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Levosimendan reduces plasma cell-free DNA levels in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy.
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PMID:  21052781     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Heart failure (HF) is a condition associated with the apoptosis and cell death of both cardiac myocytes and cardiac non-myocytes. DNA fragments released from programmed cell death or acute cellular injury are the main sources of disease-associated elevation of cell-free (cf) DNA. We hypothesized that cfDNA could be a relevant marker of cardiac apoptosis in HF patients that could be affected by the improvement of myocardial performance. To test our hypothesis, we measured plasma cfDNA in 19 patients with ischemic HF and severe left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction before and 12 h after completion of levosimendan infusion. Echocardiographic and biochemical markers of LV diastolic pressure and LV systolic function were also assessed. In accordance with previous observations levosimendan improved echocardiographic and biochemical indices of LV function. Plasma cfDNA was significantly reduced in HF patients post-levosimendan treatment (median: 89.4, interquartile range: 87.1 to median: 25.9, interquartile range: 12.3, P = 0.028). Notably, in 15/19 patients there was a reduction in cfDNA levels post-levosimendan infusion; while in 12/19 patients, a more than 50% reduction in plasma cfDNA was observed. Since cfDNA is a marker of tissue injury and apoptosis these results indicate that improvement of LV function has a potential impact on cell preservation and survival. Further studies are needed to substantiate our promising results regarding the role of plasma cfDNA as a marker of HF.
Apostolos Zaravinos; Spiros Tzoras; Stavros Apostolakis; Kyriakos Lazaridis; Demetrios A Spandidos
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of thrombosis and thrombolysis     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1573-742X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Thromb. Thrombolysis     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-01-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502018     Medline TA:  J Thromb Thrombolysis     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  180-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Virology, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
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