Thrombus NET content is associated with clinical outcome in stroke and myocardial infarction

Julia Novotny, Paul Oberdieck, Anna Titova, Jaroslav Pelisek, Sue Chandraratne, Philipp Nicol, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Michael Joner, Lars Maegdefessel, Holger Poppert, Joachim Pircher, Steffen Massberg, Benjamin Friedrich, Claus Zimmer, Christian Schulz, Tobias Boeckh-Behrens

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ObjectiveTo investigate whether immune cell composition and content of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in relation to clinical outcome are different between acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), we performed histologic analysis and correlated results with clinical and procedural parameters.MethodsWe retrieved thrombi from patients with AIS (n = 71) and AMI (n = 72) during endovascular arterial recanalization and analyzed their immune cell composition and NET content by immunohistology. We then associated thrombus composition with procedural parameters and outcome in AIS and with cardiac function in patients with AMI. Furthermore, we compared AIS thrombi with AMI thrombi and differentiated Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment classifications to address potential differences in thrombus pathogenesis.ResultsAmounts of leukocytes (p = 0.133) and neutrophils (p = 0.56) were similar between AIS and AMI thrombi. Monocytes (p = 0.0052), eosinophils (p < 0.0001), B cells (p < 0.0001), and T cells (p < 0.0001) were more abundant in stroke compared with AMI thrombi. NETs were present in 100% of patients with AIS and 20.8% of patients with AMI. Their abundance in thrombi was associated with poor outcome scores in patients with AIS and with reduced ejection fraction in patients with AMI.ConclusionIn our detailed histologic analysis of arterial thrombi, thrombus composition and especially abundance of leukocyte subsets differed between patients with AIS and AMI. The presence and amount of NETs were associated with patients' outcome after AIS and AMI, supporting a critical impact of NETs on thrombus stability in both conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E2346-E2360
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


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