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Immunopathogenic aspects of resolving and progressing appendicitis
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Immunology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Appendicitis is one of the most common diseases requiringemergency surgical intervention. There are several indications that the diagnosisappendicitis harbours two different entities, one progressing to gangrene and perforation(advanced) and one that resolves spontaneously (phlegmonous). An immunologically drivenpathogenesis in appendicitis has been suggested on the basis of an inverse relationshipbetween appendicitis and ulcerative colitis, a positive association with Crohn’s disease, anda decreased incidence during pregnancy, generating the hypothesis that theimmunopathogenesis in advanced appendicitis is characterized by a Th1 inflammatoryresponse. The aim of this thesis was to test this hypothesis and investigate the immuneresponse in advanced and phlegmonous appendicitis.

Material and Methods: The immunologic response was investigated in appendicitis tissue and compared to the immunological response in peripheral blood, analysed by enzyme-linked immunospot assay (ELISPOT). The response pattern was also investigated in patients with an actual appendicitis in the peripheral plasma and peripheral serum before surgery, analysed with Luminex. The immunological response pattern was investigated in peripheral blood several months to years after an appendectomy using ELISPOT and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

Results: The local immune response in the appendiceal tissue in appendicitis was similar to the response in peripheral blood. Patients with actual advanced appendicitis had increased levels of IL-6, CCL20, CCL2, TGF-β, IL-17, IFN-γ, IL-12p70, IL-10, IL-1ra, IL-4, MMP-8, MMP-9 and MPO compared with those with phlegmonous appendicitis. Sex, age or duration of symptoms could not explain the differences between the groups. Individuals with a history of advanced appendicitis had increased secretion of IFN-γ months to years after the appendectomy compared with individuals with a history of phlegmonous appendicitis.

Conclusions: The local immune response in the appendiceal tissue is mirrored in the blood, which justifies the use of peripheral blood in studies on appendicitis. The immunological response pattern in peripheral blood suggests Th1/Th17- induced inflammation in advanced appendicitis that is present at an early stage. Individuals with a history of advanced appendicitis have stronger Th1 responses than individuals with a history of phlegmonous appendicitis. This may reflect constitutional differences between patients with different outcomes of appendicitis. The increased inflammatory response observed early in advanced appendicitis suggests a more violent inflammation and supports the hypothesis of different immune pathogeneses, where excessive induction of Th1/Th17 immunity and/or deficiencies in down-regulatory feedback mechanisms may explain the excessive inflammation in advanced appendicitis, where the inflammation eventuates in gangrene and perforation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. , 89 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1314
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80375ISBN: 978-91-7519-855-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80375DiVA: diva2:546647
Public defence
2012-09-14, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2013-08-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Different cytokine profiles in patients with a history of gangrenous or phlegmonous appendicitis
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2006 (English)In: Clinical and Experimental Immunology, ISSN 0009-9104, Vol. 143, no 1, 117-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Appendicitis is one of the most common and costly acute abdominal states of illnesses. Previous studies suggest two types of appendicitis which may be different entities, one which may resolve spontaneously and another that progresses to gangrene and perforation. Gangrenous appendicitis has a positive association to states of Th1 mediated immunity whereas Th2 associated immune states are associated with lower risk of appendicitis. This study investigated the inflammatory response pattern in patients previously appendicectomized for gangrenous (n = 7), or phlegmonous appendicitis (n = 8) and those with a non-inflamed appendix (n = 5). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were analysed with ELISPOT analysis for number of spontaneous or antigen/mitogen stimulated IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-10 and IL-12 secreting cells or with ELISA for concentration of spontaneous or antigen/mitogen stimulated IFN-γ, IL-5 and IL-10. Spontaneously IL-10 secreting cells/100 000 lymphocytes were increased in the gangrenous group compared to the phlegmonous group (P = 0.015). The median concentration of IL-10 secreted after Tetanus toxoid (TT)-stimulation were higher in the gangrenous group and the control group, than the phlegmonous group (P = 0.048 and P = 0.027, respectively). The median concentration of TT induced IFN-γ secretion was higher for the gangrenous group compared to both the phlegmonous group and the control group (P = 0.037 and P = 0.003). Individuals with a history of gangrenous appendicitis demonstrated ability to increased IL-10 and IFN-γ production. The increased IFN-γ may support the notion of gangrenous appendicitis as an uncontrolled Th1 mediated inflammatory response and increased IL-10 may speculatively indicate the involvement of cytotoxic cells in the progression to perforation. © 2005 British Society for Immunology.

