Antibodies against malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde adducts can help identify patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm

Jeffrey S. Carson, Wanfen Xiong, Matthew Dale, Fang Yu, Michael J. Duryee, Daniel R Anderson, Geoffrey Milton Thiele, Bernard Timothy Baxter

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Objective Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a pathologic dilation of the aorta. Inflammation of the aortic wall has been shown to be involved in AAA formation. Malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) adducts are MAA/protein hybrids with immunogenic, proinflammatory, and profibrotic properties. Levels of MAA adducts are elevated in patients with coronary artery disease; however, the role of MAA adducts in AAA is unclear. We hypothesize that levels of circulating antibodies against MAA adducts are increased in patients with AAA. Methods Plasma samples were collected from mice and patients with AAA and control patients with atherosclerosis but not AAA. AAA was induced in mice by a standard CaCl2 protocol, with matching sham mice. Plasma levels of anti-MAA antibodies were quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results Patients with AAA exhibited higher levels of immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin A anti-MAA antibody subtypes (P =.049 and.026, respectively) compared with control patients. Conversely, immunoglobulin M anti-MAA antibodies in AAA patients were lower compared with control patients (P =.018). In CaCl2-treated mice, immunoglobulin G anti-MAA antibodies were elevated after AAA formation (P =.006). Conclusions The pattern of anti-MAA antibodies is able to distinguish between patients with AAA and patients with atherosclerosis but no AAA. These results demonstrate that MAA adducts are associated with AAA and suggest that they may play a role in either initiating or propagating chronic inflammation in AAA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-485
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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