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Vascular inflammation

Adel Schwertani, Hong Y Choi, Jacques Genest
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Plasma levels of HDL cholesterol are a biomarker of cardiovascular health but not a therapeutic target, as demonstrated by the failure of pharmacological modulation of HDL cholesterol to prevent or treat atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. In health, HDL particles exert pleiotropic effects against atherosclerosis, including cholesterol removal from foam cells, vasodilatory effects through vascular endothelial cell nitric oxide production, decreased vascular inflammation and oxidative damage, endothelial cell proliferation and antiapoptotic effects...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
V N Shishkova, T V Adasheva, A Yu Remenik, V N Valyaeva, V M Shklovsky
AIM: To study the relationship between clinical-anthropometric, biochemical, metabolic, vascular-inflammatory, molecular-genetic parameters and the development of the first ischemic stroke, and to develop a prognostic model for determining the probability of its occurrence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 196 first ischemic stroke patients and 119 healthy people matched for age, place of residence and nationality to the group of patients. The main anthropometric, clinical, biochemical, metabolic parameters and markers of vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction were assessed...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Panagiota Anyfanti, Areti Triantafyllou, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Nikolaos Koletsos, Spyros Aslanidis, Stella Douma
OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness has emerged as a surrogate marker of cardiovascular disease. We investigated the role of myocardial performance and hemodynamic parameters in arterial stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is accompanied by excess cardiovascular risk. DESIGN: Arterial stiffness was evaluated with pulse wave velocity (PWV) in RA patients and controls. Cardiac and hemodynamic characterization was based on impedance cardiography...
March 21, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Xian-Qin Luo, Ao Li, Xue Yang, Xiao Xiao, Rong Hu, Tian-Wen Wang, Xiao-Yun Dou, Da-Jian Yang, Zhi Dong
Background: Cerebral hypoperfusion is a pivotal risk factor for vascular dementia (VD), for which effective therapy remains inadequate. Persistent inflammatory responses and excessive chemotaxis of microglia/macrophages in the brain may accelerate the progression of VD. Endocannabinoids are involved in neuronal protection against inflammation-induced neuronal injury. Cannabinoids acting at cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2 R) can decrease inflammation. Based on the identification of paeoniflorin (PF) as a CB2 R agonist, we investigated the neuroprotective and microglia/macrophages M1 to M2 polarization promoting effects of PF in a permanent four-vessel occlusion rat model...
2018: Chinese Medicine
Hui Wang, Qian Wang, Jessica Venugopal, Jintao Wang, Kyle Kleiman, Chiao Guo, Daniel T Eitzman
Endothelial dysfunction precedes atherosclerosis and may constitute a critical link between obesity-related inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been shown to promote vascular damage in murine models of autoimmune disease and atherosclerosis. The impact of NETs towards endothelial dysfunction associated with obesity is unknown. Using a diet-induced obesity (DIO) mouse model, this study investigated whether the inhibition or degradation of NETs could reduce the endothelial dysfunction observed in DIO mice...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dina A Schneider, Soo-Ho Choi, Colin Agatisa-Boyle, Laurence Zhu, Jungsu Kim, Jennifer Pattison, Dorothy D Sears, Philip L S M Gordts, Longhou Fang, Yury I Miller
Apolipoprotein A-I Binding Protein (AIBP) has been shown to augment cholesterol efflux from endothelial cells and macrophages. In zebrafish and mice, AIBP-mediated regulation of cholesterol levels in the plasma membrane of endothelial cells controls angiogenesis. The goal of this work was to evaluate metabolic changes and atherosclerosis in AIBP loss-of-function and gain-of-function animal studies. Here we show that Apoa1bp-/-Ldlr-/- mice fed a high-cholesterol, high-fat diet had exacerbated weight gain, liver steatosis, glucose intolerance, hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia, and larger atherosclerotic lesions compared to Ldlr-/- mice...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Byung-Soo Kim, Won-Ku Lee, Kyoungjune Pak, Junhee Han, Gun-Wook Kim, Hoon-Soo Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko, Moon-Bum Kim, Seong-Jang Kim
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that psoriasis may be associated with metabolic syndrome and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ustekinumab reduces systemic and vascular inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, measured using18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT). METHODS: Patients with psoriasis and healthy controls underwent baseline18 F-FDG PET/CT imaging...
