Low Ethanol Concentrations Promote Endothelial Progenitor Cell Capacity and Reparative Function
Effect of ethanol on capillary-tube formation in a Matrigel assay. ECFCs were cultured in endothelial basal medium ((EBM) +5% FBS) and treated with 0.5% or 1% ethanol directly prior assay start or 24 h before or without ethanol (control). Capillary-tube formation (average total tubule length per microscopic field) was analyzed after 16 h by visual microscopy at 2.5x magnification. Data are expressed as total tubule length in μm. Results represent mean values of total tubule of at least 6 independent experiments. vs. untreated control.
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