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Serum bilirubin concentrations and multiple sclerosis.
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PMID:  21782448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Bilirubin is the end product of heme catabolism by heme oxygenases. Although bilirubin has long been considered as a toxic waste product, it is now recognized as an endogenous antioxidant. It has been reported that bilirubin is an effective treatment in both acute and chronic experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) disease models. However, the relationship between bilirubin and multiple sclerosis (MS) has not been fully explored. The serum bilirubin concentrations were measured in 340 individuals comprising 88 healthy subjects, 133 patients with MS and 119 patients with cerebral infarction. Serum total bilirubin (Tbil), direct bilirubin (Dbil) and indirect bilirubin (Ibil) concentrations were significantly lower in patients with MS than in either patients with cerebral infarction or healthy controls (p<0.001). The correlation identified between bilirubin and MS was still highly significant when the effect of gender was eliminated. Among patients with MS, Tbil, Dbil and Ibil concentrations were lower in patients with MS with longer duration (>2years), less disabling disease (Expanded Disability Status Scale score<3), and inactive MRI appearance, although the differences did not reach statistical significance. Our results suggest that there are reduced serum bilirubin concentrations in patients with MS.
Authors:
Fuhua Peng; Xuhui Deng; Yang Yu; Xiaohong Chen; Liping Shen; Xiufeng Zhong; Wei Qiu; Ying Jiang; Jie Zhang; Xueqiang Hu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2653     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433352     Medline TA:  J Clin Neurosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Multiple Sclerosis Center, Department of Neurology, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, 600 Tianhe Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province 510630, China.
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