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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS The role of plasma monocyte-derived microparticles (MDMPs) and platelet-activation markers (platelet-derived microparticle [PDMP], platelet-bound CD62P [plt-CD62P], and platelet-bound CD63 [plt-CD63]) in diabetic vascular complications is not clear. We measured and compared plasma concentrations of MDMPs and the platelet-activation markers(More)
The effects of statins on platelet activation markers, chemokines and adiponectin, were investigated in 135 patients with hyperlipidemia. Of the 135 hyperlipidemic patients, 63 were allocated to the simvastatin group, treated with simvastatin at the dose of 10 mg daily, and the remaining 72 were allocated to the pitavastatin group, treated with pitavastatin(More)
The effects of treatment with pitavastatin on inflammatory and platelet activation markers and adiponectin in 117 patients with hyperlipidemia were investigated to determine whether pitavastatin may prevent the progression of atherosclerotic changes in hyperlipidemic patients. Adiponectin levels prior to pitavastatin treatment in hyperlipidemic patients(More)
Serum coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10: 2-(3,7,11,15,19,23,27,31,35,39-decamethyl-2,6,10,14,18,22,26,30,34 ,38 -tetracontadecaenyl)-5,6-dimethoxy-3-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone, CAS 303-98-0) and cholesterol levels were measured to assess the effect of cholesterol-lowering therapy in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Twenty healthy volunteers, 97(More)
Nifedipine, a dihydropyridine calcium antagonist, improves endothelial function in patients with hypercholesterolaemia by enhancing nitric oxide (NO) activity, and increases endothelial NO bioavailability by antioxidant mechanisms. We administered a long-acting nifedipine formulation (controlled release (CR) nifedipine: 20 mg/day) to hypertensive patients(More)
Platelet-derived microparticles (PDMP) play an important role in the pathogenesis of diabetic vasculopathy, and statins or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) have been shown to have a beneficial effect on atherosclerosis in hyperlipidemic patients. However, the influence of EPA and statins on PDMP and adiponectin in atherosclerosis is poorly understood. We(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of endothelial cell-derived microparticles (EDMP), angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and adiponectin in hyperlipidemic patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus, and to compare the two for the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on these markers. METHODS One hundred and twenty-six hyperlipidemic(More)
Angiotensin II receptor blockade has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the angiopathies of hypertension and hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. However, the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockade on monocyte and endothelial cell adhesion markers in type 2 diabetes is poorly understood. We investigated the effects of valsartan on(More)
We measured levels of platelet-derived microparticles (PMP), which have coagulative activity and are produced by platelet activation or physical stimulation, and CD62P/CD63-positive platelets in patients with diabetes mellitus to determine their clinical significance and effects on complications of diabetes including diabetic nephropathy. We also compared(More)
Levels of platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs), platelet activation markers (P-selectin expressed on, or annexin V binding to, platelets (plt:P-selectin or plt:annexin V, respectively)), chemokines (IL-8, monocyte chemotactic peptide-1 (MCP-1), and regulated on activation normally T-cell expressed and secreted (RANTES)), and soluble P- and E-selectins(More)