||Kara, M; Beser, OF; Konukoglu, D; Cokugras, H; Erkan, T; Kutlu, T; Cokugras, FC.|
||The utility of TNF-alfa, IL-6 and IL-10 in the diagnosis and/or follow-up food allergy|
||Allergol. immunopatol;48(1):48-55, ene.-feb. 2020. graf, tab.
||Background: Several pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediators play a role in the immunopathogenesis of food allergy (FA). The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of serum biomarkers like interleukin (IL)-10, TNF-alfa, and IL-6 in the diagnosis and/or follow-up of FA. Methods: Sixty (25 females, 41.6%) newly diagnosed FA patients [IgE mediated (group-1, n = 37), non-IgE (group-2, n = 23)] with a median age of nine (1-33) months were enrolled. Twenty-four healthy children with a median age of eight (1-36) months constituted the control group (CG). In all the subjects, serum TNF-alfa, IL-6 and IL-10 levels were evaluated at the time of diagnosis and reassessed four weeks after therapeutic elimination diet (TED). Results: The mean white blood cell count and median absolute eosinophile count of the CG were significantly lower than group-1 (p values were 0.019 and 0.006, respectively). The mean absolute neutrophile count and the median IL-6 were significantly higher in group-1 when compared with group-2 (p values were 0.005 and 0.032, respectively. Median TNF-alfa and IL-6 levels were significantly higher in the pre-TED among all patients (p values were 0.005 and 0.018, respectively). In group-1, median TNF-α and IL-6 levels decreased significantly after TED (p values were 0.01 and 0.029, respectively). Conclusions: Our findings support the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of FA. Serum TNF-alfa and IL-6 levels may be useful markers for follow-up in FA, especially among IgE-mediated FA patients. Evaluation of IL-10 results was not sufficient for an interpretation of clinical tolerance|