- Open Access
Decreased plasma concentrations of apolipoprotein M in sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndromes
Critical Care volume 16, Article number: R60 (2012)
Apolipoprotein M (apoM) is present in 5% of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles in plasma. It is a carrier of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), which is important for vascular barrier protection. The aim was to determine the plasma concentrations of apoM during sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and correlate them to levels of apolipoprotein A-I (apoA1), apolipoprotein B (apoB), HDL-, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol.
Plasma samples from patients with (1), severe sepsis with shock (n = 26); (2), severe sepsis without shock (n = 44); (3), sepsis (n = 100); (4), infections without SIRS (n = 43); and (5) SIRS without infection (n = 20) were analyzed. The concentrations of apoM, apoA1, and apoB were measured with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). Total, HDL-, and LDL-cholesterol concentrations were measured with a commercial HDL/LDL cholesterol test.
ApoM concentrations correlated negatively to acute-phase markers. Thus, apoM behaved as a negative acute-phase protein. Decreased values were observed in all patient groups (P < 0.0001), with the most drastic decreases observed in the severely sick patients. ApoM levels correlated strongly to those of apoA1, apoB, HDL, and LDL cholesterol. The HDL and LDL cholesterol levels were low in all patient groups, as compared with controls (P < 0.0001), in particular, HDL cholesterol. ApoA1 and apoB concentrations were low only in the more severely affected patients.
During sepsis and SIRS, the plasma concentrations of apoM decrease dramatically, the degree of decrease reflecting the severity of the disease. As a carrier for barrier-protective S1P in HDL, the decrease in apoM could contribute to the increased vascular leakage observed in sepsis and SIRS.
Apolipoprotein M (25 kDa) is associated mainly with HDL and, to a minor extent, with apoB-containing lipoproteins [1, 2]. It is anchored to the lipoprotein particles with a retained signal peptide [1, 3, 4]. Its normal plasma concentration is approximately 23 mg/L (0.9 μM). In normal plasma, it has been estimated that around 5% of HDL particles contain an apoM molecule . The plasma concentration of apoM correlates with the plasma levels of total, HDL, and LDL cholesterol . ApoM is a member of the lipocalin protein family, a group of proteins with a characteristic coffee filter-like structure and a hydrophobic binding pocket [2, 7]. The elucidation of the three-dimensional structure revealed that apoM has the ability to bind sphingosine-1-phospate (S1P), an important bioactive lipid mediator known to be associated with HDL [8–13]. In plasma, approximately 60% of S1P is bound to HDL, 5% to LDL, and the rest to albumin. ApoM is the protein in HDL that binds S1P, and it was recently shown that endothelium-protective effects of S1P are provided by S1P bound to the HDL-associated apoM .
S1P can activate five different G-protein-coupled receptors present on many different cells, and it is involved in regulation of many cellular functions, including migration, angiogenesis, adhesion, inflammation, and rearrangement of the cytoskeleton [10–13]. The concentration of S1P is higher in blood and lymph as compared with interstitial fluid (for example, in the lymphoid organs), and the S1P gradient is important for the trafficking of immune cells (for example, the egress of lymphocytes from the thymus and other lymphoid organs). S1P is also important for the cell-to-cell contacts of endothelium that regulate the basal barrier function and inflammation-induced vascular leak. In this context, it is noteworthy that the expression of apoM in both liver and kidney decreases during inflammation, which results in decreased plasma levels of apoM .
The acute-phase response (APR) can be triggered by infections or other causes of inflammation, such as tissue trauma, ischemic necrosis, and malignancies . The APR is characterized by increased concentrations of certain plasma proteins (for example, serum amyloid A (SAA), C-reactive protein (CRP), α1-antitrypsin, and fibrinogen), whereas others decrease, such as albumin and transferrin. These changes are caused by the influence of inflammatory cytokines on transcription factors that control the rate of synthesis of the different proteins. The lipid and lipoprotein profiles are dramatically changed during the APR [16–19]. The plasma concentrations of total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL cholesterol decrease, whereas triglyceride and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) levels increase. The plasma levels of apoA1 decrease during APR, and the protein composition of acute-phase HDL changes drastically, SAA becoming the dominating protein. HDL is part of the innate immune defense, being able to bind and neutralize lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an activity shared with the other lipoproteins. The LPS-binding activity of the lipoproteins increases during the acute-phase reaction because of the increased levels of LPS-binding protein (LBP) [20, 21]. SAA-containing HDL has a higher elimination rate than normal HDL, which adds to the efficiency of LPS elimination from circulation. Other important changes in HDL that affect the function of HDL include decreased levels of lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase (LCAT), cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP), and the antioxidant enzyme paraoxonase 1 (PON-1), whereas LBP and the activities of phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP) and platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) increase. As a result of these changes, the reverse cholesterol transport capacity of HDL decreases, and HDL loses its antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties [16–19, 22].
