Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
Use of cerebrospinal fluid CXCL10 and neopterin as biomarkers in HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis treated with steroids
Human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) damages the spinal cord by chronic inflammation and causes progressive lower limb motor disability.1 Because the associated symptoms gradually progress over the years, it is challenging for clinicians to predict long-term functional prognosis and evaluate the treatment response. Recently, we proposed criteria for classifying disease activity in untreated patients.2 As per this classification, disease activity is classified as low, moderate or high based on the clinical course and concentrations of inflammatory cytokines C-X-C motif chemokine 10 (CXCL10) and neopterin in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Although corticosteroids are widely used to slow disease progression,3 biomarkers for steroid-treated patients have not yet been validated. In the present study, we investigated whether these markers are associated with the progression of motor dysfunction in this population.
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Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry