Assessment of biomarkers of inflammation and premature atherosclerosis in adolescents with type-1 diabetes mellitus

Ghufran Babar, Mark Clements, Hongying Dai, Geetha Raghuveer

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Type-1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) causes endothelial dysfunction and early atherosclerosis, which can result in premature coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of glycemic control, vascular oxidative stress and inflammation on vascular health in adolescents with T1DM. This was a cross-sectional study in adolescents with age- A nd sex-matched T1DM who were ≥12 years and were at least 2 years post-diagnosis. Recruitment was balanced to include individuals with hemoglobin A 1c (HbA 1c ) ≤8.5% (n=27) or with HbA 1c ≥9.5% (n=25). Biomarkers of inflammation were measured in the blood including C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), E-selectin, fibrinogen and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). Carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) and peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) were assessed. Plasma E-selectin level was significantly different between the two groups with higher levels in the group with HbA 1c ≥9.5% (65.0±27.7 ng/mL vs. 48.8±21.5 ng/mL, p=0.02). Though cIMT and PAT were not significantly different between the groups, Pearson correlation showed a significant direct relationship between rising HbA 1c and mean right cIMT (p=0.02; r=0.37), PAT (p=0.03, r=0.31) and fibrinogen (p=0.03, r=0.03). Elevated E-selectin level is an early marker of oxidative stress in T1DM patients with an elevated HbA 1c level. Suboptimal glycemic control as evidenced by a rising HbA 1c causes early atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • biomarkers of inflammation
  • early atherosclerosis
  • type-1 diabetes
  • vascular complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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