Blood levels of reduced and oxidized glutathione in malignant and non-malignant human colorectal lesions

Maria Luisa Boisio, Franco Merlo, Hugo Martines, Mauro Esposito

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Glutathione blood levels were determined in colorectal cancer patients (n = 10), patients with adenomatous colorectal polyps (n = 8), and healthy subjects (control group; n = 10). Mean GSH level (μg/ml) was significantly higher in cancer patients [515.4 ± 76.1 (S.D.)] than in those with polyps [407.7 ± 90.5 (S.D.), P <0.05] and the control group [360.9 ± 67.9 (S.D.), P <0.001]. Statistically significant lower GSSG blood levels were observed in cancer patients when compared to the other groups. The highest mean blood GSH/GSSG ratio (log transformed) was observed in cancer patients [2.17 ± 0.108 (S.D.)] and the lowest in healthy subjects [1.88 ± 0.032 (S.D.)]. All between-group differences in the GSH/GSSG ratio were statistically significant. These findings suggest that glutathione blood levels as well as GSH/GSSG ratio may have applicability as a guide for following the activity of colorectal diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-91
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer and Clinical Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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