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BACKGROUND Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently been implicated in many biological processes and diseases. Atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, the functional role of lncRNAs in atherosclerosis is largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified lincRNA-p21 as a key regulator of cell proliferation and(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but whether circulating lncRNAs can serve as a coronary artery disease (CAD), biomarker is not known. The present study screened lncRNAs by microarray analysis in the plasma from CAD patients and control individuals and found that 265(More)
BACKGROUND There is uncertainty surrounding the influence of prior antiplatelet agent use on outcomes after intravenous thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in acute ischemic stroke. AIM We performed a systematic review with a final meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of prior antiplatelet use before intravenous(More)
AIMS Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it remains to be established whether or not circulating lncRNAs can serve as biomarkers of CAD. METHODS AND RESULTS Using a microarray-based lncRNA expression profiling, we found 86 lncRNAs that were differentially expressed in(More)
The protective effect of aliskiren on ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in the heart and brain has been reported. Whether or not this protective effect extends into the alleviation of renal I/R injury is not known. Therefore, we investigated the protective effect of aliskiren in the kidney in this study. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four(More)
Tirofiban, a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor inhibitor, is widely used in the management of patients with unstable angina or myocardial infarction, and shows protective effects on ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injured heart. Whether or not it has protective effect on I/R injured kidney is not known. The present in vivo and in vitro study found that serum(More)
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation and migration, which are central in the development of vascular diseases, are regulated by numerous hormones and humoral factors. Activation of the insulin receptor stimulates VSMCs proliferation while dopamine receptors, via D1 and D3 receptors, inhibit the stimulatory effects of norepinephrine on VSMCs(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between genetic variations of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) gene and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) susceptibility in Chinese Han population. METHODS The clinical data and peripheral blood samples from the patients with ICH and hypertension, and controlled subjects with hypertension only, were collected.(More)
BACKGROUND Aliskiren is a novel renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitor, the combination therapy of aliskiren and amlodipine for blood pressure control have been reported recently. The primary objective of this analysis is to review recently reported randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to compare antihypertensive effects and adverse events(More)
Ischemic injury to neurons represents the underlying cause of stroke to the brain. Our previous studies identified MG53 as an essential component of the cell membrane repair machinery. Here we show that the recombinant human (rh)MG53 protein facilitates repair of ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury to the brain. MG53 rapidly moves to acute injury sites on(More)