In-situ analysis of mast cells and dendritic cells in coronary atherosclerosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD)

Journal article

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Author(s): Wachter D, Neureiter D, Campean V, Hilgers KF, Buettner-Herold M, Daniel C, Benz K, Amann KU
Journal: Histology and Histopathology
Publication year: 2018
ISSN: 0213-3911


AIMS: Mast cells (MC) and dendritic cells (DC) have immune modulatory function and can influence T-cell activity. Both cell types have been found in atherosclerotic plaques and are thought to play an important role for plaque stability. Compared to matched segments of the non-renal population, patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) show a more pronounced and more aggressive course of atherosclerosis with higher plaque calcification and significantly higher complications rates. It was the aim of this study to analyze the number and localization of MCs and DCs, macrophages, T- and B-cells as well as the expression of markers of inflammation such as CRP and NFκB in calcified and non-calcified atherosclerotic plaques of patients with CKD and control patients.
METHODS: Fifty coronary atherosclerotic plaques from patients with endstage CKD (CKD, n=25) and control (n=25) patients were categorized according to the Stary classification and investigated using immunohistochemistry (markers for MC, DC, T, B, macrophage and NFκB). Expression was analyzed separately for the complete plaque area as well as for the different plaque subregions and correlations were analyzed.
RESULTS: We found only very few DCs and MCs per lesion area with slightly increased numbers in calcified plaques. MCs per plaque area were significantly more frequent in CKD than in control patients and this was independent of plaque calcification. MCs were most frequently found in the shoulder and basis of the plaque. DCs per plaque area were significantly less in calcified plaques of CKD compared to control patients. In control, but not in CKD patients, DCs were significantly more frequent in calcified than in non-calcified plaques. Within the plaques DCs were similarly distributed between all 4 subregions.
CONCLUSIONS: Coronary atherosclerotic plaques of CKD patients showed a significantly higher number of MCs whereas DCs were less frequent compared to control patients particularly if plaques were calcified. These findings might indicate a potential proinflammatory role of MCs, but not of DCs in atherosclerotic lesions of CKD patients, adding another characteristic of advanced atherosclerosis in these patients.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Amann, Kerstin Ute Prof. Dr.
Professur für Nephropathologie
Benz, Kerstin PD Dr.
Medizinische Fakultät
Daniel, Christoph Prof. Dr.
Nephropathologische Abteilung im Pathologischen Institut
Hilgers, Karl Friedrich Prof. Dr. med.
Professur für Innere Medizin (Hochdruckforschung)
Wachter, David PD Dr.
Pathologisches Institut

External institutions with authors

Universität Salzburg (Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg)

How to cite

Wachter, D., Neureiter, D., Campean, V., Hilgers, K.F., Buettner-Herold, M., Daniel, C.,... Amann, K.U. (2018). In-situ analysis of mast cells and dendritic cells in coronary atherosclerosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Histology and Histopathology.

Wachter, David, et al. "In-situ analysis of mast cells and dendritic cells in coronary atherosclerosis in chronic kidney disease (CKD)." Histology and Histopathology (2018).


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