Publications by authors named "Anderson Rodrigues de Almeida"

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Development, Characterization, and Immunomodulatory Evaluation of Carvacrol-loaded Nanoemulsion.

Molecules 2021 Jun 25;26(13). Epub 2021 Jun 25.

Laboratory of Synthesis and Drug Delivery, State University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, PB 58071-160, Brazil.

Carvacrol (CV) is an essential oil with numerous therapeutic properties, including immunomodulatory activity. However, this effect has not been studied in nanoemulsion systems. The objective of this study was to develop an innovative carvacrol-loaded nanoemulsion (CVNE) for immunomodulatory action. The developed CVNE comprised of 5% / oily phase (medium chain triglycerides + CV), 2% / surfactants (Tween 80/Span 80), and 93% / water, and was produced by ultrasonication. Dynamic light scattering over 90 days was used to characterize CVNE. Cytotoxic activity and quantification of cytokines were evaluated in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) culture supernatants. CVNE achieved a drug loading of 4.29 mg/mL, droplet size of 165.70 ± 0.46 nm, polydispersity index of 0.14 ± 0.03, zeta potential of -10.25 ± 0.52 mV, and good stability for 90 days. CVNE showed no cytotoxicity at concentrations up to 200 µM in PBMCs. CV diminished the production of IL-2 in the PBMC supernatant. However, CVNE reduced the levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-2, IL-17, and IFN-γ at 50 µM. In conclusion, a stable CVNE was produced, which improved the CV immunomodulatory activity in PBMCs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/molecules26133899DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8271444PMC
June 2021

Genetic variants in are related to lower galectin-3 serum levels and clinical outcomes in systemic sclerosis patients: A case-control study.

Autoimmunity 2021 Jun 11;54(4):187-194. Epub 2021 May 11.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas (LINAT), Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica - Suely Galdino (NUPIT-SG), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE, Brazil.

Introduction: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare complex disease characterized by vascular damage, autoimmunity, and extensive skin and internal organs fibrosis. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is encoded by gene (Lectin, Galactoside-Binding, Soluble, 3; 14q22.3) and it has been reported to play a central role in self-tolerance, inflammation, and fibrosis.

Objective: To investigate associations among single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and serum levels Gal-3 and SSc susceptibility and their clinical features.

Methods: A case-control study with 88 patients and 151 matched controls was performed. variants were analyzed by the TaqMan real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system whereas Gal-3 serum levels were measured by sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Associations among genotypes, clinical features, and Gal-3 levels were performed by univariable and multivariable analysis through statistical packages.

Results: The rs4652 A/C genotype was more frequent in SSc patients than controls according to overdominant model [OR 1.89 (CI 95% 1.01 - 3.52);  = .046]. Also, rs4652 C/C polymorphic genotype was associated with lower patient Gal-3 levels ( = .03) and control group ( = 0.005), as noted by generalized linear model (GLM). The rs1009977 G/T controls showed higher Gal-3 levels than wild-type and polymorphic genotypes ( = .03); however, in SSc patients, no difference was found. None of the SNPs or Gal-3 levels was associated with clinical manifestations in SSc patients. Considering only the SSc group, GLM analysis pointed rs4652 and rs2075601, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), myopathy, and health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) and scleroderma health assessment questionnaire (SHAQ) as important predictors for Gal-3 levels.

Conclusion: The rs4652 A/C was more frequent in SSc patients and related to lower Gal-3 levels. These findings were corroborated through a GLM to estimate Gal-3 values. Also, by model equations, Gal-3 levels may be predicted by HAQ, SHAQ, PAH, myopathy, and rs4652 and rs2075601 factors. In these ways, we suggest that galectins may be promising biomarkers to identify susceptibility to SSc as well as to identify HAQ, SHAQ, PAH, and myopathy outcomes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08916934.2021.1919881DOI Listing
June 2021

Increased levels of the soluble oncostatin M receptor (sOSMR) and glycoprotein 130 (sgp130) in systemic sclerosis patients and associations with clinical parameters.

Immunobiology 2020 05 22;225(3):151964. Epub 2020 May 22.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil. Electronic address:

Objective: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the serum levels of soluble oncostatin M (OSM), OSM receptor (sOSMR) and glycoprotein130 (sgp130) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), and the possible associations and correlations with clinical parameters.

Methods: Serum levels of OSM, sOSMR and sgp130 were evaluated by ELISA in eighty-four SSc patients and eighty-four healthy volunteers.

Results: SSc patients had significantly elevated levels of sOSMR and sgp130 when compared with healthy individuals (p < 0.0001 and p = 0.025, respectively). Diffuse cutaneous SSc and limited cutaneous SSc patients also presented higher levels of sOSMR when compared with healthy individuals (p = 0.003 and p = 0.0001, respectively). Patients with digital ulcers presented higher levels of sOSMR when compared to those without ulcers (p = 0.034). However, sOSMR levels were lower in patients with esophageal dysfunction than patients without this involvement (p = 0.038). OSM levels were undetectable in serum from SSc patients and healthy volunteers.

Conclusion: Serum levels of sOSMR and sgp130 are elevated in patients with systemic sclerosis. In addition, associations were observed with important clinical manifestations, suggesting that sOSMR is a candidate biomarker of this disease. More studies are needed to clarify the functions of IL-6 family cytokines in systemic sclerosis.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imbio.2020.151964DOI Listing
May 2020

Sensitivity and specificity of Interleukin 29 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Immunol Lett 2020 04 16;220:38-43. Epub 2020 Jan 16.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife-PE, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by chronic and progressive inflammation that can cause a high degree of disability in affected individuals. Proinflammatory cytokines play central roles in the development of degradative and inflammatory responses in RA. IL-29 has been identified in RA and reported as a biomarker of the disease.

Objective: To analyze serum levels and accuracy of IL-29 in RA patients compared to healthy subjects and patients with other rheumatic diseases.

Methods: IL-29 serum levels were measured in 121 patients with RA, 53 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 60 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), 29 patients with fibromyalgia (FM), 50 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and 68 healthy individuals as controls. IL-29 levels in serum were investigated by ELISA. Sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios (LR) for having RA were calculated.

Results: Serum levels of IL-29 were increased in RA patients 113.6 (IQR = 31.25-308.5) pg/ml compared to non-RA patients (SLE, SSc, OA, and FM) (31.25 pg/ml) and healthy controls (31.25 pg/ml, p < 0.001). The IL-29 cut-off values to distinguish patients with RA from non-RA patients were 61.11 pg/ml (sensitivity 57.02, specificity 92.71, LR: 7.82) and for all subjects 32.96 pg/ml (sensitivity 64.46, specificity 87.31, LR: 5.08). Additionally, IL-29 correlated negatively with age (r=-0189, p = 0.038) and disease duration (-0.192, p = 0.037). Interestingly, IL-29 correlated positively with neutrophil count in RA patients positive for rheumatoid factor (r = 0.259, p = 0.022).

Conclusion: IL-29 is higher in the serum of patients with RA compared to non-RA subjects and may have potential for use as a biological marker.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imlet.2020.01.004DOI Listing
April 2020

Design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation of CVIB, a codrug of carvacrol and ibuprofen as a novel anti-inflammatory agent.

Int Immunopharmacol 2019 Nov 31;76:105856. Epub 2019 Aug 31.

Laboratory of Synthesis and Drug Delivery, State University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, PB 58071-160, Brazil; Post-Graduation Program in Natural and Synthetic Bioactive Products, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, PB 58051-900, Brazil. Electronic address:

The search for new drugs with anti-inflammatory properties remains a challenge for modern medicine. Among the various strategies for drug discovery, deriving new chemical entities from known bioactive natural and/or synthetic compounds remains a promising approach. Here, we designed and synthesized CVIB, a codrug developed by association of carvacrol (a phenolic monoterpene) with ibuprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). In silico pharmacokinetic and physicochemical properties evaluation indicated low aqueous solubility (LogP ≥5.0). Nevertheless, the hybrid presented excellent oral bioavailability, gastrointestinal tract absorption, and low toxicity. CVIB did not present cytotoxicity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and promoted a significant reduction in IL-2, IL-10, IL-17, and IFN-γ cytokine levels in vitro. The LD was estimated to be approximately 5000 mg/kg. CVIB was stable and detectable in human plasma after 24 h. In vivo anti-inflammatory evaluations revealed that CVIB at 10 and 50 mg/kg i.p. caused a significant decrease in total leukocyte count (p < 0.01) and provoked a significant reduction in IL-1β (p < 0.01). CVIB at 10 mg/kg i.p. efficiently decreased inflammatory parameters better than the physical mixture (carvacrol + ibuprofen 10 mg/kg i.p.). The results suggest that the codrug approach is a good option for drug design and development, creating the possibility of combining NSAIDs with natural products in order to obtain new hybrid drugs may be useful for treatment of inflammatory diseases.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2019.105856DOI Listing
November 2019

CCL3, IL-7, IL-13 and IFNγ transcripts are increased in skin's biopsy of systemic sclerosis.

