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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811655/a-tissue-engineered-blood-vessel-model-of-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome-using-human-ipsc-derived-smooth-muscle-cells
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Leigh Atchison, Haoyue Zhang, Kan Cao, George A Truskey
Hutchison-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is a rare, accelerated aging disorder caused by nuclear accumulation of progerin, an altered form of the Lamin A gene. The primary cause of death is cardiovascular disease at about 14 years. Loss and dysfunction of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the vasculature may cause defects associated with HGPS. Due to limitations of 2D cell culture and mouse models, there is a need to develop improved models to discover novel therapeutics. To address this need, we produced a functional three-dimensional model of HGPS that replicates an arteriole-scale tissue engineered blood vessel (TEBV) using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived SMCs from an HGPS patient...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811294/dihydrocapsiate-improved-age-associated-impairments-in-mice-by-increasing-energy-expenditure
#2
Kana Ohyama, Katsuya Suzuki
Metabolic dysfunction is associated with aging and results in age-associated chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Hence, there has been a focus on increasing energy expenditure in aged populations to protect them from age-associated diseases. Dihydrocapsiate (DCT) is a compound that belongs to the capsinoid family. Capsinoids are capsaicin analogs that are found in non-pungent peppers and increase whole-body energy expenditure. However, their effect on energy expenditure has been reported only in young populations, and to date the effectiveness of DCT in increasing energy expenditure in aged populations has not been investigated...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811292/dapagliflozin-slows-the-progression-of-the-renal-and-liver-fibrosis-associated-with-type-2-diabetes
#3
Li Tang, Yuanyuan Wu, Mi Tian, C David Sjostrom, Ulrika Johansson, Xiao-Rong Peng, David M Smith, Yufeng Huang
Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a new class of antidiabetic oral agents indicating promising effects on cardiovascular and renal end points. However, the renoprotective effects of SGLT2 inhibitors are not fully understood. Also, metabolic effects of SGLT2 inhibition on other organ systems such as effects on hepatic steatosis are not fully understood. This study sought to address these questions by treating 18week-old uninephrectomized db/db mice with a selective SGLT2 inhibitor dapagliflozin...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810808/advances-and-challenges-in-cardiovascular-gene-therapy
#4
Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Johanna Lähteenvuo
25 years of gene therapy have not yet yielded standard therapeutic solutions for clinical use in cardiovascular medicine, but several therapeutic targets have been identified and foundations for future therapies have been set. The safety of viral gene therapy has been established with a wide variety of vectors and transgenes. Adenoviruses and adeno-associated viruses have established their role as vectors of choice for many cardiovascular applications and appropriate viral doses have been established for several tissues and applications...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809791/imaging-collagen-in-scar-tissue-developments-in-second-harmonic-generation-microscopy-for-biomedical-applications
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REVIEW
Leila Mostaço-Guidolin, Nicole L Rosin, Tillie-Louise Hackett
The ability to respond to injury with tissue repair is a fundamental property of all multicellular organisms. The extracellular matrix (ECM), composed of fibrillar collagens as well as a number of other components is dis-regulated during repair in many organs. In many tissues, scaring results when the balance is lost between ECM synthesis and degradation. Investigating what disrupts this balance and what effect this can have on tissue function remains an active area of research. Recent advances in the imaging of fibrillar collagen using second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging have proven useful in enhancing our understanding of the supramolecular changes that occur during scar formation and disease progression...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
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Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807411/timp3-is-regulated-by-pericytes-upon-shear-stress-detection-leading-to-a-modified-endothelial-cell-response
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C Schrimpf, T Koppen, J S Duffield, U Böer, S David, W Ziegler, A Haverich, O E Teebken, M Wilhelmi
OBJECTIVES: Atherosclerosis is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease. Shear stress on endothelial cells has been linked to atherogenesis and to fibrous cap thinning and rupture. Pericytes reside in the sub-endothelial space of vessels and have vasoprotective effects. They are subjected to shear stress when endothelial cell integrity is disrupted. The aim was to investigate the susceptibility and response of pericytes to shear stress. METHODS: Endothelial cells and pericytes were seeded in two dimensional monocultures and co-cultures, and in a novel three dimensional co-culture system and were subjected to no, low and high shear stress (0, 10, 30 dyne/cm(2)) for 48 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806996/improved-passive-catheter-tracking-with-positive-contrast-for-cmr-guided-cardiac-catheterization-using-partial-saturation-psat
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Mari Nieves Velasco Forte, Kuberan Pushparajah, Tobias Schaeffter, Israel Valverde Perez, Kawal Rhode, Bram Ruijsink, Mazen Alhrishy, Nicholas Byrne, Amedeo Chiribiri, Tevfik Ismail, Tarique Hussain, Reza Razavi, Sébastien Roujol
BACKGROUND: Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Although cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) represents a promising alternative approach to fluoroscopy guidance, simultaneous high contrast visualization of catheter, soft tissue and the blood pool remains challenging. In this study, a novel passive tracking technique is proposed for enhanced positive contrast visualization of gadolinium-filled balloon catheters using partial saturation (pSAT) magnetization preparation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806967/microrna-181c-inhibits-cigarette-smoke-induced-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-regulating-ccn1-expression
#9
Yong Du, Yi Ding, Xuru Chen, Zhoufang Mei, Heyuan Ding, Yi Wu, Zhijun Jie
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an obstinate pulmonary disease, causing irreversible alveoli collapse and increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Accumulating evidence has shown that the dysregulation of miRNAs is crucially involved in the pathogenesis and development of COPD. However, the effects and role of microRNA-181c (miR-181c) have not been investigated in a murine model of COPD. METHODS: miR-181c expression was detected in human lung tissue samples of 34 patients, an in vivo murine model of CS exposure, and primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBECs) by qRT-PCR...
