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Association between interleukin-10 (IL-10) gene promoter polymorphisms and outcome in acetaminophen induced acute liver failure requiring admission to a liver intensive care unit

Background

The outcome of severe hepatic necrosis following acetaminophen overdose is unpredictable and may have up to a 90% mortality. IL-10 is an anti-inflammatory cytokine which plays a pivotal role in inflammation and potentially in multiorgan failure. Elevated plasma levels of IL-10 are found in patients with acute liver failure. Polymorphisms in the promoter region of the IL-10 gene have recently been described comprising three single base-pair substitutions at positions (-1082, -819, -592) resulting in three common three haplotypes GCC, ACC and ATA. The GCC/GCC genotype is associated with higher IL-10 production, and ATA haplotype with lower production.

Patients and methods

96 patients with severe acetaminophen hepatotoxicity requiring intensive care were studied. IL-10 gene polymorphisms were determined by sequence-specific oligonucleotide probing using a standard PCR based technique. Haplotype frequencies were compared with those of 71 racially and geographically matched controls.

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Conclusion

There is no significant association between outcome or incidence of multiorgan failure in patients with acetaminophen induced acute liver failure and these three common IL-10 gene promoter haplotypes.

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Jackson, N., Cookson, S., Bernal, W. et al. Association between interleukin-10 (IL-10) gene promoter polymorphisms and outcome in acetaminophen induced acute liver failure requiring admission to a liver intensive care unit. Crit Care 3, P183 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1186/cc556

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Keywords

  • Acetaminophen
  • Acute Liver Failure
  • Multiorgan Failure
  • Acetaminophen Overdose
  • Gene Promoter Polymorphism