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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545072/effect-of-vitamin-d-on-endothelial-progenitor-cells-function
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Yoav Hammer, Alissa Soudry, Amos Levi, Yeela Talmor-Barkan, Dorit Leshem-Lev, Joel Singer, Ran Kornowski, Eli I Lev
BACKGROUND: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are a population of bone marrow-derived cells, which have an important role in the process of endothelialization and vascular repair following injury. Impairment of EPCs, which occurs in patients with diabetes, was shown to be related to endothelial dysfunction, coronary artery disease (CAD) and adverse clinical outcomes. Recent evidence has shown that calcitriol, the active hormone of vitamin D, has a favorable impact on the endothelium and cardiovascular system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544861/social-buffering-of-stress-in-development-a-career-perspective
#2
Megan R Gunnar
This review provides a broad overview of my research group's work on social buffering in human development in the context of the field. Much of the focus is on social buffering of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) system, one of the two major arms of the mammalian stress system. This focus reflects the centrality of the HPA system in research on social buffering in the fields of developmental psychobiology and developmental science. However, buffering of the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system is also discussed...
May 2017: Perspectives on Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544834/in-vitro-pulsatile-flow-measurement-in-prosthetic-heart-valves-an-inter-laboratory-comparison
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Stephen M Retta, Jeff Kepner, Salvador Marquez, Bruce A Herman, Mark C S Shu, Laurence W Grossman
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: One of the first steps in qualifying a new prosthetic valve for eventual clinical use is preclinical flow performance testing in vitro. Such testing is typically performed in an in-vitro test system that simulates the pumping mechanics of the left ventricle of the heart, generally referred to as a pulse duplicator or duplicator. Historically, test results in these systems have varied from duplicator to duplicator. This collaborative effort between heart valve manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to evaluate the variability of the pulse duplicator test technology for pulsatile flow performance measurement in an interlaboratory round robin...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544314/low-intensity-endurance-exercise-plus-nandrolone-decanoate-modulates-cardiac-adiponectin-and-its-receptors
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A Karimi, S Joukar, H Najafipour, Y Masoumi-Ardakani, B Shahouzehi
Vast adverse effects of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AASs) on athletes' cardiovascular systems have been reported. However, there is still a lack of adequate information regarding the pathways and mechanisms involved. We tested the hypothesis that adiponectin and its receptors in the heart may be affected by long-term use of AASs alongside exercising. Male Wistar rats were randomized into the control (CTL), exercise (EX), nandrolone (Nan), arachis (Arach) group which treated with arachis as vehicle, trained vehicle (EX+Arach) and trained nandrolone (EX+Nan) groups that were treated for 8 weeks...
March 2017: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543059/natural-pathology-of-the-captive-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes-a-35-year-review
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Shyamesh Kumar, Hannah Laurence, Michael A Owston, R Mark Sharp, Priscilla Williams, Robert E Lanford, Gene B Hubbard, Edward J Dick
We present the spontaneous pathological lesions identified as a result of necropsy or biopsy for 245 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) over a 35-year period. A review of the pathology database was performed for all diagnoses on chimpanzees from 1980 to 2014. All morphologic diagnoses, associated system, organ, etiology, and demographic information were reviewed and analyzed. Cardiomyopathy was the most frequent lesion observed followed by hemosiderosis, hyperplasia, nematodiasis, edema, and hemorrhage. The most frequently affected systems were the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory, and lymphatic/hematopoietic systems...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542559/fluvastatin-inhibits-age-induced-cell-proliferation-and-migration-via-an-erk5-dependent-nrf2-pathway-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Ae-Rang Hwang, Jung-Hwa Han, Jae Hyang Lim, Young Jin Kang, Chang-Hoon Woo
Advanced glycation endproduct (AGE)-induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production are emerging as important mechanisms of diabetic vasculopathy, but little is known about the molecular mechanism responsible for the antioxidative effects of statins on AGEs. It has been reported that statins exert pleiotropic effects on the cardiovascular system due to decreases in AGE-induced cell proliferation, migration, and vascular inflammation. Thus, in the present study, the authors investigated the molecular mechanism by which statins decrease AGE-induced cell proliferation and VSMC migration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542544/development-and-characterization-of-an-experimental-model-of-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-rabbit
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Oscar Julián Arias-Mutis, Vannina G Marrachelli, Amparo Ruiz-Saurí, Antonio Alberola, Jose Manuel Morales, Luis Such-Miquel, Daniel Monleon, Francisco J Chorro, Luis Such, Manuel Zarzoso
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) has become one of the main concerns for public health because of its link to cardiovascular disease. Murine models have been used to study the effect of MetS on the cardiovascular system, but they have limitations for studying cardiac electrophysiology. In contrast, the rabbit cardiac electrophysiology is similar to human, but a detailed characterization of the different components of MetS in this animal is still needed. Our objective was to develop and characterize a diet-induced experimental model of MetS that allows the study of cardiovascular remodeling and arrhythmogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542516/evaluation-of-the-systemic-micro-and-macrovasculature-in-stable-angina-a-case-control-study
