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Cristhiaan D Ochoa, Ru Feng Wu, Lance S Terada
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) produces the vast majority of all proteins secreted into the extracellular space, including hormones and cytokines, as well as cell surface receptors and other proteins which interact with the environment. Accordingly, this organelle controls essentially all vital links to a cell's external milieu, responding to systemic metabolic, inflammatory, endocrine, and mechanical stimuli. The central role the ER plays in meeting protein synthetic and quality control requirements in the face of such demands is matched by an extensive and versatile ER stress response signaling network...
March 17, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
Yuequan Zhu, Raja Anand, Xiaokun Geng, Yuchuan Ding
Vascular diseases refer to medical conditions that narrow blood vessels. Narrowed cardiac or cerebral arteries can lead to myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Risk factors including atherosclerosis, hypertension, and diabetes may induce either cardiovascular or cerebral complications. Based on current research, garlic favorably affects atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes, and helps decrease the risk of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. Garlic has been utilized for hundreds of years as a natural health remedy...
March 20, 2018: Neurological Research
Se Hee Min, Se Hong Kim, In Kyung Jeong, Ho Chan Cho, Jin Ok Jeong, Ju Hee Lee, Hyun Jae Kang, Hyo Soo Kim, Kyong Soo Park, Soo Lim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A relationship between renin-angiotensin system (RAS) components and metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been suggested, but not elucidated clearly. We examined the levels of RAS components in patients with and without MetS and their association with MetS in Korean population. METHODS: This study was approved by the review boards of the participating institutions and endorsed by the Korean Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis. We screened 892 Koreans aged ≥20 years who underwent evaluation of hypertension, diabetes, or dyslipidemia at 6 tertiary hospitals in 2015-2016...
March 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
Francesco Caso, Marco Tasso, Pasquale Ambrosino, Matteo Nicola, Dario Di Minno, Roberta Lupoli, Livio Criscuolo, Paolo Caso, Francesco Ursini, Antonio Del Puente, Raffaele Scarpa, Luisa Costa, Rosario Peluso
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory arthropathy that affects 14%-30% of patients with skin and/or nail psoriasis and leading to severe physical limitations and disability. It has been included in the group of spondyloarthropathy with which it shares clinical, radiologic, and serologic features in addition to familial and genetic relationship. Beyond skin and joint involvement, psoriatic arthritis is characterized by a high prevalence of extra-articular manifestation and comorbidities, such as autoimmune, infectious and neoplastic diseases...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Kayo Kurotani, Palitha Karunapema, Kapila Jayaratne, Masao Sato, Takuya Hayashi, Hiroshi Kajio, Shoji Fukuda, Hisao Hara, Osamu Okazaki, Achala Upendra Jayatilleke, Daisuke Nonaka, Mitsuhiko Noda, Tetsuya Mizoue
The differences in the morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular diseases between Sri Lankan and Japanese populations might be explained by the differences in their diet, especially fat. To test the hypothesis that the fatty acid (FA) compositions differ between Sri Lankan and Japanese populations and that high concentrations of n-3 polyunsaturated FAs and linoleic acid are associated with a low level of arteriosclerosis, the authors compared the circulating FA compositions between Sri Lankan and Japanese populations and examined the association of the circulating FA composition with arterial stiffness in each population...
February 2018: Nutrition Research
Pasquale Pignatelli, Danilo Menichelli, Daniele Pastori, Francesco Violi
The role of oxidative stress in the onset and progression of atherosclerosis and its impact on the development of cardiovascular events has been widely described. Thus, an increased oxidative stress has been described in several atherosclerotic risk factors, such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, peripheral artery disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity. Among others, specific oxidative pathways involving both pro-oxidant and antioxidant enzymes seem to play a major role in the production of reactive oxidant species (ROS), such as NADPH oxidase, myeloperoxidase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase...
March 14, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Daniel Shpilsky, Sebhat Erqou, Sanjay R Patel, Kevin E Kip, Oluremi Ajala, Aryan Aiyer, Patrick J Strollo, Steven E Reis, Oladipupo Olafiranye
Studies have reported an association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality. Proposed mechanisms include endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate the associations of OSA with endothelial dysfunction and subclinical atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD), and assess the impact of race on these associations. We used data from the Heart Strategies Concentrating on Risk Evaluation (Heart SCORE) study, a community-based prospective cohort with approximately equal representation of black and white participants...
