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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336364/mechanism-of-chronic-stress-induced-reduced-atherosclerotic-medial-area-and-increased-plaque-instability-in-rabbit-models-of-chronic-stress
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Ze-Mou Yu, Xiao-Tao Deng, Ruo-Mei Qi, Lu-Yan Xiao, Chong-Qing Yang, Tao Gong
BACKGROUND: Chronic stress contributes to increased risks of atherosclerotic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and transient ischemic attack. However, its underline mechanisms are poorly understood. This study aimed to elucidate the mechanism via which chronic stress exerts its effect on atherosclerosis (AS). METHODS: Fifty male New Zealand white rabbits were used. Aortic balloon-injury model was applied. Both social stress and physical stress methods were adopted to establish chronic stress models...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
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/29250534/relation-of-abo-blood-groups-to-the-plaque-characteristic-of-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Xingtao Huang, Yongpeng Zou, Lulu Li, Shuyuan Chen, Jingbo Hou, Bo Yu
The ABO blood types related to morphological characteristics of atherosclerosis plaque are not clear. We aimed to evaluate the relationship between ABO blood groups and the coronary plaque characteristic. We retrospectively identified the target lesions in 392 acute coronary syndrome patients who underwent optical coherence tomography examination before stenting. Subjects were divided into different groups according to different blood types. The fibrous cap thickness was significantly thicker in O type compared with non-O type (0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247510/culprit-plaque-characteristics-in-women-vs-men-with-a-first-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-vivo-optical-coherence-tomography-insights
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Rong Sun, Liping Sun, Yandong Fu, Huimin Liu, Maoen Xu, Xuefeng Ren, Huai Yu, Hui Dong, Yang Liu, Yinchun Zhu, Jinwei Tian, Bo Yu
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether more severe coronary atherosclerosis is a prerequisite to an initial acute coronary event in women vs men. HYPOTHESIS: Women may have more severe coronary atherosclerosis than men in patients with acute coronary event. METHODS: We used intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) to evaluate gender differences in culprit-plaque morphology in patients with a first ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
December 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202375/coronary-versus-carotid-artery-plaques-similarities-and-differences-regarding-biomarkers-morphology-and-prognosis
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Fragiska Sigala, Evangelos Oikonomou, Alexis S Antonopoulos, George Galyfos, Dimitris Tousoulis
Carotid and coronary artery disease are two major atherosclerotic conditions that have shown an increased prevalence in the last three decades that is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Recent data have revealed that the development of the atherosclerotic plaque-the basic entity in both diseases-may share similar characteristics and mechanisms irrespective of the location site. Even though the biology of atherosclerotic process is similar, there are differences in plaque morphology and characteristics...
December 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195505/type-2-diabetes-mellitus-is-associated-with-a-lower-fibrous-cap-thickness-but-has-no-impact-on-calcification-morphology-an-intracoronary-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Andrea Milzi, Mathias Burgmaier, Kathrin Burgmaier, Martin Hellmich, Nikolaus Marx, Sebastian Reith
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are at high risk for cardiovascular events, which usually arise from the rupture of a vulnerable coronary plaque. The minimal fibrous cap thickness (FCT) overlying a necrotic lipid core is an established predictor for plaque rupture. Recently, coronary calcification has emerged as a relevant feature of plaque vulnerability. However, the impact of T2DM on these morphological plaque parameters is largely unexplored. Therefore, this study aimed to compare differences of coronary plaque morphology in patients with and without T2DM with a particular focus on coronary calcification...
December 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150363/development-of-a-3-french-dual-frequency-intravascular-ultrasound-catheter
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Chelsea E Munding, Emmanuel Chérin, Isaac Jourard, Jill J Weyers, David E Goertz, Brian K Courtney, F Stuart Foster
Coronary plaque morphology, including plaque size and fibrous cap thickness, is thought to contribute to the risk of plaque rupture and future cardiac events. Dual-frequency intravascular ultrasound has been proposed as a possible technique to visualize both large-scale features and superficial detail of coronary plaque; however, it has not been found to be feasible within the constraints of a clinically functional intravascular ultrasound catheter. In this study, we describe the design and fabrication of a dual-frequency catheter using a bidirectional transducer stack with center frequencies of approximately 30 and 80 MHz...
