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Articles by J Bauersachs
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  F Fleissner , V Jazbutyte , J Fiedler , S. K Gupta , X Yin , Q Xu , P Galuppo , S Kneitz , M Mayr , G Ertl , J Bauersachs and T. Thum

Rationale: The endogenous nitric oxide synthase inhibitor asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) is increased in patients with coronary artery disease and may regulate function of circulating angiogenic progenitor cells (APCs) by small regulatory RNAs.

Objectives: To study the role of microRNAs in ADMA-mediated impairment of APCs.

Methods and Results: By using microarray analyses, we established microRNA expression profiles of human APCs. We used ADMA to induce APC dysfunction and found 16 deregulated microRNAs. We focused on miR-21, which was 3-fold upregulated by ADMA treatment. Overexpression of miR-21 in human APCs impaired migratory capacity. To identify regulated miR-21 targets, we used proteome analysis, using difference in-gel electrophoresis followed by mass spectrometric analysis of regulated proteins. We found that transfection of miR-21 precursors significantly repressed superoxide dismutase 2 in APCs, which resulted in increased intracellular reactive oxygen species concentration and impaired nitric oxide bioavailability. MiR-21 further repressed sprouty-2, leading to Erk Map kinase–dependent reactive oxygen species formation and APC migratory defects. Small interference RNA–mediated superoxide dismutase 2 or sprouty-2 reduction also increased reactive oxygen species formation and impaired APC migratory capacity. ADMA-mediated reactive oxygen species formation and APC dysfunction was rescued by miR-21 blockade. APCs from patients with coronary artery disease and high ADMA plasma levels displayed >4-fold elevated miR-21 levels, low superoxide dismutase 2 expression, and impaired migratory capacity, which could be normalized by miR-21 antagonism.

Conclusions: We identified a novel miR-21–dependent mechanism of ADMA-mediated APC dysfunction. MiR-21 antagonism therefore emerges as an interesting strategy to improve dysfunctional APCs in patients with coronary artery disease.

  G Guder , S Frantz , J Bauersachs , B Allolio , C Wanner , M. T Koller , G Ertl , C. E Angermann and S. Stork

Background— Observational studies indicate that classical cardiovascular risk factors as body mass index, total cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure are associated with improved rather than impaired survival in heart failure ("reverse epidemiology"). We estimated the prognostic role of these risk factors in unselected patients with heart failure.

Methods and Results— Consecutive subjects with heart failure of any cause and severity were enrolled (n=867), and survivors were followed for a median period of 594 days (25th to 75th percentile, 435 to 840). Mean age was 70±13 years, 41% were female, New York Heart Association class distribution I through IV was 15%/29%/41%/15%, and 49% had preserved left ventricular ejection function. At follow-up, 34% of the patients had died. Low levels of any risk factor (ie, body mass index, total cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure in the low tertile) indicated the highest mortality risk. After adjustment for age, sex, New York Heart Association class, and ejection fraction, ≥2 risk factors in the high tertile indicated a relative reduction in mortality risk of 51% (hazard ratio, 0.49; 95% CI, 0.35 to 0.68; P=0.001) compared with subjects with 3 risk factors in the low tertile. Further adjustment for cause of heart failure, relevant comorbidities, medication, and biomarkers attenuated this association only modestly (hazard ratio, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.45 to 0.89; P=0.009).

Conclusion— In patients with heart failure, mortality risk counterintuitively increased on a cumulative scale with lower levels of body mass index, total cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure, irrespective of the type and severity of heart failure. Future studies need to identify whether risk factor control as presently recommended should be advocated in all patients with heart failure.

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