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Ulf Neisius, Erin Olson, Sabrina H Rossi, Hagar A Ibrahim, Gemma Currie, Anna F Dominiczak, Christian Delles
AIMS: The diagnosis of stable angina involves the use of probability estimates based on clinical presentation, age, gender and cardiovascular risk factors. In view of the link between the cardiac and systemic vasculature we tested whether non-invasive measures of systemic micro- and macrovascular structure and function differentiate between individuals with flow-limiting coronary artery disease (CAD) and those with normal coronary arteries (NCA). METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 84 patients undergoing elective coronary angiography for investigation of symptoms of stable angina...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542410/gla-rich-protein-function-as-an-anti-inflammatory-agent-in-monocytes-macrophages-implications-for-calcification-related-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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Carla S B Viegas, Rúben M Costa, Lúcia Santos, Paula A Videira, Zélia Silva, Nuna Araújo, Anjos L Macedo, António P Matos, Cees Vermeer, Dina C Simes
Calcification-related chronic inflammatory diseases are multifactorial pathological processes, involving a complex interplay between inflammation and calcification events in a positive feed-back loop driving disease progression. Gla-rich protein (GRP) is a vitamin K dependent protein (VKDP) shown to function as a calcification inhibitor in cardiovascular and articular tissues, and proposed as an anti-inflammatory agent in chondrocytes and synoviocytes, acting as a new crosstalk factor between these two interconnected events in osteoarthritis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542407/the-influence-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-traditional-inuit-diet-on-markers-of-inflammation
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L K Schæbel, E C Bonefeld-Jørgensen, H Vestergaard, S Andersen
Concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are high in Inuit living predominately on the traditional marine diet. Adverse effects of POPs include disruption of the immune system and cardiovascular diseases that are frequent in Greenland Inuit. We aimed to assess the association between exposure to POPs from the marine diet and inflammation, taking into account other factors such as vitamin D. We invited Inuit and non-Inuit living in settlements or the town in rural East Greenland or in the capital city Nuuk...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542339/bioenergetic-profile-of-human-coronary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-and-effect-of-metabolic-intervention
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Mingming Yang, Amy E Chadwick, Caroline Dart, Tomoko Kamishima, John M Quayle
Bioenergetics of artery smooth muscle cells is critical in cardiovascular health and disease. An acute rise in metabolic demand causes vasodilation in systemic circulation while a chronic shift in bioenergetic profile may lead to vascular diseases. A decrease in intracellular ATP level may trigger physiological responses while dedifferentiation of contractile smooth muscle cells to a proliferative and migratory phenotype is often observed during pathological processes. Although it is now possible to dissect multiple building blocks of bioenergetic components quantitatively, detailed cellular bioenergetics of artery smooth muscle cells is still largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542008/radiation-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-in-the-cohort-of-russian-emergency-workers-of-the-chernobyl-accident
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V V Kashcheev, S Yu Chekin, S V Karpenko, M A Maksioutov, A N Menyaylo, K A Tumanov, E V Kochergina, P V Kashcheeva, A I Gorsky, N V Shchukina, S S Lovachev, O K Vlasov, V K Ivanov
This paper continues a series of publications that analyze the impact of radiation on incidence of circulatory system diseases in the cohort of Russian recovery operation workers (liquidators) and presents the results of the analysis of cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence. The studied cohort consists of 53,772 liquidators who arrived in the Chernobyl accident zone within the first year after the accident (26 April 1986 to 26 April 1987). The individual doses varied from 0.0001 Gy to 1.42 Gy, and the mean external whole body dose in the cohort was 0...
July 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541911/robust-sensing-of-distal-pulse-waveforms-on-a-modified-weighing-scale-for-ubiquitous-pulse-transit-time-measurement
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Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan
The measurement of aortic pulse transit time (PTT), the time for the arterial pulse wave to travel from the carotid to the femoral artery, can provide valuable insight into cardiovascular health, specifically regarding arterial stiffness and blood pressure (BP). To measure aortic PTT, both proximal and distal arterial pulse timings are required. Recently, our group has demonstrated that the ballistocardiogram signal measured on a modified weighing scale can provide an unobtrusive, yet accurate, means of obtaining a proximal timing reference; however, there are no convenient, reliable methods to extract the distal timing from a subject standing on the modified weighing scale...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541811/future-drug-discovery-in-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-intervention
#14
Maria Tamargo, Juan Tamargo
Renin-angiotensin- aldosterone system inhibitors (RAASIs), including angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin AT1 receptor blockers and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs), are the cornerstone for the treatment of cardiovascular and renal diseases. Areas covered: The authors searched MEDLINE, PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov to identify eligible full-text English language papers. Herein, the authors discuss AT2-receptor agonists and ACE2/angiotensin-(1- 7)/Mas-receptor axis modulators, direct renin inhibitors, brain aminopeptidase A inhibitors, biased AT1R blockers, chymase inhibitors, multitargeted drugs, vaccines and aldosterone receptor antagonists as well as aldosterone synthase inhibitors...
