Association between cytokines and two circulating micro-RNAs and development of premature ventricular contractions-induced cardiomyopathy

Document Type: Original Article


1 Physiology Department, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Cardiac Electrophysiology Research Center, Rajaie Cardiovascular Medical and Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Physiology Research Center, Physiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Blood Transfusion Research Center, High Institute for Research and Education in Transfusion Medicine, Tehran, Iran


Objective(s): Recent progress in understanding the pathogenesis of premature ventricular contraction (PVC)-induced cardiomyopathy (PIC) has suggested a key role for inflammation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) and the protein production of interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-10, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and two circulating micro-RNAs related to inflammation and cardiovascular disease; miR-155 and miR-146.
Materials and Methods: The study population was comprised 25 patients with PIC and 25 patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction despite frequent PVCs. TNF-α, IL-6, IL10, and IFN-γ levels were evaluated in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) by flow cytometry and their mRNAs were assessed by real time PCR. We analyzed circulating levels of these cytokines by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Two circulating micro-RNAs, miR-155 and miR-146a, were also investigated.
Results: The flow cytometry findings showed that the median fluorescence intensity (MFI) of antibodies reacted with the IL-6 and TNF-α were higher in PIC group than the control group (P-value<0.001). In ELISA, the levels of IL-6 (P-value <0.001) and TNF-α (P-value <0.001) and in RT-PCR the relative expression levels of IL-6 (P-value <0.001) and TNF-α (P-value <0.001) were significantly higher in the PIC group. The relative expression levels of miR-155 and miR-146a were not significantly different between 2 groups (P-value>0.05).
Conclusion: In our patients with PIC, there was an elevation in the expression levels of IL-6 and TNF-α in PBMCs. This finding may provide further insights into the inflammatory pathways involved in PIC.


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