Authors: RAMAZAN DERTLİ, MUHARREM KESKİN, MURAT BIYIK, HÜSEYİN ATASEVEN, HAKKI POLAT, ALİ DEMİR, PEMBE OLTULU, SALİM NEŞELİOĞLU, ÖZCAN EREL, MEHMET ASIL
Abstract: Background/aim: Thiol-disulfide homeostasis is an important antioxidant defense mechanism. This study was conducted to investigate dynamic thiol-disulfide homeostasis in patients with hepatitis B virus-related chronic hepatitis and liver cirrhosis. Materials and methods: Seventy-one treatment-naive patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), 50 patients with hepatitis B virusassociated liver cirrhosis, and 45 healthy controls were included in the study. Serum total and native thiol concentrations and serum disulfide concentrations were measured using an automated method. Results: Mean serum total thiol concentrations in the control, CHB, and cirrhosis groups were 481.64 ± 37.87 µmol/L, 438.50 ± 71.35 µmol/L, and 358.07 ± 80.47 µmol/L, respectively (P < 0.001), and mean serum native thiol concentrations in the control, CHB, and cirrhosis groups were 452.92 ± 36.43 µmol/L, 400.16 ± 65.92 µmol/L, and 328.15 ± 74.91 µmol/L, respectively (P < 0.001). Mean serum disulfide concentrations in the control, CHB, and cirrhosis groups were 14.38 ± 3.38 µmol/L, 19.19 ± 6.16 µmol/L, and 14.98 ± 5.53 µmol/L, respectively (P < 0.001). There was a progressive decrease in both mean serum native and total thiol concentrations parallel to the liver fibrosis stage. Conclusion: : Thiol-disulfide homeostasis is disturbed in patients with hepatitis B virus-related chronic hepatitis and liver cirrhosis.
Keywords: Hepatitis B, thiols, disulfides, oxidative stress
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