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J M G van Bergen, X Li, J Hua, S J Schreiner, S C Steininger, F C Quevenco, M Wyss, A F Gietl, V Treyer, S E Leh, F Buck, R M Nitsch, K P Pruessmann, P C M van Zijl, C Hock, P G Unschuld
Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) MRI at 7 Tesla and 11-Carbon Pittsburgh-Compound-B PET were used for investigating the relationship between brain iron and Amyloid beta (Aβ) plaque-load in a context of increased risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD), as reflected by the Apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE-e4) allele and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in elderly subjects. Carriers of APOE-e4 with normal cognition had higher cortical Aβ-plaque-load than non-carriers. In MCI an association between APOE-e4 and higher Aβ-plaque-load was observable both for cortical and subcortical brain-regions...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hsiao-Ling Huang, Inna V Krieger, Maloy K Parai, Vijay B Gawandi, James C Sacchettini
Fragment screening and high-throughput screening are complementary approaches that go hand in hand with structural biology to explore the binding capabilities of an active site and to provide diversity for inhibitor design. We used fragment-based approaches on malate synthase (GlcB) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and discovered several novel binding chemotypes. In addition, the crystal structures of GlcB in complex with these fragments indicated conformational changes in the active site hypothesized to represent states the enzyme assumes in the substrate-product exchange during catalysis...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jae-Yong Kim, Eun-Young Lee, Jin Kyun Park, Yeong Wook Song, Jae-Ryong Kim, Kyung-Hyun Cho
OBJECTIVE: In order to identify putative biomarkers in lipoprotein, we compared lipid and lipoprotein properties between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and control with similar age. METHODS: We analyzed four classes of lipoproteins (VLDL, LDL, HDL2, HDL3) from both male (n = 8, 69±4 year-old) and female (n = 25, 53±7 year-old) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients as well as controls with similar age (n = 13). RESULTS: Although RA group showed normal levels of total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, and glucose, however, the RA group showed significantly reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-C level and ratio of HDL-C/TC...
2016: PloS One
Andrew T Grainger, Michael B Jones, Jing Li, Mei-Hua Chen, Ani Manichaikul, Weibin Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified over 50 significant loci containing common variants associated with coronary artery disease. However, these variants explain only 26% of the genetic heritability of the disease, suggesting that many more variants remain to be discovered. Here, we examined the genetic basis underlying the marked difference between SM/J-Apoe(-/-) and BALB/cJ-Apoe(-/-) mice in atherosclerotic lesion formation. METHODS: 206 female F2 mice generated from an intercross between the two Apoe(-/-) strains were fed 12 weeks of western diet...
October 6, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Jared B Shaw, Tzu-Yung Lin, Franklin E Leach, Aleksey V Tolmachev, Nikola Tolić, Errol W Robinson, David W Koppenaal, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić
We provide the initial performance evaluation of a 21 Tesla Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer operating at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The spectrometer constructed for the 21T system employs a commercial dual linear ion trap mass spectrometer coupled to a FTICR spectrometer designed and built in-house. Performance gains from moving to higher magnetic field strength are exemplified by the measurement of peptide isotopic fine structure, complex natural organic matter mixtures, and large proteins...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Susan J Pressler, Jordan M Harrison, Marita Titler, Todd M Koelling, Miyeon Jung, Susan G Dorsey, Giorgos Bakoyannis, Penny L Riley, Lisa Hoyland-Domenico, Bruno Giordani
Twenty-three percent to 50% of heart failure (HF) patients have memory loss. Objectives were to (a) characterize major allelic frequency of 2 variants in apolipoprotein (APOE) gene in HF patients, (b) evaluate differences in memory and serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels based on APOE ε4 allele(s), and (c) estimate effect sizes (ESs) and confidence intervals (CIs). In this pilot, 29 HF patients were enrolled and 26 completed. Recall and delayed recall memory were measured at baseline and 12 weeks...
October 12, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Tahir Bezgin, Cihangir Kaymaz, Özgür Akbal, Fatih Yılmaz, Hacer Ceren Tokgöz, Nihal Özdemir
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and potentially lethal disorder that manifests mainly as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the extremities or pulmonary embolism (PE) and occurs as a consequence of genetic and environmental risk factors. We aimed to assess the role of inherited thrombophilia as a causative or additive factor in the development of VTE. METHODS: The study included 310 patients (female: 154; mean age: 52.3 ± 16.9 years) with a first episode of VTE and 289 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
October 11, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Eric Piver, Audrey Boyer, Julien Gaillard, Anne Bull, Elodie Beaumont, Philippe Roingeard, Jean-Christophe Meunier
OBJECTIVE: HCV particles are associated with very low-density lipoprotein components in chronically infected patients. These hybrid particles, or 'lipo-viro particles' (LVPs), are rich in triglycerides, and contain the viral RNA, the capsid protein, E1E2 envelope glycoproteins and apolipoproteins B and E. However, their specific ultrastructural organisation has yet to be determined. We developed a strategy for the preparation of any viral sample that preserves the native structure of the LVPs, facilitating their precise morphological characterisation...