Sepsis, which causes a severe form of APR and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), is a leading cause of mortality in noncoronary intensive care units [23–26]. The yearly incidence is approximately three cases per 1,000 individuals, and the mortality is high. The severe forms of sepsis, which cause septic shock, result in severely decreased plasma levels of HDL cholesterol, apoA-1, apoC1, and CETP, and these factors have been suggested to be independent predictors of survival [27–32].
ApoM is a negative acute-phase protein that decreases during infection and inflammation . In a pilot study including six patients with sepsis, the plasma concentration of apoM, estimated by semiquantitative Western blotting, was found to be decreased to around 60%, as compared with the apoM levels after recovery . This observation called for a larger study of apoM in sepsis and SIRS. The aim of this study was to investigate the apoM concentration in plasma in a large cohort of patients with sepsis and SIRS. We report that the apoM plasma levels were drastically decreased in all patients, and a strong relation was seen between the decrease of apoM and the severity of the disease.
Materials and methods
The study cohort that included 232 patients was previously described in detail . In brief, the patients were recruited in a prospective study at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. The criteria for inclusion were fever (≥ 38°C) and a suspected infection, and only patients older than 18 years were included. Citrated plasma was collected within 12 hours after admission to the hospital. Healthy controls from the local blood bank (n = 97) served as controls. Patients and controls were not fasting at the time of blood collection.
The patients were judged by the SIRS criteria (that is, body temperature ≥ 38°C, white blood cell count (WBC) > 12 × 109/L or < 4 × 109/L, pulse rate > 90/minute, and respiratory rate > 20/minute , by significant hypotension, with a systolic blood pressure of < 90 mm Hg or a decrease of > 40 mm Hg from baseline, and by the presence or absence of organ failure, as well as the final diagnosis. Based on the criteria, the patients were divided into the following groups: (1), severe sepsis with shock (n = 26); (2), severe sepsis without shock (n = 44); (3), sepsis (n = 100); (4), infections without SIRS (n = 43); and (5) SIRS without infection (n = 20) .
Severe sepsis was defined as an infectious disease and at least two SIRS criteria, and the presence or development of hypotension and/or organ failure within 24 hours of the collection of the blood samples . Septic shock was severe sepsis with hypotension that required vasopressor support or a persistent hypotension for more than 1 hour despite adequate fluid resuscitation. Sepsis was defined as an infectious disease, at least two SIRS criteria, but no presence or development of organ failure. Infection was defined as an infectious disease without SIRS. SIRS without infections had at least two SIRS criteria and one of the following diseases: systemic vasculitis, cardiac failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, corticosteroid deficiency due to hypopituitarism, dehydration, or urine retention .
The ethics committee of Lund University approved the project protocol (number 790/2005), and informed consent was obtained from all patients or their close relatives.
Analysis of apoA1, apoB, and apoM
The ApoM ELISA was described previously . In brief, 96-well Costar plates (Corning, Inc., Lowell, MA, USA) were coated with a catching monoclonal apoM antibody (mAb 58) before blocking with a quenching solution. The samples were diluted in detergent-containing buffer and incubated overnight. The bound apoM was detected by using a biotinylated secondary apoM antibody (mAb 42) in combination with streptavidin-avidin-horseradish peroxidase and 1,2-phenylenediamine dihydrochloride (Dako, Glostrup, Denmark). The 490-nm absorbance was measured and compared with a plasma standard curve having known amounts of apoM.
