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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
Kevin Rey, Sukhbir Manku, Winnie Enns, Thea Van Rossum, Kevin Bushell, Ryan D Morin, Fiona S L Brinkman, Jonathan C Choy
BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota influences many immunological processes but how its disruption affects transplant rejection is poorly understood. METHODS: Interposition grafting of aortic segments was used to examine vascular rejection. The gut microbiota was disrupted in graft recipients using an antibiotic cocktail (ampicillin, vancomycin, metronidazole, neomycin sulfate) in their drinking water. RESULTS: Treatment of mice with antibiotics severely reduced total bacterial content in the intestine and disrupted the bacterial composition...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
Tianyi Xia, Sang Zhu, Yan Wen, Shouhong Gao, Mingming Li, Xia Tao, Feng Zhang, Wansheng Chen
Background: Nephrotoxicity of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) is the major concern for long-term allograft survival despite its predominant role in current immunosuppressive regime after renal transplantation. CNI nephrotoxicity is multifactorial with demographic, environmental, and pharmacogenetic flexibility, whereas studies indicating risk factors for CNI nephrotoxicity obtained incomplete or conflicting results. Methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis of risk factors for CNI nephrotoxicity was performed on all retrieved studies through a comprehensive research of network database...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Panagiotis I Georgianos, Maria I Pikilidou, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Elias V Balaskas, Pantelis E Zebekakis
Arterial stiffness is an important risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Arterial stiffness aggravates cardiovascular risk via multiple pathways, such as augmentation of aortic systolic pressure, subendocardial hypoperfusion, and excess pulsatile energy transmission from macro- to microcirculation. Pathogenesis of the arteriosclerotic process in ESRD is complex and not yet fully understood. Several factors unique to ESRD, such as mineral metabolism disturbances, vascular calcifications, formation of advanced glycation end-products, and acute and chronic volume overload, are proposed to play a particular role in the progression of arteriosclerosis in ESRD...
March 12, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Masaru Nakagawa, Sigeyuki Uno, Noriyoshi Iriyama, Manabu Matsunawa, Makoto Makishima, Jin Takeuchi, Isao Tsuboi, Yoshihiro Hatta, Masami Takei
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is an environmental pollutant found in cigarette smoke and is implicated as a causative agent of tobacco-related diseases, such as arteriosclerosis. In contrast, vitamin D signaling, which is principally mediated by conversion of vitamin D to the active form, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2 D3 ], decreases cardiovascular disease risk. However, combined treatment with BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 enhances BaP toxicity, including BaP-DNA adduct formation. We further investigated the cross-talk between BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 signaling pathways, and found that combined treatment with these compounds induces mRNA and protein expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) in monocyte/macrophage-derived THP-1 and U937 cells...
March 7, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Karen V Danielsen, Signe Wiese, Jens Hove, Flemming Bendtsen, Søren Møller
BACKGROUND: The relation between excessive alcohol consumption and coronary arteriosclerosis has remained controversial. The etiology of cirrhosis has been considered a substantial risk factor for development of arteriosclerotic lesions. The coronary artery calcium-score derived from coronary CT angiography is a robust marker of coronary arteriosclerosis. AIMS: To study the burden of coronary arteriosclerosis in cirrhotic patients of various etiologies and association to cardiac dysfunction and survival...
