Disease Markers

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Volume 28 |Article ID 706984 | https://doi.org/10.3233/DMA-2010-0699

Silvia Lee, Julius Varano, James P. Flexman, Wendy Cheng, Mark W. Watson, Enrico Rossi, Leon A. Adams, Max Bulsara, Patricia Price, "Decreased IP-10 and Elevated TGFβ1 Levels are Associated with Viral Clearance Following Therapy in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus", Disease Markers, vol. 28, Article ID 706984, 8 pages, 2010. https://doi.org/10.3233/DMA-2010-0699

Decreased IP-10 and Elevated TGFβ1 Levels are Associated with Viral Clearance Following Therapy in Patients with Hepatitis C Virus

Received25 Jun 2010
Accepted25 Jun 2010


The role of pro-fibrogenic cytokines in the outcome of infections with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the response to treatment with pegylated interferon-alpha (pegIFNα) and ribavirin remains unclear. To address this issue, we assessed hepatic fibrosis and plasma markers pertinent to T-cell mediated fibrogenesis and inflammation at the start of treatment. Levels of soluble (s)CD30, interleukin-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL-13Rα2), total and active transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGFβ1), interleukin-18 (IL-18) and interferon-gamma inducible protein-10 (IP-10, CXCL10) were correlated with the severity of fibrosis and with treatment outcome using multiple logistic regression modelling. The Hepascore algorithm was confirmed as a marker of fibrosis, but was a poor predictor of treatment outcome. Inclusion of all immunological markers improved prediction based on Hepascore alone (p = 0.045), but optimal prediction was achieved with an algorithm (“TIPscore”) based on TGFβ1 (total), IP-10, age, sex and HCV genotype (p = 0.003 relative to Hepascore). Whilst this was only marginally more effective than predictions based on HCV genotype age and sex (p = 0.07), it associates high TGFβ1 and low IP-10 levels with a failure of therapy.

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