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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036197/morphometric-measurements-of-systemic-atherosclerosis-and-visceral-fat-evidence-from-an-autopsy-study
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Aline Nishizawa, Claudia K Suemoto, Daniela S Farias-Itao, Fernanda M Campos, Karen C S Silva, Marcio S Bittencourt, Lea T Grinberg, Renata E P Leite, Renata E L Ferretti-Rebustini, Jose M Farfel, Wilson Jacob-Filho, Carlos A Pasqualucci
BACKGROUND: Morphometric measurements of systemic atherosclerosis and direct quantification of visceral fat are only possible using materials from autopsy studies. However, the few autopsy studies that have investigated the association of visceral fat with atherosclerosis had small sample sizes and focused on coronary arteries of young or middle-aged White subjects. We aimed to investigate the association of pericardial fat (PF) and abdominal visceral fat (AVF) with atherosclerosis in the aorta, coronary, carotid, and cerebral arteries in a large autopsy study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036125/automatic-classification-of-atherosclerotic-tissue-in-intravascular-optical-coherence-tomography-images
#2
Ping Zhou, Tongjing Zhu, Chunliu He, Zhiyong Li
Intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) has been successfully utilized for in vivo diagnostics of coronary plaques. However, classification of atherosclerotic tissues is mainly performed manually by experienced experts, which is time-consuming and subjective. To overcome these limitations, an automatic method of segmentation and classification of IVOCT images is developed in this paper. The method is capable of detecting the plaque contour between the fibrous tissues and other components. Subsequently, the method classifies the tissues based on their texture features described by Fourier transform and discrete wavelet transform...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035781/lack-of-myeloid-fatp1-increases-atherosclerotic-lesion-size-in-ldlr-mice
#3
Liyang Zhao, Alyssa J Cozzo, Amy R Johnson, Taylor Christensen, Alex J Freemerman, James E Bear, Jeremy D Rotty, Brian J Bennett, Liza Makowski
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Altered metabolism is an important regulator of macrophage (MΦ) phenotype, which contributes to inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis. Broadly, pro-inflammatory, classically-activated MΦs (CAM) are glycolytic while alternatively-activated MΦs (AAM) oxidize fatty acids, although overlap exists. We previously demonstrated that MΦ fatty acid transport protein 1 (FATP1, Slc27a1) was necessary to maintain the oxidative and anti-inflammatory AAM phenotype in vivo in a model of diet-induced obesity...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035780/long-non-coding-rnas-in-the-atherosclerotic-plaque
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Serdal Arslan, Öcal Berkan, Torkia Lalem, Nil Özbilüm, Sabahattin Göksel, Özge Korkmaz, Nilgün Çetin, Yvan Devaux
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Genetic and environmental factors are important components of the development of atherosclerosis. Long non-coding RNA (lncRNAs) have emerged as regulators of multiple pathophysiological pathways in the cardiovascular system. Here, we investigated potential associations between lncRNAs and atherosclerosis. METHODS: Tissue samples from atherosclerotic coronary artery plaques and non-atherosclerotic internal mammary artery were obtained from 20 patients during coronary artery bypass surgery...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034729/visualization-of-plaque-distribution-in-a-curved-artery-three-dimensional-intravascular-ultrasound-imaging
#5
Ahnryul Choi, David D McPherson, Hyunggun Kim
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging provides an excellent tool for evaluation of the type, morphology, extent, and severity of an atheromatous plaque. 3 D IVUS imaging offers additive information pertaining to morphology of the arterial structures and volumetric plaque distributions. A new 3 D IVUS visualization technique was developed to provide 3 D structural information of a curved artery. A virtual 3 D curved arterial phantom consisting of varying cross-sectional shapes, wall thicknesses, and acoustic intensity information was utilized to validate the nonlinear interpolation technique to create intermediary 2 D IVUS images...
