Activate Now
ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Abundant Energy Summit: Dr. Myhill speaks about the role of mitochondrial function in ME/CFS

Alcohol intolerance in CFS - gives us a clue as to the mechanisms of fatigue

The "Mind Diet" Reduces the Risk Of Alzheimer’s Dementia. Might It Also Help the Brain Fog Found Wit...

Need Help with Pain Management? There's an App for That

Ask the Doctor: Is CFS an onset to fibromyalgia? What is the difference?

Simplifying Nutritional Support in CFS & Fibromyalgia

How Multiple Chronic Illnesses Shaped One Woman Into a Patient Advocate

Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract

How Walking to Bathroom Can Be Harder Than Running a Marathon: A Doctor’s ME/CFS Case Study

Birds of a Feather: The Joys of Community

Print Page
Email Article

Cytotoxic lymphocyte microRNAs as prospective biomarkers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

  [ 1 vote ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Ekua W Benu, Sonya M Marshall-Gradisnik, et al. • • October 9, 2012

[Note: microRNAs (miRNAs) are biological regulators of cell function [see video]. Aberrant expression of microRNAs has been implicated in numerous disease states, with the result that investigations to identify, understand and potentially manipulate them represent a cutting-edge field of research.]

Background: Immune dysfunction associated with a disease often has a molecular basis.

A novel group of molecules known as microRNAs (miRNAs) have been associated with suppression of translational processes involved in cellular development and proliferation, protein secretion, apoptosis, immune function and inflammatory processes.

MicroRNAs may be implicated in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), where immune function is impaired.

The objective of this study was to determine the association between miRNAs in cytotoxic cells and CFS/ME. ['Cytotoxic' denotes 'cell-killing'.]


Natural Killer (NK) and CD8(+)T cells were preferentially isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from all participants (CFS/ME, n = 28; mean age = 41.8 +/- 9.6 years; and controls, n = 28; mean age = 45.3 +/- 11.7 years), via negative cell enrichment.

Following total RNA extraction and subsequent synthesis of cDNA, reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was used to determine the expression levels of nineteen miRNAs.


• There was a significant reduction in the expression levels of miR-21, in both the NK and CD8(+)T cells in the CFS/ME sufferers.

• Additionally, the expression of miR-17-5p, miR-10a, miR-103, miR-152, miR-146a, miR-106, miR-223 and miR-191 was significantly decreased in NK cells of CFS/ME patients in comparison to the non-fatigued controls.

Limitations: The results from these investigations are not yet transferable into the clinical setting, further validatory studies are now required.


• Collectively these miRNAs have been associated with apoptosis, cell cycle, development and immune function.

• Changes in miRNAs in cytotoxic cells may reduce the functional capacity of these cells and disrupt effective cytotoxic activity along with other immune functions in CFS/ME patients.

Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, May 7, 2012 [fee-based article]. PMID:22572093, by Brenu EW, Ashton KJ, van Driel M, Staines DR, Peterson D, Atkinson GM, Marshall-Gradisnik SM. Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Population Health and Neuroimmunology Unit, Bond University, Robina, Queensland, Australia. [Email:]

Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

[ Be the first to comment on this article ]

Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Vitamins and Supplements for ME/CFS Support

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth

Natural Remedies

When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear
Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol
Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss
More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History More Weight Loss than Any Other Discovery in Supplement History
When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream... When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream...

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing