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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319050/extracellular-matrix-proteomics-identifies-molecular-signature-of-symptomatic-carotid-plaques
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Sarah R Langley, Karin Willeit, Athanasios Didangelos, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Philipp Skroblin, Javier Barallobre-Barreiro, Mariette Lengquist, Gregor Rungger, Alexander Kapustin, Ludmilla Kedenko, Chris Molenaar, Ruifang Lu, Temo Barwari, Gonca Suna, Xiaoke Yin, Bernhard Iglseder, Bernhard Paulweber, Peter Willeit, Joseph Shalhoub, Gerard Pasterkamp, Alun H Davies, Claudia Monaco, Ulf Hedin, Catherine M Shanahan, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Manuel Mayr
BACKGROUND: The identification of patients with high-risk atherosclerotic plaques prior to the manifestation of clinical events remains challenging. Recent findings question histology- and imaging-based definitions of the "vulnerable plaque," necessitating an improved approach for predicting onset of symptoms. METHODS: We performed a proteomics comparison of the vascular extracellular matrix and associated molecules in human carotid endarterectomy specimens from 6 symptomatic versus 6 asymptomatic patients to identify a protein signature for high-risk atherosclerotic plaques...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314627/n-%C3%AE%C2%B5-carboxymethyl-lysine-concentration-in-debris-from-carotid-artery-stenting-correlates-independently-with-signal-intensity-on-t1-weighted-black-blood-magnetic-resonance-images
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Ayumu Eto, Noriyuki Sakata, Ryoji Nagai, Jun-Ichi Shirakawa, Ritsurou Inoue, Fumiaki Kiyomi, Kouhei Nii, Hiroshi Aikawa, Minoru Iko, Masanori Tsutsumi, Kimiya Sakamoto, Fumihiro Hiraoka, Takahumi Mitsutake, Hayatsura Hanada, Kiyoshi Kazekawa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Because magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) focuses on the morphological characteristics of carotid artery plaques, its diagnostic value with respect to plaque vulnerability is limited. We examined the correlation between N(ε)-(carboxymethyl)lysine (CML), a main chemical structure of advanced glycation end-products, and the vulnerability of plaques visualized on MRI scans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 43 patients who had undergone carotid artery stenting (CAS) for carotid artery stenosis; all underwent MRI studies, including black-blood MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304220/high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaques-a-correlation-study-with-histopathology
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Zhangyong Xia, Hua Yang, Xiaochun Yuan, Jiyue Wang, Shigang Zhang, Liyong Zhang, Yang Qu, Jun Chen, Liqun Jiao, Le-Xin Wang, Yifeng Du
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to utilize high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the characteristics of stable and vulnerable carotid arteriosclerotic plaques, with correlations to histopathological findings. PATIENTS AND METHODS: High-resolution MRI was performed in 817 patients, using three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography. Plaque composition was evaluated by measuring the areas occupied by calcification, a lipid-rich necrotic core, intra-plaque haemorrhage, and fibrous cap rupture...
