Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative autoimmune demyelinating disease affecting young adults. The aetiology still remains a mystery and diagnosis is impaired by the lack of defined molecular markers. Autoimmune response remains the main topic under investigation and recent studies suggest additional non-proteic mediators of brain inflammation such as lipids. We carried out an LC-MS based lipidomics approach to highlight serum lipids profiling in MS. Method was optimised and applied in a preliminary clinical cross-sectional investigation of MS patients vs Healthy Controls (HC) and patients with Other Neurological Diseases (OND). Ten significant metabolites were highlighted and tentatively identified by accurate mass and MS/MS experiments. Our most relevant data show altered level of lyso-glycerophosphatidylcholine (lysoPC) and glycerophosphatidylcholine (PC) species. Total lysoPC/PC ratio showed significant decrease in pathological groups (MS, OND) and, in addition, MS subjects had a relevant decrease of this ratio also in respect to OND. These findings suggest that there may be an altered phospholipid metabolism in MS that can be evaluated in serum. Some of these features are distinctive and may be considered specific for MS. Our lipidomics data show, for the first time, evidence in serum of a relationship between LysoPC/PC ratio and MS.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Proteomics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 18 2011|
- Mass spectrometry
- Multiple sclerosis
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