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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438710/a-purpose-built-neck-coil-for-black-blood-dante-prepared-carotid-artery-imaging-at-7t
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Konstantinos Papoutsis, Linqing Li, Jamie Near, Stephen Payne, Peter Jezzard
Atherosclerotic plaques in the bifurcation of the carotid arteries can pose a significant health risk due to possible plaque rupture and subsequent stroke. The assessment of plaques, and evaluation of the risk they pose, can be performed with Black-Blood (BB) vessel wall magnetic resonance imaging. However, resolution at standard clinical field strengths (up to 3T) is limited, hampering reliable assessment and diagnosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of 7T MRI using a BB application that has been successful at clinical field strengths...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436693/expression-of-circulating-mir-17-92-cluster-and-hdac9-gene-in-atherosclerotic-patients-with-unstable-and-stable-carotid-plaques
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Silvia Ferronato, Aldo Mombello, Ilaria Posenato, Paola Candiani, Alberto Scuro, Carlo Setacci, Macarena Gomez-Lira
AIMS: The miR-17-92 cluster and HDAC9 gene are involved in inflammatory, apoptotic, and angiogenic processes that are activated in the vulnerable carotid plaque. The aim of this research was to determine whether expression of one or more of the miRs of the cluster and/or HDAC9 expression could represent biomarkers for patients with unstable atherosclerotic carotid plaques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Plasma levels of miRs and HDAC9 expression in peripheral blood were analyzed by real-time PCR in patients with histologically classified stable or unstable plaques...
April 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435093/plaque-angiogenesis-and-intraplaque-hemorrhage-in-atherosclerosis
#3
Laura Parma, Fabiana Baganha, Paul H A Quax, Margreet R de Vries
Acute cardiovascular events, due to rupture or erosion of an atherosclerotic plaque, represent the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients. Growing evidence suggests that plaque neovascularization is an important contributor to plaque growth and instability. The vessels' immaturity, with profound structural and functional abnormalities, leads to recurrent intraplaque hemorrhage. This review discusses new insights of atherosclerotic neovascularization, including the effects of leaky neovessels on intraplaque hemorrhage, both in experimental models and humans...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429955/matrix-metalloproteinase-8-and-tissue-inhibitor-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-1-predict-incident-cardiovascular-disease-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-a-population-based-cohort
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Immi Kormi, Mikko T Nieminen, Aki S Havulinna, Tanja Zeller, Stefan Blankenberg, Taina Tervahartiala, Timo Sorsa, Veikko Salomaa, Pirkko J Pussinen
Background Extracellular matrix degrading proteases and their regulators play an important role in atherogenesis and subsequent plaque rupture leading to acute cardiovascular manifestations. Design and methods In this prospective cohort study, we investigated the prognostic value of circulating matrix metalloproteinase-8, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 concentrations, the ratio of matrix metalloproteinase-8/ tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and, for comparison, myeloperoxidase and C-reactive protein concentrations for incident cardiovascular disease endpoints...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420171/pannexin-and-connexin-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-platelet-function
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Filippo Molica, Florian B Stierlin, Pierre Fontana, Brenda R Kwak
The three major blood cell types, i.e., platelets, erythrocytes and leukocytes, are all produced in the bone marrow. While red blood cells are the most numerous and white cells are the largest, platelets are small fragments and account for a minor part of blood volume. However, platelets display a crucial function by preventing bleeding. Upon vessel wall injury, platelets adhere to exposed extracellular matrix, become activated, and form a platelet plug preventing hemorrhagic events. However, when platelet activation is exacerbated, as in rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, the same mechanism may lead to acute thrombosis causing major ischemic events such as myocardial infarction or stroke...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417429/approach-to-androgen-deprivation-in-the-prostate-cancer-patient-with-pre-existing-cardiovascular-disease
#6
REVIEW
Alyssa K Greiman, Thomas E Keane
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a mainstay of treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Several studies have reported an association between ADT and an increase in cardiovascular events, especially in those receiving gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists compared to GnRH antagonists. We review the body of literature reporting the association of ADT and cardiovascular morbidity, and discuss the proposed mechanism of cardiovascular disease due to ADT including metabolic changes that may promote atherosclerosis and local hormonal effects that may increase plaque rupture and thrombosis...