March 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
Stefanie R van Mil, L Ulas Biter, Gert-Jan M van de Geijn, Erwin Birnie, Martin Dunkelgrun, Jan N M IJzermans, Noelle van der Meulen, Guido H H Mannaerts, Manuel Castro Cabezas
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity are both related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Early atherosclerotic vascular changes can be detected by non-invasive tests like carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and pulse wave velocity (PWV). Both cIMT and PWV are significantly impaired in T2DM patients and in obese patients, but the additional effect of T2DM on these vascular measurements in obese subjects has not been evaluated. METHODS: Two hundred morbidly obese patients with or without T2DM were enrolled in a prospective cohort study and underwent extensive laboratory testing, including cIMT and PWV measurements...
March 13, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Izabela Wróblewska, Iwona Zborowska, Anna Dąbek, Robert Susło, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Jarosław Drobnik
Background: The incidence of chronic diseases increases with age; about 73% of people who are aged ≥60 years suffer from at least 1 chronic disease, and among those older than 70 years, chronic diseases afflict more than >84% of the population. According to epidemiological data, at least 4 chronic disease types coexist in senior citizens, causing their disability. These are mainly cardiovascular diseases; motor system diseases; ophthalmological, auditory, neurological, and mental diseases; and mental impairment...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Aysun Türkanoğlu Özçelik, Tuğçe Öner, Birsen Can Demirdöğen, Vedat Semai Bek, Şeref Demirkaya, Orhan Adalı
Objective Vitamin D deficiency is known as an important risk factor in pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, which contributes to stroke development. Genetic variations including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in enzymes involved in vitamin D metabolism can affect susceptibility to the development of stroke. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the association between polymorphisms of vitamin D metabolizing enzymes (rs927650 SNP in CYP24A1, and rs10741657 SNP in CYP2R1 genes,) and ischemic stroke risk in Turkish population...
March 12, 2018: Neurological Research
Leslee J Shaw, Abhinav Goyal, Christina Mehta, Joe Xie, Lawrence Phillips, Anita Kelkar, Joseph Knapper, Daniel S Berman, Khurram Nasir, Emir Veledar, Michael J Blaha, Roger Blumenthal, James K Min, Reza Fazel, Peter W F Wilson, Matthew J Budoff
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) imparts a heavy economic burden on the U.S. health care system. Evidence regarding the long-term costs after comprehensive CVD screening is limited. OBJECTIVES: This study calculated 10-year health care costs for 6,814 asymptomatic participants enrolled in MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis), a registry sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. METHODS: Cumulative 10-year costs for CVD medications, office visits, diagnostic procedures, coronary revascularization, and hospitalizations were calculated from detailed follow-up data...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Adriana Lopez-Pineda, Alberto Cordero, Concepción Carratala-Munuera, Domingo Orozco-Beltran, Jose A Quesada, Vicente Bertomeu-Gonzalez, Vicente F Gil-Guillen, Vicente Bertomeu-Martinez
These data are linked to the research article, entitled Hyperuricemia as a prognostic factor after acute coronary syndrome published in Atherosclerosis. Data from patients admitted for acute coronary syndrome between 2008 and 2013 were collected during the hospitalization, and a follow-up until endpoint or end of study was carried out. Multivariate analysis of variables associated with long term mortality after acute coronary syndrome in patients stratified by the presence of diabetes, hypertension or kidney failure is provided in this article...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Yoichi Yoshida, Hao Wang, Takaki Hiwasa, Toshio Machida, Eiichi Kobayashi, Seiichiro Mine, Go Tomiyoshi, Rika Nakamura, Natsuko Shinmen, Hideyuki Kuroda, Hirotaka Takizawa, Koichi Kashiwado, Ikuo Kamitsukasa, Hideo Shin, Takeshi Wada, Akiyo Aotsuka, Eiichiro Nishi, Mikiko Ohno, Minoru Takemoto, Koutaro Yokote, Sho Takahashi, Jun Matsushima, Xiao-Meng Zhang, Masaki Takiguchi, Yasuo Iwadate
Background: Disease specific autoantibodies have been detected in the sera of patients with atherosclerosis-related diseases, such as cerebral infarction, cardiovascular disease. In the present study, we aimed to identify novel autoantibodies responsible for transient ischemic attack (TIA), a prodromal condition for cerebral infarction. Methods: To identify candidate antigens, we screened a human aortic endothelial cell cDNA library using sera from 20 patients with TIA...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Salvatore Petta, Luigi Elio Adinolfi, Anna Ludovica Fracanzani, Francesca Rini, Rosalia Caldarella, Vincenza Calvaruso, Calogero Cammà, Marcello Ciaccio, Vito Di Marco, Stefania Grimaudo, Anna Licata, Aldo Marrone, Riccardo Nevola, Rosaria Maria Pipitone, Antonio Pinto, Luca Rinaldi, Daniele Torres, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Luca Valenti, Silvia Fargion, Antonio Craxì
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recent studies suggest an association between HCV infection and cardiovascular damage, including carotid atherosclerosis, with a possible effect of HCV clearance on cardiovascular outcomes. We aimed to examine whether HCV eradication by direct antiviral agents (DAA) improves carotid atherosclerosis in HCV-infected patients with advanced fibrosis/compensated cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred eighty-two consecutive HCV patients with advanced fibrosis or compensated cirrhosis were evaluated by virological, anthropometric and metabolic measurements...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Adeleye Dorcas Omisore, Olusola Comfort Famurewa, Morenikeji Adeyoyin Komolafe, Christiana Mopelola Asaleye, Michael Bimbola Fawale, Babalola Ishmael Afolabi
BACKGROUND: Traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), which include age, gender, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, smoking, alcohol consumption, chronic kidney disease and obesity, have been shown to be associated with atherosclerosis. We aimed to evaluate the impact of traditional CVRFs on carotid atherosclerosis (CA) in a sample of Nigerian adults. METHODS: We examined 162 subjects with traditional CVRFs in a cross-sectional study. Demographic and clinical data, including history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, alcohol intake and chronic kidney disease, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure, weight and height were collected...
