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18 July 2018 : Clinical Research  

Additional Diagnostic Value of Growth Differentiation Factor-15 (GDF-15) to N-Terminal B-Type Natriuretic Peptide (NT-proBNP) in Patients with Different Stages of Heart Failure

Jiao Li1ACD, Yameng Cui2BE, Anan Huang3CF, Qi Li1AF, Wenjun Jia4FG, Keqiang Liu1CD, Xin Qi1ADG*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.910671

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR4992-4999


BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is a promising biomarker of cardiac remodeling. The purpose of this study was to explore the diagnostic value of plasma GDF-15 levels in different stages of heart failure (HF) and to assess the relationship with ventricular remodeling.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 219 HF patients from the Department of Cardiology in Tianjin Union Medical Center as the HF group and 32 healthy subjects as the control group. Circulating GDF-15, NT-proBNP, procollagen I C-terminal propeptide (PICP), and N-terminal procollagen III propeptide (PIIINP) levels were measured using ELISA. Associations between GDF-15 and clinical indicators in cardiac remodeling were assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves and Spearman correlation. All the patients were followed up for 1 year.

RESULTS: The level of plasma GDF-15 in HF patients was higher than in the control group (P<0.05) and increased with higher ACCF/AHA and NYHA classification (P<0.05). Patients with HFrEF had higher GDF-15 levels compared to patients with HFmrEF (P<0.05). GDF-15 and left ventricular mass index (LVMI) were significantly increased as early as the pre-clinical HF stage. Also, GDF-15 levels were positively correlated to LVMI (r=0.433, P<0.05), PICP (r=0.378, P<0.001) and PIIINP (r=0.382, P<0.001). ROC curves were constructed and GDF-15 plus NT-proBNP (AUC=0.905, 95%CI: 0.868–0.942, P<0.001) was superior to NT-proBNP (AUC=0.869, 95%CI: 0.825–0.913, P<0.001) in identifying HF. GDF-15 levels did not predict prognosis after a 1-year follow-up period.

CONCLUSIONS: GDF-15 combined with NT-proBNP significantly improves the accuracy of diagnosing HF. Plasma GDF-15 levels can indirectly reflect the degree of cardiac remodeling and fibrosis.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Growth Differentiation Factor 15, Heart Failure, Ventricular Remodeling


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