Circulating endothelial cell/leucocyte adhesion molecules in ischaemic heart disease

Br J Haematol. 1996 Nov;95(2):263-5. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2141.1996.d01-1921.x.


Increased levels of the endothelial markers soluble E-selectin (P = 0.011), soluble thrombomodulin (P < 0.0001) and von Willebrand factor (VWF, P < 0.0001) were found in 116 patients with ischaemic heart disease compared to an equal number of age- and sex-matched asymptomatic controls. In a multivariate analysis of the markers versus the major risk factors for atherosclerosis, VWF correlated with total cholesterol (P = 0.002) and E-selectin with sex (lower in women, P = 0.004) and triglycerides (P = 0.007). The data point to profound differences in the release mechanisms of these three endothelial cell products and suggests that further studies into the roles of these molecules in coronary artery disease are warranted.

MeSH terms

  • E-Selectin / blood*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / blood*
  • Risk Factors
  • Thrombomodulin / blood*
  • von Willebrand Factor / metabolism*


  • E-Selectin
  • Thrombomodulin
  • von Willebrand Factor