August 15, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806965/decreased-circulating-dihomo-gamma-linolenic-acid-levels-are-associated-with-total-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-cardiovascular-disease-and-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Shohei Ouchi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Kazunori Shimada, Yurina Sugita, Megumi Shimizu, Azusa Murata, Takao Kato, Tatsuro Aikawa, Shoko Suda, Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Masaru Hiki, Shuhei Takahashi, Takatoshi Kasai, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have important roles in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. However, the clinical significance of omega-6 PUFAs in acute cardiovascular disease remains unknown. METHODS: We enrolled 417 consecutive patients with acute cardiovascular disease admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit at Juntendo University Hospital between April 2012 and October 2013. We investigated the association between serum PUFA levels and long-term mortality...
August 14, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805830/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-analysis-of-visible-light-crosslinkable-gelatin-methacryloyl-gelma-hydrogels
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Iman Noshadi, Seonki Hong, Kelly E Sullivan, Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, Roberto Portillo-Lara, Ali Tamayol, Su Ryon Shin, Albert E Gao, Whitney L Stoppel, Lauren D Black Iii, Ali Khademhosseini, Nasim Annabi
Photocrosslinkable materials have been frequently used for constructing soft and biomimetic hydrogels for tissue engineering. Although ultraviolet (UV) light is commonly used for photocrosslinking such materials, its use has been associated with several biosafety concerns such as DNA damage, accelerated aging of tissues, and cancer. Here we report an injectable visible light crosslinked gelatin-based hydrogel for myocardium regeneration. Mechanical characterization revealed that the compressive moduli of the engineered hydrogels could be tuned in the range of 5-56 kPa by changing the concentrations of the initiator, co-initiator and co-monomer in the precursor formulation...
August 14, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805201/-osteoporosis-and-vascular-calcification-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-role-of-osteoprotegerin-and-sclerostin
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REVIEW
Magdalena Krajewska-Włodarczyk, Tomasz Stompór
Disorders of bone tissue metabolism and increased frequency of cardiovascular diseases are among the well-known, extra-articular complications of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). The mechanisms leading to local and generalized loss of bone tissue as well as those promoting calcification of vessels are similar. Recently, a great interest has aroused among the studies related to the meaning of the RANKL/RANK/OPG system and the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, as biological links between the bone and vascular systems...
July 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805140/a-rat-model-for-the-in-vivo-assessment-of-biological-and-tissue-engineered-valvular-and-vascular-grafts
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Yukiharu Sugimura, Anna Kathrin Schmidt, Artur Lichtenberg, Alexander Assmann, Payam Akhyari
The demand for an improvement of the biocompatibility and durability of vascular and valvular implants requires translational animal models to study the in vivo fate of cardiovascular grafts. In the present article, a review on the development and application of a microsurgical rat model of infrarenal implantation of aortic grafts and aortic valved conduits is provided. By refinement of surgical techniques and inclusion of hemodynamic considerations, a functional model has been created, which provides a modular platform for the in vivo assessment of biological and tissue-engineered grafts...
August 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803253/assessing-serum-levels-of-adamts1-and-adamts4-as-new-biomarkers-for-patients-with-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection
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Kui Li, Zhi-Wei Wang, Zhipeng Hu, Zongli Ren, Xiaoping Hu, Luocheng Li, Zhiyong Wu, Hongbing Wu, Bowen Li, Jizhen Huang, Wei Ren, Jun Xia, Yongle Ruan
BACKGROUND Type A AAD, a serious cardiovascular emergency requiring urgent surgery, is the most common and serious AAD. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of ADAMTS1 and ADAMTS4 in patients with type A acute aortic dissection (AAD). MATERIAL AND METHODS Immunohistochemistry and qRT-PCR were used to evaluate the protein and mRNA expression levels of ADAMTS1 and ADAMTS4 in 14 type A acute aortic dissection (AAD) tissues and 10 control aortic tissues. Serum ADAMTS1 and ADAMTS4 expression levels in 74 patients with type A AAD, 36 patients with hypertension (HPT), and 34 healthy donors were examined by ELISA...
