Exercise in sickle cell anemia: Effect on inflammatory and vasoactive mediators

Academic Article


  • The aim of this study was to determine the response of inflammatory and vasoactive mediators to 3 consecutive days of exercise in African-American women with and without sickle cell anemia (SCA). Circulating inflammatory mediators [C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)] were measured before, and vasoactive mediators [endothelin-1 (ET-1), nitric oxide metabolites (NOx)] before and after each exercise bout in ten subjects with SCA and ten controls. Exercise did not affect ET-1, IL-6 or CRP concentrations (p>.05). TNFα was higher in SCA than controls (p≤.0005) at all times; however, the response pattern was similar for the groups: no change from day 1 to day 2, but a decrease from day 2 to day 3 (p≤.05). NOx increased significantly after exercise (p≤.0001) but returned to baseline by 24 h afterward. On the 3rd day, NOx increased after exercise in SCA but not in the controls (p≤.05). In conclusion, exercise did not cause a harmful inflammatory response in these individuals with SCA. However, NOx increased after exercise on all 3 days in SCA but appeared attenuated after 2 days in controls.
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  • Endothelium  Journal
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    Author List

  • Barbeau P; Woods KF; Ramsey LT; Litaker MS; Pollock DM; Pollock JS; Callahan LA; Kutlar A; Mensah GA; Gutin B
  • Start Page

  • 147
  • End Page

  • 155
  • Volume

  • 8
  • Issue

  • 2