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Does parasitic infestation protect the rural African from atheroma? (Abstract)
  1. D. P. M. Howells

    Abstract

    Parasitic infestation is associated with an increase in the mast cell population of tissues. Heparin is released from the mast cell to activate lipoprotein lipase and may influence fat metabolism. Depletion of the mast cell population may be a characteristic of a parasitic free, atheroma prone ‘Western’ population.

    • atheroma
    • mast cell
    • African
    • cholesterol

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