The Review of Diabetic Studies

C-Peptide in the Vessel Wall

Daniel Walcher
Department of Internal Medicine II, Cardiology, University of Ulm, Germany
Nikolaus Marx
Department of Internal Medicine I, Cardiology, University of Aachen, Germany


Patients with insulin resistance and early type 2 diabetes exhibit an increased sensitivity to develop a diffuse and extensive pattern of arteriosclerosis leading to a remarkable increase in vascular complications, including myocardial infarction and stroke. The accelerated atherosclerosis in these patients is likely to be multifactorial. In this review, we introduce the new hypothesis that C-peptide could play a role as a mediator of lesion development. Patients with type 2 diabetes show increased levels of the proinsulin cleavage product C-peptide, and in the past few years, various groups have examined the effect of C-peptide in vascular cells as well as its potential role in lesion development. Recent data suggest that C-peptide deposits in the vessel wall could promote the recruitment of monocytes and CD4-positive lymphocytes in early arteriosclerotic lesions. Furthermore, C-peptide induces proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, a critical step in atherogenesis and restenosis formation. The present review summarizes this new pathophysiological aspect and discusses the potential relevance for lesion development.

diabetes · C-peptide · vascular cell · arteriosclerosis · inflammation · reactive oxygen species · smooth muscle cell · lipoprotein,.



Demosthenes Panagiotakos

Abbreviation Title

Rev Diabet Stud