The significance of autoantibodies against oxidatively modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in patients with psoriasis

Orem A., Cimsit G., Deger O., Orem C., Vanizor B.

CLINICA CHIMICA ACTA, vol.284, no.1, pp.81-88, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 284 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0009-8981(99)00062-5
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-88
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Psoriasis is associated with changes in plasma lipid and lipoproteins, which may play a role in the development of occlusive vascular disease. The oxidation of low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) is considered a key event in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. Autoantibodies against oxidized LDL (auAb-oxLDL) may contribute to understanding the relationship between oxidative processes and development of atherosclerosis. Thirty-three patients with psoriasis and 30 matched control subjects were investigated. LDL oxidation was evaluated as the presence of autoantibodies against LDL oxidatively modified with Cu++, by an ELISA system in the patients and control sera. AuAb-ox LDL levels of the patients were found to be significantly increased compared with a control group. 42% of the patients and 3.3% of the control subjects had higher auAb-ox LDL levels than the cut-off point (352 mU/ml). The levels of auAb-ox LDL were found to be correlated with PASI score (r = 0.67, p < 0.01). Also, The antibody level was found to be correlated with polymorphonuclear elastase and alpha-1 antitrypsin levels (r = 0.58, p < 0.05; r = 0.51, p < 0.05, respectively). It was concluded that increased levels of auAb-oxLDL in the psoriatic patients may be a consequence of the interaction between imbalance of oxidant-antioxidant system and lipoproteins, and the measurement of auAb-oxLDL in the patients may mirror in vivo occurrence of oxidative processes. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.