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The ischemia modified albumin and mean platelet volume levels in patients with Behçet’s disease

Sevilay Kılıç
Selda Işık
Meliha Merve Hiz
Dilek Ülker Çakır
Hakan Türkön
Sibel Cevizci
Zerrin Ogretmen

Adv Dermatol Allergol 2016; XXXIII (5): 345-348
Online publish date: 2016/10/21
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Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic multisystemic inflammatory disorder. In 1937, Hulusi Behçet, a Turkish dermatologist, described the disease as a triad of oral aphthae, genital ulcer and uveitis. The disease is generally characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions, central nervous system and other internal organ symptoms with visual system abnormalities [1, 2]. Since 1990, the disease’s definition has been based on the International Study Group criteria as a recurrent oral aphthosis with two of the following criteria: skin lesions (erythema nodosum, papulopustular lesions), eye lesions (anterior uveitis, posterior uveitis, retinal vasculitis), genital ulcers and positive pathergy test [3]. It is well known that there is inflammation-induced thrombosis and endothelial dysfunction associated with BD [4–6].
Platelet function is a main factor in homeostasis and thrombosis. Mean platelet volume (MPV) signifies the platelet function and activity. The MPV can be associated with thrombosis in BD patients [7].
Ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) is a marker used in the detection of the myocardial ischemia. During ischemia, the metal binding capacity of the albumin decreases due to an alteration of the amino terminal end (N-terminus); metal binding site of albumin [8]. Ischemia-modified albumin levels are also reported to be increased in diseases associated with oxidative stress and vascular endothelial cell dysfunction [9].


The aim of this study was to see whether MPV and IMA levels are useful in revealing oxidative stress and vascular dysfunction in patients with BD.

Material and methods

The study was carried out at the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Turkey. A total of 26 patients with BD and 28 controls were included in the study. Patients having any systemic disease were excluded from the study. Informed consent was obtained from all of the participants. BD diagnosis was made based on the International Study Group criteria.
All blood samples from the volunteers were collected in EDTA-containing tubes to prevent coagulation. A 500 ml fresh blood sample was separated using other EDTA-containing tubes for MPV analyses. The remaining blood samples were centrifuged at 3,000 rpm for 10 min to obtain serum, and then stored at –80°C until the IMA analysis. Ischemia-modified albumin levels were detected by measuring the albumin bound cobalt level in serum samples of the study participants. Therefore, a 200 µl serum sample was directly added into 50 µl of 0.1% cobalt chloride solution, and then gently mixed. After that, the sample was incubated for 10 min at room temperature for cobalt albumin binding. Dithiothreitol (50 µl of a 1.5 g/l solution) was added as a colorizing agent, and then the reaction was stopped by adding 1.0 ml of 0.9% NaCl after 2 min. The absorbance of the mixture was examined against a blind sample (a serum cobalt blank exclusion DTT) at 470 nm (Hitachi U-2900 Spectrophotometer). Beckman Coulter LH 780 analyzer (Beckman Coulter, Inc., CA, USA) was used to evaluate the MPV.

Statistical analysis

Statistical analysis was done using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA), version 19.0. Compliance with the normal distribution of the variables was analyzed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. The data mean, standard deviation, frequency, and percentage values were used in the presented descriptive data. For the comparison of the IMA and MPV values of both groups, Mann Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used. To be considered statistically significant, 95% confidence interval and p-values under 0.05 were considered statistically significant.


A total of 26 patients with BD and 28 controls were included in this study. Twenty-two (84.6%) of the 26 patients with BD were female, and 4 (15.4%) were male. The mean age of the patients with BD was 40.3 ±12.1. The demographic characteristics of the control groups were correlated to the BD group. The mean duration of BD was 6.67 ±8.78 years. Four patients with BD were smoking cigarettes and three were consuming alcohol. All of the patients had recurrent oral aphthosis and genital ulcers. Four patients had ocular association (14.8%), 26 patients had skin lesions (erythema nodosum, papulopustular lesions) and two had a positive pathergy test. In addition, 5 patients had superficial venous thrombophlebitis. Eight patients with BD were in an active phase of the disease during the study period.
At the end of the study, the mean MPV values were identified as 0.86 ±0.15 and 0.82 ±0.08 (in the BD and control groups, respectively; p = 0.188) and the mean IMA values were 9.39 ±0.73 and 9.17 ±1.09 (in the BD and control groups, respectively; p = 0.275). There were no statistically significant differences between the groups (Table 1).
When we compared BD patients in the active phase with those in an inactive phase or control groups, a significant difference was found in the IMA values (p = 0.041). However, we could not find the same correlation for MPV values among the groups (Table 2).
The IMA and MPV values of the thrombotic patients, non-thrombotic patients and control groups were not significant (Table 2).


In recent years, the IMA and MPV levels have been studied in diseases related to endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress [9–12]. The MPV, a determinant of platelet function, is considered to be an indicator of thrombosis [7]. The IMA is presented as a marker of ischemia, oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction [8, 9]. The pathogenesis of BD is not exactly known but accepted to be a multisystemic inflammatory disease prone to thrombosis [5]. Therefore, we hypothesized that there might be a connection of the pathogenesis of BD to the IMA and MPV values. Based on our results, we found that the IMA value was remarkable during the active state of BD.
In examining the literature, we saw different conclusions on the IMA and MPV levels in BD and other systemic diseases related to oxidative stress. As we know, there are few studies on these combinations of parameters in BD [7, 11]. Ozdemir et al. reported increased IMA levels in patients with psoriasis due to an adaptive response to oxidative stress and systemic inflammation [9]. Capkın et al. presented IMA as a marker for BD patients with vascular involvement [11]. However, Erem et al. found the IMA irrelevant to oxidative stress [13]. Similar to our study, Ozyazgan et al. revealed IMA values to be higher during the active state of BD patients [14].
Ricart et al. claimed no correlation between the MPV values and thrombosis in BD patients [15]. Conversely, Acikgoz et al. showed the MPV levels to be higher in BD patients with thrombosis [7]. Subsequently, they suggested antiplatelet therapy when accepting the MPV as a predictor of tendency to thrombosis. In our study, we did not find any significant difference regarding the MPV values in either active or inactive states of BD and in patients with or without thrombosis. So we believe that the MPV cannot be an explicit marker for determining thrombotic complications in BD.
We think that such different results indicate that the pathogenesis of oxidative stress-related diseases and pro-thrombotic diseases like BD are multi-factorial. Therefore, markers like the IMA and MPV cannot be the primary markers but may guide clinicians on the progress of the disease.


Based on our results, the IMA may be a helpful marker of possible complications during an active period of BD. However, further research on this topic is needed.


This study was conducted in the Dermatology Department of the Training and Research Hospital of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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