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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)
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)
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)
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)
OBJECTIVE Proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) participates in the pathogenesis and development of cardiovascular diseases, including essential hypertension and atherosclerosis. Our previous study found that stimulation of D1-like dopamine receptors inhibited insulin-induced proliferation of VSMCs. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and(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)
BACKGROUND Only 2%-3% of patients with acute ischemic stroke receive thrombolysis. The aim of this study was to identify the reasons for exclusion from thrombolysis in patients admitted within the therapeutic time window. METHODS Patient data in the hospital stroke registry between January 2012 and September 2013 were retrospectively examined. All cases(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)
BACKGROUND Obesity plays an important role in the pathogenesis of hypertension. Renal dopamine D1-like receptor-mediated diuresis and natriuresis are impaired in the obese Zucker rat, an obesity-related hypertensive rat model. The role of arterial D1 receptors in the hypertension of obese Zucker rats is not clear. METHODS Plasma glucose and insulin(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)