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Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block effects of aging | KurzweilAI

Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block effects of aging | KurzweilAI

University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered that a gene called Oct4 — which scientific dogma insists is inactive in adults — actually plays a vital role in preventing ruptured atherosclerotic plaques inside blood vessels, the underlying cause of most heart attacks and strokes.

The researchers found that Oct4 controls the conversion of smooth muscle cells into protective fibrous “caps” inside plaques, making the plaques less likely to rupture.

Source: Gene helps prevent heart attack, stroke; may also block effects of aging | KurzweilAI