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2011

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Series E | Alive

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$763.7M

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$300M | 5 yrs ago

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Tujia.com is an online vacation rental services provider in China targeting middle to high-end Chinese travelers. Tujia manages the properties listed on their website and works with Chinese real estate developers to rent out unsold inventory.

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Beijing, Beijing,

China

400-188-1234

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The Relationship Between Plasma Selenium, Antioxidant Status, Inflammatory Responses and Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: A Case-Control Study Based on Matched Propensity Scores

Oct 9, 2022

Yinhua Luo,1,&ast; Xiaohong He,2,&ast; Linbo Hu,3 Jinbo Zhao,1 Ke Su,1 Yuhua Lei,1 Yuanhong Li1 1Cardiovascular Disease Center, Central Hospital of Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, People’s Republic of China; 2Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Enshi Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Enshi Prefecture, People’s Republic of China; 3Health Management Centre, Central Hospital of Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Enshi Prefecture, People’s Republic of China &ast;These authors contributed equally to this work Correspondence: Yuanhong Li, Cardiovascular Disease Center, Central Hospital of Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, People’s Republic of China, Email [email protected] Background: Ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) with high morbidity and mortality is closely associated with an abnormal equilibrium of circulation selenium levels. The oxidative stress theory is the most accepted theory of selenium causing ischemic cardiomyopathy. However, the role of inflammatory responses in ICM has received limited attention. Methods: This study included 119 subjects, 43 of whom were patients with ICM, and 76 were healthy controls. Blood specimens were collected from subjects and serum levels of inflammatory and oxidative stress indicators and plasma levels of selenium were measured. Results: When plasma selenium and indicators of inflammation and oxidative stress were compared between groups, plasma selenium levels were significantly lower in the ICM group than in the control group (68.83874 vs 104.39775, p=0.02032), while indicators of inflammation such as tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) (79.09773 vs 46.15634, ppppp> 0.05). The Poisson regression analysis revealed a significant association between selenium and high levels of MDA, IL-6 and TNF-α (pp=0.96, 0.15, respectively). Conclusion: Selenium deficiency is strongly associated with the development of ICM, and with levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with ICM. Selenium can prevent the development and delay the progression of ICM by alleviating inflammatory responses. Keywords: inflammatory responses, ischemic cardiomyopathy, oxidative stress, selenium Background Ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), characterised by high mobility and mortality, is one of the most prevalent aetiologies of congestive heart failure (HF). The mechanism by which ischemic heart disease causes HF is through the development of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction, usually resulting from previous acute myocardial infarction(s), and, alternatively, from an insidious process of progressive decline in systolic function without recognisable episodes of acute coronary syndromes. 1 Thus, the term ICM describes the syndrome of HF caused by chronic LV systolic dysfunction resulting from underlying coronary artery disease (CAD). ICM is believed to affect more than 125 million people worldwide, and an average of 720,000 people in the United States experience their first myocardial infarction every year, thus resulting in ICM. 2–4 ICM ultimately has a significant impact on individuals and even society. The development and progression of ICM are closely associated with an abnormal equilibrium of circulation molecules such as minerals and trace elements (for example, selenium, copper and zinc) in the patient’s blood. Selenium is an essential trace element in the body and sufficient concentrations are required for numerous biological functions. These include thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defences and immunological responses. They have also been observed to be essential in certain types of cancer. 5 The most widely accepted theory explaining how selenium causes ICM is the oxidative stress theory. An imbalance in generating and eliminating reactive oxygen species (ROS) and its intermediates causes oxidative stress. This is harmful and contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiac dysfunction and induces irreversible myocardial tissue damage or cell death. Selenium is a component of the glutathione peroxidase enzyme (Se-GSH-Px). 6 Since Se-GSH-Px can reduce oxidative stress and platelet aggregation, 7 it was believed that having a high selenium status would protect against cardiovascular disease. 8 Additionally, a considerable number of evidence 7 , 9 supports the abovementioned mechanism in the pathogenesis of ICM. However, the role of inflammatory responses in ICM has received limited attention. It has been reported that selenium supplements can effectively alleviate inflammatory responses. Rancano, K.M. et al reported that in a cohort encompassing elderly women, selenium supplementation was observed to ameliorate obesity-induced inflammatory responses. There was an increase in insulin-like growth factor 1, a central biomarker in inflammation, 10 following selenium supplementation. 10 , 11 There are, however, limited studies that compare the selenium status, levels of inflammatory markers and oxidative stress between patients with ICM and healthy controls. The impact of selenium on inflammation in the population with ICM requires further study. This present case-control study specifically investigated the interrelationships between selenium status, oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in the population with ICM to aid future researchers in their investigation of the role of selenium on ICM and its relevant mechanism. This study confirmed that serum selenium levels are significantly lower in patients with ICM than in healthy controls and that low selenium levels are significantly correlated with increased levels of inflammatory response and oxidative stress in vivo. Methods and Material Study Population This study was conducted in the Cardiovascular Disease Center, Central Hospital of Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, China (Research approval was obtained from the Ethical Committees of Central Hospital of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture). The study included 119 subjects, of whom 43 were patients with ICM and 76 were healthy controls. Additionally, both groups were homogeneous in terms of area of origin and long-term residence. Patients with ICM were recruited for the study by clinicians based on expert consensus on ICM 2020. 