothuis A, Jonas M, Ettenson DS, Shazly T, Zcharia E, Vlodavsky I, Seifert P, Edelman ER. Heparanase alters arterial structure, mechanics, and repair following endovascular stenting in mice.
Summary: Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are potent regulators of vascular remodeling and repair. Heparanase is the major enzyme capable of degrading heparan sulfate in mammalian cells. Here we examined the role of heparanase in controlling arterial structure, mechanics, and remodeling.