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Front. Physiol. | doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00898

Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Polyps is characterised by increased mucosal and blood Th17 effector cytokine producing cells

  • 1Surgery, University of Adelaide, Australia

Recent studies have implied a role for Th17 cells in CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) patients. However, the capacity of these cells to produce Th17 cytokines is still unknown. Here we sought to quantify IL-17A, IL17-F, IL-21 and IL-22 cytokines produced by Th17 cells in mucosal tissue and peripheral blood of CRSwNP, CRS without nasal polyps (CRSsNP) and control patients.
Samples were prospectively collected from CRS patients and non-CRS controls. We used flow cytometry to characterise the Th17 cells and their cytokines in sinonasal tissue and peripheral blood.
A total of 36 patients were recruited to the study. CRSwNP patients had significantly more tissue IL-17A (9.53 +/- 2.71 vs 1.11 +/ -0.43 vs 0.77 +/- 0.07), IL-17F (4.96 +/- 1.48 vs 0.88 +/-0.31 vs 0.56 +/- 0.04), IL-21 (5.55 +/- 2.01 vs 1.60 +/- 0.71 vs 1.53 +/- 0.55) and IL-22 (4.73 +/- 1.58 vs 0.70+/-0.28 vs 0.88 +/- 0.26) producing Th17 cells compared to CRSsNP and control mucosa per mg of tissue respectively. Allergic CRSwNP patients had decreased numbers of IL-21 producing Th17 cells compared to non-Allergic CRSwNP. (1.69 +/- 0.57 vs 9.41+/-3.23) per mg of tissue respectively (Kruskal-Wallis p<0.05).
In summary our study identified increased amounts of Th17 derived cytokines IL-17A, IL-17F, IL21 and IL22 in CRSwNP patient polyps and peripheral blood suggesting a local and systemic role for Th17 cells in CRS. Atopic CRSwNP had decreased amounts of tissue Th17 cell derived IL-21 implying a potential protective role for IL-21 in CRSwNP allergic inflammation.

Keywords: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), Nasal Polyps, flow cytometry (FCM), Th17 Cells, Th17 cytokines

Received: 06 Jul 2017; Accepted: 24 Oct 2017.

Edited by:

Gaetano Santulli, Columbia University, United States

Reviewed by:

Ayman A. Mohamed, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, United States
Shintaro Baba, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center, Japan  

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* Correspondence: Ms. Dijana Miljkovic, University of Adelaide, Surgery, Adelaide, Australia,