Strategic Goal: Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Scientific priorities for HIV-related cardiovascular research

Millions of virally suppressed patients with HIV/AIDS survive to older ages and will become increasingly vulnerable to inflammation-associated cardiovascular disease. The critical challenge is to determine whether age-driven cardiovascular declines that occur HIV-infected people are exacerbated by the persistent systemic inflammatory drive that occurs in virally suppressed patients. Studies that document cardiovascular ...more »

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The impact of this critical challenge would be to heighten the translational impact of HIV-related cardiovascular research. Key facets of this challenge are: 1) To give high priority to studies that use human tissue specimens that have been carefully annotated and biobanked, 2) To be certain that proposed studies employ tissue from age-appropriate comparison patients who were not HIV infected, and 3) To avoid giving undue credence to acute infection or in vitro infection models (as with tat and gp120 toxicology) that do not reflect immunologic and virologic mechanisms in virally suppressed patients. Millions of virally suppressed patients with HIV/AIDS survive to older ages, and become increasingly vulnerable to cardiovascular disease. Ischemia-related disease causes dysfunction especially in organs that depend on abundant blood flow such heart, brain and kidneys. All these organs are affected to some extent by persistent inflammation in virally suppressed HIV-infected patents. The compelling question/critical challenge is to determine whether age-associated cardiovascular changes are exacerbated by persistent mild systemic inflammatory drive that are found in blood vessels of virally suppressed patients. Studies that document the presence of cardiovascular changes in older infected people without controls, or in vitro models of acute infection, both do not address issues of high translational relevancy. Using human tissue specimens from age-appropriate controls does.

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Feasibility:

1) Obtaining well-annotated organ specimens from HIV infected and noninfected people is feasible. The National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (NNTC) collection goes well beyond the CNS and includes heart, lung, kidney, gut, liver, spleen and other organs. Many of the organs specimens in the collection have been annotated with virological and immunological markers already.

2) Over 900 autopsies on HIV infected patients are banked by the NNTC and over 100 of these decedents were over the age of 50. Over 200 controls are effectively banked. These specimens and related clinical data are in the public domain at this time.

3) Age appropriate autopsies were done by the NNTC, and a large number of NIA sponsored tissue repositories have accumulated tissue from elderly patients.

Challenges:

1) The limitations of using autopsy material and the limits of a cross sectional view need to be better understood and appreciated. These studies should not be written off scientifically as "observational" or "not hypothesis driven."

2) The lessons of not using age-appropriate controls have NOT yet been learned in the HIV/AIDS research community. A prime example is an overabundance of brain aging surveys in HIV infected populations that did not contain age-appropriate controls. A controversial and inconclusive brain aging pathology literature was produced because of that.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Benjamin Gelman

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Strategic Goal: Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Screening for asymptomatic vascular disease

Does screening for asymptomatic vascular disease increase awareness, promote compliance with lifestyle interventions, and improve overall health?

Submitted by (@societyforvascularsurgery)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Society for Vascular Surgery

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Strategic Goal: Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Direct Upregulation of Antioxidant Defenses as a Therapeutic Strategy

Clinical trials involving administration of antioxidants such as vitamin C or vitamin E as therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular diseases associated with oxidant stress have proven to be surprisingly disappointing. A particularly attractive alternative approach is direct upregulation of endogenous antioxidant defenses such as NRF2 via dietary approaches. NRF2 is a master antioxidant and cell protective transcription ...more »

Submitted by (@jlombard)

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Direct upregulation of endogenous antioxidant defenses such as NRF2 via dietary approaches will avoid the well known caveats of drug-based approaches such as off target effects and detrimental side effects. Dietary supplements such as Protandim are already available; and beneficial effects of other NRF2 up-regulators such as resveratrol and sulforaphane are beginning to be recognized. The dietary approach is minimally invasive and has high preventative value.

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Addressing this CQ is clearly feasible, as dietary supplements are currently available for humans, and the beneficial effects of foods containing compounds that upregulate the NRF2 system, e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, red wine, and grape juice are currently recognized. One challenge in addressing this question in animal models to date is that the only genetic model lacking NRF2 is a knockout mouse model, which have substantial limitations for in vivo physiological studies due to their small size. However, a recent R21 grant (#1R21OD018309-J. H. Lombard, P.I.) has allowed the development of a NRF2 knockout rat model which is better suited for physiological studies than the mouse model. In addition, the techniques used to develop the NRF2 knockout rat can be applied to multiple disease-sensitized strains, e.g., the Dahl salt-sensitive rat. Fawn Hooded Hypertensive rat, Obese Zucker rat, etc. Similar disease sensitized rodent genetic strains are not available in mice.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Julian H. Lombard

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Strategic Goal: Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Establishment of an independent study section on Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Translational Research

The research on pulmonary vascular biology including smooth muscle cell biology and endothelial cell biology and related pulmonary vascular diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and related right heart failure, and endothelial dysfunction in lung vascular inflammation and acute lung injury, as well as pulmonary embolism and lung transplantation has been rapidly expanding. The field is attracting an ever increasing ...more »

Submitted by (@yyzhao)

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Establishment of a study section on Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Translational Research will provide adequate funding to stimulate innovative research on this rapidly expanding field and promote translational research and thereby promote human health by providing potential novel therapeutic strategies for the devastating diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and acute lung injury.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Youyang Zhao, Kurt Denmark, Asrar B. Malik, Mark Gladwin, Jahar Bhattacharya, Michael Matthay, Sharon Rounds, Jason Yuan

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Strategic Goal: Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

what endogenous anti-inflammatory mechanisms can improve vascular diseases

the role of pro-inflammatory mechanisms of vascular disease are well characterized, but we know little about potentially protective endogenous anti-inflammatory mechanisms.

