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Lack of significant association between serum inflammatory cytokine profiles and the presence of colorectal adenoma

Inflammatory cytokines in the colonic microenvironment have been shown to increase with advance colorectal cancer disease state. However, the contribution of inflammatory cytokines to pre-malignant disease, such as the formation of adenomas, is unclear. Using the Milliplex® MAP Human Cytokine/ Chemokine Magnetic Bead Panel Immunoassay, serum cytokine and chemokine profiles were assayed among participants without an adenoma (n?=?97) and those with an adenoma (n?=?97) enrolled in the NCI-funded Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Colon Study. The concentrations of interleukin-10 (IL-10), IL-1?, IL-6, IL-17A, IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-12(p70), interferon-? (IFN-?), macrophage chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), regulated on activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-?), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and macrophage inflammatory protein-1? (MIP-1?) were determined. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to evaluate the association between adenoma prevalence and cytokine levels. The presence of colorectal adenomas was not associated with significant increases in the systemic levels of proinflammatory (TNF-?, IL-6, IL-1?) or T-cell polarizing (IL-12, IL-2, IL-10, IL-4, IL-17, IFN-?) cytokines. Furthermore, MCP-1 and RANTES levels were equivalent in the serum of study participants with and without adenomas. These findings suggest colorectal adenoma prevalence may not be associated with significant alterations in systemic inflammation.

Authors: Henry CJ; Sedjo RL; Rozhok A; Salstrom J; Ahnen D; Levin TR; D'Agostino R; Haffner S; DeGregori J; Byers T

BMC Cancer. 2015;15:123. Epub 2015-03-14.

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