June 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416142/nanoparticle-mediated-drug-delivery-system-for-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#7
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Tetsuya Matoba, Jun-Ichiro Koga, Kaku Nakano, Kensuke Egashira, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Administration of drugs and other therapeutic agents has been the central strategy of contemporary medicine for cardiovascular disease. The use of drug delivery systems (DDS) includes micelles, liposomes, polymeric nanoparticles, dendrimers, carbon nanotubes, and crystalline metals. Nano-DDS modify in vivo drug kinetics, depending on (patho)physiological mechanisms such as retard excretion, vascular permeability, and incorporation by mononuclear phagocyte systems, which constitute the 'passive-targeting' property of nano-DDS...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
#8
U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413549/challenges-in-a-case-of-ophthalmic-artery-aneurysm-associated-with-abnormal-internal-carotid-arteries
#9
Eduard B Dinca, Felix Brehar, Andrei Giovani, Alexandru V Ciurea
Ophthalmic artery aneurysms account for 5% of all cerebral aneurysms and are an important cause of morbidity and mortality related to subarachnoid hemorrhage. The diagnosis is often made only when the aneurysm is large enough to become symptomatic. They remain technically challenging for both neurosurgeon and interventional radiologist. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman admitted for transient loss of consciousness, followed by generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Computed tomography (CT) showed a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), clinically graded as Hunt and Hess III...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413029/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-matrix-degrading-metalloproteinases-mmps-in-atherosclerosis
#10
Bethan A Brown, Helen Williams, Sarah J George
Atherosclerosis leads to blockage of arteries, culminating in myocardial infarction, and stroke. The involvement of matrix-degrading metalloproteinases (MMPs) in atherosclerosis is established and many studies have highlighted the importance of various MMPs in this process. MMPs were first implicated in atherosclerosis due to their ability to degrade extracellular matrix components, which can lead to increased plaque instability. However, more recent work has highlighted a multitude of roles for MMPs in addition to breakdown of extracellular matrix proteins...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411243/potent-vasoconstrictor-kisspeptin-10-induces-atherosclerotic-plaque-progression-and-instability-reversal-by-its-receptor-gpr54-antagonist
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Kengo Sato, Remina Shirai, Mina Hontani, Rina Shinooka, Akinori Hasegawa, Tomoki Kichise, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Hayami Yoshizawa, Rena Watanabe, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Shinji Koba, Youichi Kobayashi, Tsutomu Hirano, Takuya Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Kisspeptin-10 (KP-10), a potent vasoconstrictor and inhibitor of angiogenesis, and its receptor, GPR54, have currently received much attention in relation to pre-eclampsia. However, it still remains unknown whether KP-10 could affect atherogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the effects of KP-10 on human umbilical vein endothelial cells, human monocyte-derived macrophages, human aortic smooth muscle cells in vitro, and atherosclerotic lesions in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice in vivo...
April 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403604/ultrasound-findings-of-ruptured-peyronie-s-plaque-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Lucio Dell'Atti, Andrea Benedetto Galosi
We present here a rare case of rupture of tunica albuginea and corpus cavernosum, in the site of a Peyronie's plaque, which happened in a 61- year-old man during a vacuum cleaner masturbation. Ultrasound study showed an irregular hyperechoic defect at the cavernosal rupture site in correspondence of the Peyronie's plaque. The hematoma was evacuated, partially plaque excised, and the tear repaired. Ultrasonography is an ideal technique for evaluating patients with penile trauma and can be routinely used in an emergency...
March 31, 2017: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392564/the-immunology-of-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Anton Gisterå, Göran K Hansson
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, both in the general population and among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In most cases, the underlying cause of the cardiovascular event is atherosclerosis - a chronic inflammatory disease. CKD accelerates atherosclerosis via augmentation of inflammation, perturbation of lipid metabolism, and other mechanisms. In the artery wall, subendothelial retention of plasma lipoproteins triggers monocyte-derived macrophages and T helper type 1 (TH1) cells to form atherosclerotic plaques...
April 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385306/detection-of-atherosclerotic-inflammation-by-68-ga-dotatate-pet-compared-to-18-f-fdg-pet-imaging
#14
Jason M Tarkin, Francis R Joshi, Nicholas R Evans, Mohammed M Chowdhury, Nichola L Figg, Aarti V Shah, Lakshi T Starks, Abel Martin-Garrido, Roido Manavaki, Emma Yu, Rhoda E Kuc, Luigi Grassi, Roman Kreuzhuber, Myrto A Kostadima, Mattia Frontini, Peter J Kirkpatrick, Patrick A Coughlin, Deepa Gopalan, Tim D Fryer, John R Buscombe, Ashley M Groves, Willem H Ouwehand, Martin R Bennett, Elizabeth A Warburton, Anthony P Davenport, James H F Rudd
BACKGROUND: Inflammation drives atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Although inflammation can be measured using fluorine-18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ([(18)F]FDG PET), [(18)F]FDG lacks cell specificity, and coronary imaging is unreliable because of myocardial spillover. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the efficacy of gallium-68-labeled DOTATATE ((68)Ga-DOTATATE), a somatostatin receptor subtype-2 (SST2)-binding PET tracer, for imaging atherosclerotic inflammation...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383307/the-thrombolytic-effect-of-diagnostic-ultrasound-induced-microbubble-cavitation-in-acute-carotid-thromboembolism
#15
Thomas R Porter, Feng Xie, John Lof, Jeffry Powers, Francois Vignon, William Shi, Matthew White
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke is often due to thromboembolism forming over ruptured atherosclerotic plaque in the carotid artery (CA). The presence of intraluminal CA thrombus is associated with a high risk of thromboembolic cerebral ischemic events. The cavitation induced by diagnostic ultrasound high mechanical index (MI) impulses applied locally during a commercially available intravenous microbubble infusion has dissolved intravascular thrombi, especially when using longer pulse durations...
