Serum levels of selected adipocytokines in benign and malignant parotid gland tumor patients

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The aim of this study was to evaluate serum levels of adiponectin, leptin, visfatin and IL-6 in patients with pleomorphic adenoma, Warthin’s tumor and acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland.

Materials and methods

Venous blood samples were collected from 30 patients with pleomorphic adenoma, 21 patients with Warthin’s tumor and 8 patients with acinic cell carcinoma. Serum adiponectin, leptin, visfatin, IL-6 and CRP concentrations were determined.


Our results revealed significantly lower adiponectin serum levels in patients with malignant tumors compared to benign tumor individuals. Moreover, in benign cases the level was significantly higher compared to controls. Furthermore, serum leptin concentrations of benign tumor patients were higher compared to controls. Those differences, however, were observed only in males. The serum visfatin level was elevated in all tumor subjects compared to healthy individuals, whereas the serum IL-6 concentration was similar.


We anticipate that adiponectin may play a potential protective role in salivary gland tumors. Also leptin and visfatin seem to play an important role in salivary gland tumor pathology, although in males and females leptin may act or be regulated in a different manner. The influence of visfatin on salivary gland tumors is probably independent of IL-6 production.

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