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Plaque composition

Naser Ahmadi, Fereshteh Hajsadeghi, Vahid Nabavi, Garth Olango, Mohammed Molla, Matthew Budoff, Nutan Vaidya, Javier Quintana, Robert Pynoos, Peter Hauser, Rachel Yehuda
OBJECTIVE: Coronary-distensibility-index (CDI) impairments reflect endothelial-dependent process associated with vulnerable-plaque composition. This study investigates the relation of impaired-CDI with posttraumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) and their predictive value for major-adverse-cardiovascular events (MACE). METHODS: This study involved 246 patients (age: 63±10 years, 12% women) with (n=50) and without (n=196) PTSD, who underwent computed-tomography angiography (CTA) to determine coronary artery disease (CAD) and CDI...
March 14, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
Yousif A Al Dulaijan, Lei Cheng, Michael D Weir, Mary Anne S Melo, Huaibing Liu, Thomas W Oates, Lin Wang, Hockin H K Xu
OBJECTIVE: Rechargeable calcium phosphate (CaP) composites were developed recently. However, none of the rechargeable CaP composites was antibacterial. The objectives of this study were to develop the first rechargeable CaP composite that was antibacterial, and to investigate the effects of adding dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate (DMAHDM) into rechargeable CaP composite on ion rechargeability and re-release as well as biofilm properties. METHODS: DMAHDM was synthesized via a Menschutkin reaction...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Seyed Hossein Bassir, Isabelle Chase, Bruce J Paster, Leslie B Gordon, Monica E Kleinman, Mark W Kieran, David M Kim, Andrew Sonis
BACKGROUND: Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare premature aging disorder with significant oral and dental abnormalities. Clinical symptoms include various features of accelerated aging such as alopecia, loss of subcutaneous fat, bone abnormalities, and premature cardiovascular disease. In addition, children with HGPS have been observed to suffer from generalized gingival recession. Whether periodontal manifestations associated with this syndrome are the results of changes in the oral flora is unknown...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Blerim Mujaj, Daniel Bos, Mariana Selwaness, Maarten J G Leening, Maryam Kavousi, Jolanda J Wentzel, Aad van der Lugt, Albert Hofman, Bruno H Stricker, Meike W Vernooij, Oscar H Franco
BACKGROUND: Statins represent a key treatment for cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, the direct effects of statin treatment on the composition of atherosclerotic plaques remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the association of statin treatment with the presence of different plaque components located in the carotid arteries within a population-based setting. METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 1740 participants with carotid atherosclerosis (mean age 72...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Q-H Li, Q Zhang, X-L Li, J-F Yin, H-G Ji
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the plaque distribution and composition pattern in the left main coronary artery (LMCA) disease using intracoronary ultrasound. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Intravascular ultrasound data of 50 patients from the January 2010 to December 2015 with significant LMCA bifurcation lesions, with angiographic diameter stenosis >50%, and requiring revascularization, were evaluated. Plaque burden and percentage of necrotic core (% NC) at the minimal lumen area site and maximal % NC site were measured in different segments...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Fabiana Blanco, Suvi E Heinonen, Erika Gurzeler, Lisa M Berglund, Anna-Maria Dutius Andersson, Olga Kotova, Ann-Cathrine Jönsson-Rylander, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Maria F Gomez
AIMS: Despite vast clinical experience linking diabetes and atherosclerosis, the molecular mechanisms leading to accelerated vascular damage are still unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of nuclear factor of activated T-cells inhibition on plaque burden in a novel mouse model of type 2 diabetes that better replicates human disease. METHODS & RESULTS: IGF-II/LDLR-/- ApoB100/100 mice were generated by crossbreeding low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice that synthesize only apolipoprotein B100 (LDLR-/- ApoB100/100 ) with transgenic mice overexpressing insulin-like growth factor-II in pancreatic β cells...
March 1, 2018: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
Samuel L Sidharta, Timothy J Baillie, Stuart Howell, Stephen J Nicholls, Natalie Montarello, Satoshi Honda, Daisuke Shishikura, Sinny Delacroix, Susan Kim, John F Beltrame, Peter J Psaltis, Stephen G Worthley, Matthew I Worthley
OBJECTIVE: Coronary vasodilator function and atherosclerotic plaque progression have both been shown to be associated with adverse cardiovascular events. However, the relationship between these factors and the lipid burden of coronary plaque remains unknown. These experiments focus on investigating the relationship between impaired coronary vasodilator function (endothelium dependent (salbutamol) and endothelium independent (glyceryl trinitrate)) and the natural history of atheroma plaque progression and lipid burden using dual modality intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging...
