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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651248/evaluation-of-plasma-thrombomodulin-in-patients-with-coronary-slow-flow
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Yong Wang, Peng-Yu Jia, Bao-Jun Chen, Yan Chen, Hang Yu, Yao Yu, Hui-Min Yang, Da-Lin Jia, Chun-Yan Ma
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that coronary slow flow (CSF) is associated with acute myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and even sudden cardiac death. Although studies concerning the etiopathogenesis of CSF are scarce, diffuse atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction are thought to play important roles. It has been suggested that a high plasma thrombomodulin (TM) level seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction...
June 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651238/inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-good-or-bad
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REVIEW
Maggie Lind, Alan Hayes, Martin Caprnda, Daniel Petrovic, Luis Rodrigo, Peter Kruzliak, Anthony Zulli
Nitric oxide synthases (NOS) are a family of isoforms responsible for the synthesis of the potent dilator nitric oxide (NO). Expression of inducible NOS (iNOS) occurs in conditions of inflammation, and produces large amounts of NO. In pathological conditions iNOS is regarded as a harmful enzyme and is proposed to be a major contributor to diseases of the cardiovascular system such as atherosclerosis. In this review, we address the notion that iNOS is a detrimental enzyme in disease and discuss its potentially beneficial roles...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651188/hyperhomocysteinaemia-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Dan Rong, Jie Liu, Xin Jia, Daniah Al-Nafisee, Senhao Jia, Guoyi Sun, Yue Li, Weihang Lu, Haifeng Li, Hongpeng Zhang, Xiaohui Ma, Jiang Xiong, Xiaoping Liu, Raouf A Khalil, Wei Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hyperhomocysteineamia (HHcy) has long been suggested as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, the association between HHcy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is still controversial. There is a lack of research on this topic in the Chinese population. This study aims to provide further results. METHODS: 240 PAD patients and 240 control subjects were evaluated for both serum total homocysteine levels and ankle brachial indexes (ABIs)...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650933/cyp2e1-gene-polymorphisms-related-to-the-formation-of-coronary-artery-lesions-in-kawasaki-disease
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Ling-Sai Chang, Yu-Wen Hsu, Chien-Chang Lu, Mao-Hung Lo, Kai-Sheng Hsieh, Sung-Chou Li, Wei-Chiao Chang, Ho-Chang Kuo
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile systemic vasculitis that disturbs coronary arteries. Patients' risks of adverse cardiovascular events and subclinical atherosclerosis have been found to significantly increase with polymorphisms of the human cytochrome P450. This current study aims to research the possible relationship between Cytochrome P450, Family 2, Subfamily E, and Polypeptide 1 (CYP2E1) polymorphisms with KD. METHODS: We selected six tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (tSNPs) of the CYP2E1 gene for TaqMan allelic discrimination assay in 340 KD patients and performed analysis on the clinical phenotypes and coronary artery lesions (CAL)...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650342/inflammatory-ly6chi-monocytes-and-their-conversion-to-m2-macrophages-drive-atherosclerosis-regression
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Karishma Rahman, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Stephen A Ramsey, Noemi Rotllan Vila, Natasha M Girgis, Jianhua Liu, Viktoria Gusarova, Jesper Gromada, Ada Weinstock, Kathryn J Moore, P'ng Loke, Edward A Fisher
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease, and developing therapies to promote its regression is an important clinical goal. We previously established that atherosclerosis regression is characterized by an overall decrease in plaque macrophages and enrichment in markers of alternatively activated M2 macrophages. We have now investigated the origin and functional requirement for M2 macrophages in regression in normolipidemic mice that received transplants of atherosclerotic aortic segments. We compared plaque regression in WT normolipidemic recipients and those deficient in chemokine receptors necessary to recruit inflammatory Ly6Chi (Ccr2-/- or Cx3cr1-/-) or patrolling Ly6Clo (Ccr5-/-) monocytes...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650330/evaluation-of-hypocholesterolemic-activity-of-extracts-of-bidens-odorata-and-brickellia-eupatorioides
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Diana Patricia Moreno Pena, Paula Cordero Pérez, Catalina Leos Rivas, Leticia Bucio, Jose Ezequiel Viveros Valdez, Linda Elsa Munoz Espinosa, Sagrcr Morales
