Relationship of UV exposure to prevalence of multiple sclerosis in England

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 04/2011; 76(16):1410-4. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318216715e
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To assess the potential relationship of ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) exposure in explaining the period prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) in England.
English national Hospital Episode Statistics covering all admissions to National Health Service hospitals in England in the 7 years from 1998 to 2005 were used to obtain the period prevalences of MS and infectious mononucleosis (IM) in England. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's data on UVB intensity for England from the Nimbus 7 satellite was collected. The relationships among the 3 variables (MS prevalence, IM prevalence, and UVB intensity) were investigated.
The regression of MS against UVB intensity for all seasons had an r(2) of 0.61; when including the interaction of IM with seasonal UVB, the r(2) rose to 0.72.
UVB exposure and IM together can explain a substantial proportion of the variance of MS. The effect of UVB on generating vitamin D seems the most likely candidate for explaining its relationship with MS. There is a pressing need to investigate the role of vitamin D and EBV and how they might interact to influence MS risk to identify potential prevention strategies.

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    • "leosis distribute similarly and it has been shown that MS risk increases tenfold in patients infected with EBV during childhood=teenage years , when compared to populations of EBV - seronegatives ( Ascherio and Munger , 2007 ) . Interestingly , the risk of developing MS increases if low levels of vitamin D and EBV exposure occur concomi - tantly ( Ramagopalan et al . , 2011 ) . MS is considered a T - cell – mediated disease in which CD4 T helper ( Th ) cells of the Th17 and Th1 phenotype play a fundamental role in its pathogenesis ( Kebir et al . , 2009 ) . B cells are also essential in MS immunopathogenesis , as antibodies produced intrathecally are a fundamental feature of the disease ( i . e . oligoclon"
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    • "Another study demonstrated the increased risk of MS in individuals with a clinical history of IM [98, 99]. Recently, researchers from the United Kingdom studied the prevalence of MS and infectious mononucleosis (IM) and how they relate to ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure [100]. As previously shown in other studies, MS highly correlated with IM [101, 102]. "
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