October 16, 2017: Computer Assisted Surgery (Abingdon, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032836/the-impact-of-interferon-regulatory-factors-to-macrophage-differentiation-and-polarization-into-m1-and-m2
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REVIEW
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Veronika A Myasoedova, Victor V Revin, Alexander N Orekhov, Yuri V Bobryshev
The mononuclear phagocytes control the body homeostasis through the involvement in resolving tissue injury and further wound healing. Indeed, local tissue microenvironmental changes can significantly influence the functional behavior of monocytes and macrophages. Such microenvironmental changes for example occur in an atherosclerotic plaque during all progression stages. In response to exogenous stimuli, macrophages show a great phenotypic plasticity and heterogeneity. Exposure of monocytes to inflammatory or anti-inflammatory conditions also induces predominant differentiation to proinflammatory (M1) or anti-inflammatory (M2) macrophage subsets and phenotype switch between macrophage subsets...
October 5, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032752/association-between-apolipoproteins-ai-and-b-and-ultrasound-indicators-of-carotid-atherosclerosis
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Zeljko Zivanovic, Ivana Divjak, Mirjana Jovicevic, Tamara Rabi-Zikic, Biljana Radovanovic, Svetlana Ruzicka-Kaloci, Djordje Stevan Popovic, Edita Stokic, Ksenija Gebauer-Bukurov, Katarina Zivanovic-Vujcic, Petar Slankamenac
BACKGROUND: Apolipoproteins A-I and B (apoA-I and apoB) may be better indicators of the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases than conventional risk factors (RFs). The onset of ischemic stroke (IS) may be preceded by the development of atherosclerotic changes in carotid arteries, which can be detected by ultrasound. Only a certain % of patients with IS have an (underlying) carotid etiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine the association between ultrasound indicators of carotid atherosclerosis and the presence of apolipoproteins and other biomarkers in patients with IS...
October 10, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032716/prediction-of-coronary-plaque-progression-using-biomechanical-factors-and-vascular-characteristics-based-on-computed-tomography-angiography
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Xiujian Liu, Guanghui Wu, Chuangye Xu, Yuna He, Lixia Shu, Yuyang Liu, Nan Zhang, Changyan Lin
OBJECTIVES: Coronary atherosclerotic plaques progress in a highly individual manner. Accurately predicting plaque progression will promote clinical management of atherosclerosis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of local biomechanics factors and vascular characteristics in coronary plaque progression and arterial remodeling. METHODS: Computed tomography angiography-based three-dimensional reconstruction of the native right coronary artery was performed in vivo in twelve patients with acute coronary syndrome at baseline and 12-month follow-up...
October 16, 2017: Computer Assisted Surgery (Abingdon, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032330/biofabricating-atherosclerotic-plaques-in%C3%A2-vitro-engineering-of-a-three-dimensional-human-fibroatheroma-model
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Anna Mallone, Chantal Stenger, Arnold Von Eckardstein, Simon P Hoerstrup, Benedikt Weber
Atherosclerotic plaques are cholesterol-induced inflammatory niches accumulating in the vascular sub-endothelial space. Cellular and extracellular composition of human plaques is maneuvered by local inflammation that leads to alterations in the original vascular microenvironment and to the recruitment of an invading fibrous layer (fibroatharoma). In the present study we introduce a bioengineered three-dimensional model of human fibroatheroma (ps-plaque) assembled with a tailored hanging-drop protocol. Using vi-SNE based multidimensional flow cytometry data analysis we compared the myeloid cell-populations in ps-plaques to those in plaques isolated from human carotid arteries...