ApoA1 and apoB also were measured with ELISA assays, which were similar in design to the apoM ELISA. For apoA1, a polyclonal antibody against apoA1 (Q0496; Dako) was used as catcher, whereas an apoA1 monoclonal antibody (mAb25) made in the laboratory was used as the detecting antibody. For apoB, a polyclonal antibody directed against apoB (Q0497; Dako) was used as a catcher, and an apoB monoclonal antibody (ACC-250319; Nordic Biosite, Täby, Sweden) was used as a detecting antibody.
Analysis of HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol
Plasma concentrations of HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol were measured with the combined HDL/LDL cholesterol kit (EHDL-100; Bioassay Systems, Hayward, CA, USA). The kit is based on a polyethylene glycol (PEG) precipitation in which HDL and LDL/VLDL are separated, and the cholesterol concentrations then were determined by using cholesterol esterase/cholesterol dehydrogenase reagent.
Nonparametric tests were used throughout the study. The Mann-Whitney U test was used for evaluating the difference between different groups, and the Spearman rank correlation coefficient, for evaluating correlations. For all tests, P < 0.05 was considered significant. Graphpad Prism 4.0 (Graphpad Software, La Jolla, CA, USA) was used for statistics.
The study included 232 patients with fever and suspected infection, of whom 26 were found to have severe sepsis with shock; 44 had severe sepsis without shock; 99 had sepsis; 43 had infections without SIRS; and 20 had SIRS without infections. Patient demographic details and diagnoses were presented elsewhere . Urinary tract infections and pneumonia were common, in particular in the sepsis groups, whereas upper respiratory infections dominated in patients without SIRS. The patients with noninfectious SIRS had various diseases (for example, vasculitis, cardiac failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, or pancreatitis). In the whole patient population, the mortality was 3.4%; in the severe-sepsis groups, it was 10%, and in the severe-sepsis group with shock, it was 19%.
HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol plasma concentrations
The plasma concentrations of total cholesterol and HDL and LDL cholesterol demonstrated similar patterns of variation between the five patient groups, with the most-pronounced decreases seen in patients with severe sepsis with shock, followed by the severe sepsis group without shock, and the patients with SIRS without infections (Figure 1). In all patient groups, the levels of total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol were highly significantly lower (P < 0.001) than in controls. In the most severely affected groups, the median cholesterol levels were > 50% of the corresponding levels of the controls (Table 1). It was noteworthy that in the group with severely sick patients with SIRS but without infections, the cholesterol levels were equally low or lower than the cholesterol levels of the most severely affected sepsis group.
ApoA1, ApoB, and apoM plasma concentrations
The plasma concentrations of apoA1, apoB, and apoM demonstrated a similar pattern of variation between the five patient groups (Figure 2). The most pronounced decreases were observed in patients with severe sepsis with shock, followed by the severe sepsis group without shock and the patients with SIRS without infections. ApoA1 levels were lowest in patients with severe sepsis with shock and also in the SIRS group without infections, and both groups were highly significantly different from the control group (P < 0.001) (Table 1). The apoA1 in the group having severe sepsis minus shock differed less from the apoA1 in controls, but the difference was still significant (P = 0.0127). ApoB levels were less affected and was significantly lower than controls only in patients with severe sepsis and shock (P < 0.001). The plasma levels of apoM in the five patient groups were all highly significantly lower than the apoM in controls (P < 0.001 for all groups). In the three sepsis groups, the lowest apoM levels were found in the group with severe sepsis and shock, followed by the severe sepsis group without shock and the sepsis group. The group with SIRS without infection also demonstrated very low apoM levels. ApoM levels in the patient group with infections without SIRS were also significantly lower than apoM levels in controls. Thus, among the apolipoproteins tested, apoM demonstrated the largest differences compared with the controls.
Correlations between apoM and other plasma analytes
Several other analytes were previously tested in this cohort of patients , and the correlation between the concentrations of apoM and these analytes were tested (Table 2). The strongest positive correlation was to apoA1 (r = 0.52; P < 0.001), to total cholesterol (r = 0.48; P < 0.0001), and to LDL cholesterol (r = 0.46; P < 0.0001). Lower, but significant correlations to apoB (r = 0.28; P < 0.0001) and HDL cholesterol (r = 0.24; P = 0.0014) were observed. Strong negative correlations to the acute-phase markers HBP (heparin-binding protein), procalcitonin, CRP, and IL-6 were observed.
