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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 75  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 268--271

Determination of oxidative stress in vitiligo by measuring superoxide dismutase and catalase levels in vitiliginous and non-vitiliginous skin

1 Department of Dermatology, King George Hospital, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Correspondence Address:
G Raghu Rama Rao
Gopal Sadan, D. No: 15-1-2C, Naoroji Road, Maharanipeta, Visakhapatnam - 530 002
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.48427

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Background: Vitiligo is an acquired disorder characterized by circumscribed depigmented macules devoid of identifiable melanocytes. Complex genetic, immunological, neural and self destructive mechanisms interplay in its pathogenesis. According to autocytotoxic hypothesis, oxidative stress has been suggested to be the initial pathogenic event in melanocyte degeneration. Aims: The aim of our investigation was to evaluate the role of oxidative stress by measuring levels of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) in lesional and normal skin of patients with vitiligo and in the skin of normal controls. Methods: We determined the activity of SOD in lesional and non-lesional skin and CAT in lesional skin only of 25 vitiligo patients and 25 controls by using the spectrophotometric assay and Aebi's method, respectively. Results: There was statistically significant increase in the levels of SOD in vitiliginous and non vitiliginous skin of patient group compared to the control group ( P < 0.001). No significant difference was found between the levels of SOD in lesional skin and non-lesional skin of vitiligo patients. The levels of CAT in the skin of patients were found to be significantly lower than those of controls ( P < 0.001). Conclusions: There is increased oxidative stress in vitiligo as is indicated by high levels of SOD and low levels of CAT in the skin of vitiligo patients.


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