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Centre international de recherche sur les maladies diarrhéiques de Bangladesh (icddr,b)

Plasma Leptin Levels in Children Hospitalized with Cholera in Bangladesh

Falkard B, Uddin T, Rahman MA, Franke MF, Aktar A, Uddin MI, Bhuiyan TR, Leung DT, Charles RC, LaRocque RC, Harris JB, Calderwood SB, Qadri F, Ryan ET.

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Aug;93(2):244-9. doi: 10.4269


Vibrio cholerae, the cause of cholera, induces both innate and adaptive immune responses in infected humans. Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in both metabolism and mediating immune responses. We characterized leptin levels in 11 children with cholera in Bangladesh, assessing leptin levels on days 2, 7, 30, and 180 following cholera. We found that patients at the acute stage of cholera had significantly lower plasma leptin levels than matched controls, and compared with levels in late convalescence. We then assessed immune responses to V. cholerae antigens in 74 children with cholera, correlating these responses to plasma leptin levels on day 2 of illness. In multivariate analysis, we found an association between day 2 leptin levels and development of later anti-cholera toxin B subunit (CtxB) responses. This finding appeared to be limited to children with better nutritional status. Interestingly, we found no association between leptin levels and antibody responses to V. cholerae lipopolysaccharide, a T cell-independent antigen. Our results suggest that leptin levels may be associated with cholera, including the development of immune responses to T cell-dependent antigens.

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