Endocan—A Novel Inflammatory Indicator in Newly Diagnosed Patients With Hypertension: A Pilot Study

Balta, Sevket; Mikhailidis, Dimitri P.; Demirkol, Sait; Ozturk, Cengiz; Kurtoglu, Ertugrul; Demir, Mustafa; Celik, Turgay; Turker, Turker; Iyisoy, Atila
October 2014
Angiology;Oct2014, Vol. 65 Issue 9, p773
Academic Journal
Endothelial dysfunction is regarded as the initial lesion in the development of atherosclerosis. Endocan, previously called endothelial cell–specific molecule 1 (ESM-1), is a new candidate immunoinflammatory marker that may be associated with cardiometabolic risk factors. Therefore, we assessed serum levels of endocan in newly diagnosed patients with untreated essential hypertension (HT). A total of 18 patients with HT and 23 normotensive control participants were included in the study. Serum endocan levels, carotid intima–media thickness (cIMT), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) were measured. Serum endocan levels were significantly higher in the HT group (P < .001). In patients with HT, serum endocan levels correlated positively with cIMT and hsCRP (r = .551, P < .001 and r = .644, P < .001, respectively). Our findings suggest that circulating endocan levels represent a new marker in patients with essential HT. Endocan may be a surrogate endothelial dysfunction marker and may have a functional role in endothelium-dependent pathological disorders.


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