ISSN: 2455-2976
Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiology
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Relation of hs-CRP and Glycogen phosphorylase BB in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients

Neelima singh1, Chanchal Garg2*, Puneet Rastogi3, Rakesh Shah4, Vedika Rathore5, Roshan Kumar Mahat6 and Prerna Vyas Gokhle7

1Professor and Vice- Chancellor of Kota University, Kota, India
2PhD Scholar, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, India
3Professor and HOD of Cardiology, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, India
4PhD Scholar, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, India
5Assistant Professor, S.S. Medical College, Rewa, India
6Assistant Professor, Govt. medical college, Baripada, India
7PhD Scholar, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior, India
*Corresponding author:Chanchal Garg, PhD Scholar, Biochemistry, G.R.Medical College, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel: 7415407035; E-mail:
Received: 05 August, 2020 | Accepted: 29 August, 2020 | Published: 31 August, 2020
Keywords: Acute myocardial infarction; Inflammation; Glycogen phosphorylase BB; Hs-CRP

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Singh N, Garg C, Rastogi P, Shah R, Rathore V, et al. (2020) Relation of hs-CRP and Glycogen phosphorylase BB in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients. J Cardiovasc Med Cardiol 7(3): 272-275. DOI: 10.17352/2455-2976.000151

Background:Inflammation has important role in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infraction and hs-CRP is an inflammatory marker. GPBB is a marker of myocardial necrosis or myocardial ischemia i.e. the initial phase of AMI. The aim of this study was to know the levels of GPB and the relation between hs-CRP and GPBB in AMI patients.

Materials & methods: This study was conducted in the Cardiology of J.A. Hospital and Department of biochemistry, G.R. Medical College, Gwalior. Patients were admitted with severe chest pain out of which 100 were included in this study. 50 normal healthy individuals were also selected. Blood samples were collected at the admission time for the analysis of hs-CRP and GPBB. All patients underwent thorough clinical examination and investigations. Estimation of GPBB and hs-CRP were done by ELISA method and other routine parameters done by enzymatic method.

Results: The mean level of GPBB in patients was 46.92ng/mL while in controls it was 13.88ng/mL. The mean level of hs-CRP in patients was 4.38mg/L while in controls it was 1.34mg/L. There was highly significant difference of GPBB and hs-CRP in control group and AMI group. The finding of results showed that hs-CRP and GPBB was positively correlated. The levels of FBG, Triglyceride, Cholesterol, LDL, and VLDL were significantly increased and HDL was decreased in AMI group when compare controls.

Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that there was positive correlation of hs-CRP and GPBB in AMI patients. So along with GPBB, hs-CRP is also additional marker of myocardial ischemia and AMI.


Acute Myocardial Infraction (AMI) is a severe condition in which inadequate supply of blood and oxygen to a portion of the myocardium tissue. It typically occurs an imbalance between myocardial oxygen supply and demand. The most common cause of this is atherosclerosis. It is because a regional reduction myocardial blood flow and inadequate perfusion of the myocardium supplied [1]. The fourth universal definition of MI is based on elevated high sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn). The criteria for the detection of MI increased hs-cTn with at least one of these: symptoms of acute myocardial ischemia, new ECG changes or development of pathological Q waves [2]. But, the clinical applications of cTn still have certain limitations because the rise of hs-cTn occurs after 4 hours following the onset of myocardial injury, this may not deserve in early diagnosis of MI within first 1-2 hours. With the development of hs-cTn analysis, diagnostic sensitivity has been further improved; however, specificity is relatively reduced [3]. Myoglobin is an early and sensitive marker it starts to rise in the blood 2 hour after following onset of myocardial necrosis but the specificity for the diagnosis MI to some extent [4]. Other marker CK-MB that is specific and starts to elevate within 3–4 hour after onset of myocardial injury but sensitivity is not higher [5,6]. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a plasma protein that participates in the acute systemic response to inflammation and its plasma concentration increases during inflammatory states and hs-CRP is a sensitive indicator of inflammation which is closely related to plaque formation and is an independent prognostic marker in patients with ACS [7,8]. Several studies have also reported that hs-CRP was a diagnostic biomarker for AMI and could potentially reflect the extent of myocardial injury in STEMI [4,9]. So we need to a better marker for early detection that sensitivity and specificity should be high and decline these limitations. It also seemed that a single biomarker could not possibly provide sufficient sensitivity and specificity in diagnosis and prognosis of MI. A multi biomarker approach may enhance the early diagnostic value and provide more information for the early risk stratification of MI. Here, we reported a biomarker, i.e. Glycogen Phosphorylase BB or GPBB, which may possibly play important roles in MI.

GPBB is an isoenzyme of glycogen phosphorylase. It is highly expressed in heart and brain tissues and is responsible for energy production during muscle contraction. It has an essen­tial role in the process of glycogenolysis. During myocardial ischemia, GPBB accelerates glycogenolysis for anaerobic glycolysis. It can be detached from glycogen and released into the plasma when cell mem­brane permeability increases following myocardial ischemic insult. GPBB is very sensitive as its plasma concentration usu­ally increases within 1–4 h after AMI, making it comparable to Myoglobin in terms of sensitivity. Previously, large amounts of evi­dence showed that GPBB could be a promising biomarker for myocardial infarction [10-12]. However, few studies have focused on the diagnostic performance of circulating GPBB levels in patients of MI. In this study we investigated the diagnostic value of GPBB and correlate it with hs-CRP in detection of AMI.

