BACKGROUND: GlycA is a biomarker that reflects integrated concentrations and glycosylation states of several acute-phase proteins. We studied the association of GlycA and inflammatory biomarkers with future death and disease. METHODS: A total of 6523 men and women in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis who were free of overt cardiovascular disease (CVD) and in generally good health had a baseline blood sample taken. We assayed high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and D-dimer. A spectral deconvolution algorithm was used to quantify GlycA signal amplitudes from automated nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) LipoProfile® test spectra. Median follow-up was 12.1 years. Among 4 primary outcomes, CVD events were adjudicated, death was by death certificate, and chronic inflammatory-related severe hospitalization and death (ChrIRD) and total cancer were classified using International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. We used Poisson regression to study baseline GlycA, hsCRP, IL-6, and D-dimer in relation to total death, CVD, ChrIRD, and total cancer. RESULTS: Relative risk per SD of GlycA, IL-6, and D-dimer for total death (n=915); for totalCVD(n=922); and for ChrIRD (n = 1324) ranged from 1.05 to 1.20, independently of covariates. In contrast, prediction from hsCRP was statistically explained by adjustment for other inflammatory variables. Only GlycA was predictive for total cancer (n = 663). Women had 7% higher values of all inflammatory biomarkers than men and had a significantly lower GlycA prediction coefficient than men in predicting total cancer. CONCLUSIONS: The composite biomarker GlycA derived from NMR is associated with risk for total death, CVD, ChrIRD, and total cancer after adjustment for hsCRP, IL-6, and D-dimer. IL-6 and D-dimer contribute information independently of GlycA.
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