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The Clinical Utility of Circulating Microparticles’ Measurement in Heart Failure Patients

Berezin AE*

Consultant of Therapeutic Unit, Internal Medicine Department, State Medical University of Zaporozhye, Ukraine

*Corresponding Author:
Berezin AE
Professor, MD, PhD
Consultant of Therapeutic Unit
Internal Medicine Department
State Medical University of Zaporozhye
26, Mayakovsky av, Zaporozhye, UA-69035, Ukraine
Tel: +380612894585
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Received Date: May 13, 2016; Accepted Date: May 26, 2016; Published Date: June 06, 2016

Citation: Berezin AE (2016) The Clinical Utility of Circulating Microparticles’ Measurement in Heart Failure Patients. J Vasc Med Surg 4:277. doi:10.4172/2329-6925.1000277

Copyright: © 2016 Berezin AE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Heart failure (HF) continues to have a sufficient impact on morbidity, mortality and disability in developed countries. Growing evidence supports the hypothesis that microparticles (MPs) might contribute to the pathogenesis of the HF development paling a pivotal role in the regulation of the endogenous repair system, thrombosis, coagulation, inflammation, immunity and metabolic memory phenomenon. Therefore, there is a large body of data clarifying the predictive value of MP numerous in circulation among subjects with HF. Although determination of MP signature is better than measurement of single MP circulating level, there is not yet closely confirmation that immune phenotype of cells produced MPs are important for HF prediction and development. The aim of the review: to summarize knowledge regarding the measurement of number of various MPs subsets in HF patients.


Heart failure; Microparticles; Diagnosis; Stratification; Prediction



BMI: Body Mass Index; BNP: Brain Natriuretic Peptide; CHF: Chronic Heart Failure; CV: Cardiovascular; EVs: Extracellular Vesicles; HF: Heart Failure; HFpEF: Chronic HF with Preserved Ejection Fraction; HFrEF: Chronic HF with Reduced Ejection Fraction; HSP: Heart Shock Protein; GFR: Glomerular Filtration Rate; hs-CRP: High Sensitive C-Reactive Protein; HDL-C: High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol; ICAM: Intracellular Adhesion Molecule; LDL-C: Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol; LVEF: Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction; MPs: Microparticles; MI: Myocardial Infarction; STEMI:ST: Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction; PGF: Placental Growth Factor; PLGA: Poly Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid; VCAM: Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule; VEGF: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor


Heart failure (HF) continues to have a sufficient impact on morbidity, mortality and disability in developed countries [1]. However, within last decades the prevalence of HF have been progressively decreased predominantly HF with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) [2]. In contrast, frequency of novel cases of HF with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) appears to be raised [3]. These changes in epidemiology of HF depend in particularly on the implementation of contemporary strategy regarding early diagnosis, prevention, treatment of HF [4], as well as resulting in effect of aging, sex, socioeconomic status and co-morbidities [5-8]. Nevertheless, male gender, current smoker status, increased highly sensitive troponin T, and previous myocardial infarction were associated with new onset HFrEF, whereas female gender, history of atrial fibrillation, increased urinary albumin excretion, and cystatin C were conferred new onset HFpEF [9]. However, higher age, obesity and increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) increased the risk for both HFpEF and HFrEF [9].

Although improving the management of HF remains a priority for health care services, the outcome of HF patients remains poor despite modern pharmacological and none-pharmacological therapies including established devices i.e. cardiac resynchronization therapy devices and implantable defibrillator/cardioverters [8,10]. Furthermore, the clinical outcomes of both phenotypes of HF have been occurred similar or at least not sufficiently distinguished [11] that is important challenge for contemporary medical care service.

There is growing awareness of the role of several predictive tools reflecting various pathophysiological stages of cardiac dysfunction development for risk stratification of the patients with both phenotypes of HF. Most studies have described the utility of biological markers in HF for diagnosis, prediction, and even biomarker-guided therapy, but by now natriuretic peptides, soluble ST2, galectin-3, and high sensitive cardiac specific troponins were validated only [4,12]. As expected, the routine use of biomarkers on diagnosis of HF might help to stratify the patients at higher risk of death and clinical outcomes. In fact, both 2012 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute and Chronic Heart Failure and 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association (ACCF/AHA) Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure are well accepted by many clinicians regarding diagnosis and prognosis of HFrEF. In contrast, diagnosis and prediction of HFpEF with biomarkers is still challenging for practitioners [13]. However, there was not a large body of evidence regarding perspectives to may provide clinically useful prognostic information both concerning the future risk of HFpEF/HFrEF manifestation in asymptomatic subjects, the risk of fatal events and primary/re-admissions in the hospital in individuals for those have already established symptomatic acute, acutely decompensated/advanced, and chronic stable HF related to ischemic and non-ischemic causes [14]. It is suggested that multi morbidity in HF may limit the diagnostic and predictive utility of biomarkers [15].

