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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821961/postmortem-evaluation-of-cholesterol-triglyceride-and-apolipoprotein-levels
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Charlotte Girard, Maria Pia Scarpelli, Camilla Tettamanti, Cristian Palmiere
Cholesterol and triglyceride levels have been analyzed in the forensic setting and their values correlated with atherosclerotic lesions found at autopsy and histology. Nevertheless, the results of these investigations have provided diverging information on postmortem molecule stability and postmortem measurement reliability. The aim of this study was to determine triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apolipoprotein B100, and apolipoprotein A-I in antemortem and postmortem serum samples in a series of cases (N = 10, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths) that underwent forensic investigations and had both samples available, measure the same molecules in postmortem serum from femoral blood and pericardial and pleural fluids (N = 39, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths), and evaluate whether different levels of these molecules could be observed in cases characterized by different degrees of coronary artery atherosclerosis (N = 39, including cardiac and noncardiac deaths)...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818791/low-density-lipoprotein-modified-by-myeloperoxidase-oxidants-induces-endothelial-dysfunction
#2
Adrian I Abdo, Benjamin S Rayner, David M van Reyk, Clare L Hawkins
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) modified by hypochlorous acid (HOCl) produced by myeloperoxidase (MPO) is present in atherosclerotic lesions, where it is implicated in the propagation of inflammation and acceleration of lesion development by multiple pathways, including the induction of endothelial dysfunction. Thiocyanate (SCN(-)) ions are utilised by MPO to produce the oxidant hypothiocyanous acid (HOSCN), which reacts with LDL in a different manner to HOCl. Whilst the reactivity of HOCl-modified LDL has been previously studied, the role of HOSCN in the modification of LDL in vivo is poorly defined, although emerging evidence suggests that these particles have distinct biological properties...
August 5, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818257/high-risk-carotid-plaque-lessons-learned-from-histopathology
#3
Frank D Kolodgie, Kazuyuki Yahagi, Hiroyoshi Mori, Maria E Romero, Hugh H Trout, Aloke V Finn, Renu Virmani
The pathophysiology and natural history of atherosclerotic carotid disease is predicated on a more extensive knowledge of lesion progression gained in the studies conducted in the coronary arteries, and these will be reviewed. While the precise sequence of lesion progression leading to carotid plaque vulnerability and cerebrovascular events remain less well understood, specific early and more advanced progressive lesion morphologies associated with stroke risk have been characterized. Of late, there has been a conscious effort for stroke prevention in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients to move beyond luminal stenosis as the only guidance to predict future cerebrovascular events...
March 2017: Seminars in Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817963/lipoproteins-and-cardiovascular-redox-signaling-role-in-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-disease
#4
Arash Haghikia, Ulf Landmesser
SIGNIFICANCE: Lipoproteins, such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), play a causal role in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary disease. Recent Advances: Lipoproteins, e.g. LDL, can stimulate vascular production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), that have been identified as important signaling molecules in the cardiovascular systems, and are involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension and atherosclerosis. CRITICAL ISSUES: Modified lipoproteins have emerged as important regulators of redox signaling, such as oxidized or carbamylated low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL or cLDL) or modified high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), that contain oxidized lipids, an altered potein cargo and associated small molecules, such as symmetric dimethylarginine (HDLSDMA)...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817950/editorial-comment-on-end-2017-0350-or-r1
#5
Kristina L Penniston
Risk factors for coronary artery disease are relatively common among patients with urolithiasis. Increased risk of myocardial infarction and carotid atherosclerosis in young adults have been noted. The authors of this article on vascular disease and kidney stones make the case for using routine imaging studies to screen for patients with cardiovascular risk factors.
August 17, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817814/cardiac-computed-tomography-angiographic-findings-as-predictors-of-late-heart-failure-in-an-asymptomatic-diabetic-cohort-an-8-year-prospective-follow-up-study
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David A Halon, Jubran Ayman, Ronen Rubinshtein, Barak Zafrir, Mali Azencot, Basil S Lewis
OBJECTIVES: Predictive models for heart failure (HF) in heterogeneous populations have had limited success. We examined cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) predictors of HF or cardiovascular death (HF-CVD) in a prospective study of asymptomatic diabetics undergoing baseline assessment by CTA. METHODS: The subjects (n = 735, aged 55-74 years, 51.2% women) had no clinical history of cardiovascular disease at study entry. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, CTA-defined coronary atherosclerosis, cardiac chamber volumes, and clinical data were collected and late outcome events recorded over 8...
