Washington: A protein inside our blood vessels has been found to have the ability to protect the body from substances which cause cardiovascular disease.Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Surrey have discovered that the protein pregnane X receptor (PXR) can switch on different protective pathways in the blood vessels.Study co-author Dr David Bishop-Bailey, based at Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute, said they found the protein was able to sense a wide variety of drugs, foreign chemicals and food products in the blood and switch on specific pathways to deal with them.“We’ve known for a long time that this protein has an important role sorting out waste products in the liver - now we believe it could have an important role in protecting the body against cardiovascular disease,” he added.The researchers used human tissue and blood vessel cells in culture and found PXR was present and active.
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