Chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy (CIAP) is a disorder with insidious onset and slow progression, where no etiology is identified despite appropriate investigations. We aimed to investigate the role of oxidative stress as a risk factor for the pathogenesis of CIAP. Sera of patients with CIAP were tested for protein carbonyl (PC) and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8H). As a control group, we recruited patients with gluten neuropathy. Twenty-one patients with CIAP and 21 controls were recruited. The two groups did not differ significantly regarding demographics or clinical characteristics (i.e., neuropathy type or disease severity). After adjusting for gender, having CIAP was positively correlated with both the 8H titer (standardized beta coefficient 0.349, p = 0.013) and the PC titer (standardized beta coefficient 0.469, p = 0.001). Oxidative stress appears to be increased in CIAP and might have a role in the pathogenesis of the disease.
Zis, P., Mchugh, P. C., Manca, M., Sarrigiannis, P. G., Rao, D. G., & Hadjivassiliou, M. (2018). Increased Oxidative Stress as a Risk Factor in Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 66(4), 547-551. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12031-018-1200-5