Serum levels of vitamin D, vitamin D-binding protein and vitamin D receptor in migraine patients from central Anatolia region

Celikbilek A., Gocmen A. Y., Zararsiz G., Tanik N., Ak H., Borekci E., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.68, no.10, pp.1272-1277, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ijcp.12456
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1272-1277
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: Inflammation is proposed to be involved in the pathogenesis of both vitamin D deficiency and migraine. However, the data examining the relation of vitamin D with migraine are limited. We aimed to investigate the serum levels of vitamin D, vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) and vitamin D receptor (VDR) in combination, in migraine patients from central Anatolia region. Methods: Fifty-two newly diagnosed migraine patients and age-and sex-matched 49 control subjects were enrolled in this cross-sectional prospective study. Migraine diagnosis was settled according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders-II diagnostic criteria. Serum samples were analysed for the measurement of vitamin D, VDBP and VDR levels by using commercial enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay kits. Results: Serum vitamin D and VDR levels were found to be significantly lower in migraine patients than in controls (p = 0.012 and p = 0.038, respectively); whereas serum VDBP levels were similar between the groups (p > 0.05). There was no correlation between serum vitamin D, VDBP and VDR levels and headache characteristics including aura, attack severity, frequency and duration, and disease duration (p > 0.05). In terms of headache characteristics, no significant difference between migraineurs with vitamin D values < 25 and >= 25 ng/ml was observed (p > 0.05). Conclusions: The present findings may suggest that decreased serum vitamin D levels were associated with migraine.