Levels of caspase-1 in cerebrospinal fluid of patients with traumatic brain injury: Correlation with intracranial pressure and outcome

Jon Pérez-Bárcena, Catalina Crespí, Guillem Frontera, Juan Antonio Llompart-Pou, Osman Salazar, Victor Goliney, Javier Ibáñez, M. Ross Bullock, Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE The objectives of this study were to evaluate levels of inflammasome-signaling proteins in serum and CSF of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to correlate these protein levels with intracranial pressure (ICP) and clinical outcomes at 6 months after injury. METHODS This is a prospective and observational study in patients with moderate and severe TBI who required an external ventricular drain as part of their treatment. Serum and CSF samples were collected 3 times a day for the first 5 days after TBI. The authors have determined the protein concentration of caspase-1 in the CSF and serum of patients with TBI by using commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. The ICP value was recorded hourly. The 6-month outcome was assessed using the Glasgow Outcome Scale–Extended. RESULTS A total of 21 patients were included in this study, and a total of 234 paired serum-CSF samples were analyzed. The area under the curve (AUC) value of caspase-1 in CSF during the 5-day period was 2452.9 pg/mL•hr in the group of patients with high ICP vs 617.6 pg/mL•hr in the patients with low ICP. The differences were mainly on day 2 (19.7 pg/mL vs 1.8 pg/mL; p = 0.06) and day 3 (13.9 pg/mL vs 1 pg/mL; p = 0.05). The AUC value of caspase in CSF during the 5-day period was 1918.9 pg/mL•hr in the group of patients with poor outcome versus 924.5 pg/mL•hr in the patients with good outcome. The protein levels of caspase-1 in CSF were higher in patients with unfavorable outcomes during the first 96 hours after TBI. CONCLUSIONS In this cohort of patients with TBI who were admitted to the neurosurgical ICU, the inflammasome protein caspase-1 is increased in the CSF of patients with high ICP, especially on days 2 and 3 after TBI. Also the protein levels of caspase-1 in CSF were higher in patients with poor outcome during the first 96 hours after TBI. Moreover, not only the absolute value of caspase-1 in CSF but also its trend is associated with poor outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1644-1649
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume134
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Inflammasome
  • Inflammation
  • Innate immunity
  • Intracranial pressure
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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