Distribution of inflammatory cells, adhesion molecules, intermediate filaments, and chemokine receptors in subgroups of nasal polyp patients

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The pathogenesis of nasal polyps (NPs) is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of inflammatory cells, adhesion molecules, intermediate filaments, and chemokine receptors in subgroups of NP patients.


In total, 35 patients were enrolled (group 1, 10 patients with Samter syndrome; group 2, 10 patients with diffuse polyposis without signs of Samter syndrome; group 3: 5 patients with solitary nasal polyps; group 4, 10 controls). Immunohistochemical staining was performed for CD105, CD106, CD62E, CD4, CD8, CXCR4, CD147, CD90, CD104, BF45, vimentin, pancytokeratin, and muscle-specific actin (MSA) in all patients' specimens.


Expression of CD4, CD8, and CD106 were similar between the groups. Number of patients expressing CD4 in groups 1, 2, and 3 were higher than the controls. Number of patients expressing CD8 antigen were significantly higher in all three groups than in the control group. Expression of CD147 in groups 3 and 4 was significantly higher than in groups 1 and 2. CD98 expression was higher in groups 1, 2, and 3 than in group 4. The number of patients expressing vimentin in groups 1, 2, and 3 was significantly higher than in group 4. Immunostaining for pancytokeratin was positive in all patients.


In conclusion, inflammatory cell, adhesion molecule, intermediate filament, and chemokine receptor profiles in nasal polyps differ among different patient groups and control subjects. Additional specific immunohistochemical studies are necessary for development of more specific immunotherapies.

Keywords: Adhesion molecule; Samter syndrome; chemokine receptor; immunohistochemical; inflammatory cells; intermediate filament; nasal polyp

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2500/ajra.2011.25.3635

Affiliations: Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • The American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy, is a peer reviewed, scientific publication committed to expanding knowledge and publishing the best clinical and basic research within the fields of Rhinology & Allergy. Its focus is to publish information which contributes to improved quality of care for patients with nasal and sinus disorders. Its primary readership consists of otolaryngologists, allergists, and plastic surgeons. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    Previously published as American Journal of Rhinology, the journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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