The authors studied the association of an exon 4 (E4*ε2/3/4) and three promoter polymorphisms of APOE with disease course and severity stratified by gender in 221 patients with multiple sclerosis from two overlapping population-based prevalence cohorts. Women carriers of the E4*ε2 allele took longer to attain an Expanded Disability Status Scale score of 6 (p = 0.015) and had more favorable ranked severity scores than noncarriers (p = 0.009). There was no association in men. Alleles ε3 or ε4 and promoter polymorphisms were not associated with disease course or severity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Mar 9 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology