Relative Deficiency of Plasma A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease with Thrombospondin Type 1 Repeats 13 Activity and Elevation of Human Neutrophil Peptides in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury

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  • Traumatic microvascular injury (tMVI) is a universal endophenotype of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is responsible for significant neurological morbidity and mortality. The mechanism underlying tMVI is not fully understood. The present study aims to determine plasma levels of von Willebrand factor (VWF), a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin type 1 repeats (ADAMTS) 13 activity, and human neutrophil peptides (HNP) 1-3 and to correlate these biomarkers with functional outcomes after moderate-severe TBI. Thirty-one consecutive TBI patients (Glasgow Coma Scale [GCS] range, 3-12) were enrolled into the study between February 2010 and November 2014. Blood samples were collected on 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5 days after admission and analyzed for plasma levels of VWF antigen (VWFAg), collagen-binding activity (VWFAc), ADAMTS13 activity, and HNP1-3 proteins. Mean values of plasma VWFAg, VWFAc, and HNP1-3 were significantly increased in TBI patients compared to those in healthy controls (n = 30). Conversely, mean plasma values of ADAMTS13 activity in TBI patients were significantly decreased during the first 2 days after admission. This resulted in a dramatic reduction in the ratio of ADAMTS13 activity to VWFAg or ADAMTS13 to VWFAc in all 5 post-TBI days. Cluster analysis demonstrated that high median plasma levels of VWFAg and HNP1-3 were observed in the cluster with a high mortality rate. These results demonstrate that a relative deficiency of plasma ADAMTS13 activity, resulting from activation of neutrophils and endothelium, may contribute to the formation of microvascular thrombosis and mortality after moderate-severe TBI.
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  • Kumar MA; Cao W; Pham HP; Raju D; Nawalinski K; Maloney-Wilensky E; Schuster J; Zheng XL
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  • 222
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  • 36
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