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JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes:
doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3182a60f36
Clinical Science

Higher Serum Iron Is Associated With Increased Oxidant Stress in HIV-Infected Men

Crist, Matthew B. MD, MPH*; Melekhin, Vlada V. MD, MPH*; Bian, Aihua MPH; Shintani, Ayumi PhD, MPH; Milne, Ginger L. PhD; Kallianpur, Asha R. MD, MPH§; Dageforde, Leigh A. MD; Haas, David W. MD*; Hulgan, Todd MD, MPH*

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Background: F2-isoprostanes (F2-IsoP) are oxidant stress biomarkers that are higher in HIV-infected women than men. We explored whether the effect of hemoglobin (Hgb), serum iron, or anemia on F2-IsoP is different between HIV-infected women and men.

Methods: Plasma F2-IsoP were quantified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry; clinical and laboratory data were collected at enrollment or from the medical record. Multivariable linear regression was used to assess associations between F2-IsoP and Hgb, anemia as a dichotomous variable, and serum iron with adjustment for age, sex, race, body mass index, CD4+ lymphocyte count, self-reported current smoking status, and antiretroviral therapy.

Results: Compared with men, women had lower Hgb [median: 12.7 (interquartile range: 11.8–13.9) vs. 14.9 (13.7–15.8) g/dL, P < 0.001], lower iron levels [75 (47–97) vs. 90 (69–121) µg/dL, P = 0.004], more anemia (29% vs. 10%, P < 0.001), and higher levels of F2-IsoP [42 (32–62) vs. 36 (25–46) pg/mL, P < 0.001]. The relationship between iron and F2-IsoP differed significantly between men and women (interaction P = 0.02). Men had a 21% (95% confidence interval: 8 to 36) increase in F2-IsoP per interquartile increase in iron (P = 0.001), whereas no relationship was seen among women [−4% (−17 to 13, P = 0.65].

Conclusions: Although women have overall higher F2-IsoP than men, a relationship between circulating F2-IsoP and iron levels was observed in men but not in women with HIV infection. The association between female sex and higher F2-IsoP is not explained by iron or Hgb levels because the association persists when controlling for these factors. The role of iron in oxidant stress and sex-specific differences among HIV-infected individuals require further study.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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