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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37618 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2249.2005.02957.x (DOI)36747 (Local ID)36747 (Archive number)36747 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-08-29
2. Systemic Th17-like cytokine pattern in gangrenous appendicitis but not in phlegmonous appendicitis
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2010 (English)In: SURGERY, ISSN 0039-6060, Vol. 147, no 3, 366-372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background. Increasing circumstantial evidence suggests that not all patients with appendicitis will progress to perforation and that appendicitis that resolves may be a common event. Based on this theory and on indications of aberrant regulation of inflammation in gangrenous appendicitis, we hypothesized that. phlegmonous and gangrenous appendicitis are different entities with divergent immunoregulation. Methods. Blood samples were collected from patients with gangrenous appendicitis (n = 16), phlegmonous appendicitis (n = 21), and nonspecific abdominal pain (n = 42). Using multiplex bead arrays, we analyzed a range of inflammatory markers, such as interleukin (IL)-1ra, IL-1r beta, IL-2 IL-6, IL-10, IL-12p70, IL-15, and IL-17; interferon-gamma; tumor necrosis factor; CXCL8; CCL2; CCL3; and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-7, MMP-8, MMP-9, MMP-12, and MMP-13 in blood. Results. Compared with patients with phlegmonous appendicitis and nonspecific abdominal pain, the patients With gangrenous appendicitis had increased levels of the proinflammatory markers IL-6, CCL2, IL-17, MMP-8, and MMP-9 (P andlt;= .04 each) accompanied by increased levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-1ra and IL-10 (P andlt;= .02). Patients with phlegmonous appendicitis had increased levels of IL-10 only. Conclusion. The finding of a pattern inflammatory markers compatible with the highly inflammatory A 17 subset in sera from, patients with gangrenous appendicitis, but not in phlegmonous appendicitis, supports the hypothesis that gangrenous and phlegmonous appendicitis are different entities with diver gent immune regulation. Additional studies of the differential immunopathogenesis of phlegmonous and gangrenous appendicitis are warranted, as this may have important implications in the diagnosis and management of patients with suspicion of appendicitis.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54601 (URN)10.1016/j.surg.2009.09.039 (DOI)000275350700007 ()
Available from: 2010-03-26 Created: 2010-03-26 Last updated: 2013-08-29
3. Dysregulated Th1/Th17 response in advanced appendicitis
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: The pathogenesis of appendicitis, the most common abdominal emergency for surgical intervention, is still unknown. Epidemiological differences between perforated and nonperforated appendicitis, polymorphism in the interleukin (IL)-6 gene associated with severity of appendicitis and a more pronounced Th1/Th17-like deviation in advanced compared to phlegmonous appendicitis has been reported. Altogether these findings may indicate that appendicitis harbours two different entities with different immuno-pathogenesis, one progressing to gangrene and perforation and one resolving. In this study we aimed to further investigate systemic cytokine profiles in a large sample of patients, with advanced and phlegmonous appendicitis from a Th1, Th2, Th17 and innate perspective, and also clarify if time as duration of symptoms could explain the differences.

Methods: Blood samples were preoperatively collected from patients with advanced (n=61) and phlegmonous appendicitis (n=108). The Th1-associated (IFN-γ, IL-12p70), Th2-associated (IL-4, IL-5), Th17-associated (IL-17, IL-6, CCL20, CCL2) and innate-associated (IL-1β, IL-6, MPO, CXCL8, GM-CSF), markers were analyzed in plasma using multiplex bead assay.

Results: Patients with advanced appendicitis had increased levels of IL-6 (P=0.0001), CCL2 (P=0.001), MPO (P=0.039), IL-12p70 (P=0.010) and CCL20 (P=0.002) as compared to phlegmonous appendicitis and age, sex or duration of symptoms at sampling could not explain the differences.

Conclusion: The findings suggest a dysregulated Th1/Th17 type inflammation in advanced appendicitis, already early in the disease course, that eventuates in gangrene and perforation and gives further support to the notion of appendicitis as two entities.

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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80373 (URN)
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved
4. Local and systemic cytokine secretion in advanced and phlegmonous appendicitis
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency for surgery, but its underlying pathogenesis is still unknown. Appendicitis most likely harbors two different entities with different pathogenesis, one progressing to gangrene and perforation and one resolving. Previous studies on cytokines in peripheral blood points to different immunopathogenesis in advanced and resolving appendicitis. The relation of the peripheral blood analyzes to the local immune response in appendix is unclear. This study investigated local immune response in the appendix compared to blood, utilizing enzyme linked immunospot essay (ELISpot) which allows detection of low grade cytokine secretion from single cells.

Methods: Appendiceal tissue and blood samples were collected from patients with advanced (gangrenous or perforated) (n=11) and phlegmonous appendicitis (n=7). Mononuclear cells were analyzed with ELISpot for number of spontaneous and PHA stimulated IFN-γ-, IL-12p70-(both Th1), IL-4-(Th2), IL-17-(Th17), TGF-β-(anti-inflammatory/Th17) and IL-10-(anti-inflammatory/Th1) secreting cells.

Results: In appendix, the number of IL-4-(P=0.042) and IL-10-(P=0.042) secreting cells was increased in advanced appendicitis as compared to phlegmonous and a trend for increase was observed for IL-12p70 (P=0.055) and TGF-β (P=0.067). In blood the number of IL-4-(P=0.045), TGF-β-(P=0.007) and IFN-γ-(P=0.019), secreting cells were increased in patients with advanced appendicitis and a trend for increase was observed for IL-12p70 (P=0.068)

Conclusion: Present findings are in line with previous studies demonstrating an increased inflammatory response in advanced as compared to phlegmonous appendicitis. The local immune response in the appendiceal tissue is mirrored in the blood, which justifies the use of analyzes on peripheral blood when investigating immune response in appendicitis.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80374 (URN)
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved

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