There are current available data regarding the role of cardiac remodeling, inflammation, thrombosis, worsening of endothelial integrity and endothelium injuries are common for HF onset and development beyond etiology [16,17]. Moreover, HF may closely associate with release of newly detectable circulating biomarkers currently called microparticles (MPs) [18,19]. The aim of the review: to summarize knowledge regarding the role of various MPs in diagnosis and prognosis of HF.

Definition, Classification, Structure and Regulation of Microparticles

MPs are defined a heterogeneous sub-population of extracellular vesicles (EVs) with diameter average from 100 to1000 nm originated from plasma membranes of mother’ cells. EVs are phospholipid-based endogenously produced particles (30-1000 nm in diameter), which contain cell-specific collections of proteins, glycoproteins, lipids, nucleic acids and other molecules. Abundant cells including cardiomyocites, blood cells, endothelial cells, immune cells, and even tumor cells are capable to secrete MPs of different size and compositions.

Depending on their origin EVs are graduated to follow subsets, i.e. the exosomes (30–100 nm in diameter), the microvesicles (50–1000 nm in diameter), ectosomes (100–350 nm in diameter), small-size MPs (<50 nm in diameter) known as membrane particles and apoptotic bodies (1-5 μm in diameter). The exosomes are formed by inward budding of the endosomal membrane and are released on the exocytosis of multivesicular bodies (MVBs) known as late endosomes, whereas the microvesicles are attributed via budding from plasma membranes [20]. However, the exosomes have been predominantly labeled in the case of immune cells (macrophages, T cells, B cells and dendritic cells) and tumor cells. Unlike the exosomes, the ectosomes are ubiquitous microvesicles assembled at and released from the plasma membrane [21].

MPs are released by cellular vesiculation and fission of the membrane of cells [22]. Under normal physiological condition a phospholipid bilayer of plasma membrane of cells represented phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylethanoalamine in inner leaflets, whereas phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin represent in the external leaflets. The asymmetrical distribution of phospholipids in the plasma membrane is supported by activity of three major intracellular ATP-dependent enzyme systems, i.e. flippase, floppase, and scramblase. Because aminophospholipids are negatively charged, but phospholipids exhibit neutral charge, the main role of intracellular enzyme systems is supporting electrochemical gradient. Both flippase and floppase belong to family of ATP-dependent phospholipid translocases.

The flippase translocates phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylethanoalamine from the external leaflets to the inner one. The floppase transports phospholipids in the opposite direction. Finally, scramblase being to Ca2+-dependent enzyme system exhibits unspecifically ability of moving of phospholipids between both leaflets of plasma membrane.

Importantly, disappearing of the asymmetrical phospholipid distribution in the bilayer of the cell membrane is considered a clue for vesiculation and forming of MPs. Indeed, both processes of apoptosis or cell activation are required asymmetry in phospholipid distribution that leads to cytoskeleton modifications, membrane budding and MPs release. The mechanisms of vesiculation affect genome and may mediate by some triggers including inflammation [23], while in some cases there is a spontaneous release of MPs from stable cells or due to injury from necrotic cells or from mechanically damaged cells. Particularly, the MPs are released in both constitutive and controlled manners, regulated by intercellular Ca2+ and Rab-GTP-ases and activation of μ-calpain. μ-Calpain is a Ca2+-dependent cytosolic enzyme belong to protease, which cleaves talin and α-actin, leading to decreased binding of integrins to the cytoskeleton and a reduction in cell adhesion and integrity. Finally, interaction of the actin and myosin is a main component for cytoskeleton modification that creates a contractile force and drives the formation of membrane MPs.

Recently MPs are considered a cargo for various molecules. Indeed, MPs carry proteins, RNA, micro-RNA, and DNA fragments from their cells of origin to other parts of the body via blood and other body fluids. Within last decade it has become to know that MPs would act as information transfer for target cells. However, the difference between innate mechanisms affected the release of MPs from stable cells, activated cells or apoptotic cells is yet not fully investigated and requires more studies.

