Association between EPCs count and rate of coronary revascularization in asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients

Hyun Min Kim, Kwang Joon Kim, Jae Hoon Moon, Hye Jeong Lee, Min Kyung Chae, Hyuk Jae Chang, Eun Seok Kang, Bong Soo Cha, Hyun Chul Lee, Young Jin Kim, Byung Wan Lee

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Coronary arterial disease (CAD) is common in diabetic patients, and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are considered a surrogate marker for CAD, but controversies regarding this issue still remain. We investigated the potential clinical role of EPCs during coronary screening in asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients screened with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). A total of 100 asymptomatic type 2 diabetic subjects (51 men and 49 women) were enrolled. Clinical and laboratory parameters, including EPCs (CD34 +/CD133+/VEGFR-2+) count, were evaluated and CMR was performed. A total of 51 patients [silent myocardial infarction (n = 3), inducible ischemia (n = 11), suspected CAD (n = 37)] had abnormal finding on CMR. Of the 20 patients who later underwent invasive coronary angiography, 8 were treated with revascularization. Fifty-one subjects with abnormal finding on CMR were divided into two groups [subjects with revascularization (group I, n = 8) vs. without revascularization (group II, n = 43)]. Group I had a significantly increased EPCs level than group II (833 vs. 415, P = 0.027). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that an increased EPCs level (OR = 1.003, P = 0.024) and a high body-mass index (OR = 1.907, P = 0.028) were independently correlated with revascularization. In our study, increased EPCs count is associated with performing revascularization in asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients, and that increased EPCs count can provide clinically important information while performing intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-420
Number of pages8
JournalActa Diabetologica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (MEST) (NRF-2010-0003277 and NRF-2009-0064591).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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