October 11, 2016: Gut
Daniel V Christophersen, Nicklas R Jacobsen, Maria H G Andersen, Shea P Connell, Kenneth K Barfod, Morten B Thomsen, Mark R Miller, Rodger Duffin, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Ulla Vogel, Håkan Wallin, Steffen Loft, Martin Roursgaard, Peter Møller
Exposure to high aspect ratio nanomaterials, such as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) may be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis, pulmonary disease, and cancer. In the present study, we investigated the cardiovascular and pulmonary health effects of 10 weeks of repeated oral or pulmonary exposures to MWCNTs (4 or 40μg each week) in Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a Western-type diet. Intratracheal instillation of MWCNTs was associated with oxidative damage to DNA in lung tissue and elevated levels of lipid peroxidation products in plasma, whereas the exposure only caused a modest pulmonary inflammation in terms of increased numbers of lymphocytes in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid...
October 7, 2016: Toxicology
Luís F J R Miranda, Karina B Gomes, Pedro A L Tito, Josianne N Silveira, Gerson A Pianetti, Ricardo M D Byrro, Patrícia R H Peles, Fernando H Pereira, Thiago R Santos, Arthur G Assini, Valéria V Ribeiro, Edgar N Moraes, Paulo Caramelli
The clinical response to donepezil in patients with mild and moderate dementia was investigated in relation to the drug plasma concentration and of APOE and CYP2D6 polymorphisms. In a prospective naturalistic observational study, 42 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and AD with cerebrovascular disease who took donepezil (10 mg) for 12 months were evaluated. Their DNA was genotyped, and the donepezil plasma concentrations were measured after 3, 6, and 12 months. Good responders scored ≥-1 on the Mini-Mental State Examination at 12 months in comparison to the baseline score...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Xiao Luo, Tiantian Qiu, Yunlu Jia, Peiyu Huang, Xiaojun Xu, Xinfeng Yu, Zhujing Shen, Yerfan Jiaerken, Xiaojun Guan, Jiong Zhou, Minming Zhang
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 allele is the best established genetic risk factor for sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, there is a need to understand the effects of this genotype on the brain by simultaneously assessing intrinsic brain network and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers changes in healthy older ε4 carriers. Thirteen cognitively intact, elderly APOE ε4 carriers and 22 ε3 homozygotes were included in the present study. Eigenvector centrality mapping (ECM) was used to identify brain network hub organization based on resting-state functional MRI (rsfMRI)...
October 6, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Andreas Krebs, Juergen Doerfer, Alexandra Krause, Juergen Grulich-Henn, Martin Holder, Wolfgang Hecker, Kai Lichte, Arno Schmidt-Trucksaess, Karl Winkler, Karl Otfried Schwab
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to assess the effect of atorvastatin on inflammation markers and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) subfractions. METHODS: In a prospective, randomized, double-blind pilot study involving 28 adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D), lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) activity, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and subfractions of LDL were measured at baseline, after 1 year and 2 years of treatment with atorvastatin (10 mg/day) vs...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Erin E Sundermann, Pauline M Maki, Leah H Rubin, Richard B Lipton, Susan Landau, Anat Biegon
OBJECTIVE: We investigated sex differences in verbal memory across different levels of neural dysfunction, measured by temporal lobe glucose metabolic rates (TLGluMR). METHODS: Three hundred ninety controls and 672 participants with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and 254 with Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative completed the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) and [(18)F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET. Cross-sectional analyses were conducted using linear regression to examine the sex by TLGluMR interaction on RAVLT performance in the overall sample and within diagnostic groups adjusting for age, education, and APOE ε4 genotype...
October 5, 2016: Neurology
Peter W Fritsch, Victor B Amoroso
Diplycosia platyphylla P.W.Fritsch, a new species from Mindanao Island, Philippines, is described and illustrated. This species is most similar to the Bornean Diplycosia urceolata but differs by its green or slightly flushed pink petioles 4-7 mm long, wider leaf blades, acute calyx lobe apices, and lavender mature fruiting calyx. The new species is known only from a single collection made from Mount Apo in North Cotabato Province, southern Mindanao.