February 28, 2018: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Hiroko Watase, Jie Sun, Daniel S Hippe, Niranjan Balu, Feiyu Li, Xihai Zhao, Venkatesh Mani, Zahi A Fayad, Valentin Fuster, Thomas S Hatsukami, Chun Yuan
OBJECTIVE: Early atherosclerosis is often undetected due in part to compensatory enlargement of the outer wall, termed positive remodeling. Variations in hemodynamic conditions and clinical factors influence the patterns of remodeling. The carotid artery provides an opportunity to examine these variations because of the unique geometry of the carotid bulb. This study aimed to determine differences in remodeling of the common, internal, and bifurcation segments of the carotid using magnetic resonance imaging...
February 22, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Cristiano Fava, Martina Montagnana
Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial disease triggered and sustained by different risk factors such as dyslipidemia, arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoke, etc. Since a couple of decades, a pivotal role for inflammation in its pathogenesis has been recognized and proved at molecular levels, and already described in many animal models. Despite all this knowledge, due to the complexity of the specific inflammatory process subtending atherosclerosis and to the fact that inflammation is also a protective response against microorganisms, no anti-inflammatory therapy has been rendered available in the therapeutic armamentarium against atherosclerosis and vascular events till 2017 when canakinumab in the first ad-hoc randomized clinical trial (RCT) proved for the first time that targeting specifically inflammation lowers cardiovascular (CV) events...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Ayman Samman Tahhan, Pratik Sandesara, Salim S Hayek, Muhammad Hammadah, Ayman Alkhoder, Heval M Kelli, Matthew Topel, Wesley T O'Neal, Nima Ghasemzadeh, Yi-An Ko, Mohamad Mazen Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Fahad Choudhary, Keyur Patel, Agim Beshiri, Gillian Murtagh, Jonathan Kim, Peter Wilson, Leslee Shaw, Viola Vaccarino, Stephen E Epstein, Laurence Sperling, Arshed A Quyyumi
BACKGROUND: The associations between high-sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI) levels and coronary artery disease (CAD) severity and progression remain unclear. We investigated whether there is an association between hsTnI and angiographic severity and progression of CAD and whether the predictive value of hsTnI level for incident cardiovascular outcomes is independent of CAD severity. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 3087 patients (aged 63±12 years, 64% men) undergoing cardiac catheterization without evidence of acute myocardial infarction, the severity of CAD was calculated by the number of major coronary arteries with ≥50% stenosis and the Gensini score...
February 21, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
John R Petrie, Tomasz J Guzik, Rhian M Touyz
Hypertension and type 2 diabetes are common comorbidities. Hypertension is twice as frequent in patients with diabetes compared with those who do not have diabetes. Moreover, patients with hypertension often exhibit insulin resistance and are at greater risk of diabetes developing than are normotensive individuals. The major cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetes is cardiovascular disease, which is exacerbated by hypertension. Accordingly, diabetes and hypertension are closely interlinked because of similar risk factors, such as endothelial dysfunction, vascular inflammation, arterial remodelling, atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, and obesity...
December 11, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Sunita Dodani, Gyanendra K Sharma
INTRODUCTION: South Asian Immigrants (SAIs) are the second fastest growing Asian immigrant population in the US, and at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes (diabetes) and coronary artery disease (CAD) than the general US population. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine in SAIs the; 1) the prevalence of CAD risk factors in diabetics and non-diabetics; and b) the high possibility of CAD in diabetic SAIs. We also assessed the prevalence of sub-clinical CAD in both diabetics and non-diabetics SAIs using common carotid artery Intima-media thickness (CIMT) as a surrogate marker for atherosclerosis...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
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