Atherothrombosis and oxidative stress: the connection and correlation in diabetes

Ezekiel Nwose, Herbert Jelinek, Ross Richards, Paul Tinley, Philip Kerr

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Background: Hyperglycaemia-induced depletion of reduced glutathione (GSH) causes erythrocyteoxidative stress (EOS), which leads to vascular events including exacerbation of thrombotic events evidenced by changes in D-dimer level. It would, therefore, appear that there is a complex link between GSH and D-dimer, which are part of an emerging array of biomarkers associated with diabetes. The objective of this study was to investigate evidence of correlation between levels of plasma D-dimer and erythrocyte GSH in diabetes disease progression.Subjects and methods: A cohort of 69 subjects were selected based on medical history plus clinical findings and equally divided into control, prediabetes and diabetes groups, matched for age andsex. Plasma D-dimer and erythrocyte reduced glutathione (GSH) were determined and separated into quartiles as a means of indicating disease severity. Statistical analysis was by Pearson's correlation coefficient.Results: Of the three groups, only the diabetes group showed any correlation between GSH and Ddimer.Of importance is that for increasing GSH, the second quartile range of GSH (x ± SD = 45 ±22 mg/dl) showed a statistically significant negative correlation for ranked D-dimer (x ± SD = 1055± 828 'g/l; r2 = 0.88; P < 0.02). The fourth quartile GSH range (x ± SD = 79 ± 40 mg/100 ml)showed a statistically significant positive correlation with D-dimer (x ± SD = 1055 ± 828 'g/l; r2 =0.91; P < 0.02). Thus, within the diabetes group only, the increasing level of oxidative stress asmeasured by GSH first indicates a reduction in D-dimer followed by a rise in D-dimer, which led to the proposal of a two-part process of atherosclerosis that reconciles previous contradictory findings.Conclusions: This study provides not only evidence of a correlation between oxidative stress level and fibrinolysis in diabetes, but also an explanation of why previous studies have found both hypoorhyper fibrinolysis associated with diabetes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalRedox Report
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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