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Sopić M., Karaduzovic-Hadziabdic K., Kardassis D., Maegdefessel L., Martelli F., Meerson A., Munjas J., Niculescu L.S., Stoll M., Magni P., Devaux Y., CardioRNA COST Action CA17129 and AtheroNET COST Action CA21153. Transcriptomic research in atherosclerosis: Unravelling plaque phenotype and overcoming methodological challenges. J. Molec. Cell.Cardiol. Plus. 6: 100048, 2023; doi: 10.1016/j.jmccpl.2023.100048.

Acharya S., Preda M.B., Papatheodorou I., Palioura D., Giardoglou P., Tsata V., Erceg S., Barbalata T., Ben-Aicha S., Martino F., Nicastro L., Lazou A., Beis D., Martelli F., Sopic M., Emanueli C., Kardassis D., Devaux Y., EU-CardioRNA COST Action CA17129. The science behind soft skills: Do’s and Don’ts for early career researchers and beyond. A review paper from the EU-CardioRNA COST Action CA17129. Open Res Europe 3:55, 2023; doi: 10.12688/openreseurope.15746.2.

Barbălată T., Niculescu L.S., Stancu C.S., Pinet F., Sima A.V. Elevated Levels of Circulating lncRNAs LIPCAR and MALAT1 Predict an Unfavorable Outcome in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients. Special Issue: The Role of Non-coding RNAs Involved in Cardiovascular Diseases and Cellular Communication. Int J Mol Sci. 24(15): 12076, 2023; doi: 10.3390/ijms241512076 (IF 5.6, Q1).

Toma L., Sanda G.M., Stancu C.S., Niculescu L.S., Raileanu M., Sima A.V. Oscillating Glucose Induces the Increase in Inflammatory Stress through Ninjurin-1 Up-Regulation and Stimulation of Transport Proteins in Human Endothelial Cells. Special Issue: Recent Advances in Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiovascular and Metabolic DiseasesBiomolecules 13(4): 626, 2023doi: 10.3390/biom13040626 (IF 6.064Q2).

Deleanu M., Toma L., Sanda G.M., Barbălată T., Niculescu L.S., Sima A.V., Deleanu C., Săcărescu L., Suciu A., Alexandru G., Crişan I., Popescu M., Stancu C.S. Formulation of Phytosomes with Extracts of Ginger Rhizomes and Rosehips with Improved Bioavailability, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects In Vivo. Special Issue: The Study of Plant Compounds in Antioxidant Activity and Anticancer ActivityPharmaceutics. 15(4):1066, 2023; doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics15041066 (IF 6.525, Q1).

Barbălată T., Scărlătescu A.I., Sanda G.M., Toma L., Stancu C.S., Dorobanțu M., Micheu M.M., Sima A.V., Niculescu L.S. Mitochondrial DNA Together with miR-142-3p in Plasma Can Predict Unfavorable Outcomes in Patients after Acute Myocardial Infarction. Special Issue: Molecular Research in Cardiovascular Disease 2.0. Int J Mol Sci. 23(17): 9947, 2022; doi: 10.3390/ijms23179947 (IF 6.208, Q1).

Scărlătescu A.I., Barbălată T., Sima A.V., Stancu C., Niculescu L.S., Micheu M.M. miR-146a-5p, miR-223-3p and miR-142-3p as Potential Predictors of Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Young Patients with Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction-Added Value over Left Ventricular Myocardial Work Indices. Special Issue: Diagnostic Advances in Cardiovascular PreventionDiagnostics (Basel). 12(8):1946, 2022; doi: 10.3390/diagnostics12081946 (IF 3.992, Q2).

Sanda G.M., Toma L., Barbălată T., Moraru O.E., Niculescu L.S., Sima A.V., Stancu C.S. Clusterin, paraoxonase 1 and myeloperoxidase alterations induce HDL dysfunction and contribute to peripheral artery disease; aggravation by type 2 diabetes mellitus. Biofactors 48(2):454-468, 2022doi: 10.1002/biof.1800 (IF 6.113, Q1)

Barbălată T., Moraru O.E., Stancu C.S., Sima A.V., Niculescu L.S. MiR-223-3p levels in the plasma and atherosclerotic plaques are increased in aged patients with carotid artery stenosis; association with HDL-related proteins. Special IssueRegulatory non-coding RNAs in health and diseaseMolec. Biol. Rep. 49(7):6779-6788, 2022doi: 10.1007/s11033-021-06636-y (IF 2.316)

Toma L., Barbălată T., Sanda G.M., Niculescu L.S., Sima A.V., Stancu C.S. CRISPR/dCas9 Transcriptional Activation of Endogenous Apolipoprotein AI and Paraoxonase 1 in Enterocytes Alleviates Endothelial Cell Dysfunction. Special Issue: Lipoproteins: From the Vital Role in Lipid Metabolism to Risk Factors for Atherosclerosis and Future Challenging TherapiesBiomolecules 11(12): 1769, 2021; doi: 10.3390/biom11121769 (IF 4.879, Q2)

Sanda G.M., Stancu C.S., Deleanu M., Toma L., Niculescu L.S., Sima A.V. Aggregated LDL turn human macrophages into foam cells and induce mitochondrial dysfunction without triggering oxidative or endoplasmic reticulum stress. PLoS One 16(1): e0245797, 2021; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245797 (IF 2.74, Q2)