Exp Dermatol 2019 10 3;28(10):1172-1175. Epub 2019 Jul 3.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

Although several cytokines and chemokines have been investigated as possible mediators of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc), specific correlation between cytokines and organ involvement have not been found yet, and a cytokine profile characteristic of SSc is far to be identified. We studied the profile of antifibrotic and profibrotic transcripts involved in skin of SSc patients. The mRNA expression was detected by fluorescence-based quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) in skin's biopsies from 14 patients with SSc and 5 healthy controls. PDGF-A, CTGF, CCL3, IL-6, IL-13, IL-7, IFNγ, IL-17, IL-22 and RORc were analysed in these samples. CCL3, IL-7, IL-13 and IFN-γ were more expressed in skin's biopsy of patients with SSc (P = 0.0002, P = 0.0082, P = 0.0243, P = 0.0335, respectively) when compared with healthy controls. We also found a positive correlation between CCL3 and IL-7 transcripts (P = 0.0050 r = 0.7187). Furthermore, we observed that patients with lung involvement had lower expression of PDGF-A (P = 0.0385). We found an increase in IL-7, IFN-γ, CCL3 and IL-13 relative mRNA expressions on the skin's biopsy of patients with SSc, and a positive correlation between IL-7 and CCL3. These molecules are involved in the pathogenesis of SSc, and how their interactions occur should be the subject of further studies.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/exd.13982DOI Listing
October 2019

Dexamethasone inhibits cytokine production in PBMC from systemic sclerosis patients.

Inflammopharmacology 2019 Aug 8;27(4):723-730. Epub 2019 May 8.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Avenida Professor Moraes Rêgo, 1235, Cidade Universitária, Recife, PE, 50670-901, Brazil.

Glucocorticoids (GC) are widely used in the treatment of SSc, although there is not much evidence to prove the benefits offered by these drugs in this disease. In this study, we evaluated the effects of a GC on cytokine production in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of SSc patients. The effect of dexamethasone (DEX) was evaluated in PBMC of 21 SSc patients and 10 healthy volunteers after stimulation of cells with anti-CD3 and anti-CD28. Cytokines IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IL-17F, IFN-γ, TNF, and IL-1β were quantified in the culture supernatant by CBA or ELISA. Of the patients evaluated in this study, 8 (38%) were taking corticosteroids, and esophageal dysfunction was more frequent in these patients when compared to those who did not take corticosteroids. DEX (1.000 nM) treatment in PBMC of SSc patients stimulated with anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 promoted a significant reduction in IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, IFN-γ, TNF, IL-1β (p < 0.001 for all), and IL-17F (p = 0.023) cytokines levels. We did not observe differences in response to in vitro treatment with DEX between groups of patients taking or not taking corticosteroids. In PBMC from healthy volunteers, we observed that DEX treatment significantly reduced IL-4, IFN-γ (p = 0.003 for both), IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, and TNF (p = 0.002 for all) cytokines. These results show that DEX treatment in PBMC of SSc patients reduced the production of important cytokines involved in the pathogenesis of the disease, suggesting a possible mechanism of action of the CG in the treatment of SSc.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10787-019-00600-wDOI Listing
August 2019

Correction to: Statins Inhibit Cytokines in a Dose-Dependent Response in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis.

Inflammation 2019 04;42(2):412

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas Suely Galdino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

One of the author's surname was incorrect. Anderson Ferreira de Almeida should be captured as Anderson Rodrigues de Almeida. The correct name is now presented above.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10753-018-0916-2DOI Listing
April 2019

Statins Inhibit Cytokines in a Dose-Dependent Response in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis.

