Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is a genetic disorder with an obscure aetiology. In attempts to investigate a possible immunoregulatory imbalance involved in this disease we tested 24 FMF patients for suppressor T cell activity and for chemotaxis of mononuclear cells. The suppressor T cell activity and chemotaxis were decreased in untreated FMF patients as compared to colchicine treated patients or normal controls. Amyloid FMF patients manifested significantly increased chemotactic activity, while the suppressor T cell activity was normal. This finding may extend our knowledge concerning the immune mechanism involved in FMF.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Immunology|
|State||Published - 1983|