March 1, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Mohammad Hossein Toodehzaeim, Hengameh Zandi, Hamidreza Meshkani, Azadeh Hosseinzadeh Firouzabadi
Statement of the Problem: Orthodontic appliances facilitate microbial plaque accumulation and increase the chance of white spot lesions. There is a need for new plaque control methods independent of patient's cooperation. Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of incorporating copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles on antimicrobial properties and bond strength of orthodontic adhesive. Materials and Method: CuO nanoparticles were added to the composite transbond XT at concentrations of 0...
March 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Francisco M Codoñer, Ana Ramírez-Bosca, Eric Climent, Miguel Carrión-Gutierrez, Mariano Guerrero, Jose Manuel Pérez-Orquín, José Horga de la Parte, Salvador Genovés, Daniel Ramón, Vicente Navarro-López, Empar Chenoll
Since the last 5-10 years the relevance of the gut microbiome on different intestinal illnesses has been revealed. Recent findings indicate the effect of gut microbiome on certain dermatological diseases such as atopic dermatitis. However, data on other skin diseases such as psoriasis are limited. This is the first time attempting to reveal the gut microbiome composition of psoriatic patients with a prospective study including a group of patients with plaque psoriasis, analyzing their gut microbiome and the relationship between the microbiome composition and bacterial translocation...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Susama Rani Mandal, Avinav Bharati, Rezvan Ravanfar Haghighi, Sudhir Arava, Ruma Ray, Priya Jagia, Sanjiv Sharma, Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Millo Tabin, Munish Sharma, Sanjay Sharma, Pratik Kumar
PURPOSE: In this study non-calcified plaque composition is evaluated by Dual Energy CT (DECT). Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) has been used to study the Plaque composition. An attempt has been made to explain the DECT results with EDS analysis. METHODS: Thirty-two ex-vivo human cadaver coronary artery samples were scanned by DECT and data was evaluated to calculate their effective atomic number and electron density (Zeff & ρe ) by inversion method...
January 2018: Physica Medica: PM
Yilmaz Emre Gencay, Martine C H Sørensen, Cory Q Wenzel, Christine M Szymanski, Lone Brøndsted
Campylobacter jejuni NCTC12662 is sensitive to infection by many Campylobacter bacteriophages. Here we used this strain to investigate the molecular mechanism behind phage resistance development when exposed to a single phage and demonstrate how phase variable expression of one surface component influences phage sensitivity against many diverse C. jejuni phages. When C. jejuni NCTC12662 was exposed to phage F207 overnight, 25% of the bacterial cells were able to grow on a lawn of phage F207, suggesting that resistance develops at a high frequency...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Michael S Lee, Richard A Shlofmitz, Evan Shlofmitz, Pratyaksh K Srivastava, Jeremy Kong, Cindy Grines, George Revytak, Jeffrey W Chambers
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the safety and efficacy of orbital atherectomy to modify severely calcified coronary plaque prior to stent implantation in patients with small vessel (2.5mm) disease. BACKGROUND: Severe coronary artery calcification increases the risk of adverse clinical events during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Patients who undergo PCI of small vessels have worse clinical outcomes including higher rates of perforation and dissection. The outcomes of orbital atherectomy of small diameter vessels (2...
October 3, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Sila Çagri Isler, Gonen Ozcan, Gülcin Akca, Zahide Kocabas
Objective The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between subgingival restorations and the target periodontopathogenic bacteria (Pg, Td and Pi) in subgingival biofilm during one year after combined restorative-periodontal treatment. Material and Methods Seventeen systemically healthy subjects, who were positive for the presence of three cervical lesions associated with gingival recessions in three different adjacent teeth, were included in the study. A total of 51 combined defects were treated with connective tissue graft plus a nanofilled composite resin (NCR+CTG), a resin-modified glass ionemer cement (RMGI+CTG) and a fluoride-releasing resin material with pre-reacted glass (PRG), called giomer (Giomer+CTG)...
