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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351872/low-cortical-iron-and-high-entorhinal-cortex-volume-promote-cognitive-functioning-in-the-oldest-old
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Jiri M G van Bergen, Xu Li, Frances C Quevenco, Anton F Gietl, Valerie Treyer, Sandra E Leh, Rafael Meyer, Alfred Buck, Philipp A Kaufmann, Roger M Nitsch, Peter C M van Zijl, Christoph Hock, Paul G Unschuld
The aging brain is characterized by an increased presence of neurodegenerative and vascular pathologies. However, there is substantial variation regarding the relationship between an individual's pathological burden and resulting cognitive impairment. To identify correlates of preserved cognitive functioning at highest age, the relationship between β-amyloid plaque load, presence of small vessel cerebrovascular disease (SVCD), iron-burden, and brain atrophy was investigated. Eighty cognitively unimpaired participants (44 oldest-old, aged 85-96 years; 36 younger-old, aged 55-80 years) were scanned by integrated positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging for assessing beta regional amyloid plaque load (18F-flutemetamol), white matter hyperintensities as an indicator of SVCD (fluid-attenuated inversion recovery-magnetic resonance imaging), and iron load (quantitative susceptibility mapping)...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349102/data-on-the-clinical-usefulness-of-brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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In-Chang Hwang, Kwang Nam Jin, Hack-Lyoung Kim, You-Nui Kim, Moon-Sun Im, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Sang-Hyun Kim, Joo-Hee Zo, Myung-A Kim
Brachial-artery pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is a simple and reliable tool for measurement of arterial stiffness. Our previous studies suggested that baPWV is associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) and the risk of cardiovascular events. In the present data article, we provided supplementary data supporting the independent prognostic value of arterial stiffness, assessed by baPWV, in patients with suspected CAD (Hwang et al., 2017) [1]. The data was obtained from 523 patients undergoing coronary CT angiography (CCTA), and baPWV was measured at the time of CCTA...
February 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337241/differential-effects-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a%C3%AE-40-and-42-on-endocytosis-and-intraneuronal-trafficking
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Rajesh S Omtri, Kevin Thompson, Xiojia Tang, Chaitanya C Gali, Ute Panzenboeck, Michael W Davidson, Krishna R Kalari, Karunya K Kadimalla
Anomalous neuronal accumulation of Aβ peptides was shown to affect synaptic transmission and contribute to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain. Neuronal cells internalize amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides from the brain extracellular space even under normal physiological conditions, and these endocytotic pathways go awry during AD progression. We hypothesized that exposure to toxic Aβ species accumulating in AD brain contribute to perturbations in neuronal endocytosis. We have shown substantial down-regulation of KEGG endocytotic pathway genes in AD patient brain regions that accumulate Aβ compared to those in non-demented individuals...
January 11, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336478/apelin-13-treatment-enhances-the-stability-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Rodrigo Araujo Fraga-Silva, Hugo Seeman, Fabrizio Montecucco, Analina Raquel da Silva, Fabienne Burger, Fabiana Pereira Costa-Fraga, Léa Anguenot, François Mach, Robson Augusto Souza Dos Santos, Nikolaos Stergiopulos, Rafaela Fernandes da Silva
BACKGROUND: Apelin is an endogenous peptidergic system which modulates cardiovascular function. Recent studies pointed out a fundamental contribution of apelin on atherosclerosis development; however, such reports revealed contradictory data, and to date, it is difficult to accurately define a beneficial or deleterious role. To better understand apelin function on atherosclerosis, we aimed to investigate apelin-13 treatment effects on atherosclerotic plaques composition. DESIGN: Apolipoprotein E gene-deleted mice were fed on Western-type diet for 11 weeks...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332908/optical-coherence-tomography-guidance-in-management-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-caused-by-plaque-erosion
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Haibo Jia, Takashi Kubo, Takashi Akasaka, Bo Yu
For several decades, most physicians have believed that acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is caused by coronary thrombosis resulting from rupture of vulnerable plaque characterized by a thin fibrous cap overlying a large necrotic core and massive inflammatory cell infiltration. However, nearly one-third of ACS cases are caused by plaque erosion characterized by intact fibrous cap, less or absent necrotic core, less inflammation, and large lumen. Because of the limitations of current imaging modalities, including angiography and intravascular ultrasound, the importance of plaque erosion as a cause of acute coronary events is less well known...
