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vol. 13
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The effect of antihypertensive treatment on arterial stiffness and serum concentration of selected matrix metalloproteinases

Marek Rajzer, Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Tomasz Kameczura, Agnieszka Olszanecka, Danuta Fedak, Michał Terlecki, Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Danuta Czarnecka

Arch Med Sci 2017; 13, 4: 760–770
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Introduction: The aim of the study was to assess the arterial stiffness and serum levels of selected metalloproteinases (MMPs) in hypertensive patients and their changes following antihypertensive therapy.

Material and methods: The study group consisted of 95 patients with essential arterial hypertension (HT) stage 1 or 2 (mean age 53.1 ±13.0 years). The control group consisted of 31 normotensives of the same age range. Hypertension patients were randomized to one of the following monotherapies for 6 months: quinapril, losartan, amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide or bisoprolol. Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) was measured using a Complior device. Serum concentrations of MMPs (proMMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-9) and plasma concentration of tissue inhibitor of MMPs (TIMP-1) were measured using ELISA.

Results: Pulse wave velocity and serum concentrations of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were higher in HT patients than in the control group. In HT patients PWV was significantly associated (R2 = 0.41) with age (B = 0.408, p = 0.00027), systolic blood pressure (SBP) (B = 0.441, p = 0.0011), and MMP-3 (B = 0.204, p = 0.0459). After six months of treatment, regardless of the agent used, we observed a significant decrease of PWV, SBP, MMP-2 and MMP-3 and an increase of TIMP-1 plasma concentration. The decrease of PWV was significantly associated with a decrease of SBP (R2 = 0.07, B = 0.260, p = 0.015) only.

Conclusions: In patients with arterial hypertension, beside age and systolic blood pressure, the determinants of arterial stiffness include serum MMP-3 concentration. For drugs compared in the study with the same hypotensive effect obtained, the arterial stiffness reduction effect is not dependent on the drug used. Systolic blood pressure is one of the independent factors responsible for the reduction of arterial stiffness in the course of antihypertensive treatment.

arterial hypertension, antihypertensive treatment, matrix metalloproteinases, arterial stiffness

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