2018: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
Gustavo G Nascimento, Vibeke Baelum, Gunnar Dahlen, Rodrigo Lopez
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the association between dental caries and periodontitis among adolescents participating in a case-control study of periodontitis. In addition, we compared 2 analytical approaches to estimate the association: conventional regression and structural equation modelling (SEM). METHODS: Along with periodontal recordings, data were obtained on caries, just as subgingival plaque samples were collected. Sociodemographic information was collected with a questionnaire...
February 15, 2018: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Manohar Bhat, Swathi Acharya, Kakarla Veera Venkata Prasad, Raghavendra Kulkarni, Anithraj Bhat, Devikripa Bhat
Background: Dental plaque is one of the predominant causes of major oral diseases. Although mechanical and chemical methods are extensively followed to control the development of plaque, plaque-related diseases still persist. Therefore, this necessitates for alternative measures of plaque control, one such alternative is photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT). Materials and Methods: Split mouth randomized clinical trial (CTRI/2017/03/008239) was conducted on 30 participants who reported to the hospital...
May 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Benjamin A Sherer, Ling Chen, Misun Kang, Alex R Shimotake, Scott V Wiener, Tom Chi, Marshall L Stoller, Sunita P Ho
The development of new modalities for kidney stone prevention rests upon understanding the progression of mineralization within the renal pyramid. The progression from small foci of mineralization within the renal pyramid to larger interstitial plaques that ultimately lead to the formation of clinically detectable calcium-based stones on calcium phosphate stems will be presented through correlative microscopy approach. High resolution X-ray computed tomography (micro-XCT), electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) compositional analyses of interstitial plaques, stems, and attached stones were performed...
February 8, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Ming Ji, Nina Xue, Fangfang Lai, Xiaoying Zhang, Sen Zhang, Yuchen Wang, Jing Jin, Xiaoguang Chen
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, scaly and raised plaques. Thus far, T-cell infiltration is one of the most prominent pathogenic triggers, however, the exact molecular mechanisms underlying psoriasis have not been clearly established. Sphingolipid sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a lysophospholipid regulator modulating a variety of immune cell trafficking via interactions with its cognate receptors, S1P1-5. Activation of S1P signaling has recently emerged as a novel therapeutic avenue for psoriasis treatment...
February 7, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Katrin Gebauer, Holger Reinecke
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been proven to be a causal factor of atherosclerosis and, along with other triggers like inflammation, the most frequent reason for peripheral arterial disease. Moreover, a linear correlation between LDL-C concentration and cardiovascular outcome in high-risk patients could be established during the past century. After the development of statins, numerous randomized trials have shown the superiority for LDL-C reduction and hence the decrease in cardiovascular outcomes including mortality...
February 7, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Milica Bozic, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Carmen Gutiérrez-Muñoz, Angels Betriu, Jesús Egido, Elvira Fernández, Jose L Martín-Ventura, Jose M Valdivielso, Luis M Blanco-Colio
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular calcification (VC) and atherosclerosis are associated with an increased cardiovascular morbimortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Osteoprotegerin (OPG) and osteopontin (OPN) are involved in both VC and CKD. Soluble tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (sTWEAK) has been related to cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that OPG, OPN and sTWEAK levels may be associated with a higher prevalence of cardiovascular outcomes in patients with CKD...
March 2018: Atherosclerosis
Rachael O Forsythe, Marc R Dweck, Olivia M B McBride, Alex T Vesey, Scott I Semple, Anoop S V Shah, Philip D Adamson, William A Wallace, Jakub Kaczynski, Weiyang Ho, Edwin J R van Beek, Calum D Gray, Alison Fletcher, Christophe Lucatelli, Aleksander Marin, Paul Burns, Andrew Tambyraja, Roderick T A Chalmers, Graeme Weir, Neil Mitchard, Adriana Tavares, Jennifer M J Robson, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Fluorine-18-sodium fluoride (18 F-NaF) uptake is a marker of active vascular calcification associated with high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. OBJECTIVES: In patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the authors assessed whether18 F-NaF positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) predicts AAA growth and clinical outcomes. METHODS: In prospective case-control (n = 20 per group) and longitudinal cohort (n = 72) studies, patients with AAA (aortic diameter >40 mm) and control subjects (aortic diameter <30 mm) underwent abdominal ultrasound,18 F-NaF PET-CT, CT angiography, and calcium scoring...
February 6, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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