Urine neopterin in childhood acute demyelinating diseases: Potential for differential diagnosis.

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Kayaoğlu M. Y., Girgin G., Solmaz I., Baydar T., Anlar B.

Multiple sclerosis and related disorders, vol.59, pp.103662, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.msard.2022.103662
  • Journal Name: Multiple sclerosis and related disorders
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.103662
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) in childhood include clinically and radiologically defined diseases such as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disorder (MOGAD). Differentiation between these phenotypes can be difficult and cases not meeting established diagnostic criteria may remain without any specific diagnosis for months. Laboratory markers can assist in the diagnosis and management of these diseases. Previous studies suggest serum kynurenine-tryptophan pathway products and serum neopterin as biomarkers for CNS autoimmune diseases. Because urine is a reliable and repeatable source for analysis of these products with the additional advantage of easy sampling, we measured neopterin concentrations in serum and urine samples, urinary biopterin and serum kynurenine-tryptophan levels in autoimmune demyelinating diseases of CNS: pediatric multiple sclerosis (pMS, n = 27), MOGAD (n = 10), NMOSD (n = 5) patients and a control group consisting of healthy children or children with non-inflammatory diseases (n = 13), total 55 children. Methods were high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for neo-pterin, biopterin and creatinine in urine and kynurenine and tryptophan in serum; ELISA was used for serum neopterin. Comparison for biomarkers between all diagnostic groups showed urinary neopterin values were significantly higher in the pMS group (p = 0.002). The cut-off point determined by ROC analysis indicated urinary neopterin > 167.75 mu mol/mol creatinine could distinguish the patients from the controls with a sensi-tivity of 71% and specificity of 90%. The most significant difference was between the pMS and control groups (p = 0.002) while no difference was observed between pMS patients who were in relapse or stable state. Therefore, urinary neopterin appeared as a potential marker that could differentiate pMS from other demyelinating patient groups MOGAD and NMOSD as well as from controls. The fact that pteridine pathway products had not been studied in urine and serum in children with demyelinating disease before highlights the novelty of this study. If further research in larger samples confirm the present results, these molecules might assist the differential diagnosis of pMS from other demyelinating CNS diseases.