Ross G. Gerrity

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Patients with diabetes are at higher risk for atherosclerotic disease than nondiabetic individuals with other comparable risk factors. Studies examining mechanisms underlying diabetes-accelerated atherosclerosis have been limited by the lack of suitable humanoid animal models. In this study, diabetes was superimposed on a well-characterized swine model of(More)
After exposure to low density lipoprotein (LDL) that had been minimally modified by oxidation (MM-LDL), human endothelial cells (EC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) cultured separately or together produced 2- to 3-fold more monocyte chemotactic activity than did control cells or cells exposed to freshly isolated LDL. This increase in monocyte chemotactic(More)
The tunica media of thoracic aortas from female rats in age from newborn to 12 weeks were analyzed quantitatively by using stereologic techniques in the electron microscope. Collagen, elastin, smooth muscle, myofilaments, Golgi apparatus, ergastoplasm, and surface to volume ratios were among those components quantified. These parameters were correlated with(More)
In combination with other factors, hyperglycemia may cause the accelerated progression of atherosclerosis in people with diabetes. Arterial smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation and accumulation contribute to formation of advanced atherosclerotic lesions. Therefore, we investigated the effects of hyperglycemia on SMC proliferation and accumulation in vivo(More)
BACKGROUND Low endothelial shear stress (ESS) promotes the development of atherosclerosis; however, its role in the progression of atherosclerotic plaques and evolution to inflamed high-risk plaques has not been studied. Our hypothesis was that the lowest values of ESS are responsible for the development of high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaques(More)
In a previous publication the author and his co-workers demonstrated that atherosclerotic lesion development in the aorta of hypercholesterolemic pigs was preceded by intimal penetration of blood-borne mononuclear cells, and that medial smooth muscle cells were not involved in the formation of early fatty lesions in this model. The current study shows that(More)
Abnormal HDL metabolism may contribute to the increased atherosclerosis associated with diabetes. The ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) is an atheroprotective cell protein that mediates cholesterol transport from cells to apolipoprotein (apo) A-I, the major protein in HDL. Because formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is associated(More)
Hypertrophy of the mammalian heart, regardless of the initiating event, results in architectural remodeling of ventricular components that maintain structural and functional characteristics of this organ. Ventricular components that vary their morphology and morphometry in a hypertrophic state are the muscle cells, connective tissue elements, vasculature,(More)
The accumulation of macrophage foam cells in atherosclerotic lesions is associated with both initiation and progression of this disease. Scavenger receptors CD36 and SRA are the primary receptors responsible for conversion of macrophages into foam cells. Integrin alphaVbeta3 plays a role in the differentiation of several cell types, but its involvement in(More)