March 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Kyosuke Yamanishi, Keiichiro Mukai, Takuya Hashimoto, Kaoru Ikubo, Keiji Nakasho, Yosif El-Darawish, Wen Li, Daisuke Okuzaki, Yuko Watanabe, Tetsu Hayakawa, Hiroshi Nojima, Hiromichi Yamanishi, Haruki Okamura, Hisato Matsunaga
BACKGROUND: The cytokine interleukin-18 was originally identified as an interferon-γ-inducing proinflammatory factor; however, there is increasing evidence to suggest that it has non-immunological effects on physiological functions. We previously investigated the potential pathophysiological relationship between interleukin-18 and dyslipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and suggested interleukin-18 as a possible novel treatment for not only these diseases but also for cancer immunotherapy...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Patrick Lacolley, Veronique Regnault, Alberto P Avolio
Arterial aging engages a plethora of key signalling pathways that act in concert to induce vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotypic changes leading to vascular degeneration and extracellular matrix degradation responsible for alterations of the mechanical properties of the vascular wall. This review highlights proof-of-concept examples of components of the extracellular matrix, VSMC receptors which connect extracellular and intracellular structures, and signalling pathways regulating changes in mechanotransduction and vascular homeostasis in aging...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Si-Dong Wei, Ding Cao, Xue-Song Xu, He Bai, Hao Wu, Meng-Hao Wang
The present study investigated the effects of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in transplantation-associated arteriosclerosis by observing their expression in transplanted aortas in rats. Allogenic and isogenic abdominal aortic transplantations were performed and grafts were removed from the recipients at the designated time points (day 7, 14, 28 and 56 post transplantation). Hematoxylin and eosin staining, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and western blot analysis were used to evaluate the grafts...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Naro Ohashi, Shinsuke Isobe, Takashi Matsuyama, Sayaka Ishigaki, Naoko Tsuji, Tomoyuki Fujikura, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Hideo Yasuda
Intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation plays an important role in the development of hypertension and renal damage. However, the association between daytime and night-time intrarenal RAS activation and renal structural damage in normotensive IgA nephropathy patients is unclear. We investigated the relationships between urinary angiotensinogen (U-AGT) excretion, which reflects intrarenal RAS activity, and renal structural damage (i.e., endocapillary and mesangial cell hypercellularity, arteriolar hyalinosis and arteriosclerosis levels, and global glomerulosclerosis and tubulointerstitial fibrosis percentages) in 27 normotensive IgA nephropathy patients (age 39...
March 5, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
J Anoun, F Ben Fredj Ismail, A Mzabi, S Dadaa, I Ben Hassine, M Karmani, B Mrad, H Mhiri, A Rezgui, C Laouani Kechrid
Arteriosclerosis is an alteration of the blood vessels whose walls calcify, lose their elasticity and thicken. The result is a decrease in circulating blood flow and ischemic manifestations. Calcification of the arteries is a physiological phenomenon in the elderly but young subjects may also be affected. Indeed, certain risk factors can favor the formation of plaques at the level of the vessels. These include classic cardiovascular risk factors, as well as systemic inflammatory diseases, connective tissue diseases, chronic hypercalcemia… We report the case of a 26-year-old female patient with diffuse arteriosclerosis discovered accidentally, and whose exhaustive etiological investigation remained negative...
March 2, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Matthew MacGregor Sharp, Diederik Bulters, Sebastian Brandner, Janice Holton, Ajay Verma, David J Werring, Roxana O Carare
Aβ, amyloid beta, CAA, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, CT, computed tomographic scanning, IPAD, intramural periarterial drainage, ISF, interstitial fluid, MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, PVS, perivascular spaces, WMH, white matter hyperintensities.Cerebral white matter hyperintensities (WMH) observed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or low attenuation on computed tomographic scanning (CT), are the most frequent brain imaging finding in patients with small vessel disease or dementia. It has been assumed that WMH are due to arteriosclerosis or blood-brain barrier breakdown, though recently it was demonstrated that WMH have distinct molecular signatures in Alzheimer's disease (AD) where markers of Wallerian degeneration are present, compared to normal ageing [1]...
February 27, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
George Thomas, Paul E Drawz
Patients with CKD typically have hypertension. Manual BP measurement in the office setting was used to define hypertension, establish eligibility, and assess BP targets in the epidemiologic studies and early randomized, controlled trials that inform current management of hypertension. Use of automated oscillometric devices has largely replaced manual BP measurement in the office and clinical trials. These newer devices may reduce the white coat effect and facilitate guideline-adherent measurement protocols...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Mark W Majesky
The vascular system forms as a branching network of endothelial cells that acquire identity as arterial, venous, hemogenic, or lymphatic. Endothelial specification depends on gene targets transcribed by Ets domain-containing factors, including Ets variant gene 2 (Etv2), together with the activity of chromatin-remodeling complexes containing Brahma-related gene-1 (Brg1). Once specified and assembled into vessels, mechanisms regulating lumen diameter and axial growth ensure that the structure of the branching vascular network matches the need for perfusion of target tissues...
