Association between mobilization of circulating endothelial progenitor cells and time or degree of injury from angioplasty in patients with exertional angina: A prospective study

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    • Mingdong Gao
    • Qinghai Yao
    • Yin Liu
    • Fuqiang Sun
    • Yudong Ma
    • Genyi Sun
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  • Published online on: June 11, 2015
  • Pages: 809-815
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The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of coronary artery angioplasty on the recruitment of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in patients with angina pectoris. A total of 66 patients treated by coronary stenting were enrolled in the PCI group and 17 patients that underwent angiography alone were enrolled in the control group. The EPC count in the blood was measured by flow cytometry prior to and at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 24 h following angioplasty in the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) group, and at three time‑points following angiography in the control group. Differences between the two groups included the characteristics of the coronary artery lesions, the incidence of diabetes and family history of coronary heart disease. The mean surface area of the stent deployed was 335.59±234.99 mm2. No significant change in EPC count was measured in the control group. In the PCI group, a moderate and delayed increase in the number of cluster of differentiation (CD)34+/kinase domain receptor (KDR)+ EPCs occurred at 24 h post‑balloon inflation compared with the baseline level. The CD133‑/CD34+/KDR+ subpopulations showed undulating changes at 3, 7 and 24 h post‑PCI (P=0.016, P=0.01 and P=0.032, respectively). An arch shape was displayed in CD133+/KDR+ cells; initially, a reduction occurred at 3 h and was maintained constantly until 7 h (P=0.003, P=0.013 and P=0.033 at 3, 5 and 7 h, respectively), after which a slight increase to the baseline level occurred at 24 h (P=0.084). The CD133+/CD34+ cells increased in stepwise manner until 24 h. The CD34+/KDR+ EPC change magnitude correlated significantly with a global damage index by partial correlation analysis (P<0.001). The results suggested that a time‑dependent mobilization of EPCs may be initiated by PCI; the change magnitude of the CD34+/KDR+ cells was associated particularly with endothelial injury degree from the PCI procedure.


Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play an important role in endogenous vascular reparation, and modulate the clinical course of coronary artery disease (1). EPCs have been shown to mobilize from the bone marrow into the circulation and home to sites of vascular injury. They are then incorporated into foci of neovascularization, thereby improving tissue recovery and blood flow in the setting of tissue ischemia and endothelial damage (2,3). Endothelial denudation and endovascular laceration due to rigid stent struts and high-pressure balloon inflations initiate an intensive local inflammatory response and disturb local vascular function. Vascular injury may also produce abnormal neointimal hyperplasia resulting in clinical or sub-clinical in-stent restenosis as well as acute stent thrombosis, a potentially catastrophic complication of coronary stenting. It has been suggested that variations in EPCs in response to vascular injury caused by stenting may affect short-term (acute stent thrombosis) and long-term (restenosis) outcomes of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (47). EPC counts following coronary stenting may potentially serve as a predictor for the risk stratification of therapeutic coronary interventions.

EPCs can be identified by the expression of surface markers, such as cluster of differentiation (CD)34 and kinase domain receptor (KDR), the latter of which is the extracellular domain of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2). CD133 is highly expressed on immature EPCs, but is lost when they differentiate into mature endothelial cells (8). Immature EPCs can therefore be distinguished by the expression of CD133.

Thomas et al (9) and Lee et al (10) have observed transient changes of CD34+/KDR+ EPCs in patients 4–6 h post-PCI, in non-diabetic and diabetic populations. Previous studies have reported heterogeneous changes of EPC counts following PCI procedures (1113). However, these studies have not addressed the pattern of recruitment or mobilization of mature and immature EPCs following PCI. The sequential quantitation and characterization of EPCs following coronary stenting may provide new evidence to explain the endothelial recovery and the impact on patient prognosis.

The present study aimed to measure the sequential changes of mature and immature EPCs in the peripheral blood of patients with exertional angina pectoris prior and subsequent to a PCI procedure. Furthermore, the associations between the extent of EPC motivation and a variety of clinical factors were studied, particularly the association with the degree of endothelial injury during PCI as represented by stent area plus inflating pressure. To exclude confounding factors, such as the homing of EPCs secondary to necrotic myocardium or the presence of other inflammatory substances, strict inclusion criteria for the study population were applied.

