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Imaging mass spectrometry reveals unique lipid distribution in primary varicose veins.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20817502     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The lipid metabolism of varicose veins (VVs) remains unknown. To elucidate the pathogenesis of VV, we utilized the novel technique of imaging mass spectrometry (IMS).
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We obtained VV tissues from 10 limbs of 10 VV patients who underwent great saphenous vein stripping. As control vein samples, we harvested segmental vein tissues from 6 limbs of 6 patients with peripheral artery occlusive disease who underwent infra-inguinal bypass with reversed saphenous vein grafting. To identify the localisation of lipid molecules in the VV tissues, we performed matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization IMS (MALDI-IMS). We also performed MS/MS analyses to identify the structure of each molecule.
RESULTS: We obtained mass spectra directly from control vein tissues and VV tissues and found a unique localisation of lipid molecules in the VV tissues. We localised lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) (1-acyl 16:0), phosphatidylcholine (PC) (1-acyl 36:4) and sphingomyelin (SM) (d18:1/16:0) at the site of the VV valve.
CONCLUSION: MALDI-IMS revealed the distribution of various lipid molecules in normal veins and VVs both. Accumulation of LPC (1-acyl 16:0), PC (1-acyl 36:4) and SM (d18:1/16:0) in the VV tissues suggested that inflammation associated with abnormal lipid metabolism may contribute to the development of VV.
H Tanaka; N Zaima; N Yamamoto; D Sagara; M Suzuki; M Nishiyama; Y Mano; M Sano; T Hayasaka; N Goto-Inoue; T Sasaki; H Konno; N Unno; M Setou
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-22     Completed Date:  2010-12-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  657-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Division of Vascular Surgery, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu 431-3192, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Lipid Metabolism / physiology
Mass Spectrometry
Middle Aged
Saphenous Vein / metabolism*,  physiopathology
Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization*
Varicose Veins / metabolism*,  physiopathology
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