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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626148/prevalence-of-thin-cap-fibroatheroma-in-relation-to-the-severity-of-anatomical-and-physiological-stenosis
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Eisuke Usui, Taishi Yonetsu, Tadashi Murai, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Junji Matsuda, Masahiro Hoshino, Makoto Araki, Takayuki Niida, Masahiro Hada, Sadamitsu Ichijyo, Rikuta Hamaya, Yoshinori Kanno, Tetsumin Lee, Mitsuaki Isobe, Tsunekazu Kakuta
BACKGROUND: The relationship between the features of morphologically unstable plaque and physiological lesion severity remains elusive. We aimed to investigate this relationship using optical coherence tomography (OCT)-derived high-risk plaque characteristics and fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the degree of anatomical and physiological stenosis severity.Methods and Results:We investigated 286 de novo intermediate and severe coronary lesions in 248 patients who underwent OCT and FFR examinations...
June 16, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617434/lispro-mitigates-%C3%AE-amyloid-and-associated-pathologies-in-alzheimer-s-mice
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Ahsan Habib, Darrell Sawmiller, Song Li, Yang Xiang, David Rongo, Jun Tian, Huayan Hou, Jin Zeng, Adam Smith, Shengnuo Fan, Brian Giunta, Takashi Mori, Glenn Currier, Douglas Ronald Shytle, Jun Tan
Lithium has been marketed in the United States of America since the 1970s as a treatment for bipolar disorder. More recently, studies have shown that lithium can improve cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the current United States Food and Drug Administration-approved lithium pharmaceutics (carbonate and citrate chemical forms) have a narrow therapeutic window and unstable pharmacokinetics that, without careful monitoring, can cause serious adverse effects. Here, we investigated the safety profile, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic efficacy of LISPRO (ionic co-crystal of lithium salicylate and l-proline), lithium salicylate, and lithium carbonate (Li2CO3)...
June 15, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615715/rnaseq-based-transcriptomics-study-of-smcs-from-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-bmp2-and-ids-proteins-are-crucial-regulators-of-plaque-stability
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Iraide Alloza, Haize Goikuria, Juan Luis Idro, Juan Carlos Triviño, José María Fernández Velasco, Elena Elizagaray, María García-Barcina, Genoveva Montoya-Murillo, Esther Sarasola, Reyes Vega Manrique, Maria Del Mar Freijo, Koen Vandenbroeck
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a risk factor to develop cerebrovascular disease. Atheroma plaque can become instable and provoke a cerebrovascular event or else remain stable as asymptomatic type. The exact mechanism involved in plaque destabilization is not known but includes among other events smooth muscle cell (SMC) differentiation. The goal of this study was to perform thorough analysis of gene expression differences in SMCs isolated from carotid symptomatic versus asymptomatic plaques. Comparative transcriptomics analysis of SMCs based on RNAseq technology identified 67 significant differentially expressed genes and 143 significant differentially expressed isoforms in symptomatic SMCs compared with asymptomatic...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615615/stat6-upregulation-promotes-m2-macrophage-polarization-to-suppress-atherosclerosis
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Min Gong, Xiaozhen Zhuo, Aiqun Ma
BACKGROUND Macrophages are highly heterogeneous and plastic cells that are involved in all stages of atherogenesis. They can undergo polarization by shifting between M1 and M2 functional phenotypes. However, the role of macrophage polarization and the molecular mechanism in modulating atherosclerotic plaque stability remain incompletely understood. Our study investigated the role of STAT6 in regulating macrophage phenotypes to affect atherosclerotic plaque stability. MATERIAL AND METHODS A murine atherosclerosis model with vulnerable plaques was induced with high-cholesterol diet and PCCP surgeries in ApoE-/- mice...
