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Kinetics of phytohemaglutinin-induced IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with chronic hepatitis B after liver transplantation.
Tang, Ying-Mei
Chen, Min-Hu
Chen, Gui-Hua
Cai, Chang-Jie
He, Xiao-Shun
Lu, Min-Giang
Bao, Wei-Min
World journal of gastroenterology 2005 Aug 07;11: 4574-8

AIM: To study the association between host immunity and hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after liver transplantation.

METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were isolated from 40 patients with hepatitis B and underwent orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) before and 2, 4, 8 wk after surgery. After being cultured in vitro for 72 h, the levels of INF-gamma and TNF-alpha in culture supernatants were detected with ELISA. At the same time, the quantities of HBV DNA in serum and PBMCs were measured by real time PCR.

RESULTS: The levels of INF-gamma and TNF-alpha in PBMC culture supernatants decreased before and 2, 4 wk after surgery in turns (INF-gamma 155.52+/-72.32 ng/L vs 14.76+/-9.88 ng/L vs 13.22+/-10.35 ng/L, F = 6.946, P = 0.027 0.05, TNF-alpha 80.75+/-47.30 ng/L vs 74.10+/-49.70 ng/L, t = 0.407, P = 0.686 > 0.05; HBV DNA positive/negative: IFN-gamma 136.77+/-70.04 ng/L vs 175.27+/-71.50 ng/L, t = 1.702, P = 0.097 > 0.05; TNF-alpha 75.37+/-43.02 ng/L vs 81.53+/-52.46 ng/L, t = 0.402, P = 0.690 > 0.05).

CONCLUSION: The yielding of INF-gamma and TNF-alpha from PBMCs is inhibited significantly by immunosuppressive agents following OLT with HBV load increased, indicating that the impaired immunity of host is associated with HBV recurrence after OLT.

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