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Endogenous thrombin potential is higher during the luteal phase than during the follicular phase of a normal menstrual cycle
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Acute Internal Medicine.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
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2013 (English)In: Human Reproduction, ISSN 0268-1161, E-ISSN 1460-2350, Vol. 28, no 7, 1846-1852 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Do thrombin generation and haemostatic parameters differ during the two phases of the menstrual cycle? less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanTotal thrombin concentration is higher during the luteal phase compared with the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThe coagulation cascade is affected by many variables, such as fluctuations in the levels of sex hormones. The studies on the variations in haemostatic parameters during the menstrual cycle have produced diverse results. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThrombin generation and selected haemostatic parameters (fibrinogen, factor II, factor VII, factor VIII, factor X, von Willebrand factor, antithrombin and D-dimer) were measured during the two phases of a normal menstrual cycle in 102 healthy women not taking any form of hormone medication. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThe study cohort consisted of 102 healthy women with regular menstrual cycles. Thrombin generation was measured by the calibrated automated thrombogram method. Progesterone and sex hormone-binding globulin were measured by chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassays. Estradiol was measured by a sensitive radioimmunoassay. Fibrinogen was measured by a clotting method, antithrombin was measured by a chromogenic method and factor II, factor VII, factor VIII, factor X, von Willebrand factor and D-dimer were measured by photometric methods. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanIt was shown that the total amount of generated thrombin (Endogenous Thrombin Potential) was significantly higher during the luteal compared with the follicular phase (P 0.027). Factor X was significantly higher during the follicular phase (P 0.028). Progesterone exhibited significant associations (measured by the least squares regression analysis) with fibrinogen and factor X during the follicular phase (P 0.043 and P 0.033, respectively) and with factors II and VII during the luteal phase (P 0.034 and P 0.024, respectively). The validity of the results from the regression analysis was further confirmed by performing correlation analyses (Pearson correlation matrix) for haemostatic markers for the luteal and follicular phases (accepted correlation level 0.8). less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThe wide confidence interval for the differences in endogenous thrombin potential during the two phases could imply that the size of the cohort may not be sufficient to fully evaluate the biological variations. Additionally, the haemostatic markers were not shown to have significant associations with thrombin generation, suggesting that the increased thrombin concentration during the luteal phase would be mediated by another mechanism, as yet unidentified. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThe associations between progesterone and the haemostatic markers, as shown for both phases of the menstrual cycle, suggest a previously unknown or undefined yet potentially significant role for progesterone in the coagulation system. However, it has been shown that the use of progestogen-only preparations does not affect the coagulation system, which is partly the reason why they are considered safe for women with thrombophilia or previous thrombotic event. Further studies are required in order to demonstrate whether our results can be extrapolated for synthetic progestins, which might have significant implication on the indications for their use. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanThis study was supported by the Karolinska Institutet, Linkping University and the County Council of stergtland. The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy B1 - Oxford Open Option B , 2013. Vol. 28, no 7, 1846-1852 p.
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coagulation factors, thrombin generation, menstrual cycle, progesterone
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95817DOI: 10.1093/humrep/det092ISI: 000320855600014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-95817DiVA: diva2:638132
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Funding Agencies|Karolinska Institutet||Linkoping University||County Council of Ostergotland||

Available from: 2013-07-26 Created: 2013-07-26 Last updated: 2017-12-06
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1. Thrombin generation in different cohorts: Evaluation of the haemostatic potential
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The aim of this thesis is to evaluate thrombin generation in patients with thrombophilia (Paper I), in patients with venous thromboembolism (Paper II), in healthy women during the menstrual cycle (Paper III), in patients with liver disease (Paper IV) and in patients with mild deficiency of factor VII (Paper V).

For this purpose, thrombin generation was measured in platelet poor plasma by the calibrated automated thrombogram (CAT®) assay. Thrombin generation expresses the overall haemostatic potential, in contrast to the more traditional coagulation tests, which concentrate on individual factors or coagulation pathways. The thrombin generation markers that were measured and studied were: lagtime (clotting time), endogenous thrombin potential (ETP, total thrombin concentration), peak (maximum thrombin concentration) and time to peak (ttpeak).

The cohorts for Papers I and II are part of a larger cohort (The LInköping Study on Thrombosis, LIST), which included 516 consecutive patients who presented at the Emergency Department of Linköping University Hospital, Sweden with the clinical suspicion of venous thrombosis. In Paper I thrombin generation was measured in the absence of thrombomodulin in patients with thrombophilia (factor V Leiden, n=98 and prothrombin G20210A mutation, n=15) and in an equal number of age- and gendermatched controls. The results were associated with the presence of thrombosis, as well as gender and age. It was shown that thrombin generation did not differ significantly among patients and controls. Patients with and patients without thrombophilia who had suffered a thrombosis upon inclusion had longer lagtime compared with their counterparts without thrombosis. Neither age nor gender had any effect on the results.

In Paper II, thrombin generation at the time of an acute thromboembolic episode was studied as a potential early marker for recurrence during a 7-year follow-up in 115 patients with venous thrombosis upon inclusion. It was shown that patients with recurrences during follow-up had longer lagtime and ttpeak at the time of the acute thrombosis, whereas those without recurrences had higher ETP and peak. Those results were particularly evident in the group of patients with an unprovoked thrombosis upon inclusion.

In Paper III, thrombin generation was measured in the follicular and luteal phase of a normal menstrual cycle in 102 healthy women not taking oral contraceptives. The results were associated with haemostatic parameters (fibrinogen, antithrombin, D-dimer, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, factors VII, VIII, X and von Willebrand) as well as the physiological concentrations of oestradiol, progesterone, antimüllerian hormone and sex hormone-binding globulin and the number of pregnancies and deliveries for these women. ETP was significantly higher during the luteal phase. However, this could not be explained by the elevation of other procoagulant factors during the same phase. Progesterone was found to exert a more significant effect on haemostasis than oestradiol during both phases (multiple regression analysis).

In Paper IV, thrombin generation was measured in the presence and absence of thrombomodulin in 47 patients with portal vein thrombosis, PVT (11 with cirrhotic PVT and 36 with non-cirrhotic PVT), 15 patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome and 24 patients with cirrhosis, as well as 21 healthy controls. Since 15 patients with PVT (2 with cirrhotic PVT and 13 with non-cirrhotic PVT) and 10 patients with Budd-Chiari syndrome were treated with warfarin at the time of the blood sampling, an equal number of patients matched for age, gender and prothrombin time-international normalized ratio with atrial fibrillation and no hepatic diseases were used as controls. It was shown that hypercoagulability, expressed as total and maximum concentration of generated thrombin as well as thrombomodulin resistance [thrombin generation markers measured in the presence]/[thrombin generation markers measured in the absence of thrombomodulin] was pronounced in the groups of patients with cirrhosis, regardless of the presence of splanchnic thrombosis.

In Paper V, thrombin generation in the presence of human and different concentrations of rabbit thromboplastin was measured in 10 patients with mild deficiency of factor VII and in 12 controls. In these patients, the levels of factor VII varied slightly depending on the origin of the thromboplastin used in the reagent. Nine out of 10 patients had a mutation in common (Arg353Gln), which was, however, not associated with the diversity in the factor VII measurements due to the origin of thromboplastin. ETP in patients with mild factor VII deficiency was about 86% of the ETP in the control group. The expected thrombin generation patterns with increasing concentrations of thromboplastin did not differ depending on the origin of thromboplastin in the patient group.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 105 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1383
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100218 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-100218 (DOI)978-91-7519-490-5 (ISBN)
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2013-11-22, Lindensalen, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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