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The Role of C-Kit Receptor Level as a Serological Marker for Predicting the Extent of Upper and Lower Airway Inflammation in Patients Sensitized to House Dust Mites

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집먼지진드기에 감작된 알레르기성 천식과 비염 환자에서 기도 염증 정도의 예측 인자로서의 혈청 c-kit 수용체의 역할
유, 혜수; 김, 주희; 황, 의경; 남, 영희; 진, 현정; 신, 유섭; 예, 영민; 남, 동호; 박, 해심
Chʿŏnsik mit alrerugi, 32(2):92-100, 2012
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Chʿŏnsik mit alrerugi; Journal of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology; Korean journal of asthma, allergy and clinical immunology; 천식 및 알레르기
Background: Allergic rhinitis can progress to asthma. Both allergic rhinitis and asthma are characterized by Th2-dependent inflammation due to activated mast cells and eosinophils. Mast cells are dependent on kit-mediated activation, and the stem cell factor (SCF)/c-kit pathway leads to eosinophil infiltration. We investigated whether inflammation through the SCF/c-kit pathway would be associated with upper and lower airway inflammation.

Methods: We enrolled 71 allergic asthma patients with rhinitis (group I) and 47 patients with allergic rhinitis alone (group II), and 59 non-atopic healthy controls (group III). Groups I and II showed positive responses to house dust mites in skin prick tests. The serum concentrations of c-kit receptor and SCF were measured by using ELISA. Eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) levels were measured by using the CAP system. Other clinical parameters were analyzed.

Results: There were significant differences in the mean values of c-kit receptor levels between the 3 groups (117.27± 41.05 vs. 93.13±37.21 vs. 88.45±24.32 ng/mL, P<0.001). The c-kit receptor level was the highest in group I. However, no significant differences were found in SCF levels between the 3 groups. A positive correlation was found between c-kit receptor and ECP levels in groups I and II (r=0.31, P=0.016). Moreover, a positive correlation was found between c-kit receptor levels and total eosinophil counts in groups I and II (r=0.34, P<0.001). However, there were no significant associations between c-kit receptor levels and clinical parameters, such as forced expiratory volume 1% predicted value in group I.

Conclusion: Serum c-kit receptor levels can be a useful serologic marker for predicting the extent of eosinophilic inflammation in upper and lower airway inflammation.
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유, 혜수신, 유섭예, 영민남, 동호박, 해심
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