Circulating HtrA2 as a novel biomarker for mitochondrial induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis and ischemia-reperfusion injury in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction Academic Article uri icon


  • Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) significantly contributes to overall myocardial damage. As a consequence of I/R injury in the heart, the high-temperature requirement protein A2 (HtrA2) is released from the mitochondrial intermembrane space of cardiomyocytes to the cytoplasm, whereupon it induces apoptosis.Serum was obtained from STEMI (n=37), non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) (n=20), stable coronary artery disease (CAD) (n=17) and patients with CAD excluded (n=9). In STEMI, I/R injury was assessed via measurement of ST-segment resolution.HtrA2 was significantly increased in STEMI compared to NSTEMI, stable CAD and patients with CAD excluded (981.3 (IQR: 543.5-1526.2)pg/mL vs. 494.5 (IQR: 413.8-607)pg/mL vs. 291 (IQR: 239-458.5)pg/mL vs. 692.2 (IQR: 276.6-964.7)pg/mL; p≤0.0001). STEMI patients with HtrA2 level of at least the median or above had a higher peak creatine kinase (CK) (p=0.0002) and cardiac troponin T levels (cTnT) (p=0.0019). Significantly more STEMI patients with HtrA2 levels of at least the median or above were identified as I/R injury (87% vs. 42%; p<0.0001). Serum HtrA2 demonstrated a superior area under a curve in a receiver operating characteristic analysis for predicting I/R injury compared to CK, creatine kinase myocardial-band (CK-MB) and cTnT levels (AUC=0.7105 vs. AUC=0.5632 vs. AUC=0.5660 vs. AUC=0.5407 respectively).HtrA2 shows promise as a novel potential biomarker for mitochondrial-induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis and may help to identify I/R injury after STEMI.


  • Hortmann, M
  • Robinson, S
  • Mohr, M
  • Haenel, D
  • Mauler, M
  • Stallmann, D
  • Reinoehl, J
  • Duerschmied, D
  • Peter, Karlheinz
  • Bode, C
  • Ahrens, I

publication date

  • 2017