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Auris Nasus Larynx. 2001 Nov;28(4):311-4.

Serum levels of soluble adhesion molecules ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and E-selectin in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis.

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Department of Otolaryngology, Yamagata University School of Medicine 2-2-2, Iida-nishi, 990-9585, Yamagata, Japan.



To examine the role of soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (sICAM-1), soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (sVCAM-1), and soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin) in the pathogenesis of Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) and the values of measuring serum levels of these soluble adhesion molecules for monitoring disease activity during follow-up, a total of 24 serum samples from 16 patients with WG were studied.


The serum concentrations of soluble adhesion molecules (sICAM-1, sVCAM-1 and sE-selectin) and cytokines (tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-6 (IL-6)) of patients with WG were measured by ELISA.


The serum levels of sICAM-1 were significantly elevated in active WG and correlated with disease activity. At the time of relapse, a significant increase of sICAM-1 was also observed. The serum levels of TNF-alpha and IL-6 were also significantly elevated in active WG.


These findings suggest that sICAM-1 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of WG and may be used as an additional parameter of disease activity.

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