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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432452/fluorescent-angioscopic-imaging-of-calcium-phosphate-tribasic-precursor-of-hydroxyapatite-the-major-calcium-deposit-in-human-coronary-plaques
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Takanobu Kobayashi, Osamu Nakagawa, Seiichiro Shirai, Ei Shimoyama, Nobuyuki Hiruta, Yasumi Uchida
Coronary calcification is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease. Hydroxyapatite that is formed by polymerization from calcium phosphate tribasic (CPT) is the major constituent of coronary calcium deposits. If CPT could be visualized, coronary calcification could be predicted and prevented. We discovered that when CPT and collagen I, the main constituent of collagen fibers, are mixed with lac dye (LD) and then exposed to fluorescent light excited at 345 ± 15 nm and emitted at 420 nm, a purple fluorescence that is characteristic of CPT only is elicited...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431391/serum-levels-of-lead-mercury-and-cadmium-in-relation-to-coronary-artery-disease-in-the-elderly-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sedigheh Asgary, Ahmad Movahedian, Mahtab Keshvari, Mahsa Taleghani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Nizal Sarrafzadegan
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing attempt to identify novel factors that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease beyond the established coronary risk factors. It has been suggested that serum levels of lead, mercury and cadmium are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate serum concentrations of lead (s-Pb), mercury (s-Hg) and cadmium (s-Cd) in patients with CAD in comparison with those of healthy individuals. The correlation between serum levels of these heavy metals and lipid profile parameters was also investigated...
March 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429955/matrix-metalloproteinase-8-and-tissue-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-predict-incident-cardiovascular-disease-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-a-population-based-cohort
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Immi Kormi, Mikko T Nieminen, Aki S Havulinna, Tanja Zeller, Stefan Blankenberg, Taina Tervahartiala, Timo Sorsa, Veikko Salomaa, Pirkko J Pussinen
Background Extracellular matrix degrading proteases and their regulators play an important role in atherogenesis and subsequent plaque rupture leading to acute cardiovascular manifestations. Design and methods In this prospective cohort study, we investigated the prognostic value of circulating matrix metalloproteinase-8, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 concentrations, the ratio of matrix metalloproteinase-8/ tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and, for comparison, myeloperoxidase and C-reactive protein concentrations for incident cardiovascular disease endpoints...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429221/associations-of-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-and-calcitonin-with-inflammation-biomarkers-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-coronary-arteries
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Ya V Polonskaya, E V Kashtanova, I S Murashov, A M Volkov, A V Kurguzov, A M Chernyavsky, Yu I Ragino
We studied associations of osteocalcin, osteoprotegerin, and calcitonin with markers of inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries and assessed the influence of these biomolecules on calcification of atherosclerotic plaques. The initial stage of calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is characterized by activation of inflammatory processes, which is seen from increased levels of proinflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, IL 8, TNF-α, and IL-1β). Progressive calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is accompanied by insignificant accumulation of calcitonin and osteoprotegerin...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428204/flow-perturbation-mediates-neutrophil-recruitment-and-potentiates-endothelial-injury-via-tlr2-in-mice-implications-for-superficial-erosion
#5
Grégory Franck, Thomas Mawson, Grasiele Sausen, Manuel Salinas, Gustavo Santos Masson, Andrew P Cole, Marina Beltrami Moreira, Yiannis Chatzizisis, Thibaut Quillard, Yevgenia Tesmenitsky, Eugenia Shvartz, Galina K Sukhova, Filip K Swirski, Matthias Nahrendorf, Elena Aikawa, Kevin Croce, Peter Libby
Rationale: Superficial erosion currently causes up to a third of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), yet we lack understanding of its mechanisms. Thrombi due to superficial intimal erosion characteristically complicate matrix-rich atheromata in regions of flow perturbation. Objective: This study tested in vivo the involvement of disturbed flow, and of neutrophils, hyaluronan, and TLR2 ligation in superficial intimal injury, a process implicated in superficial erosion. Methods and Results: In mouse carotid arteries with established intimal lesions tailored to resemble the substrate of human eroded plaques, acute flow perturbation promoted downstream endothelial cell (EC) activation, neutrophil accumulation, EC death and desquamation, and mural thrombosis...
April 20, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427383/is-ischemia-the-only-factor-predicting-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-all-diabetes-mellitus-patients
#6
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Mark W Kennedy, Enrico Fabris, Harry Suryapranata, Elvin Kedhi
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with an excess in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and is characterized by increased rates of coronary artery disease. Furthermore, once atherosclerosis is established, this is associated with an increased extent, complexity and a more rapid progression than seen in non-DM patients. Ischemia is the single most important predictor of future hard cardiac events and ischemia correction remains the cornerstone of current revascularization strategies. However recent data suggests that, in DM patients, coronary atherosclerosis despite the absence of ischemia, detected by either invasive or non-invasive methods, may not be associated with the same low risk of future cardiac events as seen in non-DM patients...
