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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093364/fabrication-of-nanofibrous-electrospun-scaffolds-from-a-heterogeneous-library-of-co-and-self-assembling-peptides
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Mahboubeh Maleki, Antonino Natalello, Raffaele Pugliese, Fabrizio Gelain
: Self-assembling (SAPs) and co-assembling peptides (CAPs) are driving increasing enthusiasm as synthetic but biologically inspired biomaterials amenable of easy functionalization for regenerative medicine. On the other hand, electrospinning (ES) is a versatile technique useful for tailoring the nanostructures of various biomaterials into scaffolds resembling the extracellular matrices found in organs and tissues. The synergistic merging of these two approaches is a long-awaited advance in nanomedicine that has not been deeply documented so far...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077820/acute-coronary-syndrome-demonstrating-plaque-rupture-in-calcified-lesions-visualized-by-optical-frequency-domain-imaging
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Yutaka Goryo, Teruyoshi Kume, Yusuke Kobayashi, Hiroshi Okamoto, Ai Kawamura, Kenzo Fukuhara, Terumasa Koyama, Ryotaro Yamada, Koichiro Imai, Yoji Neishi, Shiro Uemura
A 68-year-old female with acute coronary syndrome was transferred to our hospital. Emergency coronary angiography showed 90% stenosis with severe calcification in the proximal right coronary artery (RCA). Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images were obtained and showed circumferential heavy calcification without any evidence of plaque rupture. Optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) images were obtained in the RCA lesion 3 days after the initial coronary angiography. A cavity of plaque rupture in the calcified plaque by using OFDI was observed in the lesion, which could not be recognized by IVUS...
January 11, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071288/vulnerable-carotid-plaque-imaging-and-histopathology-without-a-dedicated-mri-receiver-coil
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Laura A Fitzpatrick, Nadav Berkovitz, Marlise P Dos Santos, Nevin Majeed, Rafael Glikstein, Santanu Chakraborty, John P Veinot, Grant Stotts, Alain Berthiaume, Robert Chatelain
Stroke is associated with vulnerable carotid artery plaques showing specific histopathologic features, namely a lipid-rich necrotic core, intraplaque hemorrhage, ulceration, and thin fibrous cap. While ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) can identify carotid plaques and determine the extent of stenosis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides further information regarding plaque composition and morphology. In this feasibility study, three patients with symptomatic, moderately stenosed plaques were imaged with CT angiography (CTA) and MRI (3T and 1...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067670/mertk-receptor-cleavage-promotes-plaque-necrosis-and-defective-resolution-in-atherosclerosis
#4
Bishuang Cai, Edward B Thorp, Amanda C Doran, Brian E Sansbury, Mat J A P Daemen, Bernhard Dorweiler, Matthew Spite, Gabrielle Fredman, Ira Tabas
Atherothrombotic vascular disease is often triggered by a distinct type of atherosclerotic lesion that displays features of impaired inflammation resolution, notably a necrotic core and thinning of a protective fibrous cap that overlies the core. A key cause of plaque necrosis is defective clearance of apoptotic cells, or efferocytosis, by lesional macrophages, but the mechanisms underlying defective efferocytosis and its possible links to impaired resolution in atherosclerosis are incompletely understood. Here, we provide evidence that proteolytic cleavage of the macrophage efferocytosis receptor c-Mer tyrosine kinase (MerTK) reduces efferocytosis and promotes plaque necrosis and defective resolution...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059849/is-age-an-important-factor-for-vascular-response-to-statin-therapy-a-serial-optical-coherence-tomography-and-intravascular-ultrasound-study
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Jiannan Dai, Jingbo Hou, Lei Xing, Haibo Jia, Sining Hu, Tsunenari Soeda, Yoshiyasu Minami, Daniel Ong, Rocco Vergallo, Shaosong Zhang, Hang Lee, Bo Yu, Ik-Kyung Jang
OBJECTIVE: Age-related structural and functional changes in vessel wall may affect the time course of vascular response to statin therapy. In this study, we sought to compare the response of lipid-rich plaque to statin therapy in elderly versus younger patients using optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-nine patients who underwent serial optical coherence tomography and intravascular ultrasound at the time point of baseline, 6, and 12 months were divided into two groups according to median age: group A (age<57 years, n=35) and group B (age≥57 years, n=34)...