November 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131800/qualitative-and-quantitative-evaluation-of-dynamic-changes-in-non-culprit-coronary-atherosclerotic-lesion-morphology-a-longitudinal-oct-study
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Bu-Chun Zhang, Antonios Karanasos, Muthukaruppan Gnanadesigan, Johannes N van der Sijde, Nienke van Ditzhuijzen, Karen T Witberg, Jurgen Ligthart, Roberto Diletti, Robert-Jan van Geuns, Jouke Dijkstra, Felix Zijlstra, Gijs van Soest, Evelyn Regar
AIMS: There is limited in vivo evidence regarding the temporal evolution of non-culprit coronary plaque morphology. We evaluated changes in non-culprit plaque morphology over time by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS:  72 patients with 257 non-culprit segments with serial OCT studies were analyzed. Non-culprit 5mm-long coronary segments from the same imaged region were matched between baseline and follow-up. OCT plaque characterization including automated attenuation analysis was performed and changes over a median follow-up of 6...
November 14, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109462/intravascular-optical-coherence-tomography-for-characterization-of-atherosclerosis-with-a-1-7-micron-swept-source-laser
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Yan Li, Joseph Jing, Emon Heidari, Jiang Zhu, Yueqiao Qu, Zhongping Chen
The main cause of acute coronary events, such as thrombosis, is the rupture of atherosclerotic plaques. Typical intravascular optical coherence tomography (IVOCT) imaging systems that utilize a 1.3 μm swept source laser are often used for identifying fibrous cap thickness of plaques, yet cannot provide adequate depth penetration to resolve the size of the lipid pool. Here, we present a novel  IVOCT system with a 1.7 μm center wavelength swept light source that can readily penetrate deeper into the tissue because of the longer wavelength and allows for better identification of plaques due to the lipid absorption spectrum at 1...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092845/clinical-predictors-for-lack-of-favorable-vascular-response-to-statin-therapy-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-a-serial-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Yoshiyasu Minami, Zhao Wang, Aaron D Aguirre, Daniel S Ong, Chong-Jin Kim, Shiro Uemura, Tsunenari Soeda, Hang Lee, James Fujimoto, Ik-Kyung Jang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that statin therapy improves cardiac outcomes, probably by stabilizing thin-cap fibroatheroma in patients with coronary artery disease. However, major adverse cardiac events still occur in some patients, despite statin therapy. The aim of this study is to identify clinical predictors for the lack of a favorable vascular response to statin therapy in patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 140 nonculprit plaques from 84 patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with a statin and had serial optical coherence tomography imaging (median interval, 6...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089340/genetic-variation-at-the-adamts7-locus-is-associated-with-reduced-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Kenneth Chan, Xiangyuan Pu, Pratik Sandesara, Robin N Poston, Iain A Simpson, Arshed A Quyyumi, Shu Ye, Riyaz S Patel
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies identified ADAMTS7 as a risk locus for coronary artery disease (CAD). Functional studies suggest that ADAMTS7 may promote cellular processes in atherosclerosis. We sought to examine the association between genetic variation at ADAMTS7 and measures of atherosclerosis using histological, angiographic, and clinical outcomes data. METHODS AND RESULTS: The lead CAD-associated single-nucleotide polymorphism rs3825807 at the ADAMTS7 locus was genotyped...