April 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420816/coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-characteristics-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors%C3%A3-insights-from-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#7
Roberta De Rosa, Mariuca Vasa-Nicotera, David M Leistner, Sophia M Reis, Claudia E Thome, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Andreas M Zeiher
BACKGROUND: The association between cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) and the risk of coronary events is widely acknowledged. Whether individual risk factors may be associated with distinct plaque characteristics is currently unclear. We investigated the relationship between CVRF and coronary plaque burden and phenotype.Methods and Results:We assessed coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics by optical coherence tomography in 67 patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing coronary angiography...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414761/identification-of-a-plasma-metabolomic-signature-of-thrombotic-myocardial-infarction-that-is-distinct-from-non-thrombotic-myocardial-infarction-and-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Andrew P DeFilippis, Patrick J Trainor, Bradford G Hill, Alok R Amraotkar, Shesh N Rai, Glenn A Hirsch, Eric C Rouchka, Aruni Bhatnagar
AIMS: Current non-invasive diagnostics for acute myocardial infarction (MI) identify myocardial necrosis rather than the primary cause and therapeutic target-plaque disruption and resultant thrombosis. The aim of this study was to identify changes specific to plaque disruption and pathological thrombosis that are distinct from acute myocardial necrosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We quantified 1,032 plasma metabolites by mass spectrometry in 11 thrombotic MI, 12 non-thrombotic MI, and 15 stable coronary artery disease (CAD) subjects at two acute phase (time of catheterization [T0], six hours [T6]) and one quiescent (>3 months follow-up) time points...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
#9
U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413578/epicardial-fat-in-the-maintenance-of-cardiovascular-health
#10
Yang Wu, Aijun Zhang, Dale J Hamilton, Tuo Deng
Epicardial fat is a unique adipose tissue located between the myocardium and the visceral layer of pericardium. This tissue is characterized by highly active fatty acid metabolism and highly expressed thermogenic genes. Epicardial fat and the underlying myocardium share the same microcirculation, suggesting a close and strong interaction between these two structures. Under physiological conditions, epicardial fat protects and supports the heart to exert its normal function. Many clinical studies have shown significant associations between increased amounts of epicardial fat and coronary artery disease (CAD)...
January 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412430/incremental-prognostic-value-of-stress-echocardiography-with-carotid-ultrasound-for-suspected-cad
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Shahram Ahmadvazir, Benoy N Shah, Konstantinos Zacharias, Roxy Senior
OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that ischemia and atherosclerosis assessment by ultrasound (US) may provide incremental prognostic information in patients with new-onset chest pain who do not have coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of atherosclerosis assessment by carotid US in patients undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) in such patients is unknown. METHODS: Consecutive patients with suspected angina but no history of CAD underwent simultaneous SE and US prospectively to assess myocardial ischemia and carotid plaque burden (CPB), respectively...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411089/evidence-for-polymicrobial-communities-in-explanted-vascular-filters-and-atheroma-debris
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Jeremy E Ellis, Richard Heuser, Dara S Missan, Delyn Martinez, Avory Heningburg, Matthew Shabilla, Renata Schwartz, Stephen Fry
RATIONALE: Microbial communities have been implicated in a variety of disease processes and have been intermittently observed in arterial disease; however, no comprehensive unbiased community analysis has been performed. We hypothesize that complex microbial communities may be involved in chronic vascular diseases as well and may be effectively characterized by molecular assays. OBJECTIVE: The main objective is to survey vascular debris, atheroma, and vascular filters for polymicrobial communities consisting of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes, specifically eukaryotic microbes...
April 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406279/update-on-the-clinical-utility-of-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-in-stable-angina-pectoris
#13
Shaw H Kueh, Christopher Naoum
Over the last decade, coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) has emerged as a valuable non-invasive imaging modality with excellent diagnostic performance compared to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) for identifying patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Beyond the diagnosis of CAD, CCTA also provides valuable prognostic information. While patients with normal CCTA have excellent long-term prognosis, among those with CAD, increasing CAD extent and severity is associated with increased cardiovascular event risk over both medium- and long-term follow-up in both men and women...
June 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405477/influence-of-adaptive-statistical-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-on-image-quality-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#14
Helle Precht, Jesper Thygesen, Oke Gerke, Kenneth Egstrup, Dag Waaler, Jess Lambrechtsen
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires high spatial and temporal resolution, increased low contrast resolution for the assessment of coronary artery stenosis, plaque detection, and/or non-coronary pathology. Therefore, new reconstruction algorithms, particularly iterative reconstruction (IR) techniques, have been developed in an attempt to improve image quality with no cost in radiation exposure. PURPOSE: To evaluate whether adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) enhances perceived image quality in CCTA compared to filtered back projection (FBP)...
