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OBJECTIVES Coronary occlusion and revascularization leads to myocardial damage and heart function deterioration. Statins can regress atherosclerosis and modulate platelet function, but their effect on post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) injury remains to be fully determined. We sought to examine whether rosuvastatin (R) exerts any effect on the(More)
The extent of cardiac remodeling determines survival after acute MI. However, the mechanisms driving cardiac remodeling remain unknown. We examined the effect of ischemia and reperfusion (R) on myocardial changes up to 6 days post-MI. Pigs underwent 1.5h or 4h mid-LAD balloon occlusion and sacrificed or 1.5h occlusion followed by R and sacrificed at 2.5h, 1(More)
Atherosclerosis is a systemic disease that starts early in life, asymptomatically progressing though adulthood, until clinically manifested. In the last few years, experimental, clinical and pathological investigation has led us to a better knowledge of the pathophysiology of atherothrombotic disease. Atherothrombosis is the result of atherosclerosis(More)
Atherosclerosis is a silent chronic vascular pathology that is the cause of the majority of cardiovascular ischaemic events. The evolution of vascular disease involves a combination of endothelial dysfunction, extensive lipid deposition in the intima, exacerbated innate and adaptive immune responses, proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells and(More)
OBJECTIVES Lipids have been detected in the ischemic myocardium of patients' post-myocardial infarction (MI). However, their effect on the cardiac healing process remains unknown. We investigated whether intramyocardial lipids affect the signaling pathways involved in the fibrotic reparative response impairing cardiac healing post-MI. METHODS Pigs, fed(More)
BACKGROUND Studies in patients support a beneficial effect of statin treatment early after acute coronary syndrome and/or prior percutaneous coronary intervention. However, statin effect during total occlusion remains unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether infusion of activated simvastatin during ischemia and prior reperfusion and oral administration(More)
The innate immunity is the first defense reaction against microorganisms or altered self-components upon tissue injury. Such exogenous or modified endogenous molecules present conserved molecular structures that are recognized by the immune system via pattern-recognition receptors or molecules. Within the soluble pattern-recognition molecules pentraxins(More)
BACKGROUND Local fluid dynamics and exposed atherosclerotic lesions regulate thrombus formation. Activated cells in the attached thrombi release microparticles to the circulation (circulating microparticles [cMPs]); however, their phenotype is unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate the specific phenotype of the cMPs released by growing thrombi. (More)
AIMS Molecular chaperones constitute protectors of intracellular protein integrity and seem to confer short-term defence against various cell insults. Myocardial damage is associated to a loss of protective chaperones. Ischemic post-conditioning (IPost-Co) is a procedure that seems to protect against reperfusion injury. However, little is known on(More)
BACKGROUND Aspirin (ASA) + clopidogrel are commonly used in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but persistent antiplatelet effects may complicate surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS To study the possibility of normalizing platelet reactivity after ASA + clopidogrel treatment, 11 healthy subjects received a 325-mg ASA + clopidogrel loading dose (300 or 600 mg(More)