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Peng Li, Ya-Ling Yin, Tao Guo, Xue-Ying Sun, Hui Ma, Mo-Li Zhu, Fan-Rong Zhao, Ping Xu, Yuan Chen, Guang-Rui Wan, Fan Jiang, Qi-Sheng Peng, Chao Liu, Li-Ying Liu, Shuang-Xi Wang
BACKGROUND: -GTP cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) deficiency is critical for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) uncoupling in endothelial dysfunction. MicroRNAs (miR) are a class of regulatory RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. We investigated whether statins prevent endothelial dysfunction via miR-dependent GCH1 upregulation. METHODS: -Endothelial function was assessed by measuring acetylcholine- induced vasorelaxation in the organ chamber. MiR-133a expression was assessed by RT-qPCR and fluorescence in situ hybridization...
October 20, 2016: Circulation
Stefano Fiorucci, Angela Zampella, Giuseppe Cirino, Mariarosaria Bucci, Eleonora Distrutti
Bile acids are end product of cholesterol metabolism generated in the liver and released in the intestine. In addition to their role in nutrient absorption, bile acids are increasingly recognized as regulatory signals which exert their function beyond the intestine by activating a network of membrane and nuclear receptors. The best characterized of these bile acid activated receptors, GPBAR1 (also known as TGR5) and the Farnesosid-x-receptor (FXR) have also been detected in the vascular system and their activation mediate the vasodilatory effects of bile acids in the systemic and splanchnic circulation...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Albino Carrizzo, Antonio Damato, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Antonia Falco, Alessandra Rosati, Mario Capunzo, Michele Madonna, Maria C Turco, James L Januzzi, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Carmine Vecchione
Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3), is constitutively expressed in a few normal cell types, including myocytes, peripheral nerves and in the brain, and is also expressed in certain tumors. To date, the main studies about the role of BAG3 are focused on its pro-survival effect in tumors through various mechanisms that vary according to cellular type. Recently, elevated concentrations of a soluble form of BAG3 were described in patients affected by advanced stage of heart failure (HF), identifying BAG3 as a potentially useful biomarker in monitoring HF progression...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Francisco Molina, María Luisa Del Moral, María Ángeles Peinado, Alma Rus
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) appears to play a key role in the hypoxic injury to the brain. We have previously reported that hypoxia/reoxygenation downregulated NO synthases (NOS) in the adult striatum. Until now, no data were available concerning the influence of aging in conjunction with hypoxia/reoxygenation on the NO system in the striatum. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the role of the NO pathway in the hypoxic aged striatum. METHODS: Wistar rats 24-25 months old were submitted to hypobaric hypoxia (20 min)/reoxygenation (0 h, 24 h, 5 days)...
October 20, 2016: Gerontology
Rafael Sauter, Ruizhu Huang, Bruno Ledergerber, Manuel Battegay, Enos Bernasconi, Matthias Cavassini, Hansjakob Furrer, Matthias Hoffmann, Mathieu Rougemont, Huldrych F Günthard, Leonhard Held
Plasma HIV viral load is related to declining CD4 lymphocytes. The extent to which CD8 cells, in addition to RNA viral load, predict the depletion of CD4 cells is not well characterized so far. We examine if CD8 cell count is a prognostic factor for CD4 cell counts during an HIV infection.A longitudinal analysis is conducted using data from the Swiss HIV cohort study collected between January 2000 and October 2014. Linear mixed regression models were applied to observations from HIV-1-infected treatment naive patients (NAIVE) and cART-treated patients to predict the short-term evolution of CD4 cell counts...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shu-Jian Wei, Lin Cheng, Er-Shun Liang, Qi Wang, Sheng-Nan Zhou, Hao Xu, Long-Hua Hui, Zhi-Ming Ge, Ming-Xiang Zhang
Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) plays an important role in endothelial dysfunction, leading to atherogenesis and vascular-related diseases. However, whether PARP regulates nitric oxide (NO), a key regulator of endothelial function, is unclear so far. We investigated whether inhibition of PARP-1, the most abundant PARP isoform, prevents atherogenesis by regulating NO production and tried to elucidate the possible mechanisms involved in this phenomenon. In apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE(-/-) ) mice fed a high-cholesterol diet for 12 weeks, PARP-1 inhibition via treatment with 3,4-dihydro-54-(1-piperindinyl) butoxy-1(2H)-isoquinoline (DPQ) or PARP-1 gene knockoutreduced aortic atherosclerotic plaque areas (49% and 46%, respectively)...