The majority (more than 90%) of MPs in healthy controls are of platelet origin, whereas less than 10% originate from granulocytes and less than 5% from endothelial cells, red blood cells and monocytes [24]. Since all types of particles contain surface proteins derived from their cell of origin (including antigen-presenting cells), while there are additional biomarkers confirming origin of the MPs. The key features of several MP populations are reported in Table 1. Taking into consideration the difference between contents and umber of MPs various origin it has been suggested that signature of MPs might be used as potential biomarker of several disease, i.e. metabolic and CV disease including HF.

Types of MPs Markers Detection
Derived from resting or activated cells
  Granulocytes CD24+CD11c− CD66b/CD66acde Flow cytometry western blotting, mass spectrometry, electron microscopic technique, SPRi microscopy
Monocytes CD14
Microphages CD11b+ CD64+/− Ly6Clo
Endothelial cells CD144, CD62E
T cells CD4 or CD8
B cells CD20
Dendritic cells CD1a, CD14, CD141, CD80, CD85, CD86
ICAM(+) cells CD54
VCAM(+)cells CD106
Platelets CD41 and/or CD61
Erythrocytes CD235a, CD44, CD47, CD55, CFSE, annexin V and anti-glycophorin A
Derived from activated or tumor cells Annexin V binding, CD63, CD81, CD9, LAMP1 and TSG101 Flow cytometry, capture based assays
Derived from apoptotic cells Annexin V, DNA content, histones Flow cytometry

Table 1: Key features of MP populations.

Biological Role and Function of MPs

Microparticles have great potentiality in material science-based applications [25], while initially they were recognized as cell debris beyond any biological function. Developments of technologies that attenuate recognize, determination, and measurements of MPs obtained from various cells appear to be indispensable tool to clinical medicine [26]

Recent investigations have been shown that MPs as derivate of cellular membrane are discussed powerful paracrine regulators of target cell functions [27-29]. Indeed, MPs possess a wide spectrum of biological effects on intercellular communication by transferring different molecules (autoantigens, cytokines, mRNA, iRNA, hormones, tissue coagulation factors, and surface receptors) able to modulate other cells affected growth of tissue, reparation, vasculogenesis, inflammation, apoptosis, infection, and malignancy. However, MPs are not only cargo for biological active substances. Growing evidence supports the idea that regarding association between immune pattern of MPs originated from different cells (endothelial cells, mononuclears, dendritic cells, platelets) and nature evolution of various diseases including CV diseases, cancer, sepsis, eclampsia, autoimmune and metabolic states, etc. [30-33].

Mononuclear cell-derived MPs are involved in inflammation, blood coagulation, and thrombosis [34,35]. Mononuclears may generate pro-inflammatory MPs upon activation and apoptosis with a calcium-dependent and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinasedependent mechanisms resulting in impact of cytokines, bacterial products, P-selectin, histamine, catecholamines, angiotensin-II, cigarette smoking [36-40]. Furthermore, mononuclear cell-derived MPs may appear spontaneously beyond obvious cause in physiological state [39,40].

Circulating mononuclear cell-derived MP like RBCs-derived MPs may provide an additional pro-coagulant phospholipid surface enabling the assembly of the clotting enzymes complexes and thrombin generation [41,42]. It has noted the release or recruitment of pro-coagulant MPs at sites of endothelium injury or worsening of integrity through P-selectin pathway could be enhanced or triggered by tissue factor activity [43]. Converging evidences from experimental or clinical data highlight a role for MP harboring tissue factor in the initiation of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.

Additionally, their role in the regulation of lipid metabolism through peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) is exerted. Moreover, some PPAR-γ agonists have been linked to an increased risk of thrombotic diseases [44]. Interestingly, angiotensin II may up-regulate the generation of pro-coagulant MPs by human mononuclear cells that confirms a hypothesis about linking between the renin-angiotensin systems to thrombosis [45]. Therefore, there is evidence that elderly persons compared with young persons may have different patterns of expression of mononuclear cells derived MPs and pro-coagulant activity in stable condition and diseases [46].

