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Cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, oncosis, and autophagic vacuolization predict mortality in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy with advanced heart failure.
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PMID:  21453830     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the remodeling parameters cardiomyocyte (CM) damage or death, hypertrophy, and fibrosis that may be linked to outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure (HF) in an effort to understand the pathogenic mechanisms of HF that may support newer therapeutic modalities.
BACKGROUND: There are controversial results on the influence of fibrosis, CM hypertrophy, and apoptosis on outcomes in patients with HF; other modalities of cell damage have been poorly investigated.
METHODS: In endomyocardial biopsy specimens from 100 patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and advanced HF, CM diameter and the extent of fibrosis were determined by morphometry. The proportion of CMs with evidence of apoptosis, autophagic vacuolization (AuV), and oncosis was investigated by immunohistochemical methods and by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling. Those parameters were correlated with mortality in 3 years of follow-up by univariate analysis and with multivariate models incorporating the clinical variables more relevant to the prediction of outcomes.
RESULTS: CM AuV occurred in 28 patients (0.013 ± 0.012%) and oncosis in 41 (0.109 ± 0.139%). Nineteen patients showed both markers. Apoptotic CM nuclei were observed in 3 patients. In univariate analysis, CM diameter and AuV, either alone or associated with oncosis, were predictors of mortality. In multivariate analysis, CM diameter (hazard ratio: 1.37; 95% confidence interval: 1.12 to 1.68; p = 0.002) and simultaneous presence in the same endomyocardial biopsy specimen of AuV and oncosis (hazard ratio: 2.82; 95% confidence interval: 1.12 to 7.13; p = 0.028) were independent predictors of mortality.
CONCLUSIONS: CM hypertrophy and AuV, especially in association with oncosis, are predictors of outcome in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and severe HF.
Carlos A Vigliano; Patricia M Cabeza Meckert; Mirta Diez; Liliana E Favaloro; Claudia Cortés; Lucía Fazzi; Roberto R Favaloro; Rubén P Laguens
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Cardiology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1558-3597     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8301365     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1523-31     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Pathology, University Hospital Favaloro Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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