We sought to evaluate the hypolipidemic activity of extracts of Bidens odorata and Brickellia eupatorioides using a model of hyperlipidemia induced in rats by Triton WR-1339 (300mg/kg intraperitoneally). The rats were divided into 5 groups of 3 rats each: normal control group, hyperlipidemic control group, hyperlipidemic with 20 mg/kg atorvastatin, hyperlipidemic with 300 mg/kg B. odorata extract, and hyperlipidemic with 300mg/kg B. eupatorioides extract, respectively. After 10 d of treatment by intragastric administration, the extract of B...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650207/epicardial-pericardial-and-total-cardiac-fat-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-with-elevated-urinary-albumin-excretion-rate
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Regitse H Christensen, Bernt J von Scholten, Christian S Hansen, Sarah E Heywood, Jaya B Rosenmeier, Ulrik B Andersen, Peter Hovind, Henrik Reinhard, Hans-Henrik Parving, Bente K Pedersen, Marit E Jørgensen, Peter K Jacobsen, Peter Rossing
Background We evaluated the association of cardiac adipose tissue including epicardial adipose tissue and pericardial adipose tissue with incident cardiovascular disease and mortality, coronary artery calcium, carotid intima media thickness and inflammatory markers. Design A prospective study of 200 patients with type 2 diabetes and elevated urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER). Methods Cardiac adipose tissue was measured from baseline echocardiography. The composite endpoint comprised incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649088/targeting-aggf1-angiogenic-factor-with-g-patch-and-fha-domains-1-for-blocking-neointimal-formation-after-vascular-injury
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Yufeng Yao, Zhenkun Hu, Jian Ye, Changqing Hu, Qixue Song, Xingwen Da, Yubin Yu, Hui Li, Chengqi Xu, Qiuyun Chen, Qing Kenneth Wang
BACKGROUND: Despite recent improvements in angioplasty and placement of drug-eluting stents in treatment of atherosclerosis, restenosis and in-stent thrombosis impede treatment efficacy and cause numerous deaths. Research efforts are needed to identify new molecular targets for blocking restenosis. We aim to establish angiogenic factor AGGF1 (angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1) as a novel target for blocking neointimal formation and restenosis after vascular injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: AGGF1 shows strong expression in carotid arteries; however, its expression is markedly decreased in arteries after vascular injury...
June 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648738/current-topics-in-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-research-focus-on-inverse-agonism-receptor-dimerization-and-biased-agonism
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REVIEW
Takanobu Takezako, Hamiyet Unal, Sadashiva S Karnik, Koichi Node
Although the octapeptide hormone angiotensin II (Ang II) regulates cardiovascular and renal homeostasis through the Ang II type 1 receptor (AT1R), overstimulation of AT1R causes various human diseases, such as hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy. Therefore, AT1R blockers (ARBs) have been widely used as therapeutic drugs for these diseases. Recent basic research and clinical studies have resulted in the discovery of interesting phenomena associated with AT1R function. For example, ligand-independent activation of AT1R by mechanical stress and agonistic autoantibodies, as well as via receptor mutations, has been shown to decrease the inverse agonistic efficacy of ARBs, though the molecular mechanisms of such phenomena had remained elusive until recently...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648478/imaging-vulnerable-plaques-by-targeting-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis-using-fluorescent-labeled-dual-ligand-microparticles-of-iron-oxide-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Joyce M S Chan, Claudia Monaco, Marzena Wylezinska-Arridge, Jordi L Tremoleda, Jennifer E Cole, Michael Goddard, Maggie S H Cheung, Kishore K Bhakoo, Richard G J Gibbs
OBJECTIVE: Identification of patients with high-risk asymptomatic carotid plaques remains an elusive but essential step in stroke prevention. Inflammation is a key process in plaque destabilization and a prelude to clinical sequelae. There are currently no clinical imaging tools to assess the inflammatory activity within plaques. This study characterized inflammation in atherosclerosis using dual-targeted microparticles of iron oxide (DT-MPIO) as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probe...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648331/il-35-as-a-newly-proposed-homeostasis-associated-molecular-pattern-plays-three-major-functions-including-anti-inflammatory-initiator-effector-and-blocker-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Xinyuan Li, Pu Fang, William Y Yang, Hong Wang, Xiaofeng Yang
IL-35 is a new anti-inflammatory cytokine identified in 2007, which inhibits inflammation and immune responses by inducing regulatory T cells and regulatory B cells and suppressing effector T cells and macrophages. The unique initiator and effector anti-inflammatory properties of IL-35 bring tremendous interest in investigating its role during cardiovascular disease (CVD) development, in which inflammatory processes are firmly established as central to its development and complications. In this review, we update recent understanding of how IL-35 is produced and regulated in the cells...
