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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of serum heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) as a therapeutic target in coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND Expression of HSP27 in human coronary arteries diminishes with the progression of atherosclerosis, whereas ubiquitous HSP27 overexpression in apolipoprotein E(-/-) (ApoE(-/-)) mice attenuates(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent clinical trials suggest an LDL-independent superiority of intensive statin therapy in reducing target vessel revascularization and peri-procedural myocardial infarctions in patients who undergo percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). While animal studies demonstrate that statins mobilize endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) which can(More)
A series of thiopyrylium (2), selenopyrylium (3), and telluropyrylium dyes (4) was prepared via the addition of Grignard reagents to either 2, 6-di(4-dimethylamino)phenylchalcogenopyran-4-ones (5a) or 2-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-6-phenylchalcogenopyran-4-ones (5b) followed by elimination and ion exchange to give the chloride salts. The absorption spectra(More)
We recently identified heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) as an estrogen receptor beta (ERbeta)-associated protein and noted its role as a biomarker for atherosclerosis. The current study tests the hypothesis that HSP27 is protective against the development of atherosclerosis. HSP27 overexpressing (HSP27o/e) mice were crossed to apoE-/- mice that develop(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of transradial versus transfemoral access for coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with a body mass index ≥ 40 kg/m(2). BACKGROUND Coronary angiography is most commonly performed via femoral artery access; however, the optimal approach in extremely obese(More)
Revascularization remains the cornerstone of managing obstructive coronary artery disease. Although percutaneous coronary interventions involving the insertion of metal scaffolds, known as stents, has emerged as the preferred method of restoring vessel patency, as many as 30% of patients will experience a gradual re-narrowing of the lumen caused by(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals have a cardiovascular disease risk that is almost thrice than that of their HIV-uninfected counterparts. Given the critical role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in vascular homeostasis and arterial repair postinjury, coupled with their strength as biomarkers predictive of cardiovascular events,(More)
OBJECTIVES To report the safety and efficacy of zotarolimus eluting stents for treatment of unprotected left main coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND Percutaneous stent insertion is an increasingly popular alternative to bypass surgery for the management of left main (LM) coronary artery disease. While data support the use of sirolimus- and(More)