June 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602632/brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-as-a-predictor-of-silent-cerebral-embolism-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#5
Tomoaki Murakami, Hajime Nakamura, Takeo Nishida, Tomohiko Ozaki, Katsunori Asai, Tomoki Kidani, Yoshinori Kadono, Manabu Sakaguchi, Toshiki Yoshimine, Haruhiko Kishima
BACKGROUND: In neuroendovascular therapy, the effect of arterial stiffness on postprocedural cerebral thromboembolism is unknown. In this observational study, we examined the relationship between cerebral thromboembolism after carotid artery stenting and arterial stiffness. METHODS: From April 2015 to February 2017, we enrolled consecutive patients undergoing scheduled carotid artery stenting in our institution. In all patients, preprocedural brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity was used to assess arterial stiffness, whereas the number of new cerebral ischemic lesions on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging was assessed after treatment...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601467/recurrent-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-mechanisms-of-plaque-instability
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Luca Di Vito, Giampaolo Niccoli, Italo Porto, Rocco Vergallo, Laura Gatto, Francesco Prati, Filippo Crea
Patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) due to plaque rupture had a worse prognosis when compared with those without plaque rupture with a higher rate of target vessel revascularization and readmission for unstable angina, suggesting that both stent failure and disease progression occur more frequently. However, it is not known whether recurrent episodes of coronary instability in the same patient are caused by the same pathogenetic mechanism. Thus, we sought to investigate the mechanisms of coronary instability imaged by optical coherence tomography in patients with recurrent ACS events...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599905/potential-of-new-generation-double-layer-micromesh-stent-for-carotid-artery-stenting-in-patients-with-unstable-plaque-%C3%A2-a-preliminary-result-using-ofdi-analysis-%C3%A2
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Kiyofumi Yamada, Shinichi Yoshimura, Masatomo Miura, Takuya Kanamaru, Seigo Shindo, Kazutaka Uchida, Manabu Shirakawa, Masahiko Shibuya, Takahiro Imanaka, Masaharu Ishihara, Tohru Masuyama, Reiichi Ishikura, Masanori Kawasaki
BACKGROUND: One of the disadvantages of carotid artery stenting (CAS) is high incidence of distal embolism (DE) during or after the procedure. It has been reported that unstable plaque cases are at high risk of DE and plaque protrusion (PP) after stent placement which will become a cause of post procedural ischemic complications. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the rate and size of PP between CASPER stent which is a new generation double-layer micromesh stent and conventional stents detected by optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) and to evaluate the efficacy of CAS with CASPER stent for cases with unstable plaque...
June 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594333/quantification-of-carotid-artery-plaque-stability-with-multiple-region-of-interest-based-ultrasound-strain-indices-and-relationship-with-cognition
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Nirvedh Meshram, Tomy Varghese, Carol Mitchell, Daren Jackson, Stephanie Wilbrand, Bruce Hermann, Robert Dempsey
Vulnerability and instability in carotid artery plaque has been assessed based on strain variations using noninvasive ultrasound imaging. We previously demonstrated that carotid plaques with higher strain indices in a region of interest (ROI) correlated to patients with lower cognition, probably due to cerebrovascular emboli arising from these unstable plaques. This work attempts to characterize the strain distribution throughout the entire plaque region instead of being restricted to a single localized ROI...
June 8, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583314/characterization-of-high-intensity-plaques-on-noncontrast-t1-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-by-coronary-angioscopy
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Akira Oshita, Hideo Kawakami, Toru Miyoshi, Fumiyasu Seike, Hiroshi Matsuoka
BACKGROUND: A recent study showed that coronary high-intensity plaques (HIPs) visualized by noncontrast T1-weighted imaging (T1WI) in cardiac magnetic resonance were associated with coronary events. We used coronary angioscopy to analyze HIP plaque morphology. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total 17 lesions from 17 patients with stable or unstable angina pectoris were evaluated at the culprit lesion by noncontrast T1WI using 1.5-T magnetic resonance; of them, nine (53%) were HIPs and eight (47%) were non-HIPs, and all were analyzed by coronary angioscopy...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575478/the-preservation-of-cognition-1-yr-after-carotid-endarterectomy-in-patients-with-prior-cognitive-decline
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Robert J Dempsey, Daren C Jackson, Stephanie M Wilbrand, Carol C Mitchell, Sara E Berman, Sterling C Johnson, Nirvedh H Meshram, Tomy Varghese, Bruce P Hermann
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive decline is critically important in the course of atherosclerosis and stroke. OBJECTIVE: To explore the hypothesis that carotid endarterectomy (CEA) by removing an unstable plaque may slow the course of vascular cognitive decline in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. METHODS: Patients with clinically significant (>60%) carotid stenosis were studied preop and 1 yr post-CEA for clinical symptoms, vascular cognitive decline, instability of carotid plaque-presence of microemboli, brain white matter changes, and medical risk factors...
