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Ammara Usman, Umar Sadat, Zhongzhao Teng, Martin J Graves, Jonathan R Boyle, Kevin Varty, Paul D Hayes, Jonathan H Gillard
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of atheroma using contrast media enables assessment of the systemic severity of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds. Whether black-blood imaging has similar ability remains widely unexplored. In this study, we evaluate whether black-blood imaging can differentiate carotid plaques of patients with and without coronary artery disease (CAD) in terms of morphological and biomechanical features of plaque vulnerability, thereby allowing assessment of the systemic severity nature of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Daniel Zysset, Benjamin Weber, Silvia Rihs, Jennifer Brasseit, Stefan Freigang, Carsten Riether, Yara Banz, Adelheid Cerwenka, Cedric Simillion, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Adrian F Ochsenbein, Leslie Saurer, Christoph Mueller
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) is a potent amplifier of pro-inflammatory innate immune responses, but its significance in non-infectious diseases remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that TREM-1 promotes cardiovascular disease by exacerbating atherosclerosis. TREM-1 is expressed in advanced human atheromas and is highly upregulated under dyslipidemic conditions on circulating and on lesion-infiltrating myeloid cells in the Apoe(-/-) mouse model. TREM-1 strongly contributes to high-fat, high-cholesterol diet (HFCD)-induced monocytosis and synergizes with HFCD serum-derived factors to promote pro-inflammatory cytokine responses and foam cell formation of human monocyte/macrophages...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Markus Seeger, Angelos Karlas, Dominik Soliman, Jaroslav Pelisek, Vasilis Ntziachristos
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a main cause of stroke. Understanding atherosclerosis biology is critical in the development of targeted prevention and treatment strategies. Consequently, there is demand for advanced tools investigating atheroma pathology. We consider hybrid optoacoustic and multiphoton microscopy for the integrated and complementary interrogation of plaque tissue constituents and their mutual interactions. Herein, we visualize human carotid plaque using a hybrid multimodal imaging system that combines optical resolution optoacoustic (photoacoustic) microscopy, second and third harmonic generation microscopy, and two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy...
September 2016: Photoacoustics
Ali Nehme, Catherine Cerutti, Kazem Zibara
Despite the well-known role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in atheroma, its global local organization is poorly understood. In this study, we used transcriptomic meta-analysis to reveal the local transcriptional organization and regulation of 37 extended RAAS (extRAAS) genes in atheroma. Expression analysis and hierarchical clustering were done on extRAAS genes in 32 paired early and advanced atherosclerotic lesions. Contrary to receptor-coding transcripts, multiple angiotensin-metabolizing enzymes showed higher expression in advance, in comparison to early lesions...
October 17, 2016: Hypertension
Zoe Herreras, Montserrat Cofán, Marta Catalan, Carlos Calvo, Montserrat Pinyol, Antonio J Amor, Rosa Gilabert, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila, Emilio Ortega
Consistent evidence supports the pro-atherogenic properties of dietary trans-fatty acids (TFAs). However, there are no clinical data on TFA intake and atheroma plaque. We cross sectionally investigated whether the proportion of total C18:1 TFA in red blood cells (RBCs), which mirrors dietary TFA intake, independently relates to carotid plaque prevalence in subjects with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus without prior cardiovascular disease (n=101, 56% men, mean age 61 years) and age- and sex-matched controls (n=96)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Yeseul Cha, Ja Young Jang, Young-Hwan Ban, Haiyu Guo, Kyungha Shin, Tae-Su Kim, Sung-Pyo Lee, Jieun Choi, Eun-Suk An, Da-Woom Seo, Jung-Min Yon, Ehn-Kyoung Choi, Yun-Bae Kim
Anti-atherosclerosis effects of perilla oil were investigated, in comparison with lovastatin, in rabbits fed a high-cholesterol diet (HCD). Hypercholesterolemia was induced in rabbits by feeding the HCD containing 0.5% cholesterol and 1% corn oil, and perilla oil (0.1 or 0.3%) was added to the diet containing 0.5% cholesterol for 10 weeks. HCD greatly increased blood total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins, and caused thick atheromatous plaques, covering 74% of the aortic wall. Hyper-cholesterolemia also induced lipid accumulation in the liver and kidneys, leading to lipid peroxidation...
