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Serum levels of LIGHT in MS

Journal article
Authors Clas Malmeström
Alan Gillett
Margareta Jernås
Mohsen Khademi
Markus Axelsson
Ingrid Kockum
Niklas Mattsson
Henrik Zetterberg
Kaj Blennow
Lars Alfredsson
Hans Wadenvik
Jan Lycke
Tomas Olsson
Bob Olsson
Published in Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England)
Volume 19
Issue 7
Pages 871-876
ISSN 1477-0970
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Pages 871-876
Language en
Keywords Multiple sclerosis; relapsing-remitting; LIGHT; natalizumab; serum; natalizumab
Subject categories Clinical Medicine


BACKGROUND: Recently, a polymorphism in the LIGHT gene was shown to increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in a genome-wide association study (GWAS). OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to investigate if serum levels of LIGHT were affected by this polymorphism and by the disease itself. METHODS: Serum levels of LIGHT were investigated in four cohorts; 1) MS (n = 159) and controls (n = 160) in relation to rs1077667 genotype; 2) MS at relapse (n = 30) vs. healthy controls (n = 26); 3) MS (n = 27) vs. other neurological disease (OND, n = 33); and 4) MS patients before and after one year of treatment with natalizumab (n = 30). RESULTS: Carriers of the GG genotype had the lowest serum levels of LIGHT (p=0.02). Serum levels of LIGHT were increased in MS at relapse in two separate cohorts: vs. healthy controls (p=0.00005) and vs. remission (p=0.00006), other neurological disease (OND) (p=0.002) and OND with signs of inflammation (iOND; p=0.00005). Furthermore, serum levels of LIGHT were decreased by natalizumab treatment (p=0.001). CONCLUSION: Soluble LIGHT is an inhibitor of T-cell activation and GG carriers of rs1077667, with the highest risk for MS, had the lowest serum levels. The increased levels of LIGHT at times of increased MS activity suggest that soluble LIGHT is protective and may act to limit inflammation.

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