Volume 25, Issue 2 (3-2021)                   ibj 2021, 25(2): 88-92 | Back to browse issues page

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Ghahartars M, Abtahi S, Zeinali Z, Fattahi M J, Ghaderi A. Investigation of TNF-α and IL-6 Levels in the Sera of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Patients. ibj. 2021; 25 (2) :88-92
URL: http://ibj.pasteur.ac.ir/article-1-3113-en.html
Background: TNF-α and IL-6 are both pleiotropic cytokines playing major roles in cancer-associated cytokine networks. They have previously been investigated for their function in skin malignancies, mostly melanomas, and studies on NMSC patients are relatively fewer. In this study, we aimed to investigate the associations of serum levels of IL-6 and TNF-α with NMSCs and its clinicopathological features. Methods: This cases-control study was carried out to investigate the serum levels of TNF-α and IL-6 in 70 NMSC patients, in comparison with 30 healthy individuals, by means of flow cytometric bead-based immuneoassay. Results: Serum levels of both TNF-α and IL-6 were significantly higher in NMSC patients (6.470 vs. 4.355 pg/ml; p = 0.0468, respectively), compared to healthy individuals (3.205 vs. 0.000 pg/ml; p = 0.0126, respectively). In the subgroup analysis, SCC patients had higher serum levels of IL-6 compared to healthy individuals (3.445 vs. 0.000 pg/ml; p = 0.0432). No other significant differences were observed in the serum levels of these two cytokines among different clinicopathological subgroups of the patients. Conclusion: The increased levels of TNF-α and IL-6 in NMSC patients can be introduced as an epiphenomenon of a complex cancer-induced cytokine cascade.
Type of Study: Full Length | Subject: Cancer Biology

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