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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915394/timelines-of-the-free-particle-and-fixed-particle-models-of-stone-formation-theoretical-and-experimental-investigations
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REVIEW
D J Kok, W Boellaard, Y Ridwan, V A Levchenko
Two major theories on renal stone formation will be reviewed, the "free-particle" and "fixed-particle" mechanisms. These theories combine data on intrinsic factors (inborn metabolic errors), extrinsic factors (diet), renal cell responses and the physico-chemistry and biochemistry of urine into mechanisms of stone formation. This paper describes the specific role of time in both mechanisms. The timeline of crystal- and stone formation was deducted from literature data and was measured for two stones using radioisotope decay analysis...
December 3, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915184/anti-atherosclerotic-effects-of-pravastatin-in-brachiocephalic-artery-in-comparison-with-en-face-aorta-and-aortic-roots-in-apoe-ldlr-mice
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Renata B Kostogrys, Magdalena Franczyk-Zarow, Marlena Gasior-Glogowska, Edyta Kus, Agnieszka Jasztal, Tomasz P Wrobel, Malgorzata Baranska, Izabela Czyzynska-Cichon, Anna Drahun, Angelika Manterys, Stefan Chlopicki
BACKGROUND: Cholesterol-dependent and independent mechanisms were proposed to explain anti-atherosclerotic action of statins in humans. However, their effects in murine models of atherosclerosis have not been consistently demonstrated. Here, we studied the effects of pravastatin on atherosclerosis in ApoE/LDLR(-/-) mice fed a control and atherogenic diet. METHODS: ApoE/LDLR(-/-) mice were fed a control (CHOW) or an atherogenic (Low Carbohydrate High Protein, LCHP) diet...
September 17, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908279/co-existing-intracranial-and-extracranial-carotid-artery-atherosclerotic-plaques-and-recurrent-stroke-risk-a-three-dimensional-multicontrast-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-study
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Yilan Xu, Chun Yuan, Zechen Zhou, Le He, Donghua Mi, Rui Li, Yuanyuan Cui, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang, Gaifen Liu, Zhuozhao Zheng, Xihai Zhao
BACKGROUND: As a systemic disease, atherosclerosis commonly affects intracranial and extracranial carotid arteries simultaneously which is defined as co-existing plaques. Previous studies demonstrated that co-existing atherosclerotic diseases are significantly associated with ischemic cerebrovascular events. The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of co-existing intracranial and extracranial carotid atherosclerotic plaques and their relationships with recurrent stroke by using 3D multi-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) vessel wall imaging...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899941/influence-of-increased-epicardial-adipose-tissue-volume-on-1-year-in-stent-restenosis-in-patients-who-received-coronary-stent-implantation
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Ying Zhou, Hua-Wei Zhang, Feng Tian, Jin-Song Chen, Tian-Wen Han, Ya-Hang Tan, Jia Zhou, Tao Zhang, Jing Jing, Yun-Dai Chen
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is significantly associated with the formation and composition of coronary atherosclerotic plaque, cardiac events and the clinical prognosis of coronary heart disease. But, whether increased EAT deposition may affect the incidence of in-stent restenosis (ISR) is currently unclear. This study used coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as a mean to investigate whether increased EAT volume was associated with ISR. METHODS: A total of 364 patients who underwent 64-slice CCTA examination for the evaluation of suspected coronary artery disease, and subsequently underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the first time, and then accepted coronary angiography (CA) follow-up for ISR examination in one year, were retrospectively included in this study...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
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/27884599/influence-of-sequence-and-lipid-type-on-membrane-perturbation-by-human-and-rat-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-1-42
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Anne M Brown, David R Bevan
The hallmark characteristics of plaque formation and neuronal cell death in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are caused principally by the amyloid β-peptide (Aβ). Aβ sequence and lipid composition are essential variables to consider when elucidating the impact of biological membranes on Aβ structure and the effect of Aβ on membrane integrity. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations testing two Aβ sequences, human and rat Aβ (HAβ and RAβ, respectively), and five lipid types were performed to assess the effect of these variables on membrane perturbation and potential link to AD phenotype differences based on differences in sequence...
November 21, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881672/mineralocorticoid-receptor-deficiency-in-macrophages-inhibits-atherosclerosis-by-affecting-foam-cell-formation-and-efferocytosis
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Zhu-Xia Shen, Xiao-Qing Chen, Xue-Nan Sun, Jian-Yong Sun, Wu-Chang Zhang, Xiao-Jun Zheng, Yu-Yao Zhang, Huan-Jing Shi, Jia-Wei Zhang, Chao Li, Jun Wang, Xu Liu, Sheng-Zhong Duan
Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) has been considered as a potential target for treating atherosclerosis. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms are not completely understood. We aim to explore the functions and mechanisms of macrophage MR in atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis-susceptible LDLRKO chimeric mice with bone marrow cells from floxed control (FC) mice or from myeloid MR knockout (MRKO) mice were generated and fed with high cholesterol diet. Oil red O staining showed that MRKO decreased atherosclerotic lesion area in LDLRKO mice...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876049/geographical-predisposition-influences-on-the-distribution-and-tissue-characterisation-of-eccentric-coronary-plaques-in-non-branching-coronary-arteries-cross-sectional-study-of-coronary-plaques-analysed-by-intravascular-ultrasound
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Hidenori Komiyama, Hitoshi Takano, Shunichi Nakamura, Masamichi Takano, Noritake Hata, Miyauchi Yasushi, Yoshihiko Seino, Kyoichi Mizuno, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: We investigated the influence of geographical predisposition on the spatial distribution and composition of coronary plaques. METHODS: Thirty coronary arteries were evaluated. A total of 1441 cross-sections were collected from intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and radio-frequency signal-based virtual histology (VH-IVUS) imaging. To exclude complex geographical effects of side branches and to localise the plaque distribution, we analysed only eccentric plaques in non-branching regions...
