Plasma and Urinary

Plasma and Urinary HPLC-ED


Department of Neurology, Casa di Cura Villa Margherita, Arcugnano, Vicenza, Italy

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Background: Oxidative stress may be directly or indirectly involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD). 8-hydroxy-2’deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) is the major product of DNA oxidative damage but its determina-tion in plasma or urine may have controversial significance. The concentration of 8-OHdG not only depends on its oxidation rate but also on the efficacy of the DNA repairing systems. 

Methods: We studied the ratio between 8-OHdG and 2-dG (the corresponding not hydroxylated base 2′-deoxygua-nosine) in plasma and urine as a marker of oxydative stress in PD. This enabled the determination of the real DNA damage in terms of oxidation rate regardless of the efficacy of the DNA repairing mechanisms. 

Results: We optimized two different analytical methods: one for 8-OHdG and the other for 2-dG, both based on a common preliminary solid-phase extraction step (SPE) followed by two different HPLC analytical separations with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ED). 

The reliability of these methods was confirmed by analysing plasma and urine samples collected in parkinsonian patients and in age-matched healthy control subjects. 

Conclusions: In urine samples, the measurement of 8-OHdG alone as well as the ratio 8-OHdG/2-dG were signifi-cantly different in healthy controls and PD patients. In plasma samples, only the ratio 8-OHdG/2-dG was signifi-cantly higher in PD compared to healthy controls showing that the ratio 8-OHdG/2-dG is a reliable diagnostic tool in studies on DNA oxydative damage. 

(Clin. Lab. 2011;57:859-866) 


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