January 13, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332037/increased-vulnerability-of-the-hippocampus-in-transgenic-mice-overexpressing-app-and-triple-repeat-tau
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Andrew Arner, Edward Rockenstein, Michael Mante, Jazmin Florio, Deborah Masliah, Bahar Salehi, Anthony Adame, Cassia Overk, Eliezer Masliah, Robert A Rissman
 Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common tauopathy, characterized by progressive accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau. While pathology associated with the 4-repeat (4R) tau isoform is more abundant in corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy, both 3R and 4R tau isoforms accumulate in AD. Many studies have investigated interactions between Aβ and 4R tau in double transgenic mice, but few, if any, have examined the effects of Aβ with 3R tau. To examine this relationship, we crossed our APP751 mutant line with our recently characterized 3R tau mutant model to create a bigenic line (hAPP-3RTau) to model AD neuropathology...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330042/differences-in-the-ct-findings-between-vulnerable-plaque-and-culprit-lesions-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Eun Ju Chun, Jin Hee Han, Seung Min Yoo, Hwa Yeon Lee, In Sup Song, Charles S White
BACKGROUND: The CT finding of "vulnerable plaque" is widely regarded as similar to that of a culprit lesion in an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, this hypothesis may not be accurate, since "vulnerable plaques" may substantially change their morphology when they rupture to cause an ACS. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated coronary CT angiography data sets of 25 patients with ACS who had vulnerable (n = 10) or culprit plaques (n = 15). We analyzed CT features including positive remodeling (PR), low attenuation plaque (LAP), the napkin ring sign (NRS), degree of stenosis (normal, <50%, 50-99%, 100%), and myocardial hypoperfusion in the left ventricle...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326316/fibronectin-containing-extra-domain-a-induces-plaque-destabilization-in-the-innominate-artery-of-aged-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Prakash Doddapattar, Manish Jain, Nirav Dhanesha, Steven R Lentz, Anil K Chauhan
OBJECTIVE: Fibronectin containing extra domain A (Fn-EDA) is an endogenous ligand of TLR4 (toll-like receptor 4) and is abundant in the extracellular matrix of advanced atherosclerotic lesions in human and mice. Irrespective of sex, deletion of Fn-EDA reduces early atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (Apoe-/-) mice. However, the contribution of Fn-EDA in advanced atherosclerosis remains poorly characterized. We determined the contribution of Fn-EDA in advanced atherosclerotic lesions of aged (1-year-old) Apoe-/- mice...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326139/carotid-artery-wall-imaging-perspective-and-guidelines-from-the-asnr-vessel-wall-imaging-study-group-and-expert-consensus-recommendations-of-the-american-society-of-neuroradiology
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L Saba, C Yuan, T S Hatsukami, N Balu, Y Qiao, J K DeMarco, T Saam, A R Moody, D Li, C C Matouk, M H Johnson, H R Jäger, M Mossa-Basha, M E Kooi, Z Fan, D Saloner, M Wintermark, D J Mikulis, B A Wasserman
Identification of carotid artery atherosclerosis is conventionally based on measurements of luminal stenosis and surface irregularities using in vivo imaging techniques including sonography, CT and MR angiography, and digital subtraction angiography. However, histopathologic studies demonstrate considerable differences between plaques with identical degrees of stenosis and indicate that certain plaque features are associated with increased risk for ischemic events. The ability to look beyond the lumen using highly developed vessel wall imaging methods to identify plaque vulnerable to disruption has prompted an active debate as to whether a paradigm shift is needed to move away from relying on measurements of luminal stenosis for gauging the risk of ischemic injury...
January 11, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323337/regulatory-t-cells-as-a-new-therapeutic-target-for-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Han-Xiao Ou, Bing-Bing Guo, Qi Liu, Yu-Kun Li, Zhen Yang, Wen-Jie Feng, Zhong-Cheng Mo
Atherosclerosis is an autoimmune disease caused by self- and non-self-antigens contributing to excessive activation of T and B cell immune responses. These responses further aggravate vascular inflammation and promote progression of atherosclerosis and vulnerability to plaques via releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) as the major immunoregulatory cells, in particular, induce and maintain immune homeostasis and tolerance by suppressing the immune responses of various cells such as T and B cells, natural killer (NK) cells, monocytes, and dendritic cells (DCs), as well as by secreting inhibitory cytokines interleukin (IL)-10, IL-35 and transcription growth factor β (TGF-β) in both physiological and pathological states...
