Elevated circulating IL-32 presents a poor prognostic outcome in patients with heart failure after myocardial infarction

Wanling Xuan, Weixing Huang, Ruijie Wang, Chang Chen, Yequn Chen, Yan Wang, Xuerui Tan

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Background Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is a newly discovered proinflammatory cytokine. However, there are limited data regarding IL-32 as a biomarker for heart failure (HF). In this study, we assessed the prognostic value of IL-32 in patients with chronic HF after myocardial infarction (MI). Methods and results Over a period of 1.8 years, we prospectively enrolled 100 patients with chronic HF after MI. IL-32, NT-proBNP, Matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9), procollagen type I (PI) and type III (PIII) were measured at baseline. Study endpoint was adverse cardiac events. High IL-32 levels were associated with numerous factors that are related to deteriorate cardiac function and cardiac fibrosis. Strong expression of IL-32 was detected in human cardiomyocytes from HF tissue. ROC curve revealed the area under the curve of IL-32 for predicting negative outcome of HF was 0.72 (95% CI: 0.60–0.83, P < 0.01). Kaplan–Meier statistics showed that the risk of adverse cardiac event was 5.75 fold (hazard ratio 5.75, 95% CI 1.53–21.58, P = 0.009), which increased in the highest quartile (> 296 pg/mL). Cox regression analysis revealed IL-32 was an independent predictor for cardiac events (hazard ratio 2.78, 95% CI 1.02–7.57, P = 0.046). Recombinant IL-32 significantly exacerbated infarct size in a mouse model of MI. IL-32 upregulated expression of MMP-9, PIII and transforming growth factor beta in rat fibroblasts. Conclusion IL-32 might be a novel predictor of adverse cardiac event in patients with HF after MI. The pro-fibrotic effect of IL-32 may contribute to adverse cardiac remodeling and progression to HF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
StatePublished - Sep 15 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Fibrosis
  • Heart failure
  • Interleukin-32
  • Myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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