Submitted by (@mautieri)

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this will identify new therapy or targets of therapy to improve our understanding of most vascular disease and lead to improved human health.

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this is quite feasible; if we know so many pro-inflammatory mechanisms which for years we have tried to reduce or prevent, we can just as easily identify endogenous anti-inflammatory mechanisms that we can identify and enhance.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mike Autieri

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Improve vascular healing and extend long term benefit of interventions

How can we develop new approaches to improve vascular healing and extend the long term benefits of vascular interventions for more patients?

Submitted by (@societyforvascularsurgery)

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­The response to vascular injury, whether it be catheter interventions, bypass surgery, or chronic implants, is a reactive process characterized by inflammation, cell proliferation, and fibrosis leading to failure. Better understanding of the mechanisms of vessel remodeling, and restoring homeostasis, is needed to improve prediction, develop and translate new treatments. This remains the leading scientific problem in vascular medicine and surgery. New approaches such as proteomics, lipidomics, molecular imaging offer new opportunities in this realm.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Society for Vascular Surgery

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Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

Does "goal-targeted" therapy (with adjustments/additional therapy, if certain "goals" are not achieved) improve quality of life, functional status, and survival in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension? Trials of therapies for hepatopulmonary syndrome.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Pulmonary Hypertension Clinical Research: Current Problems and Possibilities

Current studies limited to the short term, with soft outcomes.

No mechanistic studies embedded in trials.

Control of phenotype is weak.

Small n: lumping of cohorts.

No factorial of advanced design.

No biological samples obtained for study.

Failure to study basic management issues.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ATS Member

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Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

Does anticoagulation with warfarin improve outcomes (time to clinical worsening, qualtiy of life, exercise capacity) in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension treated with current oral/inhaled therapies? There are substantial "unknowns" and practice variation in anticoagulation in PAH. Resource utilization is also a factor here. We may either be helping patients (or hurting them with side effects) by using anticoagulation. ...more »

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This is a view of problems in the field.

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinical Research: Current Problems and Possibilities

Current studies limited to the short term, with soft outcomes.

No mechanistic studies embedded in trials.

Control of phenotype is weak.

Small n: lumping of cohorts.

No factorial of advanced design.

No biological samples obtained for study.

Failure to study basic management issues.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ATS Member

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Cause of disparity in prevalence and progression of various vascular disorders

What are the causative factors underlying the disparity in prevalence and progression of various vascular disorders (PAD, CVD, aneurysm) across populations?

Submitted by (@societyforvascularsurgery)

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­Genetic, epigenetic, biochemical, nutritional, environmental, and psychosocial factors should be characterized.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Society for Vascular Surgery

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Mechanisms of Vascular Stiffness

Increased vascular stiffness has been identified as an important cardiovascular event that accompanies aging and cardiovascular disease. Although multiple vascular changes have been identified and suggested to cause increased vascular stiffness, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms needs to be refined in order to develop useful therapeutic strategies to prevent or reverse these changes. An example of critical ...more »

Submitted by (@meiningerg)

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Ultimately, addressing this CQ would impact treatment of CV disease, reduce incidence of significant and life threatening CV events and improve quality of life. This area of investigation is relevant to therapeutics and potentially lifestyle changes that will improve CV health and slow CV age related changes linked to disease.

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Current advances in our technologies make it very feasible to address new questions to improve our knowledge of the mechanisms underlying vascular stiffness. Challenges will include developing multi-scale and cross disciplinary strategies that will, by design, facilitate an integrated understanding of the process leading to altered vascular stiffness.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Gerald A. Meininger

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Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

Does pulmonary rehabilitation or regular exercise improve outcomes in patients with PVD?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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This is a view of problems in the field.

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinical Research: Current Problems and Possibilities

Current studies limited to the short term, with soft outcomes.

No mechanistic studies embedded in trials.

Control of phenotype is weak.

Small n: lumping of cohorts.

No factorial of advanced design.

No biological samples obtained for study.

Failure to study basic management issues.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ATS Member

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Endoglin Regulates biolgy and signal transduction in vascular smooth muscle cells

Why loss of endoglin causes HHT is not known. Endoglin is expressed by vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells.

What is the role of endogin on vascular smooth muscle cells and why its loss contributes to HHT and other vascular malformations

Submitted by (@mariannes.clancy)

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Vascular smooth muscle cells wrap around arteries and control their diameter.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Marianne Clancy MPA, Chris Hughes PhD

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