January 11, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317141/serum-levels-of-osteopontin-predict-major-adverse-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-severe-carotid-artery-stenosis
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Federico Carbone, Fabio Rigamonti, Fabienne Burger, Aline Roth, Maria Bertolotto, Giovanni Spinella, Bianca Pane, Domenico Palombo, Aldo Pende, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Alessandra Vecchié, Franco Dallegri, François Mach, Fabrizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory mediators in the blood stream and within plaques are key determinants in atherogenesis. Here, we investigated serum osteopontin (OPN) as a potential predictor of poor outcome in patients with severe carotid atherosclerosis. METHODS: Carotid plaques and serum were collected from patients asymptomatic (n=185) or symptomatic (n=40) for ischemic stroke. Plaques were stained for lipids, smooth muscle cells, neutrophils, M1 and M2 macrophage subsets and matrix metallopropteinase-9 (MMP-9)...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284609/dkk3-dickkopf-3-alters-atherosclerotic-plaque-phenotype-involving-vascular-progenitor-and-fibroblast-differentiation-into-smooth-muscle-cells
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Eirini Karamariti, Chungang Zhai, Baoqi Yu, Qiao Lei, Zhihong Wang, Claire M F Potter, Mei Mei Wong, Russell M L Simpson, Zhongyi Zhang, Xiaocong Wang, Ivan Del Barco Barrantes, Christof Niehrs, Deling Kong, Qiang Zhao, Yun Zhang, Yanhua Hu, Cheng Zhang, Qingbo Xu
OBJECTIVES: DKK3 (dickkopf 3), a 36-kD secreted glycoprotein, has been shown to be involved in the differentiation of partially reprogrammed cells and embryonic stem cells to smooth muscle cells (SMCs), but little is known about its involvement in vascular disease. This study aims to assess the effects of DKK3 on atherosclerotic plaque composition. APPROACH AND RESULTS: In the present study, we used a murine model of atherosclerosis (ApoE-/-) in conjunction with DKK3-/- and performed tandem stenosis of the carotid artery to evaluate atherosclerotic plaque development...
December 28, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284608/melanocortin-1-receptor-deficiency-promotes-atherosclerosis-in-apolipoprotein-e-mice
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Petteri Rinne, James J Kadiri, Mauricio Velasco-Delgado, Salla Nuutinen, Miro Viitala, Maija Hollmén, Martina Rami, Eriika Savontaus, Sabine Steffens
OBJECTIVE: The MC1-R (melanocortin 1 receptor) is expressed by monocytes and macrophages where it mediates anti-inflammatory actions. MC1-R also protects against macrophage foam cell formation primarily by promoting cholesterol efflux through the ABCA1 (ATP-binding cassette transporter subfamily A member 1) and ABCG1 (ATP-binding cassette transporter subfamily G member 1). In this study, we aimed to investigate whether global deficiency in MC1-R signaling affects the development of atherosclerosis...
December 28, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283055/the-role-of-angiogenesis-in-coronary-artery-disease-a-double-edged-sword-intraplaque-angiogenesis-in-physiopathology-and-therapeutic-angiogenesis-for-treatment
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Wen Wu, Xiaobo Li, Guangfeng Zuo, Jiangqin Pu, Xinlei Wu, Shaoliang Chen
Angiogenesis is described as a sprouting and growth process of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature. The relationship between angiogenesis and coronary artery disease (CAD) is double-sided. On one hand, angiogenesis within plaques is responsible for facilitating the growth and vulnerability of plaques by causing intraplaque hemorrhage and inflammatory cell influx, and overabundance of erythrocytes and inflammatory cells within a plaque probably causes plaque rupture, further leading to acute coronary syndrome...
December 27, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279202/the-emerging-relationship-between-interstitial-fluid-cerebrospinal-fluid-exchange-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-sleep
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REVIEW
Erin L Boespflug, Jeffrey J Iliff
Amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques are a key histopathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and soluble Aβ species are believed to play an important role in the clinical development of this disease. Emerging biomarker data demonstrate that Aβ plaque deposition begins decades before the onset of clinical symptoms, suggesting that understanding the biological determinants of the earliest steps in the development of AD pathology may provide key opportunities for AD treatment and prevention. Although a clinical association between sleep disruption and AD has long been appreciated, emerging clinical studies and insights from the basic neurosciences have shed important new light on how sleep and Aβ homeostasis may be connected in the setting of AD...
