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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107247/plaque-burden-microstructures-and-compositions-underachieving-very-low-ldl-c-levels
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Yu Kataoka, Jordan Andrews, Rishi Puri, Peter J Psaltis, Stephen J Nicholls
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize the impact of lowering LDL-C on plaque progression, microstructures and compositions. RECENT FINDINGS: Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is a major therapeutic target to prevent atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Intravascular imaging has elucidated antiatherosclerotic effects of lowering LDL-C in vivo. Intensive control of LDL-C with a statin has been shown to slow plaque progression and induce its regression if very low LDL-C level is achieved...
January 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106774/effects-of-long-term-water-aging-on-novel-anti-biofilm-and-protein-repellent-dental-composite
#2
Ning Zhang, Ke Zhang, Mary A S Melo, Michael D Weir, David J Xu, Yuxing Bai, Hockin H K Xu
The aims of this study were to: (1) synthesize an anti-biofilm and protein-repellent dental composite by combining 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) with quaternary ammonium dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate (DMAHDM); and (2) evaluate the effects of water-aging for 180 days on protein resistance, bacteria-killing ability, and mechanical properties of MPC-DMAHDM composite. MPC and DMAHDM were added into a resin composite. Specimens were stored in distilled water at 37 °C for 1, 30, 90, and 180 days...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098506/capsicum-annuum-var-grossum-bell-pepper-inhibits-%C3%AE-secretase-activity-and-%C3%AE-amyloid1-40-aggregation
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Omodesola Oluwafisayo Ogunruku, Ganiyu Oboh, Sabina Passamonti, Federica Trammer, Aline Augusti Boligon
The deposition of amyloid protein as senile plaques is the major signature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is produced by the sequential cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein by secretases. Moreover, peppers are noted for their antiaging and cognitive enhancing properties. Thus, in this study, the effects of polyphenol-rich extracts from bell pepper on amyloid production and aggregation in vitro were investigated. Bell pepper (ripe and unripe) was extracted with methanol-1 N HCl (1:1 v/v). Thereafter, the inhibitory potentials of the extracts on β-secretase and β-amyloid1-40 aggregation were determined...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095925/the-effect-of-cigarette-smoking-on-the-oral-and-nasal-microbiota
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Guoqin Yu, Stephen Phillips, Mitchell H Gail, James J Goedert, Michael S Humphrys, Jacques Ravel, Yanfang Ren, Neil E Caporaso
BACKGROUND: The goal of the study was to investigate whether cigarette smoking alters oral and nasal microbial diversity, composition, and structure. Twenty-three current smokers and 20 never smokers were recruited. From each subject, nine samples including supra and subgingiva plaque scrapes, saliva, swabs from five soft oral tissue sites, and one nasal swab from both the anterior nares were collected. 16S rRNA V3-V4 region was sequenced for microbial profiles. RESULTS: We found that alpha diversity was lower in smokers than in nonsmokers in the buccal mucosa, but in other sample sites, microbial diversity and composition were not significantly different by smoking status...
January 17, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092507/real-time-intravascular-ultrasound-and-photoacoustic-imaging
#5
Donald VanderLaan, Andrei B Karpiouk, Doug Yeager, Stanislav Emelianov
Combined intravascular ultrasound and intravascular photoacoustic (IVUS/IVPA) imaging is an emerging hybrid modality being explored as a means of improving the characterization of atherosclerotic plaque anatomical and compositional features. While initial demonstrations of the technique have been encouraging, they have been limited by catheter rotation and data acquisition, displaying, and processing rates on the order of several seconds per frame as well as the use of off-line image processing. Herein, we present a complete IVUS/IVPA imaging system and method capable of real-time IVUS/IVPA imaging, with online data acquisition, image processing, and display of both IVUS and IVPA images...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071288/vulnerable-carotid-plaque-imaging-and-histopathology-without-a-dedicated-mri-receiver-coil
#6
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/28066812/the-denture-associated-oral-microbiome-in-health-and-stomatitis
#7
Baochen Shi, Tingxi Wu, Jeffrey McLean, Anna Edlund, Youngik Young, Xuesong He, Hongyang Lv, Xuedong Zhou, Wenyuan Shi, Huiying Li, Renate Lux
While investigation of the microbiome on natural oral surfaces has generated a wealth of information, few studies have examined the microbial communities colonizing dentures and their relationship to oral health. To address this knowledge gap, we characterized the bacterial community associated with dentures and remaining teeth in healthy individuals and patients with denture stomatitis. The microbiome compositions of matched denture and tooth plaque samples of 10 healthy individuals and 9 stomatitis patients were determined by 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060909/long-term-depletion-of-conventional-dendritic-cells-cannot-be-maintained-in-an-atherosclerotic-zbtb46-dtr-mouse-model
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Miche Rombouts, Nathalie Cools, Mandy O J Grootaert, Flore de Bakker, Ilse Van Brussel, An Wouters, Guido R Y De Meyer, Benedicte Y De Winter, Dorien M Schrijvers
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Increased evidence suggests a pro-atherogenic role for conventional dendritic cells (cDC). However, due to the lack of an exclusive marker for cDC, their exact contribution to atherosclerosis remains elusive. Recently, a unique transcription factor was described for cDC, namely Zbtb46, enabling us to selectively target this cell type in mice. METHODS: Low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (Ldlr-/-) mice were transplanted with bone marrow from Zbtb46-diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) transgenic mice following total body irradiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048943/modeling-small-angle-x-ray-scattering-data-for-low-density-lipoproteins-insights-into-the-fatty-core-phase-packing-and-transition
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Selma Maric, Tania Kjellerup Lind, Jeppe Lyngsø, Marite Cardenas, Jan Skov Pedersen
Atherosclerosis and its clinical consequences are the leading cause of death in the west. While many studies throughout the last decades have aimed at understanding the disease, the clinical markers in use today still fail to accurately predict the risks. The role of the main clinical indicator of today, the low density lipoprotein (LDL), in depositing fat to the vessel wall is believed to be the onset of the process. However, many subfractions of the LDL, which differ both in structure and composition, are present in the blood and amongst different individuals...