September 2016: Laboratory Animal Research
Filip K Swirski, Matthias Nahrendorf, Peter Libby
Inflammation furnishes a series of pathogenic pathways that couple the risk factors for atherosclerosis with altered behavior of the intrinsic cells of the arterial wall, endothelium, and smooth muscle and promote the disease and its complications. Myeloid cells participate critically in all phases of atherosclerosis from initiation through progression, and ultimately the thrombotic consequences of this disease. Foam cells, lipid-laden macrophages, constitute the hallmark of atheromata. Much of the recent expansion in knowledge of the roles of myeloid cells in atherosclerosis revolves around the functional contributions of subsets of monocytes, precursors of macrophages, the most abundant myeloid cells in the atheroma...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Mark W Kennedy, Enrico Fabris, Alexander J Ijsselmuiden, Holger Nef, Sebastian Reith, Javier Escaned, Fernando Alfonso, Niels van Royen, Wojtek Wojakowski, Adam Witkowski, Ciro Indolfi, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Harry Suryapranata, Elvin Kedhi
BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a widely used tool for the identification of ischaemia-generating stenoses and to guide decisions on coronary revascularisation. However, the safety of FFR-based decisions in high-risk subsets, such as patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) or vulnerable stenoses presenting thin-cap fibro-atheroma (TCFA), is unknown. This study will examine the impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT) plaque morphological assessment and the identification of TCFA, in combination with FFR to better predict clinical outcomes in DM patients...
October 10, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Soo-Jin Kang, Hojin Ha, June-Goo Lee, Seung-Bong Han, Gary S Mintz, Jihoon Kweon, Mineok Chang, Jae-Hyung Roh, Pil Hyung Lee, Sung-Han Yoon, Jung-Min Ahn, Duk-Woo Park, Seung-Whan Lee, Cheol Whan Lee, Seong-Wook Park, Seung-Jung Park, Young-Hak Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to determine whether finite element analysis (FEA)-derived plaque structural stress (PSS) analysis can predict serial changes in atheroma volume, type, and tissue composition within a fibroatheroma-containing target segment. METHODS: Overall, 210 patients (210 untreated coronary artery lesions) underwent serial (baseline and 12-month follow-up) grayscale- and virtual histology (VH)-intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Baseline PSS was assessed at the minimal lumen and at the maximum necrotic core (NC) sites...
September 30, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Brian Stegman, Mingyuan Shao, Stephen J Nicholls, Mohamed Elshazly, Leslie Cho, Peta King, Samir Kapadia, Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, Rishi Puri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: High-intensity statin therapy (HIST) reduces cardiovascular events, however, sex-related differences in treatment effects are not well characterized. METHODS: A patient-level post hoc pooled analysis of 3 randomized trials utilizing serial coronary intravascular ultrasound was undertaken, testing the anti-atherosclerotic effects of HIST in coronary disease patients. Sex-related differences in changes (Δ) in coronary percent atheroma volume (PAV) were ascertained following 18-24 months of HIST (atorvastatin 80 mg or rosuvastatin 40 mg daily), and further characterized according to on-treatment lipid and lipoprotein levels...
September 15, 2016: Atherosclerosis
J T Sutton, K J Haworth, S K Shanmukhappa, M R Moody, M E Klegerman, J K Griffin, D M Patton, D D McPherson, C K Holland
Ultrasound is both a valuable diagnostic tool and a promoter of beneficial tissue bioeffects for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Vascular effects can be mediated by mechanical oscillations of circulating microbubbles that may also encapsulate and shield therapeutic agents in the bloodstream. Here, the effect of color-Doppler ultrasound exposure on bevacizumab-loaded liposome delivery into the vascular bed was assessed in atheromatous porcine carotids. Bevacizumab, an anti-angiogenic antibody to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A), was loaded into echogenic liposomes (BEV-ELIP) and confirmed to be immunoreactive...
September 30, 2016: Drug Delivery
Jian Dong, Chao Song, Lei Zhang, Xiang Feng, Rui Feng, Qingsheng Lu, Zhiqing Zhao, Junmin Bao, Jian Zhou, Zaiping Jing
As one of the leading reason in morbidity and death in the world, atherosclerosis is usually associated with vessel stenosis, ulceration, and inflammatory cell infiltration. However, the formation mechanism of atheroma plaque is unknown. In this research, we have used bioinformatics tools to identify 118 differential expression genes from a GEO dataset. Besides, we also revealed KYNU as a crucial gene in atheroma plaque development.
