Evaluation of Serum Superoxide Dismutase Activity, Malondialdehyde, and Zinc and Copper Levels in Patients With Keratoconus
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) as a lipid peroxidation marker, and some trace elements such as zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) levels in patients with keratoconus. Methods: A total of 58 patients with keratoconus and 53 control subjects with similar age and sex were evaluated in this study. The modified Krumeich keratoconus classification was used to divide the patients into 4 stages. Serum SOD activity, MDA, and zinc and copper levels were compared between the patient and control groups. Results: The median serum SOD activity, MDA, and Zn and Cu levels were 27.2 (42.4-13.7) U/mL, 10.2 (11.9-8.5) nmol/mL, 87.9 (104.6-76.5) mu mol/L, and 103.2 (117.9-90.3) mu mol/L in the keratoconus group and 26.2 (32.5-14.4) U/mL, 8.8 (11.4-7.1) nmol/mL, 100.5 (121.1-81.8) mu mol/L, and 98.4 (120.3-83.4) mu mol/L in the control group, respectively. There was a statistically significant difference between the MDA and Zn levels of the keratoconus group and control subjects but not between the respective SOD activities or Cu levels (P = 0.016, P = 0.031, P = 0.440, and P = 0.376, respectively). We found no significant difference between the keratoconus group stages for serum SOD activity, serum MDA, and Zn and Cu levels (P > 0.05), and there was also no significant correlation between the keratoconus group stages and serum SOD activity, serum MDA, and Zn and Cu levels (P > 0.05). Conclusions: There is imbalance in the systemic oxidant/antioxidant status where Zn deficiency also plays a role in patients with keratoconus.