Evaluation of Serum Interleukin-17 (IL-17) Levels as a Diagnostic Marker in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

KARABULUT S., Afsar Ç. U., Karabulut M., Alış H., Kılıc L., Çikot M., ...More

Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, vol.47, no.1, pp.47-54, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12029-015-9787-z
  • Journal Name: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-54
  • Keywords: Diagnostic, IL-17, Pancreatic adenocancer, Serum
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.Background: Inflammatory cytokines modulate immune responses in the tumor microenvironment during progression. The role of interleukin (IL-17) in cancer is currently under debate. This study was conducted to investigate the serum levels of IL-17 in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PA) and the relationship with tumor progression and known prognostic parameters. Material and Methods: Thirty-five patients with PA were investigated. Serum samples were obtained on first admission before treatment and follow-up. Both serum IL-17 levels were determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Age- and sex-matched 35 healthy controls were included in the analysis. Results: The median age at diagnosis was 61 years, range 38–84 years; 21 (60 %) patients were men. The tumor was located in the head of pancreas in 24 (69 %) patients. The most common metastatic site was liver in 20 patients with metastasis (n = 18, 90 %). The median follow-up time was 24.0 weeks (range 1.0–191.0 weeks). At the end of the observation period, 12 (34 %) patients experienced disease progression and 23 patients (66 %) were dead. Forty-four percent of 18 metastatic patients who received palliative chemotherapy (CTx) were CTx-responsive. Median progression-free survival and overall survival of the whole group were 13.7 ± 2.3 weeks [95 % confidence interval (CI) = 9–18 weeks] and 48.0 ± 12.8 weeks (95 % CI = 23–73 weeks), respectively. The baseline serum IL-17 levels were significantly higher in patients with PA than in the control group (p = 0.001). Moreover, serum IL-17 levels were significantly higher in the patients with large pathologic tumor status and low albumin levels (p = 0.04 and p = 0.03, respectively). However, serum IL-17 assays had no prognostic roles on outcome. Conclusion: Although serum levels of IL-17 assays were found to be diagnostic value, no predictive and prognostic value was determined in PA patients.