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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/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/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/29326312/foxo3a-forkhead-transcription-factor-o-subfamily-member-3a-links-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-apoptosis-matrix-breakdown-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-remodeling-through-a-novel-pathway-involving-mmp13-matrix-metalloproteinase-13
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Haixiang Yu, Adam Fellows, Kirsty Foote, Zhaoqing Yang, Nichola Figg, Trevor Littlewood, Martin Bennett
OBJECTIVE: Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) apoptosis accelerates atherosclerosis and promotes breakdown of the extracellular matrix, but the mechanistic links between these 2 processes are unknown. The forkhead protein FOXO3a (forkhead transcription factor O subfamily member 3a) is activated in human atherosclerosis and induces a range of proapoptotic and other transcriptional targets. We, therefore, determined the mechanisms and consequences of FOXO3a activation in atherosclerosis and arterial remodeling after injury...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300828/non-coding-rnas-key-regulators-of-smooth-muscle-cell-fate-in-vascular-disease
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Nicholas J Leeper, Lars Maegdefessel
The vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) is one of the most plastic cells in the body. Understanding how non-coding RNAs regulate SMC cell-fate decision making in the vasculature has significantly enhanced our understanding of disease development, and opened up exciting new avenues for potential therapeutic applications. Recent studies on SMC physiology have in addition challenged our traditional view on their role and contribution to vascular disease, mainly in the setting of atherosclerosis as well as aneurysm disease, and restenosis after angioplasties...
December 29, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274344/calcium-phosphate-particles-stimulate-interleukin-1%C3%AE-release-from-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-a-role-for-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-and-exosome-release
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Yana Dautova, Alexander N Kapustin, Kevin Pappert, Matthias Epple, Hanneke Okkenhaug, Simon J Cook, Catherine M Shanahan, Martin D Bootman, Diane Proudfoot
AIMS: Calcium phosphate (CaP) particle deposits are found in several inflammatory diseases including atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis. CaP, and other forms of crystals and particles, can promote inflammasome formation in macrophages leading to caspase-1 activation and secretion of mature interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Given the close association of small CaP particles with vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in atherosclerotic fibrous caps, we aimed to determine if CaP particles affected pro-inflammatory signalling in human VSMCs...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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/29244224/osteochondral-repair-using-an-acellular-dermal-matrix-pilot-in-vivo-study-in-a-rabbit-osteochondral-defect-model
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Ken Ye, Kathy Traianedes, Shalley A Robins, Peter F M Choong, Damian E Myers
The aim of this pilot project was to introduce a novel use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in combination with infrapatellar fat pad mesenchymal stromal cells (IPFP-MSCs) to effect repair in a rabbit osteochondral defect model. ADM, in a range of surgical procedures, has been shown to promote remodelling of tissue at the site of implantation. Rabbit-derived ADM (rabADM) was prepared from the skin of donor rabbits. Autologous IPFP-MSCs were obtained at the time of knee surgery. Osteochondral defects (4mm cartilage outer/2mm central bone defect) were drilled into distal femoral condyles of 12 New Zealand White rabbits...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202375/coronary-versus-carotid-artery-plaques-similarities-and-differences-regarding-biomarkers-morphology-and-prognosis
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REVIEW
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/29171202/advances-in-intravascular-imaging-new-insights-into-the-vulnerable-plaque-from-imaging-studies
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REVIEW
Taishi Yonetsu, Ik Kyung Jang
The term "vulnerable plaque" denotes the plaque characteristics that are susceptible to coronary thrombosis. Previous post-mortem studies proposed 3 major mechanisms of coronary thrombosis: plaque rupture, plaque erosion, and calcified nodules. Of those, characteristics of rupture-prone plaque have been extensively studied. Pathology studies have identified the features of rupture-prone plaque including thin fibrous cap, large necrotic core, expansive vessel remodeling, inflammation, and neovascularization...
November 9, 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
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/29148241/peri-procedural-myocardial-infarction-plaques-and-patients-at-risk
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EDITORIAL
James A Goldstein
Patients with acute coronary syndrome are at risk for peri-procedural myocardial infarction (PMI) Lipid-laden plaques with thinned disrupted fibrous caps are most prone to PMI PMI is associated with worse outcome over time, though whether such damaging events are causal or instead reflect patients prone to future instability from non-culprit vulnerable plaques requires further delineation.
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137053/prognostic-value-of-high-resolution-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-evaluating-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Jin-Er Shu, Ming-Liang Ying, Xiao-Rong Chen, Jian-Jun Hua, Jie-Ting Fu, Xiu-Mei Xia, Yong-Hao Pan, Yang Jiang
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke (IS) is a devastating occurrence affecting millions worldwide. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HRMRI) in assessing carotid atherosclerotic plaque in IS patients. METHODS: Between January 2013 and March 2015, 338 IS patients were recruited for the investigative purposes of the study. All participants of the study underwent an HRMRI inspection procedure after being admitted into the hospital...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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/29102056/role-of-new-imaging-modalities-in-pursuit-of-the-vulnerable-plaque-and-the-vulnerable-patient
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REVIEW
Paolo Raggi, Gianluca Pontone, Daniele Andreini
Numerous biomarkers and imaging modalities were investigated during the past few decades to identify patients harboring plaques at high risk of rupturing and causing catastrophic events. The classical description of a vulnerable plaque included a large lipid core, covered by a thin fibrous cap and evidence of inflammation especially around the hinge points of the plaque. Unfortunately, the search has resulted to a large extent in a failure to accurately identify the site of a future event. In time the search focus switched to the vulnerable patient rather than the individual vulnerable plaques, but the debate continues as to the more appropriate approach to risk assessment...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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
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