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Cerebrospinal fluid and serum protein levels of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and soluble interleukin-6 receptor (sIL-6R gp80) in multiple sclerosis patients

Cytokine 2002 Oct 21;20(2):86-9
Vladic A, Horvat G, Vukadin S, Sucic Z, Simaga S.
Department of Neurology, General Hospital "Sveti Duh", Croatia

The aim of this study was to evaluate soluble proteins of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-6 receptor subunit gp80 (sIL-6R gp80), as markers of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Paired cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum samples of 20 MS patients and 15 controls suffering from non-inflammatory neurological diseases have been assayed retrospectively using monoclonal antibodies-based ELISAs.

While TNF-alpha could not be detected in CSF, it was measurable in 20% of total sera.

Interleukin-6 was measurable in 5% of total CSF and in 10% of total sera only.

However, soluble IL-6R gp80 protein subunit was readily measurable, showing sera concentration (pg/mL) about 34 times higher and specific content (pg/mg total protein) around five times lower than those in paired CSF, similarly for both group of patients.

No significant difference of sIL-6R gp80 level, which could be disease-, gender- or age-related, and no correlation of CSF sIL-6R gp80 content with that of paired serum or with routine clinical data for CSF, have been observed.

We have concluded that soluble proteins of TNF-alpha, IL-6 and sIL-6R gp80 assayed by monoclonal antibodies-based ELISAs could not serve as markers of the MS activity.