Trace-level cytokines and cardiovascular profiling for long-term COVID diagnostic

When: 27.06.2024, 16:00 – 17:00 h CEST (8:00 – 9:00 h MDT)

Venue: online

Summary of the Webinar


Globally, over 65 million individuals are estimated to suffer from post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). A large number of individuals living with PASC experience cardiovascular symptoms (i.e. chest pain and heart palpitations) (PASC-CVS). The role of chronic inflammation in these symptoms, in particular in individuals with symptoms persisting for >1 year after SARS-CoV-2 infection, remains to be clearly defined. In this cross-sectional study, blood samples were obtained from three different sites in Australia from individuals with i) a resolved SARS-CoV-2 infection (and no persistent symptoms i.e. ‘Recovered’), ii) individuals with prolonged PASC-CVS and iii) SARS-CoV-2 negative individuals. Individuals with PASC-CVS, relative to Recovered individuals, had a blood transcriptomic signature associated with inflammation. This was accompanied by elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-12, IL-1β, MCP-1 and IL-6) at approximately 18 months post-infection. These cytokines were present in trace amounts, such that they could only be detected with the use of novel nanotechnology. Importantly, these trace-level cytokines had a direct effect on the functionality of pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes in vitro. This effect was not observed in the presence of dexamethasone. Plasma proteomics demonstrated further differences between PASC-CVS and Recovered patients at approximately 18 months post-infection including enrichment of complement and coagulation associated proteins in those with prolonged cardiovascular symptoms. Together, these data provide a new insight into the role of chronic inflammation in PASC-CVS and present nanotechnology as a possible novel diagnostic approach for the condition.


Webinar Agenda:

  1. Introduction
    • Sonja-Stoelzle-Feix (Director of Scientific Affairs, Nanion Technologies)
  2. “Cardiovascular symptoms of PASC are associated with trace-level cytokines that affect the function of human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes”
    • Kirsty Short (Associate Professor, University of Queensland)
  3. Discussion