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Significance of Low Desmin Expression in Cardiomyocytes in Patients With Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
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PMID:  23178054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Desmin plays an essential role in maintaining cell cytoarchitecture, positioning and functioning of organelles, and the intercellular signaling pathway. It has been suggested that remodeling of desmin cytoskeleton might contribute to the progression of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and might affect patients' long-term prognosis. We performed endomyocardial biopsy in 200 patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. A total of 5 to 6 specimens were collected from the left ventricular (LV) wall. Desmin was detected with immunohistochemical staining and Western blotting. Immunohistochemistry revealed 4 types of desmin expression: I, normal staining at Z-lines and intercalated disks, giving a regular cross-section pattern; IIA, increased desmin staining at Z-lines and intercalated disks; IIB, increased desmin staining with irregular pattern of cross-striation and/or with presence of aggregates; and III, decreased or lack of desmin staining. Patients with type III had a greater New York Heart Association class and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide level, larger LV end-diastolic diameter, and lower LV ejection fraction than patients with type I (p <0.001). At the end of follow-up (mean duration 59 ± 33 months), 44 patients (22%) had died and 5 (2.5%) had undergone heart transplantation. Patients with type III had an increased risk of death or heart transplantation in univariate Cox proportional hazard regression models (adjusted hazard ratio 7.18, 95% confidence interval 2.96 to 17.40, p <0.001) and multivariate models (New York Heart Association class, LV end-diastolic diameter, LV ejection fraction, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide, gender, and age; hazard ratio 5.24, 95% confidence interval 1.58 to 17.38, p = 0.007). In conclusion, in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a decrease or lack of desmin expression seems to be a strong, independent predictor of an unfavorable prognosis. Our outcomes support the relevance of exploring desmin expression as a potential target to treat heart failure progression.
Agnieszka Pawlak; Robert Julian Gil; Wiesława Grajkowska; Anna Maria Nasierowska-Guttmejer; Jarosław Rzezak; Tomasz Kulawik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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