September 28, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032103/mast-cells-in-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-activators-and-actions
#10
Petri T Kovanen, Ilze Bot
Mast cells are potent actors involved in inflammatory reactions in various tissues, including both in the intimal and the adventitial layers of atherosclerotic arteries. In the arterial intima, the site of atherogenesis, mast cells are activated to degranulate, and thereby triggered to release an abundance of preformed inflammatory mediators, notably histamine, heparin, neutral proteases and cytokines stored in their cytoplasmic secretory granules. Depending on the stimulus, mast cell activation may also launch prolonged synthesis and secretion of single bioactive molecules, such as cytokines and derivatives of arachidonic acid...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031776/the-hacd4-haplotype-as-a-risk-factor-for-atherosclerosis-in-males
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Ivan Zivotić, Tamara Djurić, Aleksandra Stanković, Ilija Ivančević, Igor Končar, Dejan Milasinović, Goran Stanković, Dragan Alavantić, Maja Zivković
The 9p21.3 region is rich in regulatory elements and the variants in this region had been robustly associated with carotid plaque (CP) and coronary artery disease (CAD). Recently, the HACD4 was detected as one of the six 9p21.3 differentially expressed genes associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and greater mean lesion area in the Athsq1 congenic mice. We aimed to investigate association of two potentially regulatory HACD4 variants (rs36212560 I/D, rs2275888 T/C) and their haplotypes with CP occurrence and the level of HACD4 and FOCAD mRNA in human CP tissue...
October 11, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031494/nb-06-from-a-simple-lysosomotropic-asmase-inhibitor-to-tools-for-elucidating-the-role-of-lysosomes-in-signaling-apoptosis-and-lps-induced-inflammation
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Markus Blaess, Nelly Bibak, Ralf A Claus, Matthias Kohl, Gabriel A Bonaterra, Ralf Kinscherf, Stefan Laufer, Hans-Peter Deigner
Ceramide generation is involved in signal transduction of cellular stress response, in particular during stress-induced apoptosis in response to stimuli such as minimally modified Low-density lipoproteins, TNFalpha and exogenous C6-ceramide. In this paper we describe 48 diverse synthetic products and evaluate their lysosomotropic and acid sphingomyelinase inhibiting activities in macrophages. A stimuli-induced increase of C16-ceramide in macrophages can be almost completely suppressed by representative compound NB 06 providing an effective protection of macrophages against apoptosis...
September 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028976/atherosclerotic-plaque-characterization-a-need-for-a-paradigm-shift-for-prediction-of-risk
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James K Min
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 9, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025029/ct-coronary-imaging-a-fast-evolving-world
#14
Prabhakar Rajiah, Suhny Abbara
Computed tomography (CT) has become an important modality in the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). The tremendous technological advances in CT in the last two decades has made it possible to obtain high quality images of coronary arteries with high spatial and temporal resolutions. Multiple trials have confirmed the accuracy of CT compared to invasive catheter angiography. CT is also able to evaluate beyond the lumen in characterizing and quantifying atherosclerotic plaques, including evaluation of high risk features...
September 4, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024865/impaired-kidney-function-is-associated-with-intraplaque-hemorrhage-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-endarterectomy
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Marian Wesseling, Ian D van Koeverden, Guus W van Lammeren, Sander W van der Laan, Saskia Haitjema, Jean-Paul P M de Vries, Hester M den Ruijter, Saskia C A de Jager, Imo Hoefer, Peter Blankestijn, Marianne Verhaar, Dominique P V de Kleijn, Gert J de Borst, Gerard Pasterkamp
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Previously, we showed that patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy have an increased risk for major atherosclerotic events in the presence of moderate or poor kidney function. Acceleration of vascular inflammatory responses is considered to be causally involved in progression of atherogenesis and poor outcome in chronic kidney disease patients. The association between kidney function and plaque composition has not been thoroughly investigated yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between kidney function and atherosclerotic plaque composition in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy...
September 22, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024862/4-phenylbutyrate-and-valproate-treatment-attenuates-the-progression-of-atherosclerosis-and-stabilizes-existing-plaques
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Aric Huang, Tayler L Young, Vi T Dang, Yuanyuan Shi, Cameron S McAlpine, Geoff H Werstuck
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent evidence suggests that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling through glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3α/β is involved in the activation of pro-atherosclerotic processes. In this study, we examined the effects of small molecules that interfere with ER stress-GSK3α/β signaling on the progression and regression of atherosclerosis in a mouse model. METHODS: To examine atherosclerotic progression, low-density lipoprotein receptor deficient (Ldlr(-/-)) mice were placed on a high-fat diet (HFD) and treated with the chemical chaperone, 4-phenylbutyrate (4PBA, 3...
