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PDGF-BB serum levels are decreased in adult onset Pompe patients

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jordi Diaz ManeraORCiD



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© 2019, The Author(s). Adult onset Pompe disease is a genetic disorder characterized by slowly progressive skeletal and respiratory muscle weakness. Symptomatic patients are treated with enzymatic replacement therapy with human recombinant alfa glucosidase. Motor functional tests and spirometry are commonly used to follow patients up. However, a serological biomarker that correlates with the progression of the disease could improve follow-up. We studied serum concentrations of TGFβ, PDGF-BB, PDGF-AA and CTGF growth factors in 37 adult onset Pompe patients and 45 controls. Moreover, all patients performed several muscle function tests, conventional spirometry, and quantitative muscle MRI using 3-point Dixon. We observed a statistically significant change in the serum concentration of each growth factor in patients compared to controls. However, only PDGF-BB levels were able to differentiate between asymptomatic and symptomatic patients, suggesting its potential role in the follow-up of asymptomatic patients. Moreover, our results point to a dysregulation of muscle regeneration as an additional pathomechanism of Pompe disease.

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Author(s): Fernandez-Simon E, Carrasco-Rozas A, Gallardo E, Figueroa-Bonaparte S, Belmonte I, Pedrosa I, Montiel E, Suarez-Calvet X, Alonso-Perez J, Segovia S, Nunez-Peralta C, Llauger J, Mayos M, Illa I, Spanish Pompe Study Group, Diaz-Manera J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scientific Reports

Year: 2019

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 14/02/2019

Acceptance date: 19/12/2018

Date deposited: 27/02/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2045-2322

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-38025-0

PubMed id: 30765719


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