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Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) level is an independent predictor of acute cardiovascular event occurrence. To test the hypothesis that increased PAPP-A levels would be associated with a higher burden of coronary thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) thereby underlying the heightened risk for cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery(More)
AIM The examine the cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice (ApoE-/- mice) fed a "Western-style diet" and the effect of simvastatin intervention. METHODS Male ApoE-/- mice (n=36) were fed a "Western-style diet" from the age of 8 weeks. After 16 weeks, they were randomly given either simvastatin (25 mg·kg⁻¹·d⁻¹) or normal saline(More)
BACKGROUND Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a heritable disorder that can increase the risk of premature coronary heart disease. Studies suggest there are substantial genetic heterogeneities for different populations. Here we tried to identify novel susceptibility loci for FH in a Chinese pedigree. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We performed a(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the protecting effect of polygoni multiflori total glycosides (PMTG) on the atherosclerotic lesion formation and the expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1 in aolipoprotein (apo) E-deficient transgenic mice. METHOD Thirty-two female apoE-deficienct mice were randomized into four groups: PMTG high dose group (150 mg x kg x d), low dose group (25(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of polygoni multiflori total glycosides (PMTG) on the expressions of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 in the apoE-deficienct (ApoE-/-)mice with experimental atherosclerosis (AS) and underlying mechanism. METHOD Thirty-two female apoE-deficienct mice were randomized into four groups: high dose PMTG group (150 mg x kg(-1) x d(-1)), low dose(More)
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), one monogenic autosomal dominant disease, mainly results from genetic defects in the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene, which leads to the reduction or absence of cell surface LDLR, disorder of cholesterol metabolism, and cholesterol deposition in different tissues and organs. FH is a common metabolic disease(More)
BACKGROUND Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal disorder associated with elevated plasma low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels leading to premature coronary heart disease (CHD). As a result of long-term hyperlipemia, FH patients will present endarterium thickening and artherosclerosis. In the present study we scanned the related gene of a(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the different effects of Puerarin and Daidzein on the expression of proliferating vascular smooth muscle cells, and to discuss the mechanism. METHOD MT was used to detect the state of VSMC (vascular smooth muscle cell) activity. The expression levels of Survivin, Bcl-xl, Bax and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH)(More)
BACKGROUND Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), caused by low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor (LDL-R) gene mutations, is associated with increased risk of premature coronary heart disease. Until now, limited molecular data concerning FH are available in China. The present study described the clinical profiles and cell biological defects of a Chinese FH(More)