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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346649/endothelial-function-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Mohammad Adawi, Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Howard Amital, Saaida Golan, Sirchan Rizak, Blum Arnon
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at higher risk of accelerated atherosclerosis. We sought to assess endothelial dysfunction in RA to find a possible mechanistic pathway that will explain this clinical phenomenon. Methods: A prospective study recruited 44 RA patients with an active long standing (>12 months) disease. All underwent a detailed assessment of disease activity. To estimate the endothelial function the Brachial Artery Method was performed, measuring flow mediated diameter percent change (FMD%)...
January 15, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346450/cloning-and-spatiotemporal-expression-of-xenopus-laevis-apolipoprotein-ci
#2
Jyotsna Sridharan, Tomomi Haremaki, Daniel C Weinstein
Apolipoprotein CI (ApoCI) belongs to the Apolipoprotein superfamily, members of which are involved in lipid transport, uptake and homeostasis. Excessive ApoCI has been implicated in atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease in humans. In this study we report the isolation of Xenopus laevis apoCI and describe the expression pattern of this gene during early development, using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and whole mount in situ hybridization. Xenopus apoCI is enriched in the dorsal ectoderm during gastrulation, and is subsequently expressed in sensory placodes, neural tube and cranial neural crest...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346331/growth-hormone-gh-and-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Diego Caicedo, Oscar Díaz, Pablo Devesa, Jesús Devesa
This review describes the positive effects of growth hormone (GH) on the cardiovascular system. We analyze why the vascular endothelium is a real internal secretion gland, whose inflammation is the first step for developing atherosclerosis, as well as the mechanisms by which GH acts on vessels improving oxidative stress imbalance and endothelial dysfunction. We also report how GH acts on coronary arterial disease and heart failure, and on peripheral arterial disease, inducing a neovascularization process that finally increases flow in ischemic tissues...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345597/pediatric-markers-of-adult-cardiovascular-disease
#4
Micah Olson, Melissa Chambers, Gabe Shaibi
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States . Atherosclerotic CV events do not occur until adulthood, except in the context of rare genetic disorders such as homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. However, the atherogenic process that leads to CVD begins in childhood and progresses throughout the lifespan . The degree of atherosclerosis early in life is associated with established risk factors for CVD (e.g. family history, obesity, dyslipidemia), indicating that the development and progression of atherosclerosis in childhood is driven by genetic as well as environmental factors...
January 16, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345585/mandatory-reporting-of-coronary-artery-calcifications-incidentally-noted-on-chest-multi-detector-computed-tomography-a-multicentre-experience
#5
Salvatore Cappabianca, Maria Paola Belfiore, Alfonso Reginelli, Raffaella Capasso, Alessandra Del Prete, Mario Petrillo, Paola Mascia, Claudia Rossi, Francesco Romano, Massimo De Filippo, Michele Scialpi, Felice Gragnano, Paolo Calabro, Giuseppe Belfiore, Luca Brunese, Roberto Grassi, Antonio Rotondo
BACKGROUND Coronary artery calcifications (CACs) are associated with coronary atherosclerosis and cardiovascular (CV) events. In "non-cardiovascular" settings, CACs can be easily detected on chest multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT). Their evaluation may help to better stratify CV risk in the general population, especially for primary prevention. AIMS We retrospectively evaluated the relationship between CAC distribution and CV risk, determined by Framingham Risk Score (FRS), in a cohort of patients who underwent chest MDCT performed for several clinical indications...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345574/role-of-cd73-in-disease-promising-prognostic-indicator-and-therapeutic-target
#6
Jiayin Yang, Xiaohong Liao, Jerry Yu, Ping Zhou
CD73, also known as ecto-5'-nucleotidase (eN, NT5E, EC3.13.5), is the rate-limiting enzyme for adenosine generation and is expressed on multiple cells. Its expression is significantly influenced by hypoxia and inflammatory factors. During inflammation, CD73 protects endothelial barrier function and inhibits leukocyte trafficking. CD73 also promotes M2 macrophages (anti-inflammatory phenotype). In addition, CD73 is expressed on Treg cells and mediates immune suppression through adenosine. CD73 serves as an essential regulator for the immunity and inflammation...
