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Human Studies


2019 Oct 19

Toxins (Basel)



Plasma Levels of Oxidative Stress Markers, before and after Treatment, in Chronic Migraine.


Dini E, Mazzucchi S, De Luca C, Cafalli M, Chico L, Lo Gerfo A, Siciliano G, Bonuccelli U, Baldacci F, Gori S
Toxins (Basel). 2019 Oct 19; 11(10).
PMID: 31635021.


The pathophysiological mechanisms of migraine transformation are debated. Modifications of plasma oxidative stress biomarkers have been described in chronic migraine. OnabotulintoxinA (BoNT/A) treatment, approved for chronic migraine prophylaxis, possibly reduces pain neurotransmitters release and oxidative stress products. Aims of our study were to investigate differences in the levels of selected plasmatic oxidative stress biomarkers (Advanced Oxidation Protein Products (AOPP), Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP), Thiolic Groups (SH)) comparing chronic migraineurs (CM) and healthy controls (HC). We also explored possible clinical and biochemical modifications in the CM group after six months of treatment with BoNT/A. At the baseline, we found higher values of AOPP ( < 0.001), and lower values of SH ( < 0.001) and FRAP ( = 0.005) in the CM group. At the six-month follow-up we found a reduction of AOPP ( < 0.001) and an increase of FRAP ( < 0.001) and SH ( = 0.023) within the CM group. BoNT/A treatment improved migraine symptoms in the CM group. We confirmed previous reports of imbalanced antioxidant mechanisms in chronic migraine showing lower antioxidant capacities in patients than controls. BoNT/A improved the levels of plasma oxidative stress biomarkers and confirmed its role as an effective prophylactic treatment for CM. Other studies should investigate the potential antioxidant properties of BoNT/A treatment.