Apr 16, 2020

Cerebrospinal Fluid Neurofilament Light Chain Is Associated with Kynurenine Pathway Metabolite Changes in Multiple Sclerosis

International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Cecilia RajdaLászló Vécsei


Neurofilament light (NFL) has proved to be a good prognostic factor in multiple sclerosis (MS), as its level is proportionally elevated with extended neuraxonal damage. The involvement of the kynurenine pathway in neuroinflammation has been proved. The precursor of this pathway is the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is catabolized 95% towards kynurenine metabolites. Quinolinic acid (QUIN) within the brain is only produced in activated microglia and macrophages, leading to axonal degeneration via the activation of N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptors. Neopterin is a biomarker for inflammation produced by macrophages. The association of these biomarkers has not previously been investigated. Our aim was to assess whether there is an association of the neurodegenerative biomarker NFL with the markers of neuroinflammation, e.g., kynurenine metabolites and neopterin, in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF samples of patients with MS (pwMS; n = 37) and age-matched controls (n = 22) were compared for NFL levels by ELISA, while the kynurenine pathway metabolites tryptophan and neopterin were detected with mass spectrometry. Spearman's correlation showed that NFL is an independent predictor of neurological disability in the MS group. Sig...Continue Reading

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CSF Test
Disease Progression
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Mass Spectrometry
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Prognostic Factor
Nerve Degeneration
MTR protein, human

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