Author(s): Gerdes S, Osadtschy S, Buhles N, Baurecht H, Mrowietz U
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Abstract Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease of the skin with associated comorbidity. Severe forms of psoriasis are associated with increased mortality, which might be due to cardiovascular (CV) comorbidity. In this study, we investigated in 79 patients with psoriasis compared to 80 healthy volunteers different biomarkers that play a role in vascular disease and inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), human soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L), oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL), human matrix Gla protein (MGP) and fetuin-A. Our results showed that CRP (P < 0.0001), sCD40L (P < 0.0001) and MGP (P < 0.0001) were increased in the patient cohort. Fetuin-A showed decreased serum levels in patients with psoriasis (P < 0.0001), whereas ox-LDL did not show any significant difference. In multivariate analyses controlling for sex, age and BMI, these findings were confirmed. Thus, CV biomarkers are altered in patients with psoriasis. If the decrease in fetuin-A as well as the increase in sCD40L can be proven in further studies, these biomarkers may help to characterize a subgroup of patients who are at risk to develop CVD and/or monitor the effect of therapeutic antipsoriatic strategies on concomitant diseases. This knowledge may be useful in the management of high-need patients with psoriasis. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This article was published in Exp Dermatol
and referenced in Dermatology Case Reports