Role of oxidative stress, angiogenesis and chemo-attractant cytokines in the pathogenesis of ischaemic protection induced by remote ischaemic conditioning: Study of a human model of ischaemia-reperfusion induced vascular injury.

Research paper by Ken K Dewitte, Marc M Claeys, Emeline E Van Craenenbroeck, Koen K Monsieurs, Hein H Heidbuchel, Vicky V Hoymans, Tibor T Stoop

Indexed on: 12 Dec '18Published on: 12 Dec '18Published in: Pathophysiology


We explored the effect of remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) on endothelial function and on circulating mediators. In 20 healthy male volunteers (mean age 31 ± 10 years), flow-mediated dilation (FMD) was measured before and after 20 min of arm ischaemia, followed by reperfusion. Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) was performed by applying 3 cycles of 5 min of ischaemia of the leg at the onset of index arm ischaemia. Each volunteer underwent the IR-induced vascular injury protocol with and without RIC in a crossover study design. In the control group, IR significantly reduced FMD (5.9 ± 2.9% before IR vs. 2.2 ± 3.7% after IR; p < 0.001). This effect was significantly attenuated by performing RIC (FMD of 5.5 ± 3.1% before IR vs. 4.0 ± 3.4% % after IR; p for interaction = 0.01). Serum levels of SOD and ADMA increased significantly whereas MCP-1 and VEGF levels decreased significantly. Only changes in SOD levels were significantly related to the degree of RIC induced protection (r² = 0.34; p = 0.018). RIC has protective effects against endothelial IR injury. Our biomarker study suggests that anti-oxidative stress mediators, such as SOD, seem to be more involved in the pathogenesis of RIC-induced protection in humans than angiogenesis factors or chemo-attractant cytokines. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.