June 22, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648117/alteration-of-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-atpase-expression-in-lower-limb-ischemia-caused-by-atherosclerosis-obliterans
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J Fodor, A Gomba-Tóth, T Oláh, E Zádor, Zs Cs Tóth, I Ioannis, B Molnár, I Kovács, L Csernoch
Atherosclerosis is a disease caused by a build-up of fatty plaques and cholesterol in the arteries. The lumen of the vessels is obliterated resulting in restricted blood supply to tissues. In ischemic conditions, the cytosolic Ca(2+) level of skeletal muscle may increase, indicating the alteration of Ca(2+) removal mechanisms. Ca(2+) is transported from cytosol into the sarcoplasmic reticulum by Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA), with its 1a isoform expressed in adult, while its 1b isoform in neonatal and regenerating fast-twitch skeletal muscle...
June 26, 2017: Physiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647998/-analysis-of-optical-coherence-tomography-of-early-and-very-late-stent-restenosis-after-drug-eluting-stent-implantation
#13
Z J Liu, B Shi, C C Deng, G X Xu, R Z Zhao, C Y Shen, Z L Wang, H L Liu
Objective: Using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to analyze the morphological characteristics of lesions between early in-stent restenosis (E-ISR) and very late in-stent restenosis (VL-ISR) after drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation. Methods: In 25 patients (DES) with ISR, OCT images were acquired before percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the morphological characteristics of E-ISR (<1 years, n=14) and VL-ISR (>3 years, n=11) were compared.The quantitative and qualitative analysis of the entire stent and the minimum lumen area (MLA) site were carried out respectively...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647919/role-of-sglt2-inhibitors-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Frederik H Verbrugge
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to summarize the evidence on cardiovascular risks and benefits of glucose-lowering drugs in diabetic patients, with a particular focus on the role of sodium-glucose transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and their promising potential as a heart failure treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The SGLT-2 inhibitor empagliflozin has emerged as the first glucose-lowering drug to lower cardiovascular mortality in diabetes with an unprecedented 38% relative risk reduction...