2 ICM is defined as LV dysfunction caused by CAD, with or without clinical HF. 2 The inclusion criteria for subjects selected as the control group were as follows. First, no coronary stenosis was confirmed by a coronary angiogram. Second, the patient has no family history of coronary heart disease. This study was conducted following the Helsinki declaration. Plasma Selenium Determination Early in the morning, we collected 2 mL of fasting venous blood from the elbow of each subject in two anticoagulation tubes. After centrifugation at 2000 rpm for 15 min, the upper serum was collected in freezing tubes and was then frozen at −80 °C for storage until biochemical examination. Subsequently, 1-mL aliquots of plasma were frozen at −20 °C for transportation and storage in the laboratory of Central Hospital of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture until analysis. Within a week of blood collection, the plasma samples were used to measure selenium using an atomic emission photoelectric optical emission spectrometer (AFS-930, Beijing). 12 , 13 Serum Biomarkers Measurement Interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and malondialdehyde (MDA) in serum were determined using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit (Cloud-clone corp, SEA079Hu, SEA133Hu, SES134Hu, CEA597Ge, respectively). Quality Control We employed a set of unified protocols for laboratory quality control and quality control in sample collecting, packing, coding and transportation. All technicians were trained prior to the start of the trial, and the same batch numbers were used to purchase all test reagents. Each sample batch contained blank samples, 10% parallel samples and quality control samples that met the requirements of the quality control standards. Statistical Analysis We conducted propensity score matching (PSM) to account for confounding biases and construct a scenario resembling a randomised experiment. PS were estimated using a logistic regression model in which patient characteristics were regarded as covariates. These included age and gender. Using a PS graph, we determined the degree of PS value and covariates overlap between the ICM and control groups. To avoid bias from distant matches, matching was performed using Coarsened Exact Matching with a calliper of 0.02. The balance between groups was defined as a p-value of ˃0.05. The two groups of patients were matched based on age and sex using the PSM method, and the matched subgroups were compared. Quantitative variables were reported as mean ± standard deviation. For data before propensity matching, independent t-tests were used where chi-squared was satisfied; otherwise, Wilcox tests were used. The paired t-tests were used for group comparisons of data after propensity matching. To explore the correlation between inflammatory and oxidative stress indicators and selenium, we used Poisson distribution. Results were considered significant if p≤0.05. Data were analysed using R version 4.0 software. Results Prior to PSM, the ICM and control groups included 43 and 76 patients, respectively. The baseline characteristics of the ICM and control groups before data propensity matching are presented in Table 1 . Sex, platelet distribution width, white blood cell count, alanine transferase (ALT) concentration, total triglycerides, height, weight, fasting blood glucose and systolic blood pressure (SBP) were similar between groups. Table 1 The Baseline Characteristics of the Subjects When comparing the basic characteristics of the ICM and control groups before PSM, as presented in Table 1 , it was observed that the age range of the case and control groups was 60–74 and 49–67.75 years, respectively. Statistical differences in indicators such as age, red cell distribution width, haemoglobin concentration, platelet count, SBP and creatinine were observed between groups. The remaining baseline indicators were balanced. Figure 1 reveals that the age and sex of the two groups tended to be balanced after matching, ie, the matching effect was satisfied, and it was verified by regression analysis to achieve the desired outcome. As presented in Table 2 , when the matched data for plasma selenium and indicators of inflammation and oxidative stress were compared between groups, plasma selenium levels were significantly lower in the ICM group than in the control group, and indicators of inflammation such as TNF-α, IL-6 and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio were significantly higher in the ICM group than in the control group (all of these results were statistically different). Furthermore, MDA, an indicator of antioxidant stress, was significantly higher in the ICM group than that in the control group. While SOD did not differ significantly in the comparison between groups (p>0.05). Table 2 Plasma Selenium Levels and Biomarker Index Levels Between Groups Figure 1 The age and gender of the two groups tended to be balanced after matching, the matching effect was satisfied. The Poisson regression analysis in Table 3 revealed a significant correlation between selenium and elevated levels of MDA, IL-6 and TNF-α (p<0.05). Table 3 Pearson Correlation Coefficient Between Plasma Selenium Level and Other Variables Discussion It is confirmed that the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio, an index associated with inflammatory response and neointimal proliferation, is a potent inflammatory indicator. 14 In this study, 43 patients with ICM who had undergone angiographical confirmation were assessed for plasma levels of selenium, oxidative stress status (SOD and MDA) and inflammatory responses status (IL-6, TNF-α and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio), and the results were compared to those from healthy controls. Our findings revealed that plasma selenium levels were significantly correlated with the risk of ICM and serum levels of IL-6, MDA, TNF-α and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio were significantly higher in patients with ICM than in controls. In addition, correlation analysis suggested that selenium deficiency was significantly associated with serum levels of IL-6, MDA and TNF-α. Selenium, an essential micronutrient and an important component of selenoproteins, has been reported to prevent the development of ICM and delay its progression by combating oxidative stress. The influence of selenium on cardiomyopathy came to light in 1935 when reports of Keshan disease 15 were made in Keshan County, China. Among these, selenium is involved in combating oxidative stress and delaying the formation of cardiomyopathy. It has been reported that selenium is an essential micronutrient that can ameliorate ROS formation, 16 increase antioxidant defence and thus acts as an antioxidant stress agent. 