Evaluation of Serum ficolin-2, Sialic Acid, and High Sensitivity C - reactive Protein in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Lara Balasim Ibrahim, Mohammed A. Mohammed Ali, Akram Mohammed Al Mahdawi


the aim of the present study was to evaluate inflammatory blood markers in multiple sclerosis (MS) and to evaluate them with its clinical progressive forms. This study included 60 MS patients (35 with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and 25 with progressive MS clinical forms) and 30 healthy individuals. Peripheral blood samples were obtained to determine serum levels of ficolin-2, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and total sialic acid (SA).  Average level of ficolin-2 in MS group was lower (29.35 + 19.88µmol/L) in comparison to (45.17 + 17.39 µmol/L) in the control group this difference appeared highly significant (p<0.0001). Mean levels of sialic acid and hs-CRP were significantly higher in the MS group (2.334+0.7046µmol/L) and (31.15 + 12.4326) respectively, as compared to the controls (1.468+0.7046 µmol/L) (20.1416+4.2496 µmol/L) (p <0.001). Furthermore, Ficolin-2 levels inversely correlated significantly with severity of the disease as measured by EDSS, this correlation has shown to be positive in regard to hs-CRP and Sialic acid.

In the logistic regression, ficolin-2 and hs-CRP showed positive association with MS and were predictors of MS development. SA, were negatively associated with MS (p< 0.0001). Using this regression analysis, 83.33% of all subjects were correctly classified with a sensitivity of 86.67% and a specificity of  76.67%. In conclusion, SA was predictor of MS diagnosis, whereas ficolin-2 and hs-CRP was predictor that differentiated RRMS from the progressive clinical forms of MS.


Ficolin-2, Sialic acid, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, Multiple sclerosis, progression

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