2016: PhytoKeys
Olli Hartiala, Sami Kajander, Juhani Knuuti, Heikki Ukkonen, Antti Saraste, Irina Rinta-Kiikka, Sakari Kainulainen, Mika Kähönen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Tomi Laitinen, Terho Lehtimäki, Jorma S A Viikari, Jaakko Hartiala, Markus Juonala, Olli T Raitakari, Costan G Magnussen
BACKGROUND: Risk factors measured in early life have been shown to predict coronary artery calcium (CAC) in adulthood. However, limited data exist on when risk factor profiles of those who develop CAC diverge from those who do not. We investigated the associations of coronary heart disease risk factor trajectories beginning in adolescence and CAC measured at middle-age. METHODS: CAC was measured among 589 participants aged 39-45years in whom cardiovascular risk factors (serum lipids, blood pressure, body mass index, physical activity, smoking habits, and fruit, vegetable, fish, and butter intake) had been collected in 1980, 1983, 1986, 2001, and 2007 as part of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Abdullah Shehab, Ali T Al-Hinai, Wael Al Mahmeed, Mohamed Arafah, Omer Al Tamimi, Mahmoud Al Awadhi, Faisal Al Anazi, Haitham Amin, Khalid Al Nemer, Shorook Al Herz, Othman Metwally, Akram Alkhadra, Mohammed Fakhry, Hossam Elghetany, Abdel Razak Medani, Afzal Hussein Yusufali, Obaid Al Jassim, Omar Al Hallaq, Fahad Omar, Ahmed S Baslaib, Khalid Al Waili, Khamis Al Hashmi, Vasilios Athyros, Khalid Al Rasadi
BACKGROUND: Few studies assessed gender disparity in lipid goal attainment in the Arabian Gulf. Hence, we estimated gender gaps in lipid target achievements among patients at high and very high atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk in the Centralized Pan-Middle East Survey on the undertreatment of hypercholesterolemia (CEPHEUS). METHODS: The study (conducted between November 22, 2009 and July 7, 2010) included 4,384 patients (≥18 years) on lipid lowering drugs at high and very ASCVD risk status from outpatient clinics of 177 specialists and primary care physicians in 6 Arabian Gulf countries...
October 2, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
V Daeichin, J C Sluimer, K van der Heiden, I Skachkov, K Kooiman, A Janssen, B Janssen, J G Bosch, N de Jong, M J A P Daemen, A F W van der Steen
AIM: The actual occurrence of spontaneous plaque rupture in mice has been a matter of debate. We report on an in vivo observation of the actual event of possible plaque disruption in a living ApoE(-/-) mouse. METHODS AND RESULTS: During live contrast-enhanced ultrasonography of a 50-week-old ApoE(-/-) male mouse, symptoms suggesting plaque disruption in the brachiocephalic artery were observed. Histological analysis confirmed the presence of advanced atherosclerotic lesions with dissections and intraplaque hemorrhage in the affected brachiocephalic trunk, pointing towards plaque rupture as the cause of the observed event...
November 2015: Ultrasound Int Open
Deasy Irawati, John C L Mamo, Satvinder S Dhaliwal, Mario J Soares, Karin M Slivkoff-Clark, Anthony P James
BACKGROUND: Subjects with metabolic syndrome (MetS) exhibit impaired lipoprotein metabolism and have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Although the risk is attributed primarily to the risk associated with individual components, it is also likely affected by other associated metabolic defects. Remnants of postprandial lipoproteins show potent atherogenicity in cell and animal models of insulin resistance and in pre-diabetic subjects with postprandial dyslipidemia. However, few studies have considered regulation of chylomicron remnant homeostasis in MetS per se...
September 29, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
K C Maki, A L Lawless, K M Kelley, V N Kaden, C J Geiger, O M Palacios, M R Dicklin
BACKGROUND: Corn oil (CO) and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) are rich sources of unsaturated fatty acids (UFA), but UFA profiles differ among oils, which may affect lipoprotein levels. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the effects of CO versus EVOO intake on fasting lipoprotein and subfraction cholesterol levels, apolipoprotein (apo) A1, apo B, and low-density lipoprotein particle concentrations in men and women. SUBJECTS/METHODS: As part of a weight maintenance diet, men and women were provided with food items prepared with 54 g per day of CO or EVOO (21-day treatment, 21-day washout) in a randomized, double-blind, controlled-feeding, crossover trial...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Mu-En Lin, Theodore M Chen, Mary C Wallingford, Ngoc B Nguyen, Shunsuke Yamada, Chenphop Sawangmake, Jaimei Zhang, Mei Y Speer, Cecilia M Giachelli
AIMS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are major precursors contributing to osteochondrogenesis and calcification in atherosclerosis. Runt-related transcription factor-2 (Runx2) has been found essential for SMC differentiation to an osteochondrogenic phenotype and subsequent calcification in vitro A recent study using a conditional targeting allele that produced a truncated Runx2 protein in SMCs of ApoE(-/-) mice showed reduced vascular calcification, likely occurring via reduction of receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), macrophage infiltration, and atherosclerotic lesion formation...
September 26, 2016: Cardiovascular Research
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