Hepatocyte Growth Factor Levels in Cerebrospinal Fluid: A Comparison between Acute Bacterial and Nonbacterial Meningitis
2000 (English)In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0022-1899, Vol. 181, no 6, 2092-2094 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The organotrophic functions of the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) have been the subject of several studies. In the more recent studies, this function has been reported in the brain. In the present study, we have measured the levels of HGF in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and sera from 78 patients divided into 6 different groups according to central nervous system (CNS) infection and control. Quantitative measurements of HGF in the CSF and serum were performed by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Elevated values of CSF HGF were found in the patients with acute bacterial/probable bacterial meningitis (P < .001), compared with nonbacterial CNS infections and facial palsy, as well as with a control group without signs of CNS involvement. The values of CSF HGF were not correlated to blood-brain-barrier disruption in the groups. These observations might indicate an intrathecal production of HGF in acute bacterial/probable bacterial meningitis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 181, no 6, 2092-2094 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25911DOI: 10.1086/315506Local ID: 10353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25911DiVA: diva2:246459