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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108216/the-phenomenon-of-atherosclerosis-reversal-and-regression-lessons-from-animal-models
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Dimitry A Chistiakov, Veronika A Myasoedova, Victor V Revin, Alexander N Orekhov, Yuri V Bobryshev
Studies in non-rodent and murine models showed that atherosclerosis can be reversed. Atherosclerosis progression induced by high-fat or cholesterol-rich diet can be reduced and reversed to plaque regression after switching to a normal diet or through administration of lipid-lowering agents. The similar process should exist in humans after implementation of lipid-lowering therapy and as a result of targeting of small rupture-prone plaques that are major contributors for acute atherosclerotic complications. Lowering of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and the activation of reverse cholesterol transport lead to a decline in foam cell content, to the depletion of plaque lipid reservoirs, a decrease in lesional macrophage numbers through the activation of macrophage emigration and, probably, apoptosis, dampening plaque inflammation, and the induction of anti-inflammatory macrophages involved in clearance of the necrotic core and plaque healing...
January 17, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102478/influence-of-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Rose Mary Ferreira Lisboa da Silva
BACKGROUND: Inflammation markers have been associated with cardiovascular diseases including atrial fibrillation. This arrhythmia is the most frequent, with an incidence of 38/1000 person-years. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aims of this study are to discuss the association between inflammation, atherosclerosis and atrial fibrillation and its clinical implications. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and inflammation is a triggering factor of atherosclerotic plaque rupture...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099589/which-coronary-lesions-are-more-prone-to-cause-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Taner Sen, Mehmet Ali Astarcioglu, Osman Beton, Lale Dinc Asarcikli, Celal Kilit
Background: According to common belief, most myocardial infarctions (MIs) are due to the rupture of nonsevere, vulnerable plaques with < 70% obstruction. Data from recent trials challenge this belief, suggesting that the risk of coronary occlusion is, in fact, much higher after severe stenosis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not acute ST-elevation MIs result from high-grade stenoses by evaluating the presence of coronary collateral circulation (CCC). Methods: We retrospectively included 207 consecutive patients who had undergone primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation MI...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095402/a-general-shear-dependent-model-for-thrombus-formation
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Alireza Yazdani, He Li, Jay D Humphrey, George Em Karniadakis
Modeling the transport, activation, and adhesion of platelets is crucial in predicting thrombus formation and growth following a thrombotic event in normal or pathological conditions. We propose a shear-dependent platelet adhesive model based on the Morse potential that is calibrated by existing in vivo and in vitro experimental data and can be used over a wide range of flow shear rates ([Formula: see text]). We introduce an Eulerian-Lagrangian model where hemodynamics is solved on a fixed Eulerian grid, while platelets are tracked using a Lagrangian framework...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087279/alpha-2-macroglobulin-and-heparin-cofactor-ii-and-the-vulnerability-of-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaques-an-itraq-based-analysis
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Jinmao Li, Xi Liu, Ying Xiang, Xueying Ding, Teng Wang, Ying Liu, Maojia Yin, Changhong Tan, Fen Deng, Lifen Chen
Rupture of carotid atherosclerotic plaque may cause stroke, while few biomarker in clinic can evaluate carotid plaque vulnerability. In this study, we divided the recruited participants into no plaque, stable plaque, and vulnerable plaque group according to carotid ultrasonography, and screened the differentially expressed proteins in plasma of these participants using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation labeling coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. 28 proteins were identified differentially expressed, among which alpha-2-macroglobulin (α2M) and heparin cofactor II (HCII) were found to be at hub position in the interactions of these proteins by STRING analysis and were selected for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay measurement to assess their relevance with carotid plaques vulnerability and diagnostic efficiency...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078575/molecular-imaging-of-atherosclerosis-with-integrated-pet-imaging
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Basma Hammad, Nicholas R Evans, James H F Rudd, Ahmed Tawakol
Atherosclerotic diseases account for nearly half of all deaths and are leading causes of adult disability. Our understanding of how atherosclerosis leads to cardiovascular disease events has evolved: from a concept of progressive luminal narrowing, to that of sudden rupture and thrombosis of biologically active atheroma. In concert with this conceptual shift, contemporary imaging techniques now allow imaging of biological processes that associate with plaque instability: active calcification and plaque inflammation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077820/acute-coronary-syndrome-demonstrating-plaque-rupture-in-calcified-lesions-visualized-by-optical-frequency-domain-imaging
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Yutaka Goryo, Teruyoshi Kume, Yusuke Kobayashi, Hiroshi Okamoto, Ai Kawamura, Kenzo Fukuhara, Terumasa Koyama, Ryotaro Yamada, Koichiro Imai, Yoji Neishi, Shiro Uemura
A 68-year-old female with acute coronary syndrome was transferred to our hospital. Emergency coronary angiography showed 90% stenosis with severe calcification in the proximal right coronary artery (RCA). Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images were obtained and showed circumferential heavy calcification without any evidence of plaque rupture. Optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) images were obtained in the RCA lesion 3 days after the initial coronary angiography. A cavity of plaque rupture in the calcified plaque by using OFDI was observed in the lesion, which could not be recognized by IVUS...