August 18, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817459/relation-between-epicardial-fat-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-individuals
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Rami M Abazid, Osama A Smettei, Mohammad Obadah Kattea, Sawsan Sayed, Hanaa Saqqah, Adel M Widyan, Maksymilian P Opolski
PURPOSE: Excessive quantity of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is considered a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). There are limited data, however, on the relationship between the quality of EAT and CAD. We investigated the association between the density and volume of EAT and subclinical CAD defined by positive coronary artery calcification (CAC), using computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 609 consecutive CT scans of patients with a mild to moderate risk for CAD to assess the EAT volume, which was measured manually by tracing the parietal pericardial sac on axial images...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814488/association-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-with-coronary-artery-calcium-volume-versus-density
#8
Isac C Thomas, Brandon Shiau, Julie O Denenberg, Robyn L McClelland, Philip Greenland, Ian H de Boer, Bryan R Kestenbaum, Gen-Min Lin, Michael Daniels, Nketi I Forbang, Dena E Rifkin, Jan Hughes-Austin, Matthew A Allison, J Jeffrey Carr, Joachim H Ix, Michael H Criqui
OBJECTIVES: Recently, the density score of coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been shown to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events at any level of CAC volume. Whether risk factors for CAC volume and CAC density are similar or distinct is unknown. We sought to evaluate the associations of CVD risk factors with CAC volume and CAC density scores. METHODS: Baseline measurements from 6814 participants free of clinical CVD were collected for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814195/change-of-plasmalogen-content-of-red-blood-cells-in-myocardial-hypoxia-and-acidosis
#9
Alexander Nikolaevich Osipenko
BACKGROUND: The contribution of hypoxic conditions to the chemical composition of membranes is not completely established. Plasmalogens, containing an alkenyl group with aldehydogenic ether linkage, are significant components of membrane lipids and their level can change in oxygen deficiency. METHODS: Analysis of plasmalogens in red blood cells was performed in patients (n = 17) with coronary heart disease, stable angina (functional class II-III) and coronary atherosclerosis...
August 17, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811171/molecular-sensors-of-blood-flow-in-endothelial-cells
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REVIEW
Sara Baratchi, Khashayar Khoshmanesh, Owen L Woodman, Simon Potocnik, Karlheinz Peter, Peter McIntyre
Mechanical stress from blood flow has a significant effect on endothelial physiology, with a key role in initiating vasoregulatory signals. Disturbances in blood flow, such as in regions of disease-associated stenosis, arterial branch points, and sharp turns, can induce proatherogenic phenotypes in endothelial cells. The disruption of vascular homeostasis as a result of endothelial dysfunction may contribute to early and late stages of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of coronary artery disease. In-depth knowledge of the mechanobiology of endothelial cells is essential to identifying mechanosensory complexes involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
August 12, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811128/a-newly-synthesized-ligustrazine-stilbene-derivative-inhibits-pdgf-bb-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch-and-proliferation-via-delaying-cell-cycle-progression
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Chunlian Peng, Siming Zhang, Haixin Liu, Yanxiao Jiao, Guifa Su, Yan Zhu
Vascular Smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess remarkable phenotype plasticity that allows it to rapidly adapt to fluctuating environmental cues, including the period of development and progression of vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and restenosis subsequent to vein grafting or coronary intervention. Although VSMC phenotypic switch is an attractive target, there is no effective drug so far. Using rat aortic VSMCs, we investigate the effects of Ligustrazine and its synthetic derivatives on platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) induced proliferation and phenotypic switch by a cell image-based screening of 60 Ligustrazine stilbene derivatives...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810641/allicin-improves-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-with-hyperhomocysteinemia
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De-Shan Liu, Shu-Li Wang, Jun-Mei Li, Er-Shun Liang, Ming-Zhong Yan, Wei Gao
Homocysteine (Hcy) is an important and independent risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases, such as coronary artery disease and ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Increased carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) is a non-invasive marker of systemic atherosclerosis. Allicin treatment may decrease serum Hcy levels and improve impaired endothelial function in rats with hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy). The present study hypothesized that allicin has an anti-atherosclerotic effect in coronary heart disease and tested the effects of allicin treatment on carotid artery IMT and plasma Hcy levels in coronary heart disease patients with HHcy...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808885/the-association-of-epicardial-fat-volume-with-coronary-characteristics-and-clinical-outcome
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Kohichiro Iwasaki, Norio Urabe, Atsushi Kitagawa, Toshihiko Nagao
Recent studies have demonstrated the relationship between epicardial fat volume (EFV) and coronary atherosclerosis, but their association is modest at best. Our purpose is to elucidate the association of epicardial fat with coronary characteristics and clinical outcome. We performed coronary computed tomographic angiography in 651 patients and divided them into three groups according to tertiles of EFV; low-tertile (n = 215), 36-123 ml; middle-tertile (n = 218), 124-165 ml; high-tertile (n = 218), 166-489 ml...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808203/clinical-application-of-simultaneous-detection-of-cystatin-c-cathepsin-s-and-il-1-in-classification-of-coronary-artery-disease
