Cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions are known to be mediated by specific cell adhesion receptors expressed on the cell surface. The characterization of these cell adhesion molecules has allowed researchers to examine their roles in a variety of physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions. Numerous studies have demonstrated that myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury is an acute inflammatory process in which leukocytes are intimately involved. In this review we summarize the current data on the leukocyte cell adhesion cascade, focus upon studies which have demonstrated specific cell adhesion molecule interactions which mediate the leukocyte involvement in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, and suggest future avenues of exploration and possible clinical implications of the studies reviewed.
- Cell adhesion
- Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)