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Measurement of vitamin D and cathelicidin (LL-37) levels in patients of psoriasis with co-morbidities.
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PMID:  23760318     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: During the last decade, a lot of co-morbidities (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.) have been described to be associated with psoriasis, but the exact link at the molecular level is not well-known. Researchers have shown molecular level changes in vitamin D pathway and its relationship to cathelicidin. Aims: To estimate the levels of cathelicidin (LL-37), and vitamin D in psoriasis patients with co-morbidities, and compare them with matched healthy controls. Methods: One hundred consecutive patients with stable plaque psoriasis (psoriasis area and severity index ≥10) with no systemic treatment in the past 3 months were investigated for the serum levels of vitamin D and LL-37, and compared with equal number of matched healthy volunteers. Results: The serum vitamin D levels were significantly lower in patients. Furthermore, the levels of serum LL-37were significantly high. Conclusion: Our study showed that the low serum levels of vitamin D, and higher blood levels of cathelicidin could form a molecular level clue in the pathogenesis of psoriasis patients, who are more likely to develop co-morbidities.
Nawaf Al-Mutairi; Bayoumi El Eassa; Vasanthy Nair
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of dermatology, venereology and leprology     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0973-3922     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol     Publication Date:    2013 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701852     Medline TA:  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  492-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait.
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