The synergic association of hs-CRP and serum amyloid P component in predicting all-cause mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes

Maria Giovanna Scarale, Massimiliano Copetti, Monia Garofolo, Andrea Fontana, Lucia Salvemini, Salvatore de Cosmo, Olga Lamacchia, Giuseppe Penno, Vincenzo Trischitta, Claudia Menzaghi

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OBJECTIVE Type 2 diabetes is characterized by increased death rate. In order to tackle this dramatic event, it becomes essential to discover novel biomarkers capable of identifying high-risk patients to be exposed to more aggressive preventive and treatment strategies. hs-CRP and serum amyloid P component (SAP) are two acute-phase inflammation proteins, which interact physically and share structural and functional features. We investigated their combined role in associating with and improving prediction of mortality in type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Four cohorts comprising 2,499 patients with diabetes (643 all-cause deaths) were analyzed. The improvement of mortality prediction was addressed using two well-established prediction models, namely, EstimatioN oF mORtality risk in type 2 diabetiC patiEnts (ENFORCE) and Risk Equations for Complications of Type 2 Diabetes (RECODe). RESULTS Both hs-CRP and SAP were independently associated with all-cause mortality (hazard ratios [HRs] [95% CIs]: 1.46 [1.34–1.58] [P < 0.001] and 0.82 [0.76–0.89] [P < 0.001], respectively). Patients with SAP £33 mg/L were at increased risk of death versus those with SAP >33 mg/L only if hs-CRP was relatively high (>2 mg/L) (HR 1.96 [95% CI 1.52–2.54] [P < 0.001] and 1.20 [0.91–1.57] [P 5 0.20] in hs-CRP >2 and £2 mg/L subgroups, respectively; hs-CRP-by-SAP strata interaction P < 0.001). The addition of hs-CRP and SAP significantly (all P < 0.05) improved several discrimination and reclassification measures of both ENFORCE and RECODe all-cause mortality prediction models. CONCLUSIONS In type 2 diabetes, hs-CRP and SAP show opposite and synergic associations with all-cause mortality. The use of both markers, possibly in combination with others yet to be unraveled, might improve the ability to predict the risk of death in the real-life setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1032
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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