Contact: Jim Dryden
Washington University School of Medicine
Caption: Low levels of vitamin D in people with diabetes appear to encourage cholesterol to build up in arteries, eventually blocking the flow of blood. In mice, immune cells adhering to the wall of a major blood vessel near the heart are loaded with cholesterol (shown in red).
Credit: Bernal-Mizrachi lab/Washington University
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