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Title: Reduced levels of transforming growth factor-β1, interleukin-12 and increased migration inhibitory factor are associated with severe malaria
Authors: Sansanee C. Chaiyaroj
Acleus S.M. Rutta
Kedsuda Muenthaisong
Pramuan Watkins
Mathukon Na Ubol
Sornchai Looareesuwan
Mahidol University
National Institute for Medical Research Tanga
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2004
Citation: Acta Tropica. Vol.89, No.3 (2004), 319-327
Abstract: In the present study, we investigated plasma levels of interleukin (IL)-12 and transforming growth factor (TGF-β1) in malaria patients as these two cytokines regulate the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines. We compared plasma IL-12 and TGF-β1 levels in groups of malaria patients categorized as uncomplicated, severe, cerebral and placental malaria. Both TGF-β1 and IL-12 levels were significantly reduced in peripheral plasma of adults with severe and cerebral malaria as well as in plasma of Tanzanian children with cerebral malaria (P<0.05). Similar results were observed with both placental and peripheral plasma of pregnant women who were infected with Plasmodium falciparum. IL-18, a cytokine known to be critical for the induction of IFN-γ along with IL-1, was produced more in uncomplicated adult patients than in aparasitimic healthy controls (P<0.05). However, IL-18 response rate declined as the symptoms of the disease became more severe suggesting that the IL-18 response may be impaired with increased malaria severity. Together, the results of the three cytokines support the notion that imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines may contribute to the development of severe malaria infection. With malaria infection during pregnancy, we demonstrated that macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) levels in infected placental plasma were significantly higher than those in the paired peripheral plasma (P<0.05). MIF, therefore, may play an important role in the local immune response to placental P. falciparum infection. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0001706X
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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