The sCD163/sTWEAK ratio in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells cultures correlates with disease severity in early systemic sclerosis
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Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Department of Allergology and Internal Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Center of Experimental Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Department of Medical Pathomorphology, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Department of Experimental Pharmacology, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Department of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Submission date: 2013-03-07
Acceptance date: 2013-05-28
Online publication date: 2013-05-31
Publication date: 2020-04-08
Corresponding author
Otylia Kowal-Bielecka   

Department of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, M. Sklodowskiej-Curie 24A, 15-276 Bialystok, Poland. Tel.: +48 857 468 482; fax: +48 857 468 606.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2013;20(2):95-99
CD163 is a scavenger receptor expressed exclusively on monocytes/macrophages and a decoy receptor for a TNF-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), a multifunctional cytokine involved in the regulation of inflammatory response, angiogenesis and connective tissue remodeling. However, very little is known about the significance of CD163 and TWEAK interactions in vivo.

We hypothesized that CD163 and TWEAK interactions might play a role in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc).

Material and methods:
The concentrations of soluble CD163 (sCD163) and soluble TWEAK (sTWEAK) were measured by the enzyme immunoassays in the supernatants of cultured peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 25 patients with early SSc and 16 healthy controls (HC). The sCD163/sTWEAK ratio was calculated and its association with disease parameters was assessed.

Results and discussion:
The production of sTWEAK was comparable between SSc patients and HC (p > .05). The mean concentration of sCD163 and the mean sCD163/sTWEAK ratio were significantly greater in SSc patients as compared with HC (p < .05 for both). However, only sCD163/sTWEAK ratio, but not sCD163 or sTWEAK alone, correlated with the modified Rodnan skin score (Spearman R = 0.46) and, inversely, with forced vital capacity (R = −0.49) and diffusing capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide (R = −0.50) in SSc patients.

We showed that there is an imbalance in the production of sCD163 and sTWEAK by the PBMC from SSc patients resulting in increased sCD163/sTWEAK ratio. Correlation of sCD163/sTWEAK ratio in PBMC supernatants with the severity of skin and lung involvement indicates that interaction of these two molecules might affect the development of SSc.

This study was supported by the research grants from the Medical University of Bialystok (Grant nos. 113-60783L and 123-60689).
None declared.
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