Inflammation 2019 Apr;42(2):407-411

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas Suely Galdino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

Although statins have been successfully administered in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and cardiovascular disease due to their lipid-lowering and anti-atherosclerotic action, they have shown immunomodulatory effects in several studies with immune-mediated diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of statins treatment on Th1, Th2, and Th17 cytokines production from stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) patients. We recruited 21 patients classified according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria for SSc for PBMCs culture analysis. Cytokine levels (IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, TNF, IFN-γ, IL-17A, and IL-17F) were quantified by ELISA or CBA, and patients were assessed for clinical and exam's variables. Simvastatin and atorvastatin at 50 μM promoted reduction in all cytokine levels with statistical significance, except for IL-6, which had its reduction only induced by the use of simvastatin. Statins, particularly simvastatin, appear to have an immunosuppressive effect in reducing all cytokine secretion levels from PBMCs of SSc in a dose-dependent manner.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10753-018-0907-3DOI Listing
April 2019

Different profile of cytokine production in patients with systemic sclerosis and association with clinical manifestations.

Immunol Lett 2018 06 27;198:12-16. Epub 2018 Mar 27.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas - Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica (LINAT-NUPIT) - UFPE, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego, 1235, Cidade Universitária, Recife, PE, CEP: 50670-901, Brazil.

Immune dysregulation is a central process in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). Cytokines produced by lymphocytes and monocytes are important mediators and induce tissue damage, recruit additional inflammatory cells, and promote extracellular matrix production and fibrosis. In the present research, we aimed to study the associations between levels of cytokines in serum and culture supernatants from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and clinical manifestations in SSc patients. Serum samples were obtained from 56 SSc patients and 56 unrelated age- and gender-matched healthy individuals. Resting and anti-CD3/CD28-stimulated PBMC cultures were obtained from 19 SSc patients and 8 healthy controls. IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, TNF, and IFN-γ levels were measured by ELISA or CBA. Serum cytokines, except IL-17A, were below the kit detection limit in most of the patients and controls. In unstimulated PBMC, the production of TNF(p = 0.004), IL-10(p = .048), IL-2(p < 0.001), and IL-6 (p = 0.01) was higher in SSc patients than in healthy controls. After anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation, scleroderma PBMCs had lower concentrations of TNF(p = 0.009), IL-10(p = .018), and IL-2(p = .002) than HC. In unstimulated PBMC, IL-2 concentration was higher in patients with esophageal dysmotility (p = 0.04), and IL-10 levels had a positive correlation with modified Rodnan score (p = 0.03). After anti-CD3/CD28 stimulation, higher levels of IL-2 and IL-4 were observed in SSc patients with lung fibrosis (p = 0.01 and 0.006, respectively), and higher levels of IL-10 (p = 0.04) and IL-4 (p = 0.04) in patients with digital ulcers. In conclusion, SSc patients have a different profile of cytokine production and this was associated with clinical manifestations.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.imlet.2018.03.011DOI Listing
June 2018

IL-17 and related cytokines involved in systemic sclerosis: Perspectives.

Autoimmunity 2018 02 19;51(1):1-9. Epub 2017 Dec 19.

b Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas Suely Galdino , Universidade Federal de Pernambuco , Recife , Brazil.

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystemic, complex, and rare disease of connective tissue, with high morbidity and mortality, and without specific treatment. The disease is characterized by three main principles: vascular disease, autoantibody production and inflammation, and fibrosis. Since it is well defined that SSc is characterized by elevated production of TGF-β, IL-6, and IL-1, all of them cytokines related to Th17 differentiation, the hypothesis is that this disease may be strongly related to a polarization of the immune response towards the Th17 pathway. Considering the importance of a better understanding of the pathophysiology of Th17 pathway in SSc, this article aims to propose an update for a better understanding of current knowledge on main cytokines secreted by the Th17 cells (IL-17 A, IL-21, and IL-22) and the future prospects in the current disease.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08916934.2017.1416467DOI Listing
February 2018

Corticosteroid inhibits chemokines production in systemic sclerosis patients.

Steroids 2017 11 1;127:24-30. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica (NUPIT), Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil.

