Shui-ping Zhao

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BACKGROUND Apolipoprotein epsilon4 has been proposed as a genetic predictor for CHD. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR), a recent identified nuclear transcription factor, is involved in regulation of many target genes and plays an important role in lipid metabolism, insulin sensitivity, obesity and atherosclerosis. PPARgamma gene(More)
Results of well-controlled prospective clinical trials showed the efficacy of lipid-lowering therapies in the reduction of cardiovascular (CV) events in western populations, but they were not reported with a Chinese population. This multicenter study was conducted to determine the effects of Xuezhikang (XZK), a partially purified extract of red yeast rice,(More)
BACKGROUND Despite clear guideline recommendations, there is a paucity of data regarding the prevalence and type of persistent lipid profile abnormalities in patients on stable lipid-lowering therapy in China. METHODS This cross-sectional trial included 25,697 patients treated with lipid-lowering agents from 122 centres between April 2012 and October(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence indicates that the CD40-CD40L interaction plays a pivotal role in the inflammatory regulation of atherosclerosis. Adhesion molecules especially the vascular adhesion molecules also play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis which act as markers of inflammation. These inflammatory factors render vulnerability(More)
BACKGROUND Leptin may play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. Several transcription genes [including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) and CD36] involved in lipid and glucose metabolism and inflammatory processes may correlate to leptin expression. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of niacin(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an essential role in the onset and development of many cardiovascular diseases. Increasing evidence shows that miRNAs can be used as potential diagnostic biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases, and miRNA-based therapy may be a promising therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The microRNA-143/-145 (miR-143/-145) cluster(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the significance of lipid disorders and endothelial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of microvascular angina. METHODS Levels of plasma lipids, lipoproteins and apolipoproteins were assessed in 21 patients with microvascular angina and 24 healthy subjects as controls. Also, the endothelium-dependent vasodilatation function was(More)
BACKGROUND Increased serum lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) concentrations are independent risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). Xuezhikang, an extract of cholestin, effectively lowers fasting cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations. We studied whether xuezhikang lowered Lp(a) and hsCRP concentrations. (More)
BACKGROUND Adipose tissue contains a large amount of cholesterol and performs a buffer function for circulating cholesterol. Liver X receptors (LXR) alpha and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) might play a significant role in adipocyte cholesterol metabolism through mediation of cholesterol efflux. The aim of this study was to(More)
Curcumin affects the functions of adipocytes. But it is not known whether curcumin has some effect on the cholesterol efflux process of adipocytes. Rabbit subcutaneous adipocytes were incubated with 5, 10 and 20 μg/ml curcumin for 24 h. The cholesterol efflux onto apoAI was assessed, and the peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor (PPAR) γ, liver X(More)