October 31, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970293/mitochondrial-respiration-is-reduced-in-atherosclerosis-promoting-necrotic-core-formation-and-reducing-relative-fibrous-cap-thickness
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Emma P K Yu, Johannes Reinhold, Haixiang Yu, Lakshi Starks, Anna K Uryga, Kirsty Foote, Alison Finigan, Nichola Figg, Yuh-Fen Pung, Angela Logan, Michael P Murphy, Martin Bennett
OBJECTIVE: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage is present in murine and human atherosclerotic plaques. However, whether endogenous levels of mtDNA damage are sufficient to cause mitochondrial dysfunction and whether decreasing mtDNA damage and improving mitochondrial respiration affects plaque burden or composition are unclear. We examined mitochondrial respiration in human atherosclerotic plaques and whether augmenting mitochondrial respiration affects atherogenesis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Human atherosclerotic plaques showed marked mitochondrial dysfunction, manifested as reduced mtDNA copy number and oxygen consumption rate in fibrous cap and core regions...
September 28, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961110/non-invasive-vascular-modulography-method-for-imaging-the-local-elasticity-of-atheroscle-rotic-plaques-simulation-and-in-vitro-vessel-phantom-study
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Jonathan Poree, Boris Chayer, Gilles Soulez, Jacques Ohayon, Guy Cloutier
Mechanical and morphological characterization of atherosclerotic lesions in carotid arteries remains an essential step for the evaluation of rupture prone plaques and the preven-tion of strokes. In this study, we propose a non-invasive imaging modulography method (NIV-iMod), which is able of reconstruct-ing a heterogeneous Young's modulus distribution of a carotid plaque from the Von Mises strain elastogram. Elastograms were computed with non-invasive ultrasound images using the La-grangian speckle model estimator (LSME) and a dynamic seg-mentation-optimization procedure to highlight mechanical heter-ogeneities...
September 28, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959204/protease-activated-receptor-2-deficiency-attenuates-atherosclerotic-lesion-progression-and-instability-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Pengfei Zuo, Zhi Zuo, Yueyue Zheng, Xin Wang, Qianxing Zhou, Long Chen, Genshan Ma
Inflammatory mechanisms are involved in the process of atherosclerotic plaque formation and rupture. Accumulating evidence suggests that protease-activated receptor (PAR)-2 contributes to the pathophysiology of chronic inflammation on the vasculature. To directly examine the role of PAR-2 in atherosclerosis, we generated apolipoprotein E/PAR-2 double-deficient mice. Mice were fed with high-fat diet for 12 weeks starting at ages of 6 weeks. PAR-2 deficiency attenuated atherosclerotic lesion progression with reduced total lesion area, reduced percentage of stenosis and reduced total necrotic core area...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918858/coronary-ct-angiography-features-of-ruptured-and-high-risk-atherosclerotic-plaques-correlation-with-intra-vascular-ultrasound
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Daniel R Obaid, Patrick A Calvert, Adam Brown, Deepa Gopalan, Nick E J West, James H F Rudd, Martin R Bennett
BACKGROUND: Features of ruptured and high-risk plaque have been described on coronary computed tomography angiography (coronary CTA), but not systematically assessed against intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). We examined the ability of coronary CTA to identify IVUS defined ruptured plaque and Virtual Histology Intravascular Ultrasound (VH-IVUS) defined thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA). METHODS: Sixty-three patients (32 with acute coronary syndrome and 31 with stable angina) underwent coronary CTA, IVUS and VH-IVUS...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917689/effect-of-early-pitavastatin-therapy-on-coronary-fibrous-cap-thickness-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-the-escort-study
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Tsuyoshi Nishiguchi, Takashi Kubo, Takashi Tanimoto, Yasushi Ino, Yoshiki Matsuo, Takashi Yamano, Kosei Terada, Hiroki Emori, Yosuke Katayama, Akira Taruya, Yuichi Ozaki, Yasutsugu Shiono, Kunihiro Shimamura, Takeyoshi Kameyama, Hironori Kitabata, Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Atsushi Tanaka, Takeshi Hozumi, Takashi Akasaka
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of early statin therapy on fibrous-cap thickness in coronary plaques of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) by using optical coherence tomography. BACKGROUND: Statins can contribute to the stabilization of coronary plaques. METHODS: This is a prospective, randomized, active-controlled, single-center study. Patients with ACS and untreated dyslipidemia were enrolled and randomly allocated (ratio 1:1) to either the early statin group (received pitavastatin 4 mg/day from baseline) or the late statin group (received pitavastatin 4 mg/day from 3 weeks after the baseline)...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768758/low-endothelial-shear-stress-predicts-evolution-to-high-risk-coronary-plaque-phenotype-in-the-future-a-serial-optical-coherence-tomography-and-computational-fluid-dynamics-study
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Erika Yamamoto, Gerasimos Siasos, Marina Zaromytidou, Ahmet U Coskun, Lei Xing, Krzysztof Bryniarski, Thomas Zanchin, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Hang Lee, Peter H Stone, Ik-Kyung Jang
BACKGROUND: Low endothelial shear stress (ESS) is associated with plaque progression and vulnerability. To date, changes in plaque phenotype over time in relation to ESS have not been studied in humans. The aim of this study was to investigate whether local ESS can predict subsequent changes to plaque phenotype using optical coherence tomography. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 25 coronary arteries from 20 patients who underwent baseline and 6-month follow-up optical coherence tomography were included...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765529/intracoronary-imaging-cholesterol-efflux-and-transcriptomics-after-intensive-statin-treatment-in-diabetes
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Surbhi Chamaria, Kipp W Johnson, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Usman Baber, Khader Shameer, Aparna A Divaraniya, Benjamin S Glicksberg, Li Li, Samit Bhatheja, Pedro Moreno, Akiko Maehara, Roxana Mehran, Joel T Dudley, Jagat Narula, Samin K Sharma, Annapoorna S Kini
Residual atherothrombotic risk remains higher in patients with versus without diabetes mellitus (DM) despite statin therapy. The underlying mechanisms are unclear. This is a retrospective post-hoc analysis of the YELLOW II trial, comparing patients with and without DM (non-DM) who received rosuvastatin 40 mg for 8-12 weeks and underwent intracoronary multimodality imaging of an obstructive nonculprit lesion, before and after therapy. In addition, blood samples were drawn to assess cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC) and changes in gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757518/pathological-quantification-of-carotid-artery-plaque-instability-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-endarterectomy
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Takao Konishi, Naohiro Funayama, Tadashi Yamamoto, Tohru Morita, Daisuke Hotta, Ryota Nomura, Yusuke Nakagaki, Takeo Murahashi, Kenji Kamiyama, Tetsuyuki Yoshimoto, Takeshi Aoki, Hiroshi Nishihara, Shinya Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Unstable atherosclerotic carotid plaques cause cerebral thromboemboli and ischemic events. However, this instability has not been pathologically quantified, so we sought to quantify it in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA).Methods and Results:Carotid plaques were collected during CEA from 67 symptomatic and 15 asymptomatic patients between May 2015 and August 2016. The specimens were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and elastica-Masson. Immunohistochemistry was performed using an endothelial-specific antibody to CD31, CD 34 and PDGFRβ...
July 29, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738484/-correlation-between-serum-inflammatory-cytokine-levels-and-fibrous-cap-thickness-of-fibrofatty-plaque-in-coronary-culprit-lesions
#20
Y Zhong, F Ye, W You, Z M Wu
Objective: To identify the correlation between serum inflammatory cytokine levels including high sensitive C reactive protein (hs-CRP) and lipoprotein associated phospholipase (Lp-PLA2) and the fibrous cap thickness of fibrofatty plaque in coronary culprit lesions. Methods: Clinical data of 117 patients with selective coronary artery angiography diagnosed coronary artery disease admitted to our hospital from January 2015 to January 2016 were retrospective analyzed. According to type of coronary disease, patients were divided into 3 subgroups: SAP group (containing 47 stable angina patients), UAP group (containing 52 unstable angina patients), and NSTEMI group(containing 18 acute non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients)...
July 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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