Exploring free amino acid profiles in CCHF patients: Implications for disease progression

Büyüktuna S. A., Yerlitaş S. İ., Ertük Zararsız G., Doğan K., Kablan D., Bağcı G., ...More

Journal of Medical Virology, vol.96, no.5, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jmv.29672
  • Journal Name: Journal of Medical Virology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: amino acid, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, LC-MS/MS, severity
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated the intricate interplay between Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) infection and alterations in amino acid metabolism. Our primary aim is to elucidate the impact of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) on specific amino acid concentrations and identify potential metabolic markers associated with viral infection. One hundred ninety individuals participated in this study, comprising 115 CCHF patients, 30 CCHF negative patients, and 45 healthy controls. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry techniques were employed to quantify amino acid concentrations. The amino acid metabolic profiles in CCHF patients exhibit substantial distinctions from those in the control group. Patients highlight distinct metabolic reprogramming, notably characterized by arginine, histidine, taurine, glutamic acid, and glutamine metabolism shifts. These changes have been associated with the underlying molecular mechanisms of the disease. Exploring novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies addressing specific amino acids may offer potential means to mitigate the severity of the disease.