Sepsis is associated with a strong acute-phase response resulting in pronounced changes in the concentrations of many plasma proteins [17, 18, 23, 26]. This also is true for the lipoproteins, which change in both lipid and protein content [16–19]. HDL is more affected by the acute-phase response than is LDL, with a drastic decrease in the content of cholesterol-esters and changes in protein composition. The concentrations of apoAI and apoAII decrease, and the acute-phase protein SAA increases to the extent that it can become the dominating protein in acute-phase HDL. HDL-associated enzymes PON-1, LCAT, and CETP decrease, and the changes in lipid and plasma composition affect the function of HDL, acute-phase HDL being less efficient in reverse cholesterol transport, in antioxidant, and in antiinflammatory activities. We now add to the list of major protein changes in HDL during the acute phase by describing the drastic decrease in apoM concentrations during the acute-phase response and SIRS, regardless of the causative factor.
Under normal conditions, the major part of apoM is associated with HDL [2, 5]. Recently, it was revealed that apoM is the carrier of S1P in HDL [8, 9]. S1P bound to apoM provides HDL with a number of vasculoprotective effects, which are mediated by S1P interacting with the S1P1 receptor on endothelium . This provides a tonic stimulus to the S1P1 receptor, which is important for the formation of endothelial adherens junctions that are crucial for the vascular barrier function . The drastic decrease in apoM plasma concentrations caused by the severe acute-phase response of sepsis presumably results in decreased S1P concentrations and, as a consequence, decreased barrier function. Increased vascular leakage is a hallmark of sepsis, and it is likely that the decrease in S1P-associated apoM would contribute to this. ApoM has also been shown to have antioxidant properties, protecting LDL against oxidative injury [5, 36]. This function of apoM is likely impaired during the sepsis, which would add to the decreased antioxidative capacity of HDL that is additionally caused by the decrease in PON-1 levels [16, 19].
The low plasma concentrations of apoM during sepsis are either the result of decreased transcription of the apoM gene or of the shortened half-life of apoM-containing lipoproteins. ApoM is expressed in the liver and kidney. Systemic inflammation induced by injection of LPS, zymosan, or turpentine into mice results in decreased apoM mRNA levels in both liver and kidney . Moreover, addition of TNF or IL-1 to Hep3B hepatoma cell cultures decreases apoM mRNA levels. These results are consistent with the conclusion that apoM is a negative acute-phase protein, the expression of which decreases during inflammatory conditions. The apoM gene transcription is under the control of multiple transcription factors. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 1α (HNF-1α), liver receptor homolog 1 (LRH-1), and Forkhead box A2 increase the expression of the apoM gene [37–39]. In this context, it is interesting to note that HNF-1α is downregulated by LPS during the acute-phase response . Moreover, it was recently demonstrated that members of the AP-1 family of proinflammatory transcription factors (c-Jun and JunB) compete with HNF-1α for binding to the same regulatory region in the apoM promotor . Increased c-Jun and JunB levels during the acute-phase response thus mediate decreased apoM gene transcription and synthesis of apoM. Similar mechanisms account for the decrease in apoA-II and possibly other apolipoproteins during the acute-phase response. Taken together, this suggests that the decrease in apoM levels during acute-phase reactions is mostly explained by decreased transcription of the apoM gene, in analogy to the actions of the other negative acute-phase apolipoproteins.
Acute-phase proteins are used clinically as markers of disease severity and as prognostic factors [23, 26]. Negative acute-phase proteins can be used in a similar manner, even though this is less commonly the case. Several studies have demonstrated that the magnitude of decrease of lipid and apolipoprotein levels has a predictive prognostic value in sepsis. Thus, very low levels of cholesterol fractions (HDL, LDL, and total), apoAI, apoC1, and CETP have been associated with poor survival [27–32]. The pronounced decrease in apoM levels in patients with severe sepsis, and also in those with SIRS without infection, suggests that apoM may be a useful marker for severity of disease and prognosis. In the present study, the mortality rate was low, and the power of the study was not sufficient to elucidate the predictive power of apoM plasma concentrations.