In is well known that MPs appear to be found into circulation in response to many situational changes (physiological conditions, stress, laminar shear stress on endothelium) micro-environmental stimulation, coagulation/thrombosis, endotoxinemia, activated cells or those undergoing apoptosis, ischemic injury, hypoxia, and malignancy [47-49]. Optionally, it is well known that several haemodynamic conditions via laminar shear stress may stimulate a secretion of MPs from endothelial cells. There are some controversial in understanding of regulation in MPs’ secretion. There are data that confirm a close link between high endothelial shear stress and release of MPs from endothelial cells [50]. In opposite, an inverse association between number of endothelial cell-derived MPs in circulation and shear stress values was found [51]. Authors have suggested that increased release MPs following apoptosis of endothelial cells may be trigger of low laminar stress.

Thus, MPs depending on their origin, structure and inducers secretion might possess both physiological (cell-to-cell cooperation, regulation of endogenous reparation, angiogenesis) and pathological effects (promoting oxidative stress, vascular inflammation, coagulation, neovascularization).

Key mechanisms by which MPs may exert their biological functions on cells are shown Figure 1. Currently the role of MPs in pathogenesis of several diseases is elucidated and the numbers of studies devoted MPs-regulated processes in the CV diseases, rheumatic diseases, infections, are dramatically raised [51-54]. However, MPs play critical roles in almost all physiological events occurring in tissues and organs (Figure 2).


Figure 1: The key mechanisms of MP exertion on target cells.


Figure 1: The role of microparticles in physiological events occurring in tissues and orga

Because MPs formation and shedding involve reconstitution of cell membrane phospholipid structure, which contains pro-coagulant tissue factors, there is suggesting that MPs especially originating from RBCs may act ac inducers and regulators of coagulation. Indeed, erythrocytes actively shed phospholipid-bound MPs [54]. MPs originating from erythrocytes are naturally produced in vivo during normal aging processes or they have associated with a variety of pathophysiological conditions including hematology diseases (hemolysis, sickle cell disease and thalassemia), chronic kidney disease (IgA nephropathy), uremia, stroke, acute infections, sepsis, trauma, thrombosis/embolia, allograft dysfunction [55-60]. Therefore, erythrocytes-derived MPs may secrete ex vivo during cold storage of RBCs [61].

It has been defined that lipopolysaccharides, immune complexes, complement components, abnormal hemoglobin variants might lead to vesiculation, membrane instability, and loss of membrane asymmetry of erythrocytes with exposal of phosphatidylserine [55,56]. This potentiates thrombin generation resulting in activation of the coagulation cascade via the tenase and prothrombinase complexes responsible for subclinical phenotypes and increase of the atherothrombotic and CV risk [62]. However, there is serious controversial in understanding an ability of MPs derived from RBS, leukocytes, endothelial cells regulate coagulations cascade through generation of plasmin formation. Endothelial cell-derived and leukocyte-derived MPs provide the real support to plasminogen activator activity, whereas platelets-derived and RBCs-derived MPs do not contribute to the fibrinolytic activity of MPs isolated from peripheral blood [62]. Therefore, circulating erythrocyte-derived MPs exhibits procoagulant properties related to factor XI presentation on their surface [63]. Furthermore, complement activation on the RBCs leads to the shedding of erythrocytes-derived- MPs that may express complement and tissue factor thus promoting inflammation and thrombosis [64]. On the other hand, erythrocytesderived MPs present fibrinolytic activity mainly due to the presence of plasminogen on them [65].

Koshiar RL et al. [66] concluded that the erythrocyte-derived MP surface is suitable for the anticoagulant reactions of the protein C system, which is important to balance the initiation and propagation of coagulation in vivo. Therefore, extracellular protein-bound RNAs (such as microRNA) derived from RBCs-MPs may play a role in transfusion-related immunomodulation [54].

The microvesicular bodies released from antigen presenting cells, tumor cells, and macrophages. The primary role of many microvesicular bodies is as an intermediate in a general degradative lysosomal pathway. These can transfer miRNA, proteins and lipids between cells and they could be involved in transcription, immune modulation and angiogenesis [67].

Platelet MPs are resulting in activation, stress, or apoptosis of platelets like several types of nucleus cells. Platelet MPs a phospholipidbased structure and express in abundant functional receptors from platelet membranes, the pro-coagulant phosphatidylserine and probably complement. The main biological role of platelet-derived MP is regulating in hemostasis, thrombosis, cancer, and inflammation, however, they may act as promoters of tissue regeneration [68-71].

There is a large body of evidences regarding the role of plateletderived MPs a cargo tool of bioactive molecules (i.e. growth factors, other signaling molecules and micro-RNA), but they display mediating of the cellular environment with the vasculature and have an important vector function for the intercellular exchange of biological information [72].

