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Wenting Ai, Min Wu, Lin Chen, Baozhou Jiang, Mian Mu, Lihua Liu, Zuyi Yuan
The effects of ghrelin, a peptide hormone, on atherogenesis are mainly beneficial. This study aimed to investigate whether ghrelin ameliorates atherosclerosis (AS) by preventing endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS). AS was induced by a high-fat diet in ApoE(-/-) mice. AS lesions in aortas were detected by Oil-red O staining, and the inner diameter and intima-media thickness (IMT) of the abdominal aorta were analyzed by ultrasonography. The protein expression of the ERS markers 78-kDa glucose-regulated protein, C/EBP homologous protein, and active caspase-12 was detected by western blot analysis...
October 18, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Shobini Jayaraman, Christian Haupt, Olga Gursky
Oxidative stress and inflammation, which involves a dramatic increase in serum amyloid A (SAA) levels, are critical in the development of atherosclerosis. Most SAA circulates on plasma HDL particles, altering their cardioprotective properties. SAA-enriched HDL have diminished anti-oxidant effects on LDL, which may contribute to atherogenesis. We determined combined effects of SAA enrichment and oxidation on biochemical changes in HDL. Normal human HDL were incubated with SAA, oxidized by various factors (Cu2+, myeloperoxidase, H2O2, OCl-), and analyzed for lipid and protein modifications and biophysical remodeling...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Akira Takashima, Daiju Fukuda, Kimie Tanaka, Yasutomi Higashikuni, Yoichiro Hirata, Sachiko Nishimoto, Shusuke Yagi, Hirotsugu Yamada, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki, Yutaka Taketani, Michio Shimabukuro, Masataka Sata
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are major components of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) which inhibit atherogenesis, although few studies have examined the effects of the combination of EPA and DHA on atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether DHA has additional anti-atherosclerotic effects when combined with EPA. METHODS: Male 8-week-old apolipoprotein E-deficient (Apoe(-/-)) mice were fed a western-type diet supplemented with different amounts of EPA and DHA; EPA (2...
October 5, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Andrew T Grainger, Michael B Jones, Jing Li, Mei-Hua Chen, Ani Manichaikul, Weibin Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 50 significant loci containing common variants associated with coronary artery disease. However, these variants explain only 26% of the genetic heritability of the disease, suggesting that many more variants remain to be discovered. Here, we examined the genetic basis underlying the marked difference between SM/J-Apoe(-/-) and BALB/cJ-Apoe(-/-) mice in atherosclerotic lesion formation. METHODS: 206 female F2 mice generated from an intercross between the two Apoe(-/-) strains were fed 12 weeks of western diet...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Wenbin Zhong, Guoping Pan, Lin Wang, Shiqian Li, Jingsong Ou, Mengyang Xu, Jiwei Li, Biying Zhu, Xiuye Cao, Hongling Ma, Chaowen Li, Jun Xu, Vesa M Olkkonen, Bart Staels, Daoguang Yan
RATIONALE: Macrophage survival within the arterial wall is a central factor contributing to atherogenesis. Oxysterols, major components of oxidized LDL (ox-LDL), exert cytotoxic effects on macrophages. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ORP4L, an oxysterol-binding protein, affects macrophage survival and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: By hiring cell biological approaches and ORP4L(-/-) mice, we show that ORP4L co-expresses with and forms a complex with G&alphaq/11 and PLCβ3 in macrophages...
October 11, 2016: Circulation Research
Salvador Damián-Zamacona, Paola Toledo-Ibelles, Mabel Z Ibarra-Abundis, Laura Uribe-Figueroa, Enrique Hernández-Lemus, Karla Paola Macedo-Alcibia, Blanca Delgado-Coello, Jaime Mas-Oliva, Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda
BACKGROUND: Although nowadays it is well known that the human transcriptome can importantly vary according to external or environmental condition, the reflection of this concept when studying oxidative stress and its direct relationship with gene expression profiling during the process of atherogenesis has not been thoroughly achieved. OBJECTIVE: The ability to analyze genome-wide gene expression through transcriptomics has shown that the genome responds dynamically to diverse stimuli...
2016: PloS One
MacRae F Linton, Vladimir R Babaev, Jiansheng Huang, Edward F Linton, Huan Tao, Patricia G Yancey
Macrophage apoptosis and the ability of macrophages to clean up dead cells, a process called efferocytosis, are crucial determinants of atherosclerosis lesion progression and plaque stability. Environmental stressors initiate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activate the unfolded protein response (UPR). Unresolved ER stress with activation of the UPR initiates apoptosis. Macrophages are resistant to apoptotic stimuli, because of activity of the PI3K/Akt pathway. Macrophages express 3 Akt isoforms, Akt1, Akt2 and Akt3, which are products of distinct but homologous genes...
