Urinary peptides in heart failure: a link to molecular pathophysiology

Tianlin He, Michaela Mischak, Andrew L Clark, Ross T Campbell, Christian Delles, Javier Díez, Gerasimos Filippatos, Alexandre Mebazaa, John J V McMurray, Arantxa González, Julia Raad, Rafael Stroggilos, Helle S Bosselmann, Archie Campbell, Shona M Kerr, Colette E Jackson, Jane A Cannon, Morten Schou, Nicolas Girerd, Patrick RossignolAlex McConnachie, Kasper Rossing, Joost P Schanstra, Faiez Zannad, Antonia Vlahou, William Mullen, Vera Jankowski, Harald Mischak, Zhenyu Zhang, Jan A Staessen, Agnieszka Latosinska

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AIMS: Heart failure (HF) is a major public health concern worldwide. The diversity of HF makes it challenging to decipher the underlying complex pathological processes using single biomarkers. We examined the association between urinary peptides and HF with reduced (HFrEF), mid-range (HFmrEF) and preserved (HFpEF) ejection fraction, defined based on the European Society of Cardiology guidelines, and the links between these peptide biomarkers and molecular pathophysiology.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Analysable data from 5608 participants were available in the Human Urinary Proteome database. The urinary peptide profiles from participants diagnosed with HFrEF, HFmrEF, HFpEF and controls matched for sex, age, estimated glomerular filtration rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, diabetes and hypertension were compared applying the Mann-Whitney test, followed by correction for multiple testing. Unsupervised learning algorithms were applied to investigate groups of similar urinary profiles. A total of 577 urinary peptides significantly associated with HF were sequenced, 447 of which (77%) were collagen fragments. In silico analysis suggested that urinary biomarker abnormalities in HF principally reflect changes in collagen turnover and immune response, both associated with fibrosis. Unsupervised clustering separated study participants into two clusters, with 83% of non-HF controls allocated to cluster 1, while 65% of patients with HF were allocated to cluster 2 (P < 0.0001). No separation based on HF subtype was detectable.

CONCLUSIONS: Heart failure, irrespective of ejection fraction subtype, was associated with differences in abundance of urinary peptides reflecting collagen turnover and inflammation. These peptides should be studied as tools in early detection, prognostication, and prediction of therapeutic response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-1887
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Heart Failure
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021


  • Heart Failure
  • Humans
  • Peptides
  • Prognosis
  • Stroke Volume/physiology
  • Ventricular Function, Left/physiology


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