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Immunological alterations in intracranial aneurysm: a prospective study on selected biomarker profiles in blood collected during endovascular neurointervention

Krzysztof Bartnik1, Jarosław Żyłkowski1, Jakub Giziński1, Remigiusz Krysiak1, Urszula Wilkowojska2, Damian Strzemecki3, Tomasz P. Rygiel4, Przemysław Kunert5, Magdalena Januszewicz1


Introduction. Previous studies showed that the concentrations of selected chemokines are locally elevated in samples collected from the lumen of intracranial aneurysms (IA). Our objective was to determine whether the observed differences in analyte concentrations were influenced by the origin of the blood samples (i.e. cerebral versus peripheral), thus providing insight into the localised nature of these alterations and their significance in IA pathogenesis.

Material and methods. This prospective study included 24 patients with IA who underwent endovascular embolisation. Concentrations of selected analytes were analysed in blood samples from the IA lumen, feeding artery, and aorta. The analytes included MPO, Lipocalin-2/NGAL, sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and serum amyloid A.

Results. Higher median plasma concentrations of MPO, lipocalin-2/NGAL, sVCAM-1, and SAA were found in samples obtained from the IA lumen and the feeding artery compared to the aorta. The concentration of sICAM-1 was significantly higher in the IA compared to the aorta, but did not differ between the proximal artery and the aorta. No significant differences in any analyte concentration were observed between the IA and the proximal artery.

Conclusions. These findings suggest that the IA and the proximal vessel share similarities in the local immunological environment, which is different from that observed in the aorta. Further studies are needed to fully understand and elucidate these observations.

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