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Frontiers of Medicine

ISSN 2095-0217

ISSN 2095-0225(Online)

CN 11-5983/R

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2018 Impact Factor: 1.847

Front. Med.    2010, Vol. 4 Issue (1) : 36-42     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-010-0020-y
Research articles |
Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic strategies of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques
The Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Remodeling and Function Research, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, Shandong University Qilu Hospital, Jinan 250012, China;
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Abstract  Vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque rupture leading to thrombosis is the major cause of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Studies on the pathophysiologic mechanism of both ACS and plaque stabilizing treatment are driving the development of animal models of vulnerable plaque. In our laboratory, we established animal models of plaque rupture and thrombosis in rabbits and mice that are similar to human plaque rupture. Potential mechanisms involved in plaque vulnerability were studied from the inflammation-immunity, proliferation-apoptosis, oxidative stress and biomechanics aspects. Imaging markers and biomarkers were used to detect vulnerable plaques, including high frequency duplex ultrasound, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), intravascular ultrasound elastography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and inflammatory markers. Effective gene and drug strategies to treat vulnerable plaques were explored.
Keywords vulnerable plaque      animal models      mechani-sm      detection      treatment      
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