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Acta Neurol Scand. 2002 Nov;106(5):292-8.

sPECAM-1 in serum and CSF of acute ischaemic stroke patients.

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Department of Clinical Neuroimmunology, University School of Medicine, Poznan, Poland.



As platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) is one of key mediators of transendothelial migration of leucocytes during inflammation, and inflammatory reaction is observed in cerebral ischaemia, we decided to determine the levels of soluble PECAM-1 (sPECAM-1) in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with acute stroke.


Twenty-three patients with first-ever in a lifetime completed ischaemic stroke have been studied. CSF and blood samples were obtained within 24 h of the onset of stroke and the levels of sPECAM-1 in serum and CSF were quantified by ELISA.


Stroke patients displayed statistically significant higher levels of sPECAM-1 in sera and CSF in comparison with control group. The levels were significantly higher in serum than in CSF, correlated between each other, and CSF sPECAM-1 fraction was blood-derived.


Our results indirectly suggest that PECAM-1 may play a role in the pathophysiological events during early phase of ischaemic stroke.

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