October 18, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Anping Cai, Yingqing Feng, Yingling Zhou, Jiyan Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects and mechanisms of levorotatory (L)-amlodipine combined fluvastatin treatment on endothelium-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), a process related to hypertension development. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used and divided to six groups based on different therapeutic strategies as follows: Blank Control, angiotensin-II (Ang-II), Ang-II+ rho-associated kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, Ang-II+ L-amlodipine, Ang-II+ fluvastatin, and Ang-II +L-amlodipine + fluvastatin groups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Katie Y Hood, Hiba Yusuf, Jane E Findlay, Robson A Santos, Carlos H Castro, George S Baillie, Margaret R MacLean, Augusto Montezano, Rhian M Touyz
OBJECTIVE: Ang(1-7) has been shown to protect against pulmonary hypertension (PH). Mechanisms remain unclear. Considering the importance of ET-1 in PH pathophysiology and endothelial dysfunction, we questioned whether Ang(1-7) influences ET-1 signaling in endothelial cells and whether Ang(1-7) treatment influences the ET-1 system in PH. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human endothelial cells (hEC) were stimulated with ET-1 in absence/presence of Ang(1-7). Mas and ETBR interaction was observed by immunoprecipitation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Qiongying Wang, Jeong Euy-Myoung, Hong Liu, Lianzhi Gu, Samuel C Dudley, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: The saponin Astragaloside IV (ASI) reportedly enhances endothelial NOS (eNOS) activity by increasing the scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and NO production. We hypothesized that oxidative stress may decrease eNOS phosphorylation and result in diastolic dysfunction in DOCA-salt mice, which could be reversed by ASI treatment. DESIGN AND METHOD: We used the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mouse model. The mice were divided into four groups; SHAM and DOCA control mice received sterile water, SHAM+ASI and DOCA+ASI received ASI treatment via an intraperitoneal injection of 0...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Laila Rashed, Doaa Mostafa Gharib, Rania Elsayed Hussein, Ola Tork, Azza Abusree
AIM: To study the effect of intravenous injection of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), alone and combined with NO inducer in gastric ulcer healing in a rat model. METHODS: Rats were divided into controls, gastric ulcer, gastric ulcer receiving mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), gastric ulcer receiving NO inducer (l-Arginine), gastric ulcer receiving MSCs plus NO inducer (l-Arginine) groups. MSCs were given in a dose of (10(6)cells) by intravenous injection...
September 28, 2016: Tissue & Cell
Wendong Huang, Yongfei Yang, Zhi Zeng, Meiling Su, Qi Gao, Banghao Zhu
Salvia miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine are traditional Chinese medicines that have been used in combination for treatment of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, cardiac angina and atherosclerosis in Asia, in particular, China. The present study aimed to determine the effect of S. miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine injection (SLI) on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injuries via the Akt serine/threonine kinase (Akt)‑endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) signaling pathway...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
B Erol, U Sari, A S Amasyali, S Ozkanli, S Sogut, V Hanci, O Efiloglu, Y O Danacioglu, P Engin, F Yencilek, G Atis, A Yildirim, O A Alkoc, T Caskurlu
We aimed to compare the preventive effects of combined antioxidants (CA1, 2) with a single antioxidant drug (thymoquinone; TQ) on experimental testis Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) injury. Thirty-five adult male Wistar rats were divided into five groups of seven rats each: control, testis I/R, testis I/R + CA1, testis I/R + CA2, and testis I/R + TQ. After 1 h of testicular ischemia, reperfusion was achieved by detorsion for 4 h. Antioxidants were intraperitoneally administered for 30 min prior to reperfusion...
October 16, 2016: Andrology
Charles Béguelin, Darius Moradpour, Roland Sahli, Franziska Suter-Riniker, Alexander Lüthi, Matthias Cavassini, Huldrych F Günthard, Manuel Battegay, Enos Bernasconi, Patrick Schmid, Alexandra Calmy, Dominique Braun, Hansjakob Furrer, Andri Rauch, Gilles Wandeler
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) infection accelerates the progression of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related liver disease. We assessed the epidemiological characteristics of HDV infection in the nationwide Swiss HIV Cohort Study and evaluated its impact on clinical outcomes. METHODS: All HIV-infected patients with a positive HBsAg test were considered and tested for anti-HDV antibodies. HDV amplification and sequencing were performed in anti-HDV-positive patients...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
V A Macht, M Vazquez, C E Petyak, C A Grillo, K Kaigler, R T Enos, J L McClellan, T L Cranford, E A Murphy, J F Nyland, G Solomon, A Gertler, M A Wilson, L P Reagan
There is a growing appreciation that the complications of obesity extend to the central nervous system (CNS) and include increased risk for development of neuropsychiatric co-morbidities such as depressive illness. The neurological consequences of obesity may develop as a continuum and involve a progression of pathological features which is initiated by leptin resistance. Leptin resistance is a hallmark feature of obesity, but it is unknown whether leptin resistance or blockage of leptin action is casually linked to the neurological changes which underlie depressive-like phenotypes...