August 12, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
James S Lawson
Although deaths due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (ACAD) have fallen dramatically during the past 50 years, ACAD remains as the leading cause of death in all continents, except Africa, where deaths due to infections are still dominant. Although food and nutrition have a proven role in atherosclerosis, the underlying causes of ACAD remain unknown. This is despite a century of intensive research dominated by investigations into the saturated fat hypothesis. In this review, it is hypothesized that the rise and fall in ACAD during the past 100 years is primarily due to the parallel rise and fall in the prevalence of coronary atheroma, the underlying disease...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Michael D Gurven, Benjamin C Trumble, Jonathan Stieglitz, Aaron D Blackwell, David E Michalik, Caleb E Finch, Hillard S Kaplan
Heart disease and type 2 diabetes are commonly believed to be rare among contemporary subsistence-level human populations, and by extension prehistoric populations. Although some caveats remain, evidence shows these diseases to be unusual among well-studied hunter-gatherers and other subsistence populations with minimal access to healthcare. Here we expand on a relatively new proposal for why these and other populations may not show major signs of these diseases. Chronic infections, especially helminths, may offer protection against heart disease and diabetes through direct and indirect pathways...
September 25, 2016: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
Rishi Puri, Stephen J Nicholls, Julie St John, E Murat Tuzcu, Samir R Kapadia, Kiyoko Uno, Yu Kataoka, Kathy Wolski, Steven E Nissen
We explored for geographic variations in coronary atheroma progression rates in the United States compared to other world regions (Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, and Central-Eastern Europe) and sought to ascertain if this associated with regional differences in major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE; cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization). Across 7 randomized trials with a global recruitment pattern, 5,451 participants with angiographic coronary disease underwent serial coronary intravascular ultrasonography during 18 or 24 months, with adjudicated MACE...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Konstantinos G Moulakakis, Spyridon N Mylonas, Andreas Lazaris, Georgios Tsivgoulis, John Kakisis, Giorgos S Sfyroeras, Constantine N Antonopoulos, Elias N Brountzos, Spyridon N Vasdekis
Acute carotid stent thrombosis (ACST) is a rare complication that can lead to dramatic and catastrophic consequences. A rapid diagnosis and prompt recanalization of the internal carotid artery are needed to minimize the ischemic insult and the reperfusion injury. We reviewed the current literature on this devastating complication of CAS with the intention of investigating the potential causative factors and to define the appropriate management. According to our study discontinuation of antiplatelet therapy, resistance to antiplatelet agents and inherent or acquired thrombotic disorders are the main causes of thrombosis...
October 2016: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Kosuke Yamaguchi, Mariko Ishii, Naoyuki Maeda, Hidetomo Iwano, Hiroshi Yokota
Ethinylestradiol (EE), a main component of the combined oral contraceptive pill, is associated with an increased risk of arterial diseases. However, the toxicity mechanism of EE is poorly understood. In this study, we found that the exposure to EE reduced the serum apolipoprotein E (Apo E) level and high-density lipoprotein (HDL)/cholesterol concentration in adult female rats. Diethylstilbestrol showed the same effects and both reductions were suppressed by coadministration of tamoxifen (TAM). Liver perfusion experiments revealed that the secretion rate of Apo E from the liver was significantly reduced...
September 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Alberto García-Lledó, José L Moya-Mur, Virginia Ponz-Mir, Susana Novo-Aparicio, Azucena Sanz-Barrio, Concepción Álvarez-Sanz, Ana de Santiago-Nocito
BACKGROUND: Risk score systems (RSS) were designed to estimate the risk of cardiac events. Their ability to predict coronary atherosclerosis (CA) has not been established. HYPOTHESIS: Risk score systems can predict presence of CA in patients without typical symptoms or ischemia. Because design of each RSS is different, their predictive value could also differ. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was done on patients from a low-risk region referred for cardiac multislice computed tomography (MSCT)...
September 6, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Raquel Del Toro, Raphael Chèvre, Cristina Rodríguez, Antonio Ordóñez, José Martínez-González, Vicente Andrés, Simón Méndez-Ferrer
Atherosclerosis is a leading death cause. Endothelial and smooth muscle cells participate in atherogenesis, but it is unclear whether other mesenchymal cells contribute to this process. Bone marrow (BM) nestin(+) cells cooperate with endothelial cells in directing monocyte egress to bloodstream in response to infections. However, it remains unknown whether nestin(+) cells regulate inflammatory cells in chronic inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis. Here, we show that nestin(+) cells direct inflammatory cell migration during chronic inflammation...
2016: Nature Communications
Zulong Xie, Jingbo Hou, Huai Yu, Haibo Jia, Hongwei Du, Hang Lee, Bo Yu, Jinwei Tian, Ik-Kyung Jang
OBJECTIVE: Some plaques grow slowly in a linear manner, whereas others undergo a rapid phasic progression. However, the detailed in-vivo relationship between plaque characteristics and plaque progression pattern has not been reported. The current study aimed to investigate the plaque progression patterns with serial intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) examinations, and to correlate baseline plaque characteristics assessed by optical coherence tomography and IVUS with plaque progression patterns...
August 30, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
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