LUNG 190, 5, 537 - 543 (2012).
Elevated Tenascin-C Levels in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid of Patients with Sarcoidosis


Hanako Fujita , Noriho Sakamoto , Yuji Ishimatsu , Tomoyuki Kakugawa , Shota Nakashima , Shintaro Hara , Atsuko Hara , Hiroshi Mukae , Shigeru Kohno




Sarcoidosis is a disease characterized by granulomatous lesions involving multiple organ systems. The etiology of sarcoidosis remains unknown, and reliable biomarkers have not been identified. Tenascin-C is an extracellular matrix molecule expressed during wound healing in various tissues. The present study aimed to investigate the role of tenascin-C in sarcoidosis. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to measure tenascin-C levels in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from 31 patients with sarcoidosis and 15 healthy individuals. Relationships between tenascin-C concentrations in BALF and serum samples and clinical parameters in patients with sarcoidosis were evaluated. BALF tenascin-C levels were significantly higher in patients with sarcoidosis than in healthy individuals, but serum levels were no different. BALF tenascin-C levels showed positive correlations with serum lactic dehydrogenase levels and the ratio of lymphocytes in BALF. BALF tenascin-C levels were also higher in patients with parenchymal infiltration on chest radiographs than in those without. The present results demonstrated that the BALF tenascin-C level was correlated with pulmonary infiltrates on chest radiographs in patients with sarcoidosis. Although measurement of serum tenascin-C levels has a limited role and measurement of BALF tenascin-C levels might be impractical, tenascin-C in the lung might play a role in the pathogenesis of sarcoidosis. Further studies are necessary to determine the role of BALF tenascin-C in sarcoidosis.