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Decreased levels of regulatory B cells in patients with acute pancreatitis: association with the severity of the disease

Liannv Qiu _, Yonglie Zhou, Qinghua Yu, Junde Yu, Qian Li and Renhua Sun

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:36067-36082. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23911

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Liannv Qiu1, Yonglie Zhou1, Qinghua Yu1, Junde Yu1, Qian Li2 and Renhua Sun2

1Department of Clinical Laboratory, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital, People's Hospital of Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, 310004, China

2Department of Intensive Care Unit, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital, People's Hospital of Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou, 310004, China

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Liannv Qiu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: regulatory b cells; acute pancreatitis; interleukin-10; diagnostic utility

Received: January 26, 2017     Accepted: November 03, 2017     Epub: January 03, 2018     Published: November 16, 2018


Early stratification of the severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) is clinically important. Regulatory B cells have been found to be associated with disease activity of autoimmune diseases. However, the role of Regulatory B cells in AP remains unknown. We investigate the dynamic longitudinal changes in circulating IL-10-producing B cells (B10) and memory CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells in patients with AP to evaluate their prediction utility for AP severity. B10, CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells, inflammatory markers and cytokines were detected in patients with AP immediately after admission to the hospital (day 1), then on the third and seventh days. We observed decreases in lymphocytes, CD19+, B10, CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells and lower mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) of CD80 and CD86 on B10 or CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells in patients with AP, especially in those with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells from patients with AP suppressed the cytokine productions of CD4+ T cells and CD14+ monocytes, but had impaired ability to induce regulatory T cells response. B10 and CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells significantly increased in patients with mild acute pancreatitis (MAP) from day 1 to day 7, whereas these indexes remained stable in patients with SAP. B10 or CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells were negatively correlated with the severity index (APACHE II score), inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, CD64 index), and cytokines (IL-6, IL-17, TNF-α). Furthermore, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis revealed that B10 and CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells could predict the development of SAP. Thus, the detection of B10 and CD19+CD24hiCD27hi cells may be a practical way to improve the early assessment of AP severity.

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