Methylprednisolone acts on peripheral blood mononuclear cells and endothelium in inhibiting migration phenomena in patients with multiple sclerosis

Maurizio Gelati, Elena Corsini, Marco De Rossi, Laura Masini, Gaetano Bernardi, Giorgio Massa, Amerigo Boiardi, Andrea Salmaggi

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Abstract

Background: Intravenous methylprednisolone hemisuccinate is administered to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) during exacerbations to improve the rate of recovery. Corticosteroids could be beneficial in MS exacerbations also by decreasing transmigration of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) through the blood-brain barrier. Objectives: To evaluate how in vivo intravenous methylprednisolone treatment in patients with MS could influence transmigration of PBMNCs in an in vitro model; to perform transmigration experiments through a methylprednisolone-treated endothelium with PBMNCs from untreated healthy control subjects to evaluate putative selective effects of corticosteroids on endothelium; concomitantly, to quantify the concentration of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 in supernatants of PBMNCs and in serum samples from methylprednisolone-treated patients with MS; to evaluate monokine induced by interferon-γ release in the supernatants of human umbilical vein endothelial cells treated with interferonγ alone or interferonγ and methylprednisolone; and to perform gene expression studies of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and PBMNCs from methylprednisolone-treated patients with MS. Patients: Eight patients with MS in exacerbation were studied before and 3 and 24 hours after intravenous methylprednisolone treatment, 1 g. Results: The absolute number of transmigrated PBMNCs from methylprednisolone-treated patients with MS significantly (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)774-780
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume59
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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