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Ulrika Krus


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Abnormal peripheral chemokine profile in Huntington's disease.


  • Edward Wild
  • Anna Magnusson-Lind
  • Nayana Lahiri
  • Ulrika Krus
  • Michael J Orth
  • Sarah J Tabrizi
  • Maria Björkqvist

Summary, in English

Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by both neurological and systemic abnormalities. Immune activation is a well-established feature of the HD brain and we have previously demonstrated a widespread, progressive innate immune response detectable in plasma throughout the course of HD. In the present work we used multiplex ELISA to quantify levels of chemokines in plasma from controls and subjects at different stages of HD. We found an altered chemokine profile tracking with disease progression, with significant elevations of five chemokines (eotaxin-3, MIP-1β, eotaxin, MCP-1 and MCP-4) while three (eotaxin-3, MIP-1β and eotaxin) showed significant linear increases across advancing disease stages. We validated our results in a separate sample cohort including subjects at different stages of HD. Here we saw that chemokine levels (MCP-1 and eotaxin) correlated with clinical scores. We conclude that, like cytokines, chemokines may be linked to the pathogenesis of HD, and that immune molecules may be valuable in tracking and exploring the pathogenesis of HD.


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Publishing year





PLoS Currents



Document type

Journal article


Public Library of Science


  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Neurosciences



Research group

  • Biomarkers in Brain Disease
  • Diabetes - Islet Patophysiology


  • ISSN: 2157-3999