September 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024030/melatonin-prevents-endothelial-cell-pyroptosis-via-regulation-of-long-noncoding-rna-meg3-mir-223-nlrp3-axis
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Yong Zhang, Xin Liu, Xue Bai, Yuan Lin, Zhange Li, Jiangbo Fu, Mingqi Li, Tong Zhao, Huan Yang, Ranchen Xu, Jiamin Li, Jin Ju, Benzhi Cai, Chaoqian Xu, Baofeng Yang
Atherosclerosis (AS) is an inflammatory disease linked to endothelial dysfunction. Melatonin is reported to possess substantial anti-inflammatory properties, which has proven to be effective in AS. Emerging literature suggests that pyroptosis plays a critical role during AS progression. However, whether pyroptosis contributes to endothelial dysfunction and the underlying molecular mechanisms remained unexploited. This study was designed to investigate the anti-pyroptotic effects of melatonin in atherosclerotic endothelium and to elucidate the potential mechanisms...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023363/lps-induced-systemic-inflammation-does-not-alter-atherosclerotic-plaque-area-or-inflammation-in-apoe3-leiden-mice-in-the-early-phase-up-to-15-days
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Wessel W Fuijkschot, Martine C Morrison, Ilse P A Zethof, Paul A J Krijnen, Robert Kleemann, Hans W M Niessen, Yvo M Smulders
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Observational studies show a peak incidence in cardiovascular events during and early after clinical conditions associated with substantial systemic inflammation, such as pneumonia. The acuteness of this increased risk suggests rapid plaque destabilization and associated intra-plaque inflammation. We evaluated whether LPS-evoked acute systemic inflammation would induce such detrimental vascular changes in murine aortas with manifest atherosclerotic lesions. METHODS AND RESULTS: ApoE3*Leiden mice were fed a high cholesterol diet for 20 weeks to establish atherosclerosis...
October 11, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021922/texture-feature-variability-in-ultrasound-video-of-the-atherosclerotic-carotid-plaque
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Christos P Loizou, Constantinos S Pattichis, Marios Pantziaris, Efthyvoulos Kyriacou, Andrew Nicolaides
The objective of this paper was to investigate texture feature variability in ultrasound video of the carotid artery during the cardiac cycle in an attempt to define new discriminatory biomarkers of the vulnerable plaque. More specifically, in this paper, 120 longitudinal ultrasound videos, acquired from 40 normal (N) subjects from the common carotid artery and 40 asymptomatic (A) and 40 symptomatic (S) subjects from the proximal internal carotid artery were investigated. The videos were intensity normalized and despeckled, and the intima-media complex (IMC) (from the N subjects) and the atherosclerotic carotid plaques (from the A and S subjects) were segmented from each video, in order to extract the M-mode image, and the texture features associated with cardiac states of systole and diastole...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021257/presence-characteristics-and-prognostic-associations-of-carotid-plaque-among-people-living-with-hiv
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Sumbal A Janjua, Pedro V Staziaki, Balint Szilveszter, Richard A P Takx, Thomas Mayrhofer, Orla Hennessy, Hamed A Emami, Jakob Park, Alexander Ivanov, Travis R Hallett, Michael T Lu, Javier M Romero, Steven K Grinspoon, Udo Hoffmann, Markella V Zanni, Tomas G Neilan
BACKGROUND: Data from broad populations have established associations between incidental carotid plaque and vascular events. Among people living with HIV (PLWHIV), the risk of vascular events is increased; however, whether incidental carotid plaque is increased and there is an association between incidental carotid plaque, plaque characteristics, and vascular events among PLWHIV is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the multi-institutional Research Patient Data Registry were used...
October 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
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