Cell free DNA detected by a novel method in acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: High levels of circulating cell free DNA (CFD) have been associated with poor prognosis in various diseases. Data pertaining to CFD in acute myocardial infarction (MI) are scarce. The available data have been obtained by either electrophoresis or polymerase chain reaction. We evaluated a novel method for the detection of CFD in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and examined its correlation with established markers of necrosis and ventricular function. Methods: Serum concentrations of CFD, troponin-T and creatine kinase (CK) were measured simultaneously in 16 randomly selected acute STEMI patients upon admission and at three more time points. 47 healthy subjects served as a control group. CFD was quantified by a novel rapid fluorometric assay. Ejection fraction (EF) was assessed by echocardiography. Results: Peak CFD levels were …

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  • September 1, 2010