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Diabetic microangiopathy: Pathogenetic insights and novel therapeutic approaches

  • Autori: Madonna, R.; Balistreri, C.R.; Geng, Y.; De Caterina, R.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Review essay (rassegna critica) (Articolo in rivista)
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Diabetic microangiopathy, including retinopathy, is characterized by abnormal growth and leakage of small blood vessels, resulting in local edema and functional impairment of the depending tissues. Mechanisms leading to the impairment of microcirculation in diabetes are multiple and still largely unclear. However, a dysregulated vascular regeneration appears to play a key role. In addition, oxidative and hyperosmolar stress, as well as the activation of inflammatory pathways triggered by advanced glycation end-products and toll-like receptors, have been recognized as key underlying events. Here, we review recent knowledge on cellular and molecular pathways of microvascular disease in diabetes. We also highlight how new insights into pathogenic mechanisms of vascular damage in diabetes may indicate new targets for prevention and treatment.