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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9541370, 8 pages
Research Article

Reduced Transferrin Levels in Active Inflammatory Bowel Disease

1Department of Medical Biochemistry, Wroclaw Medical University, Chalubinskiego 10, 50-368 Wroclaw, Poland
2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska 213, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland
3Ludwik Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Weigla 12, 53-114 Wroclaw, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Malgorzata Matusiewicz

Received 31 March 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 31 October 2017

Academic Editor: Toshimi Chiba

Copyright © 2017 Malgorzata Matusiewicz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an inflammatory disease of unclear etiopathogenesis and challenging diagnosis, frequently complicated by anemia and malnutrition. C-reactive protein (CRP) remains the only biochemical marker of clinical relevance. The aim of this study was to test hypothesis that transferrin, coinfluenced by inflammation, malnutrition, anemia, and oxidative stress, may better reflect global IBD patient’s condition than any other more specific index. Transferrin and other indices of inflammation, anemia, malnutrition, and oxidative stress were measured in 137 IBD patients (Crohn’s disease (CD): and ulcerative colitis (UC): ) and 97 controls. Transferrin is reduced in active CD and UC and negatively correlates with the disease activity scores (CD: ; UC: ). In UC, transferrin correlates negatively with CRP, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), leukocytes, platelets, interleukin-6, interleukin-10, and TNF-α and positively with albumins, cholesterol, hemoglobin, hematocrit, erythrocytes, iron, and paraoxonase-1. In CD, transferrin correlates negatively with CRP, leukocytes, platelets, interleukin-1, and interleukin-6 and positively with albumins, iron, catalase, glutathione peroxidase-1, superoxide dismutase-1, and paraoxonase-1. The associations with inflammation and anemia/malnutrition were more pronounced in UC and with oxidative stress in CD. As UC activity marker, transferrin outperforms ESR and hemoglobin, indices used in calculating the disease clinical severity score.