05 October 2011
Vol 3, Issue 103

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ONLINE COVER Stented Growth. Shown is an electron micrograph of a stent—a small mesh tube used to hold open narrowed or weakened blood vessels and ensure adequate blood flow. However, in some patients, the stent itself may incite an inflammatory response that causes the vessel to re-narrow. Soehnlein et al. constructed a new drug-eluting stent coated with cathelicidin, an antimicrobial peptide found in immune cells, and showed that these stents could reduce in-stent stenosis in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. [CREDIT: LEHRSTUHL WERKSTOFFWISSENSCHAFTEN/ RUHR UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM]