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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540979/alcohol-consumption-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-gene-polymorphisms-and-cardiovascular-health-in-korea
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Min Jeong Shin, Yoonsu Cho, George Davey Smith
Alcohol consumption is a serious health issue in Korea in terms of the amount consumed and the behavior related to its consumption. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a key enzyme in alcohol metabolism that degrades acetaldehyde to nontoxic acetic acid. The enzyme is coded by the ALDH2 gene, which is commonly polymorphic in East Asian populations. A point mutation in the ALDH2 gene (the rs671 allele) yields an inactive form of ALDH2 that causes acetaldehyde accumulation in the body after alcohol consumption, thereby inhibiting normal alcohol metabolism...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538136/genetic-and-pharmacologic-inactivation-of-angptl3-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Frederick E Dewey, Viktoria Gusarova, Richard L Dunbar, Colm O'Dushlaine, Claudia Schurmann, Omri Gottesman, Shane McCarthy, Cristopher V Van Hout, Shannon Bruse, Hayes M Dansky, Joseph B Leader, Michael F Murray, Marylyn D Ritchie, H Lester Kirchner, Lukas Habegger, Alex Lopez, John Penn, An Zhao, Weiping Shao, Neil Stahl, Andrew J Murphy, Sara Hamon, Aurelie Bouzelmat, Rick Zhang, Brad Shumel, Robert Pordy, Daniel Gipe, Gary A Herman, Wayne H H Sheu, I-Te Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Xiuqing Guo, Jerome I Rotter, Yii-Der I Chen, William E Kraus, Svati H Shah, Scott Damrauer, Aeron Small, Daniel J Rader, Anders Berg Wulff, Børge G Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Anita M van den Hoek, Hans M G Princen, David H Ledbetter, David J Carey, John D Overton, Jeffrey G Reid, William J Sasiela, Poulabi Banerjee, Alan R Shuldiner, Ingrid B Borecki, Tanya M Teslovich, George D Yancopoulos, Scott J Mellis, Jesper Gromada, Aris Baras
Background Loss-of-function variants in the angiopoietin-like 3 gene (ANGPTL3) have been associated with decreased plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It is not known whether such variants or therapeutic antagonism of ANGPTL3 are associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Methods We sequenced the exons of ANGPTL3 in 58,335 participants in the DiscovEHR human genetics study. We performed tests of association for loss-of-function variants in ANGPTL3 with lipid levels and with coronary artery disease in 13,102 case patients and 40,430 controls from the DiscovEHR study, with follow-up studies involving 23,317 case patients and 107,166 controls from four population studies...
May 24, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537433/aspirin-mediated-acetylation-protects-against-multiple-neurodegenerative-pathologies-by-impeding-protein-aggregation
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Srinivas Ayyadevara, Meenakshisundaram Balasubramaniam, Ramani Alla, J L Mehta, Robert J Shmookler Reis
AIMS: Many progressive neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases, are characterized by accumulation of insoluble protein aggregates. In prospective trials, the cyclooxygenase inhibitor aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) reduced the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as cardiovascular events and many late-onset cancers. In view of previous evidence that inflammation promotes protein hyperphosphorylation and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases, we asked whether aspirin's known ability to block phosphorylation may be secondary to its acetylation of protein targets...
May 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536780/-genetic-testing-in-polygenic-diseases-atrial-fibrillation-arterial-hypertension-and-coronary-artery-disease
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T Trenkwalder, T Kessler, H Schunkert
Genetic testing plays an increasing role in cardiovascular medicine. Advances in technology and the development of novel and more affordable (high throughput) methods have led to the identification of genetic risk factors in research and clinical practice. Also, this progress has simplified the screening of patients and individuals at risk. In case of rare monogenic diseases, diagnostics, risk stratification, and, in some cases, treatment decisions have become easier. For common, polygenic cardiovascular diseases, the situation is more complex due to interaction of modifiable external risk factors and nonmodifiable factors like genetic predisposition...
