Vitamin B12, demyelination, remyelination and repair in multiple sclerosis

Ariel Miller, Maya Korem, Ronit Almog, Yanina Galboiz

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and vitamin B12 deficiency share common inflammatory and neurodegenerative pathophysiological characteristics. Due to similarities in the clinical presentations and MRI findings, the differential diagnosis between vitamin B12 deficiency and MS may be difficult. Additionally, low or decreased levels of vitamin B12 have been demonstrated in MS patients. Moreover, recent studies suggest that vitamin B12, in addition to its known role as a co-factor in myelin formation, has important immunomodulatory and neurotrophic effects. These observations raise the questions of possible causal relationship between the two disorders, and suggest further studies of the need to close monitoring of vitamin B12 levels as well as the potential requirement for supplementation of vitamin B12 alone or in combination with the immunotherapies for MS patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Immunomodulation
  • Immunotherapy
  • Interferon-β
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Vitamin B12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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