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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904523/the-role-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-the-detection-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Martin Horvath, Petr Hajek, Cyril Stechovsky, Jakub Honek, Miloslav Spacek, Josef Veselka
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Most acute coronary syndromes are caused by a rupture of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque which can be characterized by a lipid-rich necrotic core with an overlying thin fibrous cap. Many vulnerable plaques can cause angiographically mild stenoses due to positive remodelling, which is why the extent of coronary artery disease may be seriously underestimated. In recent years, we have witnessed a paradigm shift in interventional cardiology...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895035/microrna-210-enhances-fibrous-cap-stability-in-advanced-atherosclerotic-lesions
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Suzanne M Eken, Hong Jin, Ekaterina Chernogubova, Yuhuang Li, Nancy Simon, Changyan Sun, Greg Korzunowicz, Albert Busch, Alexandra Bäcklund, Cecilia Österholm, Anton Razuvaev, Thomas Renné, Hans-Henning Eckstein, Jaroslav Pelisek, Per Eriksson, Maria Gonzalez Diez, Ljubica P Matic Perisic, Isabel N Schellinger, Uwe Raaz, Nicholas J Leeper, Göran K Hansson, Gabrielle Paulsson-Berne, Ulf Hedin, Lars Maegdefessel
RATIONALE: In the search for markers and modulators of vascular disease, miRNAs have emerged as potent therapeutic targets. OBJECTIVE: To investigate miRNAs of clinical interest in patients with unstable carotid stenosis at risk of stroke. METHODS AND RESULTS: Utilizing patient material from the Biobank of Karolinska Endarterectomies (BiKE), we profiled miRNA expression in patients with stable vs unstable carotid plaque. A PCR-based miRNA array of plasma, sampled at the carotid lesion site, identified eight deregulated miRNAs (miR-15b, -29c, -30c/d, -150, -191, -210 and -500)...
November 28, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893402/a-convolutional-neural-network-for-automatic-characterization-of-plaque-composition-in-carotid-ultrasound
#3
Karim Lekadir, Alfiia Galimzianova, Angels Betriu, Maria Del Mar Vila, Laura Igual, Daniel Rubin, Elvira Fernandez, Petia Radeva, Sandy Napel
Characterization of carotid plaque composition, more specifically the amount of lipid core, fibrous tissue, and calcified tissue, is an important task for the identification of plaques that are prone to rupture, and thus for early risk estima-tion of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. Due to its low costs and wide availability, carotid ultrasound has the potential to become the modality of choice for plaque characterization in clinical practice. However, its significant image noise, coupled with the small size of the plaques and their complex appearance, makes it difficult for automated techniques to discriminate be-tween the different plaque constituents...
November 22, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884085/the-roles-of-myeloperoxidase-in-coronary-artery-disease-and-its-potential-implication-in-plaque-rupture
#4
Nathaniel Teng, Ghassan J Maghzal, Jihan Talib, Imran Rashid, Antony K Lau, Roland Stocker
Atherosclerosis is the main pathophysiological process underlying coronary artery disease (CAD). Acute complications of atherosclerosis, such as myocardial infarction, are caused by the rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques, which are characterized by thin, highly inflamed, and collagen-poor fibrous caps. Several lines of evidence mechanistically link the heme peroxidase myeloperoxidase (MPO), inflammation as well as acute and chronic manifestations of atherosclerosis. MPO and MPO-derived oxidants have been shown to contribute to the formation of foam cells, endothelial dysfunction and apoptosis, the activation of latent matrix metalloproteinases, and the expression of tissue factor that can promote the development of vulnerable plaque...