January 11, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077337/stress-hormone-epinephrine-adrenaline-and-norepinephrine-noradrenaline-effects-on-the-anaerobic-bacteria
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Lyudmila Boyanova
Microbial endocrinology is a relatively new research area that already encompasses the anaerobes. Stress hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, can affect the growth of anaerobic bacteria such as Fusobacterium nucleatum, Prevotella spp., Porhyromonas spp., Tanerella forsythia and Propionibacterium acnes and can increase virulence gene expression, iron acquisition and many virulence factors of some anaerobic species such as Clostridium perfringens, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Brachyspira pilosicoli. Epinephrine and norepinephrine effects can lead to a growth increase or decrease, or no effect on the growth of the anaerobes...
January 8, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075455/tnf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-regulates-apoptosis-of-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-gap-junctions
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Mei Tang, Jun Fang
Inflammatory cytokines are released by immune cells and are able to induce vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to undergo apoptosis, causing atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Changes in the expression levels of connexins (Cxs) have been demonstrated in VSMCs to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic progression. The present study examined the effect of tumor necrosis factor‑α (TNF‑α) on Cx43 expression levels and apoptosis in human VSMCs. Overexpression of Cx43 plasmids notably stimulated VSMC proliferation...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062499/role-of-kca3-1-channels-in-macrophage-polarization-and-its-relevance-in-atherosclerotic-plaque-instability
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Rende Xu, Chenguang Li, Yizhe Wu, Li Shen, Jianying Ma, Juying Qian, Junbo Ge
OBJECTIVE: Emerging evidence indicates that proinflammatory macrophage polarization imbalance plays a key role in atherosclerotic plaque progression and instability. The calcium-activated potassium channel KCa3.1 is critically involved in macrophage activation and function. However, the role of KCa3.1 in macrophage polarization is unknown. This study investigates the potential role of KCa3.1 in transcriptional regulation in macrophage polarization and its relationship to plaque instability...
December 29, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057601/oxysterols-and-4-hydroxy-2-nonenal-contribute-to-atherosclerotic-plaque-destabilization
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Simona Gargiulo, Gabriella Testa, Paola Gamba, Erica Staurenghi, Giuseppe Poli, Gabriella Leonarduzzi
A growing bulk of evidence suggests that cholesterol oxidation products, known as oxysterols, and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE), the major proatherogenic components of oxidized low density lipoproteins (oxLDLs), significantly contribute to atherosclerotic plaque progression and destabilization, with eventual plaque rupture. These oxidized lipids are involved in various key steps of this complex process, mainly thanks to their ability to induce inflammation, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. This review summarizes the current knowledge of the effects induced by these compounds on vascular cells, after their accumulation in the arterial wall and in the atherosclerotic plaque...
January 2, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052311/readapting-the-adaptive-immune-response-therapeutic-strategies-for-atherosclerosis
#12
REVIEW
Andrew P Sage, Ziad Mallat
Cardiovascular diseases remain a major global health issue, with the development of atherosclerosis a major underlying cause. Our treatment of cardiovascular disease has improved greatly over the past 3 decades, but significant need still remains to reduce disease burden. Current priorities include reducing atherosclerosis advancement to clinically significant stages, and preventing plaque rupture or erosion. Inflammation and involvement of the adaptive immune system influences all these aspects and therefore is one focus for future therapeutic development...
January 4, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040472/proatherogenic-effects-of-4-hydroxynonenal
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Anne Nègre-Salvayre, Sandra Garoby-Salom, Audrey Swiader, Myriam Rouahi, Mélanie Pucelle, Robert Salvayre
4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) is a α,β-unsaturated hydroxyalkenal generated by peroxidation of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid. This reactive carbonyl compound exhibits a huge number of biological properties that result mainly from the formation of HNE-adducts on free amino groups and thiol groups in proteins. In the vascular system, HNE adduct accumulation progressively leads to cellular dysfunction and tissue damages that are involved in the progression of atherosclerosis and related diseases. HNE contributes to the atherogenicity of oxidized LDL, by forming HNE-apoB adducts that deviate the LDL metabolism to the scavenger receptor pathway of macrophagic cells, and lead to the formation of foam cells...
