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Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2019 May;257(5):899-903. doi: 10.1007/s00417-018-04230-w. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

Increased soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) levels in neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a role for inflammation in the pathogenesis of the disease?

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1
Ophthalmology Department, IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Italy.
2
Complications of Diabetes Unit, Diabetes Research Institute, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy.
3
Unit of Cell Matrix Signalling, IFOM The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy.
4
Complications of Diabetes Unit, Diabetes Research Institute, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy. zerbini.gianpaolo@hsr.it.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the plasma concentration of the soluble form of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor ((s)uPAR), an established biomarker of chronic inflammation, in patients affected by neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

METHODS:

Forty consecutive patients affected by age-related macular degeneration and 52 subjects with no history of the disease were included in this case-control study. The two groups of individuals considered for the study were matched for age, sex, and class of medications taken. Plasma concentration of suPAR was measured using a specific ELISA assay (suPARnostic, Birkeroed, Denmark).

RESULTS:

The case and control groups were similar for age, gender distribution, weight, height, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as for dyslipidemia and high blood pressure medication (P > 0.28). The plasma concentrations of suPAR were significantly increased in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration when compared to controls (6.19 ± 2.2 ng/ml, vs 5.21 ± 1.5, respectively, mean ± SD P = 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration display increased plasma levels of suPAR, suggesting that chronic inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis of the disease.

KEYWORDS:

Inflammation; Neovascular age-related macular degeneration; Prevention; Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor

PMID:
30617582
DOI:
10.1007/s00417-018-04230-w
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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