Author(s): GonzlezQuintela A, DominguezSantalla MJ, Prez LF, Vidal C, Lojo S,
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Abstract Cytokine balance alterations are responsible for some of the systemic and hepatic manifestations of alcoholism. The present study was aimed to evaluate the influence of both acute alcohol abstinence (in alcoholics) and acute alcohol intake (in healthy subjects) on serum IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and IL-12 levels. Serum cytokine concentrations were determined on admission and after a median of 6 days of ethanol abstinence in 29 patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The same determinations were made in five healthy volunteers at baseline and after 36 h of a single 60 g-dose alcohol intake. Increased serum levels of IL-6, IL-10 and, to a lesser extent IL-8, declined in the few days after alcohol abstinence in patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Serum IL-8 values increased after alcohol intake in healthy subjects. Rapid variation of serum cytokine levels along with alcohol intake or abstinence should be taken into account in cytokine studies in alcohol abusers. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.
This article was published in Cytokine
and referenced in Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence