Imperial College London

Professor Paul M. Matthews

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Edmond and Lily Safra Chair, Head of Department



+44 (0)20 7594 2855p.matthews




Ms Siobhan Dillon +44 (0)20 7594 2855




E502Burlington DanesHammersmith Campus






BibTex format

author = {Gafson, AR and Thorne, T and McKechnie, CIJ and Jimenez, B and Nicholas, R and Matthews, PM},
doi = {10.1038/s41598-018-35232-7},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
title = {Lipoprotein markers associated with disability from multiple sclerosis},
url = {},
volume = {8},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Altered lipid metabolism is a feature of chronic infammatory disorders. Increased plasma lipids andlipoproteins have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity. Our objective was tocharacterise the specifc lipids and associated plasma lipoproteins increased in MS and to test for anassociation with disability. Plasma samples were collected from 27 RRMS patients (median EDSS,1.5, range 1–7) and 31 healthy controls. Concentrations of lipids within lipoprotein sub-classes weredetermined from NMR spectra. Plasma cytokines were measured using the MesoScale DiscoveryV-PLEX kit. Associations were tested using multivariate linear regression. Diferences between thepatient and volunteer groups were found for lipids within VLDL and HDL lipoprotein sub-fractions(p<0.05). Multivariate regression demonstrated a high correlation between lipids within VLDLsub-classes and the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) (p<0.05). An optimal model for EDSSincluded free cholesterol carried by VLDL-2, gender and age (R2=0.38, p<0.05). Free cholesterolcarried by VLDL-2 was highly correlated with plasma cytokines CCL-17 and IL-7 (R2=0.78, p<0.0001).These results highlight relationships between disability, infammatory responses and systemic lipidmetabolism in RRMS. Altered lipid metabolism with systemic infammation may contribute to immuneactivation.
AU - Gafson,AR
AU - Thorne,T
AU - McKechnie,CIJ
AU - Jimenez,B
AU - Nicholas,R
AU - Matthews,PM
DO - 10.1038/s41598-018-35232-7
PY - 2018///
SN - 2045-2322
TI - Lipoprotein markers associated with disability from multiple sclerosis
T2 - Scientific Reports
UR -
UR -
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VL - 8
ER -