May 23, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536575/inflammatory-long-pentraxin-3-is-associated-with-leukocyte-telomere-length-in-night-shift-workers
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Sofia Pavanello, Mariarita Stendardo, Giuseppe Mastrangelo, Melissa Bonci, Barbara Bottazzi, Manuela Campisi, Marco Nardini, Roberto Leone, Alberto Mantovani, Piera Boschetto
Aging is an emerging worldwide threat to public health, even in the workplace, as it links with risk of illness and death. Bewildered inflammatory responses and stressful conditions associate with age-related disorders. Additionally, circadian rhythm disruption, a critical health issue in night-shift workers, correlates with premature aging. We investigated the hypothesis of a link between altered inflammatory response, detected by plasmatic long pentraxin 3 (PTX3), and biological aging, measured by leukocyte telomere length (LTL), attrition, and possibly induced by night-shift work...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535172/invited-commentary-the-framingham-offspring-study-a-pioneering-investigation-into-familial-aggregation-of-cardiovascular-risk
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JoAnn E Manson, Shari S Bassuk
Launched in 1948, the Framingham Heart Study was a seminal prospective cohort study of 5,209 adult residents of Framingham, Massachusetts, that was designed to uncover the determinants and natural history of coronary heart disease. Data from this original cohort established the cardiac threat posed by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and other factors. In the late 1960s, investigators conceived the innovative idea of assembling a second cohort that comprised the adult children of the original study population (and these children's spouses)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535166/adult-height-prevalent-coronary-calcium-score-and-incident-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-a-multi-ethnic-cohort
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Joseph Yeboah, Michael J Blaha, Erin D Michos, Waqas Qureshi, Michael Miedema, Peter Flueckiger, Carlos J Rodriguez, Moyses Szklo, Alain G Bertoni
We assessed the relationships among adult height, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, incident atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events, and atrial fibrillation (Afib) in a multi-ethnic cohort. We used race/ethnicity -specific height (dichotomized by median and quartiles) as the predictor variable within the four race/ethnic groups in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (N = 6,814). After a mean of 10.2 years of follow-up (2000-2012), 556 ASCVD events (8.2%) and 539 afib events (7.9%) occurred...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534601/management-of-psoriatic-arthritis-psa-among-cutaneous-psoriasis-from-pathogenesis-to-therapy
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Pauline Hoelt, Cyrille Confavreux, Denis Jullien, Axel P Villani
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory rheumatism belonging to spondylarthritis family and which occurs in about 30% of patients with psoriasis. The pathogenesis entails a genetic predisposition, environmental and immunologic factors. Most of the time, cutaneous lesions precede apparition of articular manifestations and dermatologists who treat psoriatic patients have to regularly screen for early PsA, especially in patients with risk factors (notably nail psoriasis). Early detection greatly increases the chances for successful treatment and can prevent slow joint destruction...
May 23, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534485/pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-associated-genetic-variants-affect-transcription-factor-binding-and-alternative-splicing-of-loxl1
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Francesca Pasutto, Matthias Zenkel, Ursula Hoja, Daniel Berner, Steffen Uebe, Fulvia Ferrazzi, Johannes Schödel, Panah Liravi, Mineo Ozaki, Daniela Paoli, Paolo Frezzotti, Takanori Mizoguchi, Satoko Nakano, Toshiaki Kubota, Shinichi Manabe, Erika Salvi, Paolo Manunta, Daniele Cusi, Christian Gieger, Heinz-Erich Wichmann, Tin Aung, Chiea Chuen Khor, Friedrich E Kruse, André Reis, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt
Although lysyl oxidase-like 1 (LOXL1) is known as the principal genetic risk factor for pseudoexfoliation (PEX) syndrome, a major cause of glaucoma and cardiovascular complications, no functional variants have been identified to date. Here, we conduct a genome-wide association scan on 771 German PEX patients and 1,350 controls, followed by independent testing of associated variants in Italian and Japanese data sets. We focus on a 3.5-kb four-component polymorphic locus positioned spanning introns 1 and 2 of LOXL1 with enhancer-like chromatin features...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534127/genetics-of-triglycerides-and-the-risk-of-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Jacqueline S Dron, Robert A Hegele
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Plasma triglycerides are routinely measured with a lipid profile, and elevated plasma triglycerides are commonly encountered in the clinic. The confounded nature of this trait, which is correlated with numerous other metabolic perturbations, including depressed high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), has thwarted efforts to directly implicate triglycerides as causal in atherogenesis. Human genetic approaches involving large-scale populations and high-throughput genomic assessment under a Mendelian randomization framework have undertaken to sort out questions of causality...
July 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531131/the-role-of-interleukin-18-oxidative-stress-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Johanna O Ojala, Elina M Sutinen
The role of interleukins (ILs) and oxidative stress (OS) in precipitating neurodegenerative diseases including sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD), requires further clarification. In addition to neuropathological hallmarks-extracellular neuritic amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques, neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) containing hyperphosphorylated tau and neuronal loss-chronic inflammation, as well as oxidative and excitotoxic damage, are present in the AD brain. The pathological sequelae and the interaction of these events during the course of AD need further investigation...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528455/dyslipidemias-and-cardiovascular-prevention-tailoring-treatment-according-to-lipid-phenotype
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Veronika Sanin, Vanessa Pfetsch, Wolfgang Koenig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to present the current information on the genetic background of dyslipidemias and provide insights into the complex pathophysiological role of several plasma lipids/lipoproteins in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, we aim to summarize established therapies and describe the scientific rationale for the development of novel therapeutic strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence from genetic studies suggests that besides lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, pharmacological reduction of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins, or lipoprotein(a) will reduce risk for coronary heart disease...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526632/erythrocytosis-following-testosterone-therapy
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Samuel J Ohlander, Bibin Varghese, Alexander W Pastuszak
INTRODUCTION: A rapid increase in awareness of androgen deficiency has led to substantial increases in prescribing of testosterone therapy (TTh), with benefits of improvements in mood, libido, bone density, muscle mass, body composition, energy, and cognition. However, TTh can be limited by its side effects, particularly erythrocytosis. This review examines the literature on testosterone-induced erythrocytosis and polycythemia. AIM: To review the available literature on testosterone-induced erythrocytosis, discuss possible mechanisms for pathophysiology, determine the significance of formulation, and elucidate potential thromboembolic risk...