Materials and methods

Study population

Patients who underwent elective and successful PCI treatment between October 2011 and September 2012 were screened for the present study. The inclusion criteria were: i) Presence of typical effort angina; ii) feasibility of complete revascularization of clinically significant stenoses by PCI; and iii) age ≤70 years. Exclusion criteria included: i) Age >70 years; ii) familial hyperlipidemia; iii) the presence of acute or chronic inflammatory disease, ischemic cerebral and peripheral arterial diseases, recent surgery or trauma; iv) acute coronary syndrome (including unstable angina and acute myocardial infarction); v) abnormal hepatic function at least 1 month prior to PCI; vi) patients whose coronary angiography showed coronary artery flow less than thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) grade 3, dissection or thrombosis; vii) patients with PCI-associated acute myocardial infarction, acute stent thrombosis, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤50%; and viii) prior PCI or coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Patients who met the inclusion criteria and only underwent angiography were enrolled as controls. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. The study was approved by the Committee for Human Research in Tianjin Chest Hospital (Heping, China).

Percutaneous coronary angioplasty and adjunctive drugs

According to the study protocol, all patients without contraindications were pre-treated with 300 mg aspirin and 300 mg clopidogrel for the first day prior to PCI. Following PCI, the anti-platelet regime was 300 mg aspirin daily for 1 month, then 100 mg daily indefinitely, and 75 mg clopidogrel daily for 12 months. Other medications such as β-blockers, statins and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) were continued as required. All patients received a standard dose of unfractionated heparin (100 U/kg) prior to the angioplasty procedure.

Blood samples and cardiac progenitor cell flow cytometry

Peripheral blood samples (2 ml) were collected following diagnostic angiography (baseline level) and immediately subsequent to the end of the PCI process (this was defined as the 1 h time-point, despite the actual time being <1 h from the first balloon dilatation). Subsequently, blood samples were obtained for time-points 3, 5, 7 and 24 h from the first balloon dilation. Blood samples of angiography patients were collected pre-procedure and 7 and 24 h post-procedure in the control group. The blood samples for stem cell assessment were stored at room temperature and analyzed within 20 min. To 100 µl peripheral blood was added 10 µl fluorescent anti-human CD34+ antibody (BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA, USA), 10 µl anti-human KDR-PE (BD Biosciences), 5 µl APC-conjugated anti-CD133 (Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) or fluorescent isotype-identical antibody controls. After undiluted samples were stained with antibodies for 30 min in the dark, erythrocytes were lysed using a lysing solution (BD Biosciences), and samples were centrifuged at 200 × g for 10 min. The mononuclear cell population, which includes EPCs, was isolated from the whole blood forward and side scatter profile in a FACSCalibur flow cytometer (BD Biosciences), then analyzed with Cell Quest™ software (BD Biosciences). The method of EPC quantification was consistent with published standard practices and recommendations (14,15). Classic EPCs are described as CD34+/KDR+, the mature EPC subpopulation was considered as CD133/CD34+/KDR+ and immature or naive EPCs as CD133+/CD34+/KDR+. Immature CD34+ and KDR+ cells were marked as CD133+/CD34+ and CD133+/KDR+. Counts of the different types of EPC were reported as cells per 200,000 total events. The measurements were performed by one operator who was blinded to the status of the patients. To assess the reproducibility of the results, circulating EPCs were measured twice in the first 5 consecutive patients from two blood samples drawn 1 day prior to PCI.

The stent was assumed to be cylindrical following its deployment from the stent-balloon. The surface area of the stent (perimeter × length) in contact with the vascular endothelium and the maximum stent inflation pressure were taken to be representative of the severity of endothelial damage.

Quantitative parameters of coronary angiography and angioplasty

Analysis of coronary angiograms was performed prior to (baseline level) and subsequent to PCI by two independent cardiologists from Tianjin Chest Hospital. Vessels with diameters >2.25 mm were treated. Procedural success of the PCI was defined as a decrease in diameter stenosis ≥50% and/or a residual narrowing of <30% diameter stenosis.