April 5, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361184/impact-of-fiber-structure-on-the-material-stability-and-rupture-mechanisms-of-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques
#16
Graeham R Douglas, Adam J Brown, Jonathan H Gillard, Martin R Bennett, Michael P F Sutcliffe, Zhongzhao Teng
The rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary circulation remains the main cause of heart attack. As a fiber-oriented structure, the fiber structure, in particular in the fibrous cap (FC), may affect both loading and material strength in the plaque. However, the role of fiber orientation and dispersion in plaque rupture is unclear. Local orientation and dispersion of fibers were calculated for the shoulder regions, mid FC, and regions with intimal thickening (IT) from histological images of 16 human coronary atherosclerotic lesions...
March 30, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360913/lectin-pathway-of-complement-activation-is-associated-with-vulnerability-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
#17
Stefano Fumagalli, Carlo Perego, Rosalia Zangari, Daiana De Blasio, Marco Oggioni, Francesca De Nigris, Francesco Snider, Peter Garred, Angela M R Ferrante, Maria-Grazia De Simoni
Inflammatory mechanisms may be involved in atherosclerotic plaque rupture. By using a novel histology-based method to quantify plaque instability here, we assess whether lectin pathway (LP) of complement activation, a major inflammation arm, could represent an index of plaque instability. Plaques from 42 consecutive patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and the lipid core, cholesterol clefts, hemorrhagic content, thickness of tunica media, and intima, including or not infiltration of cellular debris and cholesterol, were determined...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350050/role-of-autophagy-in-advanced-atherosclerosis-review
#18
Yu-Ning Zhu, Wen-Jing Fan, Chi Zhang, Fang Guo, Wei Li, Yu-Fei Wang, Zhi-Sheng Jiang, Shun-Lin Qu
Atherosclerosis (AS) remains the leading cause for global cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, and a major cause of cardiopathy, myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular diseases. Macrophages serve a critical role in atherosclerotic plaque stabilization and rupture, and the selective removal of macrophages may be beneficial in improving plaque stability. Autophagy is a process of self‑feeding, during which cytoplasmic proteins or organelles are packaged into vesicles and fused with the lysosome to form an autophagosome...
March 28, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347486/comparison-of-coronary-intimal-plaques-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-arteries-with-versus-without-internal-running-vasa-vasorum
#19
Hideo Amano, Masayuki Koizumi, Ryo Okubo, Takayuki Yabe, Ippei Watanabe, Daiga Saito, Mikihito Toda, Takanori Ikeda
It has been reported that the internal running vasa vasorum (VV) was associated with plaque vulnerability, and microchannels in optical coherence tomography (OCT) are consistent pathologically with VV. We investigated plaque vulnerability and incidence of slow flow during percutaneous coronary intervention of the internal longitudinal running VV. Subjects were 71 lesions that underwent OCT before percutaneous coronary intervention. Internal running VV was defined as intraplaque neovessels running from the adventitia to plaque...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345767/nlrp3-inflammasome-its-regulation-and-involvement-in-atherosclerosis
#20
REVIEW
Zahra Hoseini, Fatemeh Sepahvand, Bahman Rashidi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Aria Masoudifar, Hamed Mirzaei
Inflammasomes are intracellular complexes involved in the innate immunity that convert proIL-1β and proIL-18 to mature forms and initiate pyroptosis via cleaving procaspase-1. The most well-known inflammasome is NLRP3. Several studies have indicated a decisive and important role of NLRP3 inflammasome, IL-1β, IL-18, and pyroptosis in atherosclerosis. Modern hypotheses introduce atherosclerosis as an inflammatory/lipid-based disease and NLRP3 inflammasome has been considered as a link between lipid metabolism and inflammation because crystalline cholesterol and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) (two abundant components in atherosclerotic plaques) activate NLRP3 inflammasome...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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