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Advanced oxidation protein products and inflammatory markers in liver cirrhosis: a comparison between alcohol-related and HCV-related cirrhosis

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Advanced oxidation protein products (AOPPs) are protein markers of oxidative stress with pro-inflammatory properties that accumulated in liver cirrhosis. In the present study, we investigated the association between chronic inflammatory response triggered by AOPPs and the severity of liver disease as assessed by the Child-Pugh score. Plasma concentrations of AOPPs and inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6 were measured in 41 patients with HCV-related cirrhosis, 43 patients with alcohol-related liver cirrhosis (ALC), and in 30 age and sex matched controls. In comparison with controls, AOPPs were increased in HCV-related compensated (Child-Pugh A) and decompensated (Child-Pugh B-C) cirrhosis and in alcohol-related compensated cirrhosis. AOPPs level positively correlated with Child-Pugh score in alcohol-related cirrhosis but not in HCV-related cirrhosis and the correlation with the indices of chronic inflammation was stronger in ALC. In turn, AOPPs in HCV-related cirrhosis was related to inflammation to a lesser extent, but a significant correlation with antioxidant defense could be noted. In summary, liver cirrhosis was associated with increased formation of AOPPs, which differed between alcohol-related and HCV-related cirrhosis with respect to the relationship between AOPPs and antioxidant defense, stage of liver cirrhosis, and inflammatory response. The significant correlation between AOPPs accumulation and indices of chronic inflammation, more specifically TNF-α, suggests that oxidative stress may be a mediator of chronic inflammatory state in the early stage of alcohol-related cirrhosis.
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  • Department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Liver Diseases and Acquired Immune Deficiency, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
  • Clinic of Infectious Diseases, Liver Diseases and Acquired Immune Deficiency, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
  • Clinic of Infectious Diseases, Liver Diseases and Acquired Immune Deficiency, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry, Liver Diseases and Acquired Immune Deficiency, Wrocław Medical University, Wrocław, Poland
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