Endothelial cells-derived MPs are released by inducer like angiotensin II, lipopolysaccharide, and hydrogen peroxide leading to the worsening of endothelial integrity, endothelial dysfunction, development and progression of microvascular inflammation [47]. All these processes relate to atherosclerosis, thrombosis, HF progression and lead to major CV events. However, there are multiple physiological pathways for endothelial cells-derived MPs generation like NADPH oxidase derived endothelial ROS formation, Rho kinase pathway, and mitogen-activated protein kinases.

Increasing evidence suggests that endothelial cells-derived MPs play an important role in the pathogenesis of CV disease, acting as a marker of damage, either exacerbating disease progression or triggering a repair response. Indeed, endothelial cells-derived MPs depending on their origin (apoptotic cells or shedding from activated endothelial cell) might have a different structure and produce controversial effects. MPs derived from apoptotic endothelial cells are capable of transferring biological information (regulating peptides, active molecules, hormones) or even genetic materials (micro-RNA, mRNA, and DNA), as well as proteins, lipid components, from one cell to another without direct cell-to-cell contact to maintain cell homeostasis [73]. Apoptotic MPs secreted by endothelial cells may be not only immune mediators, generating powerful signaling by the simultaneous receptor interaction, but they are discussed a marker of endothelial cell injury, coagulation/ thrombosis and vascular aging [74]. Contrary, EMPs derived from activated endothelial cells did not contain nuclear components and they may exhibit angiogenic properties and contribute to tissue protection [75-77]. It has been suggested that an ability of various cells to secrete MPs may depend on epigenetic modifications and that this cell phenotype alteration by cell-derived vesicles presents a new aspect for consideration of HF development [78]. In this context, it has been suggested that numbers and phenotype of endothelial cells-derived MPs have the potential biomarkers of CV disease.

Microparticles in Cardiovascular Disease

Numbers of circulating MPs originated from several cells are changed in patients with known CV disease including HF. However, focus of investigations is found in the field of MPs derived from blood cells and endothelial cells [79,80]. Their increased level in plasma is regarded as a biomarker of alteration in vascular function, coagulation, neovascularization resulting in shear stress, inflammation, direct cell injury, endothelium cell activation or apoptosis, and probably activated vascular reparation [18,19,23,47]. Recent studies have been shown that elevated level of blood cells-derived MPs was higher in the patients with CV disease compared with healthy individuals [79-84]. However, the role of MPs originated from blood cells and endothelial cells in CV diseases sufficiently distinguishes.

Erythrocytes-derived MPs

Although RBC-derived MPs are emerging entities found to play direct roles in coagulation, inflammation, and immunomodulation via interactions with other plasma cells, their role in the pathogenesis of CV disease including HF is not yet completed. There is evidence that erythrocyte-derived MPs are released from evolving growing thrombi into the distal perfusing blood in patients with acute myocardial infarction [85]. Therefore, elevated level of MPS originated from RBCs can be measured in peripheral blood. Investigators have concluded MPs derived from RBCs may constitute a novel systemic biomarker of ongoing thrombosis [85]. Probably, changes in the pattern of RBCsderived MP signature may associate with the developing of thromboocclusive vascular process in the coronary arteries of acute myocardial infarction patients [86].

Sansone R et al. [87] have been investigated the pattern of circulating MPs originated from wide spectrum of cells, i.e. erythrocytes, leukocytes, endothelial cells, platelets, in end-stage HF subjects with implanting left ventricular assist devices. Authors reported that increased red and white cell MPs, as well as and endothelial cellderived MPs and platelet-derived MPs were observed in subjects implantation of left ventricular assist devices. However, the mechanical support leads to significant improvements in microvascular perfusion, hemodynamics and decrease the circulating level of MPs irrespective their origin. No any advantages in measurement of RBCs-derived MPs in end-stage HF subjects with implanting left ventricular assist devices were found. Empana JP et al. [88] reported that number of erythrocyte (CD235a+)-derived MPs in patients with sudden cardiac death due to acute coronary occlusion was not differ subjects with stable coronary artery disease.

However, the abundant data indicate the causality role of elevated RBCs-derived MPs in C events resulting in hemoglobinopathies, blood transfer, and autoimmunity. Although the data confirming the role of RBCs-derived MPs in CV disease are very limited, quantification of MPs originated from RBCs may provide utility for identifying patients who are at increased risk of both thrombotic or CV events and would help to monitor response to therapy.

