Med J Tabriz Uni Med Sciences Health Services. 2013;34(5): 19-23.
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Serum Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) Levels in Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration (E-ARMD)

Alireza Javadzadeh, Amir Ghorbanihaghjo*, Sima Manzori
*Corresponding Author: Email: E-mail: ghorbaniamir@hotmail.com


Background and Objectives: Exudative Age Related Macular degeneration (E-ARMD) is a multifactorial disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the plasma levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) as a factor involved in oxidative stress in patients with E-ARMD. Materials and Methods: In a case-control study, 45 patients with E-ARMD were compared with 45 sex- and age- matched healthy controls. The plasma levels of ADMA were measured by Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA) method in both groups. Results: The levels of ADMA were higher in patients with E-ARMD (0.84±0.23 μM) than normal controls (0.71±0.25 μM) and the difference was statistically significant (p=0.012). Conclusion: High levels of ADMA as an endogenous nitric oxide synthase inhibitors may have a role in oxidative stress in E-ARMD patients.
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Submitted: 28 Jan 2013
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