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Yongbin Lu, Zhiyuan Cheng, Yaxue Zhao, Xiaoyu Chang, Cynthia Chan, Yana Bai, Ning Cheng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Our study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term treatment of statins for coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: Efficacy outcomes included changes in blood lipids, risk of CHD mortality and all-cause mortality. Safety outcomes were evaluated by the risk of adverse events (AE). Bayesian network meta-analysis was used to compare the direct and indirect effects between different statins. RESULTS: The systematic review showed that levels of blood lipids decreased during statin treatment...
October 14, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Welma Stonehouse, Grant D Brinkworth, Campbell H Thompson, Mahinda Y Abeywardena
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In vitro, ex vivo and animal studies suggest palm-based tocotrienols and carotenes enhance vascular function, but limited data in humans exists. The aim was to examine the effects of palm-tocotrienols (TRF- 80) and palm-carotene (CC-60) supplementation on vascular function and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in adults at increased risk of impaired vascular function. METHODS: Ninety men and women (18-70 yr, 20-45 kg/m(2)) with type 2 diabetes, impaired fasting glucose and/or elevated waist circumference were randomised to consume either TRF-80 (420 mg/day tocotrienol + 132 mg/day tocopherol), CC-60 (21 mg/day carotenes) or placebo (palm olein) supplements for 8 weeks...
October 14, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Jeong-Min Kim, Kwang-Yeol Park, Dong-Woo Shin, Moo-Seok Park, Oh-Sang Kwon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Elevated serum homocysteine level is known to be associated with increased risk of vascular event due to endothelial senescence. We investigated the association between serum homocysteine level and cerebral arteriosclerosis status including intracranial vascular calcification and atherosclerosis burden. METHODS: We identified 1193 consecutive patients (mean age = 68.6 ± 12.7, 537 female patients) who were admitted with acute cerebral infarction or transient ischemic attack from a single university medical center...
October 13, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Luiz Sérgio F de Carvalho, Hiroshi Yoshida
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October 13, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Siroon Bekkering, Inge van den Munckhof, Tim Nielen, Evert Lamfers, Charles Dinarello, Joost Rutten, Jacqueline de Graaf, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, Marc E R Gomes, Niels P Riksen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We have recently reported that monocytes can undergo functional and transcriptional reprogramming towards a long-term pro-inflammatory phenotype after brief in vitro exposure to atherogenic stimuli such as oxidized LDL. This process is termed 'trained immunity', and is mediated by epigenetic remodeling and a metabolic switch towards increased aerobic glycolysis. We hypothesize that trained immunity contributes to atherogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the inflammatory phenotype and epigenetic remodeling of monocytes from patients with and without established atherosclerosis...
October 12, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Manuela Casula, Lorenza Scotti, Elena Tragni, Luca Merlino, Giovanni Corrao, Alberico L Catapano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at describing the therapeutic approach in young adult patients diagnosed with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and their adherence and persistence to treatment. METHODS: From regional administrative databases, individuals aged ≤40 years, who received exemption for HeFH between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2011, and concomitantly started statin treatment, were identified. Within the first year of treatment, we evaluated therapeutic changes, adherence as MPR (medication possession ratio), persistence as continuous drug coverage without gaps ≥60 days, and influencing factors using log binomial models...
October 12, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Li Qun, Xi Wenda, Sun Weihong, Ma Jianyang, Cai Wei, Lou Fangzhou, Xu Zhenyao, Gao Pingjin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The CCL20/CCR6 axis has been shown to play a vital role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). However, the regulatory mechanism remains unclear. Here, we studied the miRNA-mediated epigenetic regulation of the CCL20/CCR6 axis in atherogenesis. METHODS: CCR6(+/+)ApoE-/- and CCR6(-/-)ApoE-/- mice were fed a high-fat diet for 24 weeks. Plaque size was evaluated via ultrasound biomicroscope and hematoxylin and eosin. Protein expression were measured by Western blotting or immunofluorescence/immunohistochemistry or ELISA, and gene mRNA levels were detected by RT-PCR...
October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Masatsune Ogura, Hisashi Makino, Chizuko Kamiya, Jun Yoshimatsu, Handrean Soran, Ruth Eatough, Giuseppina Perrone, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Claudia Stefanutti
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: For patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), atherogenic lipoprotein changes and increased stress on cardiovascular system during pregnancy may pose substantial risk for both the mother and her fetus. Although lipoprotein apheresis (LA) is reported as the most effective therapy to control LDL-C levels during pregnancy in HoFH patients, only case reports have been published, and there is no guidance for management. METHODS: We report twelve pregnancies and ten deliveries in seven patients with HoFH, and compare the clinical outcomes between patients who received LA during pregnancy and those who did not...
October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Paul Welsh, Katie Tuckwell, Iain B McInnes, Naveed Sattar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Observational associations between inflammation and cardiovascular disease are interesting, but randomised experimental data are lacking. We investigated the effect of the IL-6 receptor blocker tocilizumab on N terminal pro B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and high sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: A post-hoc study was performed in a subset of patients with moderate to severe RA participating in a randomised controlled trial...
