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Medical Ozone Shown to Reduce Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis (and Possibly Lyme Disease)

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Editor’s Note: While this study examines the effects of ozone upon people with Multiple Sclerosis, much evidence has linked chronic Lyme disease to MS; therefore, the results are likely to be relevant for patients with Lyme disease, as well, and suggest that ozone also may be a potentially beneficial therapy for those with Lyme.

 Medical ozone promotes Nrf2 phosphorylation reducing oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory cytokines in multiple sclerosis patients

Abstract

Oxidative stress and inflammation play key roles in the pathogenesis of Multiple sclerosis (MS). Different drugs have been used in the clinical practice, however, there is not a completely effective treatment. Due to its potential therapeutic action, medical ozone represents a promising approach for neurodegenerative disorders.

The aim of the present study was to address the role of ozone therapy on the cellular redox state in MS patients. Ozone (20μg/ml) was administered three times per week during a month by rectal insufflation. The effect of ozone therapy on biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation was addressed by spectrophotometric and immunoenzymatic assays. Furthermore, we investigated the action of ozone on CK2 expression and Nrf2 phosphorylation by western blotting analysis.

Medical ozone significantly improved (P < 0.05) the activity of antioxidant enzymes and increased the levels of cellular reduced glutathione. In accordance, a significant reduction (P < 0.05) of oxidative damage on lipids and proteins was observed in ozone-treated patients. As well, the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines TNFα and IL-1β were lower after ozone treatment.  Ozone therapy incremented the CK2 expression together with Nrf2 phosphorylation in mononuclear cells of MS patients.

These findings suggest that ozone´s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects might be partially associated with an induction of Nrf2 phosphorylation and activation. These results provide new insights on the molecular events modulated by ozone, and pointed out ozone therapy as a potential therapeutic alternative for MS patients.

Source: By Delgado-Roche L1, Riera-Romo M2, Mesta F3, Hernández-Matos Y4, Barrios JM5, Martínez-Sánchez G6, Al-Dalaien SM7.  Medical ozone promotes Nrf2 phosphorylation reducing oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory cytokines in multiple sclerosis patients. Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Sep 15;811:148-154. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2017.06.017. Epub 2017 Jun 13

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