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Th1/Th2/Th17‑related cytokines in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients with sarcoidosis: association with smoking.
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PMID:  22814515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION:  Sarcoidosis is a multiorgan granulomatous disease of unknown etiology. The predominance of Th1‑related cytokines is observed in the bronchoalveolar fluid (BALF) in pulmonary sarcoidosis. Recently, Th17 cells have been postulated to be involved in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is more prevalent in nonsmokers than in smokers. The exact effect of smoking on granulomatous inflammation in this disease remains unclear.
OBJECTIVES:  The aim of the study was to evaluate the Th1/Th2/Th17‑related cytokine concentration in the BALF of patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis in relation to smoking status.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:  The study included 74 patients with confirmed pulmonary sarcoidosis. Data on smoking status were available for 61 patients (26 ever‑smokers, 35 never‑smokers; mean 11 ±9.1 pack‑years in smokers). The concentrations of interleukin (IL) 17A (IL‑17A), IL‑10, IL‑6, IL‑4, and IL‑2 as well as interferon γ (IFN‑γ) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF‑α) were measured in BALF supernatants using a flow cytometry method - the Cytometric Bead Array.
RESULTS:  The median concentration of IL‑6, IFN‑γ, and IL‑17A (2.19 pg/ml, 1.28 pg/ml, and 6.08 pg/ml, respectively) did not differ significantly between smokers and nonsmokers. TNF‑α, IL‑10, IL‑4 and IL‑2 levels were below the detection limit in most patients. We observed a significant correlation between IFN‑γ concentration and the number of macrophages in BALF (r = 0.66, P <0.05) and between IL‑17A and IL‑6 levels (r = 0.94, P <0.05).
CONCLUSIONS:  We confirmed a significant role of IL‑6, IFN‑γ, and IL‑17A in the local inflammatory response in sarcoidosis. However, the interpretation of the limited number of cytokine measurements should be made with caution. Further studies are needed to explain the effect of smoking on the pathomechanism of inflammation in sarcoidosis.
Tomasz Urbankowski; Grażyna Hoser; Joanna Domagała-Kulawik
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej     Volume:  122     ISSN:  1897-9483     ISO Abbreviation:  Pol. Arch. Med. Wewn.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-07-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401225     Medline TA:  Pol Arch Med Wewn     Country:  Poland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  320-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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