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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436693/expression-of-circulating-mir-17-92-cluster-and-hdac9-gene-in-atherosclerotic-patients-with-unstable-and-stable-carotid-plaques
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Silvia Ferronato, Aldo Mombello, Ilaria Posenato, Paola Candiani, Alberto Scuro, Carlo Setacci, Macarena Gomez-Lira
AIMS: The miR-17-92 cluster and HDAC9 gene are involved in inflammatory, apoptotic, and angiogenic processes that are activated in the vulnerable carotid plaque. The aim of this research was to determine whether expression of one or more of the miRs of the cluster and/or HDAC9 expression could represent biomarkers for patients with unstable atherosclerotic carotid plaques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plasma levels of miRs and HDAC9 expression in peripheral blood were analyzed by real-time PCR in patients with histologically classified stable or unstable plaques...
April 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427600/carotid-artery-stenting-investigation-of-plaque-protrusion-incidence-and-prognosis
#2
Masashi Kotsugi, Katsutoshi Takayama, Kaoru Myouchin, Takeshi Wada, Ichiro Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Nakagawa, Toshiaki Taoka, Shinichiro Kurokawa, Hiroyuki Nakase, Kimihiko Kichikawa
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to clarify the incidence and prognosis of PP in carotid artery stenting (CAS). BACKGROUND: Projections thought to be plaque may be observed inside the stent on angiography or intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) during CAS. Known as plaque protrusion (PP), the incidence and prognosis of this complication are unclear. METHODS: A total of 354 consecutive carotid atherosclerotic stenoses in 328 patients (285 men, 43 women; age range 51 to 97 years [mean age 73...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
#3
U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388659/identification-of-neovascularization-by-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-to-detect-unstable-carotid-stenosis
#4
Charlotte Schmidt, Thomas Fischer, Ralph-Ingo Rückert, Timm Oberwahrenbrock, Lutz Harms, Golo Kronenberg, Hagen Kunte
BACKGROUND: Plaque neovascularization accompanies local inflammation and critically contributes to plaque instability. Correct identification of intraplaque neovascularization by contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) may provide an additional risk marker in carotid stenosis. This pilot study investigates the correlation between histological evaluation of carotid plaque specimens and pre-surgery CEUS to identify neovascularization. METHODS: 17 patients with high-grade internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387708/the-effect-of-low-dose-proteasome-inhibition-on-pre-existing-atherosclerosis-in-ldl-receptor-deficient-mice
#5
Nicola Wilck, Mandy Fechner, Cristian Dan, Verena Stangl, Karl Stangl, Antje Ludwig
Dysfunction of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) has been implicated in atherosclerosis development. However, the nature of UPS dysfunction has been proposed to be specific to certain stages of atherosclerosis development, which has implications for proteasome inhibition as a potential treatment option. Recently, low-dose proteasome inhibition with bortezomib has been shown to attenuate early atherosclerosis in low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (LDLR(-/-)) mice. The present study investigates the effect of low-dose proteasome inhibition with bortezomib on pre-existing advanced atherosclerosis in LDLR(-/-) mice...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364193/radiofrequency-ablation-of-the-atherosclerotic-plaque-a-proof-of-concept-study-in-an-atherosclerotic-model
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Guilielmus H J M Ellenbroek, Gerardus P J van Hout, Saskia C A de Jager, Leo Timmers, Aryan Vink, Roel Goldschmeding, Petra van der Kraak, Gerard Pasterkamp, Imo E Hoefer, Petrus A Doevendans, Yolande Appelman
Increased plaque vascularization is causatively associated with the progression of unstable atherosclerotic vessel disease. We investigated the safety and efficacy of heat-generating radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in reducing the number of vessels in the plaque and adventitia and its effect on plaque size and composition. To this end, New Zealand White rabbits were fed a cholesterol-enriched diet and subjected to balloon denudation of the infrarenal aorta to induce atherosclerotic plaque formation. After 13 weeks, the proximal or distal half of the infrarenal aorta was exposed to transluminal RFA...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360353/optical-coherence-tomography-evaluation-of-tissue-prolapse-after-carotid-artery-stenting-using-closed-cell-design-stents-for-unstable-plaque
#7
Kei Harada, Shogo Oshikata, Masahito Kajihara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: During carotid artery stenting (CAS) with the use of closed cell design stents for unstable plaques, tissue prolapse between stent struts was evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: 14 carotid stenosis lesions diagnosed as unstable plaques by MRI were evaluated by OCT imaging during CAS using closed cell stents. Cross sectional OCT images within the stented segment were evaluated at 1 mm intervals. The slice rate for the presence of tissue prolapse between the struts was calculated...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349887/atherosclerotic-plaque-metabolism-in-high-cardiovascular-risk-subjects-a-subclinical-atherosclerosis-imaging-study-with-18-f-naf-pet-ct
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Manuel de Oliveira-Santos, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Rodolfo Silva, Andreia Gomes, Nuno Chichorro, Antero Abrunhosa, Paulo Donato, João Pedroso de Lima, Mariano Pego, Lino Gonçalves, Maria João Ferreira
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerotic plaque molecular imaging with (18)F-sodium fluoride (NaF) in positron emission tomography with computed tomography (PET-CT) provides potential discrimination between active unstable microcalcification and established dormant calcification. We aimed to study (18)F-NaF atherosclerotic plaque uptake in high cardiovascular (CV) risk participants and its associations with CV risk factors, coronary calcium score and thoracic fat volume. METHODS: High CV risk hypertensive individuals from a single centre were prospectively scanned with (18)F-NaF-PET-CT in the coronary, aortic and carotideal arteries...