Toma L., Stancu C.S., Sima A.V. Endothelial Dysfunction in Diabetes Is Aggravated by Glycated Lipoproteins; Novel Molecular Therapies. Special Issue: Endothelial Dysfunction: From Pathophysiology to Novel Therapeutic ApproachesBiomedicines 9, 18, 2021doi: 10.3390/biomedicines9010018 (IF 4.717, Q1)

Barbalata T., Moraru O.E., Stancu C.S., Devaux Y., Simionescu M., Sima A.V., Niculescu L.S. Increased miR-142 Levels in Plasma and Atherosclerotic Plaques from Peripheral Artery Disease Patients with Post-Surgery Cardiovascular Events. Special Issue: RNAs in Brain and Heart Diseases - EU-CardioRNA COST ActionInt J Mol Sci. 21(24): 9600, 2020doi:10.3390/ijms21249600 (IF 4.556, Q1)

Barbalata T., Zhang L., Dulceanu M.D., Stancu C.S., Devaux Y., Sima A.V., Niculescu L.S. and EU-CardioRNA COST Action CA17129. Regulation of microRNAs in high-fat diet induced hyperlipidemic hamsters. Scientific Reports 1020549, 2020; doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-77539-4 (IF 3.998, Q1)

Toma L., Sanda G.M., Niculescu L.S., Deleanu M., Sima A.V., Stancu C.S. Phenolic Compounds Exerting Lipid-Regulatory, Anti-Inflammatory and Epigenetic Effects as Complementary Treatments in Cardiovascular Diseases. Special Issue: Phytochemical Omics in Medicinal PlantsBiomolecules. 10(4): E641, 2020doi.org/10.3390/biom10040641 (IF 4.694, Q1) - selected as Editor's Choice Article - Video Abstract available mdpi.com/2218-273X/10/4/641

Toma L., Sanda G.M., Raileanu M., Stancu C.S., Niculescu L.S., Sima A.V. Ninjurin-1 upregulated by TNFα receptor 1 stimulates monocyte adhesion to human TNFα-activated endothelial cells; benefic effects of amlodipine. Life Sci. 249:117518, 2020; doi.org/10.1016/j.lfs.2020.117518 (IF 3.448, Q2)


Invited talks at international conferences

Teodora Barbălată. Analysis of long non-coding RNAs (LIPCAR) distribution in human blood compartments. Comunicare orală la EU-CARDIORNA 8th MC AND WG Meeting of COST Action CA17129 Catalysing transcriptomics research in cardiovascular disease”, 25-27 May 2022, Pavia (Italia)

Loredan S. Niculescu. Epigenetic biomarkers for peripheral artery disease. The 38th Annual Scientific Session of the Romanian Society for Cell Biology, “From basic cell biology to personalized medicine during Covid-19 pandemic; creativity and vision in a rapidly changing world”, Virtual event, 4-6 November, 2021.

Teodora Barbălată, Oriana E. Moraru, Loredan S. Niculescu, Camelia S. Stancu, Maya Simionescu, Anca V. Sima. A panel of miRNAs and inflammatory markers are associated with hyperglycemia in peripheral artery diseases patients. Oral communication at CardioRNA Live! Meeting of CardioRNA COST Action CA17129 “Catalysing transcriptomics research in cardiovascular disease”, 7-10 September 2020.

Camelia S. Stancu, Loredan S. Niculescu, Doina R. Dimulescu, Anca V. Sima, Maya Simionescu. HDL disfuncțional - biomarker predictiv la pacienții cu boala coronariană. Prezentare orală la Al IX-lea Congres Bolile Cronice Netransmisibile, Bucureşti, 21-22 Februarie 2020.


Poster Communications at International Conferences

Gabriela M. Sanda*, Laura Toma*, Teodora Barbălată, Oriana E. Moraru, Loredan S. Niculescu, Anca V. Sima, Camelia S. Stancu. Quantitative and qualitative alterations of plasma clusterin, paraoxonase 1, myeloperoxidase and HDL’s apolipoproteins are aggravated by hyperglycemia in peripheral artery disease patients with diabetes. ePoster at 89th European Atherosclerosis Congress, Online edition, 30 May – 2 June 2021, Atherosclerosis 331: E126-E126, Meeting Abstract P216, 2021.

Laura Toma, Gabriela M. Sanda, Loredan S. Niculescu, Mina Răileanu, Camelia S. Stancu, Anca V. Sima. Fluctuating glucose more than constant high glucose determines the dysfunction of endothelial cells by generating endoplasmic reticulum stress, inflammatory stress, and stimulating proteins controlling transcytosis. ePoster at 89th European Atherosclerosis Congress, Online edition, 30 May – 2 June 2021, Atherosclerosis 331: E64-E64, Meeting Abstract P025, 2021.

Teodora Barbălată, Oriana E. Moraru, Loredan S. Niculescu, Camelia S. Stancu, Maya Simionescu, Anca V. Sima. A panel of miRNAs are associated with post-endarterectomy vascular events in carotid artery stenosis patients. Science at a Glance Session at 88th European Atherosclerosis Congress, Online edition, 4-7 October 2020, Atherosclerosis 315: e77, doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2020.10.240, 2020.

Teodora Barbălată, Oriana E. Moraru, Loredan S. Niculescu, Camelia S. Stancu, Maya Simionescu, Anca V. Sima. A panel of circulating miRNAs could predict age-related post-endarterectomy cardiovascular events in carotid artery stenosis patients. Poster communication at 4th MC and WG Meeting of COST Action CA17129 “Catalysing transcriptomics research in cardiovascular disease” (CardioRNA), Maastricht, The Netherlands, 12-14 February 2020.




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