Cathepsin B Dependent Cleavage Product of Serum Amyloid A1 Identifies Patients with Chemotherapy-Related Cardiotoxicity

Fangfang Zhang, Christopher J. Lyon, Robert J. Walls, Bo Ning, Jia Fan, Tony Y. Hu

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Improvements in long-term cancer survival rates have resulted in an increase in the prevalence of chemotherapy-linked cardiac failure, but treatment-induced cardiac injuries may not be detected until long after therapy. Monitoring cardiac function is recommended; however, cardiovascular injury in cancer patients differs from those with primary cardiac dysfunction, which limits the utility of traditional cardiac biomarkers. Here we examined plasma levels of peptides produced by cathepsin B, which is released during chemotherapy-induced cardiac injury. We applied nanotrap fractionation to enrich plasma peptides from cancer patients treated with or without chemotherapy. Peptides associated with chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, but not other cardiac injury, were identified by mass spectrometry, and their dependence on cathepsin B activity was determined using enzyme inhibition experiments. We found that a peptide (SAA-1525) derived from serum amyloid A1 was significantly increased in cardiotoxicity patients, and its production was inhibited when plasma samples were pretreated with cathepsin B specific inhibitors. Plasma SAA-1525 also correlated with other markers of cardiac injury. Analysis of plasma SAA-1525 levels may hold potential as a rapid and minimally invasive method to monitor subclinical injury, thereby allowing timely intervention to mitigate further cardiac damage and avoid more severe clinical presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-341
Number of pages9
JournalACS Pharmacology and Translational Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 21 2019


  • SAA-1525
  • cardiotoxicity
  • cathepsin B
  • chemotherapy
  • peptide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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