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vitamin k and calcification

Frederique E C M Peeters, Manouk J W van Mourik, Steven J R Meex, Jan Bucerius, Simon M Schalla, Suzanne C Gerretsen, Casper Mihl, Marc R Dweck, Leon J Schurgers, Joachim E Wildberger, Harry J G M Crijns, Bas L J H Kietselaer
BASIK2 is a prospective, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial investigating the effect of vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7;MK7) on imaging measurements of calcification in the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS). BAV is associated with early development of CAVS. Pathophysiologic mechanisms are incompletely defined, and the only treatment available is valve replacement upon progression to severe symptomatic stenosis. Matrix Gla protein (MGP) inactivity is suggested to be involved in progression...
March 21, 2018: Nutrients
Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jijnasa Bordoloi, Anjum Dihingia, Jatin Kalita, Prasenjit Manna
Gla-rich protein (GRP) or unique cartilage matrix-associated protein (Ucma), the newest member of vitamin K dependent proteins, carries exceptionally high number of γ-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla) residues which contributes to its outstanding capacity of binding with calcium in the extracellular environment indicating its potential role as a global calcium modulator. Recent studies demonstrated a critical function of GRP in the regulation of different pathophysiological conditions associated with vascular and soft tissue calcification including cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, inflammation, and skin and breast carcinomas...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
S A Lanham, F R Cagampang, R O C Oreffo
Studies suggest bone growth and development are influenced by maternal nutrition, during intrauterine and early postnatal life. This study assessed the role of MGP and a maternal high fat diet on vitamin K-dependent proteins' gene expression and their impact on bone formation. Knockout (KO) offspring were smaller than wild type (WT) littermates, yet possessed the same volume of intrascapular brown adipose tissue. The total proportion of body fat was reduced, but only in animals on a control diet. Lung air volume was observed to be comparable in both KO and WT animals on the same diet...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Aleksandra Popov Aleksandrov, Ivana Mirkov, Marina Ninkov, Dina Mileusnic, Jelena Demenesku, Vesna Subota, Dragan Kataranovski, Milena Kataranovski
Warfarin is the world's most widely used anticoagulant drug. Its anticoagulant activity is based on the inhibition of the vitamin K-dependent (VKD) step in the complete synthesis of a number of blood coagulation factors that are required for normal blood coagulation. Warfarin also affects synthesis of VKD proteins not related to haemostasis including those involved in bone growth and vascular calcification. Antithrombotic activity of warfarin is considered responsible for some aspects of its anti-tumour activity of warfarin...
March 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Sofia Dahlberg, Jacob Ede, Leon Schurgers, Cees Vermeer, Thomas Kander, Bengt Klarin, Ulf Schött
BACKGROUND: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is an extrahepatic protein that is dependent on glutamate carboxylation, a vitamin K-dependent process. Its dysfunctional form, desphospho-uncarboxylated-MGP, has been associated with increased arterial calcification and stiffness. The aim of this study was to measure the degree of postoperative carboxylation of MGP and two other Gla proteins in patients scheduled for abdominal or orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: Forty patients undergoing abdominal or orthopaedic surgery were included...
January 5, 2018: Nutrients
Bart de Brouwer, Ianthe Piscaer, Jan H von der Thusen, Jan C Grutters, Roger Eg Schutgens, Emiel Fm Wouters, Rob Janssen
There is an ongoing need for additional interventions in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) as antifibrotic drugs currently available only inhibit and do not stall disease progression. Vitamin K is a co-factor for the activation of coagulation factors. However, it is also required to activate proteins with functions outside of the coagulation cascade, such as matrix Gla protein (MGP), a defender against soft tissue calcification. Vitamin K antagonists are anticoagulants that are, for unknown reasons, associated with increased mortality in IPF...
