Thoracic Research and Practice
Original Article

Evaluation of Serum Biomarkers in Patients with Sarcoidosis: Can Visfatin Be a New Biomarker for Sarcoidosis?


Department of Pulmonology, Yedikule Pulmonary Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Education and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Pulmonology, Koç University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Pulmonology, Karabük University School of Medicine, Karabük, Turkey


Department of Biochemical, Bağcılar Education and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Thorac Res Pract 2020; 21: 145-149
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2019.180112
Read: 4471 Downloads: 1026 Published: 02 September 2019

OBJECTIVES: Sarcoidosis is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease that affects multiple organ systems. The role of biomarkers in the diagnosis and prognosis of sarcoidosis is increasing. Interest in the role of adipose tissue-mediated inflammation in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases has increased in recent years. Visfatin is a proinflammatory adipocytokine that has been studied for several inflammatory diseases such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. We aimed to assess serum visfatin levels in sarcoidosis and its relationship with other markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein (CRP), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 59 patients with sarcoidosis and 21 healthy controls and measured plasma levels of visfatin, along with serum CRP, ESR, and ACE using ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kits (Blue Gene Biotech, Shanghai, China).

RESULTS: Visfatin levels did not differ significantly between the patients and control subjects (29.9±15.8 ng/mL for patients and 23.93±16.73 ng/mL for controls, p=0.15), and there was no correlation between visfatin and serum CRP, ACE, or ESR in patients with sarcoidosis.

CONCLUSION: Visfatin is recently being discussed as a biomarker for inflammatory diseases in several studies, and results are controversial. In our study, no differences were found in the serum levels of visfatin between patients with sarcoidosis and the control group.

Cite this article as: Tanrıverdi E, İliaz S, Cortuk M, et al. Evaluation of Serum Biomarkers in Patients with Sarcoidosis: Can Visfatin Be a New Biomarker for Sarcoidosis? Turk Thorac J 2020; 21(3): 145-9.

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