November 25, 2016: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865698/immunohistochemical-analysis-of-debris-captured-by-filter-type-distal-embolic-protection-devices-for-carotid-artery-stenting
#5
Yukinao Kambayashi, Ichiro Yuki, Toshihiro Ishibashi, Ayako Ikemura, Takashi Umezawa, Masafumi Suzuki, Issei Kan, Hiroyuki Takao, Yuichi Murayama
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the micro-debris captured in filter-type distal embolic protection devices (EPD) used for carotid stenting (CAS). This study aimed to determine the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of such debris by using a new liquid-based cytology (LBC) technique. METHODS: Fifteen patients who underwent CAS using a filter-type distal EPD (FilterWire EZ; Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA) were included in the study. After gross inspection of each recovered filter device, micro-debris were collected using a new LBC technique (SurePath; TriPath Imaging, Inc...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856454/endothelial-cell-specific-deletion-of-p2y2-receptor-promotes-plaque-stability-in-atherosclerosis-susceptible-apoe-null-mice
#6
Chen Xingjuan, Shaomin Qian, April Hoggatt, Hongying Tang, Timothy A Hacker, Alexander G Obukhov, Paul B Herring, Cheikh I Seye
OBJECTIVE: Nucleotide P2Y2 receptor (P2Y2R) contributes to vascular inflammation by increasing vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression in endothelial cells (EC), and global P2Y2R deficiency prevents fatty streak formation in apolipoprotein E null (ApoE(-/-)) mice. Because P2Y2R is ubiquitously expressed in vascular cells, we investigated the contribution of endothelial P2Y2R in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: EC-specific P2Y2R-deficient mice were generated by breeding VEcadherin5-Cre mice with the P2Y2R floxed mice...
November 17, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847118/cap-inflammation-leads-to-higher-plaque-cap-strain-and-lower-cap-stress-an-mri-pet-ct-based-fsi-modeling-approach
#7
Dalin Tang, Chun Yang, Sarayu Huang, Venkatesh Mani, Jie Zheng, Pamela K Woodard, Philip Robson, Zhongzhao Teng, Marc Dweck, Zahi A Fayad
Plaque rupture may be triggered by extreme stress/strain conditions. Inflammation is also implicated and can be imaged using novel imaging techniques. The impact of cap inflammation on plaque stress/strain and flow shear stress were investigated. A patient-specific MRI-PET/CT-based modeling approach was used to develop 3D fluid-structure interaction models and investigate the impact of inflammation on plaque stress/strain conditions for better plaque assessment. 18FDG-PET/CT and MRI data were acquired from 4 male patients (average age: 66) to assess plaque characteristics and inflammation...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825629/orthopedic-surgery-increases-atherosclerotic-lesions-and-necrotic-core-area-in-apoe-mice
#8
Wessel W Fuijkschot, Martine C Morrison, Rianne van der Linden, Paul A J Krijnen, Ilse P A Zethof, Lars F H Theyse, Robert Kleemann, Hans W M Niessen, Yvo M Smulders
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Observational studies show a peak incidence of cardiovascular events after major surgery. For example, the risk of myocardial infarction increases 25-fold early after hip replacement. The acuteness of this increased risk suggests abrupt enhancement in plaque vulnerability, which may be related to intra-plaque inflammation, thinner fibrous cap and/or necrotic core expansion. We hypothesized that acute systemic inflammation following major orthopedic surgery induces such changes...
October 28, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818566/overexpression-of-prolyl-4-hydroxylase-%C3%AE-1-stabilizes-but-increases-shear-stress-induced-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
#9
Xiao-Qing Cao, Xin-Xin Liu, Meng-Meng Li, Yu Zhang, Liang Chen, Lin Wang, Ming-Xue Di, Mei Zhang
The rupture and erosion of atherosclerotic plaque can induce coronary thrombosis. Prolyl-4-hydroxylase (P4H) plays a central role in the synthesis of all known types of collagens, which are the most abundant constituent of the extracellular matrix in atherosclerotic plaque. The pathogenesis of atherosclerosis is thought to be in part caused by shear stress. In this study, we aimed to investigate a relationship between P4Hα1 and shear stress-induced atherosclerotic plaque. Carotid arteries of ApoE-/- mice were exposed to low and oscillatory shear stress conditions by the placement of a shear stress cast for 2 weeks; we divided 60 male ApoE-/- mice into three groups for treatments with saline (mock) (n = 20), empty lentivirus (lenti-EGFP) (n = 20), and lentivirus-P4Hα1 (lenti-P4Hα1) (n = 20)...
