CATHELICIDIN AS A LINK BETWEEN SARCOIDOSIS AND TUBERCULOSIS


KORUCU E., Ozyigit L. P. , ORTAKOYLU M. G. , BAHADIR A., AKALIN E. S. , KARA A., ...More

SARCOIDOSIS VASCULITIS AND DIFFUSE LUNG DISEASES, vol.32, no.3, pp.222-227, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : SARCOIDOSIS VASCULITIS AND DIFFUSE LUNG DISEASES
  • Page Numbers: pp.222-227

Abstract

Setting: Sarcoidosis and tuberculosis share notable clinical, radiological, histological, and immunological similarities. The importance of vitamin D has long been investigated in these two granulomatous lung diseases. Cathelicidin is an antimicrobial peptide of the innate immune system, directly induced by vitD3. Objective: To evaluate the role of cathelicidin in sarcoidosis and tuberculosis development. Design: The study included 30 consecutive patients with active lung tuberculosis, 30 patients with sarcoidosis, and 20 healthy controls. 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH) D] and cathelicidin levels were measured in blood samples. Results: Vitamin D levels were significantly higher (p<0.001) in tuberculosis patients (22.5 +/- 9.96 ng/ml) than in sarcoidosis patients (11.75 +/- 8.92 ng/ml). Severe vitamin D deficiency was as frequent as 47% in sarcoidosis patients compared to only 3% in tuberculosis patients. Cathelicidin levels were significantly higher in the control group (120.37 +/- 41.03 pg/ml) than in sarcoidosis (67.68 +/- 38.03 pg/ml) and tuberculosis (68.74 +/- 39.44 pg/ml) patients (p<0.001). However, no significant difference in cathelicidin levels was observed between tuberculosis and sarcoidosis patients (p=0.966). The optimum cathelicidin cut-off value to distinguish sarcoidosis patients from healthy controls was 107.14 pg/ml (sensitivity 81.5%, specificity 71.2%). Conclusion: Cathelicidin appears to play different roles in the development of granulomatous lung disease.