January 4, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057387/principal-strain-vascular-elastography-simulation-and-preliminary-clinical-evaluation
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Rohit Nayak, Steven Huntzicker, Jacques Ohayon, Nancy Carson, Vikram Dogra, Giovanni Schifitto, Marvin M Doyley
It is difficult to produce reliable polar strain elastograms (radial and circumferential) because the center of the carotid artery is typically unknown. Principal strain imaging can overcome this limitation, but suboptimal lateral displacement estimates make this an impractical approach for visualizing mechanical properties within the carotid artery. We hypothesized that compounded plane wave imaging can minimize this problem. To test this hypothesis, we performed (i) simulations with vessels of varying morphology and mechanical behavior (i...
January 2, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025424/morphological-features-of-coronary-plaques-in-whhlmi-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus-an-animal-model-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Satoshi Yamada, Tomonari Koike, Takayuki Nakagawa, Nobue Kuniyoshi, Yu Ying, Hiroyuki Itabe, Atsushi Yamashita, Yuji Asada, Masashi Shiomi
In order to examine their suitability for studies on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the features of coronary atherosclerotic plaques in myocardial infarction-prone Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHLMI) rabbits, a spontaneous animal model for coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. Coronary segments of the hearts of 187 WHHLMI rabbits (10-29 months old) were sectioned serially and stained histopathologically and immunohistologically. Progression of coronary lesions was prominent in rabbits that had died suddenly...
December 27, 2016: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012647/cd98-regulates-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-in-atherosclerosis
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Yvonne Baumer, Sara McCurdy, Martin Alcala, Nehal Mehta, Bog-Hieu Lee, Mark H Ginsberg, William A Boisvert
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) migrate and proliferate to form a stabilizing fibrous cap that encapsulates atherosclerotic plaques. CD98 is a transmembrane protein made of two subunits, CD98 heavy chain (CD98hc) and one of six light chains, and is known to be involved in cell proliferation and survival. Because the influence of CD98hc on atherosclerosis development is unknown, our aim was to determine if CD98hc expressed on VSMC plays a role in shaping the morphology of atherosclerotic plaques by regulating VSMC function...
November 16, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005559/the-impact-of-blood-pressure-variability-on-coronary-plaque-vulnerability-in-stable-angina-an-analysis-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Rie Aoyama, Hitoshi Takano, Keishi Suzuki, Yoshiaki Kubota, Keisuke Inui, Yukichi Tokita, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure variability (BPV), especially visit-to-visit BPV, has been reported to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The impact of BPV on coronary plaque vulnerability remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between BPV and coronary plaque vulnerability. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From August 2013 to May 2014, 36 patients with both hypertension and stable angina pectoris who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention guided by frequency-domain optical coherence tomography were investigated retrospectively...
December 21, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998840/quantification-and-characterisation-of-released-plaque-material-during-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffold-implantation-into-right-coronary-artery-lesions-by-multimodality-intracoronary-imaging
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Heike A Hildebrandt, Polykarpos C Patsalis, Fadi Al-Rashid, Markus Neuhäuser, Tienush Rassaf, Gerd Heusch, Philipp Kahlert, Petra Kleinbongard
AIMS: We aimed to compare intravascular ultrasound with virtual histology (VH-IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for their ability to quantify the true amount and characterise the nature of released plaque material during bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) implantation into right coronary artery (RCA) lesions using a distal occlusion and aspiration device. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventeen patients underwent BVS implantation into the right coronary artery under distal protection with intracoronary imaging using VH-IVUS, OCT and NIRS...
December 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989887/assessment-of-fibrous-cap-thickness-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-vivo-reproducibility-and-standardization
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Annapoorna S Kini, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Takahiro Yoshimura, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Jacobo Pena, Usman Baber, Pedro Moreno, Roxana Mehran, Akiko Maehara, Samin Sharma, Jagat Narula
BACKGROUND: OCT imaging is considered to be the only imaging modality which has resolution sufficient to measure fibrous cap thickness (FCT) in vivo. However, reproducibility of the measurements in vivo has been unsatisfactory. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a satisfactory reproducibility of FCT measurements by OCT in vivo can be achieved between independent observers. METHODS: One hundred seventy OCT pullbacks were analyzed by two independent observers with intravascular imaging expertise according to the current guidelines to assess the interobserver variability of FCT measurement by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC)...
