More MS news articles for May 2002

Production of IL-1beta and IL-1Ra as risk factors for susceptibility and progression of relapse-onset multiple sclerosis

J Neuroimmunol 2002 May;126(1-2):172-9
de Jong BA, Huizinga TW, Bollen EL, Uitdehaag BM, Bosma GP, van Buchem MA, Remarque EJ, Burgmans AC, Kalkers NF, Polman CH, Westendorp RG.
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands

Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) is present in multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions.

Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) moderates the induction of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE).

Here, we show that families that are characterized by high IL-1beta over IL-1Ra production ratio are at 2.2-fold (95% CI, 1.0-4.8; p=0.05) increased risk to have a patient relative with relapse-onset MS than families with a low ratio.

It is also related to the reduction of volumetric magnetization transfer ratio (MTR) histogram height, a measure of parenchymal integrity (p=0.04).

Those families who combine a high IL-1beta over IL-1Ra ratio with a high tumor necrosis factor (TNF) over IL-10 production ratio have a 6.2-fold (95% CI, 1.8-21; p=0.002) increased risk.

Innate production of IL-1beta and IL-1Ra is not related to the outcome of primary progressive MS.

Taq1 polymorphism in the IL-1beta gene and the variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) polymorphism of 86-base pairs within the IL-1Ra gene cannot explain these findings.