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Pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Atherosclerosis

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365 papers 25 to 100 followers Theory and research into the molecular causes and hemodynamics consequences of the atherosclerotic lesion
By Gregory Gustafson Interventional Cardiologist
Thomas F Whayne
The non-traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors that appear to be of most clinical interest include: apolipoprotein A (ApoA), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), high-sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP), homocysteine, interleukin 1 (IL1), lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], the density of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles, the LDL particle number, tissue/tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and uric acid. These non-traditional risk factors may be of value in adding further confirmation and attention to suspected significant CV risk...
January 22, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Mandy O J Grootaert, Manon Moulis, Lynn Roth, Wim Martinet, Cécile Vindis, Martin R Bennett, Guido R Y De Meyer
In the present review, we describe the causes and consequences of loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) or their function in advanced atherosclerotic plaques, and discuss possible mechanisms such as cell death or senescence, and induction of autophagy to promote cell survival. We also highlight the potential use of pharmacological modulators of these processes to limit plaque progression and/or improve plaque stability. VSMCs play a pivotal role in atherogenesis. Loss of VSMCs via initiation of cell death leads to fibrous cap thinning and promotes necrotic core formation and calcification...
January 18, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Christine Rossmann, Christoph Nusshold, Margret Paar, Gerhard Ledinski, Erwin Tafeit, Martin Koestenberger, Eva Maria Bernhart, Wolfgang Sattler, Gerhard Cvirn, Seth Hallström
BACKGROUND: Ethyl pyruvate (EP) exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. The aim of our study was to investigate whether EP is capable of inhibiting the oxidation of LDL, a crucial step in atherogenesis. Additionally, we examined whether EP attenuates the cytotoxic effects of highly oxidized LDL in the human vascular endothelial cell line EA.hy926. METHODS: Native LDL (nLDL) was oxidized using Cu2+ ions in the presence of increasing amounts of EP...
2018: PloS One
Rosaria Vincenza Giglio, Angelo Maria Patti, Arrigo Fg Cicero, Giuseppe Lippi, Manfredi Rizzo, Peter P Toth, Maciej Banach
BACKGROUND: Polyphenols are bioactive compounds that can be found mostly in foods like fruits, cereals, vegetables, dry legumes, chocolate and beverages such as coffee, tea and wine. They are extensively used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) providing protection against many chronic illnesses. Their effects on human health depend on the amount consumed and on their bioavailability. Many studies have demonstrated that polyphenols have also good effects on the vascular system by lowering blood pressure, improving endothelial function, increasing antioxidant defences, inhibiting platelet aggregation and low-density lipoprotein oxidation, and reducing inflammatory responses...
January 29, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Qiang Wan, Zhongyong Liu, Yuping Yang, Xiaobing Cui
Berberine (BBR) possesses significant anti-atherosclerosis properties. Visfatin is one of the most promising biomarkers of incoming atherosclerosis. However, research on the effect of BBR on regulating visfatin expression in atherogenesis remains largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the effects of BBR on visfatin expression and atherogenesis in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE-/-) mice. The effect of BBR on attenuating visfatin-induced endothelial dysfunction was also evaluated in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Alysha Moretti, Qi Li, Rebecca Chmielowski, Laurie B Joseph, Prabhas V Moghe, Kathryn E Uhrich
Previously-designed amphiphilic scorpion-like macromolecule (AScM) nanoparticles (NPs) showed elevated potency to counteract oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) uptake in atherosclerotic macrophages, but failed to ameliorate oxLDL-induced inflammation. We designed a new class of composite AScMs incorporating lithocholic acid (LCA), a natural agonist for the TGR5 receptor that is known to counteract atherosclerotic inflammation, with two complementary goals: to simultaneously decrease lipid uptake and inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion by macrophages...
February 2, 2018: Nanomaterials
Chiara Ricci, Massimiliano Ruscica, Marina Camera, Laura Rossetti, Chiara Macchi, Alessandra Colciago, Ilaria Zanotti, Maria Giovanna Lupo, Maria Pia Adorni, Arrigo F G Cicero, Federica Fogacci, Alberto Corsini, Nicola Ferri
Intraplaque release of inflammatory cytokines from macrophages is implicated in atherogenesis by inducing the proliferation and migration of media smooth muscle cells (SMCs). PCSK9 is present and released by SMCs within the atherosclerotic plaque but its function is still unknown. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that PCSK9 could elicit a pro-inflammatory effect on macrophages. THP-1-derived macrophages and human primary macrophages were exposed to different concentrations (0.250 ÷ 2.5 µg/ml) of human recombinant PCSK9 (hPCSK9)...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kun Ren, Xiao Zhu, Zhi Zheng, Zhong-Cheng Mo, Xiao-Shan Peng, Yong-Zhi Zeng, Han-Xiao Ou, Qing-Hai Zhang, Hui-Zhou Qi, Guo-Jun Zhao, Guang-Hui Yi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Liver scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) exerts atheroprotective effects through selective lipid uptake (SLU) from high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Low hepatic SR-BI expression leads to high HDL-C levels in the circulation and an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Furthermore, macrophage SR-BI mediates bidirectional cholesterol flux and may protect against atherogenesis. Previous studies have revealed that miR-24 is closely related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) progression...
