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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432573/clinical-outcomes-in-trials-evaluating-lipid-lowering-drugs
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REVIEW
Julie Butters, Alex Brown, Liddy Griffith, Susan Kim, Stephen J Nicholls
While statins have formed the cornerstone of strategies for cardiovascular prevention, the residual risk related to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and other lipoprotein factors provides a landscape for development of new therapies. However, a number of lipid-modifying therapies have failed to reduce cardiovascular event rates in contemporary clinical trials of statin-treated patients. The factors considered in outcome measure selection for clinical trials of novel lipid-lowering therapies are reviewed...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432377/emerging-roles-of-calpain-proteolytic-systems-in-macrophage-cholesterol-handling
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REVIEW
Takuro Miyazaki, Akira Miyazaki
Calpains are Ca(2+)-dependent intracellular proteases that play central roles in the post-translational processing of functional proteins. In mammals, calpain proteolytic systems comprise the endogenous inhibitor calpastatin as well as 15 homologues of the catalytic subunits and two homologues of the regulatory subunits. Recent pharmacological and gene targeting studies in experimental animal models have revealed the contribution of conventional calpains, which consist of the calpain-1 and -2 isozymes, to atherosclerotic diseases...
April 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431391/serum-levels-of-lead-mercury-and-cadmium-in-relation-to-coronary-artery-disease-in-the-elderly-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sedigheh Asgary, Ahmad Movahedian, Mahtab Keshvari, Mahsa Taleghani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Nizal Sarrafzadegan
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing attempt to identify novel factors that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease beyond the established coronary risk factors. It has been suggested that serum levels of lead, mercury and cadmium are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate serum concentrations of lead (s-Pb), mercury (s-Hg) and cadmium (s-Cd) in patients with CAD in comparison with those of healthy individuals. The correlation between serum levels of these heavy metals and lipid profile parameters was also investigated...
March 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429960/extracellular-matrix-markers-and-risk-of-myocardial-infarction-the-hunt-study-in-norway
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Thor Ueland, Lars E Laugsand, Lars J Vatten, Imre Janszky, Carl Platou, Annika E Michelsen, Jan K Damås, Pål Aukrust, Bjørn O Åsvold
Aims Extracellular matrix remodelling may influence atherosclerotic progression and plaque stability. We hypothesized that evaluation of extracellular matrix markers, with potentially different roles during atherogenesis, could provide information on underlying mechanisms and risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in apparently healthy individuals. Methods We conducted a case-control study nested within the population-based HUNT2 cohort in Norway. A total of 58,761 men and women, free of known cardiovascular disease, were followed for a first MI...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429221/associations-of-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-and-calcitonin-with-inflammation-biomarkers-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-coronary-arteries
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Ya V Polonskaya, E V Kashtanova, I S Murashov, A M Volkov, A V Kurguzov, A M Chernyavsky, Yu I Ragino
We studied associations of osteocalcin, osteoprotegerin, and calcitonin with markers of inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries and assessed the influence of these biomolecules on calcification of atherosclerotic plaques. The initial stage of calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is characterized by activation of inflammatory processes, which is seen from increased levels of proinflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, IL 8, TNF-α, and IL-1β). Progressive calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is accompanied by insignificant accumulation of calcitonin and osteoprotegerin...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428217/microrna-33-regulates-macrophage-autophagy-in-atherosclerosis
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Mireille Ouimet, Hasini Ediriweera, Milessa Silva Afonso, Bhama Ramkhelawon, Ragunath Singaravelu, Xianghai Liao, Rachel C Bandler, Karishma Rahman, Edward A Fisher, Katey J Rayner, John P Pezacki, Ira Tabas, Kathryn J Moore
OBJECTIVE: Defective autophagy in macrophages leads to pathological processes that contribute to atherosclerosis, including impaired cholesterol metabolism and defective efferocytosis. Autophagy promotes the degradation of cytoplasmic components in lysosomes and plays a key role in the catabolism of stored lipids to maintain cellular homeostasis. microRNA-33 (miR-33) is a post-transcriptional regulator of genes involved in cholesterol homeostasis, yet the complete mechanisms by which miR-33 controls lipid metabolism are unknown...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427600/carotid-artery-stenting-investigation-of-plaque-protrusion-incidence-and-prognosis
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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/28425862/the-impact-of-il-17-in-atherosclerosis
#8
Xinjie Lu
Atherosclerosis is a chronic vascular disease in which atherosclerotic plaques develop in the arterial wall. It is believed that inflammation plays a major role in atherosclerotic formation and progression. Thus, atherosclerosis can be considered as an inflammatory disease of the arterial vessel. Mouse model demonstrated that T and B cell deficiency reduces the atherosclerotic burden in the formation of an atherosclerotic lesion. CD4+ T helper cells (Th), such as Th1 cells known being the major CD4+ T cell subtype found in mouse models of atherogenesis, increase plaque formation caused by oxLDL...