2016: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789842/senescent-intimal-foam-cells-are-deleterious-at-all-stages-of-atherosclerosis
#10
Bennett G Childs, Darren J Baker, Tobias Wijshake, Cheryl A Conover, Judith Campisi, Jan M van Deursen
Advanced atherosclerotic lesions contain senescent cells, but the role of these cells in atherogenesis remains unclear. Using transgenic and pharmacological approaches to eliminate senescent cells in atherosclerosis-prone low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (Ldlr(-/-)) mice, we show that these cells are detrimental throughout disease pathogenesis. We find that foamy macrophages with senescence markers accumulate in the subendothelial space at the onset of atherosclerosis, where they drive pathology by increasing expression of key atherogenic and inflammatory cytokines and chemokines...
October 28, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765555/magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-assessment-of-carotid-atheroma-a-comparative-study-of-patients-with-and-without-coronary-artery-disease
#11
Ammara Usman, Umar Sadat, Zhongzhao Teng, Martin J Graves, Jonathan R Boyle, Kevin Varty, Paul D Hayes, Jonathan H Gillard
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of atheroma using contrast media enables assessment of the systemic severity of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds. Whether black-blood imaging has similar ability remains widely unexplored. In this study, we evaluate whether black-blood imaging can differentiate carotid plaques of patients with and without coronary artery disease (CAD) in terms of morphological and biomechanical features of plaque vulnerability, thereby allowing assessment of the systemic severity nature of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757536/cementogenic-genes-in-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-are-downregulated-in-response-to-osteogenic-stimulation-while-upregulated-by-vitamin-c-treatment
#12
Philippe Gauthier, Zongdong Yu, Quynh T Tran, Fazal-Ur-Rehman Bhatti, Xiaofei Zhu, George T-J Huang
Regeneration of periodontal tissues, particularly cementum, is key to regaining periodontal attachment and health. Human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSCs) have been shown to be a good cell source to regenerate periodontal tissues. However, their subpopulations and the differentiation induction in relation to cementogenic lineages is unclear. Thus, we aim to examine the expression of cementum-associated genes in PDLSC subpopulations and determine the effect of broadly used osteogenic stimulus or vitamin C (VC) on the expression of cementogenic and osteogenic genes in PDLSCs...
October 18, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755007/fibrinogen-in-relation-to-degree-and-composition-of-coronary-plaque-on-intravascular-ultrasound-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-angiography
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Nermina Buljubasic, K Martijn Akkerhuis, Jin M Cheng, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Sanneke P M de Boer, Evelyn Regar, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Patrick W J C Serruys, Eric Boersma, Isabella Kardys
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide additional insight into the role of fibrinogen in coronary artery disease by investigating the associations between plasma fibrinogen with both degree and composition of coronary atherosclerosis as determined by virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 581 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina pectoris, preprocedural blood samples were drawn for fibrinogen, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 measurements, and virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound of a nonculprit coronary artery was performed...
October 14, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721214/variability-in-the-measurement-of-minimum-fibrous-cap-thickness-and-reproducibility-of-fibroatheroma-classification-by-optical-coherence-tomography-using-manual-versus-semi-automatic-assessment
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Maria D Radu, Kyohei Yamaji, Hector M García-García, Serge Zaugg, Masanori Taniwaki, Konstantinos C Koskinas, Patrick W Serruys, Stephan Windecker, Jouke Dijkstra, Lorenz Räber
AIMS: The minimum fibrous cap thickness (FCT) is considered a major criterion of coronary plaque vulnerability according to autopsy studies. We aimed to assess the reproducibility in the measurement of the optical coherence tomography (OCT)-detected minimum FCT and the agreement in the classification of thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), by a software-based semi-automatic method compared with the manual method. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 50 frames with fibroatheromas (FA) were randomly selected from the Integrated Biomarker Imaging Study-4 (IBIS-4)...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718372/carotid-plaque-fissure-an-underestimated-source-of-intraplaque-hemorrhage
#15
Mat J Daemen, Marina S Ferguson, Frank J Gijsen, Daniel S Hippe, M Eline Kooi, Kevin Demarco, Allard C van der Wal, Chun Yuan, Thomas S Hatsukami
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Plaque fissuring, a phenomenon morphologically distinct from the classical rupture of a thinned fibrous cap, has not been well characterized in carotid atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of plaque fissures in advanced carotid plaques with an otherwise intact luminal surface, and to determine whether they might be a source of intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH). METHODS: We evaluated 244 surgically intact, 'en bloc' embedded, serially sectioned carotid endarterectomy specimens and included only those plaques with a grossly intact luminal surface...
