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Aqueous humor levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) are positively associated with monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in patients with uveitis
  1. Y Yoshida1,
  2. S Yamagishi2,
  3. S Ueda2,
  4. K Yoshimura1,
  5. S Okuda2,
  6. R Yamakawa1
  1. 1
    Department of Ophthalmology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume 830-0011, Japan
  2. 2
    Departments of Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume 830-0011, Japan
  1. S Yamagishi, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, 830-0011, Japan; shoichi{at}med.kurume-u.ac.jp

Abstract

Background/aims: The aim of the study was to evaluate whether aqueous humor levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) are associated with monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1).

Methods: Aqueous humor levels of ADMA and MCP-1 were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ELISA, respectively, in 31 uveitis samples and nine cataract control samples.

Results: Aqueous humor ADMA and MCP-1 levels were significantly higher in infectious or non-infectious uveitis patients than in controls (0.67±0.04 nmol/ml vs 0.55±0.03 nmol/ml vs 0.43±0. 04 nmol/ml (p<0.01) and 29.0±11.3 ng/ml vs 4.5±1.2 ng/ml vs 0.47±0.1 ng/ml (p<0.01), respectively). A positive correlation between ADMA and MCP-1 levels in aqueous humor was found in control and uveitis patients (r = 0.33, p<0.05).

Conclusion: The results demonstrated that aqueous humor levels of ADMA were positively associated with MCP-1 in humans. Our present observations suggest that aqueous humor levels of ADMA may be a novel biomarker of inflammation in uveitis.

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