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Disease Markers
Volume 31 (2011), Issue 2, Pages 101-110

Prognostic values of serum IP-10 and IL-17 in Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Yung-Che Chen,1,2,3 Chien-Hung Chin,1 Shih-Feng Liu,1 Chao-Chien Wu,1 Chia-Cheng Tsen,1 Yi-Hsi Wang,1 Tung-Ying Chao,1 Chien-Hao Lie,1 Chung-Jen Chen,4 Chin-Chou Wang,1 and Meng-Chih Lin1,5

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
3Chang Gung Technology Institute, Gia-Yi, Taiwan
4Division of Rheumatology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
5Xiamen Chang Gung Hospital, Xiamen, China

Received 31 August 2011; Accepted 31 August 2011

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Objective: To identify patients at high risk of relapse after anti-tuberculosis (TB) therapy or with poor long-term outcomes.

Methods: Fifty-one patients with pulmonary TB: 7 were classified as high association with both cavitations on initial chest radiography and positive sputum smear/cultures after two months of anti-TB treatment (HA group); 19 medium association (MA, one risk alone); and 25 low association (LA, neither risk). Serum interferon (IFN)-γ-inducible protein 10 (IP-10), interleukin-17 (IL-17), and C-reactive protein levels were investigated.

Results: There was a trend towards higher serum IP-10 levels (p = 0.042) for HA patients throughout the 6-month treatment period. Month-2 IP-10 levels were higher in the HA than in the MA/LA group (656.2 ± 234.4 vs. 307.6 ± 258.5 pg/ml, adjusted p = 0.005). Receiver operating characteristic curves showed that the risk of relapse was well-captured by month-2 IP-10 levels at a cut-off value of 431 pg/ml (AUC=0.857, 95% CI 0.75–0.97, p = 0.003). Month-2 serum IL-17 levels were lower in non-survivors than survivors (15.7 ± 2.9 pg/ml vs. 24.6 ± 8.2 pg/ml, p = 0.001). Multivariate analysis demonstrated that a month-2 serum IL-17 level of ≤ 17 pg/ml (p = 0.026) was independently associated with all-cause mortality.

Conclusions: Serum IP-10 and IL-17 levels after 2 months of anti-TB treatment may be biomarkers for estimating risk of both cavitation and delayed sputum conversion, and for predicting long-term mortality, respectively.