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Peripheral blood and atherosclerosis

Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Panagiota Anyfanti, Sophia Chatzimichailidou, Areti Triantafyllou, Antonios Lazaridis, Spyros Aslanidis, Stella Douma
Predictors of adverse cardiovascular outcomes include elevated nighttime systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a non-dipping pattern. We investigated whether these factors correlate with systemic inflammation, cardiovascular risk, and markers of central and peripheral vascular damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease characterized by excess cardiovascular risk. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was applied in patients and controls. Vascular assessments included measurement of arterial stiffness (pulse wave velocity) and carotid atherosclerosis (carotid intima-media thickness)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Human Hypertension
Marianne Yardley, Lars Gullestad, Kari Nytrøen
One of the most important prognostic factors in heart failure patients is physical capacity. Patients with very poor physical performance and otherwise eligible, may be listed as candidates for heart transplantation (HTx). After such surgery, life-long immunosuppression therapy is needed to prevent rejection of the new heart. The dark side of immunosuppression is the increased risk of infections, kidney failure, cancer and advanced atherosclerosis (cardiac allograft vasculopathy), with the two latter conditions as the main causes of later mortality...
February 24, 2018: World Journal of Transplantation
Hongzhi Li, Yeming Xie, Yunshuang Liu, Yali Qi, Chong Tang, Xuefeng Li, Kuiyang Zuo, Dingce Sun, Yongchao Shen, Daxin Pang, Yanhhui Chu, Binghai Zhao
Heart failure arises from diverse cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, ischemic disease and atherosclerosis, valvular insufficiency, myocarditis, and contractile protein mutations. MicroRNAs are dysregulated in heart failure, but identification of the specific microRNAs involved remains incomplete. Here, we evaluate miR-25 expression in the peripheral blood from healthy, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), remote infarct (OMI), hypertensive heart disease (HHD), and HHD resulting in heart failure (HHDF) using q-PCR...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Xiangxiao Li, Weihong Sun, Wenda Xi, Weili Shen, Tong Wei, Wendong Chen, Pingjin Gao, Qun Li
Skin mesenchymal stem cells (S-MSCs) revealed an important immunomodulatory activity to markedly suppress the formation of the atherosclerosis (AS) plaque by modulating macrophages, and also inhibit the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) by regulating T helper 17 (Th17) cell differentiation. Macrophages and Th17 cells play important roles in hypertension. However, it remains unclear whether S-MSCs are capable of improving angiotensin (AngII)-induced hypertension by acting on inflammatory cells...
February 23, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Fatemeh Zali, Maryam Teimouri, Parisa Shabani, Akram Vatannejad, Mahdi Najafi, Hossein Shateri, Mostafa Asadnia, Mahmood Doosti
BACKGROUND: Recent studies showed that atherosclerosis is a lysosomal storage disease (LSD) and Niemann-Pick disease type C1 (NPC1) is the most important protein of the lysosomal membrane that is involved in the removal of FC from lysosomes. Whereas several in vitro and in vivo studies have described the crosstalk between lysosomal cholesterol accumulation and increased inflammation, there is no study addressing the correlation between NPC1 gene expression and an anti-inflammatory cytokine, interleukin 10 (IL-10) serum concentration in atherosclerotic patients...
January 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
Noora Ranta, Atte Valli, Anna Grönholm, Olli Silvennoinen, Pia Isomäki, Marko Pesu, Marja Pertovaara
OBJECTIVES: The proprotein convertase enzyme FURIN is a critical regulator of the anti-inflammatory TGFβ-1 cytokine and peripheral immune tolerance. In T cells, FURIN is co-regulated with IFN-γ and thus highly expressed in T helper 1 type cells. Previous studies have demonstrated that FURIN is upregulated in inflammatory conditions, including atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Here, we evaluated the levels of FURIN in the plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and in healthy controls...
