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There is an accumulating body of evidence indicating strong association between inflammation and the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF). IL-10 is a multifunctional anti-inflammatory cytokine that down-regulates cell-mediated immune responses and cytotoxic inflammatory responses. The aim of the present study is to investigate the association of IL-10(More)
There is an accumulating body of evidence indicating association between inflammation and the pathogenesis of coronary vasospastic angina (CVA). Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine, functions as a mediator of inflammatory response and has both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of the present study is to investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND MicroRNAs are small, single-stranded, non-protein-coding RNAs of about 22 nucleotides. MicroRNA molecules have been identified to play key roles in a broad range of physiologic and pathologic processes. Polymorphisms in the corresponding sequence space are likely to make a significant contribution to phenotypic variation. A T/C genetic variant(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent studies have demonstrated the role of Cdr1as (or CiRS-7), one of the well-identified circular RNAs (circRNAs), as a miR-7a/b sponge or inhibitor in brain tissues or islet cells. This study aimed to investigate the presence of Cdr1as/miR-7a pathway in cardiomyocytes, and explore the mechanism underlying the function of miR-7a in protecting(More)
OBJECTIVES There is accumulating evidence that inflammation plays a major role in the development of the slow coronary flow (SCF) phenomenon. YKL-40 has been suggested to be a potential biomarker of inflammation. In this study, we aimed to study YKL-40 as it relates to SCF. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients who underwent coronary angiography before and had(More)
Inflammation has been shown to be implicated in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF). Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine, functions as a mediator of inflammatory response and has both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Little is known about genetic factors of inflammation in the accompanying atrial electrical(More)
An accumulating body of evidence suggests that slow coronary flow (SCF) phenomenon seems to be an early-form of atherosclerosis and low-grade inflammation plays a major role in the atherosclerotic vascular processes. Interleukin (IL)-10 is a multifunctional cytokine involved in both innate and adaptive immune response. The aim of the present study is to(More)
OBJECTIVE The angiotensin-converting enzyme gene is one of the most studied candidate genes related to atrial fibrillation. Among the polymorphisms of the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene, the 2350 G/A polymorphism (rs4343) is known to have the most significant effects on the plasma angiotensin-converting enzyme concentration. The aim of the present study(More)
OBJECTIVE Curcumin has properties of anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, anti-infection and anti-tumor, benefiting for the treatment of many diseases. The present study was aimed to investigate the role of curcumin in myocardial infarction (MI) and its potential mechanism involving transcription factor specific protein 1 (SP1). METHODS After receiving(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in tracking bone marrow derived mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs) labeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles. METHODS BM-MNCs were isolated from the bone marrow of 14 pigs. These 14 pigs underwent occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) to(More)