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Springerplus. 2013 Jun 13;2(1):260. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-2-260. Print 2013 Dec.

Elevation of plasma basic fibroblast growth factor after nocturnal hypoxic events in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

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  • 1Division of Sleep Medicine, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8575 Japan.


Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is associated with recurrent nocturnal hypoxia during sleep; this hypoxia has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular complication. However, a useful soluble factor that is sensitively correlated with OSAS severity for the diagnosis remains unidentified. We hypothesized that systemic levels of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a hypoxia-induced cytokine, were affected by nocturnal hypoxemia in OSAS patients, and we assessed whether the degree of change in the plasma bFGF concentrations before and after nocturnal hypoxia is correlated with the severity of OSAS. Thirty subjects who had suspected OSAS and had been investigated by nocturnal polysomnography (PSG) were enrolled. Plasma bFGF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) concentrations the night before PSG and the next morning were measured by sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Correlations between the changes in these factors and hypoxia-associated parameters for OSAS severity were analyzed. Patients with OSAS had significantly elevated levels of plasma bFGF but not VEGF and hemoglobin after rising. The degree of change in bFGF concentrations after nocturnal apnea episodes was significantly correlated with diagnostic parameters for OSAS severity. The change in plasma bFGF levels is associated with the degree of hypoxic state in OSAS patients, implying that bFGF might be a useful soluble factor for evaluating OSAS severity.


Basic fibroblast growth factor; Hypoxia; Obstructive sleep apnea; Polysomnography; Sleep medicine

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