February 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Shixuan Wang, Zechen Zhou, Fangfang Fan, Litong Qi, Jia Jia, Pengfei Sun, Yimeng Jiang, Minghao Kou, Dafang Chen, Yan Zhang, Yong Huo
Central blood pressure level is not always consistent with peripheral blood pressure level, and especially their joint effect on incident hypertension is not well established. A total of 1607 non-hypertensive subjects from an atherosclerosis cohort in Beijing, China were included. Central systolic blood pressure (cSBP) was obtained using Omron HEM-9000AI machine and peripheral systolic blood pressure (pSBP) was measured using Omron HEM-7117 electronic sphygmomanometer, separately. Hypertension was defined as BP ≥ 140/90 mmHg or self-reported hypertension or taking any antihypertension drugs at the follow-up survey...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Costas Tsioufis, Ioannis Andrikou, Gerasimos Siasos, Konstantinos Filis, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects more than 200 million people worldwide. Hypertension has been related to increased risk of PAD. The treatment of elevated blood pressure (BP) in these patients is indicated to lower the cardiovascular risk with a BP goal of less than 130/80mmHg. Although there is no evidence that one class of antihypertensive medication or strategy is superior for BP lowering in PAD, the use of renin-angiotensin-system (RAS) inhibitors can be effective to reduce the cardiovascular risk...
February 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Dereck L Salisbury, Rebecca Jl Brown, Ulf G Bronas, Laura N Kirk, Diane Treat-Jacobson
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a manifestation of generalized atherosclerosis which results in hemodynamic compromise of oxygen and substrate delivery to the lower extremity skeletal muscles. Hemodynamic assessments are vital in PAD diagnosis and in the evaluation of strategies aimed at treating claudication (i.e. exercise training, revascularization, and pharmacological agents). Venous occlusion plethysmography (VOP) is a century-old, non-invasive technique used to quantify limb blood flow and has been used to evaluate hemodynamic compromise in patients with PAD...
February 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
Chuanxian Hu, Su Huang, Fafu Wu, Hui Ding
The aim of current study was to explore the role of microRNA (miR)-98 in atherosclerosis. Human vascular endothelial cells (HVECs) were isolated from the peripheral blood of healthy volunteers and patients with atherosclerosis. Compared with endothelial cells from the healthy control group, the expression level of mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK)6 was significantly upregulated and miR-98 was downregulated in the endothelial cells of patients with atherosclerosis. The human umbilical vein endothelial cell line (HUVEC) was adopted to perform in vitro studies...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jianghua Ju, Qingxian Huang, Jing Sun, Xiaoyun Zhao, Xiuli Guo, Yongcheng Jin, Wenjie Ma, Wenhui Wang
We investigated the correlation between the methylation levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) in the peripheral blood and atherosclerosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with diabetes mellitus (DM). A total of 50 normal subjects (group N) and 50 NAFLD patients with DM (group M) were selected at Qilu Hospital of Shandong University. The levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in groups N and M were detected...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Giampaolo Niccoli, Domenico D'Amario, Josip A Borovac, Erminio Santangelo, Giancarla Scalone, Francesco Fracassi, Rocco Vergallo, Vincenzo Vetrugno, Giorgia Copponi, Anna Severino, Giovanna Liuzzo, Asiia Imaeva, Andrea Siracusano, Filippo Crea
BACKGROUND: Perilipin 2 (PLIN2) is a protein that potentially facilitates atherogenesis in native coronary arteries or arteries with an implanted drug-eluting stent (DES). The aim of the study was to determine PLIN2 protein levels in peripheral monocytes of enrolled subjects and compare them between patients with native coronary artery disease (CAD) and those with an in-stent restenosis (ISR) due to neoatherosclerosis occurring >1 year after DES implantation. METHODS: Forty-two patients were prospectively enrolled in the study in 3:1 fashion and underwent coronary catheterization...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mengyuan Liu, Weijian Yang, Shuling Liu, Duncan Hock, Bohao Zhang, Ruth Ya Huo, Xiaoguang Tong, Hua Yan
OBJECTIVES: (1) To investigate the expression patterns of MΦ1 and MΦ2 phenotype markers of peripheral blood monocyte (PBMC)-derived macrophages in atherosclerosis patients and healthy controls, as well as the expression correlation among these genes. (2) To elucidate whether a high level of liver X receptor α (LXRα) expression is associated with anti-inflammatory MΦ2-type polarization. DESIGN: Peripheral blood monocytes (PBMCs) were obtained from 28 patients with carotid artery plaques and 10 normal persons, who did not have carotid artery plaques...
