Percutaneous coronary intervention causes a rapid but transient mobilisation of CD34(+)CD45(-) cells

Gareth J Padfield, Olga Tura-Ceide, Elizabeth Freyer, G Robin Barclay, Marc Turner, David E Newby, Nicholas L Mills

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OBJECTIVE: Circulating CD34(+)CD45(-) cell concentrations are increased in patients with coronary artery disease, however their pathophysiological significance is unknown. We determined CD34(+)CD45(-) cell concentrations following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in order to explore their role in acute vascular injury.

METHODS: In a prospective time-course analysis, we quantified using flow cytometry circulating CD34(+)CD45(-) cells, traditional CD34(+)VEGFR-2(+) putative endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), CD14(+) VEGFR(-) 2(+)Tie-2(+) angiogenic monocytes and intercellular adhesion molecule expression (CXCR-4 and CD18) in patients, before and during the first week following diagnostic angiography (n=13) or PCI (n=23). Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) and C reactive protein (CRP) were quantified by ELISA.

RESULTS: Unlike diagnostic angiography, PCI increased circulating neutrophil and CRP concentrations at 24 and 48 h, respectively (p<0.002 for both). CD34(+)CD45(-) cell concentrations were unaffected by angiography (p>0.4), but were transiently increased 6 h following PCI (median (IQR) 0.93 (0.43-1.49) vs 1.51 (0.96-2.15)×10(6) cells/L; p=0.01), returning to normal by 24 h. This occurred in the absence of any change in serum VEFG-A concentration, adhesion molecule expression on CD34(+) cells, or mobilisation of traditional EPCs or angiogenic monocytes (p>0.1 for all).

CONCLUSIONS: PCI transiently increases circulating CD34(+)CD45(-) cells, without increasing CD34(+) adhesion molecule expression or VEGF-A concentrations, suggesting that CD34(+)CD45(-) cells may be mobilised from the vessel wall directly as a result of mechanical injury. Traditional putative EPC and angiogenic monocytes are unaffected by PCI, and are unlikely to be important in the acute response to vascular injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000047
JournalOpen heart
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2014


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