March 17, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303857/research-progress-on-the-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-human-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaques
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REVIEW
Xiang-Dong Xiong, Wei-Dong Xiong, Shang-Shen Xiong, Gui-Hai Chen
OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process that results in complex lesions or plaques that protrude into the arterial lumen. Carotid atherosclerotic plaque rupture, with distal atheromatous debris embolization, causes cerebrovascular events. This review aimed to explore research progress on the risk factors and outcomes of human carotid atherosclerotic plaques, and the molecular and cellular mechanisms of human carotid atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability for therapeutic intervention...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283423/echolucency-of-the-carotid-artery-is-associated-with-short-term-plaque-progression-and-positive-remodeling-in-the-culprit-coronary-artery-in-ami-survivors
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Mika Futamata, Satoshi Matsuoka, Takuya Shimizu, Toru Yoshizaki, Jun-Ei Obata, Takamitsu Nakamura, Daisuke Fujioka, Yosuke Watanabe, Kazuto Nakamura, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kiyotaka Kugiyama
BACKGROUND: Rapid plaque progression and positive remodeling are recognized as vulnerable coronary plaque characteristics. This study examined whether serial carotid ultrasonography might be of value for assessment of coronary plaque progression and positive remodeling, measured by serial intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), in survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with AMI had repeated examinations by IVUS of culprit coronary arteries and echolucency of the coronary artery on admission (1st test) and 6 months later (2nd test)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279371/carotid-plaque-lipid-content-and-fibrous-cap-status-predict-systemic-cv-outcomes-the-mri-substudy-in-aim-high
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Jie Sun, Xue-Qiao Zhao, Niranjan Balu, Moni B Neradilek, Daniel A Isquith, Kiyofumi Yamada, Gádor Cantón, John R Crouse, Todd J Anderson, John Huston, Kevin O'Brien, Daniel S Hippe, Nayak L Polissar, Chun Yuan, Thomas S Hatsukami
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether and what carotid plaque characteristics predict systemic cardiovascular outcomes in patients with clinically established atherosclerotic disease. BACKGROUND: Advancements in atherosclerosis imaging have allowed assessment of various plaque characteristics, some of which are more directly linked to the pathogenesis of acute cardiovascular events compared to plaque burden. METHODS: As part of the event-driven clinical trial AIM-HIGH (Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL/High Triglycerides: Impact on Global Health Outcomes), subjects with clinically established atherosclerotic disease underwent multicontrast carotid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect plaque tissue composition and high-risk features...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274754/noninvasive-characterization-of-carotid-plaque-strain
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Amir A Khan, Siddhartha Sikdar, Thomas Hatsukami, Juan Cebral, Michael Jones, John Huston, George Howard, Brajesh K Lal
OBJECTIVE: Current risk stratification of internal carotid artery plaques based on diameter-reducing percentage stenosis may be unreliable because ischemic stroke results from plaque disruption with atheroembolization. Biomechanical forces acting on the plaque may render it vulnerable to rupture. The feasibility of ultrasound-based quantification of plaque displacement and strain induced by hemodynamic forces and their relationship to high-risk plaques have not been determined. We studied the feasibility and reliability of carotid plaque strain measurement from clinical B-mode ultrasound images and the relationship of strain to high-risk plaque morphology...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268915/clinical-viability-of-carotid-plaque-strain-estimation-using-b-mode-ultrasound-image-sequences
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Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar
It is estimated that approximately 30% of ischemic strokes are caused by rupture of plaque in the carotid artery. Development of techniques focusing on identifying plaques that are vulnerable to rupture is thus indispensable for stroke prevention. Recent studies have demonstrated that motion analysis of plaques from B-mode and RF ultrasound (US) image sequences can be used to estimate plaque strain. However, viability of these methods in a clinical setting, with variable acquisition protocols, has not been demonstrated yet...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236046/prevalence-and-distribution-of-calcified-nodules-in-carotid-arteries-in-correlation-with-clinical-symptoms
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Karolin Johanna Paprottka, Damiana Saam, Johannes Rübenthaler, Andreas Schindler, Nora Navina Sommer, Philipp Marius Paprottka, Dirk André Clevert, Maximilian Reiser, Tobias Saam, Andreas Helck
PURPOSE: Calcified nodules ("CN") are responsible for up to 5% of coronary-infarcts and, therefore, classified as minor criteria of "vulnerable" atherosclerotic plaque. We sought to evaluate prevalence and distribution of CN in carotid arteries in correlation with clinical symptoms. METHODS: 178 consecutive patients with unilateral ischemic stroke and carotid plaques ≥2 mm by duplex ultrasound underwent a carotid-black-blood-3T-MRI with fat-saturated pre- and post-contrast T1w-, PDw-, T2w- and TOF images using dedicated surface-coils...
February 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227119/clinical-viability-of-carotid-plaque-strain-estimation-using-b-mode-ultrasound-image-sequences
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Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Siddhartha Sikdar, Brajesh K Lal, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker
It is estimated that approximately 30% of ischemic strokes are caused by rupture of plaque in the carotid artery. Development of techniques focusing on identifying plaques that are vulnerable to rupture is thus indispensable for stroke prevention. Recent studies have demonstrated that motion analysis of plaques from B-mode and RF ultrasound (US) image sequences can be used to estimate plaque strain. However, viability of these methods in a clinical setting, with variable acquisition protocols, has not been demonstrated yet...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214453/reciprocal-regulation-of-enos-h2s-and-co-synthesizing-enzymes-in-human-atheroma-correlation-with-plaque-stability-and-effects-of-simvastatin
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Fragiska Sigala, Panagiotis Efentakis, Dimitra Karageorgiadi, Konstadinos Filis, Paraskevas Zampas, Efstathios K Iliodromitis, George Zografos, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Ioanna Andreadou
The molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying plaque destabilization remain obscure. We sought to elucidate the correlation between NO, H2S and CO-generating enzymes, nitro-oxidative stress and plaque stability in carotid arteries. Carotid atherosclerotic plaques were collected from 62 patients who had undergone endarterectomy due to internal artery stenosis. Following histological evaluation the plaques were divided into stable and unstable ones. To investigate the impact of simvastatin we divided patients with stable plaques, into those receiving and to those not receiving simvastatin...
February 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160261/imaging-of-the-ulcerated-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Vasileios Rafailidis, Ioannis Chryssogonidis, Thomas Tegos, Konstantinos Kouskouras, Afroditi Charitanti-Kouridou
Carotid atherosclerotic disease constitutes a major modern health problem whose diagnosis primarily relies on imaging. Grading of stenosis has been long used as the main factor for risk stratification and guiding of management. Nevertheless, increasing evidence has shown that additional plaque characteristics such as plaque composition and surface morphology play an important role in the occurrence of symptoms, justifying the term "vulnerable plaque". Carotid plaque surface characteristics either in the form of surface irregularities or ulceration represent an important factor of vulnerability and are associated with the occurrence of neurologic symptoms...
February 3, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155719/contralateral-artery-enlargement-predicts-carotid-plaque-progression-based-on-machine-learning-algorithm-models-in-apoe-mice
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Bing Li, Yun Jiao, Cong Fu, Bo Xie, Genshan Ma, Gaojun Teng, Yuyu Yao
BACKGROUND: This study specifically focused on anatomical MRI characterization of the low shear stress-induced atherosclerotic plaque in mice. We used machine learning algorithms to analyze multiple correlation factors of plaque to generate predictive models and to find the predictive factor for vulnerable plaque. METHODS: Branches of the left carotid artery in apoE(-/-) and C57BL/6J mice were ligated to produce the partial left carotid artery model. Before surgery, and 7, 14, and 28 days after surgery, in vivo serial MRI measurements of carotid artery diameter were obtained...
December 28, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154161/development-of-coronary-pulse-wave-velocity-new-pathophysiological-insight-into-coronary-artery-disease
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Brahim Harbaoui, Pierre-Yves Courand, Andrei Cividjian, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: Although aortic stiffness assessed by pulse wave velocity (PWV) is a strong predictor of coronary artery disease, the significance of local coronary stiffness has never been tackled. The first objective of this study was to describe a method of measuring coronary PWV (CoPWV) invasively and to describe its determinants. The second objective was to assess both CoPWV and aortic PWV in patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes or stable coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 53 patients, CoPWV was measured from the delay in pressure wave and distance traveled as a pressure wire was withdrawn from the distal to the proximal coronary segment...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153351/non-invasive-identification-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-using-texture-analysis-in-ultrasound-carotid-elastography-an-in%C3%A2-vivo-feasibility-study-validated-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Chengwu Huang, Qiong He, Manwei Huang, Lingyun Huang, Xihai Zhao, Chun Yuan, Jianwen Luo
The aims of this study were to quantify the textural information of strain rate images in ultrasound carotid elastography and evaluate the feasibility of using the textural features in discriminating stable and vulnerable plaques with magnetic resonance imaging as an in vivo reference. Ultrasound radiofrequency data were acquired in 80 carotid plaques from 52 patients, mainly in the longitudinal imaging view, and axial strain rate images were estimated with an ultrasound carotid elastography technique based on an optical flow algorithm...
