Artery Research

Volume 12, Issue C, December 2015, Pages 5 - 5

P1.11 SOLUBLE IL-6 RECEPTOR CONCENTRATIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AUGMENTATION INDEX IN HEALTHY YOUNG MALES

Authors
Matthew Armstrong*, Cat Singh, Laura Watkeys, Linnet Thekkemuriyil, Jordan Tucker, Zoe Marshall, Richard Webb, Barry McDonnell
Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK
Available Online 23 November 2015.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.203How to use a DOI?
Abstract

Background: Augmentation Index (AIx) is considered a sensitive marker of arterial stiffness in young individuals. Increased levels of inflammatory markers such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) are associated with increased levels of arterial stiffness in older and diseased populations. However, little is known about these associations in young healthy individuals, as concentrations are prone to fluctuation. Data suggests that increased levels of the soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) facilitate the detrimental pro-inflammatory signalling of IL-6, which may highlight sIL-6R’s role as a mediator of chronic inflammation and associated disease states. Therefore, the aim of the study was to determine the associations between sIL-6R and IL-6 with AIx in a young healthy cohort.

Methods: In 20 healthy male subjects (age 22±3 years), self-reported physical activity levels (PA) were determined via International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Peripheral and central blood pressure and AIx@75 were measured using the Mobil-O-Graph system (IEM). Plasma concentrations of sIL-6R and IL-6 were assessed via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (RnD systems).

Results: AIx@75 was significantly associated with levels of sIL-6R (r=0.5, P=0.02) but not associated with levels of IL-6 or PA (P>0.05).

Conclusion: These novel pilot data suggest that elevated concentrations of sIL-6R at an early age may be indicative of an underlying vulnerability to inflammation-associated vascular stiffening. Furthermore, the absence of any association between IL-6 and AIx in our study implies that sIL-6R may be a more suitable biomarker than IL-6 for use in understanding the mechanisms by which inflammation affects vascular stiffening. However, larger studies are required to confirm our findings.

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Journal
Artery Research
Volume-Issue
12 - C
Pages
5 - 5
Publication Date
2015/11
ISSN (Online)
1876-4401
ISSN (Print)
1872-9312
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.203How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

Cite this article

TY  - JOUR
AU  - Matthew Armstrong*
AU  - Cat Singh
AU  - Laura Watkeys
AU  - Linnet Thekkemuriyil
AU  - Jordan Tucker
AU  - Zoe Marshall
AU  - Richard Webb
AU  - Barry McDonnell
PY  - 2015
DA  - 2015/11
TI  - P1.11 SOLUBLE IL-6 RECEPTOR CONCENTRATIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AUGMENTATION INDEX IN HEALTHY YOUNG MALES
JO  - Artery Research
SP  - 5
EP  - 5
VL  - 12
IS  - C
SN  - 1876-4401
UR  - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.203
DO  - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artres.2015.10.203
ID  - Armstrong*2015
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