Leukocyte-derived MPs

The leukocyte-derived MPs were found in higher concentrations in the patients with acute coronary syndrome and STEMI, asymptomatic atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, HF [89-91]. The monocyte CD14(+) MPs were implicated in the modulation of the post-acute coronary syndrome reparative response to injury [90]. Morel O. et al. (2009) [91] have been investigated the levels and cellular origins of MPs within the occluded coronary artery of patients with STEMI treated by primary angioplasty. It has reported that the levels of leukocyte-derived CD11a(+) MPs, endothelial cell-derived CD105(+) MPs, and tissue factor (TF)-bearing MPs were significantly higher within the occluded coronary artery than in peripheral blood samples received from the patients with acute myocardial infarction [91]. Authors found that restoration of the epicardial blood flow led to a significant reduction of pro-coagulant CD11a(+) and CD105(+) MPs (p<0.05). Likewise, all these findings might clarify that the elevation of pro-coagulant MPs within the occluded coronary artery of patients with STEMI suggests their pathophysiological role in coronary atherothrombosis.

Petrini S et al. (2016) [92] suggested that leptin playing a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of metabolically active obese, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus may induce the shedding of pro-coagulant, tissue factor bearing MPs by peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Authors reported that leptin through increased intracellular calcium mobilization induced generation of pro-coagulant mononuclear cellsderived MPs linking obesity and atherothrombotic risk.

Overall, the leukocyte-derived MPs are considered a marker of cell injury, coagulation and inflammation. Whether MPs originate from stable and activated leukocytes are similar in their ability to damage of several tissue via direct and indirect mechanisms affecting interaction with other cells is not yet clear.

Platelet-derived MPs

Platelet-derived MPs are defined in higher concentration in patients with acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic uremic syndrome, and other thrombotic disorders. Interestingly, the level of platelet-derived MPs was not increased in obesity, diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, antiphospholipid syndrome, infection disease or sepsis [93]. Probably, this evidence might relate to the mechanisms regarding release of MPs from platelets. It has suggested that in various cases circulating platelets are likely to adhere to leukocytes or endothelial cells at the activation site and that the circulating platelet-derived MPs are likely to be a residue of activated platelets [94].

Although the importance of platelet-derived MPs in the pathogenesis of CV diseases is still debated [93-96], there are data regarding directly effect of platelet-derived MPs on formation of foam cells in atherosclerotic plaque [97]. Therefore, increased level of circulating platelet-derived MPs was found in older age individuals without CV disease, as well as in the younger individuals with high CV risk due to subclinical atherosclerosis [96] and patients with known CV diseases [97]. However, the fractions of platelet-derived MPs expressed P-selectin or CD63 were higher in the patients with peripheral arterial disease and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction [97] that confirmed the role of activated platelets-derived MPs in the pathogenesis of thrombus formation and platelet aggregations [98]. Moreover, beyond biomarkers of cell activation, platelets-derived MPs have functional effects on the development of damaged vessel wall-induced arterial thrombi and blood thrombogenicity on areas of arterial damage contributing to atherothrombotic events [99]. Michelsen et al. [100] have found the increased level of platelet-derived MPs in survivors of acute myocardial infarction correlated well with thrombosis and soluble CD40 ligand. Authors concluded that the independent association between large platelet-derived MPs and thrombin generation supports the concept that formation of plateletderived MPs is important for increased coagulation activation in acute myocardial infarction patients.

Interestingly, the platelet-derived MPs are discusses not only factor directly mediating endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis, but they contribute to vascular reparation following vascular injury acting via correspondence with endothelial progenitor cells [93]. Moreover, endothelial progenitor cells may consolidates their interaction with platelets under dynamic flow conditions through secretion of plateletderived MPs [97,99-102]. By now, it is known that platelet-derived MPs may interact with angiogenic early outgrowth cells in the context of vascular injury and modulate their regenerative potential [103]. Baj- Krzyworzeka M et al. [104] reported that platelet-derived MPs may modulate biological functions of hematopoietic cells and that they play an important but as yet not fully understood role in intercellular cross-talk in hematopoiesis and regeneration. Ohtsuka M et al. [105] have shown that platelet-derived MPs were reported to augment the re-endothelialization capacity of circulating angiogenic cells. All these support the hypothesis regarding angiopoetic capability of plateletsderived MPs [106].

