alexa Elevated Levels of T-helper 17-associated Cytokines in Diabetes Type I Patients: Indicators for Following the Course of Disease.
Immunology

Immunology

Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

Author(s): Baharlou R, AhmadiVasmehjani A, Davami MH, Faraji F, Atashzar MR,

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is thought to involve chronic inflammation, which is manifested by the activation and expression of different inflammatory mediators. Th1- and Th17-associated cytokines are factors that have been shown to exert profound pro-inflammatory activities and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of T1D in mice and humans. OBJECTIVES: Therefore, the aim of this case control study was to determine the serum level of IL-17, IL-21, IL-27, transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), and IFN-γ and their reciprocal relationship in Iranian T1D patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 48 T1D patients and 49 healthy individuals with no history of malignancies or autoimmune disorders based on simple sampling. The serum levels of IL-17, IL-21, IL-27, TGF-β, and IFN-γ were measured by the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). RESULTS: The serum levels of IL-17 and IL-21 were significantly higher in T1D patients compared to the healthy individuals (p = 0.005 and 0.01, respectively), but interestingly, the opposite was the case for IL-27 (p < 0.0001). However, there were no significant differences in TGF-β and IFN-γ between both groups. In addition, IL-17/IFN-γ and IL-17/IL-27 ratios were higher in patients compared to the control group. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicated dominant Th17-associated IL-17, suggesting a shift from the Treg and Th1 phenotypes toward the Th17 phenotype. Therefore, it can promote inflammation in β cells in T1D. In addition, it suggests the role of Th17 and Th17/Th1 ratios as a potential contributor to β cells destruction and the Th17/Th1 response ratio may provide a novel biomarker for rapid T1D diagnosis before the destruction of β cells and progression of the disease to the clinical end stages. This article was published in Immunol Invest and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

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