November 22, 2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870652/fatty-acid-metabolism-in-macrophages-a-target-in-cardio-metabolic-diseases
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Louise Ménégaut, Charles Thomas, Laurent Lagrost, David Masson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent studies have highlighted that macrophages dynamically and autonomously handle all the facets of fatty acid (FA) metabolism including FA oxidation and FA synthesis as well as the synthesis of monounsaturated FAs and long chain n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated FAs. RECENT FINDINGS: Macrophage M2 polarization is associated with an increase of FA oxidation. However, whether increased FA oxidation simply correlates with or is required for M2 polarization needs to be further evaluated...
November 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867142/impact-of-plaque-type-and-side-branch-geometry-on-side-branch-compromise-after-provisional-stent-implantation-a-simulation-study
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Francesco Iannaccone, Claudio Chiastra, Antonios Karanasos, Francesco Migliavacca, Frank J H Gijsen, Patrick Segers, Peter Mortier, Benedict Verhegghe, Gabriele Dubini, Matthieu De Beule, Evelyn Regar, Jolanda J Wentzel
AIMS: Mechanisms of lumen compromise after provisional side-branch (SB) stenting are poorly understood. In this study we investigated the impact of bifurcation angle, plaque composition, and procedural strategy on SB compromise. METHODS AND RESULTS: Computer simulations of stent implantation were performed in Medina (1,1,1) bifurcation models. Provisional SB stenting was replicated including post-dilation after main branch stenting. Two bifurcation angles (45°,70°) and four plaque types (fully lipid, fully fibrous, lipid with half and full calcified ring distal to the carina) were tested...
November 22, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867141/sex-differences-in-plaque-characteristics-by-intravascular-imaging-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Monique E Ten Haaf, Melissa Rijndertse, Jin M Cheng, Sanneke P de Boer, Hector M Garcia Garcia, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Evelyn Regar, Mattie J Lenzen, Yolande Appelman, Eric Boersma
AIMS: We aimed to study sex differences in coronary plaque burden and plaque composition in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging of a non-culprit coronary artery was performed in 178 (23.5%) women and 581 men who underwent invasive management of stable angina pectoris (SAP) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Women were older and had a worse cardiovascular risk profile than men, but less extended angiographic coronary disease...
November 22, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866224/the-beneficial-effects-of-empagliflozin-an-sglt2-inhibitor-on-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-mice-fed-a-western-diet
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Ji Hye Han, Tae Jung Oh, Ghayoung Lee, Hyo Jin Maeng, Dong Hwa Lee, Kyoung Min Kim, Sung Hee Choi, Hak Chul Jang, Hye Seung Lee, Kyong Soo Park, Young-Bum Kim, Soo Lim
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: A recent large clinical study has shown that empagliflozin has a lower rate of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality when compared with placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes. We investigated the effect of empagliflozin (compared with glimepiride) on the progression of atherosclerosis, and its possible mechanisms of action. METHODS: Forty-eight 5-week-old male ApoE (-/-) mice were fed a western diet for 20 weeks and divided into four groups: control (saline, 154 mmol/l NaCl), glimepiride 0...
November 19, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864166/perivascular-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-coronary-artery-disease-an-autopsy-study-protocol
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Daniela Souza Farias-Itao, Carlos Augusto Pasqualucci, Aline Nishizawa, Luiz Fernando Ferraz Silva, Fernanda Marinho Campos, Karen Cristina Souza da Silva, Renata Elaine Paraizo Leite, Lea Tenenholz Grinberg, Renata Eloah Lucena Ferretti-Rebustini, Wilson Jacob Filho, Claudia Kimie Suemoto
BACKGROUND: Perivascular adipose tissue (PAT) inflammation may have a role in coronary artery disease (CAD) pathophysiology. However, most evidence has come from samples obtained during surgical procedures that may imply in some limitations. Moreover, the role of B lymphocytes and inflammation in PAT that is adjacent to unstable atheroma plaques has not been investigated in humans using morphometric measurements. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the inflammation in PAT, subcutaneous, and perirenal adipose tissues (SAT and PrAT) among chronic CAD, acute CAD, and control groups in an autopsy study...
