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This study aimed to determine the role of survivin in sepsis patients.Serum samples of 288 sepsis patients and 290 healthy individuals (as healthy controls) were collected 24 hours within enrollment. Serum survivin and inflammatory cytokines were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and biochemical indexes were recorded. In sepsis patients, acute pathologic and chronic health evaluation II score and sequential organ failure assessment score were evaluated, and 28-day mortality was recorded.Survivin was greatly decreased in sepsis patients compared to healthy controls (P < .001) and it predicted decreased sepsis risk (area under curve (AUC): 0.921, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.900-0.942). For clinical characteristics of sepsis patients, survivin was negatively correlated with acute pathologic and chronic health evaluation II score (P < .001), score and sequential organ failure assessment score (P < .001), serum creatinine (P < .001), white blood cell (P = .037), C-reactive protein (P < .001), tumor necrosis factor-α (P < .001), interleukin (IL)-1β (P < .001), IL-6 (P < .001), and IL-8 (P < .001), while positively correlated with albumin (P < .001). For prognosis of sepsis patients, survivin was decreased in deaths compared to survivors (P < .001), and it predicted decreased death risk (AUC: 0.625, 95% CI: 0.558-0.692). Meanwhile, accumulating mortality was decreased in survivin high patients compared to survivin low patients (P = .006). However, multivariate logistic regression revealed survivin was not an independent predictive factor for 28-day mortality, indicating it might interact with other independent factors to affect prognosis of sepsis patients.Survivin was decreased in sepsis patients and predicted decreased sepsis risk. Meanwhile, survivin was correlated with declined inflammation, reduced disease severity, and favorable prognosis in sepsis patients.


Yanmin Zhang, Qiang Feng, Shaoying Zhou, Huimin Chen. Downregulation of serum survivin correlates with increased inflammation, enhanced disease severity and worse prognosis in sepsis patients. Medicine. 2020 Jul 10;99(28):e20272

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