January 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345099/aortic-versus-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-impact-of-aortic-valve-disease
#7
Johan Petrini, Margareta Ring, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Kenneth Caidahl, Maria J Eriksson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Intima-media thickness is a marker for atherosclerosis but is also influenced by shear stress and flow. We evaluated the relation between intima-media thickness of the descending aorta (AoIMT) and the common carotid artery (CIMT) in patients with and without severe aortic valve disease (sAVD). METHODS: A total of 310 patients (233 with sAVD, 77 without) were examined with regard to AoIMT and CIMT using transesophageal echocardiography and carotid ultrasound, respectively, before valvular and/or aortic surgery...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344922/impact-of-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-polymorphisms-on-myocardial-perfusion-correlations-with-myocardial-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-derived-parameters
#8
George Angelidis, Maria Samara, Maria Papathanassiou, Maria Satra, Varvara Valotassiou, Ioannis Tsougos, Dimitrios Psimadas, Chara Tzavara, Sotiria Alexiou, John Koutsikos, Nikolaos Demakopoulos, Gregory Giamouzis, Filippos Triposkiadis, John Skoularigis, Panagoula Kollia, Panagiotis Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) has an important role in atherosclerosis. We investigated the effects of six RAAS gene polymorphisms on myocardial perfusion. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined 810 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) using stress-rest myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography. Summed stress score (SSS), summed rest score (SRS), summed difference score (SDS), transient ischemic dilation (TID), and lung/heart ratio (LHR) were recorded...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344739/what-we-have-learned-from-the-recent-meta-analyses-on-diagnostic-methods-for-atherosclerotic-plaque-regression
#9
REVIEW
Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Simona Mastrangeli, Enrico Romagnoli, Mariangela Peruzzi, Giacomo Frati, Leonardo Roever, Arturo Giordano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Atherosclerosis has major morbidity and mortality implications globally. While it has often been considered an irreversible degenerative process, recent evidence provides compelling proof that atherosclerosis can be reversed. Plaque regression is however difficult to appraise and quantify, with competing diagnostic methods available. Given the potential of evidence synthesis to provide clinical guidance, we aimed to review recent meta-analyses on diagnostic methods for atherosclerotic plaque regression...
January 17, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344304/atherosclerosis-is-exacerbated-by-chitinase-3-like-1-in-amyloid-precursor-protein-transgenic-mice
#10
Yu Yeon Jung, Ki Cheon Kim, Mi Hee Park, Youngsik Seo, Heonyong Park, Min Hee Park, Jun Chang, Dae Youn Hwang, Sang Bae Han, Sanghyeon Kim, Dong Ju Son, Jin Tae Hong
Although the important role of amyloid precursor protein (APP) in vascular diseases associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been demonstrated, the underlying molecular mechanisms and physiological consequences are unclear. We aimed to evaluate vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis in Swedish mutant of human APP transgenic (APPsw-Tg) and ApoE-/-/APPsw-Tg mice. We also aimed to explore the mechanisms underlying any changes observed in these mice compared with non-Tg controls. Methods: The transgenic and non-Tg mouse strains were subjected to partial ligation of the left carotid artery to induce atherosclerotic changes, which were measured using histological approaches, immunohistochemistry, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and gene expression microarrays...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344292/galectin-3-activation-and-inhibition-in-heart-failure-and-cardiovascular-disease-an-update
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REVIEW
Navin Suthahar, Wouter C Meijers, Herman H W Silljé, Jennifer E Ho, Fu-Tong Liu, Rudolf A de Boer
Galectin-3 is a versatile protein orchestrating several physiological and pathophysiological processes in the human body. In the last decade, considerable interest in galectin-3 has emerged because of its potential role as a biotarget. Galectin-3 is differentially expressed depending on the tissue type, however its expression can be induced under conditions of tissue injury or stress. Galectin-3 overexpression and secretion is associated with several diseases and is extensively studied in the context of fibrosis, heart failure, atherosclerosis and diabetes mellitus...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343466/long-term-cardiovascular-prognosis-after-transient-ischemic-attack-associated-predictors
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Angel Ois, Ana Zabalza, Antia Moreira, Elisa Cuadrado-Godia, Jordi Jimenez-Conde, Eva Giralt-Steinhauer, Ana Rodríguez-Campello, Carolina Soriano-Tarraga, Jaume Roquer
OBJECTIVE: To determine long-term cardiovascular risk after TIA and to identify the factors associated with increased risk. METHODS: This was a prospective observational registry of TIA patients admitted to the emergency room of our tertiary stroke center from June 2006 to January 2016. New vascular events (NVEs) were recorded from 3 months after TIA onset until June 2017, including both stroke and nonstroke events (coronary and peripheral disease). We registered TIA etiology, age, sex, vascular risk factors, radiologic data, and clinical TIA features and analyzed these variables in relation to NVE long-term risk...
January 17, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343301/circulating-pcsk9-levels-and-2-hpg-are-positively-correlated-in-metabolic-diseases-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Wen Guo, Yingyun Gong, Yong Gu, Zhenzhen Fu, Hongqi Fan, Beibei Gao, Xiaohui Zhu, Jinxiang Fu, Yang Zhao, Min Sun, Xing Liu, Xian-Cheng Jiang, Tao Yang, Hongwen Zhou
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), which plays a crucial role in lipoprotein metabolism, has been also regarded as an important marker for atherosclerosis. Available evidence indicated that 2-h postchallenge plasma glucose (2-hPG) could be another biomarker for atherosclerosis. However, currently the association between circulating PCSK9 and 2-hPG remains unclear. Here, we explored this potential link in a Chinese Han population. METHODS: Totally, 600 Chinese Han subjects from Nanjing district, China, were enrolled for the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and they included normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n = 200), impaired glucose regulation (IGR, n = 200), and type 2 diabetes (T2DM, n = 200)...
