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Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia

versão impressa ISSN 1516-8484
versão On-line ISSN 1806-0870


VISENTAINER, Jeane E. L. et al. Association of cytokine levels with acute graft versus host disease following full match allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Rev. Bras. Hematol. Hemoter. [online]. 2005, vol.27, n.3, pp.166-174. ISSN 1516-8484.

This study was performed to investigate whether the serum levels of sIL-2R, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, IL-6, IL-10, and TGF-beta1 are associated with the development of acute GVHD. Serum cytokine levels were sequentially measured by sandwich Enzyme Linked-Immuno-Sorbent Assay (Elisa) in 13 patients who had received full match allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Serum sIL-2R and IL-10 levels from the 1st to the 15th week post transplantation were significantly higher in the group who developed acute GVHD than in the group without acute GVHD. Soluble IL-2R levels increased in direct correlation to engraftment and onset of acute GVHD, while IL-10 levels increased transiently following transplantation. The mean TNF-alpha concentration in the first weeks after transplantation was augmented in the group that developed acute GVHD. Furthermore, a drop in TGF-beta1 levels after the engraftment was significantly associated to acute GVHD. No correlation was found between acute GVHD and the other evaluated cytokines. These results support the idea that a balance between cytokines derived from type 1 and type 2 T-helper cells may be important in the development and control of acute GVHD. Although sIL-2R, TNF-alpha, IL-10, and TGF-beta1 levels, correlated with acute GVHD, sIL-2R levels at the engraftment may provide a better parameter for the early detection of acute GVHD after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

Palavras-chave : Cytokines; stem cell transplantation; GVHD.

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