Biomarkers of vascular injury in relation to myocardial infarction risk: A population-based study

Laura Pletsch-Borba, Mirja Grafetstätter, Anika Hüsing, Sandra González Maldonado, Manja Kloss, Marie-Luise Groß, Theron Johnson, Disorn Sookthai, Peter Bugert, Rudolf Kaaks, Tilman Kühn

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Little is known about circulating biomarkers of vascular injury in relation to cardiovascular disease risk. Thus, we evaluated associations between six novel markers (E-Selectin, P-Selectin, thrombomodulin, thrombopoietin, intercellular adhesion molecule 3 and GPIIb/IIIa) and established cardiovascular risk factors as well as the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in a population-based study. Biomarkers were measured in pre-diagnostic plasma samples of a case-cohort subset of EPIC-Heidelberg (incident MI cases: n = 369, random sub-cohort: n = 2,418). Generalized Linear models were used to analyse cross-sectional associations between biomarkers and cardiovascular risk factors. Multivariable Cox Regression analyses were carried out to obtain Hazard Ratios (HRs) of MI across quartiles of biomarkers levels. Cross-sectional analyses showed that sex, smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes and exogenous hormone use were associated with biomarker levels. However, while fibrinogen was associated with MI risk (HR per standard deviation: 2.97 [95% confidence interval: 1.61, 5.46]), none of the six novel biomarkers was associated with MI risk after multivariable adjustment. In a population-based cohort, biomarkers of vascular injury were associated with established cardiovascular risk factors, but not MI risk. The tested biomarkers may reflect pathophysiological alterations in cardiovascular disease development rather than constituting independent MI risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3004
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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