May 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318446/science-to-practice-does-fdg-differentiate-morphologically-unstable-from-stable-atherosclerotic-plaque
#9
Vasken Dilsizian, Hossein Jadvar
It has been reported that fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) may detect the inflammatory state and macrophage burden of atherosclerotic plaques and potentially identify vulnerable plaques. However, published reports have been inconsistent in this area. Tavakoli et al ( 1 ) hypothesized that differential regulation of macrophage glucose metabolism by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF; inflammation resolving) and granulocyte-M-CSF (GM-CSF; proinflammatory) may contribute to the inconsistency of FDG vessel wall inflammation...
April 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316362/association-of-circulating-igfbp1-level-with-the-severity-of-coronary-artery-lesions-in-patients-with-unstable-angina
#10
Wei Zheng, Yayu Lai, Peng Jin, Wenzhu Gu, Qi Zhou, Xiaojing Wu
Aims. Local IGFBP1 level was reported to affect the development of coronary artery plaque. This study investigated the association of circulating IGFBP1 level with the severity of coronary artery lesions in patients with unstable angina. Materials and Methods. In 112 consecutive patients with clinically diagnosed unstable angina, admitted from July 2014 to July 2015, we studied the correlations of circulating IGFBP1 and the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). Results. All patients underwent scheduled coronary angiography, and 67 cases were diagnosed with critical and 45 with noncritical CAD...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300680/evaluation-by-mri-of-silent-brain-infarcts-in-pre-and-post-operative-asymptomatic-carotid-surgery
#11
Remy Pascot, Anne Daoudal, Alain Cardon, Gilles Godet, Antoine Lucas, Elodie Clochard, Jean-Yves Gauvrit, Yann Le Teurnier, Adrien Kaladji
OBJECTIVE: To report the prevalence of Silent Brain Infarcts (SBI) at MRI before and after surgery for asymptomatic high grade carotid stenosis. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective observational study METHODS: Asymptomatic patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy between October 2012 and October 2014 were included. The preoperative assessment included a Doppler and a CT scan dating less than 3 months. A neurological examination was performed during the anesthesia consultation and in the 15 days before surgery...
March 11, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300081/effects-of-dyslipidaemia-on-monocyte-production-and-function-in-cardiovascular-disease
#12
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Mohammed Shamim Rahman, Andrew J Murphy, Kevin J Woollard
Monocytes are heterogeneous effector cells involved in the maintenance and restoration of tissue integrity. Monocytes and macrophages are involved in cardiovascular disease progression, and are associated with the development of unstable atherosclerotic plaques. Hyperlipidaemia can accelerate cardiovascular disease progression. However, monocyte responses to hyperlipidaemia are poorly understood. In the past decade, accumulating data describe the relationship between the dynamic blood lipid environment and the heterogeneous circulating monocyte pool, which might have profound consequences for cardiovascular disease...
