Beta-endorphin, immunological and biochemical changes in synovial fluid in rheumatic disorders
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In 120 patients with rheumatic disorders concomitant assays of serum and synovial fluid were done for acute phase reactants, immunoglobulins and the neuropeptide beta-endorphin. One-third of the patients with rheumatoid disease demonstrated synovial fluid levels of endorphin to be several-fold higher than serum levels, while in two-thirds the opposite results were found. These changes are discussed as adaptive or defense mechanisms. The synovial membrane is postulated to synthesize beta-endorphin.
Key wordsBeta-Endorphin Acute Phase Reactant Synovial Fluid Rheumatic Disorders
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