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Effects of stent implementation on plasma levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine in patients with or without ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction

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The study was designed to compare the response pattern of plasma l-arginine and methylarginines to stent placement in patients with or without ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Two groups of patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (OCAD) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting were enrolled in the study. Group I consisted of 16 patients with STEMI, whereas group II included 24 patients without STEMI (controls). Before PCI and at <1 h, 5 and 30 days after reperfusion, blood samples were taken for measurement of l-arginine and methylarginines. L-arginine, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), N-monomethylarginine (MMA) and l-ornithine plasma levels were measured by LC-MS-MS. Arginine methylation index (Arg-MI) was calculated according to the formula, Arg-MI = (ADMA+SDMA)/MMA. In patients without STEMI, stenting induced a prompt and sustained depression of ADMA (p<0.000), and l-ornithine (p<0.000) with simultaneous increase of l-arginine (p<0.001), l-arginine/ADMA ratio (p<0.000) and an inconsistent change in MMA. Arg-MI remained at the baseline value. By contrast, STEMI patients responded to stent placement with a variable increase in l-arginine (p<0.01), ADMA (p<0.069), SDMA, MMA (p<0.01) and l-ornithine (p<0.000), whereas there was an early fall of Arg-MI after stenting, followed by a steady increase approaching the initial values. The differences in the time-course for ADMA (p<0.000), MMA (p<0.007), Arg-MI (p<0.01) and l-ornithine (p<0.003) proved to be significant between the STEMI and control group. It can be concluded therefore, that stent placement improves endothelial dysfunction in patients with OCAD when it is not complicated by STEMI.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Heart Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pécs, H-7624 Pécs, Hungary

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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