Serum IL-6 levels are associated with significant coronary stenosis in cardiovascularly asymptomatic inner-city black adults in the US

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Objectives and design: The objective of this study was to explore whether increased levels of inflammatory cytokines are associated with the risk of clinically silent coronary artery disease. Subjects: Three-hundred-fifty-six black adults aged 25-54 residing in inner city of Baltimore, Maryland, United States were included in this study. Methods: Sociodemographics were assessed as were lipid profiles, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1), and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels. Computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography was performed. Results: Coronary calcification was identified in 22.5 % participants and 14 % had significant (≥50 %) coronary stenosis. Multiple logistic regression analyses suggested that IL-6 levels were independently associated with the presence of coronary calcification and significant coronary stenosis, while TNF-alpha, sICAM-1 and hs-CRP levels were not. Conclusions: This study underscores a critical role for IL-6 in atherosclerosis and suggests that IL-6 may be a marker for significant coronary stenosis in cardiovascularly asymptomatic individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalInflammation Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009



  • Black race
  • CT coronary angiography
  • Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
  • Marker for clinically silent CAD
  • Significant coronary stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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