October 8, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Miki Nishida, Minoru Ando, Yusuke Iwamoto, Ken Tsuchiya, Kosaku Nitta
BACKGROUND: Scavenger receptors (SRs) play a pivotal role in atherogenesis. The mechanism of atherosclerosis, which is specific to hemodialysis (HD) patients, was studied on the basis of SR gene expressions. METHODS: The gene expressions of SR type A (SR-A) and CD36 were studied in peripheral monocytes by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Data were compared between HD (n = 30) and age-matched control subjects (n = 10). Serum levels of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to test its role in SR expression...
May 2016: Nephron Extra
Vi T Dang, Aric Huang, Lexy H Zhong, Yuanyuan Shi, Geoff H Werstuck
Atherosclerosis is the major underlying cause of most cardiovascular diseases. Despite recent advances, the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of atherogenesis are not clear. In this study, comprehensive plasma metabolomics were used to investigate early-stage atherosclerotic development and progression in chow-fed apolipoprotein E-deficient mice at 5, 10 and 15 weeks of age. Comprehensive plasma metabolomic profiles, based on 4365 detected metabolite features, differentiate atherosclerosis-prone from atherosclerosis-resistant models...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ji-Young Joo, Gil Sun Cha, Jin Chung, Ju-Youn Lee, Sung-Jo Kim, Jeomil Choi
BACKGROUND: Although periodontal pathogens show a strong association with the development of atherosclerosis, little is known about how a microorganism contributes to disease onset and progression. Oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a major risk factor of atherogenesis. The principal objective of our study was to evaluate the ability of peptide 19 (Pep19) of Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) heat shock protein (HSP) as a potent inducer of LDL oxidation, and as a secondary objective, to compare this ability with that of Pep19 from different bacteria...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
Mei-Hua Bao, Huai-Qing Luo, Li-Hua Chen, Liang Tang, Kui-Fen Ma, Ju Xiang, Li-Ping Dong, Jie Zeng, Guang-Yi Li, Jian-Ming Li
Atherosclerosis is a chronic multifactorial inflammatory disease with high prevalence worldwide, and has become the leading cause of death. The present study was designed to investigate the impact of high-fat diet on ApoE(-/-) mice exhibiting atherosclerosis by detecting the genome-wide expression profile of lncRNAs and mRNAs. A total of 354 differentially expressed lncRNAs were identified (≥2.0 folds). Simultaneously, 357 differentially expressed mRNAs from the same chip were found. The expression differences of lncRNAs and mRNAs were consistent in both qPCR and microarray detection...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Giuseppe Maltese, Paraskevi-Maria Psefteli, Benedetta Rizzo, Salil Srivastava, Luigi Gnudi, Giovanni E Mann, Richard C M Siow
Vascular ageing in conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, is associated with the activation of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) and diminished expression of antioxidant defences mediated by the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). The anti-ageing hormone klotho promotes longevity and protects against cardiovascular and renal diseases. Klotho has been shown to activate Nrf2 and attenuate oxidative damage in neuronal cells, however, the mechanisms by which it protects against vascular smooth muscle cell VSMC dysfunction elicited by Angiotensin II (AngII) remain to be elucidated...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Oren Rom, Hila Korach-Rechtman, Tony Hayek, Yael Danin-Poleg, Haim Bar, Yechezkel Kashi, Michael Aviram
The unsaturated aldehyde acrolein is pro-atherogenic, and the polyphenol-rich pomegranate juice (PJ), known for its anti-oxidative/anti-atherogenic properties, inhibits macrophage foam cell formation, the hallmark feature of early atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate two unexplored areas of acrolein atherogenicity: macrophage lipid metabolism and the gut microbiota composition. The protective effects of PJ against acrolein atherogenicity were also evaluated. Atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE(-/-)) mice that were fed acrolein (3 mg/kg/day) for 1 month showed significant increases in serum and aortic cholesterol, triglycerides, and lipid peroxides...
