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Collagen vascular diseases

X X Zhao, C Z Shen, X X Xie, Q Q Xu, X Zhou, Z W Sun
Objective: To explore the change and value of platelet aggregability(PA)in patients with subcortical ischemic vascular disease (SIVD). Methods: A total of 108 patients with SIVD hospitalized in the Department of Neurology of the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University from October 2015 to July 2017 were enrolled as SIVD group and 30 healthy cases were also in cluded as normal controlgroup (NC). According to magnetic resonance imaging(MRI), the SIVD group was further divided into two subtypes: lacunar infarction(LI) ( n =31)and leukoaraiosis(LA) ( n =77)...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
M Gasser, M H Frank, A M Waaga-Gasser
Critical chronic ischemia in patients with underlying arterial occlusive disease requires vascular reconstructive surgery. The limited supply of suitable small-diameter autologous vascular grafts in many patients and obvious disadvantages of synthetic bypass material demand the development of clinically usable tissue-engineered blood vessel substitutes. Despite substantial progress in the field over the last two decades, their implementation into the clinical routine has been challenging. The limited replicative life span of human adult vascular cells and their slow rate of collagenous matrix production in vitro have posed important problems in the development of mechanically robust and biologically functional engineered grafts...
February 2018: Gefässchirurgie: Zeitschrift Für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie
Facundo Mendes Garrido Abregú, María Natalia Gobetto, Lorena Vanesa Juriol, Carolina Caniffi, Rosana Elesgaray, Analía Lorena Tomat, Cristina Arranz
Micronutrient malnutrition during intrauterine and postnatal growth may program cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. We examined whether moderate zinc restriction in male and female rats throughout fetal life, lactation and/or postweaning growth induces alterations that can predispose to the onset of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. Female Wistar rats were fed low- or control zinc diets from pregnancy to offspring weaning. After weaning, offspring were fed either a low- or a control zinc diet until 81 days...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Qian Ding, Zhen Li, Bin Liu, Liping Ling, Xiangguo Tian, Chunqing Zhang
Propranolol is known to reduce portal pressure by decreasing blood flow to the splanchnic circulation and the liver. However, it is unknown if propranolol improves fibrogenesis and sinusoidal remodeling in the cirrhotic liver. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of propranolol on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced liver fibrosis in a mouse model and the intrinsic mechanisms underlying those effects. In this study, a hepatic cirrhosis mouse model was induced by CCl4 administration for 6weeks...
March 4, 2018: Human Pathology
Mengyao Tang, Wenbo Wang, Liying Cheng, Rong Jin, Lu Zhang, Weiwei Bian, Yuguang Zhang
Objectives: Therapeutic effect of many selectable methods applied in clinical practice for treating hypertrophic scar (HS) is not still so satisfactory. Meanwhile, a few medicines may lead to several undesirable complications. The traditional Chinese medicine, Rg3 , has been reported for multiple antitumor effects previously. We have conducted series of animal experiments and confirmed the inhibitory effect of Rg3 in HS before. The aim of this study was to further verify the conclusions of previous studies and reveal the specific functional mechanisms of Rg3 ...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Kelli L Hicks, Peter H Byers, Elina Quiroga, Melanie G Pepin, Sherene Shalhub
OBJECTIVE: The contemporary practice of testing for genetically triggered aortic and arterial aneurysms and dissections is not well described. This study aimed to describe this practice at a tertiary care academic center and to ascertain the yield of testing in establishing the diagnosis in patients referred on the basis of clinical suspicion. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients referred for vascular genetic testing at an academic medical center between 2010 and 2015...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Wen-Jing Liang, Sheng-Nan Zhou, Mei-Rong Shan, Xue-Qin Wang, Miao Zhang, Yuan Chen, Yun Zhang, Shuang-Xi Wang, Tao Guo
Diabetes mellitus is one of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis. Whether and how diabetes promotes the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque is not fully understood. Here, we show that streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes reduced collagen synthesis, leading to the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque induced by collar placement around carotid in apolipoprotein E knockout (Apoe-/- ) mice. These detrimental effects of hyperglycemia on plaque stability were reversed by metformin in vivo without altering the levels of blood glucose and lipids...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Xue Zhang, Wuping Bao, Xia Fei, Yingying Zhang, Guoqing Zhang, Xin Zhou, Min Zhang
Airway remodeling is a vital component of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Despite the broad anti-inflammation effects of glucocorticoids, they exhibit relatively little therapeutic benefit in COPD, indicating the accelerating demands of new agents for COPD. We aim to explore the effect of progesterone on airway remodeling in a murine modeling of exposing to ozone and to further examine the potential effect of progesterone on glucocorticoid insensitivity. C57/BL6 mice were exposed to ozone for 12 times over 6 weeks, and were administered with progesterone alone or combined with budesonide (BUD) after each exposure until the 10th week...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Fabiana Blanco, Suvi E Heinonen, Erika Gurzeler, Lisa M Berglund, Anna-Maria Dutius Andersson, Olga Kotova, Ann-Cathrine Jönsson-Rylander, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Maria F Gomez
AIMS: Despite vast clinical experience linking diabetes and atherosclerosis, the molecular mechanisms leading to accelerated vascular damage are still unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of nuclear factor of activated T-cells inhibition on plaque burden in a novel mouse model of type 2 diabetes that better replicates human disease. METHODS & RESULTS: IGF-II/LDLR-/- ApoB100/100 mice were generated by crossbreeding low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice that synthesize only apolipoprotein B100 (LDLR-/- ApoB100/100 ) with transgenic mice overexpressing insulin-like growth factor-II in pancreatic β cells...