Although the innate mechanisms regarding regulation of plateletderived MPs secretion and impact on target cells are not fully elucidated and required more investigations, increased content of platelet-derived MPs, even in normal blood conditions, may enhance vascular damage and thrombus formation. Finally, it is suggested that platelet-derived MPs may be considered a potential biological marker for vascular dysfunction and CV disease severity and may be implicated in the pathogenesis of coagulation abnormalities encountered in patients with known CV diseases and CV events.

Endothelial cells-derived MPs

The number of endothelial cells-derived MPs is widely considered a marker of endothelial dysfunction in CV diseases. Recent clinical studies have shown that numerous of CD31+/annexin V+ endothelial cells-derived MPs strongly correlate with endothelial function and CV outcomes in stable CAD patients [107,108]. Moreover, Huang et al. [109] reported that increased circulating CD31+/annexin V+ EMPs and decreased circulating EPCs predict target organ damage in hypertensive patients. The higher concentrations of endothelial-derived MPs have been found in patients with acute coronary syndrome, sudden cardiac death due to acute coronary occlusion and stable angina [89]. Moreover, number of endothelial-derived MP (CD42-CD31+) closely and inversaly relate to indexes of microvascular obstruction in acute myocardial infarction patients [110]. Yet, it has reported that patients with metabolic (obesity, metabolic syndrome and T2DM) and CV (stable coronary artery disease, asymptomatic atherosclerosis, acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, hypertension, HF) may have impaired ratio between number of apoptotic endothelial cells-derived MPs and MPs derived from activated endothelial cells [101,111]. This imbalance was predominantly associated with increased number of MPs derived from apoptotic endothelial cells and labeled as CD31+/annexin V+, whereas number of activated endothelial cellsderived MPs with the phenotype CD62E+ did not change or appeared to be tendency to decrease [112]. Indeed, elevated CD31+/annexin V+ to CD62E+ ratio was fond as indicator of impaired immune phenotype of endothelial cells-derived MPs, which allows determining pattern of MPs in CV disease patients [112]. This phenomenon was recognized as “impaired phenotype” of endothelial cells-derived MPs and it has related to cellular injury, inflammation, coagulation/thrombosis leading to vascular dysfunction and contributing to CV risk [111,113]. Finally, “impaired phenotype” of endothelial cells-derived MPs appearing as epigenetic reprogramming of mother’ cells play a pivotal role in the development of CV complications [113-115].

It has been suggested that not only endothelial cells that epigenetically transformed into “functionally incompetence cells” might produce wide spectrum of MPs, which may directly worse target cells. However, in HF patients the role of the endothelial cells-derived MPs is more profoundly investigated than MPs originated from other types of cells.

Although there was a skepticism regarding origin of imbalance in several poles of endothelial cells-derived MP in patients with obesity and diabetes, it has supposed that inflammatory cytokine and probably lipid abnormalities may consider a possible cause of predominantly immune phenotype of endothelial cells-derived MPs [116]. The skepticism is based on findings regarding a pivotal role of increased glucose level, inflammatory cytokine and lipid abnormalities in the development of impaired phenotypes seen in CV disease patients. Indeed, glucose toxicity and lipid toxicity are recognized as main contributors of metabolic memory affected epigenetic reprogramming of various types of progenitor cells.

By now, endothelial progenitor cells have been found as component of endogenous repair system, which mediates tissue repair including microvasculature and microvasculature damages [117]. There are current available data regarding that the endothelial cellsderived MPs interact with or enter different target cells from other tissues, altering their phenotype toward that of the cell releasing the vesicles [118,119]. Cells may be changed by direct interactions with microvesicles, transfer of cell surface receptors or directly epigenetic reprogramming via transcriptional regulators derived with circulating MPs [120,121]. Thus, endothelial cells-derived MPs are essential for cross-communication between cells and they may underlie the phenomenon of tissue reparation.involved in the cell-to-cell cooperation supporting mobbing and differentiation of the progenitor cells. Moreover, the dysfunction of progenitor cells has been recently described as an essential factor contributed to microvascular and microvascular complications in diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. In this context, “impaired phenotype” of endothelial cells-derived MPs is a link between CV risk factors and epigenetic reprogrammed progenitor cells [118,122]. Indeed, pattern of endothelial cells-derived MPs in HF patients has associated with well-recognized metabolic risk factors (i.g. insulin resistance, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction) beyond metabolic syndrome or T2DM [123-125] and probably “impaired phenotype” of endothelial cells-derived MPs could be predictor of CV events and HF development in general population and in patients at higher risk of CV diseases.