January 5, 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Sola Aoun Bahous, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
: Evidence suggests that aortic stiffness may antedate and contribute initially to the development of hypertension and cardiovascular risk (CVR). In treated hypertensive patients, both diabetes and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are comorbid conditions associated with increased aortic stiffness and high CVR. Thus, the pathophysiological relationship between aortic stiffness, blood pressure (BP) and CVR may have clinical implication in the management of hypertension. In patients with diabetes or ESRD, aortic stiffness is a significant predictor of CVR, independently of BP control...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Hajime Hasegawa
Recent years, multiple studies regarding clinical efficacy and risks of Warfarin therapy in dialysis patients have been reported, and not a few reports conclude that clinical advantage of Warfarin is questionable in dialysis patients. Conversely, its hemorrhagic risk might be a little more serious in dialysis patients comparing to non-dialysis patients. Basically, it is assumed that long-term administration of Warfarin accelerates the development of vascular athelosclerosis because of the abolished anti-calcification effect of Gla-protein activation by decreased vitamin K activity...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Frederique E C M Peeters, Steven J R Meex, Marc R Dweck, Elena Aikawa, Harry J G M Crijns, Leon J Schurgers, Bas L J H Kietselaer
Calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS) is common in the ageing population and set to become an increasing economic and health burden. Once present, it inevitably progresses and has a poor prognosis in symptomatic patients. No medical therapies are proven to be effective in holding or reducing disease progression. Therefore, aortic valve replacement remains the only available treatment option. Improved knowledge of the mechanisms underlying disease progression has provided us with insights that CAVS is not a passive disease...
November 10, 2017: European Heart Journal
Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Yukihiro Koretsune, Takashi Akasaka, Akira Kisanuki, Nobuyuki Ohte, Takashi Takenaka, Masaaki Takeuchi, Kiyoshi Yoshida, Kazunori Iwade, Yuji Okuyama, Yutaka Hirano, Yasuharu Takeda, Yasumasa Tsukamoto, Yoshiharu Kinugasa, Satoshi Nakatani, Takashi Sakamoto, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takashi Sozu, Tohru Masuyama
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is high in elder subjects. Our previous observational study suggested that vitamin K antagonist (VKA) promotes aortic valve degeneration, a principal cause of aortic stenosis in the elderly, and that angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) attenuates its progression. This study aimed to prospectively investigate these observations in non-valvular AF patients. METHODS: Of enrolled 430 patients with calcification on no or one aortic valve leaflet, all of the planned 4-year follow-up data were obtained in 122 non-valvular AF patients treated with warfarin (warfarin group) and 101 patients with cardiovascular diseases and without AF and prescription of warfarin (non-warfarin group)...
December 2017: Thrombosis Research
Rob Janssen, Cees Vermeer
Elastin is a unique protein providing deformability and resilience to dynamic tissues, such as arteries and lungs. It is an absolute basic requirement for circulation and respiration. Elastin can be degraded by elastases and has a high calcium affinity. Elastin calcification and elastin degradation are two pathological processes that impair elastin's functioning. Furthermore, elastin degradation can be associated to elastin calcification. Matrix Gla Protein (MGP) is probably the most potent natural inhibitor of elastin calcification and requires vitamin K for its activation...
October 2017: Medical Hypotheses
Fang-Fei Wei, Sander Trenson, Lutgarde Thijs, Qi-Fang Huang, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Wen-Yi Yang, Paula Moliterno, Karel Allegaert, José Boggia, Stefan Janssens, Peter Verhamme, Cees Vermeer, Jan A Staessen
Background: Recent studies showing an inverse association between estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a microvascular trait, and inactive desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix Gla protein (dp-ucMGP) support the hypothesis that after vitamin K-dependent activation, matrix Gla protein (MGP) is renoprotective, but these were limited by their cross-sectional design. Methods: In 1009 randomly recruited Flemish (50.6% women), we assessed the association between eGFR and plasma dp-ucMGP, using multivariable-adjusted analyses...
August 25, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
A J van Ballegooijen, J W Beulens
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin required for the activation of several vitamin K-dependent proteins to confer functioning. A growing body of evidence supports that vitamin K has beneficial effects on bone and cardiovascular health. This review summarizes key evidence on vitamin K status as measured by circulating measures and cardiovascular outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Overall, observational studies indicate that low vitamin K status as measured by high dephosphorylated uncarboxylated matrix gla protein concentrations plays a potential role in cardiovascular disease development, particularly in high-risk and chronic kidney disease populations...