June 24, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647689/associations-of-cigarette-smoking-with-subclinical-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-elsa-brasil-the-brazilian-longitudinal-study-of-adult-health
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Sina Kianoush, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob, Mahmoud Al-Rifai, Andrew P DeFilippis, Marcio S Bittencourt, Bruce B Duncan, Isabela M Bensenor, Aruni Bhatnagar, Paulo A Lotufo, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify sensitive biomarkers of early tobacco-related cardiovascular disease. We examined the association of smoking status, burden, time since quitting, and intensity, with markers of inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 14 103 participants without clinical cardiovascular disease in ELSA-Brasil (Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health). We evaluated baseline cross-sectional associations between smoking parameters and inflammation (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP]) and measures of subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness, ankle-brachial index, and coronary artery calcium [CAC])...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647412/real-world-data-to-assess-changes-in-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-and-predicted-cardiovascular-risk-after-ezetimibe-discontinuation-post-reporting-of-the-ezetimibe-and-simvastatin-in-hypercholesterolemia-enhances-atherosclerosis-regression-trial
#16
Harold E Bays, Mehul D Patel, Panagiotis Mavros, Dena R Ramey, Joanne E Tomassini, Andrew M Tershakovec, Carl A Baxter
BACKGROUND: The 2008 Ezetimibe and Simvastatin in Hypercholesterolemia Enhances Atherosclerosis Regression (ENHANCE) study demonstrated ezetimibe + simvastatin vs simvastatin alone had a neutral effect on the surrogate endpoint of carotid intima-media thickness. Subsequent media portrayal of the study prompted ezetimibe discontinuation in many patients. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to assess the impact of ENHANCE reporting on ezetimibe discontinuation, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) changes, and potential cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647282/cxcl16-cxcr6-mediated-adhesion-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-to-inflamed-endothelium
#17
Bona Linke, Sascha Meyer Dos Santos, Bettina Picard-Willems, Michael Keese, Sebastian Harder, Gerd Geisslinger, Klaus Scholich
The endothelial chemokine CXC motif ligand 16 (CXCL16) is involved in the recruitment and firm adhesion of CXCR6(+) cells to the atherosclerosis-prone aortic vessel wall. Recently we showed that CXCR6(+) platelets from flowing blood attach to CXCL16 expressed by activated endothelium on the luminal side of the blood vessel. With this study we supplement these findings with the observation that platelets bound to the inflamed endothelium are presenting CXCR6 to CXCL16-positive peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and, thus, are mediating an increased adhesion of PBMCs to the arterial wall...
June 21, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647034/muscle-strength-and-control-characteristics-are-altered-by-peripheral-artery-disease
#18
Molly N Schieber, Ryan M Hasenkamp, Iraklis I Pipinos, Jason M Johanning, Nicholas Stergiou, Holly K DeSpiegelaere, Jung H Chien, Sara A Myers
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common manifestation of atherosclerosis, is characterized by lower leg ischemia and myopathy in association with leg dysfunction. Patients with PAD have impaired gait from the first step they take with consistent defects in the movement around the ankle joint, especially in plantar flexion. Our goal was to develop muscle strength profiles to better understand the problems in motor control responsible for the walking impairment in patients with PAD...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646901/effect-of-ezetimibe-add-on-therapy-over-52%C3%A2-weeks-extension-analysis-of-prospective-randomized-trial-research-study-in-type-2-diabetes-subjects
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Kentaro Sakamoto, Mitsunobu Kawamura, Takayuki Watanabe, Keiko Ashidate, Takahide Kohro, Akira Tanaka, Yasumichi Mori, Motoki Tagami, Tsutomu Hirano, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Teruo Shiba
BACKGROUND: Lowering cholesterol levels decreases the risk of atherosclerotic diseases. Effective ways to stably reduce LDL-C level are warranted in type 2 diabetic patients, a high-risk population for CVD, with various anti-diabetic therapeutic background. The RESEARCH study focuses on LDL-C reduction in this population along with modifications of the lipid profiles. We evaluated long-term ezetimibe add-on therapy in T2DM patients with hypercholesterolemia. METHODS: In a randomized, multicenter, open-label, prospective study, a total of 109 T2DM patients not attaining LDL-C target value despite first-line dose statin (10 mg of atorvastatin or 1 mg of pitavastatin) therapy in Japan were recruited...
June 24, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646427/tanshinone-iia-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice-infected-with-porphyromonas-gingivalis
#20
Yan Xuan, Yue Gao, Hao Huang, Xiaoxuan Wang, Yu Cai, Qing Xian Luan
Tanshinone IIA (TSA), a pharmacologically active component isolated from Danshen, may prevent cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-adipogenic effects. Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major periodontal pathogen, may contribute to the progression of atherosclerosis. Here, we studied the effects of TSA on atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice with P. gingivalis infection. Eight-week-old ApoE(-/-) mice were randomized to (a) phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), (b) P. gingivalis, and (c) P...
June 23, 2017: Inflammation
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