Early ficolin-1 is a sensitive prognostic marker for functional outcome in ischemic stroke

R. Zangari, E. R. Zanier, G. Torgano, A. Bersano, S. Beretta, E. Beghi, B. Casolla, N. Checcarelli, S. Lanfranconi, A. Maino, C. Mandelli, G. Micieli, F. Orzi, E. Picetti, M. Silvestrini, N. Stocchetti, B. Zecca, P. Garred, M. G. De Simoni

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Background: Several lines of evidence support the involvement of the lectin pathway of complement (LP) in the pathogenesis of acute ischemic stroke. The aim of this multicenter observational study was to assess the prognostic value of different circulating LP initiators in acute stroke. Methods: Plasma levels of the LP initiators ficolin-1, -2, and -3 and mannose-binding lectin (MBL) were measured in 80 stroke patients at 6 h only and in 85 patients at 48 h and later. Sixty-one age- and sex-matched healthy individuals served as controls. Stroke severity was measured on admission using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). The outcome was measured at 90 days by the modified Rankin Scale (mRS). Results: Ficolin-1 was decreased in patients compared with controls measured at 6 h (median 0.13 vs 0.33 μg/ml, respectively, p <0.0001). At 48 h, ficolin-1 was significantly higher (0.45 μg/ml, p <0.0001) compared to the 6 h samples and to controls. Likewise, ficolin-2 was decreased at 6 h (2.70 vs 4.40 μg/ml, p <0.0001) but not at 48 h. Ficolin-3 was decreased both at 6 and 48 h (17.3 and 18.23 vs 21.5 μg/ml, p <0.001 and

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16
JournalJournal of Neuroinflammation
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Ficolin-1
  • Ficolin-2
  • Ficolin-3
  • Innate immunity
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Lectin pathway
  • MBL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Immunology


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