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Yang Chen, Lei Wang, Ashley L Pitzer, Xiang Li, Pin-Lan Li, Yang Zhang
: Recent studies indicate that inflammasomes serve as intracellular machinery to initiate classical cytokine-mediated inflammatory responses and play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. However, whether or not the activation of endothelial inflammasomes directly causes cell dysfunction or tissue injury without recruitment of inflammatory cells is unknown. We explored the role of endothelial cell inflammasome activation in mediating tight junction disruption, a hallmark event of endothelial barrier dysfunction leading to endothelial hyperpermeability in diabetes...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
Esma R Isenovic, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Emina Sudar Milovanovic, Sudar Milovanovic, Samantha J Pitt, Alan J Stewart, Sonja Zafirovic, Julijana Stanimirovic, Djordje Radak
Overexpression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is a key link between high-fat (HF) diet induced obesity and cardiovascular disease. Oestradiol has cardioprotective effects that may be mediated through reduction of iNOS activity/expression. In the present study, female Wistar rats were fed a standard diet or a HF diet (42% fat) for 10 weeks. iNOS gene and protein expressions were measured in heart tissue. HF-fed rats exhibited a significant increase in cardiac iNOS mRNA by 695% (p<0.05), iNOS protein level by 248% (p<0...
October 25, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Sara Moradipoor, Patimah Ismail, Ali Etemad, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Salma Ahmadloo
Endothelial dysfunction appears to be an early sign indicating vascular damage and predicts the progression of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disorders. Extensive clinical and experimental evidence suggests that endothelial dysfunction occurs in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and prediabetes patients. This study was carried out with an aim to appraise the expression levels in the peripheral blood of 84 genes related to endothelial cells biology in patients with diagnosed T2DM or prediabetes, trying to identify new genes whose expression might be changed under these pathological conditions...
2016: BioMed Research International
Douglas F Dluzen, Nicole Noren Hooten, Yongqing Zhang, Yoonseo Kim, Frank E Glover, Salman M Tajuddin, Kimberly D Jacob, Alan B Zonderman, Michele K Evans
Systemic arterial hypertension is an important cause of cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality. African Americans are disproportionately affected by hypertension, in fact the incidence, prevalence, and severity of hypertension is highest among African American (AA) women. Previous data suggests that differential gene expression influences individual susceptibility to selected diseases and we hypothesized that this phenomena may affect health disparities in hypertension. Transcriptional profiling of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from AA or white, normotensive or hypertensive females identified thousands of mRNAs differentially-expressed by race and/or hypertension...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
M Kvandová, M Majzúnová, I Dovinová
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) belong to the nuclear superfamily of ligand-activated transcription factors. PPARgamma acts as a nutrient sensor that regulates several homeostatic functions. Its disruption can lead to vascular pathologies, disorders of fatty acid/lipid metabolism and insulin resistance. PPARgamma can modulate several signaling pathways connected with blood pressure regulation. Firstly, it affects the insulin signaling pathway and endothelial dysfunction by modulation of expression and/or phosphorylation of signaling molecules through the PI3K/Akt/eNOS or MAPK/ET-1 pathways...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
M Cebová, M Košútová, O Pecháňová
Gasotransmitters represent a subfamily of the endogenous gaseous signaling molecules that include nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (CO), and hydrogen sulphide (H(2)S). These particular gases share many common features in their production and function, but they fulfill their physiological tasks in unique ways that differ from those of classical signaling molecules found in tissues and organs. These gasotransmitters may antagonize or potentiate each other's cellular effects at the level of their production, their downstream molecular targets and their direct interactions...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Alexandra A Melnichenko, Alexander N Orekhov, Yuri V Bobryshev
In humans, three paraoxonase (PON1, PON2, and PON3) genes are clustered on chromosome 7 at a locus that spans a distance around 170 kb. These genes are highly homologous to each other and have a similar protein structural organization. PON2 is the intracellular enzyme, which is expressed in many tissues and organs, while two other members of PON gene family are produced by liver and associate with high density lipoprotein (HDL). The lactonase activity is the ancestral. Besides lactones and organic phosphates, PONs can hydrolyze and therefore detoxify oxidized low density lipoprotein and homocysteine thiolactone, i...
