Serum oxidative/anti-oxidative stress balance is dysregulated in potentially pulmonary hypertensive patients with liver cirrhosis: A case control study

Masako Terao, Akinobu Takaki, Takayuki Maruyama, Hiroki Oe, Tetsuya Yasunaka, Naofumi Tamaki, Kazufumi Nakamura, Takaaki Tomofuji, Takahito Yagi, Hiroshi Sadamori, Yuzo Umeda, Susumu Shinoura, Ryuichi Yoshida, Kazuhiro Nouso, Daisuke Ekuni, Kazuko Koike, Fusao Ikeda, Hidenori Shiraha, Manabu Morita, Hiroshi ItoToshiyoshi Fujiwara, Kazuhide Yamamoto

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Objective Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is characterized by vascular dilatation and hyperdynamic circulation, while portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) is characterized by vasoconstriction with fibrous obliteration of the vascular bed. Vasoactive molecules such as nitric oxide (NO) are candidate factors for cirrhotic complications associated with these diseases. However, oxidative stress balance is not well characterized in HPS and POPH. The present objective is to investigate the oxidative stress and anti-oxidative stress balance and NO pathway balance in patients with potential HPS and POPH. Methods We recruited patients with decompensated cirrhosis (n=69) admitted to our hospital as liver transplantation candidates. Patients exhibiting partial pressure of oxygen lower than 80 mmHg and alveolararterial oxygen gradient (AaDO2) ≥15 mmHg were categorized as potentially having HPS (23 of 69 patients). Patients exhibiting a tricuspid regurgitation pressure gradient ≥25 mmHg were categorized as potentially having POPH (29 of 61 patients). Serum reactive oxygen metabolites were measured and anti-oxidative OXYadsorbent test (OXY) were performed, and the balance of these tests was defined as the oxidative index. The correlation between these values and the clinical characteristics of the patients were assessed in a crosssectional study. Results Potential HPS patients exhibited no correlation with oxidative stress markers. Potential POPH patients exhibited lower OXY (p=0.037) and higher oxidative index values (p=0.001). Additionally, the vascular NO synthase enzyme inhibiting protein, asymmetric dimethylarginine, was higher in potential POPH patients (p=0.049). The potential POPH patients exhibited elevated AaDO2, suggesting the presence of pulmonary shunting. Conclusion Potential POPH patients exhibited elevated oxidative stress with decreased anti-oxidative function accompanied by inhibited NO production. Anti-oxidants represent a candidate treatment for potential POPH patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2815-2826
Number of pages12
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2015


  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Oxidative stress
  • Portopulmonary syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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