In this study, we evaluated glucocorticoids (GC) effects on cytokine/chemokine levels in serum samples and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) production from systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. We evaluated cytokine and chemokine levels in serum samples from SSc patients taking or not taking systemic glucocorticoids. PBMCs response to methylprednisolone (MP) was examined from 15 SSc patients and 8 healthy control subjects following PBMC stimulation with anti-CD3/CD28. Cytokine (IFN-γ, TNF, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-17A) and chemokine (CXCL8/IL-8, CCL5/RANTES, CXCL9/MIG, CCL2/MCP-1, and CXCL10/IP-10) levels were quantified in serum and in PBMC culture supernatants by CBA or ELISA. Compared with patients not taking corticosteroids, we did not observe any significant differences in cytokines/chemokines serum levels in patients using systemic corticosteroids. After stimulation with anti-CD3/CD28, PBMCs treated with MP (100μM), showed a significant reduction of CCL2/MCP-1 (p=0.001), CCL5/RANTES (p=0.04), and CXCL8/IL-8 (p=0.003) levels in SSc patients. In PBMC from healthy controls, we observed decreased IFN-γ, TNF, IL-2, and IL-10 levels after MP treatment, compared with stimulated condition (p<0.01 for all). However in SSc patients, we did not find any significant reduction in these cytokine levels after MP treatment. In conclusion, CCL2/MCP-1, CCL5/RANTES, and CXCL8/IL-8 are chemokines that are potentially modulated by corticosteroids in vitro in SSc patients, but no effect was observed on IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17A, TFN, and IFN-γ secretion. These results suggest a potential effect of GCs on SSc treatment and may reflect the benefit of their use in some patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.steroids.2017.08.012DOI Listing
November 2017

Reassessing the Role of the Active TGF-1 as a Biomarker in Systemic Sclerosis: Association of Serum Levels with Clinical Manifestations.

Dis Markers 2016 14;2016:6064830. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Inovação Terapêutica Suely Galdino, Recife, PE, Brazil.

. To determine active TGF-1 (aTGF-1) levels in serum, skin, and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) culture supernatants and to understand their associations with clinical parameters in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. . We evaluated serum samples from 56 SSc patients and 24 healthy controls (HC). In 20 SSc patients, we quantified spontaneous or anti-CD3/CD28 stimulated production of aTGF-1 by PBMC. The aTGF-1 levels were measured by ELISA. Skin biopsies were obtained from 13 SSc patients and six HC, and TGFB1 expression was analyzed by RT-PCR. . TGF-1 serum levels were significantly higher in SSc patients than in HC ( < 0.0001). Patients with increased TGF-1 serum levels were more likely to have diffuse subset ( = 0.02), digital ulcers ( = 0.02), lung fibrosis ( < 0.0001), positive antitopoisomerase I ( = 0.03), and higher modified Rodnan score ( = 0.046). Most of our culture supernatant samples had undetectable levels of TGF-1. No significant difference in TGFB1 expression was observed in the SSc skin compared with HC skin. . Raised active TGF-1 serum levels and their association with clinical manifestations in scleroderma patients suggest that this cytokine could be a marker of fibrotic and vascular involvement in SSc.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6064830DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5124685PMC
February 2017

Interferons and systemic sclerosis: correlation between interferon gamma and interferon-lambda 1 (IL-29).

Autoimmunity 2015 9;48(7):429-33. Epub 2015 Jun 9.

b Laboratório de Imunomodulação e Novas Abordagens Terapêuticas da UFPE , Brazil , and.

Background: Interferon (IFN)-λ1 is a newly described cytokine, member of type III interferons family, which is known for its antiviral, anti-proliferative and antitumor activity. Recent studies indicated that this cytokine has also immune-regulatory function, but its role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases is not established yet. We evaluated serum levels of IFN-λ1 in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and healthy controls and its association with IFN-γ and clinical manifestations.

Methods: IFN-λ1 and IFN-γ serum levels were measured by ELISA from 52 patients with SSc and 53 healthy controls. Association of cytokines serum levels was sought with clinical parameters.

Results: IFN-λ1 and IFN-γ levels in SSc patients were significantly higher than those in healthy individuals (24.82 ± 8.78 and 11.04 ± 3.04 pg/ml, p < 0.0001; 34.11 ± 8.11 and 10.73 ± 2.77 pg/ml, p < 0.0001, respectively). We found a positive correlation between IFN-λ1 and IFN-γ levels in SSc patients (p = 0.0103, r = 0.3526). IFN-γ levels were associated with muscle involvement (p = 0.0483).

Conclusion: We first showed raised IFN-λ1 levels in SSc patients. Furthermore, we found a correlation between IFN-λ1 and IFN-γ levels and an association between IFN-γ and myositis. Additional in vitro and in vivo studies are needed to understand IFN-λ1 role in SSc.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/08916934.2015.1054028DOI Listing
August 2016