September 28, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692635/-is-regression-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-possible
#16
José A Páramo, Fernando Civeira
As it is well-known, a thrombus evolving into a disrupted/eroded atherosclerotic plaque causes most acute coronary syndromes. Plaque stabilization via reduction of the lipid core and/or thickening of the fibrous cap is one of the possible mechanisms accounted for the clinical benefits displayed by different anti-atherosclerotic strategies. The concept of plaque stabilization was developed to explain how lipid-lowering agents could decrease adverse coronary events without substantial modifications of the atherosclerotic lesion ('angiographic paradox')...
September 27, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686104/validation-of-noninvasive-in-vivo-compound-ultrasound-strain-imaging-using-histologic-plaque-vulnerability-features
#17
Hendrik H G Hansen, Gert Jan de Borst, Michiel L Bots, Frans L Moll, Gerard Pasterkamp, Chris L de Korte
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Carotid plaque rupture is a major cause of stroke. Key issue for risk stratification is early identification of rupture-prone plaques. A noninvasive technique, compound ultrasound strain imaging, was developed providing high-resolution radial deformation/strain images of atherosclerotic plaques. This study aims at in vivo validation of compound ultrasound strain imaging in patients by relating the measured strains to typical features of vulnerable plaques derived from histology after carotid endarterectomy...
November 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682618/extensive-proliferation-of-a-subset-of-differentiated-yet-plastic-medial-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-contribute-to-neointimal-formation-in-mouse-injury-and-atherosclerosis-models
#18
Joel Chappell, Jennifer L Harman, Vagheesh M Narasimhan, Haixiang Yu, Kirsty Foote, Benjamin D Simons, Martin R Bennett, Helle F Jorgensen
RATIONALE: Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) accumulation is a hallmark of atherosclerosis and vascular injury. However, fundamental aspects of proliferation and the phenotypic changes within individual VSMCs, which underlie vascular disease remain unresolved. In particular, it is not known if all VSMCs proliferate and display plasticity, or whether individual cells can switch to multiple phenotypes. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether proliferation and plasticity in disease is a general characteristic of VSMCs or a feature of a subset of cells...
September 28, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27679596/utility-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-detection-of-thin-cap-neoatherosclerosis
#19
Tomasz Roleder, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Chee Yang Chin, Navdeep K Bhatti, Emmanouil Brilakis, Tamim M Nazif, Ajay J Kirtane, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Wojciech Wojakowski, Martin B Leon, Gary S Mintz, Akiko Maehara, Gregg W Stone, Ziad A Ali
AIMS: Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been employed to assess the composition of the atherosclerotic plaques in native coronary arteries. However, little is known about the detection of neoatherosclerosis by NIRS in in-stent restenosis (ISR). The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between the distribution of lipid determined by NIRS and morphology of ISR on optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed both NIRS and OCT in 39 drug-eluting stents with ISR...
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659679/an-imbalance-between-specialized-pro-resolving-lipid-mediators-and-pro-inflammatory-leukotrienes-promotes-instability-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
#20
Gabrielle Fredman, Jason Hellmann, Jonathan D Proto, George Kuriakose, Romain A Colas, Bernhard Dorweiler, E Sander Connolly, Robert Solomon, David M Jones, Eric J Heyer, Matthew Spite, Ira Tabas
Chronic unresolved inflammation plays a causal role in the development of advanced atherosclerosis, but the mechanisms that prevent resolution in atherosclerosis remain unclear. Here, we use targeted mass spectrometry to identify specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPM) in histologically-defined stable and vulnerable regions of human carotid atherosclerotic plaques. The levels of SPMs, particularly resolvin D1 (RvD1), and the ratio of SPMs to pro-inflammatory leukotriene B4 (LTB4), are significantly decreased in the vulnerable regions...
September 23, 2016: Nature Communications
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