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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
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Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807411/timp3-is-regulated-by-pericytes-upon-shear-stress-detection-leading-to-a-modified-endothelial-cell-response
#2
C Schrimpf, T Koppen, J S Duffield, U Böer, S David, W Ziegler, A Haverich, O E Teebken, M Wilhelmi
OBJECTIVES: Atherosclerosis is a hallmark of cardiovascular disease. Shear stress on endothelial cells has been linked to atherogenesis and to fibrous cap thinning and rupture. Pericytes reside in the sub-endothelial space of vessels and have vasoprotective effects. They are subjected to shear stress when endothelial cell integrity is disrupted. The aim was to investigate the susceptibility and response of pericytes to shear stress. METHODS: Endothelial cells and pericytes were seeded in two dimensional monocultures and co-cultures, and in a novel three dimensional co-culture system and were subjected to no, low and high shear stress (0, 10, 30 dyne/cm(2)) for 48 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
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
#4
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/28750824/syntax-score-and-pre-and-poststent-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-in-the-left-anterior-descending-coronary-artery-in-patients-with-stable-angina-pectoris
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Krzysztof L Bryniarski, Darren L Walters, Chong-Jin Kim, Tsunenari Soeda, Takumi Higuma, Erika Yamamoto, Lei Xing, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Thomas Zanchin, Leszek Bryniarski, Dariusz Dudek, Hang Lee, Ik-Kyung Jang
SYNTAX score (SS) has been reported to be an independent predictor of future cardiac events including target lesion revascularization. The aim of this study was to assess the relation between SS and plaque characteristics and poststent vascular response using optical coherence tomography in coronary artery tree and left anterior descending artery (LAD) in patients with stable angina. A total of 179 lesions among 165 patients, including 100 lesions in LAD, were analyzed. Patients were stratified into tertiles...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738484/-correlation-between-serum-inflammatory-cytokine-levels-and-fibrous-cap-thickness-of-fibrofatty-plaque-in-coronary-culprit-lesions
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714527/multimodality-imaging-of-intermediate-lesions-data-from-ffr-oct-nirs-ivus
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Dariusz Biały, Magdalena Wawrzyńska, Jacek Arkowski, Marcin Rogała, Klaudia Proniewska, Wojciech Wańha, Wojciech Wojakowski, Tomasz Roleder
BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) assesses a functional impact of the atheroma on the myocardial ischemia, but it does not take into account the morphology of the lesion. Previous optical coherence tomography (OCT), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) studies presented their potential to detect vulnerable plaque, which is not possible by FFR assessment. With the following study, the intermediate lesions were assessed by FFR, OCT and combined NIRS-IVUS imaging to identify plaque vulnerability...
July 17, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711401/performance-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-ultrasound-imaging-for-carotid-plaque-characterization-with-histologic-validation
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Tomasz J Czernuszewicz, Jonathon W Homeister, Melissa C Caughey, Yue Wang, Hongtu Zhu, Benjamin Y Huang, Ellie R Lee, Carlos A Zamora, Mark A Farber, Joseph J Fulton, Peter F Ford, William A Marston, Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, Timothy C Nichols, Caterina M Gallippi
OBJECTIVE: Stroke is commonly caused by thromboembolic events originating from ruptured carotid plaque with vulnerable composition. This study assessed the performance of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging, a noninvasive ultrasound elasticity imaging method, for delineating the composition of human carotid plaque in vivo with histologic validation. METHODS: Carotid ARFI images were captured before surgery in 25 patients undergoing clinically indicated carotid endarterectomy...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697847/the-impact-of-serum-trans-fatty-acids-concentration-on-plaque-vulnerability-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-assessment-via-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yoshinori Nagasawa, Toshiro Shinke, Ryuji Toh, Tatsuro Ishida, Hiromasa Otake, Tomofumi Takaya, Daisuke Sugiyama, Takayosi Toba, Masaru Kuroda, Hachidai Takahashi, Daisuke Terashita, Natsuko Tahara, Yuto Shinkura, Kenzo Uzu, Daiji Kashiwagi, Koji Kuroda, Yuichiro Nagano, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Kenichi Yanaka, Yoshiro Tsukiyama, Ken-Ichi Hirata
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent epidemiological studies have showed that excessive intake of trans fatty acids (TFA) can be a residual risk for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) even under medical management, including statins. This study aimed at investigating the association between lipid profile, including serum TFA concentration, and plaque vulnerability using optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The level of serum elaidic acid, a major TFA component, was measured using gas chromatography in 161 consecutively enrolled patients with CAD under guideline-directed risk factor management...
June 28, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695757/association-between-snoring-and-high-risk-carotid-plaque-features
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Erin M Kirkham, Thomas S Hatsukami, Susan R Heckbert, Jie Sun, Gador Canton, Chun Yuan, Edward M Weaver
Objectives Previous studies have demonstrated an association between snoring and carotid disease independent of sleep apnea. The aim of this study was to quantify the association between self-reported snoring and high-risk carotid plaque features on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that predict stroke. Study Design Cross-sectional. Setting Tertiary care university hospital and affiliated county hospital. Methods We surveyed 133 subjects with asymptomatic carotid artery disease that had been previously evaluated with high-resolution MRI...
July 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687781/p2x7-receptor-antagonism-modulates-il-1%C3%AE-and-mmp9-in-human-atherosclerotic-vessels
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Maria Lombardi, Maria Elena Mantione, Domenico Baccellieri, David Ferrara, Renata Castellano, Roberto Chiesa, Ottavio Alfieri, Chiara Foglieni
In atherosclerosis, matrix metallopeptidases (MMPs) contribute to plaque rupture through weakening of the fibrous cap. Pleiotropic P2X purinoceptor 7 (P2X7), expressed in the carotid plaque (PL), is involved in interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) release that may influence MMP9 generation, thus their possible modulation through acting on P2X7 was investigated. P2X7-related machinery was characterized and the effects of P2X7 antagonists (A740003, KN62) and MMPs inhibitors (Batimastat, Ro28-2653) were studied in ex-vivo tissue cultures of human PL's vs...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686117/predicting-ischemic-stroke-after-carotid-artery-stenting-based-on-proximal-calcification-and-the-jellyfish-sign
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Nobuhiko Ichinose, Seiji Hama, Toshio Tsuji, Zu Soh, Hideaki Hayashi, Yoshihiro Kiura, Shigeyuki Sakamoto, Takahito Okazaki, Daizo Ishii, Katsuhiro Shinagawa, Kaoru Kurisu
OBJECTIVE Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been considered to prevent ischemic strokes caused by stenosis of the cervical carotid artery. The most common complication of CAS is new cerebral infarction. The authors have previously reported that the jellyfish sign-the rise and fall of the mobile component of the carotid plaque surface detected by carotid ultrasonography-suggests thinning and rupture of the fibrous cap over the unstable plaque content, such as the lipid-rich necrotic core or internal plaque hemorrhage...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684455/identification-and-quantitative-assessment-of-different-components-of-intracranial-atherosclerotic-plaque-by-ex-vivo-3t-high-resolution-multicontrast-mri
#14
Y Jiang, W Peng, B Tian, C Zhu, L Chen, X Wang, Q Liu, Y Wang, Z Xiang, A J Degnan, Z Teng, D Saloner, J Lu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: High-resolution 3T MR imaging can visualize intracranial atherosclerotic plaque. However, histologic validation is still lacking. This study aimed to evaluate the ability of 3T MR imaging to identify and quantitatively assess intracranial atherosclerotic plaque components ex vivo with histologic validation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three intracranial arterial specimens with atherosclerotic plaques from 20 cadavers were imaged by 3T MR imaging with T1, T2, and proton-density-weighted FSE and STIR sequences...
July 6, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682809/mechanisms-of-erosion-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
#15
Thibaut Quillard, Grégory Franck, Thomas Mawson, Eduardo Folco, Peter Libby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review explores the mechanisms of superficial intimal erosion, a common cause of thrombotic complications of atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Human coronary artery atheroma that give rise to thrombosis because of erosion differ diametrically from those associated with fibrous cap rupture. Eroded lesions characteristically contain few inflammatory cells, abundant extracellular matrix, and neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). Innate immune mechanisms such as engagement of Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) on cultured endothelial cells can impair their viability, attachment, and ability to recover a wound...