Quantitative parameters for endothelial injury

Mechanical trauma induced by high-pressure inflation and rigid stent struts inevitably results in endothelial denudation and endovascular laceration. In the present study, the stent surface area was used to quantify the amount of endothelium damaged by the stenting procedure. The stent-inflation pressure was also used to estimate the extent of the endothelial trauma caused by the PCI procedure. In order to evaluate the vascular damage during PCI, the product of the stent surface area and the stent-inflation pressure was determined and regarded as a global injury integral. The present study focused predominantly on the correlation between the extent of endothelial injury and the alterations of CD34+/KDR+ and CD133/CD34+/KDR+ EPCs measured at baseline and 24 h post-PCI.

Statistical analysis

Data are presented as mean ± standard deviation for continuous variables or frequency percentages for categorical variables. Kolmogorov-Smirnov testing was applied to assess normality of distribution for continuous variables. Student's paired t-tests were performed to compare the serial changes in cell counts with baseline or the lowest value following a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty procedure. P<0.05 was considered to indicate a statistically significant difference. The correlations of changed magnitude of EPCs and trauma parameters (stent surface area/global injury integral) were explored by partial correlation. Analyses and error bars were performed with the SPSS statistical software package (version 18.0; SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA).


Patient characteristics and progenitor count

The 66 patients fulfilling the inclusion/exclusion criteria were enrolled in the PCI group and samples were taken from them at 6 time-points. Another 17 patients who only underwent angiography were distributed into a control group with samples taken at 3 time-points: Baseline, and 7 and 24 h post-angiography. A total of 61 patients (92.4%) had a single vessel treated and 5 patients (7.6%) had 2 vessels treated with a mean stent surface area of 335.59±234.99 mm2 per patient. Clinical characteristics of the two groups are shown in Table I. There was no significant difference between the two groups with the exception of diabetic incidence, angiographic characteristics and family history of coronary heart disease.

Table I.

Comparison of clinical characteristics between the two groups.

Table I.

Comparison of clinical characteristics between the two groups.

Clinical parameterPCI group, n=66Control group, n=17P-value
Basic clinical characteristics
  Age, years59.54±9.0657.32±6.30NS
  Male (%)49 (74.2)11 (68.7)NS
  BMI, kg/m224.6±3.423.9±2.8NS
  Hypertension (%)35 (53)7 (43.8)NS
  ACEI or ARB treatment (%)29 (43.9)7 (43.8)NS
  Diabetes (%)24 (36.4)2 (11.8)<0.05
  Current smoker (%)20 (30.3)4 (23.5)NS
  Family history of coronary disease (%)5 (31.3)2 (5.9)<0.05
  Single-vessel disease (%)36 (54.5)5 (31.2)<0.05
  Two-vessel disease (%)16 (24.2)2 (12.5)<0.05
  Three-vessel disease (%)14 (18.75)1 (6.25)<0.05
  Statin therapy prior to PCI (%)66 (100)17 (100)NS
Laboratory characteristics
  Plasma low density cholesterol, mmol/l2.54±0.812.21±0.32NS
  Hs-CRP, mg/l1.55±2.830.62±0.78NS
  White cell count (x109/l)6.63±1.356.39±1.23NS
  Lymphocyte count (x109/l)1.62±0.441.64±0.31NS
  Monocyte count (x109/l)0.50±0.40.51±0.32
  Maximum value of CKMB pre-PCI, U/l2219
  Minimum value of CKMB post-PCI or CAG, U/l1920
  Maximum value of troponin I pre-PCI, ng/ml   0.9   0.81
  Minimum value of troponin I post-PCI or CAG, ng/ml   0.9   0.21
Procedural details
  Drug-eluting stent (%)66 (100)
  Stent surface per subject, 2πR × length, mm2335.59±234.99

[i] Unless otherwise indicated, data are expressed as mean ± standard deviation or rate. Significant differences between the two groups are found for diabetes history, family history of coronary disease and the extent of the coronary artery lesion. BMI, body-mass index; ACEI, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB, angiotensin II receptor blocker; Hs-CRP, high sensitivity C-reactive protein; PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention; CAG, coronary angiography; CKMB, creatine kinase; R, radius; NS, not significant.