17 , 18 We previously explored the association of plasma selenium with coronary heart disease and cardiomyopathy in rat models and demonstrated that selenium deficiency is closely related to the severity and progression of coronary heart disease, by disrupting the natural structure of erythrocytes and thereby decreasing erythrocyte deformability. 19 Furthermore, this study indicated that the patients with ICM had significantly lower mean plasma selenium levels and the biomarkers that can reflect the oxidative stress status (MDA) than healthy controls (P<0.001), which is consistent with the findings of Miguel Navarro-Alarco´n et al. 20 Selenium prevents the reaction of MDA, a metabolite of lipid peroxidation, with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in tissues and prevents DNA degeneration, inhibits tumours and related inflammation-related diseases, increases the activity of GSH-Px and interrupts the process of lipid peroxidation in the body. Thus, effectively protects cell and organelle membranes from damage, prevents various biochemical disorders and maintains normal physiological functions of the organism. Regretfully, SOD did not significantly differ between groups and there was no correlation observed between selenium and SOD levels. This is perhaps understandable given that glutathione peroxidase and SOD are two different antioxidant systems. Although the ability of selenium to delay the development of ICM by reducing oxidative stress is the focus of attention, researchers seem to have overlooked the ability of selenium to alleviate inflammatory response. Subsequently, there is not sufficient evidence to conclude whether selenium can prevent the development of ICM and delay its progression by alleviating inflammatory responses. We conduct such a study for this reason. Selenium has been reported to be associated with various inflammatory diseases 21–28 such as inflammatory bowel disease, 26 experimental colitis, 24 chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and hypothyroidism. 25 Federico Galusso et al 29 reported that low plasma selenium status and Development or risk of severe active inflammatory disease, such as systemic inflammatory response syndrome and multiple organ dysfunction syndromes, are closely linked. In addition, individuals with asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease, have been reported to have lower selenium status and decreased activity of glutathione peroxidase. 30–33 Selenium deficiency is associated with both active inflammation and chronic inflammatory diseases. Selenium is currently believed to reduce the inflammatory response mainly through the following mechanisms: The nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) activation process may be inhibited by selenium by regulating the expression of selenoprotein genes. In addition, the NF-κB signalling pathway and the generation of IL-6 and TNF have also been associated with elevated inflammatory responses. In summary, selenium deficiency is associated with the development and progression of many inflammatory diseases by inducing an inflammatory response and causing an exacerbation of the inflammatory response. Furthermore, to our best knowledge, inflammatory responses and ICM are closely correlated. ICM is divided into three stages: Acute inflammation, reparative inflammation (days 4–14 after myocardial infarction) and chronic inflammation (>14 days after MI). 34 It is well known that inflammatory response permeates all stages of the ICM disease progress. The early inflammatory response contributes to cardiac remodelling; however, studies on animals and patients with HF have reported that sustained inflammation is a cornerstone of adverse cardiac remodelling. 34 , 35 The relationship between selenium and the inflammatory response and between ICM and the inflammatory response have all been the subject of numerous research, but there are none on the relationship between selenium, the inflammatory response and ICM. In our study, we demonstrated that compared with healthy controls, patients with ICM have a significantly low selenium status, significantly high inflammation levels and a significant correlation between selenium and inflammatory response. Despite its limitations, this study indicated that patients with ICM had significantly lower serum selenium levels and significantly higher levels of inflammatory and oxidative stress indicators than the healthy controls, and there was a significant correlation between selenium levels and both inflammatory and oxidative stress indicators. Furthermore, this article offered a theoretical and experimental analysis of the ICM formation process and the pathogenesis of ICM by examining the relationship between selenium status, oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in patients with ICM. Our findings will provide useful feedback information for preventing the emergence of ICM and enhancing the prognoses of pertinent patients. In addition, our study may help patients, clinicians and policymakers make better evidence-based decisions for the initial treatment of these conditions. Limitation Even though we made every effort to improve our studies, there are still certain limitations. First, we did not examine further how oxidative stress and inflammatory responses to selenium can influence ICM. Nonetheless, this will be our next project. Second, although our study complied with the 0.9 minimum sample size criteria, the accuracy of our experiments was constrained by the small sample size. Last, this was a single-centre study with a relatively small population. Conclusion In our study, we have found that compared to healthy subjects, patients with ICM have a significantly lower selenium status, while inflammation levels were significantly higher and there was a significant correlation between selenium and inflammatory response. No withstanding its limitation, this study does suggest that selenium may prevent the development and delay the progression of ICM by alleviating the inflammatory responses. Data Sharing Statement

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