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Immune responses are the main causes of immune system-related diseases such as hypersensitivities and autoimmunity. It has also been established that cytokines play key roles in the regulation of immune responses which have been shown to be important in the pathogenesis of the diseases. IL-10, the main anti-inflammatory cytokine, is produced by several immune cells such as T regulatory and Th2 lymphocytes, activated macrophages, B regulatory lymphocytes as well as other cell types. It plays a key role in the regulation of immune responses after microbe elimination (homeostasis) and against self-antigens to prevent hypersensitivity and autoimmune diseases, respectively. Studies showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the -592 position of IL-10 is associated with its regulation of expression. This review addresses the recent information regarding the association of the polymorphism at position -592 of IL-10 with immune-related diseases including type 2 diabetes with and without nephropathy, multiple sclerosis, and asthma with an emphasize on Iranian patients.


Mojgan Noroozi Karimabad, Mohammad Kazemi Arababadi, Elham Hakimizadeh, Hassan Yousefi Daredori, Mahmood Nazari, Gholamhossein Hassanshahi, Derek Kennedy. Is the IL-10 promoter polymorphism at position -592 associated with immune system-related diseases? Inflammation. 2013 Feb;36(1):35-41

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