March 1, 2018: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
Gianfranco Caselli, Albino Bonazzi, Marco Lanza, Flora Ferrari, Daniele Maggioni, Cristian Ferioli, Roberto Giambelli, Eleonora Comi, Silvia Zerbi, Marco Perrella, Ornella Letari, Elena Di Luccio, Milena Colovic, Stefano Persiani, Tiziano Zanelli, Laura Mennuni, Tiziana Piepoli, Lucio Claudio Rovati
BACKGROUND: Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) acts via its EP4 receptor as a cytokine amplifier (e.g., interleukin [IL]-6) and induces the differentiation and expansion of inflammatory T-helper (Th) lymphocytes. These mechanisms play a key role in the onset and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We present the pharmacological characterisation of CR6086, a novel EP4 receptor antagonist, and provide evidence for its potential as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). METHODS: CR6086 affinity and pharmacodynamics were studied in EP4-expressing HEK293 cells by radioligand binding and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) production, respectively...
March 1, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Mara Oleszowsky, Matthias F Seidel
Objective: Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) serve as screening tests for connective tissue diseases but have low specificity. In this pilot study, we aimed to identify patients with first-time positive ANA and musculoskeletal complaints and correlate serum soluble vascular adhesion molecules as biomarkers. Methods: Prospective, observational study with 100 ANA-positive patients, comparing them to age- and gender-matched healthy controls (HC, n = 75), was conducted. Serum levels of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), endothelial-leukocyte adhesion molecule-1 (sELAM-1), and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) were measured...
2018: BioMed Research International
B M C Gorissen, C F Wolschrijn, B van Rietbergen, L Rieppo, S Saarakkala, P R van Weeren
Horses are precocial animals and able to stand and walk within hours after birth. To cope with associated loading, intrauterine bone development has shown to be anticipative. This study provides further insight into the post-natal development of structurally important features of trabecular and subchondral bone of the talus and sagittal ridge of the tibia of warm-blooded horses. In all areas studied, the average bone volume fraction showed a gradual increase over time, which was the result of a significant increase in trabecular thickness, without significant changes in the degree of anisotropy...
February 27, 2018: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
Uwe Wollina, Birgit Heinig, Christian Stelzner, Gesina Hansel, Jacqueline Schönlebe, Georgi Tchernev, Torello Lotti
BACKGROUND: Leg ulcers are a burden to patients, their families and society. The second most common cause of chronic leg ulcers is the mixed arterio-venous type. An 80-year-old female patient presented to our department due to painful enlarging chronic leg ulcer of mixed arteriovenous origin on her left lower leg. She suffered from peripheral arterial occlusive disease stage I and chronic venous insufficiency Widmer grade IIIa, and a number of comorbidities. AIM: The aim of our ulcer treatment was a complete and stable wound closure that was hampered by arterial occlusion, exposed tendon, and renal insiffuciency...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Mario Fritsch Neves, Ana Rosa Cunha, Michelle Rabello Cunha, Ronaldo Altenburg Gismondi, Wille Oigman
Many cardiovascular diseases present renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) hyperactivity as an important pathophysiological mechanism to be target in the therapeutic approaches. Moreover, arterial stiffness is currently considered as a new independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease in different clinical conditions, including hypertension and chronic kidney disease. In fact, excessive stimulation of angiotensin type 1 (AT1) receptors, as well as mineralocorticoid receptors, results in cellular growth, oxidative stress and vascular inflammation, which may lead to arterial stiffness and accelerate the process of vascular aging...
