|“Pearson ” (correlation coefficient) = + 0.922 and + 0.844 between dermcidin level and systolic and diastolic pressures, respectively, in normotensive subjects.|
“Pearson " (correlation coefficient) = + 0.924 and + 0.909 between dermcidin level and systolic and diastolic pressures, respectively, in hypertensive subjects.
The significance ( value) was < 0.0001 between dermcidin levels, systolic and diastolic pressures in the normotensive and hypertensive subjects as determined by the Mann Whitney test with the medians significantly different.
Blood samples were collected from both normotensive and hypertensive subjects ( in each group) by venipuncture as described in Section 2. The plasma dermcidin level was determined by ELISA by using electrophoretically purified dermcidin as described. The blood pressures were determined by sphygmomanometer at presentation.