March 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298597/sat2-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-fmdv-structurally-modified-for-increased-thermostability
#13
Katherine A Scott, Abhay Kotecha, Julian Seago, Jingshan Ren, Elizabeth E Fry, David I Stuart, Bryan Charleston, Francois F Maree
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is notoriously unstable, particularly the O and SAT serotypes. Consequently, vaccines derived from heat-labile SAT viruses have been linked to the induction of poor duration immunity and hence require more frequent vaccinations to ensure protection. In-silico calculations predicted residue substitutions that would increase interactions at the inter-pentameric interface supporting increased stability. We assessed the stability of the 18 recombinant mutant viruses for their growth kinetics; antigenicity; plaque morphology; genetic stability; temperature, ionic and pH stability using the thermofluor and inactivation assays, in order to evaluate potential SAT2 vaccine candidates with improved stability...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292858/predictive-value-of-age-and-sex-specific-nomograms-of-global-plaque-burden-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-for-major-cardiac-events
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Christopher Naoum, Daniel S Berman, Amir Ahmadi, Philipp Blanke, Heidi Gransar, Jagat Narula, Leslee J Shaw, Leonard Kritharides, Stephan Achenbach, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Daniele Andreini, Matthew J Budoff, Filippo Cademartiri, Tracy Q Callister, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Benjamin Chow, Ricardo C Cury, Augustin DeLago, Allison Dunning, Gudrun Feuchtner, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Philipp A Kaufmann, Yong-Jin Kim, Erica Maffei, Hugo Marquez, Gianluca Pontone, Gilbert Raff, Ronen Rubinshtein, Todd C Villines, James Min, Jonathon Leipsic
BACKGROUND: Age-adjusted coronary artery disease (CAD) burden identified on coronary computed tomography angiography predicts major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) risk; however, it seldom contributes to clinical decision making because of a lack of nomographic data. We aimed to develop clinically pragmatic age- and sex-specific nomograms of CAD burden using coronary computed tomography angiography and to validate their prognostic use. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients prospectively enrolled in phase I of the CONFIRM registry (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes) were included (derivation cohort: n=21,132; 46% female) to develop CAD nomograms based on age-sex percentiles of segment involvement score (SIS) at each year of life (40-79 years)...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290832/-computed-tomography-in-the-evaluation-of-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques-comparison-with-intravascular-ultrasound
#15
T N Veselova, M S Shabanova, V M Mironov, I N Merkulova, S K Ternovoy
PURPOSE: Determination of computed tomography angiography (CTA) informativeness in assessment of state of atherosclerotic coronary plaque (ACP) and identification of signs of its instability compared with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronary CTA was carried out in 52 patients with clinical presentation of non-ST elevation (NSTE) acute coronary syndrome on the first day of hospitalization. ACPs were identified in 32 of 52 patients (61...
January 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285652/circulating-adiponectin-levels-in-relation-to-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-presence-ischemic-stroke-risk-and-mortality-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses
#16
Jessica Gorgui, Karina Gasbarrino, Marios K Georgakis, Maria A Karalexi, Bénédicte Nauche, Eleni Th Petridou, Stella S Daskalopoulou
BACKGROUND: Low circulating levels of adiponectin, an anti-inflammatory and vasculoprotective adipokine, are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and atherosclerotic disease. Presence of unstable plaques in the carotid artery is a known etiological factor causing ischemic strokes. Herein, we systematically reviewed the association between circulating adiponectin and progression of carotid atherosclerotic disease, particularly evaluating the occurrence of (1) carotid atherosclerotic plaques, (2) ischemic stroke, and (3) mortality in subjects who suffered a previous ischemic stroke...
April 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270857/automatic-lumen-segmentation-in-intravascular-optical-coherence-tomography-images-using-level-set
#17
Yihui Cao, Kang Cheng, Xianjing Qin, Qinye Yin, Jianan Li, Rui Zhu, Wei Zhao
Automatic lumen segmentation from intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) images is an important and fundamental work for diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. However, it is a very challenging task due to irregular lumen caused by unstable plaque and bifurcation vessel, guide wire shadow, and blood artifacts. To address these problems, this paper presents a novel automatic level set based segmentation algorithm which is very competent for irregular lumen challenge. Before applying the level set model, a narrow image smooth filter is proposed to reduce the effect of artifacts and prevent the leakage of level set meanwhile...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263148/clinical-application-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-patients-with-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-combined-with-intermediate-lesions
#18
Hua Yu, Likun Ma, Kefu Feng, Hongwu Chen, Hao Hu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the clinical significance and safety of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS) combined with intermediate lesions. METHODS: Sixty-five NSTEACS patients with intermediate lesions confirmed with coronary angiography at our department were included in this study. Among them, 33 patients received only standardized drug treatment (drug group) and the other 32 patients received percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) according to the OCT examination based on drug treatment (OCT group)...
February 28, 2017: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261097/curcumin-alleviates-oxldl-induced-mmp-9-and-emmprin-expression-through-the-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-pathways-in-macrophages
#19
Jiatian Cao, Bozhi Ye, Lu Lin, Lei Tian, Hongbo Yang, Changqian Wang, Weijian Huang, Zhouqing Huang
Rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques is the leading cause of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and unstable angina pectoris (UA). However, it still lacks an effective therapy to stabilize the vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. Numerous reports have shown that upregulation of MMP-9 (matrix metalloproteinase-9) and EMMPRIN (extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer) in macrophages is involved in the progression and development of vulnerable plaques. Here we evaluated the impact of curcumin on the expression of MMP-9 and EMMPRIN in macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258256/decreased-adiponectin-mediated-signaling-through-the-adipor2-pathway-is-associated-with-carotid-plaque-instability
#20
Karina Gasbarrino, Huaien Zheng, Anouar Hafiane, John P Veinot, Chi Lai, Stella S Daskalopoulou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adiponectin, the most abundantly secreted anti-inflammatory adipokine, protects against all stages of atherosclerotic plaque formation by acting on its receptors, AdipoR1 (adiponectin receptor 1) and AdipoR2 (adiponectin receptor 2). Through binding of AdipoR1, adiponectin leads to the activation of the AMPK (adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) pathway, whereas stimulation of PPAR-α (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α) is attributed to the binding of AdipoR2...
March 3, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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