We find that, in response to severe sepsis and SIRS of other causes, the plasma levels of apoM demonstrate a decrease, which is more pronounced than those of apoAI and apoB. This suggests that the vasculoprotective effects of apoM and its ligand S1P decrease during the acute-phase response. It remains to be elucidated whether apoM and S1P levels have prognostic value and whether changes in apoM levels contribute to the pathogenesis of SIRS and septic shock.
apoM plasma concentrations are decreased in patients with sepsis, SIRS, and infections compared with controls
apoM behaves as a negative acute-phase protein
cholesterol ester transfer protein
enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase
platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase
phospholipid transfer protein
serum amyloid A protein
systemic inflammatory response syndrome
tumor necrosis factor
very low density lipoprotein
white blood cell count.
Dahlback B, Nielsen LB: Apolipoprotein M affecting lipid metabolism or just catching a ride with lipoproteins in the circulation? Cell Mol Life Sci 2009, 66: 559-564. 10.1007/s00018-009-8764-8
Xu N, Dahlback B: A novel human apolipoprotein (apoM). J Biol Chem 1999, 274: 31286-31290. 10.1074/jbc.274.44.31286
Axler O, Ahnstrom J, Dahlback B: Apolipoprotein M associates to lipoproteins through its retained signal peptide. FEBS Lett 2008, 582: 826-828. 10.1016/j.febslet.2008.02.007
Christoffersen C, Ahnstrom J, Axler O, Christensen EI, Dahlback B, Nielsen LB: The signal peptide anchors apolipoprotein M in plasma lipoproteins and prevents rapid clearance of apolipoprotein M from plasma. J Biol Chem 2008, 283: 18765-18772. 10.1074/jbc.M800695200
Christoffersen C, Nielsen LB, Axler O, Andersson A, Johnsen AH, Dahlback B: Isolation and characterization of human apolipoprotein M-containing lipoproteins. J Lipid Res 2006, 47: 1833-1843. 10.1194/jlr.M600055-JLR200
Axler O, Ahnstrom J, Dahlback B: An ELISA for apolipoprotein M reveals a strong correlation to total cholesterol in human plasma. J Lipid Res 2007, 48: 1772-1780. 10.1194/jlr.M700113-JLR200
Duan J, Dahlback B, Villoutreix BO: Proposed lipocalin fold for apolipoprotein M based on bioinformatics and site-directed mutagenesis. FEBS Lett 2001, 499: 127-132. 10.1016/S0014-5793(01)02544-3
Christoffersen C, Obinata H, Kumaraswamy SB, Galvani S, Ahnstrom J, Sevvana M, Egerer-Sieber C, Muller YA, Hla T, Nielsen LB, Dahlback B: Endothelium-protective sphingosine-1-phosphate provided by HDL-associated apolipoprotein M. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2011, 108: 9613-9618. 10.1073/pnas.1103187108
Sevvana M, Ahnstrom J, Egerer-Sieber C, Lange HA, Dahlback B, Muller YA: Serendipitous fatty acid binding reveals the structural determinants for ligand recognition in apolipoprotein M. J Mol Biol 2009, 393: 920-936. 10.1016/j.jmb.2009.08.071
Blaho VA, Hla T: Regulation of mammalian physiology, development, and disease by the sphingosine 1-phosphate and lysophosphatidic acid receptors. Chem Rev 2011, 111: 6299-6320. 10.1021/cr200273u
Brinkmann V: Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors in health and disease: mechanistic insights from gene deletion studies and reverse pharmacology. Pharmacol Ther 2007, 115: 84-105. 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2007.04.006
Rosen H, Gonzalez-Cabrera PJ, Sanna MG, Brown S: Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor signaling. Annu Rev Biochem 2009, 78: 743-768. 10.1146/annurev.biochem.78.072407.103733
Spiegel S, Milstien S: The outs and the ins of sphingosine-1-phosphate in immunity. Nat Rev Immunol 2011, 11: 403-415. 10.1038/nri2974
Feingold KR, Shigenaga JK, Chui LG, Moser A, Khovidhunkit W, Grunfeld C: Infection and inflammation decrease apolipoprotein M expression. Atherosclerosis 2008, 199: 19-26. 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2007.10.007