EPC counts are presented as mean ± standard deviation of cells per 200,000 events and the trends post-PCI are shown in error bar charts (Fig. 1). No significant elevation in the count of CD34+/KDR+ EPCs was found in the control group compared with the PCI group at baseline, but increased numbers of CD133+/CD34+/KDR+ and CD133+/CD34+ cells, which were immature subpopulations of CD34+/KDR+ or immature CD34+cells, respectively, were observed. A stable CD34+/KDR+ count was shown within 7 h following the PCI procedure, and a mild and delayed upregulation was shown at 24 h. The levels of the immature CD133+/CD34+/KDR+ cell subpopulation were relatively stable during the procedure. Undulating changes were seen in the CD133/CD34+/KDR+ subpopulation level at the 3, 7 and 24 h time-points (P=0.016, P=0.01 and P=0.032, respectively) and no tendency to return to the baseline level was shown at 24 h post PCI (P=0.048). Small but significant increases were shown in CD133+/CD34+ cell counts at 3 and 24 h (P=0.046 and P=0.005, respectively). The CD133+/KDR+ subpopulation showed a moderate reduction in count at 3 h after the procedure, remained reduced until 7 h post PCI (P=0.003, P=0.013 and P=0.033, at 3, 5 and 7 h respectively), and then marginally increased at 24 h, when the statistical significance of the difference relative to the baseline count was lost (P=0.084; Table II).

Table II.

Counts of endothelial progenitor cells and subpopulations in the PCI and control group per 200,000 events.

Table II.

Counts of endothelial progenitor cells and subpopulations in the PCI and control group per 200,000 events.

Time-points CD34+/KDR+ CD133/CD34+/KDR+ CD133+/CD34+/KDR+ KDR+/CD133+ CD34+/CD133+
PCI group (n=66)
  Baseline count27.28±13.6116.23±16.31 6.94±9.51d14.43±15.32 8.03±5.71d
   1 h post-PCI26.84±19.5218.05±28.127.52±9.3313.70±14.5310.80±10.61
   3 h post-PCI25.28±19.68 28.72±50.39b7.34±8.56 8.37±6.88a 12.62±13.41a
   5 h post-PCI27.37±22.5720.28±26.958.55±10.55 9.32±10.31a11.51±15.76
   7 h post-PCI27.65±23.13 15.32±17.73b8.49±10.32 10.03±11.96a12.60±15.21
  24 h post-PCI 43.50±29.59a 26.38±22.93a,c7.53±7.2510.88±9.13 14.98±20.00b
Control group (n=17)
  Baseline count28.53±9.2214.00±4.7613.06±7.4412.41±7.3017.94±8.59
   7 h post-CAG26.53±15.0513.35±6.8411.53±9.7511.71±10.2316.82±14.11
  24 h post-CAG28.94±14.4913.82±4.7514.53±10.4514.65±10.4320.06±13.86

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a P<0.05 vs. baseline

b P<0.01 vs. baseline

c P<0.05 vs. the lowest value following baseline testing (at 7 h) in the PCI group

d P<0.01 vs. the baseline count of the control group. PCI, percutaneous coronary intervention; CAG, coronary artery angiography; CD, cluster of differentiation; KDR, kinase domain receptor.

Association between EPC phenotype and clinical factors

Partial correlation analysis was performed to investigate the association between the maximum change magnitudes of CD34+/KDR+ EPCs and clinical factors including age, gender, stent surface area and maximum stent inflation pressure. The results revealed that the maximum change magnitude of EPCs CD34+/KDR+ correlated negatively with basal C-reactive protein (CRP; P=0.034) and positively with body mass index (BMI), smoking and ACEI or angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) drug treatment (P=0.021, P=0.02 and P=0.026, respectively). There was also a positive correlation with the global injury integral (the product of the stent surface area and the maximum stent inflation pressure; P<0.001; Table III).

Table III.

Partial correlation analysis between the maximum change magnitudes of CD34+/KDR+ cells post-angioplasty and relative factors.

Table III.

Partial correlation analysis between the maximum change magnitudes of CD34+/KDR+ cells post-angioplasty and relative factors.

