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J Infect Dev Ctries ; 16(3): 427-434, 2022 03 31.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1786134

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INTRODUCTION: Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction tests and thoracic tomography have been widely employed in the diagnosis of the disease, but doubts about their sensitivity still persist. Also there are controversial results about ACE2 and AngII levels according to the severity of disease. In this study, we aimed to analyze the ACE2 and AngII levels in patients with suspected COVID-19 based on polymerase chain reaction test results and thoracic tomography findings and to examine their relationship with disease severity. METHODOLOGY: Patients with suspected COVID-19 in the emergency department were divided into 4 groups according to thoracic tomography findings and PCR test results. The in-hospital mortality of patients was recorded. ACE2 and AngII levels in patients were analyzed according to groups and severity of the disease. RESULTS: ACE2 levels for the patients with suspected COVID-19 were significantly lower than in the control group, but AngII levels were higher (not statistically significant). The mean age and male sex ratio of patients who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and died were significantly higher than those who survived. Whereas there was no difference in ACE2 levels in patients with severe diseases such as ARDS and mortality, their AngII levels were significantly lower. CONCLUSIONS: It can be suggested that decreased ACE2 levels combined with increased AngII levels are determinative at disease onset and in the development of lung damage. However, decreased AngII levels are more determinative in patients with severe diseases such as ARDS and mortality.


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Angiopoietin-2 , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , COVID-19 , Respiratory Distress Syndrome , Angiopoietin-2/blood , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/blood , COVID-19/diagnosis , Female , Humans , Male , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Tomography
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Crit Care Med ; 49(11): e1151-e1156, 2021 11 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1467423

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TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT04420468. OBJECTIVES: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is frequently associated with shock; endothelial involvement may be one of the underlying mechanisms. We sought to describe endothelial dysfunction during multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with shock and then assess the relationship between the degree of endothelial involvement and the severity of shock. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: A PICU in a tertiary hospital. PATIENTS: Patients aged under 18 (n = 28) with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and shock, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Correlations between endothelial marker levels and shock severity were assessed using Spearman coefficient. The median (interquartile range) age was 9 years (7.5-11.2 yr). Sixteen children presented with cardiogenic and distributive shock, 10 presented with cardiogenic shock only, and two presented with distributive shock only. The median left ventricular ejection fraction, troponin level, and lactate level were, respectively, 40% (35-45%), 261 ng/mL (131-390 ng/mL), and 3.2 mmol/L (2-4.2 mmol/L). Twenty-five children received inotropes and/or vasopressors; the median Vasoactive and Inotropic Score was 8 (5-28). Plasma levels of angiopoietin-2 (6,426 pg/mL [2,814-11,836 pg/mL]), sE-selectin (130,405 pg/mL [92,987-192,499 pg/mL]), von Willebrand factor antigen (344% [288-378%]), and the angiopoietin-2/angiopoietin-1 ratio (1.111 [0.472-1.524]) were elevated and significantly correlated with the Vasoactive and Inotropic Score (r = 0.45, p = 0.016; r = 0.53, p = 0.04; r = 0.46, p = 0.013; and r = 0.46, p = 0.012, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Endothelial dysfunction is associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with shock and may constitute one of the underlying mechanisms.


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COVID-19/complications , Shock/pathology , Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/pathology , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/therapeutic use , Angiopoietin-2/blood , Biomarkers , C-Reactive Protein/analysis , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/pathology , Cardiotonic Agents/therapeutic use , Child , Female , Humans , Immunoglobulins/therapeutic use , Intensive Care Units, Pediatric , Interleukin-6/blood , Lactic Acid/blood , Male , Respiration, Artificial , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index , Shock, Cardiogenic/pathology , Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/drug therapy , Troponin/blood , Vasoconstrictor Agents/therapeutic use , Ventricular Function, Left
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Blood Adv ; 5(3): 662-673, 2021 02 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1063181