January 3, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048223/we-fg-207b-06-plaque-composition-measurement-with-dual-energy-computed-tomography
#10
C Wang, H Ding, S Malkasian, S Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of characterizing arterial plaque composition in terms of water, lipid and protein or calcium using dual energy computed tomography. Characterization of plaque composition can potentially help distinguish vulnerable from stable plaques. METHODS: Simulations studies were performed by the CT simulator based on ASTRA tomography toolbox. The beam energy for dual energy images was selected to be 80 kVp and 135 kVp. The radiation dose and energy spectrum for the CT simulator were carefully calibrated with respect to a 320-slice CT scanner...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047135/su-c-206-02-estimating-coronary-artery-plaque-composition-with-a-combined-dual-energy-and-single-energy-qct-optimization-model
#11
M Goodsitt, H Chan, K Watcharotone, B Nan, E Christodoulou
PURPOSE: A study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of a combined dual-energy/single-energy QCT optimization model for estimating the volume fractions of fat, cholesterol, protein, fibrous tissue, and calcium in coronary artery plaque. METHODS: This model uses 80kVp-140kVp CT# data to distinguish calcium, and Gaussian component analysis based on the 140kVp CT#'s of the pure materials to distinguish the other constituents. An experimental study was performed with a thorax section phantom (CIRS, Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045312/black-stains-a-microbiological-analysis-and-a-view-on-familiarity-and-susceptibility-to-tooth-decay-of-patients-in-childhood
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D Tripodi, D Martinelli, M Pasini, M R Giuca, S D'Ercole
AIM: Assess prevalence, familial predisposition and susceptibility to caries of Black Stains (BS). Evaluate the microbiological composition of BS, saliva and subgingival plaque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty nine subjects with BS (test group) and 120 subjects without BS (control group) were analysed for oral status. For each BS-patient, a BS-deposit, 1 ml of saliva and subgingival plaque were collected and microbiologically analysed. Five deciduous teeth with BS were observed under SEM...
December 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040277/microparticles-and-their-role-in-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Sudheer Koganti, Despina Eleftheriou, Paul A Brogan, Tushar Kotecha, Ying Hong, Roby D Rakhit
Despite significant advances in prevention, medical and interventional management, coronary artery disease (CAD) remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Although the number of people being diagnosed with CAD has plateaued in the western world, it is projected to increase significantly in the developing world reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in South Asia. To better stratify the risk of developing and suffering a cardiovascular event due to CAD, not only plasma biomarkers relating to disease burden but also disease activity in CAD are needed; this will allow targeting of appropriate management to high-risk patients for acute events...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013437/exploration-of-bacterial-species-associated-with-the-salivary-microbiome-of-individuals-with-a-low-susceptibility-to-dental-caries
#14
Haruna Yasunaga, Toru Takeshita, Yukie Shibata, Michiko Furuta, Yoshihiro Shimazaki, Sumio Akifusa, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Yutaka Kiyohara, Ichiro Takahashi, Yoshihisa Yamashita
OBJECTIVE: Dental caries is caused by acidogenic plaque microbiota formed on saliva-bathed tooth surfaces, in which multiple organisms act collectively to initiate and expand a cavity. We explored bacterial species associated with the salivary microbiome of individuals with low susceptibility to dental caries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The bacterial composition of saliva from 19 young adults was analyzed using barcoded pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene; we compared 10 caries-experienced (CE) and nine caries-free (CF) individuals...
December 24, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013147/hexim1-heterozygosity-stabilizes-atherosclerotic-plaque-and-decreased-steatosis-in-apoe-null-mice-fed-atherogenic-diet
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Manya Dhar-Mascareno, Inna Rozenberg, Jahangir Iqbal, M Mahmood Hussain, Daniel Beckles, Eduardo Mascareno
Hexim-1 is an inhibitor of RNA polymerase II transcription elongation. Decreased Hexim-1 expression in animal models of chronic diseases such as left ventricular hypertrophy, obesity and cancer triggered significant changes in adaptation and remodeling. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the role of Hexim1 in lipid metabolism focused in the progression of atherosclerosis and steatosis. We used the C57BL6 apolipoprotein E (ApoE null) crossed bred to C57BL6Hexim1 heterozygous mice to obtain ApoE null - Hexim1 heterozygous mice (ApoE-HT)...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007568/hyaluronic-acid-decreases-the-mechanical-stability-but-increases-the-lytic-resistance-of-fibrin-matrices
#16
Erzsébet Komorowicz, Nóra Balázs, Zoltán Varga, László Szabó, Attila Bóta, Krasimir Kolev
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a large, non-sulfated glucosaminoglycan abundantly present at sites where fibrin is also formed (during wound healing, in arterial restenotic lesions and eroded atherosclerotic plaques). The aim of the present study was to characterize the structure of composite fibrin-HA clots with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), pressure-driven permeation and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and their viscoelastic properties with an oscillation rheometer. In addition the efficiency of fibrinolysis in these clots was investigated by kinetic turbidimetric and chromogenic assays for dissolution of fibrin and plasminogen activation by tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA)...
December 19, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001244/survival-analysis-of-banding-and-bonding-molar-tubes-in-adult-patients-over-a-12-month-period-a-split-mouth-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Valéria Jacques Oeiras, Valéria Assis Almeida E Silva, Leidiana Aguiar Azevedo, Vanessa Soares Lobato, David Normando
This split-mouth randomized clinical trial aimed to compare the survival rate of bonding and banding molar tubes in adult orthodontic patients. Eligibility criteria included adults (aged >18 years), no active caries, restorations, or fractures in the upper and lower molars. The main outcome was any type of first-time failure in molar tubes. A computer-generated randomization scheme was used in a 1:1 ratio. The survival rate was estimated for 32 adult patients, in whom a tube was bonded to a molar tooth using composite resin on one side and a band was cemented with glass ionomer onto the same tooth in the contralateral arch...
December 22, 2016: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000617/ex-vivo-detection-of-macrophages-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-using-intravascular-ultrasonic-photoacoustic-imaging
#18
Nhat Quang Bui, Kyu Kyu Hlaing, Yong Wook Lee, Hyun Wook Kang, Junghwan Oh
Macrophages are excellent imaging targets for detecting atherosclerotic plaques as they are involved in all the developmental stages of atherosclerosis. However, no imaging technique is currently capable of visualizing macrophages inside blood vessel walls. The current study develops an intravascular ultrasonic-photoacoustic (IVUP) imaging system combined with indocyanine green (ICG) as a contrast agent to provide morphological and compositional information about the targeted samples. Both tissue-mimicking vessel phantoms and atherosclerotic plaque-mimicking porcine arterial tissues are used to demonstrate the feasibility of mapping macrophages labeled with ICG by endoscopically applying the proposed hybrid technique...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993385/association-of-tobacco-use-and-cessation-with-coronary-atherosclerosis
#19
Michael K Cheezum, Alexander Kim, Marcio S Bittencourt, David Kassop, Alexander Nissen, Dustin M Thomas, Binh Nguyen, Robert J Glynn, Nishant R Shah, Todd C Villines
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The impact of tobacco use and cessation on atherogenesis remains unclear. We aimed to study the association of tobacco use and prior cessation with the presence, extent and severity of atherosclerosis on coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA). METHODS: We examined 1798 consecutive symptomatic patients without known coronary artery disease (CAD) referred for CTA, stratified by smoking status (never, current [within 30 days], or former [>30 days before CTA])...
November 16, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991775/a-new-approach-to-sampling-intact-fe-plaque-reveals-si-induced-changes-in-fe-mineral-composition-and-shoot-as-in-rice
#20
Douglas C Amaral, Guilherme Lopes, Luiz R G Guilherme, Angelia L Seyfferth
The Fe (oxyhydr)oxide rind, or Fe plaque, that forms on aquatic plant roots is an important sorbent of metal(loid)s and plays a role in the attenuation of metal(loid) uptake into higher plants. However, the mineral composition of Fe plaque and thus its potential to sorb metal(loid)s is affected by solution chemistry. The predominant strategy to characterize Fe plaque using dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB) extraction and elemental analysis reveals total Fe quantity but misses the mineral structure of the Fe (oxyhydr)oxide...
January 3, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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