Recently, it was reported that there may be an activation of the inflammatory response system in detoxified alcohol-dependent patients without apparent liver disease (AWLD). The aims of the present study were to examine serum zinc (Zn) concentrations, total serum protein (TSP) and patterns obtained in the electrophoretically separated protein fractions in relation to serum interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8 concentrations in detoxified AWLD patients. Zn, TSP, SP electrophoresis, and serum IL-6 and IL-8 concentrations were determined in detoxified AWLD patients and age-matched healthy volunteers. Serum Zn, TSP and the serum concentrations of albumin (Alb) and the β fraction were significantly lower in detoxified AWLD patients than in healthy volunteers. The percent age of the α2 fraction was significantly higher in detoxified AWLD patients. Lower serum Zn in detoxified AWLD patients was attributable to lowered serum Alb. Lower serum Alb was significantly and negatively correlated to increased serum IL-8. The percentage of the α1 and α2 fractions were significantly and positively related to serum IL-6 and IL-8. The results show that there is an in vivo activation of the inflammatory response system in detoxified AWLD patients and that lower serum Zn may be causally related to lower serum Alb.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
- Alcohol dependence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health