Relative factorsPartial correlation coefficientP-value
Age−0.2487   0.057
BMI0.3007   0.021
WBC−0.1859   0.159
Neutrophil ratio0.0150.91
Hs-CRP−0.2759   0.034
Surface of stent area0.2168   0.099
Maximum dilation pressure of stent−0.15410.24
Stent surface area × maximum inflation pressure0.4467<0.001
Gender−0.2039   0.115
Current smoking0.29690.02
Current drinking−0.1563   0.229
Essential hypertension−0.2208   0.087
Diabetes0.1378   0.289
ACEI or ARB treatment0.2845   0.026

[i] BMI, body mass index; WBC, white blood cell; Hs-CRP, high sensitivity C-reactive protein; ACEI, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB, angiotensin II receptor blocker; CD, cluster of differentiation; KDR, kinase domain receptor.


In the present study, the circulating CD133-, CD34- and KDR-marked progenitor cells were quantified and any changes in patients with exertional angina were examined at different time-points within 24 h pre- and post-angioplasty. On the basis of a previous study (1), the data of the present study demonstrated that mature EPCs (identified by CD133/CD34+/KDR+ status) were more actively motivated to enter the peripheral blood or home to the local coronary endothelium when induced by PCI, as indicated by the earlier and more intensive up- and downregulation of the EPC count (2). The specific association between the motivation of CD34+/KDR+ EPCs and a number of clinical factors was probed during the early stages following PCI. Finally, the maximum changes of CD34+/KDR+ EPCs were identified to correlate with BMI, CRP, current smoking habits and ACEI or ARB treatment (0.01<P<0.05), and particularly with the global injury integral from the PCI procedure (P<0.001). Allowing for possible sampling errors, it is ensured that global injury integral is the crucial contributor to CD34+/KDR+ EPC motivation.

A delayed increase of CD34+/KDR+ levels was observed 24 h post-PCI on the basis of the prior increase in CD133/CD34+/KDR+ EPCs and the relatively constant level of CD133+/CD34+/KDR+ EPCs. Since CD133 is highly expressed in immature stem cells and lost during the differentiation to mature endothelial cells (16,17), the CD133+/CD34+/KDR+ subpopulation is a precursor of CD133/CD34+/KDR+ cells. The undulating change of CD133/CD34+/KDR+ cell counts suggests that EPCs, particularly mature circulating EPCs, are preferentially recruited by homing signals such as stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) (18), which is released from denudated endothelium. It is assumed that EPC subgroups with prior and robust mobilization may play a more important role in endothelial reparation.

Intracoronary stents are a potential vehicle for the delivery of novel therapies directly to the site of vascular injury. Gene-eluting stents that directly deliver naked plasmid DNA encoding for VEGF-2 may accelerate re-endothelialization and reduce lumen loss in animal models (19). If mature circulating EPCs (particularly CD133/CD34+/KDR+ subpopulations) are preferentially recruited and home to sites of injury where balloons inflate or stents are deployed, we recommend promoting the ‘capture’ of CD133+/CD34+ and CD133+/KDR+ cells, or even the mature CD133/KDR+/CD34+ subpopulation of EPCs, by gene-eluting stent implantation to facilitate re-endothelialization. Secondly, it is suggested that a large-scale mobilization of EPCs from bone marrow may occur no later than 24 h after PCI, providing a valuable time-window for the application of measures to advance or intensify this process.

In the present study, an evaluation was carried out of whether any associations exist between the degree of damage and changes in EPCs induced by the combined effect of recruitment and homing. Damage to the endothelium originating from mechanical inflation was categorized into injury area and degree, which were mirrored by stent surface area and the maximum stent inflated pressure.

In the present study, various possible clinical factors were listed and individual correlations with the changes in CD34+/KDR+ EPCs were analyzed. It was confirmed that a positive correlation existed for CD34+/KDR+ EPC motivation with current smoking or ACEI or ARB administration, and a negative correlation with hs-CRP. This partially conforms with the results of certain published reports (20,21). It is, therefore, reasonable to accept that, according to the present results, the mobilization of EPCs correlated negatively with hs-CRP and correlated positively with ACEI or ARB drug treatment. The present study found that positive correlations existed between the mobilization degree of EPCs and smoking or BMI. This shows that to a certain extent a more robust motivation can be stimulated post-PCI among respective populations. By contrast, cigarette smoking may stimulate the release of EPCs from bone marrow to repair the damaged endothelium and it may be an eligible reason underlying the mechanism of this positive connection.