December 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039859/cholesterol-crystallisation-in-human-atherosclerosis-is-triggered-in-smooth-muscle-cells-during-the-transition-from-fatty-streak-to-fibroatheroma
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Benoît Ho-Tin-Noé, Sophie Vo, Richard Bayles, Stephen Ferrière, Hayette Ladjal, Sondes Toumi, Catherine Deschildre, Véronique Ollivier, Jean-Baptiste Michel
Recent studies have shown that in addition to being major constituents of the atheromatous core, solid cholesterol crystals (CCs) promote atherosclerotic lesion development and rupture by causing mechanical damage and exerting cytotoxic and pro-inflammatory effects. These findings suggest that targeting CCs might represent a therapeutic strategy for plaque stabilisation. However, little is known about how cholesterol crystallisation is initiated in human atherothrombotic disease. Here, we investigated these mechanisms...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035135/complete-revascularization-of-simultaneous-multiple-culprit-lesions-in-a-septuagenarian-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Ikechukwu A Ifedili, Tamunoinemi Bob-Manuel, Oluwaseyi Bolorunduro, Raza Askari, Uzoma N Ibebuogu
BACKGROUND ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is usually caused by rupture of unstable plaque with thrombus formation and abrupt cessation of blood flow through a single coronary artery that is deemed the culprit. The simultaneous thrombotic occlusions of multiple coronary arteries in the setting of STEMI is a rare occurrence with implications for patient management and outcome not fully addressed in the current STEMI guidelines, although more recent studies suggest a benefit of complete revascularization compared to culprit vessel-only treatment in the setting of STEMI...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017911/apelin-concentrations-are-associated-with-altered-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability-mediator-levels-and-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Sule Gunter, Ahmed Solomon, Linda Tsang, Angela J Woodiwiss, Chanel Robinson, Aletta M E Millen, Gavin R Norton, Patrick H Dessein
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Apelin-APJ signaling reduces cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the atherosclerosis burden and plaque vulnerability to rupture are increased. We explored relationships between apelin concentrations and subclinical CVD in RA. METHODS: Apelin levels were measured in 235 (114 black, 121 white) RA patients. Associations between apelin concentrations and ultrasound determined carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and plaque, and levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and -9 that mediate plaque stability and vulnerability respectively, were identified in confounder adjusted multivariate regression analysis...
November 24, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013562/deciphering-acute-coronary-syndrome-biomarkers-high-resolution-proteomics-in-platelets-thrombi-and-microparticles
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Diana Navas-Carrillo, Francisco Marín, Mariano Valdés, Esteban Orenes-Piñero
Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) encompass unstable angina, non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death. They are commonly associated with the presence of vulnerable plaques in the coronary arteries and occur when a thrombus formed from a ruptured atheromatous plaque causes a prolonged occlusion of a coronary artery. The erosion of the vulnerable plaques results in the formation of luminal thrombi secondary to platelet activation and the release of thrombogenic elements within the atherosclerotic lesions...
December 26, 2016: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013285/not-all-plaque-ruptures-are-born-equal-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Giancarla Scalone, Giampaolo Niccoli, Hesham Refaat, Rocco Vergallo, Italo Porto, Antonio Maria Leone, Francesco Burzotta, Domenico D'Amario, Giovanna Liuzzo, Francesco Fracassi, Carlo Trani, Filippo Crea
AIMS: Plaque rupture (PR) represents the most common substrate of coronary thrombosis, in at least 50% of cases. Chronic low grade inflammation is a common background for atherosclerosis development; however, increased plaque inflammation may predispose by itself to PR. In the last decade, studies performed by optical coherence tomography (OCT) have allowed to establish the severity of plaque inflammation by assessing macrophage infiltration (MØI). Our retrospective study aimed at assessing the role of plaque inflammation in PR among patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) using OCT...
December 24, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007772/imaging-carotid-atherosclerosis-plaque-ulceration-comparison-of-advanced-imaging-modalities-and-recent-developments
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REVIEW
J Yuan, A Usman, T Das, A J Patterson, J H Gillard, M J Graves
Atherosclerosis remains the leading cause of long-term mortality and morbidity worldwide, despite remarkable advancement in its management. Vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques are principally responsible for thromboembolic events in various arterial territories such as carotid, coronary, and lower limb vessels. Carotid plaque ulceration is one of the key features associated with plaque vulnerability and is considered a notable indicator of previous plaque rupture and possible future cerebrovascular events. Multiple imaging modalities have been used to assess the degree of carotid plaque ulceration for diagnostic and research purposes...
December 22, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007746/optical-coherence-tomography-to-evaluate-plaque-burden-and-morphology-in-patients-with-takotsubo-syndrome
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Ingo Eitel, Thomas Stiermaier, Tobias Graf, Christian Möller, Karl-Philipp Rommel, Charlotte Eitel, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele, Steffen Desch
BACKGROUND: Disrupted atherosclerotic plaques in the left anterior descending coronary artery are discussed controversially as a potential pathophysiological mechanism in Takotsubo syndrome (TTS). Therefore, the aim of the present study was to assess plaque burden and morphology by using optical coherence tomography in patients with TTS. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 23 consecutive TTS patients were included in this single-center study and underwent optical coherence tomography imaging of the left main coronary artery and the left anterior descending coronary artery at acute presentation...
December 22, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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