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Monocytes as cells of the innate immunity are prominently involved in the development of atherosclerotic lesions. The heterogeneity of blood monocytes has widely been acknowledged by accumulating experimental and clinical data suggesting a differential, subset-specific contribution of the corresponding subpopulations to the pathology of cardiovascular and other diseases. This document re-evaluates current nomenclature and summarises key findings on monocyte subset biology to propose a consensus statement about phenotype, separation and quantification of the individual subsets.

Original publication




Journal article


Thromb haemost

Publication Date





626 - 637


Atherosclerosis, leukocyte function / activation, monocytes, Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular Diseases, Consensus, Humans, Monocytes, Thrombosis