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Measuring serum aminoterminal type III procollagen peptide, 7S domain of type IV collagen, and cardiac troponin T in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and secondary cardiomyopathy
  1. Yukihito Satoa,
  2. Kazuaki Kataokaa,
  3. Akira Matsumorib,
  4. Shigetake Sasayamab,
  5. Tasuku Yamadaa,
  6. Haruyasu Itoa,
  7. Yoshiki Takatsua
  1. aDivision of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki Hospital, Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan, bDepartment of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  1. Dr Sato, Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki Hospital, 1-1-1 Higashidaimotsu-cho, Amagasaki, Hyogo 660, Japan.


Objective To identify new prognostic indicators in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and secondary cardiomyopathy.

Design and patients Serum concentrations of aminoterminal propeptides of type III procollagen and the 7S domain of type IV collagen (7S collagen)—which have recently been used as indicators of collagen matrix turnover in other diseases—and of cardiac troponin T were measured in 17 consecutive patients with DCM and in four patients with secondary cardiomyopathy (one associated with hyperthyroidism, two with chronic renal failure, one with amyloidosis), confirmed by endomyocardial biopsy. The correlation of these variables with short term prognosis was then assessed prospectively.

Results 11 of the patients were positive for type III procollagen, 7S collagen, or troponin T even though their creatine kinase concentrations were within the normal range. These patients had a poor short term prognosis (p < 0.001).

Conclusions Within the DCM and secondary cardiomyopathy groups, there was a subgroup of patients with raised concentrations of serum collagen and troponin T, for whom short term prognosis was poor. Although it is unclear whether these serum peptide levels reflect ongoing myocyte degeneration and interstitial fibrosis, they may serve as useful new prognostic indicators for cardiomyopathy.

  • troponin T
  • collagen
  • dilated cardiomyopathy

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