Recently, we reported that urinary 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine (U-8-OHdG), an oxidative stress marker, reflected inflammatory activity in cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). Here, we investigated whether U-8-OHdG levels were associated with ventricular tachycardia (VT) in patients with CS.Methods and Results—
This prospective cohort study enrolled 62 consecutive patients with CS, of whom 36 were diagnosed as having active CS based on abnormal 18F-flurodeoxyglucose accumulation in the heart on positron-emission tomography/computed tomography. The 36 patients with active CS were subdivided as having CS with sustained VT (CS-VT group; n=18) or CS without sustained VT (CS-nVT group; n=18). Twenty-seven patients diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy served as heart failure controls. U-8-OHdG, brain natriuretic peptide, cardiac function indices, and immunohistological data from subendomyocardial biopsy samples were compared across groups. Immunohistochemical examination of ventricle biopsy samples revealed that the anti-8-OHdG antibody-positive area of cardiac tissue was significantly greater in CS-VT than in CS-nVT or dilated cardiomyopathy and significantly correlated with U-8-OHdG levels (n=58; R=0.61; P<0.00001), which were significantly higher in CS-VT than in CS-nVT (24.6±7.1 versus 15.2±3.8 ng/mg·Cr; P<0.0001). Other baseline characteristics did not differ between the groups. Multivariate analysis indicated that U-8-OHdG was an independent determinant factor for VT. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis to identify patients with VT resulted in a U-8-OHdG cutoff value of 17.5 ng/mg·Cr (sensitivity, 89%; specificity, 83%; area under the curve, 0.90).Conclusions—
U-8-OHdG levels are associated with VT in patients with active CS diagnosed by 18F-flurodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography, providing additive and relevant information about the arrhythmia substrate.