Plasma adrenomedullin and endothelin-1 concentration during low-dose dobutamine infusion: Relationship between pulmonary uptake and pulmonary vascular pressure/flow characteristics

Carmine Dario Vizza, Claudio Letizia, Roberto Badagliacca, Susanna Sciomer, Roberto Poscia, Giorgio Della Rocca, Carlo Iacoboni, De Luca Leonardo, Serena Quattrucci, Cotesta Dario, Petramala Luigi, Francesco Fedele

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Aim: To study the role of endothelin (ET-1) and adrenomedullin (AM) on pulmonary vascular pressure/flow characteristic (pulmonary arterial pressure/cardiac output (Pap/CO)) during low-dose dobutamine infusion. Methods: Case control study of 14 patients (12 men, 2 women) with severe lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD n = 5; cystic fibrosis, CF n = 9) and 5 control subjects (CTRL, 4 men, 1 woman). ET-1 and AM plasma levels in pulmonary artery (mixed venous blood, ven) and aorta or femoral artery (arterial, art), were measured at baseline and during dobutamine infusion (5-10-15 mcg kg- 1 min- 1). The Ppa/CO coordinates obtained at baseline and during dobutamina infusion for each patients were used to calculate the Slope and Intercept by linear regression analysis. Results: Baseline hemodynamics measurements were similar in the three groups with a trend towards a mild elevation in Ppa in CF group (Ppa mm Hg: CTRL 19 ± 3.5, COPD 19.4 ± 5.5, CF 22.7 ± 7.5). Baseline plasma ET-1(ET-1ven pg ml- 1: CTRL 13.9 ± 6.7, COPD 20.1 ± 14, CF 20.4 ± 7.1; ET-1art pg ml- 1: CTRL 16.7 ± 6.4, COPD 20.1 ± 11.7, CF 18.1 ± 3.9) and AM (AMven pg ml- 1: CTRL 15.8 ± 5, COPD 31.8 ± 17.6, CF 27.7 ± 7.6; AMart pg ml- 1: CTRL 15.9 ± 1.4, COPD 21.4 ± 3.8, CF 27 ± 7.6) showed a trend towards higher value among patients' groups compared to the controls. Baseline ET-1 pulmonary gradient did not show significant difference among the three groups as well AM pulmonary gradient. Dobutamine infusion caused a comparable increase of heart rate and CO in the three groups. Mean pulmonary pressure had a trend towards a greater increase in COPD and CF than in controls, consequently, pulmonary Pap/CO relationship showed a steeper slope in patients' groups (Slope mm Hg L- 1 min- 1: CTRL 0.9 ± 0.3, COPD 2.1 ± 0.8 p <0.02 vs. CTRL, CF 1.9 ± 0.9 p <0.03 vs CTRL). During dobutamine plasma ET-1 and AM showed a great individual variability resulting in no significant difference among groups. ET-1 pulmonary gradient showed a trend towards pulmonary uptake in patients' groups (ET-1art-ven pg min- 1: CTRL 2.7 ± 2.9, COPD-6.1 ± 7.8, CF - 4 ± 4.8) while AM pulmonary gradient did not show any particular pattern. During dobutamine ET-1 was significantly correlated to Pap/CO characteristics (Slope and ET-1ven, r = - 0.59, p <0.05; Slope and ET-1art-ven, r = - 0.60, p <0.05; Intercept and ET-1art-ven, r = 0.63, p <0.004), and ET-1art-ven was the only independent variable related to Slope and Intercept. Conclusions: In patients with moderate pulmonary vascular impairment, ET-1 pulmonary gradient, but not AM pulmonary gradient, is inversely correlated with pulmonary incremental resistance, suggesting a role of ET-1 in the regulation of pulmonary vascular resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalRegulatory Peptides
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 11 2006


  • Adrenomedullin
  • Dobutamine
  • End-stage pulmonary disease
  • Endothelin-1
  • Pulmonary hemodynamics
  • Pulmonary hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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