Asymmetric Dimethylarginine Is Increased in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

Professor of Vascular Biology, Department of Internal Medicine II, Division of Cardiology, Medical University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria.
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 13). 12/2007; 176(11):1154-60. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.200702-278OC
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Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), a potent endogenous nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, is increased in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and associated with unfavorable outcome.
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), although principally amenable to surgical removal of major pulmonary arterial obstructions by pulmonary endarterectomy, may show a small-vessel pulmonary arteriopathy similar to idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. We hypothesized that ADMA plasma levels are increased in patients with CTEPH.
We measured ADMA by high-performance liquid chromatography at the time of diagnosis in 135 patients with CTEPH. Inoperability in 66 patients was based on an imbalance between severity of pulmonary hypertension and morphologic lesions.
ADMA plasma levels were significantly elevated in patients, compared with 40 matched control subjects (0.62 [0.51-0.73] vs. 0.51 [0.45-0.6] micromol/L, P = 0.0002). At baseline, ADMA plasma concentrations correlated with mixed venous saturation (r = -0.25, P = 0.005), right atrial pressure (r = 0.35, P < 0.0001), and cardiac index (r = -0.21, P = 0.01). Patients who underwent surgery demonstrated lower ADMA levels at baseline than inoperable patients (0.60 [0.5-0.68] vs. 0.63 [0.53-0.85] micromol/L, P = 0.02), with a further decrease 12 +/- 1 months after pulmonary endarterectomy (P = 0.02). Endothelial NOS expression in endothelial cells was low in patients with elevated ADMA plasma levels. Survival of patients with ADMA plasma levels >/= 0.64 micromol/L was worse than in patients with ADMA plasma levels < 0.64 micromol/L.
ADMA plasma levels correlate with the severity of pulmonary vascular disease and predict outcome in patients with CTEPH. Measurement of ADMA plasma levels may be useful for estimating the degree of small-vessel arteriopathy in CTEPH.

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    • "Indeed, a distinct class of emerging therapies for PH is based upon the antagonistic actions of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) regulating NO production (137). Elevated plasma ADMA has been shown to correlate to severity of idiopathic (138) and chronic thromboembolic PH in adults (139), and in children with congenital heart disease (140) and sickle cell disease with PH (141). Moreover, in one study of systemic heart failure associated with pulmonary venous hypertension, exhaled NO levels were in higher in hypertensives, but NO did not correlate to increased plasma ADMA (142). "
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    • "A product of protein arginine methylation, ADMA, is a naturally occurring nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor [49]. Elevated ADMA concentrations have been detected in the plasma of patients with idiopathic (i) PAH [109–111], CTEPH [112], PAH-related sickle cell disease [113] and systemic sclerosis [114], suggesting a strong association of circulating dimethylarginine levels with PH pathogenesis. It remains unclear which DDAH or PRMT isoforms control ADMA tissue and plasma levels under those pathological conditions. "
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    • "Abnormal NO metabolism accompanied by administration of ADMA has been described in patients with pulmonary hypertension associated with advanced systolic heart failure [112] and Down syndrome [113]. Elevated ADMA concentrations are also associated with hemodynamic parameters and prognosis in idiopathic [114] and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension [115]. With regards to SSc, it has been reported that ADMA is increased in patients with echocardiographically defined pulmonary hypertension [116] and it is correlated with systolic pulmonary artery pressure and functional capacity [117]. "
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