Editorial Open Access
Endothelial Derived Micro Particles: Biomarkers for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management
Alexander E. Berezin*
Chief of Cardiology Unit, Internal Medicine Department, State Medical University, Ukraine
*Corresponding author: Alexander E. Berezin, Chief of Cardiology Unit, Internal Medicine Department, State Medical University, 26 Mayakovskyav, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, Tel: +380612894585; Fax: +380612894585; E-mail: @
Received: July 02, 2015; Accepted: July 31, 2015; Published: August 10, 2015
Citation: Berezin AE (2015) Endothelial Derived Micro Particles: Biomarkers for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Management. J Clin Trial Cardiol 2(3): 1-3. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15226/2374-6882/2/3/00125
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) remains a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. The results from clinical trials on CHF have led to major improvements in diagnostic tools and in patient management. However, microvascular endothelial cell inflammation is considered a key stone of initial development of CHF and associates with vascular dysfunction and worse endothelial integrity. Endothelial-Derived Microparticles (EMPs) are probably novel biological markers of early stage endothelial injury and vascular tone disorders that might be detected prior to, clinically appeared CHF. Although measurement of EMPs is not still available for routine clinical use in many laboratories and requires specific technologies, there are large body of evidence that, elevated level of EMPs or imbalance between EMPs originated from activated and apoptotic endothelial cells may have predictive value for patients with CHF. The editorial comments are addressed to discuss about the predictive value of EMPs in CHF patients.

Keywords: Endothelial-derived Microparticles; Heart Failure; Endothelial Dysfunction; Biomarker; Cardiovascular Remodelling; Tissue Repair
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) is a global medical problem that appears to be in close association with Cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality [1]. Endothelial Dysfunction (ED) resulting in microvascular endothelial cell inflammation is considered a key stone of initial development of CHF. Theoretically, ED might detect at early stage of CHF and even prior cardiac dysfunction that opens new dawn for screening of the vulnerable patients using biomarkers reflected vascular injury and ED [2,3]. Recent studies have been shown that Endothelial-Derived Microparticles (EMPs) are probably novel biological markers of early stage endothelial injury and vascular tone disorders that might be detected prior to, clinically appeared CHF [3-6].

EMPs are heterogeneous population of vesicles (diameter 50-1000 nm) that are released by cellular vesiculation and fission of the membrane of endothelial cells [7]. The triggers for the release of EMP into circulation are due to situational changes (physiological conditions, stress), micro environmental stimulation, coagulation / thrombosis, endotoxinemia, endothelial shear stress, growth factors, cytokines, ischemia and hypoxia [8]. Microparticles originated from activated and apoptotic derived endothelial cells play a pivotal role in intercellular information exchange through transfer of active molecules, microRNA, peptides, hormones, inflammatory factors and growth factors [9]. Elevated levels of apoptotic EMPs and low level of activated EMPs were frequently found in CV and metabolic diseases are closely associated with poor clinical outcomes [10]. Probably deficiency of proangiogenic EMPs and / or endothelial progenitor cells or coexisted elevated apoptotic derived EMPs might be considered as an impaired phenotype of circulating EMPs associated with poor prognosis, reflected a change in the apoptotic/reparative potential, being a putative indicator for vascular remodelling and endothelial dysfunction [11].

The difficulty of separating MPs from other types of cells, limits or efforts to extend actual cognitions in features affected biogenesis, secretion, and subsequent biological role of MPs. Current approach for measuring the MPs is based on the commonly used flow cytometry, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), Western blot analysis and electron microscopy. Unfortunately, all the above methods have crucial limitations regarding complicated assay and suffers from relatively low sensitivity and accuracy because of resolution problems occurring for the majority of commercially available flow cytometers [12]. Therefore, there are no standardized protocols regarding methods of isolation and analysis of MPs. Utilisation of flow cytometers specifically designed for analysis of MPs is probably to provide considerable methodological advantages and should be the preferable options [13]. In addition, problems with concentration limits of NTA measurements restrict the use of this method for clinical samples [14,15]. Western blot analysis and electron microscopy allows recognizing MPs depending on the determination of different markers and also represents a useful tool for examining particles. However, Western blot analysis and electron microscopy requires subsequent technical efforts and are much expensive [16]. Alternatively, recently recognized method for quantification and sizing of biological nanoparticlessurface plasmon resonance - based imaging microscopy (SPRi microscopy) might be significantly useful to resolve the majority of problems affected in MPs. As expected, simultaneous application of a high-sensitive fluorescent microscopy and SPRi microscopy should enhance the sensitivity and selectivity of a created biosensor platform [17,18].

A Highly Sensitive Fluorescent (HSF) microscopy also permits to detect individual sub-micro and nano-MPs. As compared with SPRi microscopy, this technique could provide higher detection sensitivity due to large fluorescence excitation and a high effective quantum yield of fluorescence. Therefore, there are at least four methods that are not commercially available: Raman micro-spectroscopy, micro nuclear magnetic resonance technique, small-angle X-ray scattering and anomalous smallangle X-ray scattering [19,20]. All these methods are currently being explored to assay MPs, while an incorporation of these techniques into routine analytical practice is probably addressed in future.

Although elevated level of apoptotic EMPs have demonstrated high predictive value for CHF development and clinical outcomes [21-24], the role of activated EMPs is still not clear. Probably CHF development is the result of both disease-specific and traditional cardiovascular risk factors contributed an imbalance between apoptotic-derived EMPs and activated EMPs forming impaired phenotype. Whether impaired phenotype is useful to predict acute heart failure in patients with hypertension, cardiomyopathies, Diabetes Mellitus, stable coronary artery disease and asymptomatic atherosclerosis is not clear. It has been postulated that exiting apoptotic phenotype of EMPs may discuss a phenotypic marker coexisting in other cardiovascular risk factors such as dyslipidemia, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. If this assumption is correct, EMP phenotyping is available for risk stratification among subjects in general population [25-28].

Future directions of clinical investigations regarding utility of EMPs as predictors of heart failure evolution, might open novel perspectives for personalization of the CHF care and probably incorporate serial measurements of EMPs in biomarker-guided therapy.

In conclusion, the contribution of EMPs in the pathogenesis of heart failure is close, impaired immune pattern of EMPs might be considered as a personalized marker of ED or vascular aging, while evidence of predictive value of this marker for CHF patients is limited.
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