January 17, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343087/sulfhydrated-sirtuin-1-increasing-its-deacetylation-activity-is-an-essential-epigenetics-mechanism-of-anti-atherogenesis-by-hydrogen-sulfide
#14
Congkuo Du, Xianjuan Lin, Wenjing Xu, Fengjiao Zheng, Junyan Cai, Jichun Yang, Qinghua Cui, Chaoshu Tang, Jun Cai, Guoheng Xu, Bin Geng
AIMS: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has a protective role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis by multiple pathways. Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) is a histone deacetylase, as an essential mediated longevity gene, and has an anti-atherogenic effect by regulating the acetylation of some functional proteins. Whether SIRT1 is involved in protecting H2S in atherosclerosis and its mechanism remains unclear. RESULTS: In ApoE-knockout atherosclerosis mice, treatment with an H2S donor (NaHS or GYY4137) reduced atherosclerotic plaque area, macrophage infiltration, aortic inflammation and plasma lipid level...
January 17, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342298/periodontal-disease-assessed-using-clinical-dental-measurements-and-cancer-risk-in-the-aric-study
#15
Dominique S Michaud, Jiayun Lu, Alexandra Y Peacock-Villada, John R Barber, Corinne E Joshu, Anna E Prizment, James D Beck, Steven Offenbacher, Elizabeth A Platz
Background: While evidence is increasingly consistent with a positive association between periodontitis and cancer risk, most studies have relied on self-reported periodontitis. In this study, we prospectively evaluated the association of periodontal disease severity with cancer risk in black and white older adults in a cohort study that included a dental examination. Methods: Included were 7466 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study cohort who at visit 4 (1996-1998) reported being edentulous or underwent the dental examination...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341349/peroxiredoxin-4-prdx4-its-critical-in-vivo-roles-in-animal-models-of-metabolic-syndrome-ranging-from-atherosclerosis-to-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#16
REVIEW
Sohsuke Yamada, Xin Guo
The peroxiredoxin (PRDX) family, a new family of proteins with a pivotal antioxidative function, is ubiquitously synthesized and abundantly identified in various organisms. In contrast to the intracellular localization of other family members (PRDX1/2/3/5/6), PRDX4 is the only known secretory form and protects against oxidative damage by scavenging reactive oxygen species in both the intracellular (especially the endoplasmic reticulum) compartments and the extracellular space. We generated unique human PRDX4 (hPRDX4) transgenic (Tg) mice on a C57BL/6J background and investigated the critical and diverse protective roles of PRDX4 against diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as well as evaluated its role in the intestinal function in various animal models...
January 17, 2018: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341140/lipoprotein-modifications-by-gingipains-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis
#17
J Lönn, S Ljunggren, K Klarström-Engström, I Demirel, T Bengtsson, H Karlsson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Several studies have shown an association between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Atherosclerosis is the major cause of CVD, and a key event in the development of atherosclerosis is accumulation of lipoproteins within the arterial wall. Bacteria are the primary etiologic agents in periodontitis and Porphyromonas gingivalis is the major pathogen in the disease. Several studies support a role of modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in atherogenesis; however, the pathogenic stimuli that induce the changes and the mechanisms by which this occur are unknown...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340036/the-association-between-elevated-fasting-plasma-glucose-levels-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-non-diabetic-adults-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study
#18
Yalin Guan, Changshen Yu, Min Shi, Jingxian Ni, Yanan Wu, Hongfei Gu, Lingling Bai, Jie Liu, Jun Tu, Jinghua Wang, Xianjia Ning
We assessed the association between the mean carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels in a low-income population in rural China. Adults aged ≥45 years without a history of diabetes, stroke, or cardiovascular disease were recruited. All participants were categorized into four groups according to FPG level. A total of 3509 participants were analyzed in this study. In the univariate analysis, sex, age, education level, hypertension, central obesity, current smoking, alcohol consumption, and higher levels of FPG, total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were associated with mean CIMT and frequency of increased CIMT...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339674/relation-between-high-serum-hepcidin-25-level-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-and-cardiovascular-mortality-in-hemodialysis-patients
#19
Özlem Yayar, Barış Eser, Harun Kılıç
OBJECTIVE: In hemodialysis (HD) patients, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of mortality and morbidity. In atherosclerotic diseases, iron gets accumulated in the arterial wall. Hepcidin is an important hormone in iron metabolism. Furthermore, hepcidin is associated with atherosclerotic disease. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the relation of serum hepcidin-25 (SH-25) and sub-clinic atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and mortality in HD patients...
January 17, 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338972/hdl-c-apoa1-and-vldl-tg-as-biomarkers-for-the-carotid-plaque-presence-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
#20
Meryem Abi-Ayad, Amine Abbou, Fatima Zahra Abi-Ayad, Omar Behadada, Mohamed Benyoucef
AIM: Hypercholesterolemia and hyper LDL-C are associated with the atherosclerosis (AS). The current study was performed to evaluate the implication of the others lipoproteins (HDL, LDL, VLDL) and apolipoproteins (ApoA1, ApoB100) with subclinical atherosclerosis (carotid plaque) in patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS) free from cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Prospective transversal study was conducted in patients with MetS free from cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
December 30, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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