December 2016: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404965/impact-of-statins-therapy-on-morphological-changes-in-lipid-rich-plaques-stratified-by-10-year-framingham-risk-score-a-serial-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Yinchun Zhu, Lin Lin, Chao Wang, Haibo Jia, Sining Hu, Lulu Li, Xiling Zhang, Gonghui Zheng, Yan Wang, Rong Sun, Abigail Afolabi, Irina Mustafina, Jingbo Hou, Shaosong Zhang, Bo Yu
The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of statins therapy on morphological changes of lipid-rich plaques by OCT (optical coherence tomography) in patients with known CHD (coronary heart disease), stratified by FRS. Ninety-seven lipid-rich plaques from sixty-nine patients who received statins therapy and underwent serial OCT images (baseline, 6-month and 12-month) were divided into 2 groups according to the FRS (framingham risk score): low risk group A (FRS<10%, N=35, n=45), moderate to high risk group B (FRS≥10%, N=34, n=52)...
March 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404743/nuclear-complex-of-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-and-dna-repair-enzyme-apurinic-apyrimidinic-endonuclease-i-protect-smooth-muscle-cells-against-oxidant-induced-cell-death
#16
Xuwei Hou, Patricia Snarski, Yusuke Higashi, Tadashi Yoshida, Alexander Jurkevich, Patrick Delafontaine, Sergiy Sukhanov
Atherosclerotic plaque destabilization is the major determinant of most acute coronary events. Smooth muscle cell (SMC) death contributes to plaque destabilization. Here, we describe a novel antiapoptotic mechanism in vascular SMC that involves interaction of nuclear glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) with apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (Ape1), the major oxidized DNA repair enzyme. GAPDH down-regulation potentiated H2O2-induced DNA damage and SMC apoptosis. Conversely, GAPDH overexpression decreased DNA damage and protected SMCs against apoptosis...
April 12, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396960/association-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-with-coronary-plaque-subtypes-detected-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-in-patients-with-stable-chest-pain
#17
Yuhai Yang, Caiqin Li, Lei Zhao
Increased B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level has been suggested to improve clinical predictions of coronary events and all-cause mortality. We aimed to analyze the relationship between BNP levels and coronary plaque subtypes as detected by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). 402 subjects undergoing CCTA were enrolled. The relationship between increased levels of BNP and plaque subtypes was tested using multivariable linear and logistic regression analysis. Plaques were categorized into subtypes of calcified, mixed and non-calcified...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396126/improved-estimation-of-coronary-plaque-and-luminal-attenuation-using-a-vendor-specific-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-in-contrast-enhanced-ct-coronary-angiography
#18
Yoshinori Funama, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Kenichiro Hirata, Katsuyuki Taguchi, Takeshi Nakaura, Seitaro Oda, Masafumi Kidoh, Hideaki Yuki, Yasuyuki Yamashita
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the stabilities of plaque attenuation and coronary lumen for different plaque types, stenotic degrees, lumen densities, and reconstruction methods using coronary vessel phantoms and the visualization of coronary plaques in clinical patients through coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed 320-detector volume scanning of vessel tubes with stenosis and a tube without stenosis using three types of plaque CT numbers...
April 7, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394783/cardiac-computed-tomography-for-planning-revascularization-procedures
#19
Maksymilian P Opolski
Coronary computed tomography angiography (coronary CTA) is being increasingly used to detect and rule out coronary artery stenoses. Beyond stenosis detection, the abundance of anatomic, morphologic, and physiological information incorporated from a single one-stop-shop CT study has generated considerable interest in the context of preprocedural planning for coronary revascularization. Specifically, preprocedural CTA data sets can assist interventional cardiologists with selective catheter placement, appropriate guidewire choice, accurate stent size selection, and, most importantly, development of a stepwise revascularization strategy plan...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387800/molecular-characterization-of-chlamydia-pneumoniae-associated-to-atherosclerosis
#20
Loubna El Yazouli, Alexis Criscuolo, Hicham Hejaji, Mohamed Bouaaza, Naima Elmdaghri, Aziz Aroussi Alami, Abderahim Amraoui, Nadia Dakka, Fouzia Radouani
Chlamydia pneumoniae is a respiratory pathogen associated with chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma and atherosclerosis, and its detection in human carotid and coronary atheroma suggests some support for its involvement in atherogenesis. The main objective of our study was to evaluate the association between Chlamydia pneumoniae and atherosclerosis in Moroccan patients through a case/control approach and detected strain genotyping. A total of 137 cases and 124 controls were enrolled, nested PCR was performed for Chlamydia pneumoniae screening of the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of both cases and controls as well as atheroma plaques from 37 cases, and positive samples were subjected to sequencing for genotyping and phylogenetic analysis...
April 6, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
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