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Serum mucosa-associated epithelial chemokine (MEC/CCL28) in atopic dermatitis: a specific marker for severity.
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PMID:  19659860     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Mucosa-associated epithelial chemokine (MEC; CCL28) is considered to be pivotal in mediating the migration of CC chemokine receptor 3- and 10- (CCR3- and CCR10)-expressing, skin-homing, memory, cutaneous lymphocyte-associated antigen-positive (CLA(+)) T cells. CCL28 is selectively and continuously expressed by epidermal keratinocytes, but highly upregulated in inflammatory skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (AD). AIM: This controlled longitudinal study was designed to evaluate the expression of CCL28 in serum in childhood AD and bronchial asthma (BA), and its possible relationship to disease severity and activity. METHODS: Serum CCL28 levels were measured in 36 children with AD, 23 with BA, 14 with both conditions, and 21 healthy age- and sex-matched controls. Sixteen patients in the AD group were followed up and resampled for serum CCL28 after clinical remission. Serum CCL28 levels were correlated with some AD disease activity and severity variables. RESULTS: Serum CCL28 levels in AD, whether during flare [median, 1530 pg/mL; mean +/- standard deviation (SD) = 1590.4 +/- 724.3 pg/mL] or quiescence (median, 1477 pg/mL; mean +/- SD = 1575.2 +/- 522.1 pg/mL), were significantly higher than those in healthy children (median, 301 pg/mL; mean +/- SD = 189.6 +/- 92.8 pg/mL); however, the levels during flare and quiescence were statistically comparable. The serum levels in BA (median, 340 pg/mL; mean +/- SD = 201.6 +/- 109.5 pg/mL) were significantly lower than those in the AD group, and comparable with those in healthy controls. Serum CCL28 levels in severe AD were significantly higher than those in mild and moderate cases, and correlated positively with the calculated severity scores [Leicester Sign Score (LSS) and Scoring Atopic Dermatitis (SCORAD)]. CCL28 levels during the exacerbation of AD were positively correlated with the corresponding values during remission, the peripheral absolute eosinophil counts, and serum lactate dehydrogenase levels. Serum CCL28 levels were not correlated with the serum total immunoglobulin E values in AD. CONCLUSIONS: Our data reinforce the concept that CCL28 might contribute to the pathogenesis of AD, probably through the selective migration and infiltration of effector/memory T-helper-2 cells in the skin. CCL28 may also represent an objective prognostic marker for disease severity. Further studies may pave the way for CCL28 antagonism among adjuvant therapeutic strategies.
Mohamed Hesham Mohamed Ezzat; Mohamed Abdelnaeem Sallam; Kareem Yehia Ali Shaheen
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of dermatology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1365-4632     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-07     Completed Date:  2009-10-29     Revised Date:  2009-12-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243704     Medline TA:  Int J Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  822-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
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MeSH Terms
Asthma / blood,  diagnosis,  immunology
Biological Markers / blood*
Cell Movement / immunology
Chemokines, CC / blood*
Child, Preschool
Dermatitis, Atopic / blood*,  diagnosis*,  immunology
Epithelium / immunology,  metabolism
Sensitivity and Specificity
Severity of Illness Index*
T-Lymphocytes, Helper-Inducer / cytology,  immunology
Up-Regulation / immunology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biological Markers; 0/CCL28 protein, human; 0/Chemokines, CC

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