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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
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
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
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
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
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...
September 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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
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
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
Ruoxi Zhang, Shuyuan Chen, Hui Zhang, Qi Liu, Jianpang Xing, Qi Zhao, Yu Wang, Bo Yu, Jingbo Hou
This study used optical coherence tomography (OCT) to investigate the effects of systemic methotrexate, in combination with a drug-eluting stent, on in-stent neoatherosclerosis in a rabbit model. Sirolimus-eluting stents were surgically implanted in the right common carotid arteries of 200 male New Zealand White rabbits; the animals received a high-fat diet, beginning one week before stent implantation. Each animal was randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups, receiving intravenous injections of either methotrexate (0...
2016: Scientific Reports
Michael R Preusch, Jonas Rusnak, Kathrin Staudacher, Carolin Mogler, Lorenz Uhlmann, Philipp Sievers, Florian Bea, Hugo A Katus, Erwin Blessing, Ingo Staudacher
OBJECTIVE: There is increasing evidence supporting the role of platelets in atherosclerotic vascular disease. The G-protein-coupled receptor P2Y12 is a central mediator of platelet activation and aggregation but has also been linked to platelet-independent vascular disease. Ticagrelor is an oral P2Y12 antagonist that is used as a standard treatment in patients after acute myocardial infarction. However, the effects of ticagrelor on advanced atherosclerosis have not been investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-week-old apolipoprotein-E-deficient mice received standard chow or standard chow supplemented with 0...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Tomas Kovarnik, Zhi Chen, Andreas Wahle, Ling Zhang, Hana Skalicka, Ales Kral, John J Lopez, Jan Horak, Milan Sonka, Ales Linhart
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Pathologic intimal thickening (PIT) has been considered a benign plaque phenotype. We report plaque phenotypic changes in a baseline/follow-up intravascular ultrasound-based virtual histology study. METHODS: A total of 61 patients with stable coronary artery disease were analyzed from the HEAVEN trial (89 patients randomized between routine statin therapy vs atorvastatin 80mg and ezetimibe 10mg) with serial intravascular ultrasound imaging of nonculprit vessels...
September 5, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Jaroslav Pelisek, Heiko Wendorff, Carina Wendorff, Andreas Kuehnl, Hans-Henning Eckstein
Little is known about changes in carotid plaque morphology during aging and the possible impact on cardiovascular events. Only few studies addressed so far age-related modifications within atherosclerotic lesions. Therefore, in this work we endeavored to summarize the current knowledge about changing of plaque composition in elderly. The data from hitherto existing studies confirm that atherosclerotic plaques undergo distinct alternations with advanced age. However, the results are often ambiguous and the changes do not seem to be as disastrous as expected...
September 5, 2016: Annals of Medicine
Nana Dong, Zulong Xie, Jiannan Dai, Wei Wang, Rong Sun, Yefei Zhan, Meng Sun, Jinwei Tian, Bo Yu
AIMS: The incidence of cardiac events is increased in diabetic patients even after lipid-lowering therapy. This study aimed to compare the statin-induced changes in the characteristics of vulnerable plaques in patients without diabetes mellitus (DM) and in those with better- or poorly controlled DM, measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 99 non-culprit lipid-rich plaques from 75 patients who underwent intensive OCT imaging examination...
September 2, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
Fabio Roberto Ueno, Hueliton Wilian Kido, Renata Neves Granito, Paulo Roberto Gabbai-Armelin, Angela Maria Paiva Magri, Kelly Rosseti Fernandes, Antonio Carlos da Silva, Francisco José Correa Braga, Ana Claudia Muniz Renno
The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of the CaP/Col composites, in powder and fiber form, via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), pH and calcium release evaluation after immersion in SBF and to evaluate the performance of these materials on the bone repair process in a tibial bone defect model. For this, four different formulations (CaP powder - CaPp, CaP powder with collagen - CaPp/Col, CaP fibers - CaPf and CaP fibers with collagen - CaPf/Col) were developed. SEM images indicated that both material forms were successfully coated with collagen and that CaPp and CaPf presented HCA precursor crystals on their surface...
August 12, 2016: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
Juqing Song, Huichang Gao, Guanglin Zhu, Xiaodong Cao, Xuetao Shi, Yingjun Wang
The development of modern biomedical nanotechnology requires three-dimensional macrostructures with nanotextures to meet the requirements for practical applications in intricate biological systems. Additionally, the restoration and regeneration of some specific body tissues and organs rely on the function of conductive polymers, which can provide electrical cues for cells. In this study, we fabricated three-dimensional composite nanofibre macrostructures of polycaprolactone (PCL) with different concentrations of polyaniline (PANi) by employing an improved electrospinning technology with a specially designed collector...
2016: Biofabrication
Johan W Verjans, Eric A Osborn, Giovanni J Ughi, Marcella A Calfon Press, Ehsan Hamidi, Antonios P Antoniadis, Michail I Papafaklis, Mark F Conrad, Peter Libby, Peter H Stone, Richard P Cambria, Guillermo J Tearney, Farouc A Jaffer
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether indocyanine green (ICG)-enhanced near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging can illuminate high-risk histologic plaque features of human carotid atherosclerosis, and in coronary atheroma of living swine, using intravascular NIRF-optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. BACKGROUND: New translatable imaging approaches are needed to identify high-risk biological signatures of atheroma. ICG is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved NIRF imaging agent that experimentally targets plaque macrophages and lipid in areas of enhanced endothelial permeability...
September 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Olli A Kajander, Natalia Pinilla-Echeverri, Sanjit S Jolly, Ravinay Bhindi, Heini Huhtala, Kari Niemelä, Anthony Fung, Ram Vijayaraghavan, Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Tej Sheth
AIMS: Our aim was to compare stenosis severity and plaque content between STEMI culprit lesions with intact fibrous cap (IFC) and those with plaque rupture (PR) in a prospective study. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 93 patients undergoing OCT and thrombectomy as part of a prospective substudy of the TOTAL (ThrOmbecTomy versus PCI ALone) trial. Culprit lesion morphology was assessable by OCT in 70/93 (75.3%). IFC was found in 31 (44.3%), PR in 34 (48.6%) and calcified nodule in five (7...
August 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
Joana R Viola, Patricia Lemnitzer, Yvonne Jansen, Gergely Csaba, Carla Winter, Carlos Neideck, Carlos Silvestre-Roig, Gunnar Dittmar, Yvonne Döring, Maik Drechsler, Christian Weber, Ralf Zimmer, Nicolas Cenac, Oliver Soehnlein
RATIONALE: Atheroprogression is a consequence of nonresolved inflammation, and currently a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms preventing resolution is missing. However, in acute inflammation, resolution is known to be orchestrated by a switch from inflammatory to resolving lipid mediators. Therefore, we hypothesized that lesional lipid mediator imbalance favors atheroprogression. OBJECTIVE: To understand the lipid mediator balance during atheroprogression and to establish an interventional strategy based on the delivery of resolving lipid mediators...
October 14, 2016: Circulation Research
Yu Kataoka, Rishi Puri, Muhammad Hammadah, Bhanu Duggal, Kiyoko Uno, Samir R Kapadia, E Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, Peta King, Stephen J Nicholls
BACKGROUND: Numerous reports suggest sex-related differences in atherosclerosis. Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography has enabled visualization of plaque microstructures associated with disease instability. The prevalence of plaque microstructures between sexes has not been characterized. We investigated sex differences in plaque features in patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Nonculprit plaques on frequency-domain optical coherence tomography imaging were compared between men and women with either stable coronary artery disease (n=320) or acute coronary syndromes (n=115)...
August 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
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