March 17, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Leonardo Elia, Paolo Kunderfranco, Pierluigi Carullo, Marco Vacchiano, Floriana Maria Farina, Ignacio Fernando Hall, Stefano Mantero, Cristina Panico, Roberto Papait, Gianluigi Condorelli, Manuela Quintavalle
Adult vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess the peculiar ability to de-differentiate in response to extracellular cues, such as vascular damage and inflammation. De-differentiated VSMCs are proliferative, migratory, and have decreased contractile capacity. VSMC dedifferentiation contributes not only to vascular repair, but also to cardiovascular pathologies, such as intimal hyperplasia/restenosis in coronary artery or peripheral vascular diseases and arterial aneurysm. We here demonstrate the role of ubiquitin-like, containing PHD and RING finger domains, 1 (UHRF1) as an epigenetic master regulator of VSMC plasticity...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Ewa Wielosz, Maria Majdan
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystem connective tissue disease characterized by vascular damage with non-specific inflammation and progressive fibrosis. The disease exhibits a large heterogeneity in both clinical and serological features. This diversity refers to the course of the disease, which is difficult to predict in many cases. Although poor prognostic factors are well known, it is not always possible to predict the course of the disease and the prognosis. Furthermore, the activity of disease is difficult to assess since both reversible and irreversible lesions can occur in one patient...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Yan Zhang, Hong Li, Yingqin Jia, Pengfei Yang, Feng Zhao, Wei Wang, Wenqing Liu, Guisheng Chen, Xiaoqing Zhuang, Juan Li
BACKGROUD: Vascular calcification is currently recognized as an important pathobiological process in atherosclerosis, but the mechanism remains elusive. Given the similarities in vascular calcification and bone formation,18 F-sodium fluoride (18 F-NaF) is now considered a novel marker of vascular calcification. This study aimed to correlate18 F-NaF accumulation with the histological characterization of vascular calcification in carotid plaques. METHODS: A total of 8 patients who were undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for carotid artery stenosis were recruited...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Fazhao Li, Han Xiao, Zhiping Hu, Fangfang Zhou, Binbin Yang
HSPB8 is a member of ubiquitous small heat shock protein (sHSP) family, whose expression is induced in response to a wide variety of unfavorable physiological and environmental conditions. Investigation of HSPB8 structure indicated that HSPB8 belongs to the group of so-called intrinsically disordered proteins and possesses a highly flexible structure. Unlike most other sHSPs, HSPB8 tends to form small-molecular-mass oligomers and exhibits substrate-dependent chaperone activity. In cooperation with BAG3, the chaperone activity of HSPB8 was reported to be involved in the delivery of misfolded proteins to the autophagy machinery...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
Jill Koshiol, Yu-Tang Gao, Amanda Corbel, Troy J Kemp, Ming-Chang Shen, Allan Hildesheim, Ann W Hsing, Asif Rashid, Bingsheng Wang, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Ligia A Pinto
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory proteins could help identify individuals most likely to have gallbladder cancer (GBC) among those waiting for cholecystectomy. METHODS: We analyzed 49 circulating inflammation-related proteins in 144 patients with GBC and 150 patients with gallstones. We calculated age- and sex-adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs for protein quantiles and GBC versus gallstones. Using proteins associated with early GBC (stage 1-2) that were selected in stepwise logistic regression, we created an inflammation score and explored the potential utility for risk stratification...
March 16, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology
Elizabeth A Middleton, Matthew T Rondina, Hansjorg Schwertz, Guy A Zimmerman
Platelets are essential cellular effectors of hemostasis and contribute to disease as circulating effectors of pathologic thrombosis. These are their most widely known biologic activities. Nevertheless, recent observations demonstrate that platelets have a much more intricate repertoire beyond these traditional functions, and are specialized for contributions to vascular barrier integrity, organ repair, antimicrobial host defense, inflammation, and activities across the immune continuum. Paradoxically, some of these newly-discovered activities of platelets appear to contribute to tissue injury based on clinical investigations and animal models of disease...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Christa Caesar, Alicia N Lyle, Giji Joseph, Daiana Weiss, Fadi M F Alameddine, Bernard Lassègue, Kathy K Griendling, W Robert Taylor
Hypertension has a direct impact on vascular hypertrophy and is a known risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis. Osteopontin (OPN) has emerged as an important protein mediator of inflammation and remodeling of large arteries. However, its role and mechanism of regulation in the setting of hypertension is still unknown. Our objectives for this study were therefore to investigate the role of OPN in hypertension-induced vascular remodeling and inflammation. OPN Knockout (KO) and wild type (WT) mice were made hypertensive with angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion for seven days...
