Assessing Pulmonary Epithelial Damage in Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome: Challenging the Predominant Role of Vascular Endothelium through sRAGE as a Potential Biomarker

Meza-Fuentes, Gabriela; Lopez, Rene; Vial, Cecilia; Cortes, Lina Jimena; Retamal, Mauricio A.; Delgado, Iris; Vial, Pablo


Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome (HCPS) is a severe respiratory illness primarily associated with microvascular endothelial changes, particularly in the lungs. However, the role of the pulmonary epithelium in HCPS pathogenesis remains unclear. This study explores the potential of soluble Receptors for Advanced Glycation End-products (sRAGE) as a biomarker for assessing pulmonary epithelial damage in severe HCPS, challenging the prevailing view that endothelial dysfunction is the sole driver of this syndrome. We conducted a cross-sectional study on critically ill HCPS patients, categorizing them into mild HCPS, severe HCPS, and negative control groups. Plasma sRAGE levels were measured, revealing significant differences between the severe HCPS group and controls. Our findings suggest that sRAGE holds promise as an indicator of pulmonary epithelial injury in HCPS and may aid in tracking disease progression and guiding therapeutic strategies. This study brings clarity on the importance of investigating the pulmonary epithelium's role in HCPS pathogenesis, offering potential avenues for enhanced diagnostic precision and support in this critical public health concern.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:001095201500001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: VIRUSES-BASEL
Volumen: 15
Número: 10
Editorial: MDPI
Fecha de publicación: 2023


Notas: ISI