March 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Michael Buenor Adinortey, Charles Ansah, Alexander Weremfo, Cynthia Ayefoumi Adinortey, Genevieve Etornam Adukpo, Elvis Ofori Ameyaw, Alexander Kwadwo Nyarko
Background: The leaf extract of Launaea taraxacifolia commonly known as African Lettuce is used locally to treat dyslipidemia and liver diseases, which are associated with oxidative stress. Methanol extract from L. taraxacifolia leaves was tested for its antioxidant activity and its ability to protect DNA from oxidative damage. Materials and Methods: In vitro antioxidant potential of the leaf extract was evaluated using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), nitric oxide (NO), and hydroxyl (OH) radical scavenging assays...
January 2018: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
Ercan Malkoç, Matthew J Maurice, Oktay Akça, Önder Kara, Homayoun Zargar, Hiury Andrade, Daniel Ramirez, Peter Caputo, Robert Stein, Demirjian Sevag, Jihad H Kaouk
AIM: To describe the pathological characteristics of the peritumoral non-neoplastic renal parenchyma (NNRP) and to investigate their impact on long-term renal function after partial nephrectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In our institutional robotic partial nephrectomy database, we identified 394 cases with pathological assessment of the NNRP and long-term postoperative renal functional follow-up. The NNRP was classified as normal (healthy renal parenchyma) or abnormal, based on the presence of arteriosclerosis, glomerulosclerosis, interstitial fibrosis, interstitial inflammation, and/or tubulopapillary hyperplasia...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Lei Shi, Jing Yu, Ying Zhao, Kan Xu, Jinlu Yu
It is widely acknowledged that arteriosclerosis and calcification of the parent artery and aneurysm neck make it difficult to clip posterior communicating artery (PCoA) aneurysms. A total of 136 cases of PCoA aneurysms accompanied by arteriosclerosis and calcification were collected and treated with clipping in the present study. Of the 136 patients, 112 were females (82.4%) and 24 were males (17.6%), with ages ranging from 37 to 76 years (mean age, 60.2 years). Rupture of a PCoA aneurysm was identified in 132 cases (97...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ning Meng, Hua Tang, Hao Zhang, Chengshi Jiang, Li Su, Xiao Min, Wannian Zhang, Hua Zhang, Zhenyuan Miao, Wen Zhang, Chunlin Zhuang
Small-molecule inhibitors that block the Keap1-Nrf2 protein-protein interactions are being intensely pursued as a new therapeutic strategy for oxidative stress-related diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, arteriosclerosis, inflammation and myocarditis. However, there are not enough studies on antioxidant treatments using small molecules in myocarditis. We herein provided a series of novel hydronaphthoquinones as the Keap1-Nrf2 interaction inhibitors targeting LPS-induced myocarditis both in vitro and in vivo...
February 8, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Takamichi Ishikawa, Keigo Seki
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress has recently been shown to play an important role in the development of arteriosclerosis in patients with Kawasaki disease (KD); however, no study has investigated this association in early childhood patients with KD. In this study, we evaluated prospectively the association between the levels of oxidative stress and the endothelial function in early childhood patients with KD. METHODS: We compared the derivatives of reactive oxygen metabolites (ROM), flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), and biological characteristics in a population of 50 children: 10 patients with KD and coronary artery lesions (CAL) (group 1), 15 KD patients without CAL (group 2), and 25 healthy age- and sex-matched children (group 3)...
February 9, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Chun-Kai Chang, Xiu-Ru Lin, Yen-Lin Lin, Woei-Horng Fang, Shu-Wha Lin, Sui-Yuan Chang, Jau-Tsuen Kao
Hyperlipidemia is a risk factor of arteriosclerosis, stroke, and other coronary heart disease, which has been shown to correlate with single nucleotide polymorphisms of genes essential for lipid metabolism, such as lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and apolipoprotein A5 (APOA5). In this study, the effect of magnolol, the main active component extracted from Magnolia officinalis, on LPL activity was investigated. A dose-dependent up-regulation of LPL activity, possibly through increasing LPL mRNA transcription, was observed in mouse 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes cultured in the presence of magnolol for 6 days...
2018: PloS One
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