Gabay C, Kushner I: Acute-phase proteins and other systemic responses to inflammation. N Engl J Med 1999, 340: 448-454. 10.1056/NEJM199902113400607
Khovidhunkit W, Kim MS, Memon RA, Shigenaga JK, Moser AH, Feingold KR, Grunfeld C: Effects of infection and inflammation on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism: mechanisms and consequences to the host. J Lipid Res 2004, 45: 1169-1196. 10.1194/jlr.R300019-JLR200
Murch O, Collin M, Hinds CJ, Thiemermann C: Lipoproteins in inflammation and sepsis. I. Basic science. Intensive Care Med 2007, 33: 13-24. 10.1007/s00134-006-0432-y
Wendel M, Paul R, Heller AR: Lipoproteins in inflammation and sepsis. II. Clinical aspects. Intensive Care Med 2007, 33: 25-35. 10.1007/s00134-006-0433-x
Kontush A, Chapman MJ: Functionally defective high-density lipoprotein: a new therapeutic target at the crossroads of dyslipidemia, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Pharmacol Rev 2006, 58: 342-374. 10.1124/pr.58.3.1
Kitchens RL, Thompson PA, Munford RS, O'Keefe GE: Acute inflammation and infection maintain circulating phospholipid levels and enhance lipopolysaccharide binding to plasma lipoproteins. J Lipid Res 2003, 44: 2339-2348. 10.1194/jlr.M300228-JLR200
Levels JH, Lemaire LC, van den Ende AE, van Deventer SJ, van Lanschot JJ: Lipid composition and lipopolysaccharide binding capacity of lipoproteins in plasma and lymph of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome and multiple organ failure. Crit Care Med 2003, 31: 1647-1653. 10.1097/01.CCM.0000063260.07222.76
Navab M, Reddy ST, Van Lenten BJ, Fogelman AM: HDL and cardiovascular disease: atherogenic and atheroprotective mechanisms. Nat Rev Cardiol 2011, 8: 222-232. 10.1038/nrcardio.2010.222
Cohen J: The immunopathogenesis of sepsis. Nature 2002, 420: 885-891. 10.1038/nature01326
Dellinger RP, Levy MM, Carlet JM, Bion J, Parker MM, Jaeschke R, Reinhart K, Angus DC, Brun-Buisson C, Beale R, Calandra T, Dhainaut JF, Gerlach H, Harvey M, Marini JJ, Marshall J, Ranieri M, Ramsay G, Sevransky J, Thompson BT, Townsend S, Vender JS, Zimmerman JL, Vincent JL: Surviving Sepsis Campaign: international guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock: 2008. Intensive Care Med 2008, 34: 17-60. 10.1007/s00134-007-0934-2
Annane D, Bellissant E, Cavaillon JM: Septic shock. Lancet 2005, 365: 63-78. 10.1016/S0140-6736(04)17667-8
Hotchkiss RS, Karl IE: The pathophysiology and treatment of sepsis. N Engl J Med 2003, 348: 138-150. 10.1056/NEJMra021333
Barlage S, Gnewuch C, Liebisch G, Wolf Z, Audebert FX, Gluck T, Frohlich D, Kramer BK, Rothe G, Schmitz G: Changes in HDL-associated apolipoproteins relate to mortality in human sepsis and correlate to monocyte and platelet activation. Intensive Care Med 2009, 35: 1877-1885. 10.1007/s00134-009-1609-y
Berbee JF, van der Hoogt CC, de Haas CJ, van Kessel KP, Dallinga-Thie GM, Romijn JA, Havekes LM, van Leeuwen HJ, Rensen PC: Plasma apolipoprotein CI correlates with increased survival in patients with severe sepsis. Intensive Care Med 2008, 34: 907-911. 10.1007/s00134-008-1006-y
Chenaud C, Merlani PG, Roux-Lombard P, Burger D, Harbarth S, Luyasu S, Graf JD, Dayer JM, Ricou B: Low apolipoprotein A-I level at intensive care unit admission and systemic inflammatory response syndrome exacerbation. Crit Care Med 2004, 32: 632-637. 10.1097/01.CCM.0000114820.47460.0A
Chien JY, Jerng JS, Yu CJ, Yang PC: Low serum level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol is a poor prognostic factor for severe sepsis. Crit Care Med 2005, 33: 1688-1693. 10.1097/01.CCM.0000171183.79525.6B
Grion CM, Cardoso LT, Perazolo TF, Garcia AS, Barbosa DS, Morimoto HK, Matsuo T, Carrilho AJ: Lipoproteins and CETP levels as risk factors for severe sepsis in hospitalized patients. Eur J Clin Invest 2010, 40: 330-338. 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2010.02269.x
