Expression of cathelicidin in recurrent throat infection

Jae Jun Song, Kyu Sung Hwang, Jeong Soo Woo, Sung Won Chae, Jae Gu Cho, Hee Joon Kang, Soon Jae Hwang, Heung Man Lee

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Background: Epithelial cells can be called the first line of a defense barrier to microorganisms by the innate immune system. The antimicrobial peptides are the major participants of this system. Cathelicidins are a family of peptides thought to provide an innate defensive barrier against a variety of potential microbial pathogens. Objectives: To evaluate the expression of the cathelicidin in recurrent throat infection. Patients and methods: Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemical staining were performed for 10 palatine tonsil tissues with hypertrophy and 10 palatine tonsil tissues with recurrent throat infection. Results: Cathelicidin mRNA transcripts were detected in recurrent throat infection. The expression levels of cathelicidin mRNA in recurrent throat infection was significantly higher compared with those in hypertrophic tonsils. Cathelicidin protein was localized on the tonsillar surface epithelium and inflammatory cells in the tonsillar crypt of recurrent throat infection patients. Conclusion: These results suggest that cathelicidin is one of antimicrobial peptides in the human palatine tonsils, and that cathelicidin may also play an important role in innate host defense of human tonsils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Brain Korea 21 Project of the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development, Republic of Korea in 2004.


  • Antimicrobial peptide
  • Cathelicidin
  • Tonsil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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