July 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679524/relationship-between-serum-inflammatory-marker-levels-and-the-dynamic-changes-in-coronary-plaque-characteristics-after-statin-therapy
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Osung Kwon, Soo-Jin Kang, Se Hun Kang, Pil Hyung Lee, Sung-Cheol Yun, Jung-Min Ahn, Duk-Woo Park, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Cheol Whan Lee, Ki Hoon Han, Seong-Wook Park, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: The mechanism of statin for atheroma stabilization remains unclear. We aimed to assess the relationship between on-treatment changes in serum inflammatory biomarker levels and plaque composition in differed nonculprit coronary lesions. METHODS AND RESULTS: The changes in serum biochemical values, and intravascular ultrasound data were evaluated in 218 patients with virtual histology (VH)-intravascular ultrasound-defined fibroatheroma-containing segments after 12-month rosuvastatin treatment...
July 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674269/detection-of-ceramide-a-risk-factor-for-coronary-artery-disease-in-human-coronary-plaques-by-fluorescent-angioscopy
#17
Yasumi Uchida, Yasuto Uchida, Takanobu Kobayashi, Seiichiro Shirai, Nobuyuki Hiruta, Ei Shimoyama, Tsuyoshi Tabata
BACKGROUND: The presence of ceramide in human coronary plaques is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease, but its visualization in the human vessel wall is currently beyond the scope of any available imaging techniques.Methods and Results:Deposition of ceramide was examined by fluorescent angioscopy (FA) and microscopy (FM) using golden fluorescence (Go) as a specific marker of ceramide in yellow plaques, which were obtained from 23 autopsy subjects and classified by conventional angioscopy and histology...
June 30, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673240/association-of-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-with-non-culprit-atherosclerotic-plaque-vulnerability-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
#18
Xuedong Wang, Zulong Xie, Xinxin Liu, Xingtao Huang, Jiale Lin, Dan Huang, Bo Yu, Jingbo Hou
BACKGROUND: The platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR), an indirect inflammatory biomarker, has been recently demonstrated to be associated with severity of coronary artery disease. In the present study, we sought to investigate whether PLR is associated with vulnerable plaque characteristics of non-culprit lesions in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: The patients in our study were divided into two groups (high PLR group and low PLR group). A total of 119 non-culprit plaques from 71 patients with ACS were assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
July 3, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665339/crystal-structure-of-the-carboxy-terminal-region-of-the-bacteriophage-t4-proximal-long-tail-fiber-protein-gp34
#19
Meritxell Granell, Mikiyoshi Namura, Sara Alvira, Shuji Kanamaru, Mark J van Raaij
Long tail fibers of bacteriophage T4 are formed by proteins gp34, gp35, gp36, and gp37, with gp34 located at the phage-proximal end and gp37 at the phage-distal, receptor-binding end. We have solved the structure of the carboxy-terminal region of gp34, consisting of amino acids 894-1289, by single-wavelength anomalous diffraction and extended the structure to amino acids 744-1289 using data collected from crystals containing longer gp34-fragments. The structure reveals three repeats of a mixed α-β fibrous domain in residues 744 to 877...
June 30, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663097/interleukin-17a-in-atherosclerosis-regulation-and-pathophysiologic-effector-function
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Johannes Nordlohne, Sibylle von Vietinghoff
This review summarizes the current data on the interleukin (IL)-17A pathway in experimental atherosclerosis and clinical data. IL-17A is a prominent cytokine for early T cell response produced by both innate and adaptive leukocytes. In atherosclerosis, increased total IL-17A levels and expression in CD4(+) T helper and γδ T cells have been demonstrated. Cytokines including IL-6 and TGFβ that increase IL-17A expression are elevated. Many other factors such as lipids, glucose and sodium chloride concentrations as well as vitamins and arylhydrocarbon receptor agonists that promote IL-17A expression are closely associated with cardiovascular risk in the human population...
June 26, 2017: Cytokine
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