April 2017: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
Paulrayer Antonisamy, Muniyappan Dhanasekaran, Ha-Rim Kim, Sung-Gang Jo, Paul Agastian, Kang-Beom Kwon
Ononitol monohydrate (OM) was isolated from Cassia tora L. leaves. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of OM have been examined in male Wistar rats and mice. The efficacy of OM against inflammation was studied by using carrageenan-induced paw oedema, croton oil-induced ear oedema, acetic acid-induced vascular permeability, cotton pellet-induced granuloma and adjuvant-induced arthritis. The analgesic activity of OM was assessed using the acetic acid-induced abdominal constriction response, formalin-induced paw licking response and the hot-plate test...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Binod Aryal, Yajaira Suárez
The endothelial lining can be viewed as the first line of defense against risk factors of vascular disease. Endothelial dysfunction is regarded as an initial event for atherogenesis since defects in vascular integrity and homeostasis are responsible for lipid infiltration and recruitment of monocytes into the vessel wall. Monocytes-turned-macrophages, which possess astounding inflammatory plasticity, perpetuate chronic inflammation and growth of atherosclerotic plaques and, are therefore central for the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
March 15, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
Fabio L M Ricciardolo, Gert Folkerts, Anna Folino, Barbara Mognetti
Bradykinin, a pro-inflammatory molecule, and its related peptides have been studied for their effects on acute reactions in upper and lower airways, where they can be synthesised and metabolized after exposure to different stimuli including allergens and viral infection. Bradykinin B1 and B2 receptors are constitutively expressed in the airways on several residential and/or immune cells. Their expression can also be induced by inflammatory mediators, usually associated with eosinophil and neutrophil recruitment, such as IL-4, IL-13, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-8, via intracellular MAPK and NF-κB signalling...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Dong-Keon Lee, Ji-Hee Kim, Joohwan Kim, Seunghwan Choi, MinSik Park, Wonjin Park, Suji Kim, Kyu-Sun Lee, Taesam Kim, Jiwon Jung, Yoon Kyung Choi, Kwon-Soo Ha, Moo-Ho Won, Timothy R Billiar, Young-Guen Kwon, Young-Myeong Kim
Regulated in development and DNA damage responses (REDD)-1, an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), is induced by various cell stressors, including LPS, a major player in the pathogenesis of endotoxemic shock. However, the pathologic role of REDD-1 in endotoxemia is largely unknown. We found that LPS increased REDD-1 expression, nuclear transcription factor-κB (NF-κB) activation, and inflammation and that these responses were suppressed by REDD-1 knockdown and in REDD-1+/- macrophages. REDD-1 overexpression stimulated NF-κB-dependent inflammation without additional LPS stimulation...
March 16, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Sergio Crespo-Garcia, Nadine Reichhart, Sergej Skosyrski, Marco Foddis, Jim Wu, Aleksandar Figura, Christina Herrspiegel, Martina Füchtemeier, Celeste Sassi, Ulrich Dirnagl, Antonia M Joussen, Olaf Strauss
Animal models of disease are an indispensable element in our quest to understand pathophysiology and develop novel therapies. Ex vivo studies have severe limitations, in particular their inability to study individual disease progression over time. In this respect, non-invasive in vivo technologies offer multiple advantages. We here used bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in mice, an established model for ischemic retinopathy, and performed a multimodal in vivo and ex vivo follow-up. We used scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO), ocular coherence tomography (OCT) and electroretinography (ERG) over 6 weeks followed by ex vivo analyses...
2018: PloS One
Julia J Mack, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The formation of a hierarchical vascular network is a complex process that requires precise temporal and spatial integration of several signaling pathways. Amongst those, Notch has emerged as a key regulator of multiple steps that expand from endothelial sprouting to arterial specification and remains relevant in the adult. This review aims to summarize major concepts and rising hypotheses on the role of Notch signaling in the endothelium. RECENT FINDINGS: A wealth of new information has helped to clarify how Notch signaling cooperates with other pathways to orchestrate vascular morphogenesis, branching, and function...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
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