August 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803209/20-hydroxyecdysone-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Sukanya Phungphong, Anusak Kijtawornrat, Sirinut Chaiduang, Vitoon Saengsirisuwan, Tepmanas Bupha-Intr
BACKGROUND: Ecdysteroids, a group of steroid hormones found in insects and many plants, have been shown to prevent various changes in mammalian tissues after female sex hormone deprivation. PURPOSE: To examine whether an ecdysteroid, 20-hydroxyecdysone (20-HE), exhibits regulatory or protective roles in the cardiovascular system. STUDY DESIGN/METHOD: Blood pressure and cardiac function were evaluated in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) during and after daily treatment with 20-HE for six weeks...
August 9, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803127/direct-antioxidant-properties-of-methotrexate-inhibition-of-malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-protein-adduct-formation-and-superoxide-scavenging
#16
Matthew C Zimmerman, Dahn L Clemens, Michael J Duryee, Cleofes Sarmiento, Andrew Chiou, Carlos D Hunter, Jun Tian, Lynell W Klassen, James R O'Dell, Geoffrey M Thiele, Ted R Mikuls, Daniel R Anderson
Methotrexate (MTX) is an immunosuppressant commonly used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Recent observations have shown that patients treated with MTX also exhibit a reduced risk for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although MTX reduces systemic inflammation and tissue damage, the mechanisms by which MTX exerts these beneficial effects are not entirely known. We have previously demonstrated that protein adducts formed by the interaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and acetaldehyde (AA), known as MAA-protein adducts, are present in diseased tissues of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or CVD...
August 2, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802833/new-pro-resolving-n-3-mediators-bridge-resolution-of-infectious-inflammation-to-tissue-regeneration
#17
REVIEW
Charles N Serhan, Nan Chiang, Jesmond Dalli
While protective, the acute inflammatory response when uncontrolled can lead to further tissue damage and chronic inflammation that is now widely recognized to play important roles in many commonly occurring diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic syndrome, and many other diseases of significant public health concern. The ideal response to initial challenges of the host is complete resolution of the acute inflammatory response, which is now recognized to be a biosynthetically active process governed by specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPM)...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802566/alcohol-use-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#18
Lisa B VanWagner, Hongyan Ning, Norrina B Allen, Veeral Ajmera, Cora E Lewis, John Jeffrey Carr, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Norah A Terrault, Juned Siddique
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Moderate drinking (vs abstinence) is associated with lower risk of CVD in the general population. We assessed whether alcohol use is associated with CVD risk in patients with NAFLD. METHODS: We analyzed data from participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults longitudinal cohort study of 5115 black and white young adults, 18-30 years old, recruited from 4 cities in the United States from 1985 through 1986...
August 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801817/contour-segmentation-of-the-intima-media-and-adventitia-layers-in-intracoronary-oct-images-application-to-fully-automatic-detection-of-healthy-wall-regions
#19
Guillaume Zahnd, Ayla Hoogendoorn, Nicolas Combaret, Antonios Karanasos, Emilie Péry, Laurent Sarry, Pascal Motreff, Wiro Niessen, Evelyn Regar, Gijs van Soest, Frank Gijsen, Theo van Walsum
PURPOSE: Quantitative and automatic analysis of intracoronary optical coherence tomography images is useful and time-saving to assess cardiovascular risk in the clinical arena. METHODS: First, the interfaces of the intima, media, and adventitia layers are segmented, by means of an original front propagation scheme, running in a 4D multi-parametric space, to simultaneously extract three non-crossing contours in the initial cross-sectional image. Second, information resulting from the tentative contours is exploited by a machine learning approach to identify healthy and diseased regions of the arterial wall...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801523/dietary-modulation-of-oxylipins-in-cardiovascular-disease-and-aging
#20
Stephanie P B Caligiuri, Mihir Parikh, Aleksandra Stamenkovic, Grant N Pierce, Harold M Aukema
Oxylipins are a group of fatty acid metabolites generated via oxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids and are involved in processes such as inflammation, immunity, pain, vascular tone and coagulation. As a result, oxylipins are implicated in many conditions characterized by these processes including cardiovascular disease and aging. The best characterized oxylipins in relation to cardiovascular disease are derived from the ω-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid. These oxylipins generally increase inflammation, hypertension and platelet aggregation, although not universally...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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