Intestinal parasites: Associations with intestinal and systemic inflammation

G. A. Zavala, O. P. García*, M. Camacho, D. Ronquillo, M. Campos-Ponce, C. Doak, K. Polman, J. L. Rosado

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AIMS: Evaluate associations between intestinal parasitic infection with intestinal and systemic inflammatory markers in school-aged children with high rates of obesity.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma concentrations of CRP, leptin, TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10 were measured as systemic inflammation markers and count of stool leukocytes as marker of intestinal inflammation in 291 children (6-10y). Intestinal parasitic infection was measured by stool examination. Logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the odds of having high inflammatory markers for each parasite or group of parasites as compared to parasite-free children while adjusting for sex, age, mother educational level and % of body fat. The prevalence of soil transmitted helminths and intestinal protozoa infections was 12% and 36%, respectively. Parasitic infection was not associated with CRP, IL-6, IL-10 or TNF-α. Children infected with Ascaris lumbricoides (aOR: 5.91, 95%CI: 1.97-17.70) and Entamoeba coli (aOR: 8.46, 95%CI: 2.85-25.14) were more likely to have higher stool leucocytes than parasite-free children. Children with multiple-infections (aOR: 10.60, 95%CI: 2.85-25.14) were more likely to have higher leptin concentrations than parasite-free children.

CONCLUSION: Intestinal parasitic infection was not associated with systemic inflammation, but was associated with intestinal inflammation. Having multiple-infections were associated with higher leptin concentrations. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12518
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalParasite Immunology
Issue number4
Early online date24 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


from the UAQ who participated in the fieldwork and data management. This study has been partially funded by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) México, which provided the Ph? grant 218666.

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Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología218666


    • cytokines
    • helminths
    • intestinal inflammation
    • intestinal parasites
    • leptin
    • protozoa
    • systemic inflammation


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