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    ABSTRACT: Atherosclerotic vascular disease represents a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The endothelium plays a crucial role in vascular inflammation. E-selectin is exclusively expressed on activated endothelial cells and is upregulated following an inflammatory response and oxidative stress, while serum pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) concentrations are related to the presence and stability of carotid atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is an association between SELE rs5355C>T gene polymorphism, serum PAPP-A level and the presence of carotid atherosclerosis in ESRD patients. Seventy subjects were recruited into this study; 40 ESRD patients [age (mean ± SD) 43.42 ± 13.94 years] and 30 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals assigned to the control group. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism was performed for the analysis of SELE rs5355C>T gene polymorphism, while serum PAPP-A concentrations were measured using electro-chemiluminescence immunoassay. Routine laboratory tests were measured on an automated chemistry analyzer. Carotid ultrasonographic studies were performed by a bilateral high-resolution B-mode ultrasound. There was no significant relationship between the SELE rs5355C>T gene polymorphism and ESRD incidence. Serum PAPP-A levels were significantly higher in ESRD patients compared with controls [median (interquartile range) 5.8 (5.1-11.6) and 5.1 (4.1-6.7), respectively; p = 0.005]. Serum PAPP-A correlated positively with urea, creatinine, systolic and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). Serum PAPP-A showed a statistically significant increase in SELE rs5355TT versus CC in both patients and controls. There was no association on comparing right intima-media thickness (IMT), left IMT, right cross-sectional area (CSA) and left CSA with the CC, CT and TT genotypes of SELE rs5355C>T. No correlation between serum PAPP-A with each of the above-mentioned carotid doppler findings was observed. There was a statistically significant increase in DBP in TT genotype carriers when compared with CC genotype carriers (p = 0.009). Serum PAPP-A levels were higher in hypertensive ESRD patients when compared with normotensive ESRD patients. There was a statistically significant decrease in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) in TT genotype carriers when compared with CT genotype carriers in the whole study group (p = 0.003). Serum PAPP-A correlated negatively with HDL-C. The lack of a direct association between SELE rs5355C>T gene polymorphism, serum PAPP-A level and IMT suggests that their hypothesized association with carotid atherosclerosis might reflect an indirect mechanism of SELE rs5355C>T gene polymorphism and serum PAPP-A with cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and HDL-C rather than a direct effect on the vasculature.
    Molecular diagnosis & therapy. 10/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Heart failure is prevalent in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on long-term dialysis. Detection of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction before starting dialysis may help to identify patients at a higher risk of developing heart failure. Aim: To assess RV function in predialysis patients using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) derived myocardial performance index of RV (MPI-RV). Methods: Echocardiography including pulsed TDI of lateral tricuspid annulus was performed in 41 patients with ESRD before starting dialysis therapy and 12 age and gender matched healthy controls. RV dysfunction was defined as MPI > 0.4; a value above the median MPI in controls. Results: Compared to controls, ESRD patients had significantly higher blood pressure and lower hemoglobin level. MPI-RV was significantly impaired in ESRD patients compared to control (0.6 vs. 0.4, P < 0.001). RV dysfunction was identified in 23 ESRD patients (56%). ESRD patients had significantly lower e' velocity and e'/a' ratio as compared with controls. Pulmonary hypertension was detected in 15 (36.5%) patients. Among ESRD patients, no correlation was detected between MPI-RV and calculated mean pulmonary artery pressure (r =-0.13, P = 0.47), pulmonary artery systolic pressure (r =-0.12, P = 0.6), left ventricular ejection fraction (r = 0.294, P = 0.06), or MPI of left ventricle (r = 0.3, P = 0.065). ESRD patients with and without pulmonary hypertension had similar MPI-RV (0.6 vs.0.62, P = 0.32). Conclusion: Subclinical RV dysfunction-as estimated by TDI derived MPI-is highly prevalent among ESRD patients even before starting dialysis therapy. Pulmonary hypertension is not significantly associated with RV dysfunction in these patients.
    Echocardiography 06/2012; 29(9):1054-9. · 1.26 Impact Factor