June 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560417/atheroprotective-effects-of-statins-in-patients-with-unstable-angina-by-regulating-the-blood-borne-microrna-network
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Sufang Li, Chengfu Cao, Hong Chen, Junxian Song, Chongyou Lee, Jing Zhang, Feng Zhang, Qiang Geng, Zheng Li, Jingjin Li
Experimental studies have demonstrated several effects of statins in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) that may extend their clinical benefit beyond the lipid profile modification itself. However, the precise underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. microRNAs (miRNAs) serve significant roles in the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic plaque progression. The present study investigated the protective role of statins in patients with unstable angina (UA) by regulating the circulating miRNA network. miRNA array results demonstrated that there were 21 differentially expressed miRNAs in non‑statin‑treated patients with UA (n=8) compared with non‑coronary artery disease controls (n=8), and 33 differentially expressed miRNAs in statin‑treated patients with UA (n=8) compared with non‑statin patients...
July 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559142/ag1296-enhances-plaque-stability-via-inhibiting-inflammatory-responses-and-decreasing-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-expression-in-apoe-mice
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Min Dong, Changping Zhou, Liang Ji, Bing Pan, Lemin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a chronic process that progresses to unstable plaques. Plaque rupture leads to deleterious consequences such as acute coronary syndrome, thrombosis and stroke. AG1296 is a potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor which is able to block PDGF-PDGFR signaling pathway. This study aims to assess the effect of AG1296 on plaque stability and explore the potential mechanisms. METHODS: Atherosclerotic plaques were induced in carotid arteries in ApoE-/- mice by perivascular collar placement...
May 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539300/-clinical-outcomes-of-intravascular-ultrasound-in-guiding-the-treatment-of-non-left-main-intermediate-coronary-lesions-for-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Hong-Bin Liang, Qian Guo, Xin-Lu Zhang, Xue-Wei Liu, Yong-Zhen Tang, Wei-Yu Chen, Yu-Qing Hou, Jian-Cheng Xiu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes of intravascular ultrasound(IVUS) in guiding the treatment of non-left main intermediate coronary lesions for patients of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: A total of 25 patients with intermediate coronary lesions(stenosis of 40%-70%) confirmed by coronary angiography were performed with IVUS. When MLA≥4 mm(2), we deferred the PCI treatment and performed optimal medical treatment (OMT). The patient were followed up for 12 month...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528743/-18-f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-for-molecular-imaging-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-based-on-computed-tomography-analysis
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Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Shinya Toshimitsu, Ko Sasaki, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Fuminari Tatsugami, Kazuo Awai, Yutaka Hirokawa, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at evaluating the relation of (18)F-sodium fluoride ((18)F-NaF) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET) to coronary atherosclerosis detected and assessed by computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Thirty-two patients with one or more coronary atherosclerotic lesions detected on cardiac CT underwent (18)F-NaF PET/CT. Each coronary atherosclerotic lesion was evaluated on CT angiography for plaque types (calcified plaque [CP], non-calcified plaque [NCP], partially calcified plaque [PCP]), and the presence of CT-based high-risk features (minimum CT density <30 Hounsfield units and vascular remodeling index >1...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528430/risk-classification-of-highly-sensitive-troponin-i-predict-presence-of-vulnerable-plaque-assessed-by-dual-source-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#15
Ting Liu, Guan Wang, Peiling Li, Xu Dai
Patients presenting to the emergency department with acute chest pain, negative conventional troponin and electrocardiogram require serial testing to rule out acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We studied the association of highly sensitive troponin (hsTn) I with vulnerable plaque features as detected by coronary dual source computed tomography angiography (DSCTA) and determined whether hsTn I at the time of presentation combined with early DSCTA could improve classification of patients as high-risk or low risk for ACS...