April 19, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424305/numerical-simulation-of-haemodynamics-and-low-density-lipoprotein-transport-in-the-rabbit-aorta-and-their-correlation-with-atherosclerotic-plaque-thickness
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Xiaoyin Li, Xiao Liu, Peng Zhang, Chenglong Feng, Anqiang Sun, Hongyan Kang, Xiaoyan Deng, Yubo Fan
Two mechanisms of shear stress and mass transport have been recognized to play an important role in the development of localized atherosclerosis. However, their relationship and roles in atherogenesis are still obscure. It is necessary to investigate quantitatively the correlation among low-density lipoproteins (LDL) transport, haemodynamic parameters and plaque thickness. We simulated blood flow and LDL transport in rabbit aorta using computational fluid dynamics and evaluated plaque thickness in the aorta of a high-fat-diet rabbit...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421659/the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-morin-hydrate-in-atherosclerosis-is-associated-with-autophagy-induction-through-camp-signaling
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Yue Zhou, Zhan-Qi Cao, Hong-Yuan Wang, Yan-Na Cheng, Lu-Gang Yu, Xin-Ke Zhang, Yan Sun, Xiu-Li Guo
SCOPE: Although the previous trials of inflammation have indicated that morin hydrate (MO) hold considerable promise, understanding the distinct mechanism of MO against inflammation remains a challenge. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study investigated the effect of MO in atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice and underlying cell signaling of MO effect in inflammation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Administration of MO significantly reduced serum lipid level, inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and ICAM-1) and atherosclerotic plaque formation in vivo...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421362/selective-imaging-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-1-and-receptor-2-in-atherosclerotic-lesions-in-diabetic-and-non-diabetic-apoe-mice
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Yared Tekabe, Lynne L Johnson, Krissy Rodriquez, Qing Li, Marina Backer, Joseph M Backer
PURPOSE: Plaque vulnerability is associated with inflammation and angiogenesis, processes that rely on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling via two receptors, VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2. We have recently reported that enhanced uptake of scVEGF-PEG-DOTA/Tc-99m (scV/Tc) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) tracer that targets both VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2, identifies accelerated atherosclerosis in diabetic relative to non-diabetic ApoE(-/-) mice. Since VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2 may play different roles in atherosclerotic plaques, we reasoned that selective imaging of each receptor can provide more detailed information on plaque biology...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420872/hairy-enhancer-of-split-homologue-1-suppresses-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-induced-angiogenesis-via-downregulation-of-osteopontin-expression
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Xing-Xing Yao, Jing-Bo Lu, Zhi-Dong Ye, Lei Zheng, Qian Wang, Zhi-Qi Lin, Hao Liu, Heng Wan, Fang-Yong Fu, Xian-Ying Huang, Jian-Chen Xiu, Zheng-Jun Liu, Yan-Wei Hu
Angiogenesis plays a critical role in the progression and vulnerability of atherosclerotic plaques; however, the orchestration of angiogenesis in atherosclerotic plaque formation remains unclear. The results of microarray analysis, real-time PCR and immunohistochemical analyses showed that Hairy/enhancer of split homologue-1 (Hes-1) expression was significantly decreased, while that of osteopontin (OPN) was increased, in atherosclerotic plaques. Meanwhile, immunofluorescence results demonstrated that both Hes-1 and OPN were expressed in endothelial cells (ECs) of neovessels in atherosclerotic plaques...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420816/coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-characteristics-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors%C3%A3-insights-from-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Roberta De Rosa, Mariuca Vasa-Nicotera, David M Leistner, Sophia M Reis, Claudia E Thome, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Andreas M Zeiher
BACKGROUND: The association between cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) and the risk of coronary events is widely acknowledged. Whether individual risk factors may be associated with distinct plaque characteristics is currently unclear. We investigated the relationship between CVRF and coronary plaque burden and phenotype.Methods and Results:We assessed coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics by optical coherence tomography in 67 patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing coronary angiography...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420171/pannexin-and-connexin-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-platelet-function
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REVIEW
Filippo Molica, Florian B Stierlin, Pierre Fontana, Brenda R Kwak
The three major blood cell types, i.e., platelets, erythrocytes and leukocytes, are all produced in the bone marrow. While red blood cells are the most numerous and white cells are the largest, platelets are small fragments and account for a minor part of blood volume. However, platelets display a crucial function by preventing bleeding. Upon vessel wall injury, platelets adhere to exposed extracellular matrix, become activated, and form a platelet plug preventing hemorrhagic events. However, when platelet activation is exacerbated, as in rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, the same mechanism may lead to acute thrombosis causing major ischemic events such as myocardial infarction or stroke...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419519/deletion-of-a-distal-rankl-gene-enhancer-delays-progression-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-calcification-in-hypercholesterolemic-mice
