A sugar can melt away cholesterol

Dose of sweet molecule removed plaques from mice’s hardened arteries

cholesterol crystals in mouse arteries

PLAQUE BE GONE A sugar called cyclodextrin stopped cholesterol crystals (white) from building up in the arteries of mice on a high-fat diet. Mice that had fewer cholesterol crystals also had fewer inflammation-causing immune cells called macrophages (red). Blue indicates nuclei of cells.

S. Zimmer et al/Science Translational Medicine 2016

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