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Persistently high circulating tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 levels in non-survivor brain trauma injury patients

Jun 1, 2019 | Magazine: Journal of Critical Care

Leonardo Lorente, María M Martín, Luis Ramos, Mónica Argueso, Juan J Cáceres, Jordi Solé-Violán, Alejandro Jiménez, Juan M Borreguero-León, Agustín F González-Rivero, Josune Orbe, José A Rodríguez, José A Páramo

Purpose: Previously, higher circulating levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1 were reported in the first hours after TBI in blood samples from patients with poor prognosis. Thus, the objectives of this study were to determine whether MMP-9 and TIMP-1 levels during the first week of a severe TBI could be used as biomarker predictive of mortality.

Methods: We included patients with severe TBI (defined as Glasgow Coma Scale lower than 9), and with Injury Severity Score in non-cranial aspects lower than 9. We determined serum concentrations of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 at days 1, 4 and 8 of TBI.

Results: TIMP-1 concentrations at days 1 (p < .001), 4 (p = .001), and 8 (p = .01) of TBI were higher in non-surviving (n = 34) than in surviving (n = 90) patients. ROC curve analyses showed an area under curve of TIMP-1 concentrations at days 1, 4, and 8 of TBI to predict 30-day mortality of 78% (p < .001), 76% (p < .001) and 71% (p = .02) respectively.

Conclusions: The most relevant new findings of our study were that TIMP-1 levels during the first week of a severe TBI were higher in non-surviving than in surviving patients and that could be used as biomarker predictive of mortality.

CITATION  J Crit Care. 2019 Jun;51:117-121. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.02.014. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

Our authors

Dr. Josune Orbe Lopategui
Dr. José Antonio Rodríguez García
Research Associate Atherothrombosis Research Group