#14
Ling Yan, Shuang Ding, Bing Gu, Ping Ma
Cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 are three important biomarkers of atherosclerosis. Previous studies emphasized the relationship between individual biomarkers in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and severity of atherosclerostic lesions of the coronary arteries, while combined cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 have not been reported for clinical classification of CAD. We aimed to establish a link between cystatin C, cathepsin S, IL-1 and CAD in this cohort study. Totally 112 subjects were enrolled and divided into the stable angina pectoris group, the unstable angina pectoris group and the acute myocardial infarction (AMI) groups, and 50 healthy adults served as controls...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808185/establishment-of-a-rat-model-with-diet-induced-coronary-atherosclerosis
#15
Mingming Gao, Guo Xin, Xu Qiu, Yuhui Wang, George Liu
Coronary atherosclerotic disease is a serious disease in humans, but no suitable animal model is available currently for further studies. We used apolipoprotein E gene knockout (ApoE KO) rats to induce hypercholesterolemia through a special high cholesterol/bile salt diet (Paigen diet), then analyzed aortic and coronary atherosclerosis lesions and the myocardial injury in order to establish a novel small animal model of coronary atherosclerosis. Plasma cholesterol of ApoE KO rats increased 7.6-fold compared with wild-type rats after 8 weeks on the Paigen diet...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807510/angina-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-need-for-precision-medicine
#16
Giampaolo Niccoli, Rocco Antonio Montone, Gaetano Antonio Lanza, Filippo Crea
Persistence or recurrence of angina after successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) represent an important clinical issue involving from one fifth to one third of patients undergoing myocardial revascularization at one-year follow-up. A systematic approach to this syndrome is strongly needed. Precision medicine is particularly important in addressing angina after successful PCI because of the multiple underlying causes. Restenosis or coronary atherosclerosis progression explain symptom recurrence after successful PCI in some patients, while functional causes, including vasomotor abnormalities of epicardial coronary arteries and/or coronary microvascular dysfunction, explain symptoms in the remaining patients...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806974/association-of-plasma-fatty-acid-alteration-with-the-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease-lesions-in-tunisian-patients
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Samia Hadj Ahmed, Nadia Kaoubaa, Wafa Kharroubi, Amira Zarrouk, Mohamed Fadhel Najjar, Fathi Batbout, Habib Gamra, Gerard Lizard, Mohamed Hammami
BACKGROUND: Some factors related to diet are known to be involved in the progression of atherosclerosis in humans. METHODS: The relationship between plasma fatty acid (FA) levels and the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD), evaluated by Gensini score (GS), was investigated in CAD Tunisian patients compared to controls. Lipid profiles were analyzed, GS was calculated in CAD and non-CAD patients and compared to controls. RESULTS: CAD patients showed an alteration of conventional lipid parameters...
August 14, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804550/long-noncoding-rna-meg3-suppressed-endothelial-cell-proliferation-and-migration-through-regulating-mir-21
#18
Ziheng Wu, Yangyan He, Donglin Li, Xin Fang, Tao Shang, Hongkun Zhang, Xiangtao Zheng
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) act critical roles in many biological processes, including cell proliferation, apoptosis, development, invasion and migration. LncRNA maternally expressed gene 3 (MEG3) is found to be downregulated in several tumors; however, its role in the atherosclerosis is still unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that MEG3 expression level was downregulated in the coronary artery disease (CAD) tissues compared to in the control tissues. We also showed that TNF-α enhanced EC cell proliferation...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804537/an-integrated-approach-to-coronary-heart-disease-diagnosis-and-clinical-management
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REVIEW
Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Concetta Schiano, Carlo Cavaliere, Carlo Tedeschi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Claudio Napoli
The major issue in coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and management is that symptoms onset in an advanced state of disease. Despite the availability of several clinical risk scores, the prediction of cardiovascular events is lacking, and many patients at risk are not well stratified according to the canonical risk factors alone. Therefore, adequate risk assessment remains the most challenging issue. Recently, the integration of imaging data with biochemical markers in a radiogenomic framework has been proposed in many fields of medicine as well as in cardiology...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802571/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-improve-endothelial-function-in-humans-at-risk-for-atherosclerosis-a-review
#20
REVIEW
Kayla R Zehr, Mary K Walker
Epidemiology studies and clinical trials show that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) can prevent atherosclerotic morbidity and evidence suggests this may be mediated by improving endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is characterized by reduced vasodilation and a pro-inflammatory, pro-thrombotic state, and is an early pathological event in the development of atherosclerosis. Flow-mediated dilation (FMD), a gold standard for assessing endothelial dysfunction, is a predictor of future cardiovascular events and coronary heart disease risk...
August 9, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
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