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Significant progress has been made in the clinical management of a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, the therapeutic efficacy of the current treatment modalities for atherosclerosis and restenosis is not fully sufficient in a large proportion of patients. One of the major contributing factors is the clinical and biological heterogeneity of(More)
Homocamptothecin (hCPT), a camptothecin (CPT) analogue with a seven membered beta-hydroxylactone which combines enhanced plasma stability and potent topoisomerase I (Topo I)-mediated activity, is an attractive template for the elaboration of new anticancer agents. Like CPT, hCPT carries an asymmetric tertiary alcohol and displays stereoselective inhibition(More)
Genetic factors appear to be important in the process of restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), as well as in inflammation, a pivotal factor in restenosis. An important mediator in the inflammatory response is interleukin (IL)-10. Our aim was to study whether genetic variants in IL-10 predispose to the risk of restenosis. The GENetic(More)
The platelet receptor P2Y12 (gene symbol P2RY12) is involved in several processes that contribute to restenosis after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Therefore, common variation in the P2Y12 gene may serve as a useful marker for risk stratification. We studied whether common variation in the platelet receptor P2Y12 gene affects the risk of(More)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become an effective therapy to treat coronary artery diseases. However, one of the major drawbacks of PCI is the occurrence of restenosis in 8 to 40% of all treated patients. The GENetic Determinants of Restenosis (GENDER) project was designed to study the association between genetic polymorphisims and clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE Restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains an issue even in the drug-eluting stent era. Genetic polymorphisms may provide insight in the pathogenesis of restenosis and may help in the stratification of patients at risk for restenosis. The aim of this study was to examine whether polymorphisms at the toll-like receptor 4(More)
OBJECTIVES Genetic factors appear to be important in the development of restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention, as well as in the process of inflammation, a pivotal factor in restenosis. Caspase-1, interleukin-1-receptor and protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 22 are important mediators in the inflammatory response and caspase-1 also(More)
The multidrug resistance (mdr) P-glycoprotein is an energy-dependent efflux transporter that protects the brain against a wide variety of neurotoxic compounds. This transmembrane protein is a well-known functional component of the blood-brain barrier and might be present in other brain cells as well. We have developed a riboprobe against the murine mdr1(More)
OBJECTIVE Restenosis is the main drawback of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Inherited factors may explain part of the risk of restenosis. Recently, the vitamin D receptor (VDR) has been shown to be involved not only in bone metabolism but also in modulating immune responses and cell proliferation. Since the inflammatory response is implicated in(More)
INTRODUCTION Factor VII activating protease (FSAP) is a plasma protease with FVII and pro-urokinase (pro-uPA) activating properties. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (Marburg I, MI) in the FSAP gene (HABP-2) leads to a low activity of the MI-FSAP towards pro-uPA, but supposedly not towards FVII and is described as a risk factor for athero-thrombosis(More)