May 16, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525818/hypertension-update-jnc8-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Tara Shrout, David W Rudy, Michael T Piascik
Hypertension is the most preventable major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The etiology of elevated blood pressure is a complex process involving the interaction of genetics, demographics, comorbid disorders, and environmental influences. Effective hypertensive therapy has been shown to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. JNC reports have served as a valuable source of guidelines, and JNC 8 is the most recently updated guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension...
May 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516251/-severe-hypertriglyceridemia-diagnostics-and-new-treatment-principles
#15
U Kassner, M Dippel, E Steinhagen-Thiessen
Severe hypertriglyceridemia is defined at a plasma triglyceride (TG) concentration of >885 mg/dl and may result - in particular when clinical symptoms appear before the age of 40 - from "large variant" mutations in genes which influence the function of the lipoprotein lipase (LPL). For diagnosis, secondary factors have to be excluded and treated before further genetic tests are considered. Typical symptoms in almost all patients are recurrent, sometimes severe abdominal pain attacks, which can result in acute pancreatitis, the most important, sometimes life-threatening complication...
May 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515798/epigenome-wide-association-of-myocardial-infarction-with-dna-methylation-sites-at-loci-related-to-cardiovascular-disease
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Masahiro Nakatochi, Sahoko Ichihara, Ken Yamamoto, Keiko Naruse, Shigeki Yokota, Hiroyuki Asano, Tatsuaki Matsubara, Mitsuhiro Yokota
BACKGROUND: Development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and ischemic stroke, depends on environmental and genetic factors. To investigate the epigenetic basis of myocardial infarction (MI), we performed an epigenome-wide association study for this condition in elderly Japanese subjects. A total of 192 case subjects with MI and 192 control subjects were recruited from hospital attendees and the general population, respectively. Genome-wide DNA methylation (DNAm) profiles for DNA isolated from whole blood were obtained by analysis with an Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513223/activation-of-thromboxane-a2-receptors-mediates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-mice
#17
Xiaona Xie, Wanchun Sun, Jun Wang, Xiaoou Li, Xiaofeng Liu, Ning Liu
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is one of high-risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Improvement of endothelial dysfunction in diabetes reduces vascular complications. However, the underlying mechanism needs to be uncovered. This study was conducted to elucidate whether and how thromboxane A2 receptor (TPr) activation contributes to endothelial dysfunction in diabetes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Exposure of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to either TPr agonists, two structurally related thromboxane A2 (TxA2) mimetics, significantly reduced phosphorylations of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) at Ser(1177) and Akt at Ser(473)...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512139/a-genome-wide-association-meta-analysis-on-lipoprotein-a-concentrations-adjusted-for-apolipoprotein-a-isoforms
#18
Salome Mack, Stefan Coassin, Rico Rueedi, Noha A Yousri, Ilkka Seppälä, Christian Gieger, Sebastian Schönherr, Lukas Forer, Gertraud Erhart, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Janina Ried, Gerard Waeber, Sven Bergmann, Doreen Dähnhardt, Andrea Stöckl, Olli T Raitakari, Mika Kähönen, Annette Peters, Thomas Meitinger, Konstantin Strauch, Ludmilla Kedenko, Bernhard Paulweber, Terho Lehtimäki, Steven C Hunt, Peter Vollenweider, Claudia Lamina, Florian Kronenberg
High lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] concentrations are an independent risk factor for cardiovascular outcomes. Concentrations are strongly influenced by apo(a) KIV repeat isoforms. We aimed to identify genetic loci associated with Lp(a) concentrations using data from five genome-wide association studies (n=13,781). We identified 48 independent SNPs in the LPA and 1 SNP in the APOE gene region to be significantly associated with Lp(a) concentrations. We also adjusted for apo(a) isoforms to identify loci affecting Lp(a) levels independently from them, which resulted in 31 SNPs (30 in the LPA, 1 in the APOE gene region)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507930/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-south-asians-a-review-of-the-literature
#19
REVIEW
Sital Singh, Gabriela N Kuftinec, Souvik Sarkar
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are national and global epidemics. The disease is characterized by a spectrum of liver steatosis (fat deposition), inflammation (in NASH) and fibrosis. NAFLD and specifically NASH can lead to cirrhosis, which carry risks of progression to portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). NASH is also associated with higher mortality from cardiovascular causes. Most of the data for NAFLD has been obtained from the perspective of developed nations, although the disease is increasing and threatening to reach epidemic proportions across the world...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505046/south-asians-why-are-they-at-a-higher-risk-for-cardiovascular-disease
#20
Anjly Jain, Rajeev Puri, Devaki R Nair
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We comment on the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in South Asians (SA). The effect of various risk factors, for example biochemical, genetic, lifestyle, socioeconomic factors and psychosocial stress on CVD risk is discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: 'Prediabetes' is common in SA, but its relationship with coronary artery disease (CAD) is not significant unlike for the white population. At the same time, 'prediabetes' in SA is associated with an increased risk for cerebrovascular disease (CeVD)...
May 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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