Ferroptosis of Endothelial Cells in Vascular Diseases

Nutrients. 2022 Oct 26;14(21):4506. doi: 10.3390/nu14214506.


Endothelial cells (ECs) line the inner surface of blood vessels and play a substantial role in vascular biology. Endothelial dysfunction (ED) is strongly correlated with the initiation and progression of many vascular diseases. Regulated cell death, such as ferroptosis, is one of the multiple mechanisms that lead to ED. Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent programmed cell death associated with various vascular diseases, such as cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and pulmonary vascular diseases. This review summarized ferroptosis of ECs in vascular diseases and discussed potential therapeutic strategies for treating ferroptosis of ECs. In addition to lipid peroxidation inhibitors and iron chelators, a growing body of evidence showed that clinical drugs, natural products, and intervention of noncoding RNAs may also inhibit ferroptosis of ECs.

Keywords: endothelial cell; ferroptosis; vascular disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endothelial Cells / metabolism
  • Ferroptosis*
  • Humans
  • Iron / metabolism
  • Lipid Peroxidation
  • Vascular Diseases* / metabolism


  • Iron