October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Sorin J Brener
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October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Hans-Peter Deigner
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October 8, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Ruijuan Wang, Youxin Song, Yaqi Yan, Zhenjiang Ding
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Serum uric acid (SUA) has been recognized as an independent risk factor for mortality in the general population. We performed this meta-analysis to determine whether elevated SUA levels are associated with greater risk of cardiovascular or all-cause mortality in people with suspected or definite coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: The Pubmed and Embase databases were searched up to April 1, 2016 for the longitudinal studies that investigated the association between the elevated SUA and cardiovascular or all-cause mortality risk in people with suspected or definite CAD...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Lisanne C de Vos, Joop D Lefrandt, Robin P F Dullaart, Clark J Zeebregts, Andries J Smit
Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) suffer from widespread atherosclerosis. Partly due to the growing awareness of cardiovascular disease, the incidence of PAD has increased considerably during the past decade. It is anticipated that algorithms to identify high risk patients for cardiovascular events require being updated, making use of novel biomarkers. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are moieties formed non-enzymatically on long-lived proteins under influence of glycemic and oxidative stress reactions...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Marco Magnoni, Simona Di Terlizzi, Chiara Villa, Federico Sizzano, Alessio Palini, Katia Garlaschelli, Fernanda Tripiciano, Isabella Scotti, Alberico Luigi Catapano, Angelo A Manfredi, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Paolo G Camici
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Monocytes are known to play a key role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis and contribute to plaque destabilization through the generation of signals that promote inflammation and neoangiogenesis. In humans, studies investigating the features of circulating monocytes in advanced atherosclerotic lesions are lacking. METHODS: Patients (mean age 69 years, 56% males) with intermediate asymptomatic carotid stenosis (40-70% in diameter) were evaluated for maximal stenosis in common carotid artery, carotid bulb and internal carotid artery, overall disease burden as estimated with total plaque area (TPA), greyscale and neovascularization in 244 advanced carotid plaques...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
John S White, Kristine L Clark, Mark W Empie, John P Foreyt, Arthur Frank
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October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Roger A Lobo, J H Pickar, J C Stevenson, W J Mack, H N Hodis
In the late 1980s, several observational studies and meta-analyses suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was beneficial for prevention of osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, dementia and decreased all-cause mortality. In 1992, the American College of Physicians recommended HRT for prevention of coronary disease. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, several randomized trials in older women suggested coronary harm and that the risks, including breast cancer, outweighed any benefit. HRT stopped being prescribed at that time, even for women who had severe symptoms of menopause...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Tse-Min Lu, Chiao-Po Hsu, Chao-Fu Chang, Chih-Ching Lin, Tzong-Shyuan Lee, Shing-Jong Lin, Wan-Leong Chan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Decreased nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability and increased oxidative stress may be involved in the pathogenesis of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). The relationship between asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous NO synthase inhibitor, and CI-AKI is unknown. METHODS: We measured plasma ADMA levels in 664 consecutive subjects undergoing cardiac catheterization. Mehran score for predicting the risk of CI-AKI was calculated...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Er-Wen Huang, Can-Zhao Liu, Si-Jia Liang, Zheng Zhang, Xiao-Fei Lv, Jie Liu, Jia-Guo Zhou, Yong-Bo Tang, Yong-Yuan Guan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Macrophage-derived foam cell formation (MFCF) is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Uptake of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) by scavenger receptors is indispensable for MFCF. Endophilin-A2 has been reported to regulate clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). In this study, we tested the hypothesis that endophilin-A2 regulates oxLDL uptake and MFCF by mediating CME of oxLDL-scavenger receptor complexes. METHODS: In vitro MFCF was induced by oxLDL treatment...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Andrew T Grainger, Michael B Jones, Jing Li, Mei-Hua Chen, Ani Manichaikul, Weibin Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 50 significant loci containing common variants associated with coronary artery disease. However, these variants explain only 26% of the genetic heritability of the disease, suggesting that many more variants remain to be discovered. Here, we examined the genetic basis underlying the marked difference between SM/J-Apoe(-/-) and BALB/cJ-Apoe(-/-) mice in atherosclerotic lesion formation. METHODS: 206 female F2 mice generated from an intercross between the two Apoe(-/-) strains were fed 12 weeks of western diet...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Tomasz Sozański, Alicja Z Kucharska, Andrzej Rapak, Dorota Szumny, Małgorzata Trocha, Anna Merwid-Ląd, Stanisław Dzimira, Tomasz Piasecki, Narcyz Piórecki, Jan Magdalan, Adam Szeląg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular benefits of fruits are attributed mainly to their (poly)phenolic constituents, especially anthocyanins. The main aim of our study is to compare effects of iridoids and anthocyanins from one fruit on diet-induced atherosclerosis. The cornelian cherry is a native or cultivated plant that grows in many European countries, used in cuisine and folk medicine. In our previous study, we showed its constituents and proved that oral administration of lyophilized fruits to hypercholesterolemic rabbits had preventive effects on atherosclerosis through the activation of PPARα expression...
October 5, 2016: Atherosclerosis
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