2017: Current Nutrition Reports
Maria Fusaro, Maurizio Gallieni, Andrea Aghi, Giorgio Iervasi, Maria Antonietta Rizzo, Andrea Stucchi, Marianna Noale, Giovanni Tripepi, Thomas Nickolas, Nicola Veronese, Fabrizio Fabris, Sandro Giannini, Lorenzo Calò, Antonio Piccoli, Maria Cristina Mereu, Laura Cosmai, Alberto Ferraro, Fiorenza Magonara, Michela Spinello, Stefania Sella, Mario Plebani
BACKGROUND: Bone gamma-carboxyglutamic acid (Gla)-protein (BGP or osteocalcin) is a vitamin K-dependent protein involved in the regulation of bone mineralization. Smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis. METHODS: We carried out a secondary analysis of the vitamin K Italian (VIKI) study to investigate the association between cigarette smoking and BGP levels in patients with end stage renal disease. Data were collected in 370 haemodialysis patients, 37% (136) smokers (or ex-smokers) and 63% (234) non-smokers...
September 19, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Xiao-Yan Zheng, Jun Liang, Yu-Sheng Li, Min Tu
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease, in which metabolic imbalance in bone is observed. The pathological mechanism of metabolic imbalance is not clear yet, but the nutritional factors, particularly the vitamins, might be intrinsic to the development and progression of OA. In this review article, we have explored databases such as PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar articles until the beginning of 2017 and reviewed the role of fat-soluble vitamins in pathological and therapeutic aspects of OA...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Michael Mannstadt, John P Bilezikian, Rajesh V Thakker, Fadil M Hannan, Bart L Clarke, Lars Rejnmark, Deborah M Mitchell, Tamara J Vokes, Karen K Winer, Dolores M Shoback
Hypoparathyroidism is a disease characterized by inadequately low circulating concentrations of parathyroid hormone (PTH) resulting in low calcium levels and increased phosphate levels in the blood. Symptoms of the disease result from increased neuromuscular irritability caused by hypocalcaemia and include tingling, muscle cramps and seizures. The most common cause of the disease is inadvertent removal of, or injury to, the parathyroid glands during neck surgery, followed by genetic, idiopathic and autoimmune aetiologies...
August 31, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Wouter den Hollander, Cindy G Boer, Deborah J Hart, Michelle S Yau, Yolande F M Ramos, Sarah Metrustry, Linda Broer, Joris Deelen, L Adrienne Cupples, Fernando Rivadeneira, Margreet Kloppenburg, Marjolein Peters, Tim D Spector, Albert Hofman, P Eline Slagboom, Rob G H H Nelissen, André G Uitterlinden, David T Felson, Ana M Valdes, Ingrid Meulenbelt, Joyce J B van Meurs
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of disability in the elderly. Of all the joints, genetic predisposition is strongest for OA of the hand; however, only few genetic risk loci for hand OA have been identified. Our aim was to identify novel genes associated with hand OA and examine the underlying mechanism. METHODS: We performed a genome-wide association study of a quantitative measure of hand OA in 12 784 individuals (discovery: 8743, replication: 4011)...
December 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Sumit Sharma, Ashu Rastogi, Sanjay K Bhadada, Priyanka Singh, Shweta Varshney, Arunanshu Behera, Anil Bhansali, Shrawan K Singh, Sudhaker D Rao
OBJECTIVE: Urolithiasis may be the only presenting manifestation of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), and early detection of PHPT in such patients may prevent future urolithiasis and other PHPT complications. This study was performed to study the prevalence and predictors of PHPT in patients presenting with urolithiasis. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with urolithiasis were evaluated for clinical and biochemical manifestations of PHPT with serum and urine calcium (Ca), serum intact parathyroid hormone and 25 (OH) vitamin D...
November 2017: Endocrine Practice
Praveen Kumar Etta, R K Sharma, Amit Gupta
We aim to evaluate the disturbances in mineral metabolism, abnormalities in bone mineral density (BMD), and extraskeletal calcification in newly detected, untreated predialysis stage 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients at a tertiary care hospital in North India. This is cross-sectional observational study. A total of 95 (68 males, 27 females) newly detected patients underwent clinical evaluation, biochemical assessment [serum calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), albumin, creatinine, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), 25- hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D)], BMD measurement (at spine, hip, and forearm) by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), lateral abdominal radiograph [for abdominal aortic calcification (AAC)], skeletal survey (to look for any abnormality including fractures), and echocardiography [for any cardiac valvular calcification (CVC)]...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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