Apo A-I and apo E concentrations in cerebrospinal fluids of patients with acute meningitis

Hua Song, Mitsuru Seishima, Kuniaki Saito, Satoshi Maeda, Masao Takemura, Akio Noma, Akira Kondo, Mitsuhisa Manabe, Katsuya Urakami, Kenji Nakashima

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It has been demonstrated that apolipoproteins found in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) play an important role in lipid metabolism in the central nervous system (CNS). Previously we reported that CSF apo A-I levels increased with the severity of neurological damage in poliovirus-infected macaques. In the present study, apo A-I was quantitatively analysed in CSF from patients with or without neurological diseases. In controls, CSF apo A-I level was significantly higher in males; 3.83 (0.40) mg/L, mean (SEM) (n = 19) compared with females, 2.42 (0.26) mg/L (n = 23, P < 0.05). CSF apo A-I concentrations in patients with acute meningitis increased at the active stage, 7.74 (1.78) mg/L (n = 10), but returned to basal concentrations at the convalescent stage 2.72 (0.38) mg/L (n = 10), while the CSF apo A-I level in patients with other neurological diseases remained in the same range as in controls. By contrast, CSF apo E was consistently elevated at either stage of acute meningitis. Furthermore, it was found that the levels of CSF apo A-I, but not of apo E, correlated positively with CSF albumin concentrations. These findings suggest that the CSF apo A-I and apo E have different origins and may play different roles in the lipoprotein metabolism in CNS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-414
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Clinical Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 05-1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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