October 19, 2016: Biochimie
Michiko Nanao-Hamai, Bo-Kyung Son, Tsuyoshi Hashizume, Sumito Ogawa, Masahiro Akishita
Vascular calcification is one of the major complications of cardiovascular disease and is an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction and cardiac death. Postmenopausal women have a higher prevalence of vascular calcification compared with premenopausal women, suggesting protective effects of estrogen (E2). However, the underlying mechanisms of its beneficial effects remain unclear. In the present study, we examined the inhibitory effects of E2 on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) calcification, and found that growth arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6), a crucial molecule in vascular calcification, is transactivated by estrogen receptor α (ERα) in response to E2...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Julie Grandbois, Sandhya Khurana, Kelly Graff, Phong Nguyen, Leah Meltz, T C Tai
Epinephrine is synthesized by the catecholamine biosynthetic enzyme, phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), primarily in chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla and secondarily in brainstem adrenergic neurons of the medulla oblongata. Epinephrine is an important neurotransmitter/neurohormone involved in cardiovascular regulation; however, overproduction is detrimental with negative outcomes such as cellular damage, cardiovascular dysfunction, and hypertension. Genetic mapping studies have linked elevated expression of PNMT to hypertension...
October 18, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Peng Li, Ya-Ling Yin, Tao Guo, Xue-Ying Sun, Hui Ma, Mo-Li Zhu, Fan-Rong Zhao, Ping Xu, Yuan Chen, Guang-Rui Wan, Fan Jiang, Qi-Sheng Peng, Chao Liu, Li-Ying Liu, Shuang-Xi Wang
BACKGROUND: -GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) deficiency is critical for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) uncoupling in endothelial dysfunction. MicroRNAs (miR) are a class of regulatory RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. We investigated whether statins prevent endothelial dysfunction via miR-dependent GCH1 upregulation. METHODS: -Endothelial function was assessed by measuring acetylcholine- induced vasorelaxation in the organ chamber. MiR-133a expression was assessed by RT-qPCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization...
October 20, 2016: Circulation
Mariya Markova, Olga Pivovarova, Silke Hornemann, Stephanie Sucher, Turid Frahnow, Katrin Wegner, Jürgen Machann, Klaus Jürgen Petzke, Johannes Hierholzer, Ralf Lichtinghagen, Christian Herder, Maren Carstensen-Kirberg, Michael Roden, Natalia Rudovich, Susanne Klaus, Ralph Thomann, Rosemarie Schneeweiss, Sascha Rohn, Andreas F H Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with increased risk of hepatic, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases. High-protein diets, rich in methionine and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), apparently reduce liver fat but may induce insulin resistance. We investigated the effects of diets high in animal protein vs plant protein, which differ in levels of methionine and BCAA, in subjects with type 2 diabetes and NAFLD. We examined levels of liver fat, lipogenic indices, markers of inflammation, serum levels of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), and activation of signaling pathways in adipose tissue...
October 17, 2016: Gastroenterology
Alexander N Shikov, Olga N Pozharitskaya, Valery G Makarov
PURPOSE: Aralia elata var. mandshurica (Rupr. & Maxim.) J.Wen syn. A. mandshurica Rupr. & Maxim is evaluated for its medicinal application. The aim of this study is to analyze pharmacological studies on A. elata var. mandshurica published until December 2015. METHODS: The information regarding the chemistry, safety, effectiveness, and pharmacological and clinical effects of A. elata was systematically collected from the scientific literature through library catalogs; online services such as E-library...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Alexander Breitenstein, Simon F Stämpfli, Martin F Reiner, Yi Shi, Stephan Keller, Alexander Akhmedov, Ariane Schaub Clerigué, Remo D Spescha, Hans-Jürg Beer, Thomas F Lüscher, Felix C Tanner, Giovanni G Camici
Despite public awareness of its deleterious effects, smoking remains a major cause of death. Indeed, it is a risk factor for atherothrombotic complications and in line with this, the introduction of smoking ban in public areas reduced smoking-associated cardiovascular complications. Nonetheless, smoking remains a major concern, and molecular mechanisms by which it causes cardiovascular disease are not known. Peripheral blood monocytes from healthy smokers displayed increased JNK2 and tissue factor (TF) gene expression compared to non-smokers (n=15, p<0...