October 27, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989886/intracoronary-imaging-cholesterol-efflux-and-transcriptomes-after-intensive-statin-treatment-the-yellow-ii-study
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Annapoorna S Kini, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Khader Shameer, Akiko Maehara, Meerarani Purushothaman, Takahiro Yoshimura, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Melissa Aquino, Nezam Haider, Kipp W Johnson, Ben Readhead, Brian A Kidd, Jonathan E Feig, Prakash Krishnan, Joseph Sweeny, Milind Mahajan, Pedro Moreno, Roxana Mehran, Jason C Kovacic, Usman Baber, Joel T Dudley, Jagat Narula, Samin Sharma
BACKGROUND: Despite the extensive evidence for the beneficial effects of statins on clinical outcomes, the mechanisms underlying these effects in remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: To assess the changes in plaque morphology by intravascular imaging with a comprehensive evaluation of cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) transcriptomics in patients receiving high-dose statin therapy. METHODS: In a prospective study, 85 patients with stable multivessel coronary artery disease underwent percutaneous coronary intervention for a culprit lesion followed by intracoronary multi-modality imaging including optical coherence tomography (OCT) of an obstructive non-culprit lesion (NCL)...
October 27, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986358/novel-ultrasound-methods-to-investigate-carotid-artery-plaque-vulnerability
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REVIEW
Amer M Johri, Julia E Herr, Terry Y Li, Olivia Yau, Vijay Nambi
Features of vulnerable plaque include a high lipid content, an irregular shape, a thin fibrous cap, and neovascularization, but such lesions often fall into the category of nonstenotic, despite being at high risk for rupture, and therefore may be overlooked. In this review, the authors describe state-of-the-art investigative ultrasound methods to assess the activity, quality, and morphology of atherosclerotic plaque to determine vulnerability. Specifically, the authors focus on carotid artery plaque, describing the assessment of plaque activity through the detection of neovascularization using contrast-enhanced ultrasound, the characterization of plaque quality by advanced grayscale and integrated backscatter analysis methods, and the assessment of plaque morphology using three-dimensional ultrasound...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973330/three-dimensional-volumetric-assessment-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-by-oct
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Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Hiroshi Ueda, Takahiro Yoshimura, Jacobo Pena, Sadako Motoyama, Usman Baber, Choudhury Hasan, Srinivas Kesanakurthy, Joseph M Sweeny, Samin K Sharma, Jagat Narula, Jason C Kovacic, Annapoorna S Kini
AIMS: There is a lack of reliable technique to quantify coronary artery calcification (CAC). Hence, we used Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to quantitate 3- dimensional CAC volume to examine its association with plaque characteristics. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 250 patients with stable angina undergoing OCT imaging before PCI were included. CAC volume was calculated from every frame of the culprit lesion and divided into tertiles (low, intermediate and high)...
December 15, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939277/thrombus-and-plaque-erosion-characterized-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-patients-with-vasospastic-angina
#15
Eun-Seok Shin, Ae-Young Her, Soe Hee Ann, Gillian Balbir Singh, Heeyoun Cho, Eui Cheol Jung, Eun Bo Shim, Bon-Kwon Koo, Takashi Akasaka
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Vasospastic angina (VSA) can result in endothelial damage and thrombus formation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of thrombus and plaque characteristics at coronary spasm segments compared with nonspasm segments by using optical coherence tomography (OCT) in patients with suspected VSA. METHODS: One hundred and eighty-three patients with suspected VSA were enrolled in this study. The ergonovine provocation test was performed in all patients for the diagnosis of VSA except in patients with spontaneous spasm...
December 6, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936195/plaque-characteristics-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-impaired-glucose-tolerance
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Keishi Suzuki, Hitoshi Takano, Yoshiaki Kubota, Keisuke Inui, Shunichi Nakamura, Yukichi Tokita, Koji Kato, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) patients are known to have a high risk of cardiovascular events and their prognosis has been reported to be poor. The present study aimed to compare coronary plaque characteristics among coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with normal glucose tolerance (NGT), those with IGT, and those with diabetes mellitus (DM) by using optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The present study included 101 coronary artery disease patients (mean age, 67...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904523/the-role-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-the-detection-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques
#17
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
#18
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
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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
#20
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
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