September 30, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Nathalie Niyonzima, Bente Halvorsen, Bjørnar Sporsheim, Peter Garred, Pål Aukrust, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Terje Espevik
In the host a diverse collection of endogenous danger signals is constantly generated consisting of waste material as protein aggregates or crystalline materials that are recognized and handled by soluble pattern recognition receptors and phagocytic cells of the innate immune system. These signals may under certain circumstances drive processes leading to adverse inflammation. One example is cholesterol crystals (CC) that accumulate in the vessel wall during early phases of atherogenesis and represent an important endogenous danger signal promoting inflammation...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Luca Liberale, Franco Dallegri, Fabrizio Montecucco, Federico Carbone
Macrophages are highly heterogeneous and plastic cells. They were shown to play a critical role in all stages of atherogenesis, from the initiation to the necrotic core formation and plaque rupture. Lesional macrophages primarily derive from blood monocyte, but local macrophage proliferation as well as differentiation from smooth muscle cells have also been described. Within atherosclerotic plaques, macrophages rapidly respond to changes in the microenvironment, shifting between pro- (M1) or anti-inflammatory (M2) functional phenotypes...
September 29, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Vadim Z Lankin, Alla K Tikhaze
We have provided an overview, based on the literature and our data. In accordance with the theory of D. Harman free radical processes cause damages that can accumulate and contribute to aging of the organism. Atherosclerosis and diabetes are developing for a long time so they are manifested predominantly in old age. We found an increase in the level of free radical peroxidation products and decrease in the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the tissues of animals with experimental atherosclerosis. Similar changes were found by in the blood of patients with atherosclerosis and aortic autopsy material with atherosclerotic lesions...
September 26, 2016: Current Aging Science
Hong Seok Kim, Sina Tavakoli, Leigh Ann Piefer, Huynh Nga Nguyen, Reto Asmis
Diabetes promotes the S-glutathionylation, inactivation and subsequent degradation of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) in blood monocytes, and hematopoietic MKP-1-deficiency in atherosclerosis-prone mice accelerates atherosclerotic lesion formation, but the underlying mechanisms were not known. Our aim was to determine the mechanisms through which MKP-1 deficiency in monocytes and macrophages promotes atherogenesis. Transplantation of MKP-1-deficient bone marrow into LDL-R(-/-) (MKP-1LeuKO) mice accelerated high-fat diet (HFD)-induced atherosclerotic lesion formation...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
T A Sovershaev, D Unruh, B Sveinbjørnsson, J T Fallon, J B Hansen, V Y Bogdanov, M A Sovershaev
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 7 is abundant in atherosclerotic plaques and increases monocyte pro-coagulant activity by enhancing tissue factor (TF) expression. While several members of the BMP superfamily are able to serve as chemotactic agents for monocytes, the role of BMP-7 in regulation of monocyte motility is not known. AIMS: To assess the effect of BMP-7 on adhesive and migratory properties of human monocytes. METHODS: Chemokinesis, adhesion, and transendothelial migration of BMP-7-treated THP-1 cells and human monocytes were analysed using live-cell imaging, orbital shear, and Boyden chamber assays...
September 17, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Mark Roufaiel, Eric Gracey, Allan Siu, Su-Ning Zhu, Andrew Lau, Hisham Ibrahim, Marwan Althagafi, Kelly Tai, Sharon J Hyduk, Kateryna O Cybulsky, Sherine Ensan, Angela Li, Rickvinder Besla, Henry M Becker, Haiyan Xiao, Sanjiv A Luther, Robert D Inman, Clinton S Robbins, Jenny Jongstra-Bilen, Myron I Cybulsky
Regions of the normal arterial intima predisposed to atherosclerosis are sites of ongoing monocyte trafficking and also contain resident myeloid cells with features of dendritic cells. However, the pathophysiological roles of these cells are poorly understood. Here we found that intimal myeloid cells underwent reverse transendothelial migration (RTM) into the arterial circulation after systemic stimulation of pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs). This process was dependent on expression of the chemokine receptor CCR7 and its ligand CCL19 by intimal myeloid cells...
September 26, 2016: Nature Immunology
Shinichi Tanaka, Takuya Matsumoto, Yutaka Matsubara, Yui Harada, Ryoichi Kyuragi, Jun-Ichiro Koga, Kensuke Egashira, Yutaka Nakashima, Yoshikazu Yonemitsu, Yoshihiko Maehara
BACKGROUND: Budding uninhibited by benzimidazole-related 1 (BubR1), a cell cycle-related protein, is an essential component of the spindle checkpoint that regulates cell division. BubR1 insufficiency causes early aging-associated vascular phenotypes. We generated low-BubR1-expressing mutant (BubR1(L/L)) and apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice (BubR1(L/L)-ApoE(-/-) mice) to investigate the effects of BubR1 on atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eight-week-old male BubR1(L/L)-ApoE(-/-) mice and age-matched ApoE(-/-) mice were used in this study...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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