February 23, 2018: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu, Shin-Yi Tsao, Marappan Velusamy, Chih-Wei Hsia, Duen-Suey Chou, Chao-Chien Chang, Chi-Li Chung, Themmila Khamrang, Kao-Chang Lin
The regulation of platelet function by pharmacological agents that modulate platelet signaling has proven to be a positive approach to the prevention of thrombosis. Ruthenium complexes are fascinating for the development of new drugs, as they possess numerous chemical and biological properties. The present study aims to evaluate the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of newly synthesized ruthenium (II) complexes, TQ-1, TQ-2 and TQ-3 in agonists-induced washed human platelets. Silica gel column chromatography, aggregometry, immunoblotting, NMR, and X-ray analyses were performed in this study...
February 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Zhen Li, Qian Ding, Li-Ping Ling, Ying Wu, Dong-Xiao Meng, Xiao Li, Chun-Qing Zhang
AIM: To investigate the effect of metformin on activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and the possible signaling pathways involved. METHODS: A fibrotic mouse model was generated by intraperitoneal injection of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ) and subsequent treatment with or without metformin. The level of fibrosis was detected by hematoxylin-eosin staining, Sirius Red staining, and immunohistochemistry. The HSC cell line LX-2 was used for in vitro studies. The effect of metformin on cell proliferation (CCK8 assay), motility (scratch test and Transwell assay), contraction (collagen gel contraction assay), extracellular matrix (ECM) secretion (Western blot), and angiogenesis (ELISA and tube formation assay) was investigated...
February 21, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Nathalie Thorin-Trescases, Olivia de Montgolfier, Anthony Pinçon, Adeline Raignault, Laurie Caland, Pauline Labbé, Eric Thorin
Aging is a modern concept: human life expectancy has more than doubled in less than 150 years in Western countries. Longer lifespan, however, reveals age-related diseases, including cerebrovascular diseases. The vascular system is a prime target of aging: the "wear and tear" of large elastic arteries exposed to a life-long pulsatile pressure causes arterial stiffening by fragmentation of elastin fibers and replacement by stiffer collagen. This arterial stiffening increases in return the amplitude of the pulse pressure (PP), its wave penetrating deeper into the microcirculation of low resistance, high flow organs such as the brain...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Hyun S Kim, Walid L Shaib, Chao Zhang, Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju, Christina Wu, Olatunji B Alese, Zhengjia Chen, Edith Brutcher, Meredith Renfroe, Bassel F El-Rayes
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) metastasize to the liver. Everolimus and selective internal radioembolization (SIRT) are approved treatments. Pasireotide is a somatostatin analogue with an affinity for somatostatin receptors 1, 2, 3, and 5. Everolimus and pasireotide may potentiate SIRT radiosensitization and inhibit rebound angiogenesis. This study evaluated the safety of pasireotide, everolimus, and SIRT. METHODS: This 3 + 3 phase 1 trial evaluated 3 dose levels of everolimus (2...
February 16, 2018: Cancer
Xuesheng Han, Tory L Parker
The use of oregano ( Origanum vulgare ) essential oil (OEO) has become popular in skin care products. However, scientific research regarding its effects on human skin cells is scarce. In this study, we investigated the biological activity of a commercially available OEO, which is high in carvacrol content, in a human skin cell disease model. OEO induced marked antiproliferative effects and significantly inhibited several inflammatory biomarkers, including monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), intracellular cell adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), interferon gamma-induced protein 10 (IP-10), interferon-inducible T-cell alpha chemoattractant (I-TAC), and monokine induced by gamma interferon (MIG)...
June 2017: Biochimie Open
Jing Liu, Jibin Lin, Shaolin He, Chun Wu, Boyuan Wang, Jie Liu, Yanping Duan, Tianxiao Liu, Shengshuai Shan, Keping Yang, Nianguo Dong, Qingwei Ji, Kai Huang, Dazhu Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recently, studies have shown that interleukin-37 (IL-37) is involved in atherosclerosis-related diseases. However, the regulatory mechanisms of IL-37 in atherosclerosis remain unknown. This study aims to determine the role of IL-37 in atherosclerosis and to investigate the underlying mechanisms involved. METHODS: IL-37 expression in human atherosclerotic plaques was detected by immunohistochemical staining and real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
February 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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