Prognostic Value of Lymphocyte G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase-2 Protein Levels in Patients With Heart Failure
Rationale: Sympathetic nervous system (SNS) hyperactivity is associated with poor prognosis in patients with HF, yet routine assessment of SNS activation is not recommended for clinical practice. Myocardial G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) is up-regulated in heart failure (HF) patients, causing dysfunctional β-adrenergic receptor signaling. Importantly, myocardial GRK2 levels correlate with levels found in peripheral lymphocytes of HF patients.
Objective: The independent prognostic value of blood GRK2 measurements in HF patients has never been investigated, thus, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether lymphocyte GRK2 levels predict clinical outcome in HF patients.
Methods and Results: We prospectively studied 257 HF patients with mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 31.4±8.5%. At the time of enrollment, plasma norepinephrine, serum NT-proBNP and lymphocyte GRK2 levels, as well as clinical and instrumental variables were measured. The prognostic value of GRK2 to predict cardiovascular (CV) death and all-cause mortality was assessed using the Cox proportional hazard model including demographic, clinical, instrumental and laboratory data. Over a mean follow-up period of 37.5±20.2 months (range: 3-60 months) there were 102 CV deaths. Age, LVEF, NYHA class, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, N-terminal-pro Brain Natriuretic Peptide, and lymphocyte GRK2 protein levels were independent predictors of CV mortality in HF patients. GRK2 levels showed an additional prognostic and clinical value over demographic and clinical variables. The independent prognostic value of lymphocyte GRK2 levels was also confirmed for all-cause mortality.
Conclusions: Lymphocyte GRK2 protein levels can independently predict prognosis in patients with HF.
- G protein-coupled receptor kinases
- brain natriuretic peptide
- heart failure
- adrenergic receptor
- Received December 18, 2015.
- Revision received February 11, 2016.
- Accepted February 16, 2016.