May 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513228/relationship-between-chop-gadd153-and-unstable-human-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque
#16
Suping Wang, Meiyan Zhang, Zanhua Liu, Wuyang Yang, Junwei Shi, Victor Dean, Dong Chen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The signaling protein C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and corresponding growth-arrest-and-DNA-damage-inducible gene 153 (GADD153) is associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS), which can lead to apoptosis. Our study aims to elucidate the role of CHOP/GADD153 in unstable atherosclerotic (AS) plaque formation isolated from confounding factors such as diabetes mellitus, primary hyperlipidemia, autoimmune deficiencies/abnormalities, essential hypertension, chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and smoking...
May 17, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504113/prognosis-of-spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-treated-by-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-with-optical-coherence-tomography
#17
Tsuyoshi Nishiguchi, Atsushi Tanaka, Akira Taruya, Yuichi Ozaki, Mai Nakai, Ikuko Teraguchi, Shingo Ota, Akio Kuroi, Takeyoshi Kameyama, Takashi Yamano, Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Yoshiki Matsuo, Yasushi Ino, Takashi Kubo, Takeshi Hozumi, Takashi Akasaka
BACKGROUND: Although about half of patients with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) face ongoing necrosis, conservative therapy is recommended due to a high complication rate in angiography-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The aim of this study was to investigate clinical outcomes of SCAD treated by optical coherence tomography (OCT)-guided PCI. METHODS: This study consisted of consecutive 306 patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent OCT-guided PCI...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496416/lysophosphatidic-acid-is-associated-with-atherosclerotic-plaque-instability-by-regulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-expression-via-lpa2-in-macrophages
#18
Chun Gu, Fang Wang, Zhenwen Zhao, Hongyue Wang, Xiangfeng Cong, Xi Chen
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), one of the simplest phospholipid signaling molecules, participates in formation and disruption of atherosclerotic plaque. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contribute to atherosclerotic plaque rupture by involving in extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and then thinning fibrous cap. Our previous study demonstrated that macrophage-derived MMP-9 was associated with coronary plaque instability, but the relationship between LPA and MMP-9 remains unclear. The present work therefore aimed at elucidating association between LPA and MMP-9 and the regulation mechanism of LPA on MMP-9 in macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483458/killer-cells-in-atherosclerosis
#19
Tin Kyaw, Peter Tipping, Ban-Hock Toh, Alex Bobik
Cytotoxic lymphocytes (killer cells) play a critical role in host defence mechanisms, protecting against infections and in tumour surveillance. They can also exert detrimental effects in chronic inflammatory disorders and in autoimmune diseases. Tissue cell death and necrosis are prominent features of advanced atherosclerotic lesions including vulnerable/unstable lesions which are largely responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Evidence for accumulation of killer cells in both human and mouse lesions together with their cytotoxic potential strongly suggest that these cells contribute to cell death and necrosis in lesions leading to vulnerable plaque development and potentially plaque rupture...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476505/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-derived-risk-score-in-predicting-cardiac-events
#20
Valtteri Uusitalo, Vasileios Kamperidis, Michiel A de Graaf, Teemu Maaniitty, Iida Stenström, Alexander Broersen, Jouke Dijkstra, Arthur J Scholte, Antti Saraste, Jeroen J Bax, Juhani Knuuti
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the prognostic value of an integrated atherosclerosis risk score combining the markers of coronary plaque burden, location and composition as assessed by computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: 922 consecutive patients underwent CTA for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Patients without atherosclerosis (n = 261) and in whom quantitative CTA analysis was not feasible due to image quality, step-artefacts or technical factors related to image acquisition or data storage (n = 153) were excluded...
July 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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