October 12, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Tianjia Li, Leng Ni, Xinnong Liu, Zhanqi Wang, Changwei Liu
Osteopontin (OPN) is involved in mineral metabolism and the inflammatory response while diabetes mellitus is associated with severe and extensive vascular calcification. Therefore, we speculated that OPN could be a key factor in the calcification and dysfunction of blood vessels exposed to high glucose. To identify the relationship between high glucose and OPN, we used high glucose medium to stimulate smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and vascular endothelial cells (VECs) in vitro and diabetic rats for in vivo analyses...
October 12, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jiahong Wang, Lan Zhao, Jiarui Wei, Shaoheng Zhang, Nannan Chen, Dongxing Ding, Qunlin Gong, Feng Su, Jian Yan, Pengxiang Zheng
BACKGROUND: Various therapies have been used to improve the symptoms and prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. However, comparative studies showing more suitable choices for patients with ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) and who smoke cigarettes are lacking. METHODS: A total of 338 patients were divided into four groups according to whether they received complete revascularisation (CR), and/or underwent smoking cessation (SC). They were followed prospectively for 12 months...
September 26, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Ali Said Durmus, Mehmet Tuzcu, Oguzhan Ozdemir, Cemal Orhan, Nurhan Sahin, Ibrahim Hanifi Ozercan, James Richard Komorowski, Shakir Ali, Kazim Sahin
Arginine silicate inositol (ASI) complex is a composition of arginine, silicon, and inositol that has been shown to have beneficial effects on vascular health. This study reports the effects of an ASI ointment on wound healing in rats. A full-thickness excision wound was created by using a disposable 5 mm diameter skin punch biopsy tool. In this placebo-controlled study, the treatment group's wound areas were covered by 4 or 10 % ASI ointments twice a day for 5, 10, or 15 days. The rats were sacrificed either 5, 10, or 15 days after the wounds were created, and biopsy samples were taken for biochemical and histopathological analysis...
October 14, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Qiang Li, Yujie Chen, Xuan Zhang, Shilun Zuo, Hongfei Ge, Yanyan Chen, Xin Liu, John H Zhang, Huaizhen Ruan, Hua Feng
Angiographic vasospasm, especially in the early phases (<72h) of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), is one of the major complications after an aneurysm rupture and is often the cause of delayed neurological deterioration. Scutellarin (SCU), a flavonoid extracted from the traditional Chinese herb Erigeron breviscapus, has been widely accepted as an antioxidant, but the effect of SCU on vasospasm after SAH remains elusive. Endovascular perforation was conducted to induce SAH in Sprague-Dawley rats. Then, the underlying mechanism of the anti-vasospasm effect of SCU was investigated using a modified Garcia scale, India ink angiography, cross-sectional area analysis, immunohistochemistry staining and western blot...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Lianxing Zhao, Chunsheng Li, Rui Shao, Yingying Fang
Having encountered several subjects with venous thromboembolism (VTE) in 1 family in which 1 proband has recurrent VTE (rVTE), we aimed to assess the risk of VTE in first-degree relatives, especially the children of individuals with rVTE, and to investigate the association of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) G894T polymorphism between Chinese persons with rVTE and their offspring.We collected information about family histories and blood samples from 126 individuals with rVTE who had presented to our institute from 2003 to 2014, and 126 population-based controls and the first-degree relatives of subjects in these 2 groups...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gayatri Padhy, Anamika Gangwar, Manish Sharma, Kalpana Bhargava, Niroj Kumar Sethy
Padhy Gayatri, Anamika Gangwar, Manish Sharma, Kalpana Bhargava, and Niroj Kumar Sethy. Plasma proteomics of Ladakhi natives reveal functional regulation between renin-angiotensin system and eNOS-cGMP pathway. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016.-Humans have been living in high altitudes for more than 25,000 years but the molecular pathways promoting survival and performance in these extreme environments are not well elucidated. In an attempt to understand human adaptation to high altitudes, we used two-dimensional gel electrophoresis combined with MALDI-TOF/TOF to identify plasma proteins and associated pathways of ethnic Ladakhi natives residing at 3520 m...
October 14, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
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