Background: The 8-hydroxy-2 deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) is a product of nucleoside oxidation of DNA and a reliable marker of oxidative stress markers. Increased levels of oxidative stress have been reported in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with various neurodegenerative disorders.
Objective: In search of a biochemical indicator of Parkinson's disease (PD), we analyzed the levels 8-OHdG in the CSF of 99 patients, using ELISA to assess the differences between various neurodegenerative disorders.
Results: Statistically significant higher CSF levels (p = 0.022) of 8-OHdG in non-demented PD patients as compared to the control group were observed. No differences between CSF 8-OHdG levels and age at the time of lumbar puncture, presence or severity of dementia, or gender were found.
Conclusions: 8-OHdG levels could be potentially useful in the neurochemically supported diagnosis of PD.
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