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Title: Reduced levels of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in acute myocardial infarction patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes: accompanying the glycemic continuum
Authors: António, Natália 
Fernandes, Rosa 
Soares, Ana 
Soares, Francisco 
Lopes, Ana
Carvalheiro, Tiago
Paiva, Artur 
Pêgo, Guilherme M.
Providência, Luís A. 
Gonçalves, Lino 
Ribeiro, Carlos F. 
Keywords: Endothelial progenitor cells; Diabetes; Pre-diabetes; Insulin; Oral antidiabetic drugs; Acute myocardial infarction; Homing
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2014
Publisher: Springer Nature
Project: research grant from “Pfizer, Inc”, Portuguese Society of Cardiology 
FCT - PEst-C/SAU/UI3282/2011 and COMPETE 
Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra (Programa de Estímulo à Investigação) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Abstract: Background: Diabetic patients have a significantly worse prognosis after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than their counterparts. Previous studies have shown that the number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) significantly increase early after an AMI in normoglycemic patients. However, it is well known that type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with impaired function and reduced circulating EPCs levels. Nonetheless, few studies have analyzed EPCs response of diabetics to an AMI and the EPC response of pre-diabetic patients has not been reported yet. Therefore, we hypothesized that in the acute phase of an AMI, diabetic and pre-diabetics have lower circulating EPCs levels than patients with normal glucose metabolism. We also evaluated the possible capacity of chronic antidiabetic treatment in the recovery of EPCs response to an AMI in diabetics. Methods: One-hundred AMI patients were prospectively enrolled in the study. Using the high-performance flow cytometer FACSCanto II, circulating EPCs (CD45dimCD34+KDR+ and CD45dimCD133+KDR+ cells) were quantified, within the first 24 hours of admission. In addition, as an indirect functional parameter, we also analyzed the fraction of EPCs coexpressing the homing marker CXCR4. Results: We found that in the acute phase of an AMI, diabetic patients presented significantly lower levels of circulating CD45dimCD34+KDR+ and CD45dimCD133+KDR+ EPCs by comparison with nondiabetics, with a parallel decrease in the subpopulations CXCR4+ (p < 0.001). Indeed, this study suggests that the impaired response of EPCs to an AMI is an early event in the natural history of DM, being present even in pre-diabetes. Our results, also demonstrated that numbers of all EPCs populations were inversely correlated with HbA1c (r = −0.432, p < 0.001 for CD45dimCD34+KDR+ cells). Finally, this study suggests that previous chronic insulin therapy (but not oral antidiabetic drugs) attenuate the deficient response of diabetic EPCs to an AMI. Conclusion: This study indicates that there is a progressive decrease in EPCs levels, from pre-diabetes to DM, in AMI patients. Moreover, glycemic control seems to be determinant for circulating EPCs levels presented in the acute phase of an AMI and chronic insulin therapy may probably attenuate the deficit in EPCs pool seen in diabetics.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/109382
ISSN: 1475-2840
DOI: 10.1186/1475-2840-13-101
Rights: openAccess
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