Angiogenic and inflammatory biomarkers in the differentiation of pulmonary hypertension

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Objectives. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious condition where diagnosis often is delayed due to unspecific symptoms. New methods to diagnose and differentiate PH earlier would therefore be of great value. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the relationship between circulating angiogenic and inflammatory biomarkers and various hemodynamic variables in relation to different causes of PH. Design. Plasma samples from 63 patients at diagnosis were extracted from Lund Cardio Pulmonary Register, separated into pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH, n = 22), chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH, n = 15) and left heart disease (LHD) with (n = 21) and without (n = 5) PH. Blood samples from eight control subjects devoid of PH were additionally evaluated. Plasma concentrations of angiogenic (PlGF, Tie2, VEGF-A, VEGF-D, bFGF, sFlt-1) and inflammatory (IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α) biomarkers were analysed and related to hemodynamic variables. Results. SFlt-1 (p < .004) and VEGF-A (p < .035) were higher in all PH groups compared to controls. TNF-α (p < .030) were elevated in PAH patients in relation to the other PH groups as well as controls. Likewise, plasma VEGF-D (p < .008) were elevated in LHD with PH compared to the other groups with PH and controls. In PAH, higher sFlt-1 concentrations correlated to a worse state of hemodynamics. Conclusions. Our findings indicate that sFlt-1 and VEGF-A may be future tools when discriminating PH from non-PH. Moreover, TNF-α may differentiate PAH and VEGF- D may differentiate LHD with PH, from the other groups with PH, as well as controls. SFlt-1 may furthermore play a role as a future marker of disease severity.


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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Angiogenesis, hemodynamics, inflammation, plasma biomarkers, pulmonary hypertension differentiation, sFlt-1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-270
JournalScandinavian Cardiovascular Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch