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    Default Foul Smelling Chemical May Keep Atherosclerosis At Bay

    James Kingsland
    February 16 2020

    New research in mice suggests that a compound responsible for the odor of rotting flesh can shrink the fibrous plaques that build up in the walls of arteries in atherosclerosis
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    The researchers discovered that this chemical, which is called putrescine, encourages a type of immune cell to engulf dead cells in the plaques.

    Usually, immune cells called macrophages consume dead cells within minutes of them dying. However, if this housekeeping is inefficient, the dead tissue can trigger chronic inflammation.

    Read more: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/art...20Daily%20News
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