February 15, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274406/association-between-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-subclinical-coronary-atherosclerosis-an-observational-cohort-study
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Seung Bum Lee, Gyung-Min Park, Jong-Young Lee, Byung Uk Lee, Jae Ho Park, Byung Gyu Kim, Seok Won Jung, In Du Jeong, Sung-Jo Bang, Jung Woo Shin, Neung Hwa Park, Dong Hyun Yang, Joon-Won Kang, Tae-Hwan Lim, Hong-Kyu Kim, Jaewon Choe, Han Chu Lee
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There are limited data on the association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis. This study investigated the influence of NAFLD on subclinical coronary atherosclerosis as detected by coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in an asymptomatic population. METHODS: A total of 5,121 consecutive asymptomatic individuals with no prior history of coronary artery disease or significant alcohol intake voluntarily underwent abdominal ultrasonography and CCTA as part of a general health examination...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258444/evaluation-of-a-field-deployable-reverse-transcription-insulated-isothermal-pcr-for-rapid-and-sensitive-on-site-detection-of-zika-virus
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Mariano Carossino, Yanqiu Li, Pei-Yu A Lee, Chuan-Fu Tsai, Pin-Hsing Chou, Dennis Williams, Ashley Skillman, R Frank Cook, Grayson Brown, Hsiao-Fen G Chang, Hwa-Tang T Wang, Udeni B R Balasuriya
BACKGROUND: The recent emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Brazil and its precipitous expansion throughout the Americas has highlighted the urgent need for a rapid and reliable on-site diagnostic assay suitable for viral detection. Such point-of-need (PON), low-cost diagnostics are essential for ZIKV control in vulnerable areas with limited resources. METHODS: We developed and evaluated a ZIKV-specific field-deployable RT-iiPCR reagent set targeting the E gene for rapid detection of ZIKV in ZIKV-spiked human and mosquito specimens, and compared its performance to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) RT-qPCR assays targeting the E and NS2B genes, respectively...
December 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240557/impact-of-motion-compensation-and-partial-volume-correction-for-18f-naf-pet-ct-imaging-of-coronary-plaque
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J Cal-González, C Tsoumpas, M L Lassen, S Rasul, L Koller, M Hacker, K Schäfers, T Beyer
Recent studies have suggested that 18F-NaF-PET enables visualization and quantification of plaque micro-calcification in the coronary tree. However, PET imaging of plaque calcification in the coronary arteries is challenging because of the respiratory and cardiac motion as well as partial volume effects. The objective of this work is to implement an image reconstruction framework, which incorporates compensation for respiratory as well as cardiac motion (MoCo) and partial volume correction (PVC), for cardiac 18F-NaF PET imaging in PET/CT...
December 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237404/computed-tomography-scan-based-prediction-of-the-vulnerable-carotid-plaque
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Hadi Mahmoud Haider Diab, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Stevo Duvnjak, Axel Diederichsen, Pia Søndergaard Jensen, Jes Sanddal Lindholt
BACKGROUND: Primary to validate a commercial semi-automated computed tomography angiography (CTA) -software for vulnerable plaque detection compared to histology of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) specimens and secondary validating calcifications scores by in vivo CTA with ex vivo non-contrast enhanced computed tomography (NCCT). METHODS: From January 2014 to October 2016 53 patients were included retrospectively, using a cross-sectional design. All patients underwent both CTA and CEA...
December 13, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236323/effects-of-microrna-330-on-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-formation-and-vascular-endothelial-cell-proliferation-through-the-wnt-signaling-pathway-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Jing Ren, Rui Ma, Zhu-Bo Zhang, Yang Li, Ping Lei, Jian-Long Men
This study is designed to investigate the effects of microRNA (miR)-330 on atherosclerotic plaques formation and vascular endothelial (VE) cell proliferation by targeting MAPK8 through the WNT signaling pathway in rats with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Expression of hemodynamic variables were tested. Rats were allocated into control, blank, negative control (NC), miR-330 mimic, miR-330 inhibitor, DDK-1, miR-330 inhibitor + DDK-1 groups. ELISA was used to evaluate the expression of TC, TG, LDL-C, hs-CRP, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-α, and SAA...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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