October 20, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Karina Di Gregoli, Nur Najmi Mohamad Anuar, Rosaria Bianco, Stephen J White, Andrew C Newby, Sarah J George, Jason L Johnson
RATIONALE: Atherosclerosis and aneurysms are leading causes of mortality worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRs) are key determinants of gene and protein expression, and atypical miR expression has been associated with a number of cardiovascular diseases; although their contributory role to atherosclerotic plaque and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stability are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether miR-181b regulates TIMP-3 expression and affects atherosclerosis and aneurysms Methods and Results: Here, we demonstrate that miR-181b was over-expressed in symptomatic human atherosclerotic plaques and abdominal aortic aneurysms, and correlated with decreased expression of predicted miR-181b targets, TIMP-3 and elastin...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Marta Orlicka-Płocka, Dorota Gurda, Agnieszka Fedoruk-Wyszomirska, Iwona Smolarek, Eliza Wyszko
Cardiovascular Diseases (CD) are currently one of the most common causes of death. Because heart related deaths occur on such an enormous scale this phenomenon is referred to as an epidemic. Chronic and acute injury of the heart could be an effect of cardiac remodeling, which is a result of molecular, cellular and interstitial changes, influenced by hemodynamic load or neurohormonal activation (Cohn et al., 2000). These small deviations in cardiac activity and morphology may lead to an enormous negative effect...
October 19, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Ángel Baldán, Carlos Fernández-Hernando
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Better tools are sorely needed for both the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which account for more than one-third of the deaths in Western countries. MicroRNAs typically regulate the expression of several mRNAs involved in the same biological process. Therapeutic manipulation of miRNAs could restore the expression of multiple players within the same physiologic pathway, and ideally offer better curative outcomes than conventional approaches that target only one single player within the pathway...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Sheila Patel, Elena Velkoska, Louise Burrell
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is prevalent in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a major cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Treatment of LVH in CKD is based on blood pressure control. The Kruppel like factor 15 (KLF15) is expressed in the heart and acts as a repressor of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. The role of cardiac KLF15 in the development of LVH in rats with CKD secondary to subtotal nephrectomy (STNx) or the effects of ACE inhibition on KLF15 levels has not been addressed previously...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhao Yang, Ma Ruixin, Yu Jing
OBJECTIVE: The role of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) and the gene variants of its components in hypertension have been investigated in various studies. A local tissue-specific renin-angiotensin system (local RAS) has considered as a regulator of cardiovascular physiology and homeostasis. However, no report has described the vagina protective efficacy of RAS inhibitors including ARB and ACEI. Therefore, we aim to investigate the effect of ARBs and ACEI on the vagina and cardiac expression of the local renin-angiotensin components...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Toshifumi Nakamura, Isao Kurihara, Sakiko Kobayashi, Kenichi Yokota, Ayano Murai-Takeda, Yuko Mitsuishi, Mitsuha Morisaki, Nao Kohata, Yosuke Oshima, Gunther Schutz, Hirotaka Shibata, Hiroshi Itoh
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have unveiled cardiovascular pathological roles of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) in many types of cells. Although we have confirmed high expression of MR in intestinal epithelial cells (IEC), that role in progression of cardiovascular diseases is yet to be elucidated. As intestine is the first gate sensing sodium intake, MR of this organ is expected to have essential roles in blood pressure (BP) regulation. This study investigated the role of MR in IEC by using IEC-specific MR knockout mice (IEC-MR KO)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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