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Nonstenotic bicuspid aortic valve is associated with elevated plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine.
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PMID:  23615040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Recently, it has been reported that nonstenotic bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) with dilated proximal aorta is linked with increased matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and endothelial dysfunction.
OBJECTIVE: We wondered whether asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, might be altered and associated with MMP-2 in BAV patients. We assessed the relation between ADMA levels and aortic diameters and hypothesized that elevated ADMA might be an independent predictor of progressive aortic dilatation in BAV patients.
METHODS: We studied 20 patients with nonstenotic BAV (17 men and 3 women, median age 27, range 24-33 years). Twenty age-matched patients with tricuspid aortic valves served as controls. Plasma levels of ADMA, symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), L-arginine, serum MMP-2, MMP-9, and plasma total homocysteine (tHcy), together with parameters of aortic elasticity, were measured.
RESULTS: ADMA and MMP-2 levels were higher in the BAV group compared with controls (medians, 0.55 vs. 0.43 μmol/l, P < 0.001 and 1.25 vs. 1.00 μmol/l, P < 0.001, respectively). The BAV patients also had higher SDMA and tHcy levels than controls (0.39 vs. 0.35 μmol/l, P < 0.001 and 11.5 vs. 9.7 μmol/l, P = 0.006). ADMA levels in BAV patients correlated with aortic annulus (r = 0.4, P = 0.043), peak aortic velocity (r = 0.6, P = 0.001), aortic distensibility (r = 0.6, P = 0.004), aortic stiffness index (r = 0.7, P < 0.001), and aortic strain (r = 0.7, P < 0.001) as well as with MMP-2 (r = 0.6, P = 0.002) and tHcy (r = 0.4, P = 0.042).
CONCLUSIONS: This study is the first to show that circulating ADMA together with MMP-2 is a marker of proximal ascending aortic dilatation and impaired aortic elastic properties in nonstenotic BAV patients. It might be speculated that plasma ADMA could be helpful in identifying BAV patients at a higher risk of aortic aneurysm.
Sylwia Drapisz; Tadeusz Góralczyk; Tomasz Jamka-Miszalski; Maria Olszowska; Anetta Undas
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular medicine (Hagerstown, Md.)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1558-2035     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown)     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101259752     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown)     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
aThe John Paul II Hospital bInstitute of Cardiology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland.
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