May 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541501/satellite-based-estimates-of-long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-are-associated-with-c-reactive-protein-in-30%C3%A2-034-taiwanese-adults
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Zilong Zhang, Ly-Yun Chang, Alexis K H Lau, Ta-Chien Chan, Yuan Chieh Chuang, Jimmy Chan, Changqing Lin, Wun Kai Jiang, Keith Dear, Benny C Y Zee, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Gerard Hoek, Tony Tam, Xiang Qian Lao
Background: Particulate matter (PM) air pollution is associated with the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the biological mechanism underlying the associations remains unclear. Atherosclerosis, the underlying pathology of cardiovascular disease, is a chronic inflammatory process. We therefore investigated the association of long-term exposure to fine PM (PM 2.5 ) with C-reactive protein (CRP), a sensitive marker of systemic inflammation, in a large Taiwanese population...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541356/food-and-plant-bioactives-for-reducing-cardiometabolic-disease-risk-an-evidence-based-approach
#16
REVIEW
Arrigo F G Cicero, Federica Fogacci, Alessandro Colletti
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the major causes of mortality and disability in Western countries. Prevention is known to be the cornerstone to lessen the incidence of CVDs and also to reduce the economic burden of both the citizen and the healthcare system. "Interventional medicine" certainly puts lifestyle modification as the first therapeutic step, including a healthy diet and physical activity. Secondly, a large body of research individuated a number of food and plant bioactives, which are potentially efficacious in preventing and reducing some highly prevalent CV risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, vascular inflammation and vascular compliance...
May 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540933/the-effect-of-high-altitude-on-central-blood-pressure-and-arterial-stiffness
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C J Boos, E Vincent, A Mellor, D R Woods, C New, R Cruttenden, M Barlow, M Cooke, K Deighton, P Scott, S Clarke, J O'Hara
Central arterial systolic blood pressure (SBP) and arterial stiffness are known to be better predictors of adverse cardiovascular outcomes than brachial SBP. The effect of progressive high altitude (HA) on these parameters has not been examined. Ninety healthy adults were included. Central BP and the augmentation index (AI) were measured at the level of the brachial artery (Uscom BP(+) device) at <200 m and at 3619, 4600 and 5140 m. The average age of the subjects (70% men) were 32.2±8.7 years. Compared with central arterial pressures, brachial SBP (+8...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540919/myocardial-performance-index-for-patients-with-overt-and-subclinical-hypothyroidism
#18
Aziz Karabulut, Abdullah Doğan, Alpaslan Kemal Tuzcu
BACKGROUND Hypothyroid has several effects on the cardiovascular system. Global myocardial performance index (MPI) is used in assessment of both left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function. We compared MPI in hypothyroidism patients vs. normal control subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty-two hypothyroid patients were divided into 2 groups: a subclinical hypothyroid (SH) group (n=50), and an overt hypothyroid (OH) group (n=32). The healthy control group (CG) constituted of 37 patients. TSH, FT3, and FT4, anti-TPO, anti-TG, insulin, lipid values, and fasting glucose levels were studied...
May 25, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540896/postrenal-transplant-malignancy-incidence-risk-factors-and-prognosis
#19
Nabil Abdelfadil Elserwy, Esam Elden Lotfy, Mohamad Ashraf Fouda, Medhat Ibrahim Mahmoud, Ahmed Farouk Donia, Mohamed Elsayed Mashaly, Mohamed Hamed Abbas, Mohamed Megahed Abuelmagd, Rasha Kamal Abouelenein, Mabrouk Ibrahim Ismail, Mohamed Adel Bakr
The newer and potent immunosuppressive agents have successfully reduced the risk of rejection after kidney transplantation, but the development of cardiovascular diseases, infections, and malignancy is major factors limiting their success. Posttransplantation malignancy is the second most common cause of death in renal transplant recipients after cardiovascular disease; it is expected that mortality due to malignancy may become the most common cause of death within the next two decades. This study is designed to evaluate the incidence, risk factors, and types of malignancies occurring after renal transplantation and their impact on patient and graft survival...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540603/positioning-novel-biologicals-in-ckd-mineral-and-bone-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Lida Tartaglione, Marzia Pasquali, Silverio Rotondi, Maria Luisa Muci, Adrian Covic, Sandro Mazzaferro
Renal osteodystrophy (ROD), the histologic bone lesions of chronic kidney disease (CKD), is now included in a wider syndrome with laboratory abnormalities of mineral metabolism and extra-skeletal calcifications or CKD-mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD), to highlight the increased burden of mortality. Aging people, frequently identified as early CKD, could suffer from either the classical age-related osteoporosis (OP) or ROD. Distinguishing between these two bone diseases may not be easy without bone biopsy...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
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