The involvement of the immune system has been hypothesized in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In this study a significantly higher level of TNF-alpha and its soluble receptors, TNF-R1 and TNF-R2, has been found in plasma of patients affected by the sporadic form of ALS compared to normal subjects. The genetic analysis of the polymorphisms of TNF-alpha, TNF-R1 and TNF-R2 showed no statistically significant differences in alleles and genotype frequencies between patients and controls. These data suggest a participation of the immune system in response to as far unknown intracellular signals.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Immunology and Allergy