Abstract: Cytokine production and modulation: Comparison of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and normal controls

Psychiatry Res. 2005 Mar 30;134(1):101-4.

Tomoda A, Joudoi T, Rabab el-M, Matsumoto T, Park TH, Miike T.

Department of Child Development, School of Medicine, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan.

We studied cytokine production in 15 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and 23 controls. CFS patients’ peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured with lipopolysaccharide or phytohemagglutinin. Enzymatic immunoassay indicated cytokine concentration in culture supernatants. CFS patients showed significantly lower mRNA levels and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) production. Cytokine dysregulation affects CFS pathogenesis. TGF-beta1 may aid treatment because it affects CFS inflammatory characteristics.

PMID: 15808295 [PubMed – in process]

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