The significant positive correlation between the global injury integral and EPC mobilization amplitude in the present study revealed that the degree of endothelial damage in the PCI procedure depends on both the contact area of the stent strut with the coronary endothelium and stent inflation pressure. A higher global injury integral usually represents a larger stent diameter, in particular with a higher inflation pressure. This may support complete lesion cover and good positioning during PCI in order to accelerate the endothelialization process. This also offers a new theoretical foundation for the post-inflation advocated by the angiography versus intravascular ultrasound-directed bare-metal coronary stent placement (AVID) trial (22). This suggests that more intensive and effective motivation of EPCs initiated post-dilation may contribute to the reparation of the damage to the endothelium caused by PCI, and then to a certain extent decrease the incidence of in-stent thrombosis or restenosis (23).

In the present study, blood samples were not collected at specified time-points, so no circadian rhythm was detected in the control group whereas a diurnal reduction of circulating EPCs has been recorded between 08.00 and 15.00 of 11–18% in healthy volunteers (24).

The present outcome does not completely agree with previous studies reported by Thomas et al (9) and Lee et al (10), in which a moderate but marked reduction of the CD34+/KDR+ EPC phenotype was detected at 4 and 6 h post-PCI time-points compared with the baseline level. This difference is ascribed to respective enrolment criteria or pharmacological therapy; for example, diabetic patients were excluded by Thomas et al (9), yet Lee et al (10) targeted the dynamic mobilization of EPC in diabetics. In the present study some diabetic cases comorbid with hyperlipidemia or hypertension were enrolled. Furthermore, all patients were treated with statins. Diabetics of types I and II have been shown to have lower baseline EPC levels and dysfunctional progenitor cells in terms of proliferation, adhesion and angiogenic properties, resulting in delayed re-endothelization (25,26). Statins can facilitate the mobilization of CD34+ and KDR+ cells into the peripheral circulation (27) in a dose-dependent manner (28). Differences in the study population and interventional measures may confound the successive changes of circulating EPCs following PCI.

The present study had various limitations, including that the fact that the results indicated that single diagnostic angiography did not induce changes in the levels of EPCs (29). It may be inferred that the act of injecting contrast agent into the coronary artery is not a causative factor, although the possibility that the insertion of a sheath into the femoral artery causes arterial endothelial damage cannot be excluded and may possibly be a causative factor. Another limitation of this study is the fact that the number of patients was relatively small, which helps in understanding why no significant difference in EPC counts was found at baseline between the two groups. Furthermore, only the relative changes of EPC counts in peripheral blood were studied and no functional studies of the EPCs were conducted. All treated coronary arteries had TIMI grade 3 blood flow prior to the first balloon dilation and no iatrogenic myocardial infarction from PCI; hence, a disturbance due to inflammatory factors from necrotic myocardium can be excluded. Finally as there was no long-term follow up of these patients, a delayed and more significant mobilization of EPCs at >24 h post-PCI cannot be excluded.

In conclusion, endothelial injury from angioplasty can lead to time-dependent mobilization or homing of EPCs; mature EPC subpopulations are actively mobilized, and may contribute more to endothelial reparation; and the mobilization amplitude of the main EPC subpopulations is significantly influenced by the degree of endothelial injury and certain clinical factors.



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Gao, M., Yao, Q., Liu, Y., Sun, F., Ma, Y., & Sun, G. (2015). Association between mobilization of circulating endothelial progenitor cells and time or degree of injury from angioplasty in patients with exertional angina: A prospective study. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 10, 809-815.
Gao, M., Yao, Q., Liu, Y., Sun, F., Ma, Y., Sun, G."Association between mobilization of circulating endothelial progenitor cells and time or degree of injury from angioplasty in patients with exertional angina: A prospective study". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 10.2 (2015): 809-815.
Gao, M., Yao, Q., Liu, Y., Sun, F., Ma, Y., Sun, G."Association between mobilization of circulating endothelial progenitor cells and time or degree of injury from angioplasty in patients with exertional angina: A prospective study". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 10, no. 2 (2015): 809-815.