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Tatzber, F; Rabl, H; Koriska, K; Erhart, U; Puhl, H; Waeg, G; Krebs, A; Esterbauer, H.
Elevated serum neopterin levels in atherosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis. 1991; 89(2-3):203-208 Doi: 10.1016/0021-9150(91)90061-7
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Tatzber Franz
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Krebs Angelika

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Plasma levels of neopterin were determined in patients with different clinical stages of atherosclerosis. Non-hospitalized patients with atherosclerosis had serum and plasma neopterin levels within the normal range of the assay (6 +/- 2 nM). These values were not significantly different from those reported for healthy blood donors (5 +/- 2 nM). In contrast, about 50% (29 out of 61) of hospitalized patients undergoing conservative or surgical therapy had neopterin plasma levels, which exceeded the normal range (greater than 10 nM) up to 10-fold. The two groups differ on a significance level of P less than 0.01. For further evaluation hospitalized patients were subgrouped according to neopterin levels. In the subgroup with elevated neopterin levels patients with higher Frederickson types of atherosclerosis were overrepresented compared to patients with normal neopterin levels. Type 4 differed significantly from patients without pathological changes of lipoprotein (P less than 0.05). Only 3 patients suffered from minimal skin necrosis, two of them had elevated neopterin levels. Significantly more patients with peripheral artery occlusions had elevated neopterin levels than patients with occlusions of central arteries (P less than 0.05). All other criteria used for comparison (sex, age, smoking, antioxidant status, diabetes, hypertension, adipositas, hyperuricemia) did not vary significantly in both subgroups. These data indicate that neopterin plasma levels might be a valuable parameter in activity staging and therapeutic follow up of atherosclerotic patients. Additionally, an involvement of the nonspecific immune system in atherogenesis is suggested by the increased plasma neopterin concentrations.
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