European Journal of Dermatology

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 577–582 | Cite as

Serum salusin-α and salusin-β levels in patients with Behcet’s disease

  • Ilker Erden
  • Betül Demir
  • Haydar Uçak
  • Demet Cicek
  • Selma Bakar Dertlioğlu
  • Suleyman Aydin
Investigative Report



Behcet’s disease (BD) is a chronic, relapsing, systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology. There is an increased predisposition to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (MetS) in BD patients.


The aim of this study was to determine serum salusin-α and salusin-β levels in BD patients and healthy controls and to investigate their association with MetS.

Patients and Methods

Twenty-five BD patients and 25 healthy controls were included in the study. Salusin-α and salusin-β levels were measured in blood samples using ELISA. In addition, BD patients and healthy controls were evaluated in terms of MetS.


The mean serum salusin-α level in BD patients was significantly lower compared to healthy controls (p = 0.03), whereas the mean serum salusin-β level in BD patients was significantly higher compared to healthy controls (p = 0.03). The mean serum salusin-α level was significantly lower in BD patients with MetS compared to BD patients without MetS (p = 0.04).


Serum salusin-α level (an anti-atherogenic molecule) was lower, while serum salusin-β level (a pro-atherogenic molecule) was higher in BD patients. We consider that the decrease in salusin-α and the increase in salusin-β levels contribute to the development of MetS.

Key words

Behcet’s Disease salusin-α salusin-β metabolic syndrome insulin resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilker Erden
    • 1
  • Betül Demir
    • 2
  • Haydar Uçak
    • 3
  • Demet Cicek
    • 2
  • Selma Bakar Dertlioğlu
    • 2
  • Suleyman Aydin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyElazig Education and Research HospitalElazigTurkey
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyFirat University Faculty of MedicineElazigTurkey
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyDicle University Medicine FacultyDiyarbakirTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Medical Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry (Firat Hormones Research Group)Firat University Faculty of MedicineElazigTurkey

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