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Arch Immunol Ther Exp (Warsz). 2015 Jun;63(3):223-30. doi: 10.1007/s00005-014-0325-7. Epub 2014 Dec 12.

Expression of the receptor for advanced glycation end products, a target for high mobility group box 1 protein, and its role in chronic recalcitrant rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps.

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Division of Dentistry, Department of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Warsaw, Stepinska 19/25, 00-739, Warsaw, Poland.


A receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and its ligand high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein has been linked to several chronic diseases, and acts as a trigger for inflammation signaling. Here, we study RAGE and HMGB1 expression in chronic, recalcitrant rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) to determine its potential clinical significance, i.e., disease recurrence and severity. RAGE and HMGB1 expression in CRSwNP was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in epithelial cells of fresh sinonasal mucosa samples obtained from the patients diagnosed with recalcitrant CRSwNP (n = 25) and normal control mucosa (NC) (n = 26). RAGE and HMGB1 expression levels in tissues were correlated with disease severity assessed by nasal endoscopy, CT scan, number of previous sinus surgeries, allergy status and nasosinusal microbiology. RAGE and HMGB1 were moderately or strongly expressed in CRSwNP tissue. No or weak RAGE expression was found in NC. HMGB1 was equally strongly expressed in NC. We observed a strong correlation between RAGE and disease severity, recurrence, undergone operations, asthma and aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). Elevated RAGE expression is associated with increased disease severity, as well as allergy and AERD in patients with recalcitrant CRSwNP. It is possible that the explanation for recurrent CRSwNP pathogenesis might be related to RAGE overexpression with subsequent sinus mucosa hyperproliferation, necessitating several operations.

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