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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 9212134, 10 pages
Research Article

Inflammatory Cytokine Pattern Is Sex-Dependent in Mouse Cutaneous Melanoma Experimental Model

1Immunology Department, “Victor Babes” National Institute of Pathology, 99-101 Spl. Independentei, 050096 Bucharest, Romania
2Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, 76201 Bucharest, Romania
3Colentina University Hospital, 19-21 Stefan cel Mare Blv., 020125 Bucharest, Romania
4“Carol Davila” University of Pharmacy and Medicine, 37 Dionisie Lupu Street, 020021 Bucharest, Romania

Correspondence should be addressed to Monica Neagu; moc.liamg@acinom.ugaen

Received 21 July 2017; Revised 9 October 2017; Accepted 22 October 2017; Published 26 November 2017

Academic Editor: Nejat K. Egilmez

Copyright © 2017 Mihaela Surcel 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.


We present the evaluation of inflammatory cytokines in mouse cutaneous melanoma experimental model, as markers of disease evolution. Moreover, to test our experimental model, we have used low doses of dacarbazine (DTIC). C57 BL/6J mouse of both sexes were subjected to experimental cutaneous melanoma and treated with low doses of DTIC. Clinical parameters and serum cytokines were followed during tumor evolution and during DTIC therapy. Cytokine/chemokine pattern was assessed using xMAP technology and the following molecules were quantified: interleukins (IL)-1-beta, IL-6, IL-10, IL-12 (p70), interferon (IFN)-gamma, granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP)-1alpha, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1), and keratinocyte-derived chemokine (KC). Significant differences were found between normal females and males mice, female mice having a statistically higher serum concentration of IL-1-beta compared to male mice, while males have a significantly higher concentration of MIP-1-alpha. During melanoma evolution in the female group, IL-1-beta, MIP-1-alpha, and KC circulatory levels were found 10-fold increased, while other cytokines doubled their values. In the male mice group, only circulatory KC increased 4 times, while IL-1-beta and TNF-alpha doubled their circulatory values. Various serum cytokines correlated with the disease evolution in cutaneous melanoma mouse model.