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Clin Chim Acta. 2012 Jan 18;413(1-2):198-202. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2011.09.029. Epub 2011 Oct 6.

Plasma concentrations of interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor-α and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in aortic dissection.

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Department of Cardiology, Fu Wai Hospital and Cardiovascular Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.



The role of inflammation in aortic dissection (AD) has not fully been investigated. We evaluated the potential relationships between interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and AD.


Plasma concentrations of IL-6, TNF-α, MMP-9 and CRP were determined in 64 acute AD patients, 42 patients with chronic AD, 98 patients with hypertension alone, and 96 healthy subjects.


IL-6 concentrations were higher in acute AD than that in hypertension and healthy controls (10.98±2.38 vs. 3.79±1.56 and 3.32±1.60 pg/ml, P<0.05, respectively). Increased CRP concentrations were found in acute AD compared with chronic AD and hypertension as well as healthy subjects (13.48±3.74 vs. 4.12±2.99, 1.62±0.65 and 1.12±0.35 mg/l, P<0.001, respectively). Higher MMP-9 concentrations were detected in acute AD, chronic AD and hypertension compared with healthy controls (37.75±9.38, 55.78±6.41 and 31.03±7.94 vs. 21.24±7.28 ng/ml, P<0.05, P<0.001 and P<0.05, respectively), and in the dead compared to the survived (107.29±9.38 vs. 86.80±7.93 ng/ml, P<0.001) among acute AD patients. In acute AD, the time after onset had positive correlation with TNF-α (r=0.497, P=0.000), and negative correlation with CRP (r=-0.424, P=0.000). Plasma CRP levels decreased significantly when the onset time increased (P=0.013). Moreover, in the patients with acute AD who underwent surgery and stenting, plasma MMP-9 concentrations increased immediately after surgical treatment and stenting, and reached the peak values at 24h, then decreased at 1 week (P<0.001).


Our findings confirmed and extended previous studies that increased plasma inflammatory markers were significantly associated with AD.

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