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Eur Cytokine Netw. 2006 Jun;17(2):84-9.

Cytokine single nucleotide polymorphisms in Iranian patients with pulmonary tuberculosis.

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Immunogenetic Laboratory, Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



Several genes coding for different cytokines may affect host susceptibility to tuberculosis.


In the present study, the allele and genotype frequencies of a number polymorphic genes coding for cytokines or cytokine receptors were investigated in Iranian patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).


From the IL-1 cluster, a positive, significant difference was found at position -889, where the T/T genotype was over represented in PTB patients (p = 0.01); a positive, significant increase was found in the IL1R PstI 1970 C/C genotype, where the C allele was over represented in the PTB patients (p = 0.01). A significant negative association at codon 10 TGF-beta, T allele, was shown in our patients and the C allele and C/C genotype were over represented in the PTB patients (P<0.005). For TNF-alpha at position -238, we found a negative association for the G/A genotype and a positive association for the G/G genotype (p = 0.0009). Significant negative associations at position -590 IL-4, T allele and the T/T genotype were shown in our patients (p = 0.0007); also, the C allele and T/C genotype were significantly increased in our patients (P<0.05). With IL-6 at -174, G/G increased and G/C decreased significantly in the patients (P<0.005).


Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and TGF-beta seem to be decreased, and IL-6 increased in PTB patients.

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