November 18, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853822/endogenously-generated-amyloid-%C3%AE-increases-stiffness-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Zhuoyang Lu, Hua Li, Chen Hou, Yunhua Peng, Jiangang Long, Jiankang Liu
Amyloid-β (Aβ) is widely recognized as toxic to neuronal cells. Its deposition on plasma and intracellular membranes and aggregation into amyloid plaques can disturb the composition and physiological function of neurons. Whether a physical property of cells, such as stiffness, is altered by endogenously overexpressed Aβ has not yet been investigated. In this study, we used human neuroblastoma cells stably overexpressing amyloid precursor protein (APP) and its Swedish mutant form (APPswe) to measure the changes in cell stiffness...
November 16, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853578/influence-of-shear-stress-magnitude-and-direction-on-atherosclerotic-plaque-composition
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Ryan M Pedrigi, Vikram V Mehta, Sandra M Bovens, Zahra Mohri, Christian Bo Poulsen, Willy Gsell, Jordi L Tremoleda, Leila Towhidi, Ranil de Silva, Enrico Petretto, Rob Krams
The precise flow characteristics that promote different atherosclerotic plaque types remain unclear. We previously developed a blood flow-modifying cuff for ApoE(-/-) mice that induces the development of advanced plaques with vulnerable and stable features upstream and downstream of the cuff, respectively. Herein, we sought to test the hypothesis that changes in flow magnitude promote formation of the upstream (vulnerable) plaque, whereas altered flow direction is important for development of the downstream (stable) plaque...
October 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853528/recent-advances-in-understanding-and-managing-urolithiasis
#16
REVIEW
Walter L Strohmaier
During the last few years, there has been relevant progress in both understanding and managing urolithiasis. Our knowledge of stone formation has changed; although the importance of urine biochemistry was questioned by several investigators years ago, the decisive role of cellular processes (induced by oxidative stress) and the renal papilla has only recently been generally accepted as the most important step in stone formation. For calcium oxalate urolithiasis, the formation of papillary calcifications plays a key role and is of prognostic relevance...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847293/clinical-value-of-crystalluria-and-quantitative-morphoconstitutional-analysis-of-urinary-calculi
#17
REVIEW
Vincent Frochot, Michel Daudon
Crystalluria is a marker of urine supersaturation with substances deriving from metabolic disorders, inherited diseases or drugs. The investigation of crystalluria must be done according to a protocol which includes the delivery to the laboratory of a proper urine sample, the use of a microscope equipped with polarized light, the accurate knowledge of urine pH, and a comprehensive examination of the crystals, which is based on their identification, quantification and size measurement. For unusual crystals, infrared spectroscopy may also be needed...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835926/mouthwashes-in-the-21-st-century-a-narrative-review-about-active-molecules-and-effectiveness-on-the-periodontal-outcomes
#18
Gianluca M Tartaglia, Santhosh Kumar, Claudia Debora Fornari, Eleonora Corti, Stephen Thaddeus Connelly
Poor oral hygiene is a major risk factor for oral diseases. Regular home-based care is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. In particular, mouthrinses can support conventional tooth brushing in reducing accumulation of oral plaque. Areas covered: The most common molecules contained in mouthrinses (chlorhexidine, essential oils, cetyl pyridinium chloride, triclosan, octeneidine, delmopinol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, hyaluronic acid, natural compounds) are discussed, together with relevant clinical and in vitro studies, focusing on their effects on periodontal health...
November 20, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834690/rac2-modulates-atherosclerotic-calcification-by-regulating-macrophage-interleukin-1%C3%AE-production
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Nicolle Ceneri, Lina Zhao, Bryan D Young, Abigail Healy, Suleyman Coskun, Hema Vasavada, Timur O Yarovinsky, Kenneth Ike, Ruggero Pardi, Lingfen Qin, Li Qin, George Tellides, Karen Hirschi, Judith Meadows, Robert Soufer, Hyung J Chun, Mehran Sadeghi, Jeffrey R Bender, Alan R Morrison
OBJECTIVE: The calcium composition of atherosclerotic plaque is thought to be associated with increased risk for cardiovascular events, but whether plaque calcium itself is predictive of worsening clinical outcomes remains highly controversial. Inflammation is likely a key mediator of vascular calcification, but immune signaling mechanisms that promote this process are minimally understood. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Here, we identify Rac2 as a major inflammatory regulator of signaling that directs plaque osteogenesis...
November 10, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820817/impact-of-the-b-cell-growth-factor-april-on-the-qualitative-and-immunological-characteristics-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Sophie J Bernelot Moens, Sander I van Leuven, Kang H Zheng, Stefan R Havik, Miranda V Versloot, Leonie M van Duivenvoorde, Michael Hahne, Erik S G Stroes, Dominique L Baeten, Anouk A J Hamers
Studies on the role of B lymphocytes in atherosclerosis development, have yielded contradictory results. Whereas B lymphocyte-deficiency aggravates atherosclerosis in mice; depletion of mature B lymphocytes reduces atherosclerosis. These observations led to the notion that distinct B lymphocyte subsets have different roles. B1a lymphocytes exert an atheroprotective effect, which has been attributed to secretion of IgM, which can be deposited in atherosclerotic lesions thereby reducing necrotic core formation...
2016: PloS One
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