Materials and methods

The study population was constituted by two groups: Control group and AMI group. In healthy control group were 50 clinically healthy subjects for routine physical examination in outpatient department. In AMI group a total of 100 cases that had sudden chest pain and admitted in CCU, Department of Cardiology, JAH hospital, Gwalior. This is the case control study in which all subjects in these two groups were matched for age and gender, respectively. After admission, clinical data were collected and documented for all patients, including sex, age, presence of hypertension, diabetes, drinker, smoker etc. Venous blood samples were obtained at admission for AMI group and in the next morning after at least 8 h of fasting condition. For control group fasting blood sample were taken. Biochemical tests to determine the levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), creatine kinase MB (CK-MB), glycogen phosphorylase BB (GPBB) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were performed. Fasting blood glucose (FBG) was determined using hexokinase method, and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level was assessed by high-performance liquid chromatography method. The plasma lipid and lipoprotein, including TC, TG, HDL-C, LDL-C, were detected by enzymatic method. The concentration of the GPBB and hs-CRP were measured using an enzyme-linked immune-sorbent assay (ELISA) kit method. Standard 12-lead ECGs finding was also collected. All patients recruited in the current study provided written informed consent. This study was approved by the Ethical Committee of G.R. Medical College.

Statistical analysis

The data were analyzed by the software program Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 20, Chicago). Descriptive characteristics and the lipid profile of the study patients were calculated as mean ± SD values. Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Shapiro-Wilk tests were used to see that data is following normal distribution. Student’s t-test was used to assess differences in age, BP, BMI, RBG, HbA1c, TG, TC, HDL, LDL, hs-CRP and GPBB. Relationship of hs-CRP levels with cardiac enzyme i.e. GPBB was determined by Spearman’s correlation analysis. Linear regression analysis was also performed to see the predictive relationship between hs-CRP with GPBB in AMI patients. The difference was considered statistically significant at P < 0.05.


150 subjects were included in the present study. Of these, 100 were in AMI group and rests 100 were healthy group. The baseline characteristics showed in Table I. The demographic characteristics such as age, sex were not significantly different among the two groups. The mean level of hs-CRP was significantly higher in AMI group (p<0.001) as well as GPBB level was also found to be higher and statistically significant when compare with control group. The table II shows Spearman’s correlation analysis in which hs-CRP levels correlated significantly with GPBB. So, linear regression analysis was performed to see the relationship between hs-CRP and GPBB in AMI group. There was a significant predictive positive relation of hs-CRP with GPBB.


There were many different studies that showed the role and diagnostic value of hs-CRP and GPBB in separate but in very few studies it show together. In the current study we investigate the diagnostic value to GPBB and find out the correlation of GPBB with hs-CRP in AMI patients. In our finding we get the highly increase level of GPBB in AMI group when we compare it with control group (44.36±18.54). It is statistically significant (<0.001) GPBB is very sensitive as its plasma concentration usu­ally increases within 1–4 h after AMI. In the recent Singh et al (2018) study this cardiac marker and concluded that GPBB is the highly sensitive marker and it can be used as additional biomarker for the early diagnosis of AMI [13]. Cubranic, et al. [14], Bozkurt, et al. [15] and Serdar et al found in their study that GPBB was the most efficient marker when compare with other cardiac markers in early diagnostic of AMI [16]. Lillpopp et al in 2012 measured the GPBB levels in patients of AMI and found that GPBB is valuable in improving the mid-term prognosis in these patients [17]. GPBB is very sensitive as its plasma concentration usu­ally increases within 1–4 h after myocardial ischemia; In 2005 Peetz, et al. studied higher no. of plasma sample with time interval to find out the sensitivity and specificity of the GPBB in AMI patients [18].

The hs-CRP is a chemotactic factor inside fibrinogen, and fibrinogen could make mac­rophages adhere to the endothelial surface, which would then migrate into the intima, thus promoting plaque rupture and vasoconstriction. Therefore, the elevation of hs-CRP levels in ACS, as instability markers of atherosclerotic lesions, can prompt the coronary plaque insta­bility. There is a large amount of hs-CRP deposition in human early coronary plaque, and the binding of hs-CRP and lipoprotein could activate the complementary system via the classical pathway, resulting in a large number of terminal attack complexes, leading to intimal injury and even plaque rupture [19,20]. In our study we found significantly increased level of hs-CRP in AMI group. In 2017 Acharya et al found that serum hs-CRP levels is elevated not only in patients with AMI but also in patients of UA and concluded that hs-CRP estimation may be used for diagnostic and prognostic marker in MI patients [21]. In 2016 Bhasha et al concluded that hs-CRP can play a role in early identification of MI and can also be used as a confirmatory indicator in post MI patients [22]. Badiger RH et al showed that the raised hs-CRP level in the majority of patients with AMI suggests involvement of inflammation in the etiopathogenesis of MI and has prognostic utility in AMI. Higher the serum hs-CRP levels on admission in patients of AMI the more the patient is prone for developing complications during their hospital [23].

When we were correlated the results of hs-CRP and GPBB then we found significant positive correlation between hs-CRP and GPBB in the AMI group patients. hs- CRP level is a significant predictor of standard markers for myocardial damage and it may be a useful prognostic marker in acute coronary syndromes [24]. Recently Rathore et al correlated the GPBB and CRP and found the positive correlation between CRP and GPBB in AMI indicates that there occurs inflammation in acute myocardial infarction patients [25].


Our results demonstrate that there was positive correlation of hs-CRP and GPBB in AMI patients. So along with GPBB, hs-CRP is also additional marker of myocardial ischemia and AMI.

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