January 30, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Peter Ong, Paolo G Camici, John F Beltrame, Filippo Crea, Hiroaki Shimokawa, Udo Sechtem, Juan Carlos Kaski, C Noel Bairey Merz
Standardization of diagnostic criteria for ischemic symptoms due to coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is needed for further investigation of patients presenting with anginal chest pain consistent with "microvascular angina" (MVA). At the annual Coronary Vasomotion Disorders International Study Group (COVADIS) Summits held in August 2014 and 2015, the following criteria were agreed upon for the investigative diagnosis of microvascular angina: (1) presence of symptoms suggestive of myocardial ischemia; (2) objective documentation of myocardial ischemia, as assessed by currently available techniques; (3) absence of obstructive CAD (<50% coronary diameter reduction and/or fractional flow reserve (FFR) >0...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Ichiro Matsumoto, Atsushi Misaki, Mizuki Kurozumi, Tsunetatsu Nanba, Yuichiro Takagi
BACKGROUND: Some studies have demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapy is one of the most important strategies to prevent coronary artery disease. Also, serum triglycerides (TG) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are recognized as independent risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the nonfasting TG/HDL-C ratio could affect the incidence of cardiovascular events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) even in patients treated with statins...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Göran K Hansson
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November 14, 2017: Circulation
Frederick E Dewey, Viktoria Gusarova, Richard L Dunbar, Colm O'Dushlaine, Claudia Schurmann, Omri Gottesman, Shane McCarthy, Cristopher V Van Hout, Shannon Bruse, Hayes M Dansky, Joseph B Leader, Michael F Murray, Marylyn D Ritchie, H Lester Kirchner, Lukas Habegger, Alex Lopez, John Penn, An Zhao, Weiping Shao, Neil Stahl, Andrew J Murphy, Sara Hamon, Aurelie Bouzelmat, Rick Zhang, Brad Shumel, Robert Pordy, Daniel Gipe, Gary A Herman, Wayne H H Sheu, I-Te Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Xiuqing Guo, Jerome I Rotter, Yii-Der I Chen, William E Kraus, Svati H Shah, Scott Damrauer, Aeron Small, Daniel J Rader, Anders Berg Wulff, Børge G Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Anita M van den Hoek, Hans M G Princen, David H Ledbetter, David J Carey, John D Overton, Jeffrey G Reid, William J Sasiela, Poulabi Banerjee, Alan R Shuldiner, Ingrid B Borecki, Tanya M Teslovich, George D Yancopoulos, Scott J Mellis, Jesper Gromada, Aris Baras
BACKGROUND: Loss-of-function variants in the angiopoietin-like 3 gene (ANGPTL3) have been associated with decreased plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It is not known whether such variants or therapeutic antagonism of ANGPTL3 are associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. METHODS: We sequenced the exons of ANGPTL3 in 58,335 participants in the DiscovEHR human genetics study...
July 20, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Oana Sorop, T Dylan Olver, Jens van de Wouw, Ilkka Heinonen, Richard W van Duin, Dirk J Duncker, Daphne Merkus
It is increasingly recognized that obesity is a risk factor for microvascular disease, involving both structural and functional changes in the microvasculature. This review aims to describe how obesity impacts the microvasculature of a variety of tissues, including visceral adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs. These changes involve endothelial dysfunction, which in turn (i) impacts control of vascular tone, (ii) contributes to development of microvascular insulin resistance, (iii) alters secretion of paracrine factors like nitric oxide and endothelin, but (iv) also influences vascular structure and perivascular inflammation...
