Mutaz Fakhry Al-Khateeb1

1Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2The Royal Jordanian Hashemite Kingdom, Ministry of Health, Amman, Jordan, 3Seton Hall University, NJ -USA, NEWJERSY, United States

Atherosclerosis is a chronic vascular and inflammatory disease condition that results in thickening and hardening of the affected blood vessels. Different risk factors contribute to the cause of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and increasing evidence implicates the immune system.

Intimal hyperplasia (thickening of the intimal vascular layer) will support the foundation of the atherosclerotic process and later on the progression of the formation of atheromatous plaque, and starts as early as  few hours following  coronary bypass surgery, and progress within the first one month post- operatively. In this study, we hypothesized that TNF-α mRNA expression levels were directly dependent on the severity of atherosclerosis to test our hypothesis.

Seven, 4 months old, 35 kilogram, domestic swine were proposed to be used in this study. Our pigs animal model, are planned to be subjected to coronary bypass surgery. The implanted vessels to be harvested at different time points 0 hour, 1 hour, 3 hours, 1 day, 4 days, 1 week and 2 weeks to calculate the development of intimal hyperplasia at vein to artery versus artery to artery implantation sites, based on the intimal area/ total circumference area (RI) ratio

: Our expected results may be helpful to show that TNF-α mRNA expression and the development of the neo-intimal hyperplasia in providing the evidence of a direct pro-inflammatory cytokine signaling link between the biomechanical forces on the vessel wall and the remodeling response.

We are expecting that anastomosis of a vein graft to an artery will result in acute induction of intimal hyperplasia and expression of the TNF-α mRNA with an early increase within the first few hours, peaking at the first week post operatively. The expected high levels of TNF-α mRNA associated with the aggressive development of the intimal hyper plasia at the venous side of the anastomosis could be similar to human studies. The proposed study could be an important step for better understanding the pathogenesis of re-stenosis and the aggressive development of neo-intimal hyper plasia in association with the expression of TNF-α mRNA

the study proposed that aggressive neo-intimal hyperplasia in animal pig model can develop early, and is associated with increased recruitment of macrophages capable of expressing TNF-α mRNA producing TNF-α.

 The above results may guide us to the use of arterial graft conduits in humans (total arterial revascularization) which could even be helpful in preventing the progression of the atherosclerotic process in the native coronary arteries.

Thus, it becomes rather obvious that part of the disease management and therapeutic approach entails the modulation of the innate immune responses to lipoproteins.