OBJECTIVE: Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is a life-threatening hepatic disease characterized by hepatic venous obstruction at the level of hepatic vein, hepatic venules, or inferior vena cava. No evidence reported the relationship between the endothelial progenitor cells and the deficiency of factor V Leiden and protein C in patients with primary Budd-Chiari syndrome.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We recruited participants between June 2014 and July 2015. For primary BCS group, 28 patients were collected. 20 patients were included in the NAFLD group. Another 73 healthy participants were recruited into the control group. None of the patients and participants had received interventional therapy or had undergone surgery prior to being recruited. Levels and functions of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) were examined. The factor V Leiden mutation, protein C deficiency and protein S deficiency were evaluated. Finally, the relationship between the levels and function of endothelial progenitor cells and factor V Leiden and protein C deficiency in patients with primary Budd-Chiari syndrome was analyzed.
RESULTS: The results showed that no significant differences were found between the BCS (and NAFLD) and control group considering age, sex, BMI, smoking (p>0.05 for variables). However, significant differences were observed in TG, TC, HDL-C, white blood cells, hemoglobin, ALT, AST, ALP, γ-GT, total bilirubin, and albumin (p<0.05 for variables). Compared with the healthy participants, significant downregulation was found in BCS and NAFLD patients regarding CD34+/CD45-, late outgrowth endothelial cells (OECs) colonies, OECs proliferation, and OECs tubulogenesis (p<0.001 for variables). Among the 28 BCS patients, factor V Leiden mutation (n=10, 35.71%, OR 12.67, 95% CI 5.24-27.93) and hereditary protein C deficiency (n=4, 14.29%, OR 7.48, 95% CI 2.02-21.43) were more prevalent than those in the control group. These results suggested that factor V Leiden mutation and protein C deficiency were major risk factors for BCS. Finally, we demonstrated that factor V Leiden and protein C deficiency may negatively regulate the OECs levels and functions in BCS patients.
CONCLUSIONS: It’s important to improve the OECs levels and functions, and to prevent the deficiency of factor V Leiden and protein C in the treatment of BCS.Free PDF Download
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Z.-Y. Guan, C.-W. Yu, T. Song, Y. Gao
The relationship between the levels and function of endothelial progenitor cells and factor V Leiden and protein C deficiency in patients with primary Budd-Chiari syndrome
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 22 - N. 9