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World journal of gastroenterology

T helper cell dysregulation with hepatitis B and rebalance with glucocorticoids.


PMID 25561802

Abstract

To investigate T helper 17/regulatory T cell alterations in early severe hepatitis B and the effect of glucocorticoids. The study included 20 patients in the early stage of severe hepatitis B (SHB) and 11 healthy controls. All patients had elevated T helper 17 (Th17) levels, decreased regulatory T (Treg) cell levels, and significant Th17/Treg ratios. After glucocorticoid treatment, 16 patients showed improvement with significant decreases in Th17 levels, increases in Treg, and rebalanced Th17/Treg ratios. The four patients who showed no improvement had increases in both Th17 and Treg levels and an even higher Th17/Treg ratio than before. Glucocorticoid treatment can rectify Th17/Treg dysregulation in patients with SHB.