Interplay of chemo attractant peptides (cathelicidin and chemerin) with vitamin-D in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis

Najeeha Talat Iqbal, Syeda Sadia Fatima, Rabia Hussain, Nisar Ahmed Rao, Narius Virji, Bushra Jamil, Muhammad Irfan

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Aim: Both Cathelicidin and Chemerin are chemoattractant proteins and possess antimicrobial activity.Sufficient level of Vitamin D is important for optimum response of Cathelicidin for its antimycobacterial activity. Studies on the role of these antimicrobial peptides and their relationship withVitamin D level are limited in tuberculosis. The aim of this study was to investigate an associationof Vitamin D with antimicrobial peptide (Cathelicidin) and an adipokine (Chemerin) in patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Methods: In a case control study we estimated level of Vitamin D, Chemerin, Cathelicidin and TNFα in pulmonary TB patients (n=22) and healthy endemic controls (n=17) using sandwich ELISA methodology. The study was conducted at Aga Khan University Karachi during 2011. Results: TB group had higher proportion of subjects above median level of Cathelicidin (median test; p=0.034) and fewer number of subjects with Chemerin (median test; p=0.001).Pairwise comparison also showed significant differences between average ranks of Vitamin D vs.Cathelicidin (pConclusion: Our results highlight the role of Cathelicidin as a potential biomarker of active TB disease. The role of Cathelicidin and Chemerin as plausible biomarkers requires further studies in both inflammatory and non inflammatory conditions

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JournalDepartment of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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