July 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
Hanna Jonasson, Sara Bergstrand, Fredrik H Nystrom, Toste Länne, Carl Johan Östgren, Niclas Bjarnegård, Ingemar Fredriksson, Marcus Larsson, Tomas Strömberg
Skin and kidney microvascular functions may be affected independently in diabetes mellitus. We investigated skin microcirculatory function in 79 subjects with diabetes type 2, where 41 had microalbuminuria and 38 not, and in 41 age-matched controls. The oxygen saturation, fraction of red blood cells and speed-resolved microcirculatory perfusion (% red blood cells × mm/s) divided into three speed regions: 0-1, 1-10 and above 10 mm/s, were assessed during baseline and after local heating of the foot with a new device integrating diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and laser Doppler flowmetry...
May 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
Derya Unal, Aslı Gelincik, Ali Elitok, Semra Demir, Müge Olgac, Raif Coskun, Mehmet Kocaaga, Bahattin Colakoglu, Suna Buyukozturk
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies show that immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels were higher in subjects with acute coronary events. However, it is unknown if the increased IgE level is a marker of future coronary incidents and whether it may be regarded as a risk factor of an ischemic heart disease. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to investigate the relationship between IgE levels and some atherosclerotic markers in patients without known atherosclerotic disease. METHODS: Fifty patients (mean age, 40...
April 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
S-Y Park, O S Kwon, R H I Andtbacka, J R Hyngstrom, V Reese, M P Murphy, R S Richardson
AIM: This study sought to determine the role of free radicals derived from mitochondria in the vasculature in the recognized age-related endothelial dysfunction of human skeletal muscle feed arteries (SMFAs). METHODS: A total of 44 SMFAs were studied with and without acute exposure to the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant MitoQ and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) blockade. The relative abundance of proteins from the electron transport chain, phosphorylated (p-) to endothelial (e) NOS ratio, manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) and the mitochondria-derived superoxide (O2-) levels were assessed in SMFA...
May 11, 2017: Acta Physiologica
Kalpita Banerjee, Matt P Keasey, Vladislav Razskazovskiy, Nishant P Visavadiya, Cuihong Jia, Theo Hagg
Excessive endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress leads to cell loss in many diseases, e.g., contributing to endothelial cell loss after spinal cord injury. Here, we determined whether ER stress-induced mitochondrial dysfunction could be explained by interruption of the focal adhesion kinase (FAK)-mitochondrial STAT3 pathway we recently discovered. ER stress was induced in brain-derived mouse bEnd5 endothelial cells by thapsigargin or tunicamycin and caused apoptotic cell death over a 72h period. In concert, ER stress caused mitochondrial dysfunction as shown by reduced bioenergetic function, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and increased mitophagy...
August 2017: Cellular Signalling
S Sumi, Surya Ramachandran, V RamanKutty, Maulin M Patel, T N Anand, Ajit S Mullasari, C C Kartha
Insulin resistance is associated with endothelial dysfunction and ensuing cardiovascular diseases in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. ENPP1 is a key modulator of insulin signaling and its polymorphism, K121Q, increases the potency to competitively inhibit insulin receptor binding. We investigated the association of ENPP1 121Q variant with coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with and without T2DM in South Indian population. Our study was conducted in 913 subjects: 198 patients with CAD, 284 patients in whom T2DM and CAD co-exists, 160 patients with T2DM and no CAD history, and 271 healthy volunteers...
November 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Julia C Kuszewski, Rachel H X Wong, Peter R C Howe
Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCn-3 PUFA) may improve brain functions by acting on endothelial cells in the cerebrovasculature to facilitate vasodilatation and perfusion. The aim of this review is to explore this hypothesis by analyzing the effect of LCn-3 PUFA supplementation on systemic vasodilator and cognitive function and finding evidence to link LCn-3 PUFA intake, vasodilator function and cognition. Forty randomized controlled trials examining the effect of LCn-3 PUFA supplementation in humans on either endothelial vasodilator function or cognition were identified and pooled effects measured with a weighted analysis...
May 12, 2017: Nutrients
Besa Emini Veseli, Paola Perrotta, Gregory R A De Meyer, Lynn Roth, Carole Van der Donckt, Wim Martinet, Guido R Y De Meyer
An ideal animal model of atherosclerosis resembles human anatomy and pathophysiology and has the potential to be used in medical and pharmaceutical research to obtain results that can be extrapolated to human medicine. Moreover, it must be easy to acquire, can be maintained at a reasonable cost, is easy to handle and shares the topography of the lesions with humans. In general, animal models of atherosclerosis are based on accelerated plaque formation due to a cholesterol-rich/Western-type diet, manipulation of genes involved in the cholesterol metabolism, and the introduction of additional risk factors for atherosclerosis...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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