Washington: A `constant cloud` of potent inflammatory molecules surrounding the cells responsible for diseases such as thickening of the arteries and rheumatoid arthritis, has been discovered.The findings by the scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) could eventually lead to new treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases.Cardiovascular disease arising from atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries) kills around 17 million people worldwide each year, including 120,000 people in England and Wales, while rheumatoid arthritis affects around 400,000 people in the UK.The team studied a type of white blood cell called monocytes.Monocytes play an important role in the human immune system and help protect our bodies against infection. But they can also invade tissue, triggering the early stages of common inflammatory diseases.The researchers detected for the first time that monocytes were surrounded by a constant cloud.
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