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Sohel Shamsuzzaman, Melda Onal, Hillary C St John, J Wesley Pike
Receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) is a TNFα-like cytokine which mediates diverse physiological functions including bone remodeling and immune regulation. RANKL has been identified in atherosclerotic lesions; however, its role in atherosclerotic plaque development remains elusive. An enhancer located 75kb upstream of the murine RANKL gene's transcription start site designated D5 is important for its calciotropic hormone- and cytokine-mediated expression. Here, we determined the impact of RANKL levels in atherosclerotic plaque development in the D5 enhancer-null (D5(-/-) ) mice in an atherogenic Apoe(-/-) background fed a high-fat diet (HFD)...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416142/nanoparticle-mediated-drug-delivery-system-for-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Tetsuya Matoba, Jun-Ichiro Koga, Kaku Nakano, Kensuke Egashira, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Administration of drugs and other therapeutic agents has been the central strategy of contemporary medicine for cardiovascular disease. The use of drug delivery systems (DDS) includes micelles, liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, dendrimers, carbon nanotubes, and crystalline metals. Nano-DDS modify in vivo drug kinetics, depending on (patho)physiological mechanisms such as retard excretion, vascular permeability, and incorporation by mononuclear phagocyte systems, which constitute the 'passive-targeting' property of nano-DDS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416098/ideal-cardiovascular-health-and-inflammation-in-european-adolescents-the-helena-study
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E M González-Gil, J Santabárbara, J Ruiz, S Bel-Serrat, I Huybrechts, R Pedrero-Chamizo, A de la O, F Gottrand, A Kafatos, K Widhalm, Y Manios, D Molnar, S De Henauw, M Plada, M Ferrari, G Palacios Le Blé, A Siani, M González-Gross, S Gómez-Martínez, A Marcos, L A Moreno Aznar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Inflammation plays a key role in atherosclerosis and this process seems to appear in childhood. The ideal cardiovascular health index (ICHI) has been inversely related to atherosclerotic plaque in adults. However, evidence regarding inflammation and ICHI in adolescents is scarce. The aim is to assess the association between ICHI and inflammation in European adolescents. METHODS AND RESULTS: As many as 543 adolescents (251 boys and 292 girls) from the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) study, a cross-sectional multi-center study including 9 European countries, were measured...
December 23, 2016: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415614/connexin40-controls-endothelial-activation-by-dampening-nfkb-activation
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Jean-Francois Denis, Ke Ludwig Scheckenbach, Anna Pfenniger, Merlijn J Meens, Rob Krams, Lucile Miquerol, Steven Taffet, Marc Chanson, Mario Delmar, Brenda R Kwak
Connexins are proteins forming gap junction channels for intercellular communication. Connexin40 (Cx40) is highly expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) of healthy arteries but this expression is lost in ECs overlying atherosclerotic plaques. Low/oscillatory shear stress observed in bends and bifurcations of arteries is atherogenic partly through activation of the pro-inflammatory NFκB pathway in ECs. In this study, we investigated the relation between shear stress, Cx40 and NFκB. Shear stress-modifying casts were placed around carotid arteries of mice expressing eGFP under the Cx40 promoter (Cx40+/eGFP)...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414714/excess-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-matter-of-renal-involvement-case-control-study-of-281-sle-patients-and-281-individually-matched-population-controls
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Johanna T Gustafsson, Marie Herlitz Lindberg, Iva Gunnarsson, Susanne Pettersson, Kerstin Elvin, John Öhrvik, Anders Larsson, Kerstin Jensen-Urstad, Elisabet Svenungsson
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a heterogeneous disease which predominantly affects young females (90%). SLE is associated with a shorter life expectancy than in the general population. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) of 2.4 have been reported, which is comparable to diabetes. In modern societies cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of premature mortality. Accelerated atherosclerosis is generally assumed to be the underlying cause for SLE related CVD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413549/challenges-in-a-case-of-ophthalmic-artery-aneurysm-associated-with-abnormal-internal-carotid-arteries
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Eduard B Dinca, Felix Brehar, Andrei Giovani, Alexandru V Ciurea
Ophthalmic artery aneurysms account for 5% of all cerebral aneurysms and are an important cause of morbidity and mortality related to subarachnoid hemorrhage. The diagnosis is often made only when the aneurysm is large enough to become symptomatic. They remain technically challenging for both neurosurgeon and interventional radiologist. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman admitted for transient loss of consciousness, followed by generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Computed tomography (CT) showed a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), clinically graded as Hunt and Hess III...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
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