OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether vardenafil, a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, alters plasma levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), and arginine.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: ADMA, SDMA, and arginine were measured (0-540min) in 12 patients with pulmonary hypertension after a single oral dose of vardenafil. Invasive hemodynamic data were collected at baseline and after 60min.
RESULTS: A reduction in ADMA was observed at 30 and 45min with a median change of -11.1% (P=0.021) and -12.5% (P=0.002). SDMA decreased with a median -5.3% change (P=0.032) at 45min. An increase in arginine, median 40.3% (P=0.002), 45.0% (P=0.010), and 77.1% (P=0.008) was observed at 120, 300, and 540min respectively. An increase in the arginine/ADMA ratio, median 11.7% (P=0.012), 32.5% (P=0.003), 26.5% (P=0.021), 33% (P=0.007), 48.5% (P=0.007), and 63.1% (P=0.008) was observed at 15, 45, 60, 120, 300, and 540min respectively. There was a positive correlation between vardenafil exposure and the percent change in the arginine/ADMA ratio from baseline to 540min (r=0.80; P=0.01). A correlation between baseline mean right atrial pressure (mRAP) and baseline ADMA (r=0.65; P=0.023), and baseline SDMA (r=0.61; P=0.035) was observed. A correlation between the baseline arginine/ADMA ratio and baseline cardiac output (CO) (r=0.59; P=0.045) and baseline cardiac index (CI) (r=0.61; P=0.036) was observed. Baseline arginine/ADMA ratio correlated with baseline mRAP (r=-0.79; P=0.002). A correlation between change (0-60min) in CI and change in arginine (r=0.77; P=0.003) as well as change in the arginine/ADMA ratio (r=0.61; P=0.037) was observed.
CONCLUSIONS: Vardenafil induced changes in ADMA, SDMA, arginine, and the arginine/ADMA ratio in patients with PH. An increase in arginine and the arginine/ADMA ratio was associated with improvement in CI.
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