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Elevated levels of circulating matrix metalloproteinase-9 are associated with a dysregulated cortisol rhythm--A case-control study of coronary artery disease.
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PMID:  20674181     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
A dysregulated cortisol pattern has been found to be associated with systemic inflammatory activity in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 is involved in both inflammation and matrix degradation and considered a main contributor to coronary plaque rupture. In this study, we hypothesized that a dysfunctional cortisol response also involved a failure to regulate systemic MMP-9 levels in CAD patients. Total MMP-9, active MMP-9 and the endogenous inhibitor TIMP-1 were measured in 30 CAD patients and 30 healthy controls. Morning and evening cortisol was measured in repeated saliva samples. Patients had higher levels of total and active MMP-9 (both p<0.01) and increased 24-h cortisol output (p<0.05) characterized by higher levels of evening cortisol (p=0.011). MMP-9 was associated with evening cortisol (p<0.001) independent of smoking and inflammatory markers. Compared with controls, patients also showed a blunted cortisol response to stress. After stress, the levels of MMP-9 became significantly reduced in controls whereas they remained unchanged in patients. The data indicate that MMP-9 is differently regulated in patients due to a dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and emphasize the role of MMP-9 as a possible link between stress and cardiovascular disease.
A Szymanowski; J Nijm; M Kristenson; L Jonasson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-07-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1873-3360     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7612148     Medline TA:  Psychoneuroendocrinology     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, SE-581 85, Linköping, Sweden.
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