April 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121134/molecular-imaging-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-vivo-with-osteopontin-specific-upconversion-nanoprobes
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Ruirui Qiao, Hongyu Qiao, Yan Zhang, Yabin Wang, Chongwei Chi, Jie Tian, Lifang Zhang, Feng Cao, Mingyuan Gao
Owing to the high mortality rate of cardiovascular diseases, developing novel noninvasive diagnostic methods becomes urgent and mandatory. It is well-known that the rupture of vulnerable plaques directly leads to deadly consequences. However, differentiating vulnerable plaques from stable plaques remains challenging in the clinic. In the current study, osteopontin (OPN), a secreted biomarker associated with macrophages and foamy macrophages, was selected as a target for identifying the vulnerable plaques. A dual modality imaging probe was constructed by covalently attaching an OPN antibody to NaGdF4:Yb,Er@NaGdF4 upconversion nanoparticles...
February 28, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120364/evaluation-of-carotid-plaque-vulnerability-in-vivo-correlation-between-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-and-mri-modified-aha-classification
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Xiaoqian Ge, Zien Zhou, Huilin Zhao, Xiao Li, Beibei Sun, Shiteng Suo, Maree L Hackett, Jieqing Wan, Jianrong Xu, Xiaosheng Liu
PURPOSE: To noninvasively monitor carotid plaque vulnerability by exploring the relationship between pharmacokinetic parameters (PPs) of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) and plaque types based on MRI-modified American Heart Association (AHA) classification, as well as to assess the ability of PPs in discrimination between stable and vulnerable plaques suspected on MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 70 consecutive patients with carotid plaques who volunteered for 3...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113578/2d-versus-3d-cross-correlation-based-radial-and-circumferential-strain-estimation-using-multiplane-2d-ultrafast-ultrasound-in-a-3d-atherosclerotic-carotid-artery-model
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Stein Fekkes, Abigail E S Swillens, Hendrik H G Hansen, Anne E C M Saris, Maartje M Nillesen, Francesco Iannaccone, Patrick Segers, Chris L de Korte
Three-dimensional strain estimation might improve the detection and localization of high strain regions in the carotid artery for identification of vulnerable plaques. This study compares 2D vs. 3D displacement estimation in terms of radial and circumferential strain using simulated ultrasound images of a patient specific 3D atherosclerotic carotid artery model at the bifurcation embedded in surrounding tissue generated with ABAQUS software. Global longitudinal motion was superimposed to the model based on literature data...
August 25, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104528/cannabinoid-receptor-type-2-cb2-as-one-of-the-candidate-genes-in-human-carotid-plaque-imaging-evaluation-of-the-novel-radiotracer-11-c-rs-016-targeting-cb2-in-atherosclerosis
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Romana Meletta, Roger Slavik, Linjing Mu, Zoran Rancic, Nicole Borel, Roger Schibli, Simon M Ametamey, Stefanie D Krämer, Adrienne Müller Herde
INTRODUCTION: Endarterectomized human atherosclerotic plaques are a valuable basis for gene expression studies to disclose novel imaging biomarkers and therapeutic targets, such as the cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2). In this work, CB2 is expressed on activated immune cells, which are abundant in inflamed plaques. We evaluated the CB2-specific radiotracer [(11)C]RS-016 for imaging vascular inflammation in human and mouse atherosclerotic lesions. METHODS: The differential gene expression of microscopically classified human carotid plaques was evaluated using quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
April 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094067/differential-intensity-projection-for-visualisation-and-quantification-of-plaque-neovascularisation-in-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-images-of-carotid-arteries
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Wing Keung Cheung, Benoy N Shah, Antonio Stanziola, Dorothy M Gujral, Navtej S Chahal, David O Cosgrove, Roxy Senior, Meng-Xing Tang
Studies have reported that intraplaque neovascularisation (IPN) is closely correlated with plaque vulnerability. In this study, a new image processing approach, differential intensity projection (DIP), was developed to visualise and quantify IPN in contrast-enhanced non-linear ultrasound image sequences of carotid arteries. DIP used the difference between the local temporal maximum and the local temporal average signals to identify bubbles against tissue non-linear artefact and noise. The total absolute and relative areas occupied by bubbles within each plaque were calculated to quantify IPN...
April 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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