Obviously HF patients might have different endothelial cellsderived MP’ patterns contributing to the development of CV complications depending on the type of reprogramming of mother’ cells. Whether abnormal pattern of endothelial cells-derived MPs would be appeared prior to metabolic states manifestation or, in contrast, several metabolic states (i.e. diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity) are able to induce an imbalance between various endothelial cells-derived MPs via epigenetic reprogramming mechanisms affected matter’ cells secreting MPs is not still clear and requires more investigations.

Diagnostic and Predictive Value of Circulating Microparticles in Heart Failure

Signature of circulating MPs reflecting various stage of pathogenesis of HF could be a biomarker of HF development and progression, as well as a predictor of different phenotypes of HF, clinical outcomes and survival rate [126]. Bank IE et al. [127] believe that both MPscounts and MPs-content are associated with CV disease. Probably the identification of plasma MPs is a novel source of blood-based biomarkers with the potential to improve diagnosis and prognosis of CV events including HF.

Several MPs are detecting in this context, whereas endothelial cellsderived MPs appear to be more promised. The higher level of CD62+ MPs secreted from activated endothelial cells in the healthy subjects versus HF patients was related to rather endothelial dysfunction than endothelial cell injury [128]. We found that pattern of circulating endothelial cells-derived MPs in chronic HF patients has related to neurohumoral and inflammatory activation [129]. Moreover, we suggested that the patter recently described as “impaired phenotype” might have a predictive value in patients with HF irrespective HF phenotypes [130]. This phenomenon has defined as elevated levels of MPs derived from apoptotic endothelial cells and decreased level of CD62E+ MPs secreted by activated endothelial cells. We have been widely investigated this phenomenon in both HF phenotypes and in patients without known CV diseases and HF. Interestingly, that the results of our investigations have not exhibited any significance changes in CV comorbidities between HFrEF and HFpEF patients, probably due to similar molecular mechanisms that might lead to endothelial cell activation [131]. However, it has suggested that lack of sufficiently difference between co-morbidities’ presentation among HFrEF and HFpEF groups might express similar finding [132]. Interestingly, because of the number of existing CV risk factors is variable between HF patients, simple signature of MPs do not adequately describe vascular disease risk in all clinical conditions and, as such, the CV risk remains [121]. Indeed, elevated levels of circulating CD62e(+) endothelial cellderived MPs but not leukocytes-derived MPs in patients with cardiac dysfunction due to pulmonary hypertension prior to treatment are associated with adverse clinical events [132].

The concept of “impaired” phenotype as imbalance between factors originated endothelium with innate angiogenic and/or injury capacities directly contributed in the endothelial dysfunction and require further investigation because the molecular mechanism of their release into circulation still requires more elucidations [133]. Indeed, number of apoptotic MPs derived from endothelial cells alone and adjusted to number of mononuclear progenitor cells exhibited a higher predictive value for HF clinical outcomes than traditional biomarkers including NT-proBNP and galectin-3 [134]. Moreover, CD31+/annexin V+ endothelial cells-derived MPs to CD14+CD309+ cells ratio added to NT-proBNP, clinical data, and cardiovascular risk factors has exhibited the best discriminate value and higher reliability to predict HFpEF compared with NT-proBNP and clinical data/CV risk factors alone [131]. There were prompts to create novel predictive score based on measurement of circulating biomarkers including endothelial-derived MPs [135,136]. Thus, “impaired immune phenotype” of circulating endothelial-derived MPs became a novel biomarker of HF development and progression [137,138].


The interest of the scientific community in the role of MPs in HF development and progression has expanded rapidly over the last decades. MPs coordinate wide spectrum biological processes, i.e. angiogenesis, neovascularization, cell growth/differentiation, proliferation, coagulation, and they are involved in the epigenetic regulation of post-processing that is essential for phenotype modification, tissue repair, cell death, malignancy, and immunity. Numbers of circulating MPs derived from blood cells and endothelial cell, were found a marker of endothelial dysfunction and predictor of CV complications in dysmetabolic subjects including obesity and diabetes, as well as in individuals at higher risk of CV diseases and subjects with known CV disease including HF. Finally, using of MPs appears to be promised as diagnostic and predictive biomarker.


This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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