February 8, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Katrin Gebauer, Holger Reinecke
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been proven to be a causal factor of atherosclerosis and, along with other triggers like inflammation, the most frequent reason for peripheral arterial disease. Moreover, a linear correlation between LDL-C concentration and cardiovascular outcome in high-risk patients could be established during the past century. After the development of statins, numerous randomized trials have shown the superiority for LDL-C reduction and hence the decrease in cardiovascular outcomes including mortality...
February 7, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Qianyun Deng, Wei Huang, Chunyan Peng, Jiajia Gao, Zuhua Li, Xueping Qiu, Na Yang, Bifeng Yuan, Fang Zheng
Background: Alterations in DNA methylation are demonstrated in atherosclerosis pathogenesis. However, changing rules of global DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and different blood cell subtypes of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients are still inconclusive, and much less is known about mechanisms underlying. Results: We recruited 265 CAD patients and 270 healthy controls with genomic DNA from PBLs, of which 50 patients and 50 controls were randomly chosen with DNA from isolated neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes, and RNA from PBLs...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Urmas Roostalu, Jason Kf Wong
Arterial vasculature distributes blood from early embryonic development and provides a nutrient highway to maintain tissue viability. Atherosclerosis, peripheral artery diseases, stroke and aortic aneurysm represent the most frequent causes of death and are all directly related to abnormalities in the function of arteries. Vascular intervention techniques have been established for the treatment of all of these pathologies, yet arterial surgery can itself lead to biological changes in which uncontrolled arterial wall cell proliferation leads to restricted blood flow...
February 1, 2018: Developmental Biology
Yoshichika Miyazaki, Emi Saita, Yoshimi Kishimoto, Susumu Ibe, Toshiki Seki, Kotaro Miura, Norie Suzuki-Sugihara, Yukinori Ikegami, Reiko Ohmori, Kazuo Kondo, Yukihiko Momiyama
AIM: Fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF-21) is a metabolic regulator with beneficial effects on glucolipid metabolism. Since FGF-21 has lipid-lowering, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, it may play a protective role against atherosclerosis. However, blood FGF-21 levels in coronary artery disease (CAD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD) have not been elucidated. METHODS: We measured plasma FGF-21 levels in 417 patients undergoing coronary angiography, who also had ankle-brachial index test for PAD screening...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Lihua Wei, Shimei Zhao, Gaoxing Wang, Shiming Zhang, Weibo Luo, Zhengxue Qin, Xiongjie Bi, Yimei Tan, Moke Meng, Jun'an Qin, Huiping Qin, Dan Tian, An'wen Zhang
Atherosclerosis is a complicated process comprising inflammation, accumulation of collagen matrix and aberrant DNA methylation. SMAD7 is known to play an important role in fibrosis and inflammation. In recent years, increasing research has concentrated on the connection between DNA methylation and atherosclerosis. The current study was designed to investigate methylation status of some specific gene with a focus on SMAD7 in atherosclerosis and elucidate their relationship. We found that SMAD7 expression was decreased and its promoter region was markedly methylated in atherosclerotic plaques when compared with normal artery walls...
January 20, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Thomas F Whayne
The non-traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors that appear to be of most clinical interest include: apolipoprotein A (ApoA), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), high-sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP), homocysteine, interleukin 1 (IL1), lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], the density of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, the LDL particle number, tissue/tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and uric acid. These non-traditional risk factors may be of value in adding further confirmation and attention to suspected significant CV risk...
January 22, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Alexey A Tinkov, Tommaso Filippini, Olga P Ajsuvakova, Margarita G Skalnaya, Jan Aaseth, Geir Bjørklund, Eugenia R Gatiatulina, Elizaveta V Popova, Olga N Nemereshina, Pai-Tsang Huang, Marco Vinceti, Anatoly V Skalny
Cadmium has been proposed to be the one of the factors of atherosclerosis development, although the existing data are still controversial. The primary objective of the present study is the review and the meta-analysis of studies demonstrating the association between Cd exposure and atherosclerosis as well as review of the potential mechanisms of such association. We performed a systematic search in the PubMed-Medline database using the MeSH terms cadmium, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, mortality and humans up through December 20, 2017...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Research
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