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Submitted: 2018-10-24
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Search of reference biomarkers reflecting orbital tissue remodeling in the course of Graves’ orbitopathy

Przemyslaw Pawlowski, Izabela Poplawska, Janusz Mysliwiec, Willem A. Dik, Anja Eckstein, Utta Berchner-Pfannschmidt, Robert Milewski, Slawomir Lawicki, Zofia Dzieciol-Anikiej, Robert Rejdak, Joanna Reszec
DOI: 10.5603/FHC.a2020.0003
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Pubmed: 32176314
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Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2020;58(1):37-45.

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Vol 58, No 1 (2020)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Published online: 2020-03-16
Submitted: 2018-10-24
Accepted: 2020-02-26

Abstract

Introduction. Graves’ orbitopathy (GO) is a complication in Graves’ disease (GD) that causes disfigurement and sometimes blindness. The pathogenesis of GO remains unknown, while its symptoms demonstrate dependence between the thyroid gland and the orbit. The ongoing inflammatory process in retrobulbar tissue results in its remodeling characterized by increased volume of the orbital contents involving adipose tissue, with fibrosis and adipogenesis as predominant features. This study was aimed at the immunohistochemical verification of potential contribution and correlation between orbital expressions of IGF-1R, CD34, Foxp-3, PPAR-γ and CD4, CD68, TGF-β, FGF-β in severe and mild (long-lasting) GO. Material and methods. Forty-one orbital tissue specimens — 22 patients with severe GO, 9 patients with mild GO and 10 patients undergoing blepharoplasty as a control group — were processed by routine immunohistochemistry. Results. Increased IGF-1R, CD34 and Foxp-3 expression was found in both severe and mild GO, yet a significant correlation between CD34 and CD4, CD68, TGF-β, FGF-β expressions was observed in long-lasting GO. Conclusions. CD34 expression is proposed to be the marker of orbital tissue remodeling in the course of mild GO.

Abstract

Introduction. Graves’ orbitopathy (GO) is a complication in Graves’ disease (GD) that causes disfigurement and sometimes blindness. The pathogenesis of GO remains unknown, while its symptoms demonstrate dependence between the thyroid gland and the orbit. The ongoing inflammatory process in retrobulbar tissue results in its remodeling characterized by increased volume of the orbital contents involving adipose tissue, with fibrosis and adipogenesis as predominant features. This study was aimed at the immunohistochemical verification of potential contribution and correlation between orbital expressions of IGF-1R, CD34, Foxp-3, PPAR-γ and CD4, CD68, TGF-β, FGF-β in severe and mild (long-lasting) GO. Material and methods. Forty-one orbital tissue specimens — 22 patients with severe GO, 9 patients with mild GO and 10 patients undergoing blepharoplasty as a control group — were processed by routine immunohistochemistry. Results. Increased IGF-1R, CD34 and Foxp-3 expression was found in both severe and mild GO, yet a significant correlation between CD34 and CD4, CD68, TGF-β, FGF-β expressions was observed in long-lasting GO. Conclusions. CD34 expression is proposed to be the marker of orbital tissue remodeling in the course of mild GO.

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Keywords

Graves’ orbitopathy; CD34; IGF-1R; PPAR-g; CD68; TGF-b; FGF-b; Foxp-3; tissue remodeling; autoimmunity; IHC

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Title

Search of reference biomarkers reflecting orbital tissue remodeling in the course of Graves’ orbitopathy

Journal

Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica

Issue

Vol 58, No 1 (2020)

Article type

Original paper

Pages

37-45

Published online

2020-03-16

DOI

10.5603/FHC.a2020.0003

Pubmed

32176314

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Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2020;58(1):37-45.

Keywords

Graves’ orbitopathy
CD34
IGF-1R
PPAR-g
CD68
TGF-b
FGF-b
Foxp-3
tissue remodeling
autoimmunity
IHC

Authors

Przemyslaw Pawlowski
Izabela Poplawska
Janusz Mysliwiec
Willem A. Dik
Anja Eckstein
Utta Berchner-Pfannschmidt
Robert Milewski
Slawomir Lawicki
Zofia Dzieciol-Anikiej
Robert Rejdak
Joanna Reszec

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