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This study examined the association between dynamic angiopoietin-2 assessment and COVID-19 short- and long-term clinical course. We included consecutive hospitalized patients from 1 February to 31 May 2020 with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 from 2 Italian tertiary referral centers (derivation cohort, n = 187 patients; validation cohort, n = 62 patients). Serum biomarker levels were measured by sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Lung tissue from 9 patients was stained for angiopoietin-2, Tie2, CD68, and CD34. Cox model was used to identify risk factors for mortality and nonresolving pulmonary condition. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) was used to assess the accuracy of 3- and 10-day angiopoietin-2 for in-hospital mortality and nonresolving pulmonary condition, respectively. Three-day angiopoietin-2 increase of at least twofold from baseline was significantly associated with in-hospital mortality by multivariate analysis (hazard ratio [HR], 6.69; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.85-24.19; P = .004) with AUROC = 0.845 (95% CI, 0.725-0.940). Ten-day angiopoietin-2 of at least twofold from baseline was instead significantly associated with nonresolving pulmonary condition by multivariate analysis (HR, 5.33; 95% CI, 1.34-11.77; P ≤ .0001) with AUROC = 0.969 (95% CI, 0.919-1.000). Patients with persistent elevation of 10-day angiopoietin-2 levels showed severe reticular interstitial thickening and fibrous changes on follow-up computed tomography scans. Angiopoietin-2 and Tie2 were diffusely colocalized in small-vessel endothelia and alveolar new vessels and macrophages. Angiopoietin-2 course is strongly associated with COVID-19 in-hospital mortality and nonresolving pulmonary condition. Angiopoietin-2 may be an early and useful predictor of COVID-19 clinical course, and it could be a relevant part of disease pathogenesis. Angiopoietin-2 blockade may be a COVID-19 treatment option.


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Angiopoietin-2/blood , COVID-19/pathology , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Area Under Curve , Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/virology , Hospital Mortality , Hospitalization , Humans , Interleukin-6/blood , Proportional Hazards Models , ROC Curve , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Survival Rate
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Angiogenesis ; 23(4): 611-620, 2020 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-377964

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BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory disease has been associated with ischemic complications, coagulation disorders, and an endotheliitis. OBJECTIVES: To explore endothelial damage and activation-related biomarkers in COVID-19 patients with criteria of hospitalization for referral to intensive care unit (ICU) and/or respiratory worsening. METHODS: Analysis of endothelial and angiogenic soluble markers in plasma from patients at admission. RESULTS: Study enrolled 40 consecutive COVID-19 patients admitted to emergency department that fulfilled criteria for hospitalization. Half of them were admitted in conventional wards without any ICU transfer during hospitalization; whereas the 20 others were directly transferred to ICU. Patients transferred in ICU were more likely to have lymphopenia, decreased SpO2 and increased D-dimer, CRP and creatinine levels. In those patients, soluble E-selectin and angiopoietin-2 were significantly increased (p value at 0.009 and 0.003, respectively). Increase in SELE gene expression (gene coding for E-selectin protein) was confirmed in an independent cohort of 32 patients using a whole blood gene expression profile analysis. In plasma, we found a strong association between angiopoetin-2 and CRP, creatinine and D-dimers (with p value at 0.001, 0.001 and 0.003, respectively). ROC curve analysis identified an Angiopoietin-2 cut-off of 5000 pg/mL as the best predictor for ICU outcome (Se = 80.1%, Sp = 70%, PPV = 72.7%, NPV = 77%), further confirmed in multivariate analysis after adjustment for creatinine, CRP or D-dimers. CONCLUSION: Angiopoietin-2 is a relevant predictive factor for ICU direct admission in COVID-19 patients. This result showing an endothelial activation reinforces the hypothesis of a COVID-19-associated microvascular dysfunction.


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Angiopoietin-2/blood , Coronavirus Infections/blood , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Endothelium, Vascular/metabolism , Intensive Care Units , Pneumonia, Viral/blood , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Aged , Betacoronavirus , Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19 , Critical Care/methods , E-Selectin/blood , Female , Gene Expression Profiling , Hospitalization , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Patient Admission , Prospective Studies , Respiration, Artificial , SARS-CoV-2
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