Vermont CL, den Brinker M, Kakeci N, de Kleijn ED, de Rijke YB, Joosten KF, de Groot R, Hazelzet JA: Serum lipids and disease severity in children with severe meningococcal sepsis. Crit Care Med 2005, 33: 1610-1615. 10.1097/01.CCM.0000171272.50888.AD
Linder A, Christensson B, Herwald H, Bjorck L, Akesson P: Heparin-binding protein: an early marker of circulatory failure in sepsis. Clin Infect Dis 2009, 49: 1044-1050. 10.1086/605563
Bone RC, Balk RA, Cerra FB, Dellinger RP, Fein AM, Knaus WA, Schein RM, Sibbald WJ: Definitions for sepsis and organ failure and guidelines for the use of innovative therapies in sepsis: the ACCP/SCCM Consensus Conference Committee, American College of Chest Physicians/Society of Critical Care Medicine. Chest 1992, 101: 1644-1655. 10.1378/chest.101.6.1644
Rodriguez C, Gonzalez-Diez M, Badimon L, Martinez-Gonzalez J: Sphingosine-1-phosphate: bioactive lipid that confers high-density lipoprotein with vasculoprotection mediated by nitric oxide and prostacyclin. Thromb Haemost 2009, 101: 665-673.
Elsoe S, Ahnstrom J, Christoffersen C, Hoofnagle AN, Plomgaard P, Heinecke JW, Binder CJ, Bjorkbacka H, Dahlback B, Nielsen LB: Apolipoprotein M binds oxidized phospholipids and increases the antioxidant effect of HDL. Atherosclerosis 2012, 221: 91-7. 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.11.031
Mosialou I, Krasagakis K, Kardassis D: Opposite regulation of the human apolipoprotein M gene by hepatocyte nuclear factor 1 and Jun transcription factors. J Biol Chem 2011, 286: 17259-17269. 10.1074/jbc.M110.200659
Mosialou I, Zannis VI, Kardassis D: Regulation of human apolipoprotein M gene expression by orphan and ligand-dependent nuclear receptors. J Biol Chem 2010, 285: 30719-30730. 10.1074/jbc.M110.131771
Richter S, Shih DQ, Pearson ER, Wolfrum C, Fajans SS, Hattersley AT, Stoffel M: Regulation of apolipoprotein M gene expression by MODY3 gene hepatocyte nuclear factor-1alpha: haploinsufficiency is associated with reduced serum apolipoprotein M levels. Diabetes 2003, 52: 2989-2995. 10.2337/diabetes.52.12.2989
Memon RA, Moser AH, Shigenaga JK, Grunfeld C, Feingold KR: In vivo and in vitro regulation of sterol 27-hydroxylase in the liver during the acute phase response: potential role of hepatocyte nuclear factor-1. J Biol Chem 2001, 276: 30118-30126. 10.1074/jbc.M102516200
The study was supported by grants from the Swedish government funds for clinical research (ALF), the Swedish Science Council (07143), the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation, Söderberg's Foundation, Anna-Greta Crafoord's foundation (fellowship to SBK), and Hansa Medical AB.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
SBK performed the ELISAs and the cholesterol measurements, assisted in analysis of the data, and wrote the first version of the manuscript. AL participated in the design of the clinical study, included and followed up patients, and assisted in analysis of the data and preparation of the manuscript. PÅ participated in the design of the clinical study, included and followed up patients, and assisted in analysis of the data and preparation of the manuscript. BD initiated the study of apoM in sepsis, supervised the experimental work, analyzed data, and wrote the final manuscript. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.
About this article
Cite this article
Kumaraswamy, S.B., Linder, A., Åkesson, P. et al. Decreased plasma concentrations of apolipoprotein M in sepsis and systemic inflammatory response syndromes. Crit Care 16, R60 (2012) doi:10.1186/cc11305
- Severe Sepsis
- Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
- S1P1 Receptor
- Sepsis Group
- Cholesterol Ester Transfer Protein