Effects of cyanocobalamin on immunity in patients with pernicious anemia

ERKURT M. A. , AYDOGDU I., Dikilitas M. , KUKU İ. , KAYA E. , BAYRAKTAR N., ...Daha Fazla

MEDICAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE, cilt.17, ss.131-135, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 17 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1159/000112967
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.131-135


Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of vitamin B-12 in patients with pernicious anemia. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted prospectively at the Turgut Ozal Medical Center, Department of Hematology, between April and November 2002. Absolute numbers and ratio of the surface antigens of T and B lymphocyte subgroups, CD4/CD8 ratio were calculated in order to evaluate changes in leukocyte and lymphocyte numbers; natural killer (NK) cell count, serum C3, C4, and levels of immunoglobulins G, A, and M were also measured to evaluate vitamin B-12 effect on immunity. Values obtained before treatment with cyanocobalamin were compared with those found during peak reticulocyte count. Results: In vitamin B-12-deficient patients, absolute numbers of CD4+ and especially CD8+ lymphocytes were found to be decreased; CD4/CD8 ratio increased, and NK cell activity was depressed. After cyanocobalamin treatment, absolute numbers and percentage of lymphocyte subgroups were elevated. Increased CD4/CD8 ratio and depressed NK cell activity were restored and levels of C3, C4, and immunoglobulins were elevated. Conclusion: These findings suggest that vitamin B-12 has important immunomodulatory effects on cellular immunity, and abnormalities in the immune system in pernicious anemia are restored by vitamin B-12 replacement therapy. Copyright (C) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.